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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,648
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
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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 JLeege
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a clear light amber with a two finger creamy head. Good retention, great lace.

Smell- Hops, a great blend of pine and citrus.

Taste- Incredible. Fruity citrus hops up front, balanced with a nice caramel malt. A bit of resinous pine on the finish. Bitter but not drying.

Mouthfeel- medium body and carbonation, very smooth.

Overall- I have had this on draft too many times to count. Just as good out of the can, about 3 months on this one, so still fresh. Seek this out, buy it, trade for it!

Photo of KAP1356
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pint can dated 10/26/2010 into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Big thanks to surlytwinsfan for giving me this in a trade!

A - Pours a hazy orange, amber color with a one finger, eggshell white color head. Some nice sticky hop resin lacing is present as well.

S - Great aroma here. Fruity notes of citrus fruits; grapefruit, lemon, orange right out front. Some great leafy, piney hops hot you right with the fruit notes. Really great and bold hop presence.

T - WOW! Really tremendous hop flavors all over the place. Extremely fresh pine and fruity notes from the obviously extremely fresh hops. Flavors of bitter pine and spiciness mix incredibly well with fruity flavors of grapefruit and lemon. Very nice malt backbone to this rounds it out to be one of the better IPA's I have had.

M - Very creamy and smooth, with just enough bite from the carbonation. Slightly less sticky hop resin feel than I would have expected, but it all comes together nicely. Medium bodied, but more towards the lighter end of the spetrum.

D - Dangerously drinkable at onbly 6.20% ABV. Easily one of the more drinkable IPA's out there. Really wish I had about 23 more of these, but one was all I needed to try it!

Photo of scanny79
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first time I have had this beer so I only had word of mouth on what to expect.

Poured the beer into a mug.

A: It had a really nice dark tan color to it with minimal head.

S: The aroma had an incredible sweet citrus scent with a nice subtle hops smell to it.

T: The hops and sweetness combined perfectly on the first drink and every one after that.

M: There was a very nice and pleasant hoppy aftertaste to it that I usually dont care for but it definetly worked here.

D: It may have been my first time having this beer but it definetly will not be the last. Drikability is great with this one.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Acadia Cafe

Poured a rich amber with a frothy white head that quickly faded into a nice lacing down the glass.

The aroma was citrus --- pink grapefruit, orange and lemon zest --- and pine. Just a hint of bready malt in the nose.

The flavor followed the nose but oh so bitter. The taste was crisp and dry with a lingering bitter in the end. The middle was held up well by the bready and biscuity malt, but only slightly. This is a very hop forward IPA.

Oily hop resins with just the right amount carbonation to hold up the bitter hops.

This would definitely be in my regular rotation if it were distributed in Seattle.

Photo of oregone
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's good. Not great. Not sure about some of the hype. My opinion.
A: Very dark for an ipa of this strength (dark amber). Could see this from a huge double... Good head with some retention. Color is slightly alarming...
S: Excellent piney hop aromas. Very distinct and very savory.
T: Hop-centric for sure. Could use more mid palate richness to round it out. The pointed hops with some lack of malt balance makes this drink fairly thin though it does have substance.
M: Fairly thin seemingly though i think the hops merely lend to that impression. Nothing fantastic here, but solid with excellent crispness and texture.
D: Totally drinkable, a good enough that you want another.
Not one I'd seek out again, but thank you bechel! It's a very good beer I was excited to try from a brewery I've been craving.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper, orange and slight yellow converge to create my favorite shade of IPA. Hop haze is killer. There is a big 2 finger fluffy, creamy, light beige head that leaves loads of tight-knit spiderwebs down the glass.

Aroma is jammed packed with citrus, and floral hops, slightly spicy, with a hint of malt sweetness on the back end.

Bitter, bitter bitter! It lingers, moving to citrus and tropical fruits, maybe even the slightest hint of banana. The finish is still stark bitter, but there is a nice malt touch to end it. Perfect balance, and perfect intensity.

The feel is crisp, but velvety and creamy. It's medium in body, but towards the lower end. The feel is very good.

I think the ABV is perfect, this is an excellent IPA, and I don't think it gets too much more drinkable than this. This thing destroys, but oh so beautifully does it!

Photo of cadaugherty
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Beautiful caramel color that is what I expect whenever I try an IPA.

Aroma- Simply put, Amazing! When you pop one of these cans the room fills with a wonderful smell that makes everyone within a 50 foot vicinity float immediately in your direction. So much fresh pine and citrus come off this beer that you feel transported to an evergreen forest populated by sliced grapefruits!

Taste- Nice and hoppy! The hops come through on the nose, taste, and aftertaste. They don't overpower the beer the way some IPAs and DIPAs do, but they are very present and make this a beer to dream about. A nice clean bitterness is all that remains behind after a can of Furious.

Mouthfeel- Simple, light, just a touch thinner than I would like if I am being picky.

Drinkability- If I didn't have to drive 7 hours or trade to get this beer regularly I would drink a 4-pack on the daily! As it is it is hard to stop at 2.

This is my favorite IPA, period. Don't take my low review count into account here since I have only recently given in to the temptation of reviewing and have tried almost all of the top rated IPAs on this site.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint can as an extra from forgetfu, had before but not reviewed. Thanks man, been wanting to try it again!

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with hints of amber, a finger of head is enough to leave some spots of lacing down the glass.

Smell is quite tropical and sweet, hint of leafy hops, grapefruit, lemon, candied oranges.

Hops come out in the taste more leafy, really green and pungent. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, a lot less bitterness that I expected/remembered, more moderate. Sticky pale malts, caramel sweetness. This beer is all about the hops, loads of bang without too much bitterness... I'd actually kind of desire a bit more bite. Still, this beer is fantastic in the way the hops are so fresh, vibrant and juicy. Those Minnesota boys got it good...

Photo of beerman207
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to Bamadog for hooking me up with this months ago for a tasting

A - orange color with a white head that doesn't hang around long.

S - Citrus just lashes out at you from even a foot away from the glass. Wow. Hoppy, fruity, and just amazing to smell.

T - This may be the greatest IPA on the face of the earth. The taste is amazing. Just fantastic hops coming through and the malt flavor really peaks kjust at the right time. Wow.

M - Very intense and a bit towards the heavier carbonation. Not a bad thing. Just a bit more than expected

D - If I can get several cases of this, I'd be a happy man. Wow. I'm furious I can't get this close to home!

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pour dark for an IPA of this caliper. Rustic orange with a large white-capped head. The head is firm and refuses to dissipate past 1in thickness.

S: Furious is loaded with super piny and citrus hop aroma explosions. Backed with a sweet caramel malt presence.

T: The flavor is simply up there with the best IPAs on the top 100. This is a final example to beer drinkers and brewers alike as to what a world class IPA should taste like. Fresh distinct bitter hop flavors of grape fruit and pine with a smoothing malt backbone that adds notes of toffee with a small amount of roast.

MF: Mouthfeel is full, rich, creamy. Carbonation tickles the tongue. This thing is a beauty.

D: Drinkability is outstanding. There is no undesirable hop reminisce left on the tongue. This brew is refreshing and pallet clenching.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange brown color with a big head excellent retention and leave your glass covered in white lacing.

S: Floral, pine, citrus and fruity smell. The fruit is hard to identify. However, it is sweet... maybe a bit like cherries, apples and pears :)

T: Spicy, earthy and a wonderful bouquet of hops. The beer is very well balanced and actually a bit sweet for an IPA. It seems a bit sweeter from the tap, the cans also seem to have a much stronger hop presence. Perhaps I am mistaken.

M: The mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired. It has a nice smooth carbonation, but it is lacking smoothness and does not coat your mouth nicely.

D: I like to have several of them in a sitting. However, you loose appreciation for the flavour after you have had the first one.

Photo of chicano4craft
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Very dark copper with a thick off white head. Could almost pass for an amber. Amazing lacing. Very sexy!

Hops deliver a smack right across the face. Big time citrus and pine resin. There's a slight caramel smell once your nose gets used to the hops. This one is super dank.

The taste is flat out greatness. I wouldn't say balance was the goal here. There is enough sweet malt to prevent it from being abrasive. This is how I like my hops. All bitter with no apologizes. Hops come through with the citrus and pine. There's a bitter sweet and dry finish. There's some spice to it I can't explain.

Mouthfeel is damn good. Drinkability is good but not great. After three of these bad boys my palate is wrecked.

While the can was great, on tap is even better. This was the highlight from my trip to Minnesota. Probably would be my favorite IPA if I could get it all the time. Truely lives up to the hype.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to paulv for pint can! Haven't had this one in a long time.

Poured into a pint glass. Clear burnt caramel body with a huge sticky off-white head. Lacing on the glass. Looks great.

Hoppy, malty, and plenty of pine. Sweet with some grassiness. The pine-laden hops are the main players in the aroma. Hint of tin/metallic, but it seems to fade after awhile. Quite good for a regular IPA.

Tate is hoppy, but the most interesting aspect is the Scottish malt. Lots of cramel and bit of burnt Cheerio malt. Fairly balanced between the malts and hops, but there is still some lingering bitterness. Hint of lemon and grapefruit, but not a lot of citrus in this brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. I feel like the bubbles could be upped a little bit, however the body is great. Quite substantial for a regular IPA.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty, well crafted IPA. It would be nice to see a little bigger hop profile, but I'm guessing that's where the Abrasive Ale steps in. I really like the caramel-toffee malt profile, which sets this beer apart from the typical American IPA. Definitely worth picking one of these up if you can. Would love to get some of this fresh from the tap.

Photo of abuliarose
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a bulbous pint glass, revealing rich amber brown body with a tall thick and active pale brown head. Nice lacing. Smells like hops of the floral, meaty sweet variety with a good and vanilla/caramel-centered malt backbone. Very promising smells.

Tastes also very meaty with a good dose of hops. Some sweetness from the malt up front, but all is overtaken by the metallic bitterness of the hops and a little tannic astringency. Clean, watery finish. Carbonation is actually barely there and needle-prick tingly for what is there. Thin, watery light body. Drinks like water too until the dryness sets in. Very drinkable.

Overall it's nice. I would like to try it fresh and on tap sometime.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Doug for bringing this can, always nice to have Surly stuff!

A: Surprised to see an attractive crimson colored amber, beauitful. Nice tannish present head.

S: Earthy Hops with fruity hops as well, some malts lingering as well. Nice blend of IPA smells, excellent.

T: Bitter and Sweet hops are present and hit early, with some malt and spiciness I can't put my finger on. Nice tropical notes and a bitter finish, nice balance. I want the hops and bite to be a little greater, but thats just me. Very good.

M: Nice creamy feel, nice!

D: Very excellent beer overall. Sessionable and sipable.

Photo of ratedz
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with about a finger of light tan head. The head is slow to dissipate and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Insane nose on this one. A lot of juicy citrus notes (grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon), some piney hops, and some sweet malts.

The piney hops are the first thing I notice on the tongue. These are followed by some citrus and sweet malts.

Mouth feel is exactly what I'd expect from the style...smooth, slightly dry, and perfect amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable. Has the hop bitterness of a good IPA, but it isn't excessively bitter.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark amber color.

S-Smell of hops and citrus flavor.

T- Taste of citrus and hops. Zingy with a lemony aftertaste.

M- Dry crisp bite. Flavors linger through out sip.

D- Very good IPA from the midwest. Tasty with a hop bite. Very yummy


Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours a caramel color with a white head - quite pretty. It seems that the two canned beers at our IPA tasting (this and Red Racer) were some of the prettiest in terms of color.

S. Lots of malt in the nose.

T. Fairly malty - not a terribly hoppy IPA.

M. Somewhat thin with medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable.

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Lunch for sending me this one as an extra in our third trade! Served from can into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine hops, and a nice refreshing secondary hop kick upon swallowing. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this IPA was quite excellent. It had a very crisp and refreshing aspect to it. Very glad I got the opportunity to give this one a try. Nice job Surly!

Photo of duece27
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can into Surly Glass. What else. or HH Pint around the cities.

Full disclosure: this is what I compare all other American IPAs to.

Appearance: Deep Amber
Smell: Relaxing, as you know what it is and you can't wait to get into it.
Taste: Pine. sticky pine with a great balance of barley. sweetness comes but doesn't dominate.
Mouthfeel: Not as smooth as some, but I like that aspect. it demands attention.
Drinkability: you don't just drink it and go have another right away. you enjoy what you had, refliect and then order another.

I feel very lucky to have this available wherever I look.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A clear muted amber with an active but unsettled head, quickly fading in to what looks to be spit?

S: Grapefruit and pine are huge, predominantly citrus. But also pine. And grapefruit.

T: The citrus and pine combine in to a stanky (in a good way) combination. Bitterness is present but not oppressive. The malt makes itself known, lending some bread and caramel to the overall profile.

M: The body is light and highly enjoyable,

D: Very high for this, I can't stop drinking. Is there MSG in here? Quaffable!

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 10-05-2010. Poured into a pint glass

A- cloudy amber with golden and brown hues throughout. A foam cap forms at the initial pour but dissipates into a light foam cap. Lacing retention is good.

S - Citrus, resinous pine and hints of earth. Bitter, sweet smells.

T - Citrus notes of grapefruit, pine and a bit earthy. Solid IPA.

M - A bit sweet in the beginning but turning to a bitter mouth feel. Lightly syrupy but the bitter leaves a bit of tingling in the mouth.

D - Very good IPA. I'd be able to drink about 2 of these in a sitting. Very smooth but thick so you can't pound them. Solid all around beer. I'm glad they make it year around.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved from biglobo8971 for winning the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF week 4.

Poured into a pint glass dark amber with a two finger white head. I can't get much of a scent off of it because of allergies. The taste has a nice hop presence with a little sugary taste. The mouthfeel is a little on the dry side, but that doesn't take away from the beer. Overall, this would definatly be a great session beer if it was sold here.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, goblet, canned on 10/7/10.

Heck of a dark IPA. This beer is darker than amber and lighter than garnet. The bottom highlights barely reach the light orange range. On top, the head is the fourth Surly in a row to pour a lovely three finger and then have that cave to respectable froth with supreme stickiness. It's good, but not as impressive as the pour suggests.

Grapefruit with a load of caramel malt. There's a very slight pine, or more like the suggestion of cat pee. I've never had an IPA that presented that aroma, but I've read about it and can't remember what hop variety is supposed to cause it. Passion or star fruit.

One of the maltier American IPAs I've had; hopping is grapefruit centric with hits of pine. Some soapiness, some leafiness, woodiness, pot, and a very soft bitterness for 99 IBUs. The hop flavors linger with soap and sourness, a layer of bitterness and oil on the tongue.

Surly seems to have nailed mouthfeel for the Pale Ale styles. At least they play to my preferences; medium full body, rounded, soft carbonation, moderate lingering bitterness on the tongue.

I had to search a little bit for the hop treasure in this beer; I did find it. I dig the abv, but I would wish for a little more palette destroying bitterness.

Photo of sacrelicio
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

color is fiery orange red. huge rocky cumulonimbus head the color of nougat.

smell is piney, caramel malts, and mint. some citrus in there as well.

taste is also piney, caramel malts, and mint. massive citrus. also nutty and butterscotchy.

mouthfeel is rich and amazing. so full and smooth.

drinkability is huge. easy to drink a four pack and love life man.

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