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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: 569 | 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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Photo of brydeen
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very deep copper, almost red hue. A very thick, 1.5 inch off white head erupts with the pour, and hangs around for a while. Extremely sticky lacing throughout the glass.

S: Dank, moist, grassy bitterness. Reminiscent of tea leaves to me. Has a slight piney aroma as well.

T: Taste follows the nose closely. Very earthy and dank. A piney grassy flavor, but with a sweet backbone. Slight flavor of honey. A bready quality to it. Just the slightest bitterness.

M: Thick and full-bodied for an IPA. Very creamy and rich. Not like the typical IPA

O: Tasty but not my favorite rendition of an IPA. Really lacks the citrusy, dry bite I look for in my IPAs. A unique take on the style for sure, but just not a top choice for me.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of harrymel
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 15SEP11 A: Rusty orange with a finger of tan foam which falls quickly to a partial sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Spotty lace. (4) S: Resin, grapefruit, sage touches over a slightly sweet malt backbone accentuated with honey notes and the faintest copper fumes. Really nice nose here (4.5) T: Earthy hops up front, a hint of catty dissonance between the sweeter malts and resiny oils. Doesn’t taste as good as it smells, but it is a mighty fine beer. Getting some bubblegum later as it warms. (4) M: Prickly up front with the body to tame it. Really a great feeling beer with a good oily residue on the finish. (4.5) O: Really a great beer. It’s a month out, and some would call that "stale", but this beer is still lively and quite well constructed. I would imagine some more of the nuances from the hops would be better enumerated in a fresher can, but alas I am not in the distro for this beer. (4.5)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid American IPA nose. Bright fruity citrus and pine. Hops do the heavy lifting. Good execution, Surly.

Surprisingly mild and drinkable. I'm also surprised that I'm getting some staple malt characteristics through all this hoppy fruit -toasty, but only a nibble . . . still, definitely not malty like a 60 minute. Bitterness is up there, but fades post finish, leaving a drier (not in texture) malty taste. A touch of caramel, but it's hiding under the fruity/piney takeover.

Photo of ssznyter
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze, dark brown color when poured into a glass. A nice one inch foamy head. An ideal IPA consistency could be seen right from the pour.

S: Smelled like hops and a hint of pine. Could definitely smell the IPA, fresh hop bite as soon as my nose neared the glass.

T: Very nice bite. Definitely as attention grabbing in flavor as the can's appearance. Surprisingly well balanced for an IPA with such a hoppy bite.

M: Nice amount of carbonation. Smooth but bubbly. I think the carbonation was a large part of what balanced the flavor so well.

O: Overall this was an awesome IPA. Great on its own or paired with some spicy food. Definitely one of the top 5 IPAs I've tried to date.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to mizzouguy for this can! recieved in the Noob BIF round 6.

16oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. canned on 9/29/11 (just over a month old)

pours out a very nice dark reddish/ bronze color, darker than most of the style. a nice big, solid 2 fingers of off white head faded to a very nice looking retentive layer with lots of thick sticky lace.

big fresh hop cone, grapefruit aroma, pine needles and a nice sticky caramel, slightly bready malt. smells pretty ideal.

big, aggresive bitterness throughout the sip, yet still there seems to be a balance. pretty much your classic IPA done to perfection. grapefruit citrus and pine dominate then this really solid sticky caramel/ bready malt comes in and just rounds it all out. lots of bitterness lingers on the palate.

that hop bitterness really gets to every part of the pallet. lighter side of medium bodied.

a drinkable body and tons of classic hop flavor beg this to be drank one sip right after the next. this can disappeared way too quick. similar in ways to SN- celebration (one of my favorite seasonals). if this were available to me, it would always be in my fridge, a great anytime beer.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can split with my friend who imported this from MN. Thanks!

Pours a 1.5cm, off-white head that fades to a ring around the glass in about two minutes. Leaves good streaks and blotches of lacing across the entire glass. Body is a deep caramel color, cloudy, with some visible carbonation.

Aroma is dominated by hops, both citrus and bittering qualities. There's also some mild malt subtly below the surface.

Taste opens, for me, with grapefruit and apricot flavors. A bit peppery. This leads to some malt flavors. Not very sweet, but good cracker and bread flavors in the finish. Aftertaste of grapefruit and generic citrus rind. Balance on this beer is very good.

Medium-bodied, with enjoyable carbonation. Finish is dry.

A great IPA: felt that this was well-balanced in aroma and taste and that I could drink many, many more of these without tiring.

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4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful caramel orange with a finger and a half of tan foam that sticks to the glass even as it fades.

Smell is gorgeous. Lots of caramel malt starts it off, then a subtle citrus aroma, followed by dank piney hops. Superb.

Taste is more impressive than the nose - extremely bitter, yet not overwhelming. Despite the sweet nose, the caramel malt is not overwhelming - it balances the hops nicely. The hops themselves provide a rich depth - carmelized grapefruit, some tropical flavors, a bit of pine - altogether an excellent blend of hoppy bitterness with a smooth finish.

Feel is delightful - on the full side of medium, well carbonated, but with a soft feel. It manages to be refreshing - nearly juicy.

Overall - a top notch IPA. There's nothing quite like it.

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4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can not ever go wrong with this one, have had it in can and on tap at pubs and even the brewery and it is always one thing... AMAZING!

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper color, about a finger of head with some decent lacing

S - Hoppy citrus with some earthy tones

T - Strong IPA bitterness from the get go but it is not too overpowering and finished rather sweet. Great balance of all the flavors.

M - Great carbonation and great balance make this beer go down way too fast.

O - Great IPA and by far one of my favorite beers. Great fresh at the brewery or out of a can.

Serving type: This time on tap but also out of a can... It's all good!

Photo of rkinsella
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am usually not a fan of IPAs in general, but I had to finally try Furious just to support our local rock star brewers at Surly.

The 4 pack I grabbed had a canned date of only two day earlier! WOW! Talk about brewery fresh...two days old!!!....now I'm really intrigued.

Coppery color with an average head and lacing. Smell was floral, grapefruit like.

Taste had a big malt punch engulfed by a huge hop bouquet.
Not nearly as hoppy as I was aspecting. There is an oiliness and hop resin quality on the mouthfeel.

What surprised me is that it's so damn drinkable! As it warmed, the grapefruit hop bomb started to come out more.

Overall it's just plain wonderful. Again, I usually don't care for IPAs, but I'd drink this one again for sure. Local, fresh & well crafted...what more could you ask for?

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