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Furious | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tempest on the tongue, or a moment of pure hop bliss? Brewed with a dazzling blend of American hops and Scottish malt, this crimson-hued ale delivers waves of citrus, pine and carmel-toffee. For those who favor flavor, Furious has the hop-fire your taste buds have been screaming for.

Added by feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006

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Photo of kajerm
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Clark St. Ale House. The beer pours a totally opaque orange-amber with at least two fingers of creamy off-white carbonation that tracks lacing all over the walls of the glass. This is how IPAs are supposed to look.

The smell is a mixture of pine, bitter orange, and mango. I don't know what the hop bill is here (other than Amarillo), but Surly nailed this blend here. What surprises me is the thick backbone of caramel malts, which adds depth to the hop aromas without washing them out. I'm used to malt flavors cutting into the raw citrusy goodness of hops in the maltier IPAs (90-minute, for example), but there is none of that here.

The flavor opens up with hop flavors-- orange, grapefruit, mango, and some pine, with caramel malt flavors adding creaminess and complexity mid-palate. The whole thing fades into a lip-smacking bitter finish, but the malt flavors never drop out entirely. The balance on this beer is sublime.

The mouthfeel is bright, resinous, and just a little creamy.

In the past few weeks, I've been complaining that all American IPAs taste basically the same, and that it would be pretty much impossible for an IPA to really blow my doors off at this stage of the game. I generally stand by that statement, but at least this once, Surly has made me eat my words.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap @ Map Room

Grapefruit and oranges highlight this exceptional IPA. Only Dogfish's 90-minute and Bell's Two Hearted hold a candle to this. I have 3 cans of this in the fridge, but am saving them.

On tap, this was sensual overload. It was the first beer of the night and is as memorable as a first kiss. Citrus never tasted so fresh. I would almost never classify an IPA as a session beer... but I would gladly tempt the hangover of the century to have these all night.

If you're a hop-lover... what the hell are you waiting for?

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, grapefruity hops and a scottish ale malt. In the taste, sweet piney malt, scottich ale like. A slightly bitter mouthfeel and a piney malt aftertaste. A hoppy scotish ale? Interesting with the malt, tasty, feel bigger in ABV than really is though.

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Photo of elmore
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at Surdyks in Minneapolis on a recent trip home to Minneapolis. Poured from a 16oz can into a Chimay chalice. Dark hazy amber color with a brown hue. One finger thick, light tan, dense head with good retention. Lots of sticky lace down the glass.

Aromatic hops smell dominates. Typical floral and citrus from the hops with a little malt sweetness.

Definitely a hop lovers beer. Does have a little carmel malt sweetness to counteract the hops, but would not consider it balanced - typical for IPA. Bitter hops aftertaste that hangs around on the palate for a while.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Oily and slick. Became somewhat watery with warming.

A little too bitter to consider extremely drinkable. But great to quench a hops craving.

Great beer for hop-lovers. I will definitely be seeking this out when I'm in MN.

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Photo of Monsone
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish orange with a nice foamy white-tan head. Leaves nice lace.

Smell: Hops and lots of them. Piney and floral. A slight sweet maltyness in there maybe.

Taste: Lots of hop flavor. Bitterness levels are high but the malt backbone does show through. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty bitter but also a pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to oakbluff for this one.

Paired with Garlic Chicken.

Poured from a 16oz. can.

Appearance: Copper color with a thick head (3 fingers) & lots of carbonation.

Smell: Hops & malty aspect come to mind right away.

Taste: Wow, bitterness of hops hits you & also taste of pine & spices float around in there. What i like is that even though there is a powerful hop presence, it's very well balanced with the different flavors in it.

Mouthfeel: Heavy on the palate but as it warms, the pine & citrus are more dominant. Very pleasant bitterness that lasts well after the sip.

Drinkability: I love hoppy beers & usually have no problem with them, but as i was finishing it, the bitterness was almost too much for me.

Overall: A very good, well constructed beer with a powerful hop wallop. Flavors abound from all over & are very pleasant. I would like to revisit though as maybe i was tired or something because the hoppiness really got to me near the end. A must for hopheads!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this can in a trade with leftmindedrighty. Thanks Aaron!

This pours from 16oz can a cloudy rusty brown colour with a very small head of foam.

The smell is *very* nice. Caramel malt is there in abundance as is a nice strong hoppy nose.

The taste starts off malty sweet, that caramel is very tasty, and then the hops move in with some grapefruit, some Pine, and a bit of grass and spice and the whole taste becomes very nicely balanced until the near the finish where the hops take over but wait, they don't take over entirely. The actual finish has some sweet malt as well. Wow. And talk about smooth and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is lightly done. Again. Wow and...whoa. I just took my last sip. This puppy disappeared way to quickly! This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had if not *the* best.

Thanks again Aaron!

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Photo of WxAxGxS
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a nice thick, creamy head with quite a few big bubbles and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The color is a murky, golden copper.

Smells orange/citrus and pine. This beer wreaks of hop! I love it! :-)

Right away, the beer is creamy and sweet and a second later the hops hit. A nice bitter bite on the tip of the tonge cascades down the side of my mouth. Carbonation is just right - not too little, not too much. The citrusy taste seems to come in and out. This beer is sooo hoppy, at 100 IBU, but it finishes nice and clean. Most hoppy beers I have trouble finishing, but this one could keep going and going. I can't wait to get my hands on more of this!

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Photo of Redrover
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this on tap at the Blue Nile. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy dark bronze with a skim of off-white head. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Big nose of pine & citrus. You know what you’re getting into with this one!

The hops hit you right between the eyes. This beer is bitter in the best way. Lots of pine and citrus. Note that the malts are not mia, they eventually appear and add balance and some caramel undertones.

The mouth is sturdy and a bit slick. I like the way this one coats your mouth.

I can see why this beer is popular, I will have another please!

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Photo of tjthresh
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey brown with a huge sticky cream colored head. Unbelievably thick and sticky lace. The aroma is caramelized fruit, pine, well buttered toast. Superbly balanced flavors of toasted malts and piney hops. Perfect mouthfeel. Just big enough to not be watery, yet thin enough to be easy to drink. Really a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Tolann
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Beer for a glass, from a can" poured into a pint glass.

A - A gorgeous copper with a tight thick creamy head. This is a big beer, so big it won't fit in the glass with all this head. The foam leaves a wonderful lacing, not tight and neat, but erratic and thick. Pouring the last into the glass after a bit of settling time is like building a sand castle from the bottom up, and I'm still not done pouring. Wonderful red-copper color with a little haze, but mostly clear. Makes me proud to be a red-head.

S - Hops jump at you as soon as you crack the can. Grassy, piny, wonderful hops. There's no hiding from the nose on this beer. As I wait for my glass to calm down so I can finish pouring the smell is still hitting me in the face. Very floral hoppage.

T - Tasting just the foam, its so thick and just the foam packs so much hop kick. If you can't handle hops, you won't be able to even handle the head of this beer. 100 IBU. Yes, 100. The sip is like being engulfed by hops. Hops hits your lips, hops hits your teeth, hops hits your tongue and takes over your pallet. Oh wait, there's malt. It comes to you like a vision of grain bringing you back to earth.

M - Warming but not in a boozy way. A bit of bitterness sits on the back of your tongue. This is more of a medium body beer. Not too lively a feel, but this beer is not going to let you hit snooze. As I drink the head of the beer is still trying to tease my nose.

D - One thing that would make this beer more drinkable would be availability in my area! I LOVE THIS BEER! I want to go back to the brewery. Just lock me in their tasting room. Furious is a brewing accomplishment in a can. No other beer has made such an impression. I still remember my very first Surly Furious at MacKenzie's Pub. WHOA! 'yes, that was a good whoa'!

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brownish amber body hosts a slightly rocky off white head that leaves even lace as it fades. Nose is a very spicey, invigorating hop loaded party for the sences. Just a preview of what is to come. Enters the mouth with an initial short sweetness, but this quickly yields to the hop onslaught. Palate actually stays pretty even hop wise untill the finish when the grassy, sappy hops thru sharp and mouth bruising. It does mellow a bit as it warms a bit. Mouthfeel is very spicey hop laced. This one is nicely drinkable for lovers of hops.

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Eric Bart for hooking me up from his Twin Cities trip.

Ruby copper appearance. A dense thick tan head falls to some very sticky lacing. Huge aromas of grapefruit and pine needles. Tastes of a balance of sweet sticky malt and tangy citrus grapefruit hops. Also finishes slightly bitter and crisp. Mouth feel is creamy and then slick. Drinkability is great! I cant wait to enjoy this on tap here in Chicagoland. Recommended!

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can served in a pint glass. A bit of a gusher when I opened it.
Poured a hazy dark gold. There appeared to be yeast, can conditioned?
Huge citrusy hop aroma. Initial hit of hop bitterness. Plenty of caramel malt flavors to back it up. Some orange, citrus in the middle.

This is a really nice IPA, plenty of hops for the hop heads, but a nice malt backbone to support it.

Thanks to Dansting for this one.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surly- Furious

Big thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Deep reddish brown with a HUGE foamy merangue- like head. Chunky lacing down the glass.
S- Strong oily pine sap hops.
T- Sweet pine needle/cone flavor with a sugary grapefruit rind. Caramel malt appears in the end.
M- Sweet up front turning bitter throughout the middle of the beer and finishing off creamy with a dry aftertaste.

Overall- Delicious! This is 1 of the best beers I've had to date.
Gotta give it a solid 5, I can't think of any reason to score lower in any of the catagories!?! This lives up to all the hype!

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Photo of zealot
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Muddy Pig on Smoke release night. Nice surprise.

I was expecting this to be a hop bomb, especially compared to the regular Furious. It poured just a shade darker than regular Furious (from now on referred to as RF [regular Furious]) with excellent head that stuck around for the better part of 5 minutes. Aroma had exceedingly more citrus & grapefruit than RF, with some pininess in there for good measure, but seemed a little more subdued. Maybe because it was cask temp?

Flavor was similar to aroma: much citrus & grapefruit on the back end. A nice hop punch. There is a significant amount of hops in here, but it finished smooth, almost like the really good fresh hop beers I have had lately (Left Hand Warrior IPA & Sierra Nevada Harvest). However, if you get your mits on TB Furious, don't expect it to be like these. It has a lot more hops.

As most IPAs do, especially Furious, this one will dry the hell out of your mouth. *Smack Smack!* It was great on the tongue. I normally have the RF served pretty cold, and to have this one served a MN room temp (~55 degrees), it changed the profile of the Furious a good bit.

I could have drank this all night, but there were a few limiting factors: it was Smoke release night, had to drive, & had to drive in the snow.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at The Happy Gnome!

A - Dark cloudy orange a lot hazier than the standard Furious.

S - Smells of citrus (another reviewer pointed this out aswell) but almost more citrus than the regular. The hops character is toned down a little though.

T - The hop character has been toned down and is suprising at first. You will notice a more floral and fruit taste in turn of the hops.

Overall - A great beer to try if you can. Personally I prefer the regualr Furious. Either way this was a nice brew that offered up some new flavors. The balance of malt and hops is more enjoyable in this version.

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Photo of wardough
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a fitting beer, because as I'm reviewing this, I'm waiting for a stupid phone operator. Thanks to bwatson for this brew! Furious is the only thing keeping me on an even keel.
It pours a typical amber IPA color. Head is very prominent with this beer, 3 fingers. Smells of piney hops and caramel and goodness. For the amount of IBUs in this, it's tough to stay balanced. Caramel followed by bitter hops. I like this one. The head keeps on top, making mouthfeel spectacular. With low ABV, this one is very smooth, but with the bitterness, it's difficult for wusses like me to drink more than one in a row. Overall, I don't like it....I LOVE IT!

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don’t drive angry. I just have to say I love the tall boy wide mouth can. The pour was a clear coppery almost red color with a good head. Retention was good but did dissipate to the side of the glass.

The nose was nice and hoppy with citrus and piney notes leading the way. Definitely over balanced with hops with no really malt presence at all. No doubt IPA all the way.

The taste is very hoppy, 100 IBU’s you say. Very nice balance which is impressive for the amount of hops they use. There is an odd flavor that I always distinguish with hop extract, which seems odd, but is just brings out that fake hop flavor. The malt is limited as the real store here is the hop presence. I love the hops!

The body is light and even with the amount of hops coming out is still very easy drinking. A great beer for hop heads for sure. Could be a conversion to become a hop head. Very impressive overall.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can, received in a trade with tavernjef, served in a pint glass.

A - coudy, deep amber color with a good tan head that fell to a layer of foam, leaving sticky lace on the glass.

S - citrus hop aroma, lot's of citrus hops!

T - biting bitterness, strong hoppy flavor, my taste buds are numb!

M - smooth and creamy, medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - excellent drinkability, I want more Surly!

Final Note: thank you tavernjef. I love you, man!

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at MacKenzie's the day before Thanksgiving, just getting the review down...

Poured the same copper orange as normal, a very full creamy head, lasted for the whole drink, very nice lacing, wonderful. The aroma was delightful, nothing 'tea-like' about it, really wouldn't have had any idea, just a very hoppy aroma with all kinds of citrus, perhaps magnified by the tea-bagging or something. Somethings going on here...

The taste follows suit, lots of citrus hops, not really a 'tea' thing going on, just a damn good beer. However, my usual complaint that normal Furious is a bit unbalanced doesn't comply here, it seems to even out more, even as the citrus comes out. Sounds contradictory, but thats how it was. The mouth was so damn smooth, good body, very nice. In all, its so damn nice to have a (er... another) kick ass brewer who does this kind of thing, experiments has fun with beer, and makes it taste damn good too.

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Photo of mentor
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 2 finger caramel brown head over a dark orange-brown liquid. Clingy with a few small streamers rising to the surface. Rough co-ho grassy. beneath is hoppy lemon, pine, winterfresh, oranges. The rough has an old sock quality about it.

Tastes oranges, tangerine, and hop resin bitter. Not a sharp bitter, but a rough with some grassy. Noticable malt sweet provides a nice counterpoint. Minimal caramel. Pines win oout in the end an leave a sourish orange pine. Complex. Md-heavy body that has a silky character, which could be hop oils. Appropriate carbonation and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a fresh keg.

Pint arrives with an orange tinted 1/2" cap of foam on it. The body is a deep reddish orange, with sticky sheets of lacing. Very earthy aroma, herbal and resinous, with a whiff of pale malt. Fruity hoppiness is missing here.

Huge 100 IBU level is felt immediately in the first sip, it packs a wallop. There is a hearty malt component, and a vague hint of tangerine. Bitterness rises and ebbs in the finish, with a long, dry decline. Herbal, somewhat piney, not as much fruit as one might expect. It has a sturdy feel, with a good level of carbonation. The high IBUs might discourage rainy-day IPA drinkers, but this is a godsend to hopheads.

It was very easy to finish the pint, and i'll be watching for Surly on tap around Chicago. For now i'll be content with Three Floyds for my hop fix...

2008 edit: After drinking this a dozen times at different places, i'm enjoying it alot. Aroma and vibrancy in taste can vary due to freshness, but overall it's a solid IPA every time.

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Photo of SargeC
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Fiery golden-orange-red with a dense light tan head.

Smell: A big blast of hops.

Taste: Solid hop flavor. Bitterness levels seem to evolve throughout the brew allowing the malt foundation to show through. Very flavorful and well crafted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very dry.

Drinkability: Aggressively hopped but a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired a 4-pack thanks to a friend who happened to be in Minneapolis for a day. Thanks also go to Chaz and other BAs who told me where he could pick it up. Poured a can into my Duvel tulip

A: A deep and clear ruby red. Massive, billowing head that recedes, leaving an intricate lace.

S: I could smell this a foot away. It smells *excellent*. Highly hopped but surprisingly floral, given how dark it is (for an IPA). Pine's in there too. While there's a touch of malt sweetness with a candied citrus sweetness, this is all hops, bright citrus (grapefruit and blood orange)

T: Big hop bitterness, not as sweet as the nose suggests. Starts out smooth and the finish is mildly resiny hoppy. Delicious! It reminds me of the first time i had an IPA - the bitterness is incredible and very much in the forefront. Medium-bodied and fairly well balanced. Did i mention hoppy enough to leave your insides coated as you drink it? As far as flavors go, it opens with a big pine needle and grapefruit bitterness, well balanced with some hop flavor as well, a touch of juicy fruit. Malt character is present with a light flavor, but low sweetness, this is pretty dry.

M: One of the smoothest IPAs i've had. Incredibly soft and creamy on the mouth - think souffle/parfait soft.

D: Would i drink another? Yes! Should I? Not if i have to drive any time soon.

An excellent IPA, worth seeking out. Possibly not my favorite - I'd have to drink more of the Stone and Bell's to find out for sure but definitely something i wished i could get more often.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.