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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 4,973
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 1,491
Gots: 800 | FT: 27
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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 letsgopens
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (1,683 characters)

Photo of Cresant
5/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of westweasel
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of Reed415
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (298 characters)

Photo of Dansting
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of xymyl
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 16 oz can from a trade with JAYW.

A: The ale pours with a rather large head that leaves thick patches of white throughout the glass. The ale itself is a dark amber color, pretty darn close to the color of an amber bottle.

S: Grapefruit assaults your nose! The citrus aromas are very intense, strong and unrelenting. I don't smell any malt backbone but don't really miss it.

T: The big hop nose had me anticipating a hop bomb, so imagine my surprise when a thick caramel malt body greeted me. That malt body is well matched against a huge hop presence. The citrus hops attack the taste buds, showing off grapefruit and citrus fruit peel elements. The finish is bitter hops that slowly transitions to the caramel malt body.

M: The hops are the star here, but the strong malt body comes through, keeping the ale balanced enough to be an IPA.

D: This 6% beast is the kind of beer that was meant to be drank all day long. The can makes for an easy carry and the taste makes for a great taste. (995 characters)

Photo of KingG
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from jeffkrenner. Mucho thanks goes out to him.
Served chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is very good. Deep amber color with a little bit of haziness. Nice head forms with tons of lacing.

Smell is above-average. Grapefruit hop and caramel malt jump out. More subdued than i was expecting.

Taste is above-average. Grapefruit hops are present but I'm getting more bittering hops. Caramel malt bill is in the background and balances things out nicely. Again, much more subdued that i was expecting. To be honest, this tastes more like a hoppy/Imperial Red Ale.

Mouthfeel is very good. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Creamy and fluffy on the pallet. Feels great going down the hatch.

Drinakbility is very good. Another one or two would be welcome.

A nice IPA from Surly. Maybe i was expecting more punch in the flavor and smell department but by no means am i disappointed. A highly sessionable brew. (982 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a chalice.

My second Surly product (after Bender). Love the can packaging.

Pours a clear amber with decent lacing.

Bright fresh grapefruity hoppy aroma. Taste is a solid balanced Amrican IPA, with strong fruity-floral hoppy bitterness balanced with malt. On the dry side, not much sweetness detected. Excellent beer. (347 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only seen Oskar Blues put good beer in cans...we'll see about this one.
Nice crack when popping the can open. Smell of hops is immediate. Pours a dark mahogany/chestnut body with a really nice looking head. Thick and rocky. Good retention. Looks great.
The hops aroma is a mixture of citrus, pine and...ginger? Nah. Something else.
Tastes above average. The pine reminds me of metallic overtones (maybe I'm just looking at the can and imagining this). Citrus isn't as prominent for an AIPA, but that doesn't mean it's bad.
Drinks fairly well. A little butterscotch towards the finish.
I'm very impressed by this beer. (628 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed copper with a thick, off-white, lasting head.

The smell is of sharp citrus. Some pine/resin. Caramel backing.

The taste is of spicy, sharp citric, piney, almost resiny hops. Powerful hop bitterness tied together and balanced by a subtle caramel sweetness. Hops remain assertive, though controlled. A rye-like dryness in the long finish.

Creamy and chewy. Hops galore, but enough sweet caramel to give it body and depth. A "hop head" delight! Smooth despite on-slaught of hops. Great stuff!

Thanks to WankerWeasel for this hoppy treat! (567 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to slcbrewer for this one.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy tannish head, lots of small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hoppy, piney, nice touch of grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is hoppy, piney, grapefruity, and nice touch of caramel, a slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first can in probably 30 plus years. Also, my first Surly brew, I also have a Bender in hand. Felt funny pouring a can of beer in a glass. This is a very tasty IPA and canned beer, I like it. Highly recommended. (622 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can that I split with a friend on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The beer was a very dark amber-orange, almost brown. The head was decent and off-white. The taste was very bitter but delicious. Not much fruit flavor but I think I detected a small amount of pine. Overall, this was a pretty good beer. (299 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.42/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a couple of cans of this with Flyer and SurlySober, and I have to agree with the sentiment of Flyer’s review (below); this beer is agressively hopped, very bitter (99 IBUs according to the can), and quite dry. However, there wasn’t a lot else to its flavor (no citrus, pine, grass, flowers, etc - all the other stuff that IPAs taste like). However, it was a very smooth 99 IBUs, if that’s at all possible. Mouthfeel is quite smooth up-front, and the bitterness comes in slowly as the beer sits in your mouth and slides down your throat. I found this beer smooth but not quite to watery. The most drinkable very bitter beer that I’ve yet tried, although I agree that it would have benefited from the addition of some other flavor notes.

The first thing that I noted about this beer was its packaging. The color and images of the can made me think that a lot of people must accidentally purchase this thinking it is some kind of energy drink; or perhaps a caffeinated drink like Sparks. Appearance of the beer itself is a clear-but-not-brilliant copper with lots of white head. Smell is highly hoppy. Flavor is as I described above. Mouthfeel is smooth and highly drinkable, almost to the point of being watery, but far enough from there to just be very drinkable. Given all the great choices out there, I can’t say I’d be in a rush to drink more of this, but during my next can-only expedition (canoeing, swimming etc), it might come along; or at least it would if we could buy it here in Milwaukee. (1,515 characters)

Photo of Flyer
3.41/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The deep orange-red color and creamy head probably raised my expectations, and this beer fell a little short of those. This is a pretty good IPA, but just didn't crack my top tier. It's very bitter, and I like bitterness when it's complemented by other hoppy flavor notes, but I didn't get a lot of those -- some grapefruit, maybe a little pine, maybe even a little lemon (?), but mostly just bitterness, over a solid malt backbone. A little bit of a one-trick pony. (466 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to wankerweasel for this one. hands down the best beer i have ever had out of a can. was much darker in color than i expected-a deep, reddish brown. lots going on in the bouqet: roasty, toasty notes from the scottish malts, piney hops, toffee, nuts, and more that i can't recall due to being shlitzfaced yesterday. just a bit of residual malt sweetness but still plenty of malt backbone. medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. long, dry, bitter finish. brings a lot of flavor and body to the table for a beer of this abv, so plenty good in the drinkability dept.
update-i've had this many times now, even on tap, and this is really good fucking shit. very much like an alpha king, just a bit roastier and more husky.
update 2: got another case, this shit is the best. super fresh in the can and perfect. just unbelievably great. (829 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my new BFF Akorsak for hooking me up with this as a trade, which he obtained from someone out at Dark Lord Day!! I've been waiting to savor this beer for a long time...so here it goes...

Pours out a beautiful ruby red color, clear as a bell. There is a thick head of white foam which does dissapate as it disappears further down the pint, but not much. The smell is a clear sign of things to come, piney hops and toffee malts. OK the taste...MMMM holy crap this is a well balanced IPA...wow from first taste to the middle to the aftertaste it is pine/citrus hops mixed with solid Scottish Malts.

The mouthfeel is excellent, so clean...there isn't alot of that sticky hop aftertaste/breath going on that funks up your tongue and your palate. At 6.2% thats pretty drinkable. If I didn't have to drive anywhere I could easily drink the four-pack of cans in one sitting. But of course I am a master of restraint..Ha! (925 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good all around IPA, but I really don't see what all the hype is about here. I think it would make an excellent Scotish ale with the exception of the intense hops bitterness. Much better when not taking styles into consideration, but it is still not something I would rave about. I still want to see what the Darkness is all about, and I would love to get a proper sample of the Bender as well, as my previous Surly experience is limited to a 2 oz sample of Bender in a plastic cup.

The beer pours kind of on the dark side of the spectrum for an IPA. A nice brownish amber color with a good head. Decent retention, good lacing. Plenty of carbonation.

The smell is good. Has a nice caramelized malt aroma with a dirty scotch smell. Great maltiness, which is why I thought it would make a great Scottish ale. Has a big hops presence, but it is very balanced. Floral, herbal, piney, and grapefruity.

The taste is very similar to the smell. Huge malt presence. Caramel, biscuit, toasted bread, and a hint of peat. Tastes a bit creamy. Funny how much this reminds me of the odd flavor I've only otherwise experienced in the canned beers from Oskar Blues. I don't think that it is flavor leaching in from the can since it doesn't taste the slightest bit metallic, but it just may have something to do with the process. Hell, it may just be a coincidence that they use a similar malt bill. The hop bill seems to be quite complex in terms of variety. Intensely bitter with a catty grapefruit pith, like chinook perhaps, but also has a floral and lemony centennial flavor, even some earthy, herbal, and spicy flavors.

The body is medium to full with a crisp carbonation. The bitterness is huge and kind of dries out the palate, but it is good. Easy to drink. I wish I had something like this available in cans around here since they are much more convenient for camping and other outdoor recreational activities. I like it ok as an "IPA," but as a "beer" it is very good, but I don't know if I would rate it in my personal Top 50. (2,043 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a great looking can, a bright clear amber color with a large head. Nice looking beer!

Aromas have a sweet toffee undertone, and a pronounced fresh citrus tea like hop burst. Nice smell, but not quite what I expected.

Flavors are rich and full. There is an upfront bitterness on the first sip, it is more of an aspirin and mineral like bitterness. The beer then settles down into more pleasing grapefruit hop flavors. The undertone is of sweet cereal like grains. The hoppy bitterness once again shows up in the long finish, and it makes you pucker your mouth a bit. This is a pretty big and complex IPA. But I think it is a bit rough around the edges though.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very full flavored, good carbonation, and a long finish.

Drinkability is good. This is a very interesting beer to taste. Kind of strikes me of being similar to a British Style IPA, but with much more hops. But like I noted previously, it could use a bit of refining to really be a stand out. With that said, it's still a very good IPA. It's just not quite up to the rep it has on here in my opinion.

I am looking forward to carrying some of these up into the Northern California Wilderness this summer. More craft cans please!

I was pleasantly surprised to see this as a "throw in" from a trade with todd1. Thanks again! (1,328 characters)

Photo of mnstorm99
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh, what a treat to have had this one, on cask at The Happy Gnome

Apperance was a nice light cloudy orange. Nice head that sticks around forever. great lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell was fantastic, possibly better than the original Furious, much more citrus coming out of the hop aroma.

Taste was excellent, not quite the hop bomb I was expecting, but a much more fruity undertone, I think some of the flavors ended up standing out on this one.

Mouthfeel was perfectly carbonated, with a touch of the hop tinge to it.

Drinkability, Possibly the only thing I really enjoyed more than the original on the cask version, More balanced than the original, so in turn, just a little more drinkable. (706 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can. 6.2% ABV, 99 IBU. Dark copper and hazy appearance. Thick off-white rocky head. Great head retention, and a few patches of lace left on the glass.

Citrusy and piney hop aroma, with a strong caramel malt nose as well. A bit of toffee as well. Very nice.

Good caramel malt background, pretty robust. Strong piney hop flavor, with a good amount of bitterness. Some citrusy flavor as well. Finishes dry.

Medium body, with good carbonation. So very easy to drink. This is very solid. (498 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to WankerWeasel for sending me a box of these. Pours a very clear, brick-red/copper color, with a full head of soapy, tan foam. The head holds very well and leaves some thick lace giving it a solid overall appearance. The aroma is strong and hoppy. The hop nose is clean, grassy, and tangy with a toasted nut malt backbone. Not citrusy at all, more like an APA.

Nutty with light hints of caramel, the floral hop presence is balanced well. The bitterness at the finish is intense and enjoyable. It makes you smile while you cringe. Alcohol not perceived. Medium bodied, lightly syrupy. The carbonation is perfect and creates a nice creaminess.

I was expecting to try another citrus sweet hop-bomb, yet this beer went in another direction. Intense in flavor, yet it still finds some key balance. The bitterness is still lingering with me now, one of the most bitter beers I can remember trying. Recommended... (922 characters)

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.