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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,654
Reviews: 1,430
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 1,455
Gots: 642 | FT: 23
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: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.

A: Pours a medium amber color with a tan head. Great lacing.

S: Citrus, candied fruit, a hint a malty sweetness.

T: Huge hop presence. Grapefruit, pineapple, and other citrusy fruits spread out over a slightly sweet caramel malt base. Very well balanced. Pleasant bitterness. More of a red ale, a very hoppy one at that. A very unique and one of a kind IPA.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

O: A top notch IPA. This would be a staple if available to me.

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

canned on 10/13/2011.

poured into tulip.

Appearance: Amber orange bodied beer with a 2 fingers head. Moderate lacing sticking to side of glass. This beer has some floaties suspended in the beer.

Smell: Very Piney and lots of grapefruit. maybe even some pineapple. Decent nose.

Taste: high end of moderate bitterness from hop profile. You dont get alot of the malt profile from this beer. Pine and grapefruit dominate the hops profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and biting bitterness without being over the top.

Overall: Nothing too complex here; the beer is all business...hops are the business. its a great beer for hopheads to seek out!

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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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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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