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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,036
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,411
Gots: 422 | FT: 14
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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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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Review #600. On tap at Clark Street Ale House.

A-Clear copper amber with a lot of fluffy off white head and massive amounts of sticky lacing.

S-A strong blast of citrus hops with a medium amount of malt.

T-This is a grapefruit bomb hopwise backed with an incredibly rich, deep maltiness. This is a powerful, flavorful IPA.

M-Medium bodied but a bit heavy on the tongue from the rich malt and hop bitterness.

D-Very drinkable with tons of flavor. While I really enjoy the can version, the draft rendition is outstanding.

HV

10-23-2009 14:20:36 | More by sholland119
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

A:Dark red amber w/ little to no head. Little tiny bubbles of active carbonation. Some white lacing.

S: Hoppy. As. Hell. Smells super fresh. Just the slightest malt base.

T: More of the same smell, maybe less malt. Very biting and crisp. Very interesting.

M: For how flat it looked, a little sparkling feeling. Finishes very clean. Furious is good in both hot and cold weather.

D: Hops can be overwhelming, but when I want them, I go for Furious.

10-20-2009 23:35:03 | More by mdwalsh
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Bright clear red-orange with a frothy head.

Smells grapefruity.

Tastes of crisp grapefruit and pine over a caramel base. Sometimes it feels citrus-centric, other sips pine-centric, but very flavorful.

Mouthfeel full, crisp, and resinous.

This was rich and flavorful. The hops are powerful, but they don't obliterate all flavor. Wish I had easy access to this when I'm in the mood for hops.

10-20-2009 04:54:01 | More by Strix
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Came to the table with a dark amber color and a foamy white head which left a nice ring lace on the glass. The aroma is pure hops. Grapefruit and floral hops are the dominant smells. The taste is the same, but as with the can, I can taste a bit of a malt backbone, but not as much as from the can. Medium bodied, dry, and nicely carbonated. Nicely drinkable, and what a steal, $2 for happy hour. Can't beat that.

10-19-2009 01:40:34 | More by hardy008
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

The second Surly can I got from my man Joe aka Ineedabeerhere. Canned 5/22/09. About 5 months old, on the far side for an IPA, but I'm still impressed.

Appearance is murky amber with a sticky white head. The consistency of the head indicates this is a beer with a gentle carbonation, which is something I love to see.

The aroma is quite hoppy, even with all this time in the can. The first thing I thought of was the dole paradise blend juice I drank with breakfast this morning, so i looked at the carton to see whats in it. Pineapple, grape, carrots? I think this warrants a side by side comparison. Well, the juice is a bit more strong, but the beer has more depth with kiwi and pine mixed in. You can also smell a bit of alcohol in the furious, but only after sniffing the juice.

The taste continues with the depth of the aroma, and I'm loving it. It could use a bit more sweetness to accentuate the fruity hops. The beer is very bitter, and if this makes any sense, it just rushes in. Oh man, 99 ibus? I believe it. This is a great beer.

The mouthfeel is hard to describe behind all the burning hop bitterness. The carbonation is on the low side, as I mentioned earlier. I can handle the scorching bitterness, but drinkablity falls somewhere in the middle for ipas. If I had another can I could judge this more accurately....

10-15-2009 01:52:18 | More by jeffthecheff
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RRC87

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

A: Pours a cloudy yet vibrant copper color with a slightly off white head that leaves thick lacing as the head dissipates.

S: there is a bold aroma of grapefruit, with hints of pine and malt acting as a supporting cast.

T: the beer is of course very hoppy as advertised, but still finds a way to remain well balanced. The Hoppiness clearly plays the dominant role but does not overwhelm the malt. It ends with an ever so slight hint of piney resin.

M: This is a little bit heavier than some of the other IPAs that I have had, but it also has just the right amount of carbonation counter act this.

D: Definitely not a gulper, but something that I could drink all night and often.

10-09-2009 04:38:39 | More by RRC87
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psyphin

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

A - Lighter copper with a nice white head.

S - Citric hops and medium toasted malts were paired nicely

T - Hops are prominent and dominant with a lot of care to make sure its still an IPA but with a decent and flavorful body to back it up

M - Right in the middle where an IPA should be. Carbonation was moderate

D - A pretty easy going, albeit very hoppy IPA that I could session with no issues.

10-07-2009 21:11:41 | More by psyphin
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davexisxrabid

California

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Got this as an extra from skinnyguy. Thanks!

Poured a cloudy amber/copper color. Nice 3/4 inch fluffy white head. Gobs of lacing. Good retention too.

Piney, grapefruit hop aroma. Wow!

Sold malt backbone, caramelly. Nice grapefruit hop bitterness, well in check but not overpowering.

Medium/full bodied. Slight taste lingering in between sips. Bitterness doesn't wreck your palate however. Good carbonation.

Pretty good drinkability, would have again if I had access to it on a regular basis. One of the better, more balanced IPA's I've had.

10-07-2009 15:51:34 | More by davexisxrabid
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rrheisler

Maine

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Thanks to mistofminn for the trade.

A 16 oz. pint can, poured liberally into my pint glass. A hazy copper comes out, with a decent amount of head and lacing. A little bit brighter in color than I was expecting? Maybe the can threw me off.

The smell is an instant smack in the face of pine, grass, and hint of grapefruit. Yep, this earns all of it's 99 IBUs. Right where this should be.

Taste is a little mellower than the nose suggests, although it is still a crash of hops in front. A touch of sweetness at the back end helps balance it out a little bit, which is preferably for an IPA, IMO.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but there's enough going on that it's only really noticeable if you're looking for it. Definitely helps it out in the drinkability category, though.

A highly quaffable IPA from a can. I might hang onto one or two of these to have on the chairlift this season.

10-03-2009 13:13:16 | More by rrheisler
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Sampled from a 16oz can in a standard pint glass. Acquired in a trade with LarryG.

A - A deep amber color with good clarity and a study tan head. The glass is covered with lacing as it empties.

S - Piney hops and caramel malts. Very nice!

T - A nice balance of biscuity malts and citrusy, piney hops. I rarely appreciate balance but the malts offer as much as the hops here. I was impressed that neither one overshadows the other. Instead they work nicely together and both stand out. This is an outstanding beer.

M - Silky smooth with a low carbonation. It all comes together to make the perfect vehicle for delivering the flavors.

D - This is definitely one of my favorites. What a combination of flavor and drinkability.

09-30-2009 10:33:47 | More by GJ40
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

This beer pours a beautiful amber/copper color with a big sticky tan tinged cap of foam, leaving lacing all the way down. A strong hoppy aroma. Pine, grapefriut, lemon all contribute to the nose.

A nice medium body bodied palate has plenty of carbonation to produce a nice mouth feel. A light malty sweetness is the introduction to a smooth flavor profile. A grapefruit hop character is prominent, but pine, grass, and lemon also contribute.

This is well constructed beer with depth of flavor and complexity. The hops are strong, but not overwhelming, making this beer flavorful and highly drinkable.

09-29-2009 23:36:08 | More by BeardedBoffin
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will4240

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Another Minnesota staple... The best damn beer in a can. Period.

Everything that I could say about it's appearance ect. has already been said over and over again time and time again. The fact of the matter is this is a world class IPA on so many different levels... So damn drinkable... So damn tasty... So damn beautiful (the lace left behind by this behemoth of a brew is simply legendary...)... A must try if you are within range of this delectable brew...

09-24-2009 08:19:56 | More by will4240
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Got this awesome lookin can from either grub or rjacklin. Thanks to both of you for the great Surly cans. Poured it from the bigboy can into an oversized DFH snifter.

A: Wow this thing looks beautiful. A huge rich head develops as I pour rising to a finger and a half and shows no signs of leaving my alone with the beer. A deep rusty reddish maroon color that barely lets light through is like beer porn to the eyes.

N: The nose keeps this thing going strong and awesome. A great deep piney citrus hop aroma with a fresh hop bite dominates over the sweet malty biscuit aromas below. A slight caramel smell delicately dances behind the heavy hops and malt. The nose on this just begs for me to taste it. As soon as I manage to pull my nose out of the glass (I'm doing so while typing btw) I'll take a sip.

T: As I try to sip the head creeps up my lip giving me a beer mustache over my real one. The delicious liquid pierces my lips and flows over the taste buds and I can already feel them partying. An great hop taste showers over the mouth, with lots of citrus and pine and slight orange peel. Lots of earthy raw hop taste lurk in the depths and jump out at me as I dig deeper in the taste. More fruit and juicy taste really overpower on the second sip. A big malty backbone provides a good stable support for the heavy hops that just berated my tongue. It provides a sweet almost caramel like taste on the backend. I can feel the sweet sour awesomeness tickles the front and sides of the tongue and makes my mouth water in anticipation of more. The alcohol is not so high but leaves a little more residual sugar with the big malt character. This slightly takes away from the beer as it's slightly too sweet.

M: Its pretty thick and creamy and almost a velvety texture and really coats the tongue with a bitter hop taste and thick malts. A very slight spice from the hops seems to tinge on the tongue.

F: More bitterness of course. However, being 99IBUs is surprising as its not overpoweringly bitter. Perhaps the malt backbone really kicks into gear on this. Its pretty sweet at first, but dries out pretty well for a nice touch on the finish. The lingering bitterness and juicy hop just kinda sit around for a bit and really make me remember the awesome beer that I'm drinking.

Final thoughts: Wow, I wish this was readily available around here. I'm not sure how old it is since I got it in a trade and it has no date, but the can really held in the awesomeness and freshness well. It has a great hop character and malt backbone. Its almost velvety tasting and extremely delicious. A nice sweet caramel taste, almost a hint of sour, and dries off nicely. More please!

09-24-2009 00:22:10 | More by jlindros
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours red-amber with a thick creamy head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt and rich centennial citrus hop. Plenty of grapefruit bitterness.

Taste is sweet caramel malt, hints of toffee and brown sugar, and a definite grainy character. Hops are citrus and herbal with an earthy, nutty quality. Finish is mildly bitter and slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Slight hop oil residue.

A nice IPA that the hophead in you can enjoy.

09-21-2009 23:54:31 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev -3%

Poured a nice clean amber color with a thick and sticky tan head, nice lacing.

The smell had a great fresh hoppy smell with nice citrus and pine notes.

The flavor follows the smell with a hop dominted profile. Nice lemon, juniper, and grapefruit flavors with just a touch of mint are all present with a mild bready malt base.

The mouthfeel is light and a touch oily.

Very drinkable, and easily the best IPA I have ever had out of a can.

09-21-2009 23:49:48 | More by bashiba
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mykie73

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -14.5%

A) two inch head. dark amber/orange. looks well carbonated.

S) piney, citrus notes. I think the smell is the best part of this beer.

T) Pine is the first thing that comes out just like in the smell. tastes delicious ... maybe a little one dimensional. nice bitterness. tastes very hoppy but I do not tastes the amount of IBUs claimed; smelled it on the other hand.

M) nice mouthfull, creamier than expected.

D) could drink a lot of this. Would be most likely a go-to if I lived in the area.

has no business being in the top 100....but by all means a well made beer.

09-21-2009 00:28:58 | More by mykie73
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WJVII

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from the can to the glass (as suggested on the can) this brew has a great burnt orange color with a foamy (almost airy) head that leaves thin sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma fills my nose with wonderful citrus, bold floral hops, fresh pine, and a mild roasted toffee smell. I cannot wait to take my first sip...

I was not disappointed. The taste is fresh and sweet upfront with orange, clove, and even some pine nut. Then it swells into thick citrus and hops. Mild bitterness in the finish and dries the palette to make you want to take another sip.

I was given this brew from CDKrenz and was told that I needed to enjoy this alone in a empty quiet room...now I know why!

09-20-2009 01:13:15 | More by WJVII
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

This beer poured out with a really nice head. It's a mildly dark amber color with a heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell was citrusy and hoppy with a hint of milk. There's also a sweet malt scent in it as well.

The taste was slightly bitter with a nice sweet malt character reminiscent of a scotch ale. There were hints of caramel and tea flavors then finished dry.

Mouthfeel was creamy and perfectly carbonated.

It's very drinkable with a bold taste. A very good IPA.

09-17-2009 22:06:57 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Gtreid

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Big thanks to drhinehart as part of the Football BIF. Poured into my Short's pint glass.

A: Clear, copper, amber color. The pour produced two full fingers of light tan color head that retains very well and leaves tons of thick, layered, lace.

A: Great citrus hops and sweet malts. Big grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and lime. Also get very nice sugary sweetness, excellent.

T: Man this is nice. The enormous amout of citrusy hops overwhelms the brew, but in a very good way. I'm getting an almost west coast dryness and bitterness, but with the balance that the east coast brings. All of the aromas are present in the flavor. It finishes very dry and bitter.

M: Medium body, a good amount of carbonation delivers the flavor nicely, but it does leave a little sting, not as smooth as I had hoped.

D and overall impression: Man I could drink a ton of this stuff. Drinkability is through the roof. Just a great balanced IPA. Overall, one of the best. I wish I lived closer to Minnesota. Skal.

09-16-2009 23:40:03 | More by Gtreid
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omahawk

Nebraska

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

This is a well above average IPA. Great hop balance, not too bitter, great back-end hop additions. The important attributes - mouthfeel is good for an IPA, not too dry, but you can taste the zing, appearance is just right, most importantly it tastes great. This is near the top of IPAs in my book, a definite A/A-.

09-13-2009 01:53:25 | More by omahawk
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Received a can in a trade from Beersis81.

A: A nice rich ambery red with a big head on top and excellent lacing. No cloudiness at all. I really am digging this color

S: Lots of piney and citrus notes Very pleasant and mouthwatering.

T: Very piney and slightly earthy. all the hops are balance by a nice and mellow sweetness.

M: While not unpleasant, it is a little harsh and a touch watery.

D: Still very very drinkable and I wish I could have this more often

09-11-2009 02:06:00 | More by mikey711
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nickd717

California

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

This beer has an angry-sounding name, and it's fitting because it was "mad" good! Can acquired via trade thanks to deliriumfest.

A - Incredible crimson-amber color with a lasting two-finger off-white head. One of the best-looking IPAs I've seen.

S - Great citrus/floral hop aroma with a little sweet malt.

T - Somewhat unique with caramel malt mixed with bready notes, balancing a grapefruity and floral hop profile. A little resiny as well.

M - Body medium for the style with fairly lively carbonation.

D - Pretty good. Hop bitterness is nice but not overwhelming.

09-10-2009 17:49:53 | More by nickd717
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bwd110

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

16 oz can courtesy of mnjeff.
Poured in SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Copper brown in color, little darker than the norm for the style, big, fluffy light tan head with big loose and sudsy bubbles. Fairly soapy and reduces slowly to a thin but full sheet of lace.

S: Hop explosion in the nose, big citrus and lemon zest notes dominate, but there is an undercurrent of toasted biscuit malt. Also, you can almost smell the bitterness this one is sure to deliver!

T: Good ole fashion tongue smacking from the bruising and quite bitter hop profile. Quite tasty. Good malt backbone to support and complement the massive hop assault.

M: This is where Surly rules the world. Medium body, and like all Surly brews I've had, supremely creamy and velvet smooth down the throat. A masterpiece in the mouth.

D: Fantastic as well, this beer was gone in a flash... Leaving me frantically looking for another trade. Oh surly, please come to PA like everyone else!

09-05-2009 00:29:12 | More by bwd110
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

16oz can via mnjeff in recent trade..

a-dull copper color....one finger head that lasted a short time..nasty sticky lacing...nice carb

s-lovely floral hops, piney and citrusey , bread and malt backbone to sustain the over the top hops, grassy

t-pine and citrus and grass up front...malt is there to support and that is its only function....bread followed by bitter bitter hops..this is magnificent

m-resiny and oily like a good ipa....coats the tongue well..not very lively on the palate but if it were i think it would detract from the beer...

d-several and lots more i want of these...making me speak like yoda....could and would have several if i could pick them up at the store

overall a stellar ipa ive been lookin forward to trying..my first from surly and hopefully not my last..canned beer is growing on me fast...

09-04-2009 01:55:40 | More by stoutfiend27
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photomike

California

4.2/5  rDev -3%

Pours a deep amber with a short milky beige head. Slow recession with decent lacing towards the top of the glass. Darker than expected.

Nicely fragrant. Up front are grapefruit citrus and pine hops with an obvious carmel maltiness. Pungent orange zest.

Flavor is more balanced than the nose would imply. Carmelly but dry with an array of peppery hop flavors. Orange peel and sweetened grapefruit juice with slight biscuity malt flavors and a lasting bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, this goes down nicely. The fine carbonation explodes all over the tip of your tongue and there is a lasting bitter astringency after you swallow.

A fine, easy drinking brew. I would definitely buy this fairly often if it were available around me, and that's sayin' something in the land of world-class IPA.

09-02-2009 01:36:13 | More by photomike
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,036 ratings.