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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,544
Reviews: 1,414
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
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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:
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 AleWatcher
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can into pint glass
reviewed from notes

it's a dark coppery color. Minimal off-white head with nice rings of lacing.
Smells really piney. A bright citrus note hiding beneath layers of pine and blankets of deep sweet maltiness.
The flavor starts off sweet with caramel and toffee then goes citrus with piney resin in the finish and especially the lingering bitterness.
The feel is good-- nice medium body. Good carbonation, despite the lack of head on the pour.

I don't find this one to be mind-blowing, but it certainly isn't one I'd turn down...

Photo of suspect
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz tallboy into a Duvel Tulip. Thanks to olympuszymurgus for the Surly hookup.

A: Pours a clear deep amber color unlike most standard IPAs. Thick, frothy off-white head builds up to about 1 finger after a mildly aggressive pour. Lacing is relentless and never ending.

S: Smell is piney and grassy mixed with some grapefruit, mango and caramel malt backend. Not overly pungent and certainly not up there with some of the best IPAs of had but definitely not bad either.

T: Taste follows the nose and gets hoppier as it warms. Citrus hops shine through and are the highlights of the beer. Mango, some pine a slight hint at some of the 6.2% ABV but it's extremely subtle.

M: Medium body, perfectly carbonated. Sticky, oily mouth coating leaves me wanting more.

O: A very very good IPA. This is my second offering from Surly and this brewery is certainly rising .on my list of exceptional breweries very quickly.

Photo of baconbourbon
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber, excellent head, but not too much lacing. It looks great.

Smell: Ridiculous. The malt complexity is unparalleled.

Taste: A nice bitterness up front followed by an incredible malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A perfect balance between carbonation and smoothness. The body is just right.

Overall: This is a fantastic IPA. It is a totally different animal than Heady Topper of Pliny, and that is what I love about it.

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

Can into my 21st Amendment tulip.
Shocked to see I hadn't reviewed this beer yet. About time before I run out of my stash from my recent roadtrip.
Beautiful pour. Nice head. Dark copper appearance.
Aroma and taste measure up to any standard. Fresh hop like presence. A fantastic representation of the style that would make it anywhere.
Too bad they are not more widely distributed.

Photo of n8marks
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i just had to chime in with the obligatory A+.

this is by far my favorite beer in the world. it encapsulates everything that is good about my favorite style of beer.

the only knock i would give it, which is reflected in my overall score, is the price. 13 dollars for a four pack of 16 ounce cans?


Photo of azdback
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. A pretty dark but clear burnt orange color. Carbonation bubbles are few and far between but the few that are there lead to a great two finger head, that is cream ale in color and rocky or frothy in appearance.

Smell is of wet leafy hop cones. Very piney and citrus. The sweet citrus could be described as pink grapefruit or orange. I can even smell pineapple and piney hop oils.

Taste is quite remarkable. The bitter, sweet hops hijack the tongue with a ton of bitter flavors. Yellow grapefruit rind or pith mixed with tangerine or the juice of a blood orange. There are the bright sweet flavors of a pineapple also. Pine resin coats the tongue and begins to ruinate the way a great IPA should. Great thing I'm not having this with dinner.

Mouth is crisp with a balanced body and a long and dry mouth.

Overall this is one of my favorite IPA's of all time. I hate that I have to trade to get it. There is no way this wouldn't be my everyday IPA if I lived in Minnesota.

Photo of pigc
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/3/11

A - Pours a deep copper with three finger head. Lacing clings to glass.

S - Pine, citrus, bready malt.

T - Starts off with some toffee like malt followed by bitter citrus hops. Lots of pine in there too.

M - Thin to medium. Bitterness abounds.

O - I enjoyed this IPA very much. This one is somewhat stronger on the malt bill as some but there is some serious bitterness to it in the back end. Great IPA! Another winner from Surly.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A hazy amber with a khaki colored head.

Smell: Hops, caramel malts, toffee, earthy note.

Taste: Hops, citrus from grapefruit, toffee, nice earth tone.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slight coarse with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: The hops, malts, citrus, toffee and earth tone are all very well balanced. Big ups to my brother bringing this back from Minnesota. Fantastic all around brew. Cheers!

Photo of ms11781
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 05/31/2011. Canned on 04/13/2011. Thanks to tedwarhc. 16oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange/rust color. A nice one and a half finger, fluffy off-white head rises and settles as a finger of soap-like white foam. Excellent lacing is left on the glass.

Enormous hop aroma. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate. Orange, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit are here. A bit of pine is present as well. Really just a huge hop presence ranging from on end of the spectrum to the other. There is a hint of caramel malt sweetness but the hops are near overpowering.

The taste follows along with the nose nicely. Juicy, tropical fruit hop flavor. Pineapple and maybe some mango combine with some orange and lemony citrus to provide a huge hop presence. The caramel that was present in the nose asserts itself more and provides more sweetness but overall it still pales in comparison to the hop character. A moderately bitter finish comes on and compliments the hop flavors nicely.

Medium body with carbonation that is a bit stronger. It gives the beer a crisp feel. Moderately bitter finish. The hop character and crispness give the beer a good bite before the finish.

I debated on posting this review because I initially had the beer about 6 weeks after canning and tend to like to review IPAs/DIPAs in a shorter time frame but made an exception because this beer was still excellent at the time. I'd love to have year round access to this one.

Photo of kbuzz
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can with un illegible date stamped on the bottom ?/18/11. At least it’s from this year, I guess.

A: Pours a BEAUTIFUL sunset orange with tones of red. Combine to create a peach hue when held up to the light. A finger and a half of frothy sudsy eggshell head that looks like it might stick around for a bit. Some nice lacing left where it has actually fallen. Some little sediment bits in there too which is a plus in my book…unfiltered = more flavor.

S: Actually a lot of caramel/bready malt notes at first. There are certainly some piney/spicy hop notes in there as well, but somewhat muted for an IPA.

T: Simultaneous bitterness to go along with a solid biscuity malt note up front. Definitely a strong malt backbone going on in this glass…caramel/biscuit/breadiness notes throughout. Strong pine and grapefruit from the hops. Extremely well-balanced. Probably not the freshest can since I’m not getting an overwhelming hop presence, but super tasty regardless. Reminds me more of an aggressively hopped red ale at this point in its lifespan.

M: A solid medium bodied beer. Carbonation moves all the flavors around on the tongue and helps to blend this beer together. Finishes with plenty of dryness.

O: I wish I could read the date on the bottom of the can, and then I would feel more comfortable with the review that I’m giving. As it is, I don’t know if this is how the beer is intended to taste or if I’m drinking a less than fresh version. Either way, this is a solid beer. Big biscuit maltiness to go with the spicy/piney hop presence. This is one of the more well balanced IPAs I’ve had in a long time…might have caught this right before it began to pass its prime. I would love to get a can of this right off the truck….and for that reason, I’m keeping it on my wants.

Photo of minnesotaryan
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my all time favorite beer, it is about time I reviewed it. Poured from a can into a Surly pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/red with ample foam. A medium amount of lacing.

Smell: Pine, pine and more pine, as well as grass and citrus. It smells sweet, primarily it gives off hop aromas, not smelling much in the way of malt.

Taste: This is tasting pretty fresh, which makes it all the better. Lots of citrus up front, lots of citrus - pineapple, orange and tangerines, there is some malt to balance it out, caramel notes and perhaps some biscuity flavors as well. There is a lot hop flavor but it is not overly bitter, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, nice carbonation with enough lingering hop bitterness to leave you ready for your next sip.

Overall: As previously mentioned, this is my favorite beer and it has never disappointed.

Photo of n2185
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with three fingers of billowing off-white head that recedes into a soapy ring with decent lacing.

S: Lots of sweet citrus up front--orange and pineapple mostly followed by some grapefruit. There are some grass and pine aromas in there as well towards the finish. Smells very good.

T: Orange and pineapple up front followed by lots of grapefruit. Grass and pine flavors bring up the finish, complimenting the sweet citrus without overwhelming. There is only a light bitterness on the finish with a nice, citrusy aftertaste. Very tasty.

M: Body is on the light side of medium with fairly lowish carbonation. This beer is a bit watery, unfortunately.

O: A very good IPA that is held back more by a slightly watery body than anything else. Aromas and flavors are very good.

Photo of DCon
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap w/ ChrisF @ the Surly Brewing Company's Darkness Day 2011 in Brooklyn Center, MN for $5. Tapped from the black and plain handle into a 12oz Surly Cup.

Aroma- Huge citrusy aroma and definitely throws a punch at your nose! Grassy notes are in here as well. Great for the style!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, bubbly head that stays for a bit of time. Has a dark copper body with orange tint in here. Leaves decent lacing behind, surprisingly.

Flavor- Has an extreme hop flavor that I'm not too thrilled about... WAY Too much bitterness and over emphasis on the hop flavor and not enough citrus and malt character. If you do want hop for breakfast or lunch, this is for you!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and hop takes over the mouth. Not anything I would be able to finish in a short period of time.

Overall Impression- A WAY too viscous brew for the day I'm about to have here.... Let ChrisF enjoyed some of mine as well since I wanted to go through many more brews. A good one, just not the amount of hop in an IPA I wanted at the time....

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

Thanks goes to Humulus85 for another great Surly brew.

A: 1+ fingered off white, creamy head with solid retention formed on top if this burnt orange brew and exhibited LOADS of frothy lacing.

S: Sweet candied malts are surprisingly more dominant than the beautiful smelling citrus pine hops.

T: Malts backdown in the tasting and follow the bitterness very nicely. I just really enjoyed taking every sip of this brew, even though the pine oil from the hops lingered slightly too long in the aftertaste.

M: Medium/light, nice amount of carbonation.

O: Have to say Surly is really living up to their hype, wonderful brew!

Photo of bishopdc0
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint car.
Poured into a pint glass shared with my brother inllaw.

The beer is amber almost cloudy with a decent head formation.

The nose is hops fully of citrus earthy hops with aaroma of crytal malts that work very well together.

The taste is wonderful all hop flavor citrus earth hops crystal malt all togeth and done very well. The end is very clean and slight bitter....nice brew

Photo of BeerOnTheWall
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz can into standard shaker pint glass.

Pours crystal clear copper color with a thick 1-1 1/2 finger off white head that dissipated after a couple minutes leaving behind lots of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit and pine needles. Very faint malt coming through with noticeable bready yeast. The hop character is what dominates...very apparent and very pleasant.

Initial hit of citrus gives way to some dark caramel malt sweetness that's complimented by a bit of yeast. Big pine resin and slight citrus peel bitterness dominate the finish; it wraps around your tongue and lingers. I'm loving this!

Medium bodied, mouth coating, good carbonation. Plenty of substance that lays down nicely and provides a good stage for all those hops.

Overall this was one of the most enjoyable IPAs I've had. West Coast style from Minnesota. I will be getting in touch with the BA who sent me this in a trade and begging for more very soon!

Photo of powellmg
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep copper-colored beer with a persistent head and nice lacing. Intense hops aroma. Huge depth of flavor balanced by toasted malts. Long finish.

Like a lot of great beers, it's hard for me to pick out individual flavors in the complexity of the whole. Overall, outstanding. An aspirant beer.

Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still sipping my way through the Beers of Fame. Got this one and Three Floyds Gumballhead and Alpha King from Woodchopper ( a great trader!!!).

Pours into my pint glass from a 16 oz can as a slightly hazy copper color, not that dense, plenty of light coming through. Big antique white/off white head with fairly decent retention. Thick lacing, a nice looking beer.

Smell is awesome. Hops all the way, both piney and citrus, a strong and very pleasing aroma.

Tastes as good and as strong as the best DIPAs. This is my kind of balance, a strong bitter up front hops presence, softened by an equally strong caramel malt finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and as rich as a barleywine. Overall this is a great beer. 6.2 abv and flavor rivaling a much stronger beer.

Photo of marvin213
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty like a woman. It's a little on the dark side for a pasty white boy like me--it's nearly opaque and looks much stronger than its 6.2% single-IPA status would suggest. The big, frothy head sure is inviting.

The smell is simply hoptastic. It smells like yummy hop juice. If you're into hops (and you wouldn't be reading this if you weren't), this might be THE one for you.

It tastes a little thin and its bodily feel is more indicative of its relatively normal alcohol content. But it's a single IPA! It really tastes great like a Miller Lite should (a la "tastes great..." commercials). The mouthfeel's pretty good, and no doubt the can helps maintain freshness...but the hoppiness seems fleeting. It doesn't taste quite as deliciously hoppy as it smells. The darker copper color seems to sit a little heavier without packing a punch.

Still, don't get it twisted: Surly Furious is bad-ass. I'm glad I sought it out this time, and I will likely seek it out again. Cheers!

Photo of zander4dawin
3.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color. Really great smell on it. Hits lots of floral notes. Can definitely smell the hops coming out. The taste is not nearly are hoppy as I expect. More of an earthy, easy drinking ipa. Lots of earthy, dirty, grittiness to it. Can said 99 IBU so the bitterness must be hidden behind the body. A good solid beer, not as great as advertised.

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes...

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Slightly musty citrus and earthy pine notes with a caramel finish.

T - The bitterness comes strongly off the top, but it finishes surprisingly sweet. The citrus, pine and earthy cedar come through nicely alongside the caramel notes.

M - Great carbonation that makes it easily drinkable and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Great example of the style, easily drinkable and very flavourful. Surly is certainly living up to the hype and my next trip will consist of a solid haul of this stuff.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can poured into a Samuel Smith oversized nonic. Thanks Aaron!

A: Pours dark (for an IPA) coppery-gold with traces of amber, filtered, with a big rocky off-white head that leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: Pungent hop oil and bitterness in the form of pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. There is a light sweet malt presence, combined with the hops it smells like caramely pineapple and a very small amount of alcohol.

T: Follows the nose, pungent and pithy, high bitterness upfront and on the middle of the tongue with puckering dryness. Lots of piney herbal hop oil and a dry biscuity malt presence underneath.

MF: Wet, light-medium mouthfeel, light carbonation, lingering dryness.

O: A really good IPA, reminds me a lot of some West Coast offerings. Lots of pine, good bitterness and dryness, pretty drinkable, refreshing.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint-sized can into a Pig's Eye Pub pint glass. Thanks, Durge!

A: Nice, medium-copper color with a tinge of orange and a slight chilled haze beneath a thin and sudsy veil of foam that settles to a soapy coating, leaving behind wine-like legs.

S: Big, bold, roasted and herbal hop leaves that sweat resins (almost sweaty-skunky smelling even) and also denote a lot of fruity ale aromas.

T: Sweet, fruity malt up front that has a little bit of roasted caramel corn and earthy, chocolate and cocoa flavors. A juicy hop bite sinks in early with sharp hop bitterness and a sweet, citrusy resin. The finish is brash and sticky, with loads of hop resins and a hint of alcohol sting in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied and stickier in the finish than anywhere else. Nice hop and alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

O: A very good American IPA, although this can has traveled a bit and weathered some time. The 6.2% ABV feels more robust behind the fire of those 99 IBUs. Enough malty flavors to balance out the hop onslaught. A satisfying IPA and much appreciated to have it outside the great state of MN.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade with BeerEngineer89 - Thanks a lot, T!

Poured from can into pint glass. Dated 8/18/11

A - Pours very dark for an IPA. Copper in color. Nice big tan head develops with a rather tame pour. Great retention. Little visible carbonation.

S - Wow. That is beautiful. It is subtle, but intense at the same time. Fresh tropical citrus, pineapple is a star of the show. A shallow pine aroma is present. Plenty of malt sweetness in the background, with caramel present.

T - First comes plenty of pineapple, with pine and some malt sweetness to follow. Incredibly well balanced. Not at all too bitter. Leaves the mouth with a clean caramel sweetness accented by a touch of bitter hop.

M - Smooth as silk. Medium bodied. So velvety smooth, it slides down the throat and leaves just the tiniest hint of a flare of carbonation at the tail end. What an incredible feel.

O - Overall this is really quite fantastic. I'm very glad to have two cans in my possession. At two months old I was a touch worried about the hops, but they still show up in droves. I think the shipping may have futzed with the carbonation, though -- it drinks like a hand-pulled cask ale.

EDIT: Perusing some other reviews I fear the hops may have faded a touch in this can. I don't consider this to have much of a grassy character to speak of.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all: Massive thanks to quirkzoo for sending me home with this.

Poured from a can into a goblet. "Born on" date clearly stamped on the bottom of the can.

A soft pours yields two fingers of lush, thick, off-white head that lasts with tenacious stickiness and does more than leave lace on the glass; it crusts the glass with foam. The body of this beer is very nearly amber, but still has some of the classic orange highlights so often seen in IPAs.

My first whiff displays mint, fresh basil, mountain pine, and a touch of lemongrass. I am already intrigued at the lack of pineapple and citrus and the presence of the mint/pine/basil aspects of the textured hop-aroma spectrum. Some swirling brings more citrus and pineapple to the surface. This smells like it is going to be good.

The flavor is addicting. I usually begin by taking one sip and thinking about it, but with this beer I just kept drinking and had to remind myself I was in the middle of a review. Anyway, the hops are slightly less clear-cut and stark as I expected, but nonetheless this is a wonderful IPA. Malt does show up in the flavor and reminds me that this is still an IPA, not a DIPA. The hops are vibrant and lush, and let their complexity tease the tongue as the flavor moves from the beginning all the way to the aftertaste, which is sweeter and displays a bit more malt than in the middle. The continuity of the hop flavors is outstanding. A large swath of the hop-flavor spectrum in contained in this beer.

The mouthfeel is also outstanding. The carbonation is compact
and the body is on the full side of medium.

Conclusion: This is one of the best American style IPAs I have ever tried. Sierra Nevada Celebration, Great divide Titan, and Nugget Nectar come to mind as others in this league. To date, this is the best IPA I have tried from a can.

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