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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,898
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,405
Gots: 386 | FT: 13
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 Wackyfoot


4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can brought back from Minnesota by my dear friend Kathy. Pours a dark amber with a one finger white head. Interesting melange of hop aromas, some flowers, some grapefruit and a nice pine bite at the end. Hefty orange flavor with some lemon, grapefruit and pineapple behind it and a pine snap in the finish. The flavors linger for ages after the can is gone, which is good since I ran out of the stuff!

Serving type: can

03-25-2009 07:17:58 | More by Wackyfoot
Photo of roadhouse


4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass. Thanks to natasharai for this one, unfortunately my last can of Surly from our trade!

Appearance is a hazy red-orange color with a one inch frothy looking off-white head. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. All Surly beers from the can seem to have the same frothy looking head, I wonder if it's something to do with the cans.

Aroma is exploding with juicy tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, tons of grapefruity citrus and even a soft and sweet caramel malt backing.

Taste has that caramel sweetness up front that is joined by tropical fruit at the start then it blends with some bitter grapefruity citrus hops. A bit of a biscuity malt quality shows up in here somewhere and lasts until the linger. The finish brings a bit more of the hops' piney qualities out. Overall, this one is very balanced though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very creamy consistency to it. Basically what I would consider perfect carbonation for this style.

I don't know what I was thinking when I had this one on-tap last July. They must have poured me the wrong beer or something. This is one of the best IPAs out there, and even as I am somewhat burned out on IPAs, this one is a keeper no matter what.

Serving type: can

03-25-2009 05:38:08 | More by roadhouse
Photo of lowgear


4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Surly.Thanks DRINKNDRIVE.I really love and appreciate a real ipa. Not overboard on the hops.Nice balance.

Murky amber color upon pouring.The aroma is slightly sweet,resinous,piney.Nice flavor with average hop bite and a pleasant mouthfeel that makes you want another sip. It has a good malt balance in aftertaste.I could really drink a few of these in one sitting.

Serving type: can

03-24-2009 23:41:12 | More by lowgear
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Natasharai for a few cans of this.

Pours a roasty amber color with a very light tan head that stays well. Nice lacing.

Smells wonderful. Like a roasty hoppy smell that I have never smelled before in an IPA that was not considered a black IPA. Very plesent aroma.

Taste is awesome. It's riding the fence of maybe becoming a black IPA but not quite. There are nice roasty flavors with the awesome malt background and a very nice hop flavor that balances well together. One of the most well balanced beers I have had.

Mouthfeel is great. No complaints.

Overll I could drink a ton of this stuff. Now only if surly would distribute in CA I would buy it all the time. Good thing Natasha gave me 4 of these.

Serving type: can

03-22-2009 20:13:14 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of kevinglin


4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful amber with a light tan head - aroma is amazing! Citrus, fruity - awesome!

Definite hop bomb with a bite and flavor to match. Citrus hops come through as expected after the excellent aroma. Malt backbone defintley backs up the hops, crisp and hearty. Interestingly not a harsh bitterness to me, and the aftertaste didn't linger and over do the effect. Somehow, they've managed to load tremendous hop flavor and bitterness, yet make the beer approachable and not a violent assault on your palate that could cause permanent damage.

Smooth, lively mouthfeel with a medium amount of body, that again, is not overdone - not too thick and not too thin.

Absolutely recommend - don't be put off by the can! This beer is a treat. Enjoy!

Serving type: can

03-22-2009 00:56:49 | More by kevinglin
Photo of popery


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to deliriumfest for this beer.

A: Deep amber liquid with a light amber-beige head. Lots of lacing. Very nice looking IPA.

S: A bit understated as compared to the flavor but still lots of hops. The aroma is mostly tangerine and pine with a bit of pineapple. It's funny how different regions of the country seem to have their own signature hop flavors.

T: Excellent flavor even for an American IPA, one of the most competitive styles out there. The malt is full and richly caramel-sweet. The hop flavors are big and not bogged down in bitterness. It's an excellent IPA.

M: Thick, rich malt heavily laced with pungent hop oils.

D: It's a pleasure to drink. Big, full hop bomb without the alcohol of a DIPA. Great beer.

Serving type: can

03-20-2009 03:38:54 | More by popery
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't recall who sent this my way, but thanks. Poured from a 16 ounce can into my nonic pint glass. Appears an amber/copper color with a healthy two fingers of fluffy, sticky ecru tinted foam. Lacing forms on the inside of the glass with each sip. Smells of grassy, piney hops, grapefruit, lemon and orange. Tastes of bitter grapefruit, orange, pineapple, pine needles and sweet caramel malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. Finish is pleasantly bitter. A solid IPA, check it out if you have not yet done so.

Serving type: can

03-19-2009 16:18:47 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of ROBORB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cans from DBhog and JDV, thanks guys!

Poured into a standard pint glass this beer produced a nice amber hue with a long lasting 1 finger head. The aroma consisted of pine and citrus. The taste almost mirrors the smell for me. I found that the first sip is very crisp due to the hop profile and carbonation. This beer, however, finished very dry. This is an excellent IPA and should be looked out for. Well done Surly!

Serving type: can

03-19-2009 03:06:44 | More by ROBORB
Photo of BLACKOUT0213


5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is a 10. i really cant think of anything wrong with this hop filled beer. always a hit and super tasty. one thing i look for is the consistency in tastes which i believe can differ from tap to tap, or can to can. when drinking this can i always pour into a glass. i dont think you can drink it out of the can and get all of flavors and smells. going rate for this tasty treat is usually 2.5-3 a can, good deal!!

Serving type: can

03-15-2009 07:02:30 | More by BLACKOUT0213
Photo of dfillius


4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: 99 IBUs! Yes :-) My first Surly! Love the tallboy. 1 finger of light tan head with good retention. Chill hazy reddish gold. I guess the haze is the hops talking. Beautiful beer.
S: Wow! Dank floral and pine, sweet mandarin orange. This is man candy! Passion Fruit/Orange/Guava juice comes in later. Some rye-ish malt smell too. Ideal; sublime.
T: Flattish malt up front. Bitterness keeps kickin' it up a notch in the back. Very bitter with piney, grapefruit, and white fir needles. Maybe the most bitter beer I've had? All the smell doesn't end up in the taste unfortunately. That is a negative, and I'd like a little more malt character and sweetness.
M: Dry and tingly bitter. Almost exactly like white fir needles in the dry puckering quality they have. Almost masochistic!
D: Supremely enjoyable, but a sipper definitely. An excellent beer.

Serving type: can

03-15-2009 00:51:53 | More by dfillius
Photo of tmoneyba


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can trade from shigadeyo. Poured hazy amber with an average off-white frothy head that lasted with good lacing. Solid pine and sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bitter flavor with a heavy bitter finish of moderate duration. This is a standout beer.

Serving type: can

03-14-2009 20:30:39 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surly Furious is everything an IPA should be.

Ruby red and a smell worthy of bathing in. The best smelling beer I've ever had. Furious cologne would be a winner.

Tastes explode with pine, cantaloupe, pineapple, and candied fruit snacks. A sharp, rather abrupt pleasant bitterness finishes the deal. An awesome beer.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, but flavors make up for this minor flaw.

Eminently drinkable. Perhaps the best IPA out there.

Serving type: can

03-13-2009 00:40:11 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of aaronhanson


3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish amber in color, not much head

S - VERY piney, with hops smell

T - Citrus Hops with pine following. Bitter aftertaste

M - Smooth, quite good. I can see why it's called Furious.

D - Not bad, but the taste it leaves in my mouth doesn't make me want more.

Serving type: can

03-10-2009 12:35:22 | More by aaronhanson
Photo of MasterSki


4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this twice now - at Darkness Day, and at Night of the Living Ales. It's always a huge treat to have this one. Served in my NLA taster glass.

A - Hazy orange-brown color, with a nice bunch of persistent bubbles on top. Not much in the way of head or lace. It's a cask beer - this is how they look! I just find cask beer decidedly unsexy looking, even if I love the taste & mouthfeel.

S - Wow! Furious on crack! Tremedous citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, orange) with some tropical fruits (pineapple & mango). There's also some floral and grassy notes not present in regular Furious - I'm guessing there is a huge amount of amarillo involved in the second dry-hopping. In any case, it's huge & delicious.

T - It's just as delicious as regular Furious. Tons of hops, candied citrus, solid caramel malt balance, with a mild residual bitterness. I did notice that after the fifth or sixth pour the bitterness got a bit tiring. It's also a tiny bit of a letdown from the smell. Those two elements keep me from giving this a perfect score.

M - Smooth, medium-bodied, low carbonation (obviously!), great residual stickiness. Velvet creaminess, yet very refreshing!

D - Hmm...low carbonation + medium ABV + incredible flavor = I can't stop drinking this. It's probably a good thing Tea-Bagged Furious isn't available more often, otherwise I'd be adhered to a bar stool somewhere and my wife would be filing a missing persons report - seriously though, this is an incredible brew, and combines the best of extreme American hop profile with traditional English real ale texture. If appearance didn't matter so much on this site it'd be my top-ranked brew.

Serving type: cask

03-08-2009 14:34:08 | More by MasterSki
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy reddish-brown hue with a small off-white head with good retention but almost no lacing.

S: Smells very hoppy with a strong caramel noticeable.

T: Strong citrus hops along with bold caramel malt background with a strong bitter kick of pine at the end. Simply amazing.

M: The on-tap felt a little under carbonated and slightly thin.

D: Very drinkable for such a bold flavor. Still my favorite by Surly.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 18:36:23 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of Pauly2X


3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid deep amber color, quarter finger head.

S- Citrusy/piney hop aroma with a pretty decent maltyness in the background.

T- Piney almost solventlike hop character asserts itself imediately. The balancing malt is very deep which brings about a heavyness which tends to try and muscle out the hop flavors. The result is as though two blowharts got into an arguement and just kept getting louder and louder. Finish is pretty smooth, as though the bouncer threw those two out on thier ass.

M- Medium bodied with some solid mildly fizzy carbonation.

D- Not bad at all, but I'm not driving up to Minnesota of anything.

As an IPA, I didn't really like this. It was enjoyable however as I would of put it in the American Strong category myself. As a big, somewhat in your face beer : good. As a balanced IPA : not so much.

Serving type: can

03-04-2009 23:36:34 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of paytoplay


4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tough on appearance as I drank the 4 cans all from the can just because. 1st can was Ok, drank right off the delivery truck. Others were really great. Suprising beer for the quality. Assumed it would be just Ok, maybe the 1st can make me think that about the other 3. Wish I had more. Awesome IPA and at the price for 4 pack and tall boys, really nice!

Serving type: can

03-04-2009 22:58:31 | More by paytoplay
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another generous extra from Dbhog (thanks Bill). Served in an SA Sensory Pint. Poured a translucent burnt orange with a two inch frothy off-white cap. Bands of thick, yet delicate, lacing are revealed as the head slowly dissipates. Copious tiny bubbles adhered to the sides of the glass during the initial few minutes post-pour. Aromas of grapefruit and piney hops waft up from the glass. Taste consistent with nose; amazing flavor and balance. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied. Lightly carbonated and smooth with very little bitterness detectable at the back. By far the easiest drinking IPA I've ever had. Six months ago, I shyed away from the style, but brews like this have caused me to seek them out.

Serving type: can

02-26-2009 02:06:42 | More by Jwale73
Photo of htomsirveaux


4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can tried 16 Jan 2009. Courtesy of hogwildliquor, thanks!

Poured in 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Very large very tight khaki colored head. Lightly carbonated. Clear burnt umber color. Aroma is a big smack of hops, pine, pineapple, resin and pastry dough. Starts with lots of pineapple and resin, sweet and slightly buttery like pie crust. Nice dose of caramel malt throughout but this is all about the hops. Plenty of resin bitterness from start to finish and lingering in the aftertaste. Medium sticky body. Alcohol seems a bit more than the reported 6.2%.

I would have this in my fridge all the time if I could get it.

Serving type: can

02-21-2009 18:02:31 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99


4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky amber orange with a half inch white, fluffy, soapy head. I love the head of an IPA better than any other beer. Wow, there is almost a complete curtain of lacing with this one. The smell is very hoppy. There are citrus and pine notes and a slight caramel toffee malt. The taste is amazing! The mouthfeel is the first thing that jumps out though. This is one creamy brew! I usually use creamy to describe a beer but none have ever been like this. The taste is not overly hoppy, there is some sweet citrus and some pine but it is mostly balanced by the caramel malt. This is more balanced than an American IPA should be. I still love this one and wouldn't mind having a case around at all times.

Serving type: can

02-18-2009 08:01:19 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of jjazz

South Dakota

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty IPA. This falls somewhere between an IPA and DIPA in most aspects.

Nice head and darkish color for the style.

Very nice nose with fruity hops (citrus juice and peel) and sweet caramelly/toasty malt. Great intensity. Almost a 5.

On the palate, very balanced, with unexpected malty notes (toffee, toast) notes and delicious citric hops. Personally, I'd like a bit less malt presence to really let the hops flex their muscles, but I'm not going to complain. On second thought, maybe not. This is really good, just not your typical pale IPA.

Even at 99 IBUs, this comes across as less bitter than most IPAs. Favoring balance over bitterness/hoppiness is an interesting style choice for an IPA, but it works here.

Medium body and great drinkability. Since we're already deviating from style expectations here, I would like to see some more carbonation, in the realm of a good bubbly belgian.

Good QPR.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 01:25:47 | More by jjazz
Photo of mwagner1018


4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label reads true...great beer out of can, meant to be poured in a glass! Per the owners, great marketing, cool design, and awesome logo.

Recently toured the brewery, have enjoyed the beer for quite a while now...figured it was about time for me to go ahead and review it...

A- Nice dark amber golden, red hue...good creamy caramel head, with nice retention, and adequate lacing.

S- Nice hop aroma, sweet bitterness, citrus, lemon, floral, fruity.

T- Nice balance of caramel, chocolate malt, with high bitterness of hops, nice after taste, well balanced.

M- Nice carbonation, clean, fresh.

D- As much as I enjoy this beer, my taste buds burn out at about 2.5...very good beer to enjoy, even as well balanced as I think it is, the pallet can easily get overwhelmed by this one.

Cudos to Surly for making great beer, not conforming to traditional standards of beer styles, and pushing the limits with their beers. Keep up the good work...

Serving type: can

02-16-2009 04:53:42 | More by mwagner1018
Photo of session1979


4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a buddy over on my cigar forum. He surprised me with this and 2 cans of coffee bender which I have yet to drink.

A: Pours a darkish amber with a solid 2 fingers of frothy head.

S: Piney hops, malts, honey.

T: Very hop forward which I love. A nice touch of malt and floral notes balance it quite well while letting the hops still stand out.

M: Light and crisp. On par with the style.

D: Very drinkable. I could easily stroke 3 cans in a sitting.

Overall: A very nice offering from Surly. If I could get it locally I would keep it on hand as one of my goto IPA's.

Serving type: can

02-15-2009 20:52:41 | More by session1979
Photo of SteveO1231


3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received a tall-boy can from TurdFergison in a recent beer trade. Pours a hazy, dark-brownish-amber with lots of quick tiny bubbles, a huge rocky off-white head and some crispy lacing. Lots of caramel malt in the aroma, grain husk, honey oat dinner rolls and hints of dark fruits. Some citrusy, pungent, and spicy hop aromas. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Some caramel malt sweetness up front with some toasted character. Hops flavor is citrus as hell like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. The beer finishes with a spicy bitterness and a flavor like Halls menthol-orange cough drops. I am a raging hop-head but did not love this one. I'm not sure how fresh this can is but I would rate this IPA ok at best.


Serving type: can

02-15-2009 04:01:28 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of sonicdescent


4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to vwcraig for the opportunity on this one!

Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper with some pretty frothy and resilient eggshell head. Very pretty and right on to style.

Nose is citrus and resiny hops with a slightly fruity scent. Smells pretty strong for a "regular" IPA.

Taste is a hoppy son of a bitch with flavors all over the place, starting off more on the resiny side and ending with a citrus flavor. Malt takes a definite background but by no means is this undrinkable, actually such a pronounced flavor I had to make sure I wasn't drinking a DIPA, very good. No harsh bitterness, no trace of alcohol, maybe a low fruitiness.

Mouthfeel gives us a thin/medium body and moderate carbonation, but somehow this combination doesn't leave with a dry sensation. A very well put together beer.

As for drinkability, I could easily see this becoming a go-to IPA for me, if only we could readily get this here.

Serving type: can

02-07-2009 20:52:42 | More by sonicdescent
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,898 ratings.