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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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4,157 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,157
Reviews: 1,388
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,422
Gots: 458 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

rab53, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

darkmoon66, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of ChiPool
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured entire pint can into an oversized tulip glass. Right away, the aroma of piney hops arose from the glass. This is about what I expected, as this can was less than three weeks old. The look is darker than most IPAs; a ruby red hue. The taste followed the aroma here: very hop forward, with a nice bitter finish. The hops are a blend of piney/citrusy flavors. The hops are balanced with a malt backbone that almost tastes a bit like rye. Because of this, I might compare this beer to Founders Red's Rye or Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, but a bit more hop forward. Quite enjoyable!

ChiPool, Jan 04, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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Re-reviewing here jan 2012, a bit of a melancholy tone. This beer has lost something over the last year. Batch variation, recipe change, growing pains for Surly, who knows.

The brightness in the flavors hasn't been there consistently over the past 6 months. (not a freshness issue, I almost always get it 2-3 weeks old). Rusty and malty flavors are more prominent. Frankly, it tastes old much of the time, and the pine/citrus fresh blast has somehow been muted.

I have had a 4 pack or two randomly that tastes like the classic beer reviewed below, but it's now an anomaly. (tap seems to be more reliable, although not immune.) I've moved on to Two Hearted or Lagunitas when buying IPAs.

And no, it's not "lupulin threshold shift" or some other excuse. The beer isn't consistently as good as it used to be.

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(2008 review- 4.9)

Red glow to the beer. Smells of pine needles and grapefruit. A friend who tried it for the first time told me "it smells like Christmas."
I agree, a fresh cut tree just brought into the house with a bunch of ripe grapefruit dripping from it. Yep, those smells, turned up to 11.
I have yet to smell a better beer.

Hops and pine needles and grapefruit and tongue curling bitterness. A crisp, relatively dry aftertaste with a bit of oily resin, balanced just enough with that special Scottish malt. A great beer for a hophead. Only criticism is it's a bit thin. Thicken it up with some resin, bump the ABV up to 7.0%, and I would rarely drink anything else.

To top it off, my wife loves this beer so I have an excuse to keep it around at all times without getting "the talk."

My IPA measuring stick.

caskstrength, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can bottled on 11/4/11. Poured into a snifter.

A- A nice and cloudy dark orange/ amber. Finger's worth of head subsides into a thin film along the top of the glass.

S- Tons of hops- citrus and pine are the aromas I'm getting.

T- Starts off kind of malty, which was surprising for me given the 99 IBUs it packs. Then comes the hops of course, which give a piney resin finish.

M- Medium feel, nicely carbonated. Easy to drink for sure.

I've only been able to get my hands on two of Surly's offerings (Furious and Wet.) Both have been great. This is an easy drinking IPA that is worth a try for sure.

vic21234, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks goes out to my cousin from Minnesota for bringing me a 4-pack of this while I was visiting my family in Michigan. It totally made my Christmas.

A - This beer pours a pretty clear nice amber color. It has a wonderful fluffy 2-finger off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of sticky lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice bit of lightly toasted malt and caramel. There is some fruitiness and a pretty nice piney hop presence. There is also a little bit of honey and citrus on the nose.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts out with some lightly toasted malt and caramel. That is immediately followed by a nice piney hop presence and some tropical fruit flavors, such as mango and pineapple. The finish leaves some lingering caramel, tropical fruit, and hop flavor on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a really good amount of piney hop bitterness and some caramel sweetness in the background for balance. The hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

O - This had really good drinkability. It has awesome flavor, and I could easily drink a 4-pack in a night. Overall, I think this is an awesome beer and a great example of the style. The hop presence was really nice for being a regular IPA. This beer definitely lived up to the hype, and I highly recommend trying it out.

JizackFH, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

brianlindman, Dec 31, 2011
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,157 ratings.