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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,135
Reviews: 1,385
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,419
Gots: 455 | 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 bluemoonswoon
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Sampled on cask at the Map Room in Chicago

A: Pours a clear darkish brown amber with a one inch head that bubbles down into a quarter inch cap that leaves behind significant lacing. Not much carbonation to be seen but the head looks pillowy soft and the beer good enough to eat, or drink as the case may be.

S: Sweet and rich, much deeper than I expected with a well worn balance between both the hops and the malts. Strong hints of grapefruit as well as sweet caramel malt, very inviting.

T/MF: I was expecting something of a hop bomb, but it was much sweeter and smoother than I expected. The first thing I noticed about this beer is how sweet it was, an excellent balance is struck here, with caramel malts sharing equal playing time with the grapefuity and mango flavored hop profile. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk and leaves the tongue rather slick, still very very tasty.

D: It is a great beer, I was expecting a bit more, like fives in every category, especially considering this beer was sampled on cask, but it did not dissapoint at all. It is perhaps one of the best balanced American IPAs I've ever tried, great tasting beer, great drinkability, can't wait to have another.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Out of a pint can into an imperial pint glass. The head on this bad boy is enormous. A few minutes later and it become ridiculously rocky. A few more minutes later and it finally begins to settle and I can pour the rest of the beer into the glass. Lacing is gorgeous. Aroma is like unspoiled pine forest. Taste is slightly sweet, lots of hop bitterness, hints of orange and grapefruit, and wonderful malt background, with the slightest hints of caramel. Actually seems a little less hoppy out of a can. Mouthfeel is even smoother than on tap, extra creamy, nice tingle on the tongue. Carbonation levels are much lower in a can, but the smoothness on the palate makes up for it.

An overall sensational brew. The boys at Surly certainly know what they're doing. Can't wait to head to the cities next week so I can pick up some of their other offerings.

KeefD, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Poser
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Outstanding. Simply outstanding.

Deep orange color. Frothy top. Aroma is full of citrus, floral hops and some pine. Extreme citrus flavors -- very hop dominant and full-bodied. Texture is perfect. Wonderful representation of an IPA. Classic with a strong hop presence and body, but unique enough not to be boring.

Poser, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Hazy copper with a light tan head, some retention, great lacing.

S: Huge grapefruit aroma; pine; cotton-candy fruity esters; toffee.

T: Huge grapefruit flavour, tangerine, pine, nice fruity ale esters, toffee, hint of nuts, assertive bitterness is smooth.

M: Moderate to full body seems bigger than it is. A fair amount of hop acidity. Dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

An all-around great beer.

Derek, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%

Color: Pours a dark amber-red color with a thick and foamy head that fades into a one-finger head.

Aroma: Hops with a strong hint of grapefruit and earthy aromas. Very pleasant aroma to be greeted with.

Taste: Decent hop bite upfront. Grassy/grapefruity taste that fades to a malt backbone that seems underwhelming. This beer is all about the hops. Damn strong IPA in a can.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and hoppy with a bready aftertaste. Hops dominate the palate. Kind of what I look for in a decent IPA.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Recommend that you pour it into a glass though. I drank my other can from the can and it just wasn't the same. The glass route allows the beer to "breathe", releasing more of its' hop potential.

Don't hesitate to trade for this or even buy it, especially if you like IPAs.

Brad007, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

Got this one during CanBIF 4, thanks Demcorhip!!!

Tasty Crack Cans...

tasty, tasty... alright back to serious matters at hand:

Pour a rather light brown, I don't understand what'a pale aboot it, other than its not dark brown or black... good head and head retention a sticky lace follows as the pint gets consumed.

Aroma of simcoe, cascade and chinook. Incredible fresh hop aroma. Flavor is again, cascade, chinook and perhalps amarillo... oh wait, there's some malt presence as well...

Over the top hoppy, I'm satisfied.

bloberglawp, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

this beer poured a brown/orange wiht two fingers of head and decent lacing.

the smell is of citrusy hops and is a bit oakey.

the tast is citrus, floral, malty sweet finish with a bit of tanginess.

the mouthfeel was velvety with low carbonation with a slightly slick finish. great for this style.

this beer would be very easy to session and is worth seeking out.

deepsouth, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

Appearance - a cloudy orange amber brew. Ample pale orange foam above, creamy, pocky, and very sticky. Looks like a great IPA.

Aroma - sweet malty undertow, intensely citrus otherwise. Earthy, grapefruit rind.

Taste - more of a breadiness on the front than is usually shown in an IPA. Nice fruity and bitter balance, both sweet and sour at first, evolving to more dry and bitter notes on the swallow. Dry and continued bitterness on the aftertaste, finishing a touch medicinal. A touch of warmth late.

Mouthfeel - smooth, solid, crispness fighting through it all. Everything's right where it oughtta be.

Drinkability - being more of a maltster than a hophead, I find the Bender more drinkable, but these will do wonderfully at poolside this summer. Thanks to WankerWeasel for these.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev 0%

From a pint sized can...
Appears a hazy, semi-transparent orange toned amber with moderate CO2 streams that quickly rise to the top. A 2 finger, beige head of cream slowly fades into a mild cap and heavy collar. Tubular lacing is left all around the glass. Very nice.
Smell is of caramel, pine, citrus, grass, and toasted biscuits.
Taste is that of the aromas with a sweet, caramel covered biscuit flavor that has been toasted in a brick oven that's been fired by cut pine with some tangerine peels thrown into the flame. Along with aforementioned journey through the brick oven, the beer offers some doughy yeast, and a touch of pepper and spice.
Mouthfeel is silky upon the first sip, leading to a nice bite of spice in a medium bodied, sugary, bitter but balanced brew.

weeare138, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Real Deal Holyfield of a beer. Thanks to Phawk for the oppurtunity.

First things first, poppin that can you smell those deep malts and citrusy hops.

Pours a dark orange almost brown, orange highlights, cloudy, nice looking beer. Like staring at a fine italian sports car. Not much of a head , doesnt need one.

Smells malty, bready, hoppy. This beer pisses excellence.

Tastes like an alternating orgy of citrus hops and sweet bready malts. If radiohead made a song about this beer it would be called "where malt begins and hops start"

Amazing sweet carmalized sugar, hop resiny aftertaste.

My new favorite DIPA. If this beer were on cask, it would truly be the nectar of the gods.

Murchmac, May 31, 2008
Photo of shishidojo
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%

Enjoyed this beer from a growler that I took out of the fridge and let sit for about 10 minutes so it could warm up to around cellar temp. Have had it right out of the fridge, too, but the brewery recommends drinking it a little warmer and I find that it tastes better that way.

The beer is dark with an orangish tint. Too dark to see through but light enough to allow some light through to accentuate the coloration. It had an incredible tan head with superb retention and lacing. Very nice looking brew.

The primary aroma is of hops, with a malty background. I could tell right away I was headed for hop heaven with this one.

Furious has a malty character that hits the tongue first, followed by a delicious hop profile. The finish has just the right balance of bitter and sweetness from the malt. My nose enjoyed the aroma of the hops throughout. This is a superior IPA.

Mouthfeel was smooth and full, the beer's body flowed over my tongue and delivered the exceptional flavor. Carbonation was what you would expect for an IPA.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is a bit 'extreme' in that it takes the IPA style and amps it up, but there is balance here. The hops are predominant (100 IBU's), but not overwhelming. I have found that drinking this at a little warmer temp brings out more of the malt up-front, which creates a nice contrast (hopophobes may say a buffer) of bitter v. sweet. Since the brewery recommends drinking it a bit warmer than fridge-temp, this is clearly the effect they were shooting for.

This is an exceptional beer!

shishidojo, May 29, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

Huge thanks to kkipple for sending me this wonderful surprise.

Appearance: It pours a toasted brown color that has a distinct orange tint to it. Head is off-white with a little orange in it as well. It's about two fingers deep and was generous enough to hang around a while. Light, sticky lace clung to the glass.

Smell: Brown sugar sweetness greets the nose initially. There's also a unique caramel/toffee malt aroma that's a little buttery. Stronger malt smell than I'm used to in an IPA, but it smells delicious. A wave of citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple follows. Very sweet smelling beer. Hops are piney and appear to have a nice, citric character. The nose is unique and complex on this one. The scents complement each other extremely well and make for one hell of a fine smelling beer.

Taste: It's no less impressive here. Citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors are sweet, but barely appease the palate before the blast of hops kicks in. The hop flavor is piney, bitter, and can't be understated. I'm not sure what the hop bill is here, but it's damn tasty. There is a nice caramel/toffee malt flavor that's sweet and really broadens the complexity of its flavor. It's not quite as distinct in taste as it is in smell, but it's very flavorful nonetheless. Slight yeasty taste rolls in at the end. Sweet, dry, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied leaning toward full. Very creamy and smooth feel. It's a huge positive here and could be missed with the complexity of this beer. Pay attention. Carbonation is very good and gives it a crisp bite. Drinkability is off the charts. It's so flavorful and smooth yet only 6.2% abv.

Furious is a tremendous IPA. It has a very distinct flavor that I wasn't quite expecting. With all the other IPAs on the market, Surly has come up with a shining star. It's too damn bad their distribution is so limited. I'd buy this is mass quantities if it were available in Ohio. It's too bad I only have one can and I'm furious it's nearly empty. Thanks for the treat, Dan.

prototypic, May 29, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

A : Nice copper color with a decent head

S : Hops, hops, and more hops. Did I mention that it smelled like hips

T : Good balanced taste between the malt and hops. Strong grapefrut hop flavor

M : Clean, smooth, and refreshing

D : Excellent. I'd easily drink more.

mhewes, May 27, 2008
Photo of Sconnie
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

Overall this was a pretty good beer, but a one trick pony. Hops hops and more hops, that seems to be the surly motto, and on that front they got there. Very nice hop nose and flavor, all american hops for sure. The taste hits you bit with hops, but finishes just a touch too bitter for my taste. Balanced is always the key to IPA's and while this is far from undrinkably bitter, it need a little more malt backbone to reach a higher level. Good, but not great. I'll likely try some more surly to see how it matches up.

Sconnie, May 22, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Thanks to some generous BAs at the Captain Lawrence Anniversary party.

A: Nice reddish copper. Nice big fluffy white head.

S: The smell to me was simply ok. More than likely this was because next to the can was Captain Lawrences DIPA and Two Hearted. Rough company. As a regular old IPA it did have a nice citrus hop smell.

T: Hop bomb. Probably the hoppiest IPA I have ever had. Tons of grapefruit hops.

M: Medium body. Very crisp. Not creamy.

D: I would make this a regular buy if it was available around here. Would also love trying this on tap. Definately a good beer.

aerozeppl, May 18, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Crimson Scarlet big white head with large bubbles, similar to the bitter brewer I had previously. Very hoppy piney, resiny aroma but you can smell the Scots malt too. Well balanced. The taste is Citrus hoppy up front with pine, resin, orange and nice toffee-pine-caramel malt back notes. Mouthfeel is light and dances on the tongue to enhance the flavors. Drinkability is retarded I could easily put away a case of these cans on a summers day in Minnesota.

francisweizen, May 15, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to bsu4beer for this beautiful extra.

Pours a nice burnt orange with a decent amount of head. The smells was very nice with a nice hoppy aroma. As to be expected the taste was hoppy as well. I dont know what it is about cans but they seem to do the trick. The taste was nice and bitter. It held on the back of the tongue for so long it made it hard to take the next sip because I was still enjoying the bitter of this beer.

Overall, this beer was a very nice beer and a bad ass extra.

iconoklaztor, May 14, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Thanks to iconoklaztor for letting me try this one.

Nice red color with a big thick head that takes forever to die down. Once the head finally recedes and I can take in the aroma, I am overwhelmed by the hoppiness. Wow, what a hoppy beer! I love it.

The taste is as expected from the aroma. A bit one-dimensional perhaps, but wow those hops are amazing. Leaves a strong hop taste is the back of your mouth for quite some time. I'm thoroughly impressed.

How did they get that color?


bassmantin, May 14, 2008
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Cheers again to atron67 for this brew. Amber in color. Huge hop smell. Taste is mostly piney hops with a good bit of bitterness which I like. Mouthfeel is smooth but is affected by the bitterness. A must have for a hop head. Highly recommended.


SkinnyElvis, May 11, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

My first furious! Thanks to kplynch for the trade.

Pours a gorgeous looking clear caramely red amber with a good fluffy white head with ok lacing. Nose is mostly citrus/pine hoppiness with some slight sweetness. Taste follows. A nice medley of citrus grapefruit hop flavors with some pine. A decent malt backbone, but the hops are defenitely operating this ride. A nice little sweet lick in the middle, and a very nice bitter bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is just about right for the style, and drinkability is excellent. A wonderful surly brew, I am certainly impressed so far! Certainly one of the best IPAs in the country. Now on to the Bender! And then someday the darkness!

AKBelgianBeast, May 01, 2008
Photo of soundbarrier
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Daddy like. An IPA money shot in the mouth! Best beer from a can that I have ever had.

Pour: Poured into pint glass with a nice off white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Great bouquet with very good hoppyness and malt.

Taste: Hoppy taste with a smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Great taste. Top notch IPA, Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

soundbarrier, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz can courtesy of leftmindedrighty (and sholland119) poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright hazy amber color with a big, thick two-finger head that hangs around for quite a while. Lacing is excellent.

S: Smell is dominated by big floral and citrus hops dominated by grapefruit and lemon zest. Balanced out with a nice underlying malty sweetness.

T: As in the smell, huge citrus hops up front balanced out by a bready malt flavor. Sweet caramel taste gives way to a piney hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy mouthfeel coats the mouth in hoppy goodness but still stings the tongue with bitterness. Medium body with solid carbonation.

D: This is one of the better IPAs I've tasted recently and would make this a staple in my fridge if I had access to it. Big and hoppy but with a nice malty balance, this one is quite nice.

gford217, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Morphoenix
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

Wow. What a great IPA! Normally I'm not the biggest fan of beers with lots of hops, but this one hits the nail on the head. Served on-tap in a pint glass. It has some nice brownish-ruby coloration, topped with a thick white head which left copious lacing down the length of the glass. Lots of hops in the nose. Taste is what floored me about this beer, though. The hops seem to hit with a one-two punch; a nice flourish at first, which subsides and is then replaced by a second wave of hoppiness in the aftertaste. All of this is balanced brilliantly by the malt character which puts this stuff ahead of any IPA I've tried thus far. Mouthfeel is probably best described as somewhat viscous, with a satisfying rich character. I could drink this one every day, not something I usually say about this style.

Morphoenix, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of ragnarsword
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

I've had Furious in 3 forms; can, tap and cask; and I love all three. It is a great IPA, light sandy brown in color with an extremely aromatic head. I describe the taste as very hoppy, but not in a biting way, if there is such a thing. Each time I've had it I've wanted to say it was almost creamy in texture, both in mouth and going down. A wonderful IPA that comes in a can. Different but totally worth it.

ragnarsword, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

Thank you maximum12 for a 4-pack of these. I find these to be outstanding.

A: Description of the beer says it best- fire hued beer. Dark orange with a very thick milkshake like head. Spiderweb lacing.

S: A whole wallop of fresh fruity hops. There is plenty of malt there too and as it raised in temp, it became even stronger in sweetness as well as the hops. Combinatiion of pine and pear.

T: Balanced beautifully- reminds me of a Dogfish IPA and the malts are ideal with the strong hoppy flavors. Unlike others, didnt not find this one destructive to the tongue.

A bit scatter brained of a beer I would call it (in a good way) because it seems to change flavor by sip and temp. Lots of grass and peach becoming prominent, peach really the only thing that was in every sip.

M: Thick, coating and bitter. The creaminess is a mark of a good IPA to me and this one hits that out of the park.

D: Terrific beer. Great tasting and not over the tope in any aspect that makes it overboard or palete killing. The creaminess and the tastiness make a 4 pack trade not enough.

Between these guys and OB, what great beers we can get out of a can. Impressed greatly by this beer, much more than Bender. Glad I had a chance to try it out.

marcpal, Apr 27, 2008
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,135 ratings.