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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,157
Reviews: 1,388
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,422
Gots: 459 | FT: 15
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 Spica66
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-amber head, fairly short retention, medium carbonation.

S: Definitely hops in here somewhere! Nice malt aroma as well.

T: Taste like it smells. Good malt, good hops, well balanced.

M: Smooth, nice.

D: Very easy to drink.

Overall, a very good beer.

Spica66, May 20, 2010
Photo of velmalikevelvet
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from can into chilled mug.

Almost zero head atop a clear, dark amber liquid.

Limited aroma, with citrus predominating.

Very citrusy taste, particularly grapefruit, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Kind of 'thin' tasting, not very complex. Not highly hopped.

Probably a good 'intro' IPA for drinkers who don't think they like IPAs. Surprisingly good for canned beer.

Thanks, Hez1, for sending it!

velmalikevelvet, May 20, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into an imperial pint. Huge thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color that produced a tan colored head. Left some tiny bits of lacing behind.

(S)- A damp-like wet pine aroma with some lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, & peach. A light caramel/honey maltiness in the far background.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Exactly like the smell actually. Some good hop citrus & sweet malts with a light bitterness.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Has a good dry yet citrusy pine kick with a smooth yet lightly sweet maltiness; crisp.

(D)- A solid to great IPA. Great balance while still being crisp and bold. I could easily have a few of these.

sweemzander, May 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer that has been on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours an orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the hops with resin and citrus. The flavor is more of the same with a great mix of resiny hops and citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer, but it is one that I don't have much to say about. This is one I definitely recommend and it lived up to the hype.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of kbeals
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to younger35 for hooking me up with this at DLD!

A- Pint sized can poured into a pub glass reveals a dark amber brew with thick, creamy white head. Excellent head retention and fantastic lacing. Every beer taht I've poured from Surly so far has looked phenomenal.

S- Heavy dose of grapefruit and other citrusy hops. Some sweetness to it also, which helps to balance it out a bit.

T- Wow, plenty of grapefruit and bitter hops. The best tasting IPA I've had, bordering on a DIPA in my opinion but it still tastes divine.

M- Smooth, medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is an easy drinker for an IPA lover. A great summer beer, I really wish I had access to this all the time.

Thanks again, Dan!

kbeals, May 19, 2010
Photo of FishGetter
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip glass from a can. Furious is a bronze color drink with streaks of auburn when held up to the light. Thin head holds to a skim coating over the top.
Big citrus/piney hop aroma right from the openning. Further inspection yealds peachy and some grassy notes too. Malt backbone holds up strong behind hops.
Big hop flavors, mostly citrus with hints of peach and pine. Very floral hop taste midway through. Some malt sweetness keeps bitterness in check. Nice hop punch, not overly bitter.
A bit thin on the mouthfeel but works well with drink. Keeps things fresh and moving. Exceptional clean mouthfeel with only a trace amount of hop resins left in mouth. More of the floral variety.
This is absolutly an exceptional offering. Cant say enough how fresh of an offering this is. Floral hop flavor plays well of thin mouthfeel. Thanks to Jaxon53 for tickling my ass with this feather. This brew would be kept in the frig at all times, only if they had more distrabution. One can only wait.

FishGetter, May 12, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade. Not an IPA guy, but away we go...

A: Gorgeous! Beautiful deep ruby color with a thick 1 inch white head the slowly fades but never completely disappears. Awesome!

S: Super deep earthy hops blended with a heavy pine bite. Grapefruit and citrus in the middle with sweet malts and sugars buried deep on the backend. Good.

T: Watery hops upfront blended with citrus grapfruit. Sweet malts in the middle with a pine bite on the backend. Very good blend.

M: Good balance of bite and carbonation. Doesn't leave any bad tastes in your mouth. Good.

D: After you get past the IPA bite, it goes down good.

All in all, I'm not one for IPA's, but this is a pretty well blended IPA to me. A pleasant surprise. Surly definitely has some very good brews going for them. A must try for any IPA fan.

steve8robin, May 12, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to phreak1983 for this in our recent trade. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured an attractive orangey-amber color with less than a half-inch of light tan head that had moderate retention and lacing.

There was a great piney hop aroma right upfront and some floral notes behind them. The flavors weren't as bold as the scents had led me to expect. Again mostly pine with some floral dominate. However, there is a malt foundation that didn't show up on the nose.

The body and drinkability were both a bit better than typical for the style. Overall, a nice example of the style. If it were local to me, I'd drink it in my regular rotation. As it is, I'll probably ask for a couple more here and there in future trades. I recommend that you try this beer.

beertunes, May 11, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on draft at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours a clear amber orange with a laced white head. There is a very hoppy grapefruit aroma with a little bit of malt. The flavors are super hoppy grapefruit peel and juniper. The body and carbonation are medium, and the finish is long and bitter.

wedgie9, May 11, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 16 ounce can a nice fairly clear orange color, with a pretty decent one finger head. Good hoppy aromas, somewhat herbal, grassy and melony. Nice flavors in this one, a good hoppiness with a nice malt backbone. A very nice IPA. One of the better canned beers I've had.

emmasdad, May 07, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Traded to me from some generous folks (yandlecats) at DLD.

Reviewed from notes - 4/29/10.

Poured from a can into a tulip.

A: Pours a fairly dark mahogany and copper color. The pint fills my entire Duvel tulip with 3 fingers of head that sticks with spotted lacing. On the dark side for an IPA.

S: Juicy pine & grapefruit hops.

T: Smell delivers to the taste with mouth-watering, juicy citrus flavors. Very balanced with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Now I understand all the talk about Surly.

M: The hops stick, but there's a sweetness that also lingers. Moderate carbonation.

D: Went by way too fast. Loved having a 16oz serving of it too. A truly great IPA.

kirkpjr, May 04, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear orange-brown body capped by over two fingers of fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves brilliant lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy, piney, and resinous hops over a solid caramel malt body. Big and bold.

Flavor: Up front, lots of bitter hops with a complex blend of citusy, piney, resinous, and slightly herbal notes. Underneath, there's a substantial caramel malt backbone keeping everything grounded. While it's certainly a hop forward beer, it's not unbalanced. Resinous and citrusy hops over biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: For the hopheads, this is a pretty easy drinker; everyone else will be slowed down a little by the hops.

Verdict: Well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying, Furious certainly lives up to all of the hype. This sits in the upper limits of the American IPA category, with just a hint more intensity likely to push it into Double IPA territory. With such a strong introduction, I can't wait to try more Surly beers.

BeanBone, May 02, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks (x5) for the Surly extras, tytoanderso, you are awesome!

A - Outstanding appearance; the most lustrous translucent shade of mahogany with garnet hues peaking through, fantastic eggshell head and lace, recording every sip with a encircling strata of lace like the growth rings on a tree.

S - Citric, piney and earthy vegetal hoppiness sits upon a pungent caramel malt. The caramel aspect is available in the nose, but not so much in the taste.

T - Strangely, the flavor is more akin to the some of the better DIPAs, more than AIPAs. Triviality aside, there is a lot of flavor going on here. The hop profile, for one thing, is somewhat unusual; there is not so much a focus on grapefruit or pine, instead staying in a vegetal, herbal, dank realm. The malt is fairly heavy, though it is not sweet; the dryness of it allows the hop to shine through. The finish is bitter and lingering with grassy, leafy notes, and a cabbage-y dank nuance.

M - IPA. Good. Well-carbonated with a dry, lingering finish.

D - I wish I could get Surly in FL.

ktrillionaire, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of chaz01
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jake Melnick's in dowtown Chicago. I'm pretty sure this was just the normal Furious and not the tea-bagged version.

A: Amber color, darker than what I would expect from an IPA. Thick, fluffy head retains well and produces some nice lacing.

S: Citrus and grapefruit in the aroma.

T: Very citrusy taste with some grass notes.

M: Very smooth -- the beer goes down so easy, yet it's very full flavored. Nice bitter hoppy finish that leaves you wanting more.

D: I could drink several of these as a session beer. It's clean an refreshing. Would also go great with a fish or chicken dinner.

chaz01, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Tea Bagged Furious" = On cask at Dark Lord Day 2010. Thanks to Melissa for sharing about 4oz of her pour with us.

Looks good. Orangeish red and full of sea monkeys (sediment).

Smell is up there with any beer ever. Smells of citrus and an overwhelming pine. Fresh cut X-Mas trees. Deck the halls, this is probably the best smelling IPA ever.

Taste is nicely furious. Huge hop flavor, grapefruit, dank herbs. Pine sticks to my teeth. Good amount of malt to balance, but it's sweet and lets the hops take over.

Mouthfeel was bubbly and bright.

Drinkability was also wonderful. A hyped up beer that delivered. Try on sight, I have a can of the non tea-bagged to try - can't wait!!

Having had this in can as fresh as 2 weeks from stamped date, I can say this beer is just as good fresh as I remember. Sure, the tea-bagged version is a special treat on cask, but a can less than a month old is such a fine beer!

jampics2, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of abrand
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tea bagged Furious cask at DLD 2010 brought to me by fellow BA hooliganlife.

The pour is hazy orange with loads of sediment that set at the base of the cup. Smells of hops, citrus fruits, and pines. Smell was unbelievable but the hops completely dominated everything else. Taste is similar with an abundance of hops and citrus fruits. Sediment gets washed down with every sip. Mouthfeel is crispy and medium bodied. Drinkability is way above average. I am so glad I got to try this rarity that will never be available to me again most likely.

abrand, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

TEA BAGGED FURIOUS poured from a cask at dark lord day 2010

this was beyond murky. TONS of sediment floating around. light orange in color. no head.

huge floral and citrus hops just crushed the nose. some was spilled from the first keg and the hops lingered around the tent, it ruled. but huge floral hops mainly dominated.

this was all hops, there were no malts. the floral hops dominated with a very flower like flavor. huge citrus followed but a sweet citrus and very faint bitterness. i even found part of a hop leaf in my cup. amazing.

very full body, kind of chewy but went down very smooth.

this was the highlight of my day. i could not stop drinking this and everyone that had a sip, loved it. it speaks for itself.

hooliganlife, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of DrewHodges
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 3/9/10, although I drink at least a 4-pack of this weekly. poured from can into tall European lager glass.

A-clear, almost reddish brown, very unique rich hue, 1-finger frothy head, half of it stayed around, incredible lacing all the way to the bottom

S-powerful citrus, pine, and noble hops, with honey, can smell this from an arms-length away

T-bursting with fresh hops, intense bitterness, lingering hop flavor, lots of grapefruit, balanced alcohol impact

M-medium bodied, fairly high carbonation, almost chewy

D-could drink all night, one of my Top 10 beers in the world

DrewHodges, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into an imperial pint glass.

A - Dark amber with quite a bit of red coloring, not cloudy. A normal pour produced a frothy head which slowly broke down; extraordinary lacing.

S - Pine needles, citrusy hops, and caramel.

T - Not initially as sweet as it smells (relative to other American IPAs). The acidic hops remind me of dissolved vitamin C tablets. Grapefruit rears its head early and often. After a few seconds in the mouth, I detect a faint hint of sweet apricot. Wonderfully, the hops way more than offset the sugars. This stuff is hoppy bliss, finishing with a prolonged, profound bitter taste on the back of my tongue.

M - Slightly less carbonation than I would expect, but this doesn't detract. Very crisp and refreshing.

D - Being a hop addict drinking a pint for the first time, I definitely want to dive into another. The fact that the malts & accompanying sugars pale in comparison to the hop presence make this ultra-quaffable for yours truly.

I knew this would be good, but my expectations have been surpassed. With apologies to Two Hearted Ale, Bitter Woman, Ballistic, et. al, I think I've found my Midwest IPA of choice.

klikger, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into my Allagash tall snifter. Pours a redish color with an immediate creamy tan head that rises to about a finger's height when poured carefully. Head lasts for a few minutes and remains as a nice creamy rim with great sticky covered lacing.

Aroma is very nice...hops and mild fruit. Fruit resembles a grapefuit...and lemon notes.

Flavor is semi-complex for an American IPA. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, hoppy bite up front...followed by the sweet fruits as it finishes some-what dry. A very good and drinkable beer. Very impressed!

ShadesOfGray, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of PEBKAC
3.08/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

December-ish canning, Febuary-ish consumption.

Standard pint glass pour. A pretty orange whirlwind as it rolls out. Inch & a half of lumpy light tan head. Not quite clear, but a dusty orange amber. Ugly, sticky glass full of residual once it all settles in place, but I guess that's what we're looking for in an IPA eh? :)

Smell is catty & piercing with alcohol. Sharp radish-like aroma. Hops are of varnish intensity. I know lots of people appreciate that sort of intensity, but it doesn't do it for me unless it's doing more then clearing my sinuses. No big fruit or floral aspects. A touch of rind, but it's very coarse & unwelcoming. From all the reviews, I'm guessing it's awesome straight off the canning line.

Taste is bitter sweet upfront, with dark leafy greens. Sweet honey & cereal grains come in right after turning toasty. Finish is a lingering, dry, acidic rind.

Feel is low to mild carbonation, a touch chalky because of the sediment, & it has a bit of a numbing effect on my tongue as well. Alcohol is a bit of a nuisance.

Not my favorite Surly beer, but it does have some qualities I can see other people being a fan of.

PEBKAC, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KeefD for this awesomeness in a can.

A - Wow what can I say? I'm a sucker for good head lol. Poured a perfectly clear deep copper amber with a towering 2" white fluffy head that left giant patches of lace and retained wonderfully in my imperial pint glass. Simply spectacular. 5.0

S - This is like someone blended a Christmas tree, grapefruit, and tangerines together and dumped it into a rich amber ale. The hops are quite prevalent, smells amazingly juicy and delicious. Good caramel backbone too. 4.5

T - Tastes pretty much exactly like it smells, but maybe a touch more grapefruit. Or maybe it's unicorn blood. Is unicorn blood hoppy? Whatever it is, it's a heavenly elixir. 5.0

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. 4.5

D - Damn. That's all I have for this. 5.0

Overall - This beer is definitely worth seeking out. Everyone should be able to taste its awesomeness at some point. I'm glad I shared my other can at a beer tasting with some other BA's.

DmanGTR, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this amazing extra! I love this 16oz. can, label, and description

A: Pours a hazy semi-transparent crimson color. The head is big, fluffy, rocky, retains well, and leaves thick sheets of foam along the glass. Really nice looking pour

S: As soon as I opened the can the hops hit me! Very awesome nose; first there is a tropical fruit aspect to the hops- mango, pineapple, peach and grapefruit. Then there is a piney, super resinous, sticky hop note. The malts are sweet and balance very nicely, lending some notes of caramel, toffee (lots), and bread. One of the best IPA noses I've come across...

T: Wow...The bitterness of the 99IBUs is more subdued than I had expected. One of the more complex IPAs I have come across. The flavor opens with an extremely fresh, piney, resinous, and sticky hops note. Then it transitions into tropical fruity flavors; pineapple, mango, pear, and apple. The hops contribute a crisp citrus bite and a solid bitter kick. Finally the malts...the malts are PERFECT when combined with this hop schedule. A little sweet, bready, with flavors of caramel, toffee, and honey.

MF/D: Chewy feel for the style, carbonation is perfect. The finish is crisp, exceptionally clean, and leaves a nice lingering resinous finish.

Notes: Not quite as bitter as I had expected (which may be a good thing). One of the best, if not the best, IPAs I've ever had. I don't know if its the can or what, but this beer tastes SO fresh, like it was bottled (or canned) 5 minutes ago.

scottyshades, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a nice amber with a big off-white head that lasts for a while and leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is awesome for a regular IPA. Tons of citrus/tropical fruits mostly in the form of apricot and mango. Very floral which is exactly what I was hoping for.

T: The taste is a bit muted as far as the nose but good nonetheless. Starts with a citrus blast of hops that fades slowly into a bittering finish. Couldn't detect much malt but I'm sure it's there.

M: The feel is medium-full bodied and slightly oily...leaves a nice coating of hoppy goodness on the palate.

D: This is a really good IPA and one I would buy all the time if it was available in my area.

Really been looking forward to trying this one and was finally hooked up by a friend on another site. Recommended if you like the hoppy sticky stuff.

GregSVT, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of SiepJones
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this in a trade with translucent, who really hooked me up right.

Poured into my Guinness Tulip Pint

A: Pours a coppery mix of amber and brown. An inch and a half of head which stays perfectly still on top of the beer. Different from other IPA's, whose head disappear quickly.
S: A very piney nose with a slight sweetness of malt on the tail end of it.
T: Flavor is much the same as the scent, the pine tingles the tongue up front, combining with the malt backbone giving Furious a nice earthy flavor on the back end.
M: This beer has a very chewy mouth with a good bit of carbonation.
D: Furious is a very earthy flavored IPA, that is low in alcohol and very easy to drink. The fact that it comes in a sixteen ounce can makes it very cool, and will make me wish I had a few of these in the cooler next time I'm golfing.

SiepJones, Apr 11, 2010
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,157 ratings.