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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,916
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,403
Gots: 391 | FT: 14
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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.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006)
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Photo of smakawhat


3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from dated can May 5th 2011 into a nonic pint glass.

Stupidly creamy off white/tan head. I mean stupidly it looks like cream is coming out and the consistency is unreal. That large head settles and gives some clump but not lacing. It sits on a nice orange amber body that is slightly cloudy somewhat see through. no rising carbonation from the bottom. This beer looks like hot sex.

Bouquet is basic and solid but almost a one trick pony. Simple orange fruit and airy hop feel. Some spice, but no sense of anything else even, not even malt. Somewhat piny...

Hop orange citrus comes through in the taste, but there is also a distinct taste and sense of brown bread, almost dark bread crust. Body though is a bit thin and watery which is a little disappointing. Piny dryness in the palate after swallowing and a hardly hint of sugar.

Well glad I tried it, but it's certainly not my favorite American IPA but can do no problem.

Serving type: can

05-21-2011 23:22:52 | More by smakawhat
Photo of callmescraps


4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally trying this beer. Just ran into it in the packy. Love the tall boy.

App- Sort of a cloudy, dark toasty caramel color. Inch and a half off white sticky soapy head. Laces very nicely.

Smell- Huge hop burst, from the moment I opened the can. Just huge citrus and pine. Grapefruit and sticky pine forest. A little sweet candy stickiness.

Taste- Definitely a sticky pine blast. A real candied hop thing. Quite sweet. Caramel malts for sures. A strong bitter finish, just withers the tongue. A little dankness.

Mouthfeel- A little thin and soapy feeling. Almost like a cask feeling. Light and refreshing. Still lacks a little oomph.

Overall- This is a very nice beer. I loved the smell, and it is pretty refreshing. But a little candied hop thing. A touch soapy.

Glad I have finally tried this one, but it's not really my sort of thing. Reminds me of masala mama a lot, a beer I think is nice but nothing special.

Serving type: can

05-21-2011 03:55:04 | More by callmescraps
Photo of alf212


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

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Copper/amber body with a little transparency. Loads of lacing. Tan head which dissapeared quite quickly (although I had just washed the pint and didn't bother letting it dry all the way...got impatient :P )

Smell: Citrus and piney hops with caramel sweetness definitely in there as well.

Taste: tastyyy. really though very good beer. some caramel sweetness from the hops to start off the sip which finishes with the same hopes from the smell. not as hoppy as I expected from sucha high IBU beer though--not saying I'm dissapointed, it tatstes great

Drinkability: Highly drinkable considering the IBU's. If it weren't so rare round my area I'd definitely drink a couple more. It's the first beer i drink from Surly, but it surely won't be the last. Highly recommended.

Serving type: can

05-21-2011 03:06:47 | More by alf212
Photo of oline73


4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with two fingers of off white head. The head dissipates but leaves a layer and lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of caramel as well as citrus peel hops and I think I'm picking up some spice.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops dominate. There is enough sweet malt to somewhat balance it, but the hops steel the show. There is some spice and the finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish has a slight dryness to it.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. The malt was there enough to make it more interesting than other IPAs, but the hops steal the show. I'd love to have more.

Serving type: can

05-20-2011 02:57:44 | More by oline73
Photo of airmike


4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Clear redish copper color with a huge white frothy head that sticks around and laces the glass nicely. Carbination looks good as well!

S: Piney Citrus hops! hops! hops!

T: A big hops flavor bitter and piney thought it's still unique to other IPAs that I've had. Their combination of hops (and maybe the fact that this was canned just 2 weeks ago) really gives a big pow in the face hops kick that's pleasantly torturous on the taste buds.

M: Great carbination, smooth, medium to borderline heavy body. Clean finish.

Overall, Furious is a great beer and Surly has done very well with this one. The fresher the better! If I lived in the Minneapolis area, this would be my go to beer when craving a quality IPA.


Serving type: can

05-18-2011 13:28:58 | More by airmike
Photo of punkrkr27


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

Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Copper colored pour with a 2-finger, foamy, off-white head. Lush, fresh, floral and citrusy hop aroma with hints of pine and mint with an earthy, caramel malt background. The flavor is a nice balance of big big, bitter piny hops, herbs, fresh cut grass, lemon, and orange peel rounded out with chewy, earthy biscuit and caramel. Medium, dry body with a healthy amount of lively carbonation.

Serving type: can

05-16-2011 22:55:24 | More by punkrkr27
Photo of davidbowers13


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

Thanks to skybluewaters for allowing me to try this beer.

A - Poured from the can into a pint glass. Copper in color with some transparency.

S - Citrus and pine aroma.

T - Citrus with a hint of grapefruit. I was expecting this to have a larger hop profile with a 99 IBU rating. Found it surprisingly easy to drink, but was hoping for more of a hop forward beer.

M - Light and not overpowering.

O - I was expecting a hops forward profile similar to the Abrasive, but this is definately more scaled back. The hops hit up front, but the finish is very smooth with the malt characteristics. Overall, a good beer, but I'd prefer Abrasive if I could choose between the two.

Serving type: can

05-15-2011 05:02:43 | More by davidbowers13
Photo of ngeunit1


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

A - Pours a clear copper red color with a big finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades slowly down to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of piney and floral hops. There is also some fruity esters, some malt beneath, and a bit of citrus as well.

T - Starts out with some strong hops flavor and lots of grapefruit. There is some sweet malt in the background to provide some balance. Through the middle some strong bitterness and floral flavors come through. But of light fruit in the mix. The finish is a mix of hops bitterness and some background malts and grapefruit that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Really smooth and crisp. The lingering bitterness is fairly strong and leaves a nice dry mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice and powerful hop profile. There is also enough malt and fruit flavor to balance out the flavors.

Serving type: can

05-15-2011 00:09:00 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of jwinship83


4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can i got in a trade with mnbears fan at dark lord day. thanks matt! drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. its been a long time since i reviewed this on tap.

A- the pour yields a dark orange colored body with reddish highlights and a slight haze. the head on top is moderate in size and has excellent retention. complete rings of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- woah, this is hoppy. grapefruit and pine jump from my glass. some floral hops notes as well. there is a sweetness from caramel malts that shows itself towards the end.

T- the taste starts out with some caramel malts that add a touch of sweetness to this otherwise completely bitter beer. after that it moves into hop country. lots of grapefruit and pine notes with a touch of floral.

M- nice and bitter with a little bit of sweetness. medium bodied and well carbonated.

D- this beer is worthy of the hype it gets. a great example of an IPA in a super portable container that comes with a couple of extra ounces. check this one out if you get the chance. its one of the better IPAs out there. if it was an option, this would be in my regular rotation.

Serving type: can

05-14-2011 01:23:40 | More by jwinship83
Photo of Preismj


4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: brown hue with reddish tinge to it. Nice tan/red head on a mild pour producing half inch-inch high head. Sticky beads of bubbling ont he glass but not a firm head.

s: grapefruit, pineapple and the sweet smell of sticking your face in a flower. This smells like summertime. My dog would get away from the glass as it reeked of 'outside'...but in a very, very,very...very good way. Hints of pine and sweet roasty malts.

t: @ just over 6% abv, this has a pretty potent taste. very floral profile in the hops...slight bitterness up front that lingers into the taste. followed by a delicious malt profile that isn't strong in flavor but certainly in sweetness. Almost nutty, no smokey or roast flavor to be had, but the sweetness offsets the bitterness had up front. Peach, mango, pineapple and various citrus flavors rush in the mid taste. As the sweetness gets to a peak, the beer finishes with extreme bitterness.

m: light bodied, would have liked a tad more heft here and better coating given the flavors. light carbonation is crisp and refreshing. mouth finish is exceptionally dry...left puckering quite a bit at the dryness.

o: wouldn't mind having a couple 4 packs of these guys laying around for the summer. The taste is very strong for a brew at this abv level. all the flavors really jump off the palette one at a time here and make for something I'd love to enjoy many times down the road.

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 12:59:09 | More by Preismj
Photo of JoshVandy


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

Shout out to DoctorRock for hooking me up with this and tons of other Surly brews.

473mL can into a Deschutes snifter. Canned on March 29, 2011.

A- Pours a murky, deep amber color with a nice one finger off white head that slowly dies down. Leaves a beautiful lacing that clings relentlessly to the glass.

S- Fantastic citrus and pine hops. Very faint malts as it warms in the glass. Simple and effective.

T- Behold the hops! Citrus hops up front, followed by a nicely solid, yet integrated, malt backbone. Finishes with a nice pine hop note and slight bitterness. Well balanced.

M- Light, refreshing and smooth. Carbonation is spot on as well. I need to get more of this for the summer.

O- A very well made brew from Surly that hits all the right notes for me. Surprisingly refreshing and quaffable. Easily one of my favorites in the style. I need to stock up on this for the coming months. The perfect summer beer. Well done.

Serving type: can

05-09-2011 04:37:07 | More by JoshVandy
Photo of rmalinowski4


4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber color with one finger of sticky off white head. Head recedes slowly and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. You can see tiny bubbles dancing up when you hold the beer up to the light.

Smell is citrus and pine hops. Slight malt smell detected in the background. If you like citrus hops, the smell is devine.

Taste is citrus and pine up front with a carmel malt middle. The finish is bitter pine hops. Very simple flavor profile, but extremely well done. It is simply delicious. I love this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The carbonation dances on the palate. It is not thin, but it is not too thick either. It is just about perfect.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers, sweet carmel backbone with a citrus and pine hop presence, smooth and tons of flavor. Very easy to drink. This is the second time I have had this beer, and I just want more. Thanks to biglobo8971 for hooking me up with this one.

Serving type: can

05-08-2011 00:51:05 | More by rmalinowski4
Photo of strikertown


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

I've received this many times from biglobo8971 and every time I get it I am grateful. This beer has turned into one of my favorites, and now I am finally sitting down to review it.

A - This beer looks more like an English Pale than an IPA. Copper hue that is almost a reddish brown.

S - This beer has some powerful hops coming off the nose. Citrusy with hints of grapefruit.

T - The taste on this beer is fantastic. It has a great malty backbone followed up with lots of bitter hops. It has a nice sweetness with lots of bitterness. Its not overly sweet though.

M- This thing has a very large mouthfeel. It has the body of something in the 8-9% range but is only a 6.2%. Not slippery or thin at all.

O-If this was available to me year around I would probably buy a 4 pack a week. This beer is definitely one of the reasons I started trading. It is a great IPA with a great malt backbone to help off set all the west coast style IPAs on the market. If you are ever in the surly distro area pick up this beer.

Serving type: can

05-08-2011 00:18:21 | More by strikertown
Photo of PhatAtUT


3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into snifter.

A: very hazy dark orange. decent head. nice lacing.
S: not a very strong scent. spicy. not getting any pine or citrus.
T: very bitter. bready/biscuity. not hint of sweetness. not very balanced. like the flavor of the hop profile, but would prefer a little more balance. slight pine oiliness.
M: very creamy mouthfeel. thick for a regular ipa, but i think this is definitely a good thing. outstanding.
O: enjoyed it and it stands up to about any regular ipa i can buy locally, but i was still disappointed due to the hype. easy to drink and not overpoweringly bitter by any means, but not as balanced as i prefer.

Serving type: can

05-07-2011 21:21:24 | More by PhatAtUT
Photo of TheGordianKnot


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

Canned on 3/29/2011... Thank you to the Surly guys that AleWatcher introduced me to at DLD!

A- Pours a deep copper/amber color with a beautiful large pillowing light khaki colored head almost overflowing the glass. Very enticing...

S- Thank you Surly for this aroma that I have now gotten to experience. In your face grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, and just a tiny bit of pine/wood to add some complexity. I literally sense NO malt sweetness in this to back up the hop aroma like you get in other beers, and that is great by me!

T/M- Very bitter forward. Bitterness takes hold of the mouth before any flavor can be noticed. Its not too much bitterness that it doesn't work or anything, but would have liked the citrus flavor to pop just a bit more. Again, no caramel or sweetness but there is a slight bready character that round things out. Also, that slight pine tinge is back for an encore on the flavor that does really round things out. Nice moderate carbonation on a fairly full body (for an IPA).

O- Very good IPA. The only thing I would change would be to balance the bitterness and the hop flavor just a bit more. My favorite part of this beer is how Surly was able to make the IPA with almost not strong malt backbone flavors, yet it wasn't completely out of whack or astringent or anything... Very happy with my first Surly and would like more coming!

Serving type: can

05-07-2011 14:01:01 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of LaCoursiere


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

Canned on 05/03/11.

A - Poured slowly into a snifter. It formed a 1 finger cream color head that stayed around for some time then slowly thin head and collar. It has a slightly hazy reddish-brown color. Lots of thin lacing the sticks to the sides of the glass.

N - Very nice aroma of pine, grass and grapefruit.

T - Trace sweetness and bready malt up front with lots of lemon rind and pine in the finish. The bitter hops in the finish are very intense and linger .

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It dances around quite a bit. Not much if any alcohol presence, it is well hidden by the hops and carbonation.

O/D - I've drunk quite a bit of furious in the past but haven't had it as of late. I think my palette has become more accustomed to IPAs with more malt and sweetness, so Furious tasted like a bitter storm this time around. Not a bad thing. Furious is an excellent beer and I will enjoy it for as long as they make it.

Serving type: can

05-06-2011 22:06:07 | More by LaCoursiere
Photo of jcartamdg


3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my ccb pint glass, reddish brown, half a finger head, hazy. Aroma of hops with malt in background. Taste follows the nose hops with little malt, no balance. Citrus from the hops is good just not great. Highly carbonated. It's good just not great, after having abrasive(excellent) it's hard to tell they are both from the same brewery.

Serving type: can

05-06-2011 13:42:13 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of bert13tj


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

A: Beautiful dark amber with a frothy off-white head. Great lacing on the glass

S: Citrus hops play a huge part in this beer. Slight hint of Juniper as well.

T: All kinds of citrus hop presence, followed by a good dose of carmel, then finally some bitterness from the hops.

M: Smooth and almost creamy, not much for carbination, almost like it was pulled from a cask.

O: A very solid IPA, one of the best I have had to date. Would probably go broke if I could buy this whenever I want.

Serving type: can

05-05-2011 17:15:32 | More by bert13tj
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

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

Oh, my darling..I'd like to thank the kind soul who brought these back into my life. What could be better after a long long work day?
The surprise can glistens with delight and impending satisfaction. I rub myself gratuitously. Tangerines and pine shoots with the hintiest of malts. Big and sharp aromas. The bitterness is magnanimous, giving all that it can to me. The citrus bursts through my heart, the fine fruits of its labor. My mouth is sticky and drying; my breath the whispers of angels.
I am happy. I am not furious.

Serving type: can

05-04-2011 04:34:01 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of evanackerman


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

The beer is a beautiful deep amber with a pillowy beige head. Wispy lacing on the glass as the beer is enjoyed.

Aroma: Citrus hops and a bit of juniper

Taste: Large citrus hop presence then a solid caramel malt backbone and a nice long finish from bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, smooth and creamy, feels like a cask-conditioned beer.

Overall, seriously solid IPA, one of the standouts amongst a very crowded field. definitely give this a try if you can.

Serving type: can

05-03-2011 23:59:51 | More by evanackerman
Photo of HuskyinPDX


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

16oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A- dark orange-amber with a 1 finger tan colored head. The head has nice retention and leaves good lacing.

S- Pine and some sweet malts.

T- Very mild, more so than I was expecting after the smell. Some pine, citrus, and malt.

D- Balanced, but a bit bitter up front. Very drinkable and nice. Thanks jimixr for including as an extra in a trade.

Serving type: can

04-30-2011 07:14:02 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of chugalug06


4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark murky amber hue with a slightly off-white color head. Head is quite foamy and solid looking. Nice looking bubble stream from the bottom though the middle. Spotty lacing.

S - Amazingly nice tropical scent with extreme citrus and toffee notes. Slight pine resonates too... Very "sticky" scent. I can smell this brew sitting on my table. Pungent amazingness.

T - Very light flavor for an IPA, quite enjoyable. Very hop forward with a relaxed back feeling. Not overly bitter, but still has the IPA bite. Well done Surly.

M - Great mouthfeel; light, air-y, balanced, well carbonated, addicting.

D - Strong. I could down many of these, but I think it could get me in some trouble... Consumed around 55 degrees from a NB Globe. Canned 3/29/11. Great brew!

This was my first Surly brew ever and will definitely be seeking more in the future. Thanks for the trade Nick!


Serving type: can

04-30-2011 01:12:10 | More by chugalug06
Photo of dmfrench


4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel malty, complex hoppy dIPA/Red hybrid.

A: Lovely deep pumpkin colored body, yeast chunks, and a two finger but quickly settling off white head that leaves just a bit of lace.

S: Very much larger than the ABV would suggest. Big, fat buttery caramel malt foundation upon which a shit ton of hops is laid... grapefruit, pine, tea, spice, floral... it's all there. I'd be pleased if this was the nose of a DIPA, so for a mere 6.2% brew, it's just fantastic.

T: Wow... much darker and rounder than I had expected. Hop bitterness still dominates, but malt is definitely up there. Tea and floral notes are the primary hop contributions, with spices and pine receeding and citrus almost non-existant. I think this is probably a freshness issue (date on bottom is smudged - not older than four months is all I can tell), but I was hoping for the more explosive hops that other reviewers cite.

M: Perfect weight and texture, perhaps a bit over carbonated.

O: My first good beer from a can! It was a bit surreal pouring this thing and being greeted by such an inviting aroma, having no experience to draw on but cans of BMC. Freshness aside, I can tell that this is amazing beer; the fact that it recieves such a high score while being compromised by freshness it a testament to that. Will have to seek out a fresher can.

Serving type: can

04-29-2011 23:00:29 | More by dmfrench
Photo of SoCalStout


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

On Tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis

A: Gorgeous rouge with striking amber and orange tones. Slight cloudiness. Thick bready head. Really great lace like a timeline down the glass.

S: Huge hops. Aromas of pine, ammonia, juniper, roses, rosemary, and grapefruit.

T: Huge bracing hops. Bitterness is the main flavor versus just being a complimentary or finishing note. Great levels of citrus, sweetness, tartness, and aseptic qualities abound. Delicious.

M: Beautifully carbonated (heavy). Carbonation is necessary to keep the bitter flavors moving across the tongue. Medium-low viscosity. Lingers.

D: Really delicious beer. Have had more than a few in a sitting and loved it. Would be my #1 session IPA if i could get this in Cali.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 00:00:45 | More by SoCalStout
Photo of sendsilk


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

This is an excellent beer. I have really become attached to it. I received two 4 packs in a recent trade and only have 1 can left. It's deliciously hoppy but not too piney. Color is wonderful, taste even better. I would say that I like it it much better than Abrasive as it is much smoother to my palate.

Light amber colored with great lacing and head, I could drink this every day if I lived near a place that sold Surly.

Smells great, citrusy and hoppy but not overly so.

The taste is sublime, really delicious.

M- Above average for the style.

O/D- Oh yeah, I could keep these coming all day long. Due to the rarity I have had to make my two 4 packs last a little over a month. If you can get some you definitely owe it to yourself to try it.

Serving type: can

04-28-2011 23:00:52 | More by sendsilk
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,916 ratings.