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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,544
Reviews: 1,414
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 1,444
Gots: 568 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006

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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this beer with a fresher can. Bottled on 12/06/11, enjoyed 12/28/11. Older review is below the new review.

NEW Score: 90

Canned on 12/06/11. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass and enjoyed 12/28/11. I had an older vintage can earlier in the year. You can find that review, for comparison, below this one. The score above reflects the fresher can.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color that falls somewhere between transparent and translucent, with a finger and a half of soapy khaki/tan colored head that slowly settles into a ring around the glass and clump of thin head in the middle. Pretty great lacing. 4/5

Smell (from the can): Deliciously pungent and fresh citrus aromas. This is much better and fresher smelling than the two month old can I had earlier in the year. Lots of zesty tropical fruit -- lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, and hints of pineapple and orange. Huge whiffs of pine. Some nondescript floral/herbal aromas too. Yum! 5/5

Taste: Lots of mellow, but fresh and zesty pine/citrus notes throughout. Malty grapefruit and lemons. A bitter piney hoppiness upfront quickly mellows into a more subtle bitter finish. Hint of caramel on the mid-palate and in the finish. Furious finishes with the same pine/citrus flavors it starts out with, though the bitterness is more subdued in the finish. The beer seems to get more malty and less bitter as it layers. Though the taste is much better with a fresher can, this one is not nearly as hoppy as I remember it being on tap many moons ago. Still, a very solid single IPA. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light-medium carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter. As with the older can that I drank, the beer feels undercarbonated, which keeps the bitterness and zesty flavor of the beer from "popping" on the tongue (rather than falling flat). 3/5

Overall: Though the fresher can was certainly superior to the older can, I still recall this beer being better when I had it on tap in Minnesota and Chicago last year. Perhaps the tap's added carbonation is the missing ingredient to take the flavors from good to great. Certainly an IPA worth trying, but note that freshness is pretty important here. 20 days of freshness seemed to make a big difference in flavor and aroma in my opinion.

Recommendation: A really good starter IPA for casual beer drinkers, and a solid IPA for beer geeks. Absolutely worth seeking out, but get a fresh can. Try reviewing the aroma from the can before you pour it into your glass. The smells seemed more pronounced in the can. That may be psychological, or it may be from the increased oxidation of volatiles.

Pairings: Hamburger.

Cost: $11.99 for a four pack.


Served from a can, freshness date is 10/11/11, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Enjoyed 11/17/11

Appearance: Pours a Amber-Copper color that is translucent, but on the darker color side. Pours a finger and a half of head, settle down to half a finger. 4/5

Smell: Very floral, grapefruity citrus hops aromas. 4.5/5

Taste: Tastes exactly as it smells, but more subdued. The bitterness is not overwhelming and rather than peaking, mellows out over the course of flavor to finish. Has a very piney/citrusy taste. Subdued bitterness may be due to beer's month-plus age. I recall the flavor being much more pronounced last time I had it (off tap). Flavor falls flat, sadly. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: More watery than expected. The carbonation seems a little off, which keeps the bitterness and flavor of the beer from "popping" (rather than falling flat). 3/5

Overall: Still one of my favorite IPAs in memory, though the third time was not the charm. I will have to try a fresher batch and re-review.

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A: Pours a burnt caramel color. Slight reddish orange around the edges and fairly clear. Huge frothy thick tan colored head leaving beautiful lacing behind.

S: WOW! What a beautiful nose. Smell very "westcoast" like. Pineapple, citrus, mango. This beer is very pine forward.

T: Just like the nose, Dank piney, citrus. Very delicious.

M: Coats the mouth with piney resin. Light -medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Not overdone.

Overall: This is a superbly crafted IPA from top to bottom. Everything i like about my IPA's are present in this beer. Wish i could get my hands on this regularly.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks surlytwinsfan for all the surly cans! poured into my hill farmstead pint glass.

a - red. definitely the most red IPA i've ever had. two-finger head with moderate lacing

s - hoppy and slight sweet floral notes. i get a little whiff of marijuana in there if i'm not mistaken

t - smooth hoppy bitterness. slight coniferous flavor. slightest hint of raisin in the hops.

m - calm, not overly powering with the hops, but very smooth. middle of the road for IPA mouthfeel with some carbonation. this could actually do with a little more carbonation in my opinion

o - very good standard IPA. surly does well with IPAs and this is no exception. love the color on it and very easy drinking.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,544 ratings.