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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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4,332 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,332
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 1,432
Gots: 499 | FT: 16
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 bobsy
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy copper with a finger of off-white foam that showed decent retention and laced in sheets. Big hop aroma doesn't even require you getting your nose close to the glass. Freshly grated grapefruit rind mixes with a pine forest and a decent dose of caramel. Everything about the nose screams quality and fresh. Its hard to hold off drinking this beauty.

The flavour actually lives up to expectations, and I feel that this could be a perfect American IPA. A co-ordinated assault of pine and grapefruit is perfectly balanced out by fruity, caramel malts. Its a big beer, but its also incredibly drinkable, and without the harshness of some other IPAs. In fact its so flavourful I could easily mistake it for an amped up IIPA, except it has a more sessionable alcohol level. Medium body and carbonation, although the beer seems to expand in the mouth, coating everything with a flavourful goodness, before trailing off in a slightly drying finish.

At time of drinking BAs ranked this as the 5th best American IPA and the 45th best beer in the world... a well-deserved standing. I'm not sure I've had a better IPA. Thanks to BigBry for sending this gem!

bobsy, May 01, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big, tall, fire-filled can poured into my pint glass. Not the first time I've danced with this devil. Pours a deep amber red with an aggressive thick, frothy head that just kinda hangs out for a while leaving tons of lacing. Throws off a beautiful strong citrus and pine smell with just a tad of sweetness backing it. Strong piney hops with the bite of a mildly sweet grapefruit, leaving a little bitter sensation on the back of your tongue. A little thin on the mouth, but coats your mouth leaving you wanting more.
Hooray can beer!

BDLbrewster, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A transcription from notes taken at Great Taste of the Midwest.

A- Murky, hazy brownish orange with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin ring.

S- A pleasant combination of deep, earthiness and a hit of floral and citrus hops. Finishes with a flurry of herbalness.

T-Big initial pop of floral and citrus hop flavours. Backing from a bit of caramel sweetness, a musty earthy feel and that same finishing swirl of herbal qualities.

M-Medium bodied with a very smooth, crisp character. Long lasting flavours and bitterness.

D-Great stuff....Furious taken to a higher plane! I really like all of herbal qualities, it really compliments the malt body.

Deuane, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes @ DLD 2009. Poured from the firkin into a plastic cup.

A- Looks almost as if someone mixed brown and orange paint together and then added a murky, hazy quality to it. Not the prettiest, but I'm sure dressing it up in a glass would have been slightly better (probably not). Has a thin white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S- Very interesting indeed. Got a nice whiff of floral and citrus hops, yet there was an earth, herbal aroma that was quite distinct from the Furious I remember.

T- Initially had the typical floral, citrus hops flavor. Well balanced and offered a perfect bitterness. As the beer progressed down the palate, the earthiness came out and finished with an herbal bang.

M- Smooth, clean and crisp.

D- You can't get much more drinkable than this. The taste combined with the inability to detect the higher ABVs really separates this beer from others.

Overall, I had this one circled on list as soon as the guest tap lists were announced. Well worth the wait.

rhinos00, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of mcallister
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably the best beer of the weekend for me at DLD. Poured a murky off centered brownish dirty amber with a spritzy off white head.

Aromas were fantastic. Citrus and tropical fruits with some herbal hop notes. A backbone of malt but hops were the key to the show amazing smelling.

So fine and drinkable could have drank the firkin myself (probably not) regardless though this was a fabulouts beer. Very well rounded with huge hop additions but with a great mouthfeel, not overly acidic. Citrus, earth, tropical fruits and a bit of carame. A great beer.

mcallister, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark orange-red, lava-like, persistent 1/4 inch head, lots of lacing on glass. Just gorgeous!

Smell: Pine, pine and pine. Some citrus and Scottish malt.

Taste: Juxtaposition of pine bitterness and semi-sweet Scottish malts. It seems that there is a slight peat flavor, but maybe that is my imagination since I know about the Scottish malt. Bitter at end.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation for the style. Exceedingly smooth, similar to a DIPA. Very dry.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable due to the flavor and smoothness, but the bitterness really builds on the taste buds. I love really bitter beer, but usually don't want too much at once.

What is this beer exactly? The high IBUs and feel makes it a DIPA, but the lower alcohol brings it back to regular American IPA status. However, it also has characteristics of a Scottish Ale. Anyway, this is a kick ass beer.

bsp77, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Heavy chill haze, deep amber body that holds a solid cover that laces some.

S) Loads of hops, all west coast citric (grapefruit) and pine. There is enough sweet base that promises to keep it from withering your tongue.

T) Hop oil assault, grapefruit, pine and grassy. Full malty base keep it from being over the top and lets you enjoy all the alpha acid goodness.

M) Low carbonation, medium body, and oily finish

O) Yum.

HardTarget, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into Tulip glass.

A. Big 2 finger head when poured. Head had nice retention while drank, and produced nice lacing on glass. Color is red/amber/orange.

S. Huge hop aroma of citrus and some pine, followed by sweetness of the malt.

T. Starts with biscuity malt sweetness, followed by the hop citrus flavor. Not as bitter as what I was expecting. Although the bitterness came out a little more towards the end of the glass.

M. Smooth medium bodied beer.

D. Definitely a drinkable beer. Different than alot of others in the IPA style. Reminded me more of an English IPA. For 99 IBU's this beer was not as bitter as I was expecting. Props for coming from a can, and increasing drinkability/portability.

siradmiralnelson, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of schroederm
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip:

Very thick and sudsy head forms on top of a very dark orange body with hints of garnet. Smells amazing: a basket of hoppy aromas. Grassy, grapefruit, blood orange, lemon, oily. One of the more complex ipas I've smelled. The taste... HOPS. Tons of grapefruit with a bit of orange and lemon. Aftertaste is extraordinary with hard candy maltiness. This is
delicious! Great bitter, sweet the whole time. Good thickness, perfect carb. The drinkability is reduced slightly by big flavor and bitter, but this brew is fantastic.

I'm not above begging... please, please distribute to MA Surly!

schroederm, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of ajayma
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red. Lace is sticky to the near-finish.

Citrus peel, uncooked malt.

Medium w/ a supportive carbonation.

Pine and hints of caramel and biscuit in the start. Quickly makes way for hops which impart an assertive citrus character. The bitterness is prominent without being astringent or resiny.

For me, the last couple of sips contain the slightest suggestion of peach. Not one I would session, but I could certainly imagine popping the top on one of these after, say, an long afternoon stroll.

ajayma, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark glowing amber with a good bit of haze. A thick creamy off-white head has amazing retention and leaves behind some pretty good lacing down the glass.

aroma is intoxicatingly piney with caramel and grapefruit playing huge roles. malt is certainly present, although not dominant... rich and vibrant on the whole with zesty fruit notes and hints of spices. reminds me of another IPA that I have fond memories of but I can't quite place it.

as aroma indicates, the taste is incredible. rich caramel malt lends a pleasant sweetness that is quickly washed away by an intense pine and citrus hop profile that is neither overhwelmingly bitter nor citric. simultaneously powerful and soft, sharp and smooth.

Mouthfeel is amazing and incredibly balanced on all levels. full bodied without being thick or overly chewy. smooth and perfect carbonation without being overly creamy or fluffy. A delicious lingering clean pine bitterness is just strong enough to linger without being overwhelmingly puckering.

deliciously drinkable. It's as drinkable as any strong IPA... and I'm really wishing I had more. I'm sad to say that this brew may just knock Caldera, my favorite canned IPA, out of it's top spot.

djeucalyptus, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tprokop7 for the can, poured into a snifter.

The appearance is a dark amber/orange with a two finger foamy head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is citrus at first, but there's a pine and a nice subtle sweetness underneath the first citrus blast as well.

The beer tastes of strong citrus with slight undertones of sweetness and pine, just like the smell. There is the slightest taste of caramel in the finish and aftertaste. The beer is not as bitter or hoppy as I expected from the smell and the 99 IBUs the can claims.

The mouthfeel is fantastic as no taste is too strong and the beer is carbonated perfectly. I can imagine drinking 6-8 of these out of the can during summer camping trips and outdoor activities, extremely drinkable. Overall this a good beer that I would like to drink more of, but not something that I will be on the hunt for.

rpstevens, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a giant mug. Thanks, br3wmeister!

Pours a brilliant red-orange with a four fingers of rich foam. The head on this looks like one that would sit on top of a root beer float. Tons of lacing all over the inside of the glass.

Rich pine aroma. The citrus is definitely there, but it takes a back seat to the pine in the nose. Noticeable caramel malt backbone reminds me that this isn't a DIPA.

Taste is just as hoppy as the aroma. Actually, it might be hoppier, because the citrus explodes in your mouth. I don't care how that sounds, either. The malts are fighting an uphill battle, but they do a pretty damn good job. Behind all of the delicious hop flavor is a very sturdy malt backbone. I really love citrus in my IPA's, and there's plenty here. The pine controls the aftertaste, and there's a very nice lingering bitterness. This is hoppier than most DIPA's I've tasted. Wow.

Body is on the heavier side of medium. Really rich and creamy, especially for an IPA. Super smooth drinker. This is one amazing IPA. If you haven't had it, I'd suggest trying one immediately.

Gyle41386, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Reanimator
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Feels odd pouring from a can. A darker almost like a golden light maple syrup color. Pretty nice head, solid lacing. Strong grapefruity hop aroma.

Very balanced flavor, malty up front into strong hop bitterness then back into smooth malt to finish back up with hop flavor. Wow! Mouthfeel is just a bit watery.

Hell yes this is drinkable, even from the can this stuff is delicious!

Reanimator, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark orange/red with a head that held for the duration of my time with this beauty leaving lacing all the way down the glass.
The smell was hop, more piney then citrus, with a malt backbone. The taste was excellent with the hops taking center stage but a really strong balance of flavors serving as a great. This beer went down fantastically and I could have easily followed it up with another. Of the beers I've tasted, I would compare this most directly with Alpha King. In my eyes, this falls just short of Alpha King but I could see people thinking just the opposite. Regardless, an outstanding beer and worth the high praise it receives.

SwiftyMcBeer, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Larrytown
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is what it's all about. Furious is a tough beer to improve, but this version manages to do it. The appearance is lighter, a pleasant orange with some nice haziness to it. The nose is full of hops, no surprise, with a little more earthiness than the original.

This is a smooth drinker, some of Furious' rough edges have been smoothed out (partially due to the cask) and the tea-bagging has added a little more complexity underneath the initial hop hit.

I only had a chance to have one glass of this before it was cashed, but I'll be on the lookout for another opportunity. It lives up to the hype.

Larrytown, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass.
Purchased At: France 44

Appearance: Dark amber. Lacing along the glass.

Smell: Very nice hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus appearance in this.

Taste: A very nice tasting IPA. Lots of citrus taste. I was getting a nice orange peel flavor with a little grapefruit as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Spot on carbonation.

Drinkability: The first time I had this beer I wasn't feeling it, but tonight it was absolutely fantastic. I'm going to have to find a place in Madison to pick this up once I move there.

Ek0nomik, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Reddish with a white head that fades quickly and laces

S - Beautiful smell of fresh hops and floral notes

T - Strong hops here. Balance of bitter and floral hops here. Some maltiness in the background, but it's all about the hops here.

M - Medium carbonation and medium-full in body

D - Again, this beer is fricken delicious! Definitely one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Crazy hoppy for this style, but not quite a double.

Martin2D, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from phreak1983 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very deep dark amber with a huge off-white frothy head on top. It's 10 minutes later and there's still about a quarter inch resting on top. Decent sticky splattering on the glass edge. Huge scent profile of piney and citrusy hops. Very floral and sweet smelling. Very inviting this one is.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Carbonation level is spot on. Flavor is bitter right of the bat with a huge hop profile. As I go along though this gives way to a sweet malty presence full of caramel flavor. Drinkability is extremely high on this one. Probably the best representation of an IPA I've had to date.

Onenote81, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks mikereaser for the opportunity.

Pours a hazy orange amber. 2 fingers of foamy tan head. Respectable retention and a sticky net of lace on about half the glass.
Aroma is earthy, musty hops. A little pine and a bit of caramel malt.
Flavor follows aroma. Earthy, a little piney, and some citrus on the stage. Also a caramel malt. Bitterness is a little gentler than other IPAs, but clean and lingering.
Medium body with nice carbonation.

I'm not getting the smack your face American hop character everyone is raving about. Maybe I have an old can? No date means no information, which in my opinion, makes it fair game for review.

goatgoat, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of brandoneast
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent color that is deep dark red - very unexpected! whispy foam that caps the brew quite nicely. bright hop aroma of citrus character with a malt background. mouthfeel is just a tad thin, but exactly on style. wow, I think I may have just experienced the benchmark AIPA!

brandoneast, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of ShrLSU
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Greggy for this tasty brew.

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color with a thin white head. Leaves a nice white lace on the edges.

Smell - A lot of piny hops but not over done. The bready and caramel malts are really the winner here. They shine through and compliment the hops nicely. There are faint touches of citrus hops as well.

Taste: A nice piney bit at the beginning. Then the malts really take over. The bready and caramelness are very noticeable. It's had a slight sweet character at the end as well. A nice balance overall, but I could use a little more hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good consistency, not too carbonated, and a little bit tingly.

Drinkability: I really like this one from Surly. It's a great beer to have in your fridge and a really well balanced ipa. It's definitely one that non hop heads might find tasty, but hop heads can still enjoy. Very sessionable if you have the means.

ShrLSU, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of ryrust5301
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Almost identical to a hot caramel sundae topping in color. Some fading orange highlights give it a good backlight. The head was just about as good as it gets, snow white and a good finger length in size. Lacing was superb, and added to the splendor and beauty of this brew. Would have liked the color to be a little lighter, but thats just nitpicking.

Smell - I actually found it to have more of a creamy honey malt smell, than just being a huge hop bomb. That's a good thing too, as it tells me this one won't be really one sided. Hops are sharp and cutting, and easily make their way past the malt. This one looks like it's going to have a very robust flavor and body to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel - The hops aren't as big as they would be if it was consumed fresh, but they are certainly still stunning even with some age on it. Oh and that certainly won't affect the score either. Hops, and grapefruit hold this one down and give it a real footing. What surly does so well with this one is to make sure that the malt bill has just as much of a place as the hops. Amazing how well it's pulled off! The bitter hops are slathered in a sweet honey caramel flavor that just coats the tongue. The mouth almost has a full feel to it, but not quite. It maintains a full smooth biting feel without being to big.

Drinkability - Even after dying down this one was stunning. I've enjoyed it fresh, and it is an outstanding brew that all Minnesota people should brag about. Especially the fact that it sits in every local beer store. How much would it cost to move to Minnesota?

ryrust5301, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big up to crazynelson for the trade (this was an extra -- an extra!).

Poured from the famous can into a standard pint glass. Looks great: Dark-ish amber with gold highlights. Fluffy, cottony beige head that rises on its own, about a finger-and-a-half, & settles down within a few minutes, leaving thick lace in spots. Very attractive foam.

Hop character up front in the nose, not sharp but noticeable. A kind of "sweet" hop smell.

The taste is great & reveals a kind of "personality" to the beer. Again, the hops greet you enthusiastically, but are tempered by the sweet, caramel Scottish malt. The hops are the fun, bouncy kids, the malt is the gentle & loving parents reigning them in. This is the smoothest, gentlest tasting IPA I've ever had & I really like it. I'm already a fan of Scottish styles -- coupled with American hop character is beautiful!

The mouthfeel is great, creamy & smooth while still staying exciting with the carbonation & hop "nibble." This is my first tasting of anything from Surly, & I'm really impressed. I could easily spend an evening with multiple glasses of this bad boy. My only critique is the name: "Furious" this beer is not, it's much too tempered & gentle to be called such, especially when compared to an "angry" west coast IPA. Still, a forgivable affectation.

OneDropSoup, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tprokop for this one. Poured from a 16 oz can into my Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark amber with three-fingers of slightly off-white head. Pretty good lacing. The head subsided slowly, and a thin layer lingered for most of the glass.

Smell: A mix between piney hops and bready malts. Not as much of a smell on this one as other IPAs. Some faint, faint hints of citrus.

Taste: Nothing right off the tongue, but on the swallow something of a generic bitterness, backed by bread/honey flavors. Everything seems muted. The bitterness lingers for awhile in the aftertaste, and almost seems stronger in the aftertaste then in the initial taste itself. The flavors aren't really distinct, and seems to all blend together.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, nicely carbonated. Nothing to really complain about here.

Drinkability: I was a little underwhelmed by this one. It was good...but nothing really special about it. I got more bitterness in the aftertaste than in the initial sip itself. I'm not really sure what to make of it all. I'm not getting out of this what everyone else seems to, so if I have the opportunity, I'll give it another shot sometime.

StarlightSeraph, Apr 05, 2009
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,332 ratings.