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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,852
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,402
Gots: 378 | 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.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster


4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid American IPA nose. Bright fruity citrus and pine. Hops do the heavy lifting. Good execution, Surly.

Surprisingly mild and drinkable. I'm also surprised that I'm getting some staple malt characteristics through all this hoppy fruit -toasty, but only a nibble . . . still, definitely not malty like a 60 minute. Bitterness is up there, but fades post finish, leaving a drier (not in texture) malty taste. A touch of caramel, but it's hiding under the fruity/piney takeover.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 23:49:48 | More by CheezyBlaster
Photo of ssznyter


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze, dark brown color when poured into a glass. A nice one inch foamy head. An ideal IPA consistency could be seen right from the pour.

S: Smelled like hops and a hint of pine. Could definitely smell the IPA, fresh hop bite as soon as my nose neared the glass.

T: Very nice bite. Definitely as attention grabbing in flavor as the can's appearance. Surprisingly well balanced for an IPA with such a hoppy bite.

M: Nice amount of carbonation. Smooth but bubbly. I think the carbonation was a large part of what balanced the flavor so well.

O: Overall this was an awesome IPA. Great on its own or paired with some spicy food. Definitely one of the top 5 IPAs I've tried to date.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 20:59:02 | More by ssznyter
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to mizzouguy for this can! recieved in the Noob BIF round 6.

16oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. canned on 9/29/11 (just over a month old)

pours out a very nice dark reddish/ bronze color, darker than most of the style. a nice big, solid 2 fingers of off white head faded to a very nice looking retentive layer with lots of thick sticky lace.

big fresh hop cone, grapefruit aroma, pine needles and a nice sticky caramel, slightly bready malt. smells pretty ideal.

big, aggresive bitterness throughout the sip, yet still there seems to be a balance. pretty much your classic IPA done to perfection. grapefruit citrus and pine dominate then this really solid sticky caramel/ bready malt comes in and just rounds it all out. lots of bitterness lingers on the palate.

that hop bitterness really gets to every part of the pallet. lighter side of medium bodied.

a drinkable body and tons of classic hop flavor beg this to be drank one sip right after the next. this can disappeared way too quick. similar in ways to SN- celebration (one of my favorite seasonals). if this were available to me, it would always be in my fridge, a great anytime beer.

Serving type: can

11-08-2011 23:10:37 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of falloutsnow


4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can split with my friend who imported this from MN. Thanks!

Pours a 1.5cm, off-white head that fades to a ring around the glass in about two minutes. Leaves good streaks and blotches of lacing across the entire glass. Body is a deep caramel color, cloudy, with some visible carbonation.

Aroma is dominated by hops, both citrus and bittering qualities. There's also some mild malt subtly below the surface.

Taste opens, for me, with grapefruit and apricot flavors. A bit peppery. This leads to some malt flavors. Not very sweet, but good cracker and bread flavors in the finish. Aftertaste of grapefruit and generic citrus rind. Balance on this beer is very good.

Medium-bodied, with enjoyable carbonation. Finish is dry.

A great IPA: felt that this was well-balanced in aroma and taste and that I could drink many, many more of these without tiring.

Serving type: can

11-08-2011 04:37:47 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of readbaron


4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful caramel orange with a finger and a half of tan foam that sticks to the glass even as it fades.

Smell is gorgeous. Lots of caramel malt starts it off, then a subtle citrus aroma, followed by dank piney hops. Superb.

Taste is more impressive than the nose - extremely bitter, yet not overwhelming. Despite the sweet nose, the caramel malt is not overwhelming - it balances the hops nicely. The hops themselves provide a rich depth - carmelized grapefruit, some tropical flavors, a bit of pine - altogether an excellent blend of hoppy bitterness with a smooth finish.

Feel is delightful - on the full side of medium, well carbonated, but with a soft feel. It manages to be refreshing - nearly juicy.

Overall - a top notch IPA. There's nothing quite like it.

Serving type: can

11-07-2011 04:00:04 | More by readbaron
Photo of OleJohnnieAle


4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can not ever go wrong with this one, have had it in can and on tap at pubs and even the brewery and it is always one thing... AMAZING!

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper color, about a finger of head with some decent lacing

S - Hoppy citrus with some earthy tones

T - Strong IPA bitterness from the get go but it is not too overpowering and finished rather sweet. Great balance of all the flavors.

M - Great carbonation and great balance make this beer go down way too fast.

O - Great IPA and by far one of my favorite beers. Great fresh at the brewery or out of a can.

Serving type: This time on tap but also out of a can... It's all good!

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 03:49:50 | More by OleJohnnieAle
Photo of rkinsella


4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am usually not a fan of IPAs in general, but I had to finally try Furious just to support our local rock star brewers at Surly.

The 4 pack I grabbed had a canned date of only two day earlier! WOW! Talk about brewery fresh...two days old!!!....now I'm really intrigued.

Coppery color with an average head and lacing. Smell was floral, grapefruit like.

Taste had a big malt punch engulfed by a huge hop bouquet.
Not nearly as hoppy as I was aspecting. There is an oiliness and hop resin quality on the mouthfeel.

What surprised me is that it's so damn drinkable! As it warmed, the grapefruit hop bomb started to come out more.

Overall it's just plain wonderful. Again, I usually don't care for IPAs, but I'd drink this one again for sure. Local, fresh & well crafted...what more could you ask for?

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 23:44:33 | More by rkinsella
Photo of AleWatcher


3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can into pint glass
reviewed from notes

it's a dark coppery color. Minimal off-white head with nice rings of lacing.
Smells really piney. A bright citrus note hiding beneath layers of pine and blankets of deep sweet maltiness.
The flavor starts off sweet with caramel and toffee then goes citrus with piney resin in the finish and especially the lingering bitterness.
The feel is good-- nice medium body. Good carbonation, despite the lack of head on the pour.

I don't find this one to be mind-blowing, but it certainly isn't one I'd turn down...

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 22:47:11 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of suspect

New York

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz tallboy into a Duvel Tulip. Thanks to olympuszymurgus for the Surly hookup.

A: Pours a clear deep amber color unlike most standard IPAs. Thick, frothy off-white head builds up to about 1 finger after a mildly aggressive pour. Lacing is relentless and never ending.

S: Smell is piney and grassy mixed with some grapefruit, mango and caramel malt backend. Not overly pungent and certainly not up there with some of the best IPAs of had but definitely not bad either.

T: Taste follows the nose and gets hoppier as it warms. Citrus hops shine through and are the highlights of the beer. Mango, some pine a slight hint at some of the 6.2% ABV but it's extremely subtle.

M: Medium body, perfectly carbonated. Sticky, oily mouth coating leaves me wanting more.

O: A very very good IPA. This is my second offering from Surly and this brewery is certainly rising .on my list of exceptional breweries very quickly.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 01:18:06 | More by suspect
Photo of baconbourbon


4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber, excellent head, but not too much lacing. It looks great.

Smell: Ridiculous. The malt complexity is unparalleled.

Taste: A nice bitterness up front followed by an incredible malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A perfect balance between carbonation and smoothness. The body is just right.

Overall: This is a fantastic IPA. It is a totally different animal than Heady Topper of Pliny, and that is what I love about it.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 01:37:58 | More by baconbourbon
Photo of NWer


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into my 21st Amendment tulip.
Shocked to see I hadn't reviewed this beer yet. About time before I run out of my stash from my recent roadtrip.
Beautiful pour. Nice head. Dark copper appearance.
Aroma and taste measure up to any standard. Fresh hop like presence. A fantastic representation of the style that would make it anywhere.
Too bad they are not more widely distributed.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 21:17:10 | More by NWer
Photo of n8marks


4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i just had to chime in with the obligatory A+.

this is by far my favorite beer in the world. it encapsulates everything that is good about my favorite style of beer.

the only knock i would give it, which is reflected in my overall score, is the price. 13 dollars for a four pack of 16 ounce cans?


Serving type: can

11-02-2011 20:49:11 | More by n8marks
Photo of azdback


4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. A pretty dark but clear burnt orange color. Carbonation bubbles are few and far between but the few that are there lead to a great two finger head, that is cream ale in color and rocky or frothy in appearance.

Smell is of wet leafy hop cones. Very piney and citrus. The sweet citrus could be described as pink grapefruit or orange. I can even smell pineapple and piney hop oils.

Taste is quite remarkable. The bitter, sweet hops hijack the tongue with a ton of bitter flavors. Yellow grapefruit rind or pith mixed with tangerine or the juice of a blood orange. There are the bright sweet flavors of a pineapple also. Pine resin coats the tongue and begins to ruinate the way a great IPA should. Great thing I'm not having this with dinner.

Mouth is crisp with a balanced body and a long and dry mouth.

Overall this is one of my favorite IPA's of all time. I hate that I have to trade to get it. There is no way this wouldn't be my everyday IPA if I lived in Minnesota.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 06:59:25 | More by azdback
Photo of pigc


4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/3/11

A - Pours a deep copper with three finger head. Lacing clings to glass.

S - Pine, citrus, bready malt.

T - Starts off with some toffee like malt followed by bitter citrus hops. Lots of pine in there too.

M - Thin to medium. Bitterness abounds.

O - I enjoyed this IPA very much. This one is somewhat stronger on the malt bill as some but there is some serious bitterness to it in the back end. Great IPA! Another winner from Surly.

Serving type: can

11-01-2011 23:12:59 | More by pigc
Photo of Heatwave33


4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A hazy amber with a khaki colored head.

Smell: Hops, caramel malts, toffee, earthy note.

Taste: Hops, citrus from grapefruit, toffee, nice earth tone.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slight coarse with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: The hops, malts, citrus, toffee and earth tone are all very well balanced. Big ups to my brother bringing this back from Minnesota. Fantastic all around brew. Cheers!

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 19:01:46 | More by Heatwave33
Photo of ms11781


4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 05/31/2011. Canned on 04/13/2011. Thanks to tedwarhc. 16oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange/rust color. A nice one and a half finger, fluffy off-white head rises and settles as a finger of soap-like white foam. Excellent lacing is left on the glass.

Enormous hop aroma. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate. Orange, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit are here. A bit of pine is present as well. Really just a huge hop presence ranging from on end of the spectrum to the other. There is a hint of caramel malt sweetness but the hops are near overpowering.

The taste follows along with the nose nicely. Juicy, tropical fruit hop flavor. Pineapple and maybe some mango combine with some orange and lemony citrus to provide a huge hop presence. The caramel that was present in the nose asserts itself more and provides more sweetness but overall it still pales in comparison to the hop character. A moderately bitter finish comes on and compliments the hop flavors nicely.

Medium body with carbonation that is a bit stronger. It gives the beer a crisp feel. Moderately bitter finish. The hop character and crispness give the beer a good bite before the finish.

I debated on posting this review because I initially had the beer about 6 weeks after canning and tend to like to review IPAs/DIPAs in a shorter time frame but made an exception because this beer was still excellent at the time. I'd love to have year round access to this one.

Serving type: can

10-29-2011 03:59:18 | More by ms11781
Photo of kbuzz


3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can with un illegible date stamped on the bottom ?/18/11. At least it’s from this year, I guess.

A: Pours a BEAUTIFUL sunset orange with tones of red. Combine to create a peach hue when held up to the light. A finger and a half of frothy sudsy eggshell head that looks like it might stick around for a bit. Some nice lacing left where it has actually fallen. Some little sediment bits in there too which is a plus in my book…unfiltered = more flavor.

S: Actually a lot of caramel/bready malt notes at first. There are certainly some piney/spicy hop notes in there as well, but somewhat muted for an IPA.

T: Simultaneous bitterness to go along with a solid biscuity malt note up front. Definitely a strong malt backbone going on in this glass…caramel/biscuit/breadiness notes throughout. Strong pine and grapefruit from the hops. Extremely well-balanced. Probably not the freshest can since I’m not getting an overwhelming hop presence, but super tasty regardless. Reminds me more of an aggressively hopped red ale at this point in its lifespan.

M: A solid medium bodied beer. Carbonation moves all the flavors around on the tongue and helps to blend this beer together. Finishes with plenty of dryness.

O: I wish I could read the date on the bottom of the can, and then I would feel more comfortable with the review that I’m giving. As it is, I don’t know if this is how the beer is intended to taste or if I’m drinking a less than fresh version. Either way, this is a solid beer. Big biscuit maltiness to go with the spicy/piney hop presence. This is one of the more well balanced IPAs I’ve had in a long time…might have caught this right before it began to pass its prime. I would love to get a can of this right off the truck….and for that reason, I’m keeping it on my wants.

Serving type: can

10-28-2011 00:41:11 | More by kbuzz
Photo of minnesotaryan


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

This is my all time favorite beer, it is about time I reviewed it. Poured from a can into a Surly pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/red with ample foam. A medium amount of lacing.

Smell: Pine, pine and more pine, as well as grass and citrus. It smells sweet, primarily it gives off hop aromas, not smelling much in the way of malt.

Taste: This is tasting pretty fresh, which makes it all the better. Lots of citrus up front, lots of citrus - pineapple, orange and tangerines, there is some malt to balance it out, caramel notes and perhaps some biscuity flavors as well. There is a lot hop flavor but it is not overly bitter, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, nice carbonation with enough lingering hop bitterness to leave you ready for your next sip.

Overall: As previously mentioned, this is my favorite beer and it has never disappointed.

Serving type: can

10-27-2011 22:21:28 | More by minnesotaryan
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with three fingers of billowing off-white head that recedes into a soapy ring with decent lacing.

S: Lots of sweet citrus up front--orange and pineapple mostly followed by some grapefruit. There are some grass and pine aromas in there as well towards the finish. Smells very good.

T: Orange and pineapple up front followed by lots of grapefruit. Grass and pine flavors bring up the finish, complimenting the sweet citrus without overwhelming. There is only a light bitterness on the finish with a nice, citrusy aftertaste. Very tasty.

M: Body is on the light side of medium with fairly lowish carbonation. This beer is a bit watery, unfortunately.

O: A very good IPA that is held back more by a slightly watery body than anything else. Aromas and flavors are very good.

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 00:45:59 | More by n2185
Photo of DCon


3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap w/ ChrisF @ the Surly Brewing Company's Darkness Day 2011 in Brooklyn Center, MN for $5. Tapped from the black and plain handle into a 12oz Surly Cup.

Aroma- Huge citrusy aroma and definitely throws a punch at your nose! Grassy notes are in here as well. Great for the style!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, bubbly head that stays for a bit of time. Has a dark copper body with orange tint in here. Leaves decent lacing behind, surprisingly.

Flavor- Has an extreme hop flavor that I'm not too thrilled about... WAY Too much bitterness and over emphasis on the hop flavor and not enough citrus and malt character. If you do want hop for breakfast or lunch, this is for you!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and hop takes over the mouth. Not anything I would be able to finish in a short period of time.

Overall Impression- A WAY too viscous brew for the day I'm about to have here.... Let ChrisF enjoyed some of mine as well since I wanted to go through many more brews. A good one, just not the amount of hop in an IPA I wanted at the time....

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 20:37:40 | More by DCon
Photo of tjkinate


4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to Humulus85 for another great Surly brew.

A: 1+ fingered off white, creamy head with solid retention formed on top if this burnt orange brew and exhibited LOADS of frothy lacing.

S: Sweet candied malts are surprisingly more dominant than the beautiful smelling citrus pine hops.

T: Malts backdown in the tasting and follow the bitterness very nicely. I just really enjoyed taking every sip of this brew, even though the pine oil from the hops lingered slightly too long in the aftertaste.

M: Medium/light, nice amount of carbonation.

O: Have to say Surly is really living up to their hype, wonderful brew!

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 19:24:23 | More by tjkinate
Photo of bishopdc0


3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint car.
Poured into a pint glass shared with my brother inllaw.

The beer is amber almost cloudy with a decent head formation.

The nose is hops fully of citrus earthy hops with aaroma of crytal malts that work very well together.

The taste is wonderful all hop flavor citrus earth hops crystal malt all togeth and done very well. The end is very clean and slight bitter....nice brew

Serving type: can

10-22-2011 02:20:29 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of BeerOnTheWall


4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz can into standard shaker pint glass.

Pours crystal clear copper color with a thick 1-1 1/2 finger off white head that dissipated after a couple minutes leaving behind lots of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit and pine needles. Very faint malt coming through with noticeable bready yeast. The hop character is what dominates...very apparent and very pleasant.

Initial hit of citrus gives way to some dark caramel malt sweetness that's complimented by a bit of yeast. Big pine resin and slight citrus peel bitterness dominate the finish; it wraps around your tongue and lingers. I'm loving this!

Medium bodied, mouth coating, good carbonation. Plenty of substance that lays down nicely and provides a good stage for all those hops.

Overall this was one of the most enjoyable IPAs I've had. West Coast style from Minnesota. I will be getting in touch with the BA who sent me this in a trade and begging for more very soon!

Serving type: can

10-22-2011 01:20:05 | More by BeerOnTheWall
Photo of powellmg


4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep copper-colored beer with a persistent head and nice lacing. Intense hops aroma. Huge depth of flavor balanced by toasted malts. Long finish.

Like a lot of great beers, it's hard for me to pick out individual flavors in the complexity of the whole. Overall, outstanding. An aspirant beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 01:12:21 | More by powellmg
Photo of JayQue


4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still sipping my way through the Beers of Fame. Got this one and Three Floyds Gumballhead and Alpha King from Woodchopper ( a great trader!!!).

Pours into my pint glass from a 16 oz can as a slightly hazy copper color, not that dense, plenty of light coming through. Big antique white/off white head with fairly decent retention. Thick lacing, a nice looking beer.

Smell is awesome. Hops all the way, both piney and citrus, a strong and very pleasing aroma.

Tastes as good and as strong as the best DIPAs. This is my kind of balance, a strong bitter up front hops presence, softened by an equally strong caramel malt finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and as rich as a barleywine. Overall this is a great beer. 6.2 abv and flavor rivaling a much stronger beer.

Serving type: can

10-19-2011 00:03:53 | More by JayQue
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,852 ratings.