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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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3,935 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,935
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,403
Gots: 395 | 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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Photo of robwestcott


4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured aggressively from the can a murky dark amber to a digfish head signature glass with a foamy off white 1/2 finger head leaving nice retention.

strong aroma of piney and citrus hops.

tastes of piney hops forward and citrus following closely.

very creamy, smooth, only slightly bitter at the back of the tongue.

way more drinkable than expected.

Serving type: can

08-07-2010 01:58:55 | More by robwestcott
Photo of bevenson


3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A - Copper with a slight chill haze. Low, off white head that quickly falls. Light Belgian Lace on sides of glass.

S - Grapefruit and a slight woody/grassy hop aroma in balance with sweet caramel. Light alcohol noticeable too. Could use a little bolder hop aroma.

T - Grapefruit and caramel up front; more caramel than I'm used to in an American IPA. Firm bitterness follows closely behind. Toasty malt is hidden in there somewhere. Grassy finish with a lingering bitterness; has the "scrape your tongue" kind of lingering hop quality that I've come to expect from an American IPA.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and dry. Slight stickiness lingers afterward, which keeps this from being as refreshing as it could be.

D - An excellent American IPA. I prefer the ones that only have the bare minimum of caramel malt, and this one has more than I like. Otherwise it's a very enjoyable American IPA that I greatly appreciate on this hot summer day.

Serving type: can

08-05-2010 01:35:13 | More by bevenson
Photo of scottfrie


4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to thecaptain073 for letting me try this one.

A: Pours a dark amber with a couple fingers of sticky, oily, light tan head that left a sheet of very sticky lacing around the glass.
S: A bouquet of citrus and pine hops burst with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus rind and pine. Very wonderfully sweet and strong smelling for an IPA. Notes of sweet caramel malt poke through the hop madness.
T: The hops in this taste just like fresh juicy grapefruit, complete with a fair amount of bitter pith. The finish contains a touch of caramel malt sweetness.
M: Medium-light mouthfeel with low carbonation. Body is not heavy or syrupy at all. Hop flavors are fresh and clean. Finish is smooth and a bit dry. Could use a bit more carb.
D: A wonder IPA balanced way more towards the hops, just the way I like them. This reminds me a lot of Sculpin. A very delicious, light, and refreshing brew I wish I could get here.

Serving type: can

08-04-2010 01:08:56 | More by scottfrie
Photo of sonata2008


4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a 16 oz. pint glass. Dark amber color with a thick head.
S: Rich citrus, some grapefruit and a little pine.
T: Initially bitter, followed by an intense citrus flavor with a caramel finish. A very nice balance of flavors
M: Average mouth feel.
D: Excellent drinkability, especially if you like aromatic hops.

I enjoy this beer very much.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 01:28:31 | More by sonata2008
Photo of JackieTH


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

Pours an attractive amber-red with a bubbly white and short lived head.

Nose is all about citrus and pine in a background of malt. Very nice.

Bitterness of citrus peels along with pine immediately announce there are ample hops on the palate but just the same it's not angrily hoppy. This may be just about perfectly my idea of a very drinkable hopped up IPA, as it's offset with some nice caramel flavors of roast malt. Refreshing and flavorful without being at all cloying.

The body does have some legs, but is cut by a moderately high degree of carbonation. I find it very drinkable even with the moderately high degree of hop.

Another example of a great beer from Surly. I love this stuff. Sure am glad I live here and can get it fresh!

Serving type: can

07-28-2010 19:53:56 | More by JackieTH
Photo of glazeman


4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a recent trade with airohead2001, thanks a ton! I had the chance to try Abrasive about a month ago and have been really excited to try Furious ever since. Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.

A: beautiful 2 finger off white head. Medium-dark amber color with some ruby-red tones as well. Excellent head retention and excellent lacing.

S: Lots of citrus on the nose. Tangerines, lemons, and a little bit of earthiness at the end are the smells I get. The smell was quite good, but not amazing.

T: Delicious, not overly bitter hops are the main characteristic of this beer. There's a nice malt backbone, that adds some balance and mellowness and also adds to the drinkability. The main flavors I get are of oranges, grapefruit, earthiness, and some bitterness at the finish.

M: Above average, but probably the weakest part of this brew. It is on the thicker side and on the higher side of carbonation. Although these two factors balance each other out somewhat.

D: Excellent, I would love another can of this right now! Unfortunately I only have one. So glad I had the change to try this. It is another excellent IPA from Surly, although it is quite pleasantly distinct from Abrasive. Overall, not quite as good as Abrasive if my memory serves me correctly, though I would need to do a side by side to confirm this.

Serving type: can

07-20-2010 19:46:42 | More by glazeman
Photo of ballz50401


5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a dark copper color with a nice symphony of carbonation bubbles that produce a big white soapy head and leaves nice lacing on my glass. Starts off with an intense hop aroma with pine resin, a nice array of citrus and tropical fruits, some floral scents mixed in with some nice aromatic caramel malts. Taste starts off with some nice mango, tropical fruit, and pine hop flavors then finishes with a nice strong but not overpowering caramel/toffee backbone. This is a meduim bodied IPA that is very well balanced and feels really nice on the palate, the hops let you know they're there but doesn't overpower it. This has been my favorite all around brew since I first tried it after a Vikings game last year. I always try to keep this one stocked in my fridge even through I sometimes have to drive two hours to replenish it. I just can't get enough of this stuff. This is my perfect 5 beer.

Serving type: can

07-20-2010 05:12:40 | More by ballz50401
Photo of brewdub17


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

Appearance: Light amber makes up the base, while traces of copper can be found in the areas with more light density.

Smells: Sweet but spicy smells protrude though a spectacular wave of citrus and floral hop characteristics.

Taste: A full body is covered with spicy, citrus flavors that come from the high, but not at all overpowering IBU level.

Mouthfeel: All different types of flavors cover separate areas of the mouth to combine a great malty but spicy flavor. spectacular combination.

Drinkability: A medium ABV and huge amounts of flavors make it hard to go through great quantities. However, you cannot stop at two or three, too great of a beer.

Thanks Omar,

Serving type: can

07-13-2010 18:15:38 | More by brewdub17
Photo of e11a627


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

Furious poured into a new belgium globe glass.
A: Red, orange, mahogany.
S: Citrus, hoppy, a little bit skunky
T: Nice punch of hops, tad bit smoky with the swallow.
M: Immediately, with the first sip, all tastebuds are alive and feelin' good. Very enjoyable aftertaste - stays with you but not for an overwhelmingly long period of time.
D: Superb beer. Like most IPAs - probably can't drink it all night but it is a fab beer. I would drive to the Cities just for this! Love that it's served in a can. Unique and fun!

Serving type: can

07-12-2010 21:37:37 | More by e11a627
Photo of eat

Quebec (Canada)

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

I was pretty excited to get a can of this stuff as part of a trade with rudge75 over at Half Pints. It's pretty hard to acquire good American brews in Canada if you're not actively trading with Americans or making frequent trips yourself. Thanks a ton, Dave.

Pours a dark, translucent amber. Patchy cover of cream-white head, with a ring around the glass leaving some lacing.

The nose presents a ton of potent pine, grapefruit and lychee along with some caramel malt. Textbook IPA smell, along the lines of what all brewers should be shooting for.

Again, lots of pine, grapefruit rind and roasty caramel malt in the mouth. In spite of being quite flavourful, I find it to be the slightest bit watery somehow. Still, this is great stuff. Very similar to what I remember of Red Racer (another great canned IPA) and not sure which I prefer. I'd need to drink them side by side.

Medium body and carbonation. Nothing special, though appropriate.

Not sure I'd want to session this, it's just over the line in terms of bitterness. Definitely hophead friendly. I'm glad I finally had a chance to try this stuff. Two or three cans would go down just fine.

Serving type: can

07-08-2010 18:30:28 | More by eat
Photo of newk340


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

16oz can poured into 2 New Belgium goblets shared with hu5om:

A: Little-to-no head, which dissipated quickly following the pour. a dark mauve color that is rather opaque with no sediment visible.

S: Very sweet citrus smell with a lingering aroma of hops.

T: An excellent hoppy beer, an IPA though not labelled as such by Surly. Citrus flavors are omnipresent and the hops give the mouth a solid buzz.

MF/D: A blast of taste overshadows the carbonation making it a smooth hop-beer. a fantastic (as always) beer from a can.

Serving type: can

07-06-2010 00:11:38 | More by newk340
Photo of hu5om


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

split with newk320 in new belgium goblets

a- translucent bronish red, small ring of off white foam persisted

s- citrus, grapefruit hops, a bit of spicy malt

t- hops first, citrus. not too big but a nice punch. decently balanced with the spicy malty lightness. a bit of pine. taste doesn't linger too long

m- effervescent (sp?). fairly light actually, clean aftertaste for this many hops.

d- epic. i could drink more than a few. surly twists styles perfectly again here into an IPA session beer.

Serving type: can

07-06-2010 00:04:45 | More by hu5om
Photo of regspeir


4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the kindness of Tim @ Pinocchio's
Poured a reddish, orangish amber with a smallish head which dissapted into a coating of bubbles. Nose was grapefruit and pine, some caramel malt and some flowery aroma as well. Taste was initally malts - esp. caramel and then the hops kick in - piney citrus (grapefruit and pineapple) and some floral, perfumy and pleasantly bitter back end. This is a hop-bomb for sure, but not one of those that render you unable to taste anything else for days. It IS enough to maybe limit the number of these at a sitting. Mouthfeel is medium with some prickly feeling and a nice, crisp finish. Carbonation seems light as well. all-in-all a great offering and one I wish I had more access to.

Serving type: can

07-05-2010 19:25:27 | More by regspeir
Photo of dpnelson1978


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

16 oz. can into Sam Adams Perfect Pint.


A: Deep, bright copper body with a big head that slowly dissipates leaving generous lacing and a creamy cover.

S: Big hop aroma. Citrus with pine notes. Sweet malt and a distinct earthy quality.

T: Hops take center stage, but the caramel malt character approaches balance almost by accident. Hops up front, hops in the middle, and hops at the end. A hop-head's dream.

M: Low to medium body with heavy carbonation, a bit too heavy. Bites the tongue and leaves bitter astringency well after the taste.

D: The crisp mouth that pushes itself upon you actually helps make this beer more drinkable. Easy to put these away over a pizza, or at the lake.

O: I generally prefer more balance, but this beer pleases none-the-less. A must-try if you visit Minnesota.

Serving type: can

07-05-2010 04:51:37 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of airohead2001


4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a snifter. Another outstanding IPA from Surly - one of my favorite breweries for sure. Living proof that wonderful IPAs can be born in the Midwest!!

A - Dark ruby red with very little head. No retention, but excellent lacing. So dark that it almost resembles an English IPA.

S - Very interesting hop profile. The hops are a beautiful blend of oranges and sweet pine that come together nicely.

T - Outstanding. Crisp citrus and piney hops throughout with a nice slightly bitter finish. Not quite as complex or as malty as Abrasive, but still delicious. In comparing this beer to Abrasive, it's worth mentioning that the malt backbone is less pronounced in this beer and so is the intensity of the hop bite. In general, the flavors of the two beers are similar, it's just that the DIPA is obviously more intense than the single IPA.

M - OK, but I could use a little bit more carbonation. The hops are so refreshing that it's a shame that they aren't more pronounced by a little more bubbly.

D - Very drinkable. Not quite drinkable enough to be a session beer, but definitely perfect for dinner, summer BBQ, or just relaxing and enjoying a great beer.

Serving type: can

07-03-2010 21:22:22 | More by airohead2001
Photo of jamie2dope


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

This came as an extra from iasanlee, thanks for the chance. Surly Furious pours out of the can a nice ruby color, with about a half inch of heading. Nose is of bready, garlic like hops, along with some citrus and pine notes. Full on hop assault from the start taste wise, though the Scottish malt does help to even things out a bit. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and drinkable given that you are into lots of hops. Simply a well crafted IPA from a great craft brewery. Cheers

Serving type: can

07-02-2010 23:36:26 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

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

Can received in a trade with BarrytheBear. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pour a deep copper with two fingers of fluffy foam.

Smell: Piney resin, heavy grapefruit notes, subtle hints of caramel malt. Great smelling beer.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit and hops, bready aftertaste that quickly turns bitter again. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: This was my first Surly and I was very impressed with it. Hands down the best IPA I've had in a can and a top 5 in general. I will be looking to trade for more of this awesome beer.

Serving type: can

07-01-2010 23:21:32 | More by Axic10
Photo of Schmaltzy


4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark red/copper color with a nice 1-2 finger head leaving thick clumps of lacing on my glass. One of the darkest IPA's I have had.

S- After cracking the can I got an instant whiff of Pine and Grapefruit which is a wonderful start. Upon closer inspection I get more pine/earthy and less citrus hops with definate caramel malt coming through, almost too much malt.

T- Nice piney hop flavor right away with a slight earthy hop flavor and a wonderful caramel malt backbone that balances this beer very nicely. Finish continues after you swallow, very nice beer...

M- Nice medium body with perfect carbonation, very good balance in this IPA with a nice crisp lasting finish.

D- Nice, very easy to drink because it is balanced so well, which is good because I was scared that it would have too much malt from the smell. I really enjoyed this beer and would love to be able to get more of this delicious brew.

Serving type: can

06-30-2010 21:54:38 | More by Schmaltzy
Photo of Merchant46


4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surly Furious pours a clear copper, with a head that dissipates slowly and retains a layer on top, marking the glass all the way down. Strong citrusy hops dominates the smell. Upon hitting the tongue, an intense, multi-layered hops explosion grabs your attention, but it's balanced by a very strong malt that makes this beer taste even better as it warms a little. Most beers this bitter feel like they're stripping the enamel from your teeth, but the balance from the malt makes the mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer excellent (and perhaps unsurpassed) for an IPA.

This beer makes me thankful I live in Minnesota - It's that good.

Serving type: can

06-20-2010 21:56:57 | More by Merchant46
Photo of u2carew


3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Tallboy" can.
A) Pours with a thin head that settles quickly to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear body. Amber in color.
S) HOPS! Pine. Borderline cannabis aroma (go figure!). Caramel malts.
T) Blast of hops up front. Spruce. The malts hang in there, but aren't strong enough. The hops win out and exit with a potent bite in the finish.
M) Medium body but thins in the finish. Fizzy, crisp up front, then smooths out. Finishes with a bitter bite.
D) A good brew. Strong with the hops.

Serving type: can

06-20-2010 03:40:14 | More by u2carew
Photo of DAllspaw


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

Pint glass at restaurant in MN.

Deep amber with off-white head with nice lacing. The aroma on this one is heavy on the grapefruit and pine, certainly not overwhelming.

Taste is every bit as good as billed. Really like the bitter finish on this one, a very substantial IPA and wish like hell it was available in Indiana.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 15:36:40 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of yeahnatenelson


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

Appearance -- Pours a deep copper, great clarity, with stiff, frothy khaki head

Smell -- Big grapefruit and pine resin notes, tropical fruits, caramel malts, a little earthy/musty.

Taste -- Pine resin and grapefruit rind dominate. Caramel is certainly present as in the nose, but the malt profile is more bready and biscuity. The finish is quite bitter and vegetal with grapefruit rind, resin, and some residual biscuit. Quite earthy, easily the dankest IPA I've ever head.

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied, moderate prickly carbonation, crisp.

Drinkability -- Great aroma, incredibly hop forward, but with enough caramel malt to stop it from being a bitter bastard. The only thing I am furious about is that I can only buy this in Minnesota.

Serving type: can

06-16-2010 23:43:26 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of lackenhauser


3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear and clean copper color. Big hop/floral aroma. Huge blast of hops upfront. Very grassy tasting. Quite astringent. Strong hop flavor. Nice balance between the bitterness and hop flavors. Some distinct toasted malt notes in the finish. Nice fading sweetness. Solid body-long lingering hop bite, rather dry as the sweetness fades. Definately worth a try-damn good US IPA.

Serving type: can

06-14-2010 04:32:34 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of jzeilinger


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

A - Pours a deep reddish amber color with a nice off white head that very slowly dies down and leaves a nice coating across the top of the glass. If there's any carbonation in this, it's very difficult to detect.

S - Grapefruit and pine are the main aroma with pine being the more dominant of the two. Caramel malt is very light and there's a certain dank herbal-like nuance in the aroma that's very unusual.

T - There's a caramel malt backbone that hits and continues to hit the front of the tongue in spurts during the sip but never given enough opportunity by the hop bitterness to surface any further. Pine and citrus bitterness are the main taste with pine being the most prominent. Light herbal taste hits towards the back of the tongue further into the sip and it finishes fairly crisp with a tinge of caramel sweetness at the very end and a lingering pine bitterness that coats the mouth. There's also a citrus/grapefruit nuance in the distance that gives a small sensation of citric tang and zing as the flavor lingers.

M - Medium body, slight carbonation pricklies on the tongue, a little but creamy, and alot of crispness in the finish.

D - Very well balanced, goes down easily, and with a 6.2% ABV, I could easily have several of these.

Nice job, Surly!

Serving type: can

06-13-2010 19:13:33 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of BeerShirts


5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Redish Amber, thicker head but it dies down to a thin layer that sticks to the sides pretty well
S-O the hops!! When I first had this beer all I could think of was grapefruits
T-Again very hoppy, hint of carmel, with a bitter after taste
M-Light carbonation that goes down smooth
D-In tell I moved to Germany I really did drink this daily. It is my favorite IPA

Serving type: can

06-11-2010 18:15:58 | More by BeerShirts
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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