Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,447
Hads: 5,054
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006

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.
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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, my first surly beer not consumed at the great taste of the midwest - thanks nchrist13

appearance: well - its in a can. I must admit that this is a pretty cool novelty and it would be pretty killer to drink this stuff from the can at various social events. anyways, the beer is hazy as hell with a glowing ruby body...thick foamy beige head with great lacing.

smell: i took a whiff immediately after cracking this one open and the hop punch knocked me against the cabinets...upon further examination the nose is nearly perfect with an overpowering citrus and pine hop burst...tropical fruit also present and adding a nice sweet touch

taste: strong pine bitterness, huge citrus hops - sugar covered grapefruit, sweet tropical fruit punch, great caramel malt in the background...just a great IPA

mouthfeel: strong hop bite, high bitterness

drinkability: mmm

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This can sat outside the fridge for about 20 minutes, and once opened it exploded, resulting in froth all over the kitchen floor (not even my own kitchen floor, but all over msubulldog25's...yeah, I felt bad). After a bit of mopping up, the head pours soapy and sticky and huge, with voluminous lace forming as it drops. The color is a hazy caramel-copper.

The huge caramel notes in the aroma threaten to overshadow the hops, and everything mingles quite nicely, with hops leaning on the piney side.

When people think "IPA", hops come to mind first and foremost. But it seems the best IPAs are just as impressive for malt profile and the balance it contributes (I'm thinking Two-Hearted and S.N.'s 2007 Anniversary offering). Furious is one of these, with creamy, caramel/toffee maltiness clinging to piney, west-coast style hoppiness. Finishes with a grassy/citrus ping, and the mouthfeel is round and creamy, while ending dry and even a bit rough. It's a killer...a big-beer lover's IPA for sure...huge-tasting without the huge ABV. Nice.

Less hop-centered and more seriously malty-big than many other IPAs, but certainly well-balanced. Superbly drinkable, just about the biggest-tasting beer I've ever had under 6.5%.

A million thanks to my most generous Portland host, msubulldog25, for allowing me access to this can. Thanks a ton Brian!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Second session with this beer: May 19, 2009. Along with the impressions from my first meeting with Furious, the maltiness (Scottish?!) gives a flavor somewhere between sun-kist malts and fresh toast. The creamy body lightens at mid-palate for a silky smooth and ultimate refreshing beer. Always a pleasure. Thanks to Arvjunk for the trade!

Good to finally get my hands on this beer. has to be one of the better IPA's out there. The beer begins with a heavily froathy pour that brings on amber and orange colors with a heavy rust undertone. The nose is dominated by juicy, thirst quenching perfumes and citrus notes, all woven into a rich malt pillow --mouth watering to say the least. The flavors are highly devoted to ripe oranges and ruby-red grapefruit centered on medium malt flavors that stop shy of caramel or artificial sweetness. Back up notes of pineapples, peppery esters, and mild alcohols all complement the rich malt body, while adding a lot of complexity. Textures are Marzen-like, but with that influence of citrus hops. Finishes quite clean, juicy, and with a crisp dryness. No problem finding the bottom of this glass. Thanks Nathan15 for sharing.

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

Poured into a nonic. Very dark for an IPA, I'm expecting it to be malty. Head is tan and an inch tall. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is a blast of resiny, oily hops. Mainly pine, but some floralness too. I get a little sweet breadiness in the background as well.

A blend of sweet caramel malt and pine-filled hops washes over the tongue, leaving behind a pointed hop bitterness that isn't at all unpleasant. Less malty than the color would indicate, but still a nice balance here.

Medium body, sticky and resiny from the hops, but the bitter finish is enticing.

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Photo of jackorain
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Red brown, hazy appearance. Off-white to tan big head. retains well. Fals very slowly to a 1/4 inch covering that is quite lumpy and attractive. Very attractive lacing.

S-Pine and grapefruit hops right up front. Some bitter greens also emerges and is followed by caramel and biscuit malts.

T-Huge hops all over this one. Green, pine, grapefruit, other citrus. Quite complex hop presence. Caramel and coffee malts in the middle are quickly pushed back by the hops that seem last forever with the long bitter finish.

M-This beer is so hoppy my mouth seems to "buzz" for 5 minutes between sips (when I wait that long). Medium body with a nice firm tingley carboantion. Hops oils coat the mouth. There's that buzz again.

D-this is where this one suffers. I will definitely come back to it time and tiem again, but I can;t have more the one or two at a sitting.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dirty ruby-orange body with lots of carbonation and a head that just won’t quit. The beige crown is exceptionally thick both in dimension and in density. This froth reminds me of a trick a Czech broad taught me years ago when I was staying with her in France. If one could balance a small coin, the pre-Euro Czech equivalent to the dime on the head of a beer for ten seconds, then the beer was good. Well this beer looks like its froth could balance a half dollar for a minute!

Aroma: Pine tree forest soaked in butter toffee. I can smell bitterness to the point where my eyes are watering. Some fruity esters of pineapple and touches of citrus. Pine really dominates.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Painful. Furious is one of the most antagonistic and rancorous beers to have4 ever touched my lips. It hurts to drink. The body is so dry that I started to get a dehydration headache after a few gulps. To make matters worse, it seemed to fry my taste buds so that after the first sip or two I couldn’t really taste the beer, save a vague pine quality and the presence of acrid citrus. Big, huge, bitterness and hop presence but not in a good way for me. I can see why others love this but this is just too bitter and unbalanced for my liking and therefore not drinkable in the slightest.

Thanks to Jeff Krenner for the 4-packs.

Side Note: I had the tea-bagged Furious on cask and liked it much more than the regular.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to barefootbrewer for my first can. Pours a murky copper with an almond colored head. Very nice looking in the glass...surprised this came from a can. Smell of faint pink grapefruit and scotch. Taste had a wonderful hop taste, delicately balanced by the malt. Very impressed. Again, faint pink grapefruit hop taste, with a dry semi-bitter finish. Really impressed by this beer...all the accolades seem to hold up. I'd like to line up the Furious next to Hop Rod Rye and Big Hoppy Monster next time...

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Photo of drseamus
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bold red/amber colored body with a fluffy 1/2 off-white head. The body is crystal clear and looks great when held to the light. This is one of those beers that wears f*ck-me pants.

S: Hops, hops, hops, and malt. The hops have a bunch of pine, citrus, and grapefruit and there is some sweetness from some caramel malt also.

T: The flavor is thick with hops. It is good and bitter with mostly grapefruit but also some pine and grass. The malt just barely pokes it head through yet it is still balanced.

M: This beer is pretty thick for it's color. The hops really weight this down.

D: The bitterness on this is great for 16oz, but it might be a bit much for a couple of them.

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Photo of Lothore
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep reddish brown with a 2 finger head that sticks around for quite a while and leaves a huge amount of lacing.

S- Smells consists of sweet piney hops, orange, citrus, and underlying hints of pear.

T- Taste is citrusy and acidic with a bitter hoppiness at the end. Small hints of pine.

M- Mouthfeel is actually a bit watery but extremely crisp.

D- This is highly drinkable, the fact that its creamy and slightly watery makes it go down easy with the crispness leaving you wanting more.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a smallish head that retains well and leaves lacing down the glass.

You can smell the hoppy aroma's as soon as the can is cracked open from across the room. It is so strong that is all I smell. Smells like an alpine forest on a rainy morning.

Of course the pine bitterness is the first thing you taste. It almost overpowers everything else but slight citrus notes are present. I would have liked some of the Scottish malt to come through to better balance the beer, or god forbid, less hops.

It leaves a tingly sensation on the tongue and finishes dry. Medium to light body with light carbonation. All the bitterness seem to dull the palate as the beer is drank. Drinking more than one in a sitting would be hard to do and counterproductive in enjoying a hopped up beer. An excellant beer if you like hops.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold from a 16 oz can into Boston Lager glass.

Fantastic pour, rich red mahogany color topped off with fluffy meringue tan head leaving copious lace rings all the way down.

The nose is phenomenal! You've seen brewing personalities in ads rubbing hop cones between their hands and sniffing them? That's what this beer smells like, with an added bonus of nicely balanced caramel aroma. I don't think I've had a beer yet with such fresh hop aroma!

Flavor is big with hop flavor: citrusy, grassy and clean, with a good malt backbone that finishes nice and dry instead of the typically sweet American IPA. Good saltiness on the lips and thorough filling of the mouth with bitterness, and a lovely burnt malt aftertaste on the tongue at the very last. Unfortunately, this beer is best served ice cold, as it warms, it takes on a slight metallic note.

Drinkability is only limited by the heavy yet dry finish. Very delicious brew! Props to Surly Brewing and sincere thanks to Scoobydank for the trade!

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Photo of happygnome
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: a caramel color with about a half inch of head that doesnt dissapear fast leaving a lot of lacing stuck to the side of the glass
s: sweet malty aroma, followed by a strong hop bitter aroma that can be sense from across the room
t: nice malt initially followed by an intensly bitter floral and piny hop flavor that is superb
m: medium to full bodied beer with a little less than average carbonation

overall this is a very nice brew that has an intense hop taste

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Photo of Tballz420
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a reddish brown color, almost purple. Creamy tan head leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Very nice floral scent eminating from this brew, syrupy. Some nice caramel malts get dominated by a killer bitter/floral hop mix. Citrus and pine elements as well. Creamy mouthfeel, the hops stick to your teeth. A hint of alcohol mixed in. A very good beer, try it out.

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Photo of klewis
3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one

A: Pours a dark caramel color with a moderate frothy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Surprisingly sweet and malty for an IPA with big toffee and caramel flavors. Very little hop aroma, but I'm not minding too much.

T: Toffee and biscuit flavors up front rounded out by a sharp, piney bitterness. Somewhat unbalanced in the finish, and the bitterness quickly numbs the palate and subdues the malty flavors.

M: Quite full-bodied for an IPA with average carbonation.

D: With each sip, the bitterness gets more intense. Although this is by no means a poor beer, it's getting somewhat difficult to drink. The lack of substantial hop aroma or flavor loses points for this one.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thankyou tavernjef for making my beer dreams come true. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a big ass can. Poured out a deep dark copper amber color that had a nice red tint to it when held up to the light. was topped off with about an inch of tannish whit head. Pretty good head retention, and tons of sticky lace left behind on the glass. Smell: Mouthwatering aromas of floral hops, sweet malts, and delicate citrus notes teamed up with a bit of pine and orange peel. Just a notch below perfect but damn close. Flavor in fact was perfect in my opinion. Nice smooth yeasty, malty, bread like flavors, and then a nice bitter hop rush that takes a bite out of the palate. Also citrus, pine, and a bit of grass. Very earthy. Just the right amount of carbonation, and very nicely balanced. Has a nice sticky, but smooth mouthfeel. I love how canned beers really showcase the hops. Awesomely drinkable. This now has to be my favorite IPA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok so I am finally able to get my hand on a CAN of this wonderful brew here. Why it took so long to get something, anything from Surly is a mystery to me, but what is even funnier is I ended up with two! So not only did I have one to try, but hopefully, if its good I have one to enjoy as well. So last night I figured it was about time to pop this one open, and had a nice long pur into my Phish glass….

A – Poured a deep dark amber, nice orange hue to it. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Upon pour a nice, two inch plus head of off white, tannish colored foam formed on top of the glass and had a very good retention to it. In fact, it never really did fade, but rather just shrunk down to a respectable three quarters of an inch and kinda stayed that way throughout the entire session. Great side glass lace, rally thick concentric rings formed all the way down the glass. At the end lots of sediment was visible in the bottom of the glass, which I always take as a good sign. Overall good look going for it here.

S – Aroma was intresting, definite hop tones dominating from the start, notes of citrus as well as a piney sort of smell were both very evident from the beginning. However, there was more to it then that, in fact there was a nice malted back that made up the bulk of the aroma once it started to warm. A good smell of earthen, grassy like, sugary malts layed a nice foundation behind everything and was a welcome treat.

T – The taste was wonderful. To be honest it came off to me as more of a red ale then an IPA, but that is just me. Great first assault of piney like hops. Not extremely bitter, but rather mellow and smooth and just enough to get the ball rolling. A tremdous amount of malt then becomes apparent. Great earthen tones again, and a good use of roasted malts. Nice sweetness, some light candy like sweetness, but primarily a dark, balancing sweetness to it. Great dry finish, lots of hops in the finish, with a somewhat lingering citrus like tone to it. Very well rounded and big. This was definatly a good one.

M – Exceptionally smooth would be the best way to describe this one. It had a great carbonation about it, and it really gave it a very full feel. Thick, almost bringing it into the syrup like category, but stopped well short but copious carbonation that just let it roll on through. Definatly not watered down, as the flavor profile here really does pack quite a punch to it and almost gets a bit overwhelming for something that should be sessionable.

D – Great, low ABV, and great flavor always make for a good combination. This is one of those rare ones that really misleads you in the other direction. It tastes much bigger then it actually is. You would think something with this much flavor and pronounced body would be much much stronger then it actually is. Definatly a good game brew, but I don’t really know how many I would go with in a sitting just do to the huge profile on this. Could get to be a little much, but still an awesome one, that a couple would be easy to do.

Overall very very impressed here. The string of good things from a can continues first of all. But being my first taste of Surly, I am very much impressed. This seems like a definite winner to me and something I would like to have a steady supply of. I would love to see this around locally as it would quickly become a staple of the house. Overall great, really great and it will make me seek out others from them. Just what I was looking for at the time.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to franksnbeans for sending his last extra Furious my way. This beer shall be enjoyed in the memory of the late craft beer great, Michael Jackson.

Poured into my Surly pint glass this beer has a massive amount of foam, up to 3 fingers worth of very light brown foam. The beer itself is a nice dark amber color. The aroma has a big malt profile but the juicy hops are the main characteristic of this beer. Big grapefruit and citrus aromas make me want to dive right into this beer. The taste is similar to the aroma with a very clean mouthfeel and a pleasant bitterness. The Scottish malt, as it states on the back of the can, remind me of a hoppy Scotch Ale like Red Rocket, caramel and sticky sweet. This is truly a “moment of pure hop bliss.” One of the best IPA’s I have been able to enjoy, and the best beer from a can I have ever had. Where are the 24 packs??? Now I understand all the rave about Surly.

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

My brother brought me a 4-pack of this from Minneapolis a few weeks back, he's a very appreciated sibling. I first tried some at Dark Lord Day this year, and was looking forward to some full servings. Here goes:

I poured the can (1 pint!) into a pint glass and marvelled at the rich and foamy head. It looked like the yeast cake on a vat of wort, nicely covering the clear bronze liquid at the bottom. The aroma was hoppy and reminiscent of Ruination, surely it uses some of the same hops. The taste is citrucy hoppy (grapefruit juicy) with sweet malty undertones. The mouthfeel was thick and filling, very coating and satisfying. This is an excellent IPA/DIPA, and should be sampled by everyone.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surly Furious pours pours a stiff finger of tawny foam over a hazy
deep amber brew. The nose is dominated by citrusy hops- always
a good sign in an American IPA. The flavor is big round malt with
a pine and citrus hop finish. As the brew warms the scotch malt
presence gets even fuller- and an appetizing fruitiness wafts from
the glass.. Mouthfeel is round, yet crisp due to all those hops, which
are never overwhelming in spite of the 99 IBU hop presence. An
awesome (and superior) IPA!

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Photo of genog
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My Third taste of surly in just a few days. Loved every offering and I was looking forward to this one! From the 16 oz can a dark orange cascading color forms a thick white head that lingers throughout. I was surprised at the creamy head that stuck around through the entire session. Smell is intoxicating with many different smells filling the nose. Piney, Citrus, malt. The taste is a balance of delicious pine, citrus hops with the smooth balance of the hand picked malt from Scotland. I have another favorite IPA now!

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Photo of TexIndy
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with Faro - many thanks! Poured from a 1 pint can into my pint glass. The back of the can had a blurb about the beer - did a good job describing the fury within. It was a cloudy reddish-orange with tons of carb bubbling up. It had a good light tan head that settled into a constant film. Heavy lacing. The aroma was hop attack with citric and pine. Could smell a little of the malt in the back but not the buttery toffee that some describe. The taste was also a hop attack. Very piney with a bitter, but not too bitter, aftertaste. It's listed as an AmIPA but I could easily see this as an ADIPA. The mouthfeel was creamy with an all out assault by the hops. Overall, a great beer and glad I got to try it. Only caveat for me is that it is so strong on hops that I'd really need to be in the mood for it before trying again. This is not a beer to just wipe out unless you are prepared for a ton of hop shredding. Highly recommend. (4, RB-OAY, T, Y, MBIM)

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby orange with a good 3 fingers of ivory head that dies slower than normal and laces nicely. This already looks like a knockout. The smell blows my mind. Yes it smacks you with intense hops but the variety is wonderfully noticable along with very intense citrus. Piney, fresh grass and a hint of malt. This is not your average IPA. The taste makes my lower lip quiver and brings a tear to my eye. So many intense hops, citrus, grapefruit, some awesome malty balance with a bitter finish of perfection. Feels crisp and medium in the mouth wih perfect carbonation and has the drinkibility of an ultimate session beer. This brew smashes the IPA mold, a feat in itself, and opens my eyes to what a great beer is compared to a good beer. Minnesota BA's will be recieving a lot of mail from me in the future. This is a classic.

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Photo of jlh8643
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer on recommendation from John Dennis of Dennis Brothers Liquors in Cottage Grove, MN. Comes in a 16oz. alumnium can. Pours a deep copper with a great light beige head in my pint glass. Pine hops and more pine hops welcome my nose. Solid malt body with very balanced bitterness. No harshness for 99 IBU's. Finishes with a great hop flourish. Great beer!

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Photo of xav33
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to oakbluff for this gem!

Surly Furious
16 oz can
Moderate pour in a shaker
Recent brewing, enjoyed 07/07.

Poured a copper brown with a large rocky fully lasting head.

Smelt of strong pine, resin, spruce and the whole forest of strong hops, pineapple cake, grapefruit, some toasted grain.

Taste was upfront strong bitter piney hops with a moderate sweet toasty malt backbone followed by a harsh bitter resin hops and more of the hops backbone on a lingering resin hops finish.

Palate was medium bodied, oily, lively carbonated, and strongly astringent.

Overall, this is just awesome. Hops galore with a nice malt backbone. Perfect balance. Perfect everything really. Should almost be perfect, but I let my Steel Reserve drinking friend have a sip and he recoiled in disgust. "Too bitter, man! ", he said. So thanks to ballplayin' Jordan and his Steelies it doesn't get a perfect score. I suppose it's a little harsh if you're not used to it. True, it's really harsh and bitter for an IPA. Maybe over the top for some people, but for an experienced hophead this is a nice little treasure.

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Photo of Crosling
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A darker colored IPA, more of a dark brownnish/burgundy color with a full, wispy head. Extremely fragrant hop nose, it’s extremely piney and sappy, also a bit medicinal and foresty. Hints of lemon and lime as well come from the sensational aroma. Sweeter and maltier than most IPA’s, but with a lovely, fresh hop flavor. Awfully complex and well brewed. This is deserving of its high score.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,447 ratings.