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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,329
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 1,431
Gots: 498 | FT: 16
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 inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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

inlimbo77, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

dgilks, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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!

SFLpunk, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

amphion1065, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of zoolzoo
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burnt copper / orange. Cloudy, signs of carbonation slowly build, off white head.

S: Sharp rindy orange peel citric note, almost tart. Floral hop notes intertwined, built on a subtle malt base.

T: An unexpected sweet caramel malt presence opens up the flavor profile. Really didn't see that coming. Strong notes of grapefruit rind and bitter pine quickly join. Bitterness would be scathing to anything less than a hop lover. I feel that just for a split second, somewhere mid sip, the hop profile becomes a bit muddled or weighed down by this malt presence.

M: Pretty sticky, medium carbonation which seemed to fade fast.

O: Pretty intense, worth a try for sure. Could be "cleaner" in taste, if you catch my drift.

zoolzoo, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of dirkchivers
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can from france44.come, purchased for a beer dinner. this is a leftover can.

a. cream colored head, craggy surface, one-finger. leaves some tight lace. clear copper coloring. medium body on the pour.
s. big clean floral hop note, pine and citrus. a touch of malt.
t. sweet on the tongue, then a banging hop flavor. finish is a little sticky with lingering bitter hop.
m. crisp on the front, a bit sticky on the back, but not like an imperial or double IPA. medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated.
o. i wish Surly was in my area; this is a fantastic IPA with the kind of hop expression that i adore.

dirkchivers, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep orange with some haze to it. The white head is creamy and settles to a thin covering while leaving astounding facing.

S- Lots of pine, grass, and caramel with a pungent citrus kick at the end. Very appealing.

T- Same as the aroma with a bit of an herbal edge. Sweet and bitter without being too extreme in either regard.

M- A nice smooth body but maybe just a touch undercarbonated. There is a lasting bitterness.

O- A very solid IPA that drinks pretty nicely. Not really all that unique, but definitely worth trying.

david131, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of mikul93
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a dark orange with a reddish tint. Nice healthy 2 finger head. Decent lacing. Lots of floaties.

S Outstanding. Lots of citrus, pine, hops and sweet malt.

T Sweetness hits the tongue at first then quickly transitions into grapefruit and pine. Hoppy bitterness is nice.

M Nicely carbonated. Medium viscosity. Bitterness lingers.

O It's a great IPA. It's not in my area, but I have ALOT of great IPA's to chose from on the West Coast. I would trade for more though. :)

mikul93, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of zooalbert
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At first didn't really enjoy the taste, but half way through the can i can really say this is a top beer. The taste comes off doesnt come friendly, as a very strong citrus presence, a lot of grapefruit. nice toffe/red color. Smell isnt overpowering.

zooalbert, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of jgasparine
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the can with 1 finger of offwhite foam, which slowly receded to a haze layer and some bits of lacing. The body was a hazy orange-amber color, which produced some sparse bubble trains up the sides of my tumbler.

S- A rich melange of crystal and stewed malt aromas with a balancing dose of citrus piney hops. Impressions of toffee, nuts, and coniferous forest. Impressively bold and balanced.

T- The nose translates to the palate quite well here; huge nutty and toffee-like malts are met with a balancing citrus and piney hop flavor midway. Finally in the finish, the hops begin to reveal their bittering properties with a mild resinous bitter flavor that lingers on the tongue.

M- A big chewy body accented with a creamy quality from the soft carbonation. A mild astringency, which is to be expected from an IPA. The alcohol is well-hidden in this brew.

Overall- This easy drinking brew can go down smoothly in all types of weather. I am impressed with the way it walks the line between typical East Coast and West Coast IPAs. I will definitely stock-up on this next time I'm in Minnesota!

jgasparine, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice solid copper with a bright-white head that leaves some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is nice and clear, without having that too clean look.

Smell: Pine hops dominate the front, with some citrus notes backing it up. The malts come through with a nice toastiness coupled with some sweeter caramel malts. It's incredibly balanced on the nose, with the hops coming across as fresh and clean atop the solid malt body.

Taste: A nice punch of pine hops hit first, followed by the nice sweet malt profile. A touch of biscuit and toasted malt flavor creep through the back with citrus and a bit more pine rounding out the back of the sip and swallow. This is definitely a hop-forward beer, but the malts act as a nice balance, bringing everything under control. Fresh, this is one of the best tasting IPAs on the market. A few weeks in and it's still good, but it takes on a more pronounced straight bitterness and loses a touch of that pine explosion.

Mouthfeel: Nice and solid with just the right amount of carbonation to make things interesting. Incredibly smooth overall, and decidedly drinkable. This is exactly what I think an IPA should have in the mouth. Full, without being too heavy.

Overall: If I could get this beer all the time, I would. The 16oz. tallboy format is the perfect amount of this beer. Everything comes together in a magical balance of American craft. So good.

Goblinmunkey7, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TIMMYJ21 for this in a trade.

A- Nice 2 finger head that's slightly off white. The retention is great and the head is now thick and foamy with strands of lacing left around the glass. The beer is copper/reddish and i can already smell it. Looks more like an amber but I dont care, looks AWESOME and I can already smell it.

S- Definitely piney and citrusy grapefruit off the bat followed by a nice tasty malt sweetness.

T- Nice. Lighter citrus taste than expected but nice bitterness. piney and tasty

M- lighter mouth feel with little carbonation. feels nice

O- great IPA. Taste, smell and looks are great. me likey

Gushue3, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz canned June 9, 2011. Served at around 45F. Big thanks to Ryan for this one!

Pours lightly hazy red/copper with a two finger off white head that leaves some impressive rings of lacing and recedes to a light cap. One of the darkest IPAs I’ve seen.

Aroma is heavy on the pine and grapefruit rind citrus notes, a bit dank, some caramel and bready malt but the hops take center stage. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with intense grapefruit citrus, a good dose of pine, some resinous hops, moderate bready malt backbone with a wave of strong bitterness. There is something on the finish that strikes me a little off...probably the malt, although it doesn't ruin the beer it does keep it out of my personal upper echelon of IPAs.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very good carbonation.

Damn. Intense stuff! Grapefruit and pine bomb.

elgiacomo, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can that was filled on 7/6/11. Seriously, 11 days old? Awesome, thanks again for the generous extra care of eagles22. Poured into a standard pint glass at 50 degrees. This brew appears a lightly hazed amber copper color with a finger and a half of yellowish stained fluff. The only thing keeping this brew from being perfectly clear is some faint particulate stuck floating throughout suspension. Big bubbles compose the head that is slow to recede. As the cap fades, thick patches of lace cling to the glass in a complete wall. A light swirl revives the cap back to a half finger that holds throughout the duration.

The aroma of this beer is fan-freaking-tastic. I was picking hops yesterday and this brew smells just as strong as my sticky lupulin stained fingers. Citrus and grass are dominant with a bright note of flowers and fruited quality. Slightly herbal and pulpy with a faint dank character across the back. There is a tiny bit of malty sweetness mingled with the bright hop character that just plays together really nice.

The taste is modestly bitter with herbal and dank hops, lightly grassy laid overtop a toasty malt backing. There is more toasted malt flavoring than there is sweetness but the minor amount of contrasting sweetness that is present has a bit of a caramel touch to it. Very well balanced but lets not kid ourselves, the hops are the star of the show. This brew has an herbal flavoring that mixes to grass and clings inside the mouth with a long drawn-out lingering aftertaste.

This brew is somewhat oily with hop residue coating in the feel. It is medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Overall a well balanced brew and a great take on the style. It puts a smile on my face having something like this poured from a can. The alcohol is well incorporated and packs a punch expected of 6% abv. If you haven't tried this, you need to.

stakem, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of stimulus
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear deep amber with a one finger beige head.
S: Pungent piney hop goodness with a slightly sweet malt background.
T: Vibrantly hoppy and piney, bitter as can be, finishes with a solid malt base.
M: A bit sticky, great carbonation, medium bodied.
O: Reminds me a lot of Green Flash West Coast IPA and Avery DuganA IPA. That being said, it is slightly over the top in the hop category, but it works very well since it falls back on some caramel malt. I can't wait to try Abrasive sometime!

stimulus, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter...

Big thanks for Jeremy2027

Appearance-Caramel brown. One finger off white head with nice retention. Minimal lacing.

Smell-Amazing. Huge pine notes, light floral notes. Along with big time pineapple, grapefruit. Nice strong hop aroma. After about five minutes I really started picking up the caramel malts. Incredible aroma. Top Notch.

Taste-I'm in between a 4.0 and a 4.5. Not conclusive evidence so went with a 4.0. Big citrus and pine. The Caramel malts really come out in this one. Nicely balanced. Would like more hops in the taste, was it dry-hopped?

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, a tad bit thin. A little overly carbonated. Yet refreshing.

Overall-Had a 8oz pour, then had a full glass. The aroma on this beer is rediculous. Could use a little less carbonation and a some more hops in the taste. Overall a great American IPA.

SWMeyer4141, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of myspoonistoobig
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can received in trade, canned 4/26/11, consumed 7/12/11.

Appearance: deep amber, almost coppery with a thin head on top. Lacing is pretty nice.

Smell: even 2.5 months after canning, hops still dominate, though they tend towards the earthy and vegetal rather than citrus (I had a more fresh example previously and it was even more of a hop bomb). Some sweet maltiness, too.

Taste: simply delightful. citrus hops come through in force, plenty bitter, but not enough to make me pucker. More sweetness, but it's wonderfully balanced by the bitterness. It doesn't sing to me, but man it's nice. A long while after tasting, you have that nice grapefruit pith sensation; light, but distinctly citrus.

Mouthfeel: the acidity bites hard, making my mouth water instantly, but I don't feel dried out; more of that excellent balance. The finish lasts really long and only dries out after a minute or more.

Overall: Fresher is better in my experience, but even at 2+ months this is just a solid beverage. Imperial sweetness without overdoing the hops or alcohol, I wish I could drink this as my beer-of-choice. The balance is what really strikes me as the high point of the brew.

myspoonistoobig, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Cavery
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can shared with Klym, Compliments of Chambic

Bottom of can says 4/13/11... Excited to try this, but taking it with a few large grains of salt.

A: Yellow themed amber with some cloudy fog, but no indication of any floaters or inconsistency. It just has this sort of thick bodied appearance that is notable. A real strong syrupy gradient of caramel leads up to a micro bubble film. The head formation was quite modest, at about 1/3 finger head, and spotted lacing.

S: A sweet and salty nose with tropical fruits. I initially said terriyaki glazed pineapples, but it isn't quite bold enough in either acidity or in sweetness to justify it. A familiar set of smells comes forward, but with an unusual lightness. Light hop resins fade into sweeter juices, and the juices blend with the hops to create an ephemeral sweet sauce.

T: Up front pineapples, mangos, and pickled peaches. The hops provide a lightly garnishing spice to the flesh of the fruits. The hop taste is a light floral, and almost vine like. Seems very seasonally fresh in flavor despite its mellow appearance. Hops with a very light pine and forest earthiness. The transition from fruits to floral forest greens is quite nice. a refreshing hop linger through the end. However, many of these characteristics seem to imply a bit of age. No real vibrant notes.

M: The mouth really is light-medium in body, and the flavor of the hops seems to follow this trend. The mouth is fairly dry, but it never quite fully dries up. It feels as if after a fresh sip you are left with an almost oily mouth, but you keep moving your lips together and soon they are all dried up. Interesting, but the transition is a bit too muddy for me to imagine this to be a consistent experience.

O: This is a good beer, and potentially a very good fresh beer. The unfortunate thing for me is that this beer really looks and feels like it came out of a can. There seems to be a lot of latent flavor in here, but it's inhibited by the lack of body, which seems directly related to the potency of the hops. The hops are prevalent and maintain a monotone presence throughout the drinking experience. The hops kindly greet you with a sensation, whereas this could be helped by a punch in the face, followed by some bold salty and sweet tropical flavors/sugary marinades. This seems like a fine recipe, but perhaps the freshness is suspect. Can or no can, this thing is good enough to warrant a few visits before a conclusion.

Cavery, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chambic for hooking Cavery and me up with this in a recent trade! Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Pours a deep amber with very red hues. Not uncommon to have darker IPAs but this one really comes off strikingly red, and is pretty dark for a single IPA. A one finger head sits on top of the beer very comfortable with nice construction. Lacing is a little sparse but doesn't alarm me.

S: This smells delicious. A nice pine/resiny/citrus hop aroma with classical but very natural tropical fruits butting in. This honestly smells like a top-class IPA.

T: A furious hop attack in the beginning with a tad of burn but mostly good pine character. Was expecting it to fade into the sweeter parts of the nose but instead it just sort of fades away completely leaving a little lasting burn and bitterness on the tongue. I have to say, the taste was a huge let down after the nose. Not a bad initial taste but pretty much drops off a cliff after that.

M: Mouthfeel actually reminds me of applejuice: a water like viscosity, just a little smoother and a little thicker. I felt like this beer flattened out pretty quickly into the drink, and my initial sips were much more generously carbonated than the others not too long after. Definitely room for improvement in the mouthfeel.

O: Definitely this beer had the indications and some traits of a truly magnificent IPA, but it really let down at some critical points, primarily the taste development and mouthfeel. Surly is definitely on to something here and the initial hop attack of this beer is one of the most aggressively tasty hop hits I've experienced, but this one definitely could use another trip to the laboratory if it wants a shot at true greatness. All in all though, glad I got to try this and not sure I'd turn down the chance to have it again.

Klym, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of BigDub
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well a venture into my second experience with the Surly Brews:
first off this is great beer from a can ! a 16oz. one to boot.

A friend was travelling and scored a four pack of good and fresh Furious.

A- Amber, a little reddish in color. respectable pour.

S- Nice nose of hops. a little piney, caramel malt , a touch of citrus. Just a nice pleasant smell that is a teaser of what comes next.

T- A really nice mild explosion of hops if that makes any sense. follows with a nice caramel finish that has a hop bite right at the end. I really , really like this beer. It was about 99 degrees out with super high humidity and this was the tasting I was looking for to cool down the day. A really good balance of hops and malt not too much of either just a nice compliment of both .

M- Medium body not too much carbonation

O- Another truly great beer from the Surly guys. add this one to the short list, you will be glad you did. This is really a great beer that you will enjoy!!!

BigDub, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Jammies
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish amber with two inches of foam. Good retention for a nice thick head. Lacing is ridiculous.

S- sweet and slightly citrusy. Very pleasant.

T- Slightly grassy. Unbelievable balance between the hops and the sweetness.

M- Light and smooth. Slight burn from the hops and hotness.

O- great beer. Not expecting such a quality beer from a can. Too bad it's not available in my state.

Jammies, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can (canned 6/7/11) poured into a tulip. Thanks again davey!

Rich amber color, perfectly clear with a soapy off-white 2-finger head.

Aroma is floral hops, citrus, pineapple, and pine. Smells delicious, tropical.

Taste follows nose. Light caramel malt and lots of hops. Nice mouthfeel, decent balance, crisp clean hop finish.

draheim, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of PokerGod
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint can poured into a seidel stein.

Appearance- Medium copper color, pretty hazy, nice 2 finger head, very frothy. Lacing godd, but not persistent.

Smell- Pine, hops, super hop-forward.

Taste- Big time hops at the front, smoothing to a more natural malty taste in the middle, with delicate citrusy notes on the finish, Very smoothe and easy to drink.

Overall- I would drink this again. The smell made me think this would be a difficult beer to drink, but I was wrong. Quite smoothe and drinkable.

PokerGod, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of pmoore311
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic IPA,

Poured into an Arcadia Ales pint glass.

Cloudy and amber in color, biting dry citrus and piney hops, with a bit of malts to balance. This beer is dangerously sessionable and I consider this to be one of the best within this style.

I highly recommend seeking this one out. Would be awesome if Surly distributed in Michigan.

pmoore311, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

I know I had this on tap, but I can't recall where, and my notes don't mention. Poured a dark orange-brown with a modest white head. Very hoppy aroma and not much else; citrus and pine. Nice blast of hop medley flavors: orange and grapefruit, pine, and a subtle dash of herb. A smooth, earthy, malt base balances things out. Medium mouthfeel, and quite easy to drink.

Rifugium, Jul 03, 2011
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,329 ratings.