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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,851
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,402
Gots: 378 | FT: 15
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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:
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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robbrandes

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 16oz tallboy into a tulip; damn tough flower it is...and big...

dark amber, slightly hazy. big, full, slightly tan head, amazing lacing - soap rings all the way down the glass. nose is far more understated than big brother 'abrasive', but still lots going on. piney hops, a bit of black pepper, malt definitely takes a back seat.

taste - a bit of malt on the front and middle, but basically a full-on hop assault. the pine is still there, but now citrus, some resin kicking in. dry finish, hints of rye. mouthfeel is excellent, perfectly carbed, and things move along nicely.

overall - surly's a strong 2 for 2 in my book thus far.

Serving type: can

08-17-2011 06:17:18 | More by robbrandes
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

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

Serving type : 16 ounce can Canned on 8/5/11

Appearance: dark amber in color. One inch of head that fades to a ring after a couple minutes. Sticky lacing lingers aroud on my glass after each sip.

Smell : Very strong piney aromas .

Taste : Big bold flavors. Extremely hop forward taste. Lots of bitterness that is well balanced with carmel malts . I'm also picking up on some citrus notes as well

Mouthfeel : full body with nice carbonation.

Overall : I really enjoyed this beer. IPA is my favorite style and this beer is a more than a solid representative. I recommend any beer lover to seek this beer out. Big ups to Surly for a very well done beer

Serving type: can

08-17-2011 00:46:21 | More by BUNZILLA
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another can of Surly deliciousness sent to me by Derek, thanks again! 16 ounce can poured into a wide-mouth snifter style glass. Considering I was a huge fan of Abrasive I can't wait to see how they do a single IPA.

A: Golden bronze colored body with a bit of haze. Atop sits a creamy slightly off-white head, along with a thick retention cap and some of the best, stickiest looking lacing I've seen. It's really nice on the visuals and looks down right delicious.

S: Pine, floral hops, sap, sweet clementine, caramel malts and a dash of honey towards the end of the aromas. It has a really nice balance of both citrus forward qualities as well as earthy, piney notes. They're blended and both equally fragrant on their own and as a whole.

T: Sweet and sticky caramel malts give the beer a base to work off of. Bitter grassy and floral hop notes jump out mid-palate along with more pine and sap, as in the nose. The finish is a touch sticky from the hops but they don't leave any off flavors and even come across a bit sweet.

M: Lower carbonation that I expected, which gives this a really great medium body that's extremely smooth and somewhat creamy. Nice!

I'm definitely a fan of a lot of stuff Surly does and this just proves that even further. It's a very well balanced single IPA that showcases the expert brewing and combination of both citrus qualities and piney notes. Now if only I could get this stuff in Philly...

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 13:41:53 | More by ShanePB
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of chewy08rx in a recent trade. Thanks for the brews man!

From a 500ml can into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thinner looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head is kind of bubbly and chunky, slowly fading to a bubbly wisp and leaving some immediate chunky lacing on the glass. A cloudy burnt orange with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Starts out lousy, but finishes up strong.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, with plenty of citrus fruits. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel in there as well. Medium strength and very enticing for sure.

TASTE: Some pale malts up front, but not much initially really. Light grassy notes with caramel, but the flavors, and especially the hop profile, really come out after the swallow. Citrus fruits with grapefruit and orange peel, and lots of lingering bitterness after the swallow. Bitter, citrus aftertaste is bold and lingering, with a touch of sweet caramel as balance. Needs a bit more flavor upfront, but definitely great after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Nice feel.

OVERALL: Another enjoyable brew by Surly. These guys never cease to impress. This one needed a more impressive head and a bigger flavor presence before the swallow, but the look eventually came around and the post-swallow apocalypse certainly fit the bill. I’d take Abrasive over this one nine times out of ten, but I wouldn’t turn down another Furious anytime soon. Thanks again for sending one of these chewy08rx.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 13:15:51 | More by Jeffo
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breslaubrewer

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer across the border in MN. Love it in a can therefore this IPA does not oxidize and ruin it's taste. Beautiful smell and flavor, crystal malt sweetness balanced by a wonderful bitterness and hop aroma. Would buy again if I could find in WI.

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 19:47:37 | More by breslaubrewer
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doughanson78

Washington

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

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned 6/7/11. Big thanks to 67couple for this one. First Surly beer.

A: Dark amber in color. Very clear. One and a half finger, bery rocky, slightly off white head. Great retention and Awesome lacing.

S: Very citrusy. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine. Slight piney aroma also. Very nice caramel backbone.

T: Sweet caramel up front. Fruity/citrusy/piney hop bitterness in the middle. Caramel starts to come back in the finish but the amazing hops continue to linger for a while. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Low to medium carbonation.

O: WOW! Awesome beer. Easily compared to a fresh Pliny. As I say, I usually give Pliny as extras in trades, because I can always find a decent alternative. Wish this was readily available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:47:59 | More by doughanson78
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wscaffe

Florida

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

Obtained this in a BIF from surlytwinsfan.

A - Crimson/amber in color. Good clarity. One finger creamy white head consisting of many tiny bubbles. Leaves a decent lacing on glass.

S - Citrus and pine aromas from the hops. Sweet caramel, coffee and toffee aromas as well.

T - Piney and citrus hops linger on the palate. Hints of grapefruit. I get some toffee flavors as well. I enjoy the aggressive chewiness from the hops. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied. Good carbonation with pleasant creaminess throughout.

Overall a very unorthodox IPA. This beer is extremely enjoyable. The pine and citrus hops are fantastic. Surly knows how to make a damn good canned beer. Other than Daisy Cutter this is one of the best canned beer I have ever had.

Serving type: cask

08-12-2011 03:04:30 | More by wscaffe
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glid02

Georgia

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

Can shared by Paul – thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with large amounts of citrus and slightly herbal hops. Also present are drier earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pale malts are joined almost immediately by large amounts of deep citrus hops. Midway through the citrus influence fades a bit and leafy and slightly earthy hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer, however I have to admit I prefer Bitter Brewer over Furious. Still, both are well above average and they’re worth a shot to see for yourself.

Serving type: can

08-11-2011 20:50:13 | More by glid02
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StLThrash

Missouri

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

Special delivery from one of my client's daughters who lives in Minneapolis - brought me 3 four-packs of Surly - quite the sampler pack!

Poured into my Square One pint glass.

A - Orange / copper with slightly aggressive pour only yielded around a 1 1/2 finger head that was bright white and foamy. Left some sticky lacing throughout the beer.

S - Lots and lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Hits you up front with grapefruit, mango, orange peel, with some piney notes as well.

T & M - Similar to the nose, with lots of hop bitterness up front. Has a sweetnes to it as well and kind of earthy for an IPA. I love the taste of this beer. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A little juicy and sticky due to the blast of hops.

Overall - a great IPA and I would definitely drink it again and recommend it. Wish I could have better access to it! Now on to the Cynic and Coffee Bender.

Serving type: can

08-11-2011 16:33:58 | More by StLThrash
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BucannonXC5

California

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: Re-rated on 04-06-12 from original rating of 4.0-4.0-4.0-4.0-4.0 on 08-11-11.

Poured from a tap into a pint at King’s Wine Bar in Minneapolis, Minn. Color was a mix of copper and orange. Missed the head, but the lacing was high and consistent throughout the beer.

Lots of different strong flavors that blended well together. Kind of like the Abrasive that I had earlier in the day, it was a good mixture of dark (chocolate, caramel, malty) and citrus (pine, grapefruit).

The taste was similar to the smell, down to the mixes. The lacing stayed on my unshaven face, which I enjoyed. Slight bitterness, but all the blended flavors kind of outweigh it.

Average carbonation. So good throughout, just smooth and consistent.

I wish I would have had this before the Abrasive. The ratings would have been higher. Still loved the Furious.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 07:33:48 | More by BucannonXC5
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to whoever brought this one to our IPA day party.

A - Pours golden amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of tropical fruits; like grapefruit and mango; pungent citric hops, and some light sweetness, possibly from the caramel malt.

T - Starts off with a big dose of bitter citric hops slowly giving way to a mix of tropical fruits; like mango, grapefruit, and orange peel; sweet caramel malt, and a touch of chewiness toward the very end. The finish is a mix of juicy fruit, hop bitterness, and a touch of dryness, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Bitter-Sweet feel with a good bit of it lingering through the finish. A tiny bit too sweet but overall it has very good balance.

O - Pretty damn good. When fresh, this one is really hard to beat. I still prefer Abrasive over this one but either one would be great in my book. I look forward to my next encounter with the awesomeness that is Furious.

Serving type: can

08-10-2011 23:49:16 | More by orangesol
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fdkayti

Illinois

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

A- Poured into a pint glass. A real nice coppery red color with a two-fingered head that dissipates into a film over the top of the beer. Mostly clear, nothing stunning but beautiful in a very simple way. It's modest, you could say. Some floaties suspended throughout.

S- Sweet and kinda piney. Makes me see bright colors when I close my eyes. Citrus on the tail end. I gotta taste it.

T- Oh my gaaaah. No longer modest. Aggressive hops but oh so tasty. A slight sweetness, honey roasted peanuts. Not much malt presence. The bitterness is similar to the white parts of an orange or grapefruit. So friggin' balanced, even with the heavy hop presence and bitterness. May I please say OM NOM NOM.

MF- Slightly on the heavy side with what I appreciate as pretty good carbonation. Feel it all over my mouth, it really sticks to ya.

OD- An excellent canned beer. I would drink this anywhere, especially in a pool or on some sand. Incredibly refreshing while still thrusting you into flavor country. Thanks to a great, great friend for providing me with this diamond in beverage form.

Serving type: can

08-10-2011 02:04:13 | More by fdkayti
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antlerwrestler19

Nebraska

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass a deep copper color with a one finger fizzy head that fell relatively fast leaving lines of lacing around the edges. Aroma is very fruity and tangy with mango, orange, lemony bits coming through - not getting a whole lot of malt. The flavor follows the nose appropriately staying super sweet with a minor bitter bite at the end, piny and oily - I had this beer super fresh awhile ago and recall it being even sweeter but it is still solid nonetheless. The mouthfeel is really jumping out at me - bitter around the edges of my tongue with a slight stickiness at the back - a bit above average. Overall this is a highly drinkable beer for me and I'm glad I stocked up before the trip home - very tasty I could drink a 4 pack in one sitting and be very happy.

Enjoy!

Serving type: can

08-09-2011 20:56:57 | More by antlerwrestler19
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thain709

Pennsylvania

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

An IPA on IPA Day 2011. Thank you to whomever provided this pretty fresh can.

A - The body poured a golden amber body with a little bit of clarity...there was a two finger, white head which showed pretty nice retention...that retention lead to nice lacing

S - Holy topical fruits, batman...pineapple, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and orange all come to mind...the malt is very subdued and is an afterthought

T - The flavors come across as fruity, sweet, and slightly bitter...it all melds together perfectly...the sweet citrus is present up front and lasts throughout the middle...all the players in the nose are accountable...the finish provides a bitterness that is never too harsh and has a little bit of citrus rind flavor

M - Medium bodied...sweet and bitter...I guess we could say it's bittersweet...nice balance

O - It's great this can was pretty fresh...a huge thank you to the provider and the opportunity to try this one...this just became one of my top five IPA's

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 17:10:07 | More by thain709
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

I was happy to have the chance to try this at a recent IPA day event, poured from the chilled can into a tulip.

The color is golden with orange shade hazed with a thin cap of light beige, there is some good lacing sticking with a tight bead and the ale is visibly carbonated. The smell is great, a punch of pineapple and has a big sweet grapefruit nose with floral accents that give a nice depth to the aroma. The scent has a slight earthy almost nutty undertone which could be yeast or malt, but it doesn't trigger any particular ingredient just a secondary aroma. The feel is very nice with agressive bitterness and nice body with a bit of sharp edges, but generally smooth bitternes throughout, mild malt sweetness anchors it with tangy juiciness from the hops and subtle dry finish.

The taste is a very full and layered blend of bitter and tropcial hop tastes, the pithy citrus rind tinges with mildly sharp grapefruit-like bitter citrus flavor and slight tangerine sweet accents with some pineapple in the mix and a mild grassy sharp element in the tail end, a real kaleidoscope of hop elements all coming together seemlessly with nice balance from the malt and it has the nice dry finish that brings you back for the next wonderful taste. I was overwhelmed since I didn't know what to expect other than a great beer -the overall result for me was part of the can was not enough. I could have drank both cans being shared, it is a fantastic IPA, a well brewed beer above the rest of the pack. One of the best I have had recently perhaps -it is certainly an outstanding IPA in the American Style no doubtaboutit.

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 11:36:39 | More by Slatetank
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warnerry

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can date 6/16/11 consumed 8/3/11

A- Pours a clear copper with two fingers of tan head. Head has decent retention but leaves only a small amount of lacing.

S - Lots of pine up front, mixed with some caramel, a but of grass and quite a bit of citrus on the tail end.

T - Similar to smell with a nice punch of pine accompanied by caramel malt. After the pine fades, a big rush of citrus with a bit of earthiness on the finish.

M - medium mouthfeel, a bit lighter than I would have expected. Carbonation a little on the low side. Finishes dry and bitter.

O - a very nice IPA that I would be happy to have again. Wouldn't go to far out of my way to get though, considering the more easily obtainable alternatives.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 01:17:08 | More by warnerry
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper/caramel color with some nice frothy white head leaving lacing down the glass.

The smell is amazing. Equal amounts of citrus and pine hops along with a little bit of caramel sweetness.

Taste is similar to smell. This beer is amazingly balanced. A little bit of sweetness, but the hops are very assertive and balanced nicely between citrus and pine. A little bit of malt sweetness asserts itself in the middle surrounded by wonderful hop presence. Really an all star beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thick without being too syrupy and good levels of carbonation.

This is one fantastic beer. I've been wanting to try one of these forever and finally got my hands on some and very satisfied!

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 00:17:58 | More by jmarsh123
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dwilson01

California

3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a can into a indian wells pint glass. The body has a nice caramel copper tone and is covered with a creamy white head.

The scent is like a very fresh cut lawn which a citrus/pine tone in there.

The taste follows directly from the smell but it falls out considerably and ends in a slightly watery flavor. The pine and citrus come through in the forefront but don't follow through very well.

The mouthfeel is a tad light for my taste, not thick at all and easy to drink. Overall I was not overly impressed with this brew, the nose was great but it didn't deliver in the end.

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 05:33:13 | More by dwilson01
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Humulus85

Minnesota

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

A: This is a darker IPA, looks more like a red ale. Probably one of the prettiest beers I've had recently with deep copper and amber hues. Modest, slightly creamy, head dissipates (disappointingly) quickly with moderate lacing. Still gave beer a 4.5 cause it was so damn pretty.

S: True IPA nose headed by loads of pine and citrus, followed by some intriguing sweetness.

T: I've been on a hop kick lately but this IPA still stands out to me as an exceptional example of the style. Assertive but drinkable. The hops are apparent (notably piney vs citrusy) as expected but there is a very nice maltiness that curbs the bitter. This would be a solid session IPA.

M: Good and thick without the resinous syrupy feel of some more aggressive and less skillful IPAs.

O: Very, very solid IPA. Beautiful to look at and very drinkable for its style. Would recommend this to any fan of stronger ales as well as a new beer drinker looking to try a good IPA. On a side note: if you liked this beer look out for Surly "Wet" around October; it'll blow your taste bud's minds!

Serving type: can

08-01-2011 16:29:37 | More by Humulus85
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Darker than many IPAs, it's almost on appearance an amber/red ale, but not quite. Head is about two fingers thick, disappates down to a ring. There's some lacing, but not quite enough for me to round up the half point.
S- The smell is exceptional. big hoppiness, piney and slightly tropical. Really big on the nose with some sugary sweetness on the nose too.
T- It's good that they put as much malt in there as they did. You can tell they put quite a bit in, but it still leans way toward hoppy. Piney, a bit of grapefruit as well. There is a decent caramel sweetness to it. The finish vaguely reminds me of DFH 90 Minute.
M- Full body for style. A bit low on the carbonation. Long finish to it.
O- A solid IPA and one I'm glad I got to try. It should be noted that the intensity of flavor did not lend itself well to drinking with food. Deliciously overwhelming as the case may be.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 23:55:18 | More by jsprain1
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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

Ahhh... Surly Furious: We meet again (insert evil laugh)!

Thank you SamuelJackson45 (Leon) for making my day with this awesome brew.

I have fond memories of drinking this brew across the state of Minnesota on a work-related trip back in 2009. Now that I have more beerspective, I'm looking forward to repeating that experience.

A: Golden for sure, with ever the slightest haze. The cobweb lacing clung to the glass like Spider-Man on acid.

S: I started to smell the hops about mid can pop actually. West Coast-style hop profile: Piney, bitter, and 100% citrusy.

T: Ultra-fresh hop taste and the balance between the fruit and hops was awe inspiring. Sweet, but not syrupy. The finish had a very rounded fresh fruit quality that counteracted the initial hop bitterness.

M: The carbonation was perfect for the collection of ingredients here. It has the feel of a DIPA, but the tempered sweetness of an IPA. My glass looked like it went through a car wash by the end.

O: I said it back in 2009 and I'm saying it now: This is one of the best standard brewery line-up beers on the market.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 04:55:44 | More by Chaney
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into Victory snifter. 4/14/11 canning date.

A: Deep amber color, cloudy some what, off white one finger head, nice lacing, good carbo

S: Smells really fruity, grapefruit, citrus, pine, there is some bready malt at the back of the nose

T: Front to back - nice hop bite on the front of tongue, malts hit you on the center to mellow the taste, and a clean crisp finish. I think this COULD be better if fresher. I have some canned and June and I'll compare

M: Medium with mouth coat

O: Great beer from Surly. Best canned IPA out there IMO

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 19:42:28 | More by inlimbo77
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dgilks

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper colour with a big, fluffy off-white head. Great head retention.

Rich grapefruit aroma with some great resinous notes. A bright and hoppy IPA with a mild sweet backbone.

Smooth, light malt which gives way to a rounded bitterness with a hefty dose of spicy, citrusy hops. There's some pine and bitter grapefruit as well as something just a little darker. Very good.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. This works really well.

A seriously good IPA and the can has kept the freshness in. Many thanks to Brian and his trading partner for getting this for me.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 07:03:17 | More by dgilks
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Robtobfest for this can! 16oz can, bottom stamped "Canned on 6/14/11."

Pours a deep dark amber with creamy light tan head that has great retention and leaves sheeting, not lacing! Nose is dominated by pine-centric hops, and some citrus comes out after a spell. Palate is snappy and bitter, but also creamy from both the carbonation level and the malt. The "scottish malt" makes this feel like an Imperial Red. Citrus plus amber malt/mulch flavors. Pleasantly bitter but I find it hard to believe that it's 99 IBUs.

Excellent canned option for hop fanatics!

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 01:54:37 | More by SFLpunk
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mashmaster for a few cans of this - how lucky for me that you happened to be in MN! I poured this can - dated 7/1/11 - into a tulip.

It's certainly darker than I expected: the body is amber, bordering on brown. There's a small one-finger head that really lasts. Unremarkable.

The smell is equally defined by citrus fruits and floral notes. Smelling this beer is pretty close to sniffing a bouquet of freshly cut flowers - not quite grassy, just so fresh and pure. Really pronounced, resiny hops here.

Well, it's bitter - really, really bitter. It's a veritable hop assault from my first sip. There's so much fruit underneath the hops, especially oranges. Actually, this reminds me quite a bit of orange juice. There's some sticky pine followed up by serious, mouth-parching bitterness in the finish, with a little grass in the back end. Huge.

This is so crisp and refreshing without feeling thin or overly light. An incredibly drinkable beer.

Hundreds of BAs before me have deemed this an archetype of the style, and I have to agree that this is a phenomenal IPA. A game changer.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 00:29:26 | More by amphion1065
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,851 ratings.