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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,447
Hads: 5,053
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 1,503
Gots: 831 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep burnt orange/copper with a thick off white head and tons of sticky lacing.

S - Pine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel in the background.

T - Earthy, citrus, pine and grapefruit hops with a moderate caramel backbone.

M - Medium bodied with just the slightest syrupy hop resin touch.

D - Another bold beer from Surly. These cans could come in very handy.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so I read all the recent hype about this beer. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about it, so I decided to trade with Scoobydank.

Boy, am I glad I did - thanks a million, man.

Appearance: Great art on a novel pint sized can. It poured a thick, beautiful deep amber with slight haziness. I got very little suds (perhaps 1/8 inch), which quickly fizzled leaving fine strands of lacing all around the walls of my pint glass.

Smell: I immediately got pounded with a wall of hops. After trying to think and sniff beyond the sea of hops, I detected aromatic sweet malts lingering around, as well. Great nose…

Taste: A FANTASTIC blend of tongue-biting, pine-filled hops hit me right off the bat. With an IBU ranking of 99, this is no surprise, but it was so delicately balanced that it left me in awe. This is an outstanding blend of poignant and fragrant hops intertwined with rich, caramel malts, trailing with a piercingly bitter finish. My dream AIPA. I was shocked to see the alcohol percentage was only 6%. It was deceiving, as it had a much harder alcohol presence (like Stone’s Arrogant Bastard). Spectacular tasting, all around…

Mouthfeel: Smooth & resiny, with a dry and bitter finish.

Drinkability: Definitely a world-class American IPA. Strong, bold and balanced all in one. In fact, it took the cake for me, because it was so wonderfully balanced.

I would have given it a perfect 5 on the drinkability, but I know an intensively-hopped beer isn't for everyone...

To me, this is the ideal beer to celebrate milestones in my life or if it was sold in my area, the perfect beer to enjoy when I wanted something special I would be certain to enjoy.

This was a phenomenal beer... For what it’s worth, it will definitely be in my all-time top 5 of all time favorite American IPA’s.

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

Many thanks to umustdrink for this beer.

A: Pours a deep amber, light brown, with a touch of red-orange. The generous frothy head that develops is dirty white, and settles pretty fast.

S: Very potent sweetness comes out in the forms of citrus and caramel malt. Touch of pine.

T: Bitter on the front, but still starts very bready which quickly turns to bitter pine. Caramel comes in towards the finish but then pine takes over and the lingering bitterness remains after the sip.

M/D: exceptionally smooth, though I don't really like that feel in this style so much. I would like a little more prickly carbonation. The malts almost form a slightly syrupy double IPA type of feel. No doubt this delivers as a nice IPA.

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Photo of far333
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try a beer from these guys since reading the Bros review in BA Mag, and autumnaldave has hooked me up.

Burnt orange colored with a finely bubbled half inch head that settles down a bit, but then hangs around for a good while, and leaves a fine ring of lace around the top of the glass.

Aroma of toffee and citrus hops, a good balance between the malt and the hops.

Flavor is briefly sweet malt, but quickly becomes a wash of hops that run through the range of sweet citrus to tangy grapefruit rind to bitter pine. The hops definitely dominate, but the malt doesn't disappear completely. It subtley rides beneath the hops providing nuances of brown sugar, toasted bread and butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is just a little slick, but the bubbles do tingle the tongue. Very drinkable, this should be a hophead's delight, and for those who like a mix of hops and malt, even better.

Thanks to autumnaldave for sharing this one.

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

16oz can received via I Want That BIF from flexabull. Thanks for the opportunity.

Upon opening, can foamed over, then poured into an imperial pint glass, forming a 2" pancake batter tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head lasts and lasts, with heavy lacing. Aroma is dominated by piney hops. Taste is more of the same resiny hops, but with enough malt underneath to keep it from being cloyingly bitter, if there is such a thing. Mouthfeel and drinkability are just what you would expect from a heartily hoppy American IPA. Nice one here.

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

Big thanks to umustdrink for this one.

16 oz. can poured into a nonic.

Pours a wonderful somewhat murky amber hue with a full two fingered light khaki colored head that slooowly dies down to a nice lacing that lasts forever. Stickiness is out of control. Smell is a dirty pine dominated aroma with a good scent of grapefruit on the nose. Taste is very mellow, but so good. More citrus is on the tongue than had expected from the scent. Starts off with grapefruit and lemon blended with some mild toffee malt flavors that come out towards the end. Very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation, perfect mix of the two for the American IPA style. Very crisp and clean going down. Gotta love beer in a can, take this baby anywhere bottles aren't allowed, you'll be happy you did.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m reviewing this beer twice because I’ve now had it in the can and on draft (draft was definitely better).

A – A clear golden/amber color with a thin but retentive head.

S – Hoppy and fresh with slight malt undertones.

T – Malty with a heavy dose of hops – very nicely balanced.

M – Full and slightly creamy – works well to uphold the flavors.

D – This one is an easy to drink IPA which might make a good session brew.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm beginning to notice that Surly beers are pretty keen on the eyes. The beer is murky amber in color with a gooey eggshell white head. The foam sticks around like nobody's business and leaves some patchy lacing.

Absolutely ripe with piney resinous hops. The kind of smell that sticks to fabrics. The hops have kind of a pissy undertone but I like my beers a little dirty. I'm a little saddened by the lack of caramel malts but I suspect this beer develops as it warms.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Straight up the mouthfeel is a little disappointing. The beer feels watery and slick with hop oils. Oils I don't mind so much, and actually rather enjoy when paired with a rich malt body which this beer seems to be lacking. Hops again take the show, from front to back it's piney bitter hops. The malt makes a brief appearance mid drink but it's quickly quelled by thick hop character. The beer finishes with, surprise, more hops and they crawl long in to the finish. This is arguably the most directly hoppy American IPA I've had. Perhaps this should be a fault, but I'll allow some hop head bias on this review ; )

Again, it's that ugly drinkability bias that I dump on my reviews. I could drink IPA all day long, especially good and hoppy IPA. No qualms here for me.

Bottom Line:
The icing on the Surly cake, mmm surly cake...

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Photo of BillyB
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer from a can. The best I've had since Dale's.

Pours a dark, burnt amber color, with a thick, two fingered white head. Very nice lacing left on the glass (yes, I poured it out the can into a glass).

Strong aromas of citrusy, floral hops and sweet caramel malt.

Taste is sharp and very bitter. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.

Very sharp, crisp but easy drinking.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from ClockWorkOrange, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with a heavy background of floral hops and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very-well balanced but the grassy hops is clearly the more dominant flavor as it should be, with very complimentary flavors of caramel & citrus evening things out. The malt character is hearty but not too thick. The after-taste is full of hops bitterness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a perfect beer to stick with for an evening especially if you’re a hophead.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is excellent. It has a nice malt scent that boasts of pale, special roast, and bisquit malts along with a hell of a hop aroma that really blends well with the malts; well rounded. The taste is great! This is one hoppy beer. It starts off bitter, but balanced with the malts provided and then just explodes with hops in the finish. It's quite intense and leaves a residual hop taste in my mouth several minutes later. This is a true hop lovers beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It's deceptively drinkable with loads of hop character.

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

Thanks to grassrootsVT for this treat. And thanks to the chain of beer traders who put this gem in his hands originally.

Appearance: Poured from a 16 oz can into a Sam Smith pint glass. The can design is cool, contemporary and bold. The color is deep copper with subtle orange edging. Clear with tight carbonation that renders a thick finger-thick head that settles into a persistent cover. Very little lacing. Some sediment in the bottom of the glass; clear but not completely free of extras, which is ok.

Aroma: Beautiful nose. Good resinous, piney, tart aromas with some additional fruity hopping - is that Nelson? There's some slight pineapple and grapefruit underneath that provide a nice transition between the high notes of the big American hops with a solid malt base.

Taste: Malt up front with sweet fruit notes dominant - pear, grapefruit. Moves to bolder pine flavor in the middle, but keeping that solid maltiness throughout. Finishes dry and bitter, crisp and fresh - Aftertaste lingers and grows into more pronounced bitterness.

Mouth: Leaves your mouth dry but with a somewhat coated feeling. There's a thickness to this beer, from the head down to the last swallow, but it comes through as clean and not as too much alcohol. Full flavor matched by a full body. This is somewhere between a single and double IPA.

Notes/Drinkabilty: I dig the 16 oz can. It provides just enough MORE beer without offering up too much to finish. The can also makes the simple fact of acquiring and drinking this beer a bit easier, so a plus for drinkability. For the moderate to serious hop heads this should suffice and provide enough juice to tempt more tastes. I am not one of those types and I'd still love to have a few more.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to non BA Bob for bringing this north.

A nice looking IPA, but a touch on the dark side with its clear ruby tinted amber body. Nice one finger light tan coloured head formed while transferring from the can to my glass. Mildly carbonated and well laced with fluffy little coulds of lacing that stick to the inside of my glass.

Grapefruit and caramel with underpinnings of toffee and cocoa powder. Ruby red grapefruit juice with its sweet and fruity floral bitterness.

Theres a lot of hops in here, but the malts stand up surprisingly well. Grapefruit morphs into pine then a grassiness appears, opening enough of a window to allow the malts to finally assert themselves and reveal their toasty and mildly nutty character with a good amount of caramel and lesser hints of toffee and cocoa powder.

A medium bodied brew with a substantial hop blast that is backed up by an almost equally muscular malt backbone. Hops resinousness almost obliterates the toasty and nutty qualities of the malts and provide just enough of an edge for the caramel to muscle its way onto the palate, followed by the touch of cocoa powder.

Pretty damn drinkable for its 99IBUs and it medium body. Try it if you like your IPAs or are looking to strip your mouth with tasty hop resins. An all around excellent IPA, from its looks, to its strong hop profile, and its solid and delicious malt bill. Believe the hype!

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Photo of surlyseth
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was a little skeptical about it coming from a can, but the sticky sweet smell emanating from the popped top was enough to open my mind.
The pour is heavenly. A thick, luxurious head sits atop a beautiful deep, red-rust colored body!
The smell in the glass is even sweeter, with obvious caramel and pineapple. What a combination! What a country!
Taste is Citrus and Carmel as advertised! Oooh it's grapefruity, too! Perfectly balanced with fresh, full hoppiness!
Full feel that gets better and better as it warms. Puckering hops until then.
Drinkability is out-of-this-world. It's too good, really. Dangerously good.
This is my favorite!

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

A: A murky, rusty dark amber with a thin, dissipating ivory head.
S: Strong, possibly dry-hopped nose; pine and citrus notes with an underlying malty sweetness of honey.
T: Roasty bitterness up front, coffee and toffee notes; the initial bitterness gives way to an immense fruity sweetness of lemon and honey; the bitterness comes back in the finish, with grapefruit rind predominating and a hint of juniper. The bitterness lingers long after you've swallowed.
M: Medium body, slightly creamy, moderate carbonation.
D: It's light, and at 6% ABV it won't put you down too quickly, but the complexity and bitterness keep this from being something I'd drink more than one can of in a session.

Overall: Unlike most BA's, I'm not a hophead, so I'm reviewing out of my comfort zone, style-wise. Fortunately, this beer offers much to appreciate beyond its IBUs. The roastiness and sweetness of the beer intermingle with the predominant bitterness to render this a wonderfully complex brew.

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Photo of Graham21
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich tea color with a hint of red. Nice big three finger frothey tan head.

Smells of Grapefruit, Malts, Hops, Pines, wood, grass.

Taste is bitter, very bitter, but a grassy bitter. small amounts of malts compliment the hops. good citrus undertones.

mouthfeel is nice, and on a hot day I could make a four pack a session brew.

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

From a 'Big Boy's' can, this fella pours a deep, dirty bronze that generates a thick white head that really holds and leaves good lace. Initially I'm feeling very positive about this selection.

My skepticism lifts further once I've detected some serious aroma. Heavy citrus sweetness, hops, some pine, and a bit of malt.

Ok, its official. I'm a full-blown believer that great beer CAN come from a can. Sticky sweet initially with a zesty combination of pine and hops. REAL HOPS! A bit malty throughout but never lets up on that great mouthwatering bitterness.

Alive on the palate. Tangy and bitey, much more than I expected. An awesome surprise. More than I could have expected from my first quality beer from a can.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, dark amber color that shows amber-tinged copper color when held up to the light. The aroma as the expected, zesty hoppiness characteristic of American hops. Sweet citrus notes of lychee, bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, and candied orange peel mix with a backdrop of pine and a light herbal character. A light maltiness finishes off the aroma with a touch of toasted malt, and a solid crusty bread character.

The taste is somewhat sweet, but this is tempered immediately by an aggressive bitterness that goes from start to finish. Lots of citrus character, though it is not as sweet as the aroma suggests; notes of orange zest, ruby-red-grapefruit and lychee are all noticeable. The finish, while bitter, has an intermingling of pine, green herbs and a definite menthol edge. Actually the finish at times is quite minty. What a long, lingeringly bitter finish; this helps to really dry this beer out and makes you thirsty for another sip. A nice malt character is noticeable at times too; toasted grain character, freshly crushed malt flavors as well as lightly browned biscuit flavors. This has a nice body to it, that helps to carry the ample hops; a sort of medium fullness that does not hinder this beer from being quite drinkable.

This is a really balanced hop attack. I like how well mixed the citrus, sharper herbal notes and lingering bitterness mix quite well. This is definitely a hop dominated brew, in fact it is very hoppy, but the malt is still noticeable here, though it does play a supporting role. This has certainly lived up to my expectations for a hoppy brew.

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Photo of Cresant
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to brdc for the chance to try this one. Poured this 16 oz. can into a becker glass. No date. The body was a beautiful hazy amber color. The head was two fingers of oatmeal colored cream.

Smell was floral and sweet (but not too sweet). Caramel. Toasty malts. Bread crust. Fantastic aroma.

Taste was rich hops flavors and a light resin bitterness. The grassy bitterness builds as it floats around the palate. There is a nice long bittering aftertaste, never harsh. The flavor is as intense as the aroma. Impressive.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to mild carbonation. Believe the hype.

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

Poured a slightly hazy darker tea colored amber with better than a finger stiff light tan head that resists fading. Good amount of lacing present.

The smell is pine and grapefruit hoppiness...you know what's coming! Worst thing i can say is that the aroma doesn't fully develop until it's near room temperature. (but it gets there so i'm scoring it a 4.5)

Full bodied, the mouth feel is immediately conditioned to a hoppy bitterness and balanced smooth sweet malt character. A nice complexity in the finish as the bitterness seems to ratchet to another level.

Really very full flavored as far as an "American IPA" goes. Seems to have a lot more character, approaches IIPA levels, but at 6% ABV i guess you can't really put it into that box. I mean, how can you design to that much flavor and remain at 6%? Don't see it that often. The piny flavor tends to lingers some.

Very drinkable and i imagine that being a canned beverage there are more opportunities to enjoy it and it's got to be less risky to ship/package. The challenge is to hold a mouthful in short of swallowing it for proper consideration. Thanks for the trade..you know who you are.

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Photo of westweasel
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to tavernjef for these cans of brew.

The beer pous out a clear, dark amber color with a small beige head. The smell is dominated by a toast and toffee malt smell. There are also aromas of pine, grapefruit, and tangerine.

The taste is wheat toast and biscuits up front, followed by a strong hop bitterness. The bitter flavors seemed to be made up of grapefruit and lemons. The moutfeel is medium, but on the fuller side.

The drinkability was very good for an IPA lover. It's probably too bitter for others.

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Photo of Reed415
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark red amber color, with an off-white head that recedes quickly

S - Hops, zesty citrus, pine and some grapefruit

T - Loads of Piney Hops, Bitter Grapefruit, some other citrus flavor, malt

M - Medium bodied, nice smooth carbonation

D - Very enjoyable beer, Highly Recommend

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

Can. Poured a cloudy amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of hops, pine, and citrus. Okay mouthfeel, but not nearly as nice as the Bender. Flavor is very hoppy and bitter (grapefruit-like), with pine-like aftertaste. Very nice beer. Love the canned beers from the Twin Cities! Wish they sold them locally.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Faro for this can...part of my package from The Great BIF Race 2007.

This awesome canned beer pours a clear, dark amber color. Resting on top of the liquid is about two and a half fingers of light tan head. Nice chunky lacing works down the glass.

Good smelling IPA. Hops are strong and right up front. Grapefruit is the main draw on the card, beating a puny, weak caramel into submission.

The flavor is really good. I keep saying "this comes from a can?". The caramel malts fight back in the flavor..."Take that, you citrus sissy". But in the end, it's a draw. Both get tired from battling back and forth and agree to share the championship. Just a quick hint of sweetness before the citric bitterness kicks in. Then, about 2/3 of the way in you get that caramel again. Works really good...give 'em both a belt!

Medium body, really good carbonation. Creamy, yet feels light. Bitter, dry aftertaste brings you back for round two. Extremely drinkable beer in a CAN. Why don't they have wider distribution??? I would buy this all the time.

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Photo of xymyl
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep copper with a rich and abundant creamy light tan head that leaves a whole lot of lace.

Nose is a complex, malty, spicy, woody, floral mix with hints of dry pine needles, orange peel. And there is something that smells like a hot day at a Minnesota pond, swamp, ditch, lake (is it cattail?), something.

Taste is a classic American IPA with a hint of a toasty twist. Starts out round and balanced, with a slow build on the spicy bitterness. Very nice.

Overall: Seems more full bodied and flavorful to me than last time, still, a medium light to medium bodied beer. Great to have it from the can, after not being able to get any for a year. Too bad I didn't get more, but I got a lot more Bender, which is much more my speed anyway.

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