Furious - Surly Brewing Company
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4.88/5 rDev +12.7%
Generously provided to me by Todd after his voyage through Minneapolis. Freshness date is printed at the bottom of the can as "08/02/13," so almost two months old at this point. However, it was pretty fantastic fresh, and I'm not anticipating too many problems at this point. Poured into a tulip glass from a 16oz can.
Different from your average IPA, this pours a reddish-orange amber, almost the color of a darkened bruised apple. Contains a ton of carbonation, with a head that gloriously rises to the top of the glass about 4 fingers high. Leaves behind a good deal of lacing, and head retention, while not amazing, is quite good and lasts a good long while at the top of the glass. Looks extremely resinous and juicy in every respect, which is phenomenal considering the low ABV at hand - and given the quality of this, it *is* a major wow factor in measuring this beer's greatness.
The aroma is extremely pungent as far as hoppy beers go - big notes of pine, blood oranges, ripe apples, pears, and refined notes of caramel and toffee. There's a sharp herbal aroma that melds after the pine, and smells like a fresh hop cone the last time I ever had the chance to whiff on one. The pears and oranges are incredible here, and this is perhaps one of the most pungent, fresh piney flavors I've ever encountered in an IPA before. There are slight spices as well, ranging from white pepper to green pepper, but it's all about the pine and caramel here. Amazing - I could smell this all day.
I believe I was in love with the beer from the first sip on - and for none of the reasons I expected! Rather than the commonplace grapefruit and caramel flavor that these beers offer (at least out here on the West Coast), this instead turns out to be chock-filled with amazing dried fruit notes of Fuji apples, pears, apricots, blood oranges, red grapes, and limes, which then melt into a massive piney and nutty (almond-like) profile that melds terrifically with the caramel and toffee in question, as well as a dash of honey to add extra sweetness. Extremely juicy - this is so fruit like, and the ABV is so low and hidden, that I kept quaffing this down with various gulps rather than respectful sips I usually reserve for such aromatic beers. Creamy, dry, but highly oily and resinous from all of the hops. Unbelievably balanced. How do they do it?
I cannot for the life of me figure out how Surly made such a balanced, low-ABV, flavorful, resinous IPA of this caliber. This is one that lives up to the hype, and at the low price of $4 a can, this is too good not to pass by for any self-respecting beer geek. If you can't get access to one of these like most of us, and you love IPAs, do everything you can to get one! Amazing stuff. I'm going to do what I can to get more cans in the future.
09-30-2013 04:15:10 | More by magictacosinus
4.2/5 rDev -3%
Big thanks to TBrink for carting a stash of Surly back from Minnesota for us. We crack a can, pouring a brew of fiery golden brown into our Great Lakes pints. It produces a massive three finger head of chunky, cakey medium brown bubbles, showing nice retention. Uniform honeycomb lacing is left around the glass, and it looks beautiful. A chill haze diminishes the initial clarity of the brew, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be highly active. The nose gives heavily soaped and citric hoppiness, toasty brown, caramel, and pale maltiness, sourdough yeastiness, mineral water, gravel, cinnamon chewing gum, coppery metallics, gingerbreadiness, freshly picked pea pods, clovey spice, chalk, and sugary sweet strawberry and apple fruitiness. Our first impression is that the malts are surprisingly forward in how bready they are, but it doesn’t come close to the powerful, juicy, and wonderfully pervasive presence of the hops. As we sip, the flavoring flourishes, with resiny citric and floral hops, lemon juiciness, pale, brown, and lightly caramel maltiness, tannic iced tea, biscuity breadiness, chalk, ale yeast, mustiness, dandelion petal leafiness, lightly roasty char, and tinny metallics. The middle comes out with continued biscuity maltiness and lemon bite, earthy herbals, sweet caramel malts, salt, coppery metallics, soft booze and black pepper spiciness, clover honey, and fruity, nectary hoppiness of citrics. The end has plastic bite poking through the sweet, wheat bready malts, with shiny coppers, darker roasted brown and caramel grain, gravel, musky cheddar cheese, grassy, citric, and piney hops, soured red wine vinegar, white glue, fresh dill, and wood lacquer. The aftertaste breathes of soapy, floral, and herbal hops, booze, planted greenness and twiggy sprigs, fresh parsley, tannic pucker, lemon rind, chalked pale maltiness and raw barley, heavier caramel sweetness, lactic acidity, graphite, and milky sweetness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is on the high side of medium. Each sip has nice slurp and smack, cream and froth, and crisp finishing pop. Glugability is way up there. The mouth is initially coated, but quickly dries into sticky, metallic astringency along the walls of the mouth, tongue, and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, the best things about this beer are both its aroma and flavoring. This is such an approachable beverage, in the same sense that Heady is. It doesn’t overwhelm you, but rather gives you the exact amount of nose and mouth that you want simultaneously, producing the ultimate satisfaction with each sip. Additionally, there are a few things that make beer so unique for a “single” American IPA. For one, the grain bill is dark, and they don’t attempt to hide it. While it is so rich, they balance it wonderfully with the heavy, dripping wet hops throughout. Secondly, and more basically, it is robust as hell and intensely concise. Furious marks our introduction to Surly, and makes us that much more eager to hunt down each and every other beer they make.
09-28-2013 22:27:54 | More by TheBrewo
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,057 ratings.