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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,401
Reviews: 1,399
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 1,425
Gots: 525 | FT: 17
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 jdklks
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Great looking beer. cloudy, amber-brown color with a nice and thick tan head that lingers for awhile and laces the glass.

S- HOPS! lots of hops. There's a piney, citrus smell (probably thanks to all the hopiness), along with some caramel maltiness that I cant quite figure out.

T- This is a great beer. There is some good hop flavor that is nicely balanced by the malts, and a bitter sweetness to the end and the aftertaste. As evidenced by the smell, piney and citrusy, but not overly so. This is overall a very "balanced" IPA (which could be a good or a bad thing).

M- Full bodied. Very smooth, well carbonated.

jdklks, May 20, 2009
Photo of stumac
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours up straight outta the tallboy with a murky rusty copper color with a nice tan head. great sticky icky on the sides of my Trix cereal cup. the nose is bread n' yeast, floral and piney hops, subtle honey (dew or suckle). the taste is very smooth, piney and floral hops uh-gane, sweet smooth malts, medium to full bodied, medium to low carbo, just a damn good IPA. Try it! Im not sure how long this one sat in my closet for...but it is still a fresh banana.

stumac, May 20, 2009
Photo of macktbone
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fogdog for this extra during a heavy imperial stout trade.

A-Red appearance that is very cloudy and unfiltered looking. Head is very small, but what is here is pretty.

S-Sweet and tangy hops. Cherries and a mix of other light berries.

T-Extreme malt!!! Nice buttery finish. Some spices and a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very biscuit-like.

M- Buttery thickness that is suprising for an IPA. Carbonation level is relatively low which lends itself well to the flavor of the beer.

D- I think this might be a little too much for a highly drinkable beer. Great flavor, but not something that I would drink more than one of, let alone everyday.

Good sample from Surly, only my second Surly product.


macktbone, May 19, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly cloudy amber appearance. Very little head on tap, but sufficiently carbonated.

Smell: Hops overdrive! Very clean pine scents with a hoppy aroma that reaches out and slaps you in the face.

Taste: Slightly sweet and malty flavors, but the hops are ever present and the main attraction here. Can have a slightly bitter aftertaste due to the heavy hops, but never too harsh or bitter like some other IPA's. This is a killer beer for hop-heads. This is an interesting and tasty example of the IPA style, and one of my favorites of the style.

Mouth feel: Very smooth with nice carbonation. A little on the thin side, but in a good way.

Drinkability: Can be a little hoppy and slightly bitter if drinking quickly like most IPA's, but not overpowering. Definitely a refresher for sipping, and before you know it one turns to two, then three...

Serving suggestion: Standard pint glass.

ChopperSmith, May 18, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MBABJJ for a 4pk of this one in a trade.

A: Around a finger of creamy, beige head over a dark and relatively cloudy amber. Tons of lacing and yummy retention.
S: Hops are piney and floral. I think it's a very refreshing and inviting aroma. Some grapefruit is in there as well as sweet malts in the back to balance.
T: Big hop characteristics but quickly mellowed out by sweet malts. Hops are like the aroma, piney and floral. Malts are caramel, especially with warmth.
M: A creamy, medium-bodied mouth with medium carbonation.
D: Love this big creamy head! This beer tastes to me like a combo of Hop Rod and Torpedo. An easy favorite!

washburnkid, May 17, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to natasharai for the fresh can. (additional thanks to vwcraig for sending this as an extra, but it ended up being not so fresh. not his fault, since surly doesn't actually have a dating scheme, according to the brewers themselves.) tasted in early april 2009

deep, almost dark amber. hazy. big tan head slowly recedes to a puffy layer, then just wispy puffs. great foamy lacing.

aroma: fresh pine and grapefruit (both rind and zest), orange zest, plus apple fruitiness, into the sweet caramelized malts, finishing with yet more pine and citrus freshness.

taste: more fresh grapefruit zest and rind, but also sweet citrus flesh fruitiness, plus apple note too, trailed by more pine. sweet caramel malts are countered with bold but fresh piney hop bitterness, resinous with fresh pine lingering into the finish.

decently smooth, but with lots of sticky resins in the finish. creamy, moderate carbonation, can be spritzy upfront.

tai4ji2x, May 17, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to (esch & SrMonkey) for the cans of Furious! I'll be BMing you again very soon for another Surly platter of beer!

About to do some grilling, figured I'd open up a can of this.
Poured from a can into my Duvel tulip.

A - Dark, the darkest IPA I've recently seen. I think of it was a very dark rusty color. A nice white head comes along with a standard pour with lots of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - I could smell this one right after I popped the can open! Fruity, piney, hoppy, yummy! Some sweet tropical fruits along with some nice piney bitterness and hoppy goodness. Really a lovely nose, gives it a very crisp and clean feel to the beer.

T - I get the fruits and citrus bitterness right away which is followed by a slightly bitter finish. Lots more pine on the palate then on the nose (where as the tropical fruits were more present to me on the nose).

M - Medium bodied, very smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Great carbonation and feel on this beer. Really solid.

D - Easy to drink, what I have in my fridge won't last long! This is a great IPA, one of the best, as voted by myself and fellow BAers.

Sean9689, May 15, 2009
Photo of turamarth
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from TheReaper16!!
Poured into New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Poured a big frothy off white head, that is very sticky. good lacing. Has a nice cloudy amber body.

Smell: Lots of piney hops. Caremel? Some nice sweet malts. Maybe some hints of citrus. Lots of Pine.

Taste: Not what I expected from the nose. Still a very piney hop presence, but the sweetness is enhanced in the taste. Very pleasant.

Mouth: Very silky for an IPA I think. Almost chewy, I like it.

Drink: This is a very solid IPA. Not sure if it's my favorite or not, but I like it.

turamarth, May 14, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with a large creamy frothy head dissipated leaving nice lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is clear with a deep amber color.

Smell: Delicious smelling pine hops, some citrus, and sweet roasted malt.

Taste: Pine hops, roasted malt, citrus hops, grassy freshness, nice subtle bitterness balanced by a roasty sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Nice tingle on the tongue, medium body, some dry feel, and leaves mouth very refreshed.

Overall: Very good drinkability, all flavors are well balanced, beautiful character in the roasty malt and fresh tasting hops. Great beer to enjoy on a nice summer day... or a cold crappy winter one. Basically great for any occasion!

natasharai, May 14, 2009
Photo of brow1901
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty much a regular for me, it's always in the fridge, I often start a night of beers with a furious. It's kinda my control beer, I always find myself saying "furious is better" or "this reminds me of furious". Basically an all around great beer.

A- Deep ruby red bordering on brown in color. One finger bone white head fades some what but it sticks around enough to leave nice lacing.

S- Sweet, sweet hops. The smell is so good, perfect blend of hops in the beer. No alcohol smell and not much malt either. The citrus hops smell like grapefruit and orange.

T- The hops shine wonderfully again. Kinda a bittersweet beer. The hops strike the back of the tounge perfectly while some malt sweetness lingers toward the front.

M- Pretty thick mouth, decent carbonation, full bodied for sure though.

D- Wonderfully drinkable 6.2 is strong but oh so worth it.

brow1901, May 14, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into red wine glass, served just a hair cooler than cellar temp and up from there. Thanks once again to Dev (buckeyesox) for the chance to try this one!

Pours hazy, dark brown red. This is really dark for an IPA. Head is massive, three-fingers, khaki, dense and rocky. Fantastic lacing and stickage, and some nice effervescence as well. I can't imagine an IPA looking any better than this fantastic specimen.

Nose is great too. Notes of grapefruit fill up the space surrounding the beer. Rindy, piney notes are there as well, with maybe a hint of caramel underneath, but the bright hops notes dominate.

Taste is fantastic. Big and piny, the hops just dominate up front, but it's clearly flavor first/bitterness second, which is the mark of the best IPAs. Lots of grapefruit as well, especially as the beer warms up a bit. Toasty malt comes through as a clearly secondary note, well integrated hinting at caramel, emerging after the initial piney first wave. Finish is long, dry, with a firm but controlled bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and so creamy, soft but full carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability is great. Every time I burped it was so delicious I just wanted to drink more. Top notch IPA, and deserving of the hype in my opinion. My favorite Surly beer so far.

JohnQVegas, May 10, 2009
Photo of mnjeff
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought at Apollo Liquor (local Surly, and other micro-brew carrier in Rochester, MN). Poured into a Stella Artois tapered pint.
A: A gorgeous reddish, brown haze. Pours a full finger of head which retains well, leaving thin strands of lacing well down the glass. I love that I can see the carbonation releasing slowly throughout the beer.
S: Very hoppy, daddy like, a gorgeous bouquet of fruit.
T: Quite bitter, but well balanced against what i believe are peach and pear notes with clove to round the palate.
M: Medium Full, all the flavors play in your mouth for a real treat.
D: Furious is a very highly drinkable beer, I have used it to convert many a friend away from drinking poor excuses for beer (miller, Anheuser busch, etc) with great results. I feel it always tastes better when drank while playing disc golf.
I highly recommend this beer to anyone who believes they like IPA's. Mmmm...

mnjeff, May 10, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this ipa pours a dark cooper color with a nice creamy head and great lacing thru-out..one of the darker colored ipa Ive had.. soon as you pop the can and pour its WOW the smell is great ..its huge pine and citrus first then floral smells and grapefruit, spice/hops..you can also smell sweet malts you know this brew is a great one..very nice..the taste is a pine and grass forest hit on the taste buds then you get some great citrus hits with delicious hops it finishes with a sweet malt backbone..this ipa is well balanced and very drinkable its defiantly a hoppy, piney ,driven ipa one of the top ipas in the country ..one that im glad is right in my backyard and available anytime..which is always...highly recommended

gatornation, May 09, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, is this unexpectedly dark for an IPA! its not quite brown... more of a burnt orange. Fluffy head that dissipates quickly to a one-finger ring.

Pine and flower hit the nose first, with a yeasty finish. With warmth a very nice array of fruits come out. Lush mango, especially.

On the tongue, Furious proves itself a tasty hop-bomb. Tasting of pine and ground up front with a decided mustiness. Hop resin coats the tongue on the finish leaving a lasting, oily bitterness. Yummy.

This beer is a touch thin for me. I wasn't expecting such a thin beer, especially given the color and texture of the head. Carbonation is more or less on point. But hey, if you like hops then this is just nit picking.

I'd love to have this on-tap. From this initial can, however, I wasn't blown away. I expected to like this beer a lot more than I did. That said, its certainly no slouch. I'm going to enjoy the rest of my 4-pack, that's for sure.

Reaper16, May 09, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 16 oz can into a standard pint glass.

A: copper/amber color, one finger of head, lace down to the bottom of the pint glass.

S: lots of hops. both citrusy and piney aroma's.

T: very hoppy taste mixed with caramel sweet flavor

MF: just the right amount of carbonation, smooth going down. and my mouth feels like hops.

Drinkability: very tasty brew. lots of hop flavor. i keep on smelling my glass.

porterwoobie, May 07, 2009
Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz tall boy full of delicious IPA. Sweet. Appearance is on the darker side for an IPA. Deep orange amber color. Good head, lacing. Aroma is mighty strong, loaded with piney and grapefruit and a caramely malt. Hoppy flavor, yes. But not quite as sharp as I was hoping from the strong aroma. Nicely balanced however with a ton of malt. Full bodied. Very sturdy - I just wish a little more of the piney and grapefruit hinted at in the aroma powered through the dense malt. Anyhow - a solid beer, of course.

twelvsies, May 06, 2009
Photo of Damian
3.18/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank from a cask at Dark Lord Day 2009
Served in a plastic cup

The beer poured a turbid, orangey-amber color with a small, bubbly cap of off white froth. Within seconds, the head disappeared completely. Chunks of floaties gathered at the bottom of the cup.

The aroma was quite hoppy. Fruity and citrusy with notes of candied orange peel. Semi-sweet caramel malts were noticeable as well.

The taste was rather weak in flavor but quite bitter. Citrus fruits (orange and grapefruit peel) came through strong. Very little malt presence. The resonating finish was piney, dry and super bitter. With each sip, the beer left a rather hot trail down my throat.

The mouthfeel was typical for a cask ale. Quite watery and thin with a super fine and nearly nonexistent carbonation.

Drinkability was poor. The combination of hoppy bitterness, mild carbonation, lack of body and warm-ish temperature made putting down this five ounce pour a real challenge.

This beer was a real disappointment. I have a bias against most hoppy cask conditioned ales (in my opinion, hoppy IPAs and DIPAs generally taste better when they are slightly more chilled than malt dominant brews) and I felt that this one in particular did not work. I love Furious but the Tea Bagged version is too overwhelmingly bitter and one-dimensional for my palate.

Damian, May 05, 2009
Photo of brdc
2.83/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on two different occasions, on tap both times. Did not want to review on my first time as I did not like it, and wanted to be sure before.

It is a hazy brew, colored somewhere between orange, brown and yellow, appears thicker than it feels. Minimal head.
Aroma is a sign of what is to come, an intense hoppiness with almost exclusively citric notes.
Medium bodied, with an intense, overwhelming hoppiness, with malts nowhere to be found. A bitter assault that unfortunately, IMHO, left a lot to be desired as no other flavors can be noticed. Markedly inferio to regular Furious.

brdc, May 04, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: This is Tea-Bagged Furious before it was merged.

From the cask at Dark Lord Day 2009. After all the guest stouts that FFF was throwing my way, this one was a nice change of pace. It took a bit to get used to all the hops coming my way, but after that this was one damn good beer.

A: Hazy orange with some copper/brown hues to it. White head and lacing.

S: Lots of fresh, fresh hops. Both floral and citrus, as well as some earthy tones.

T: Hops, hops, and more hops. Sort of an earthy undertone in contrast to the sweeter, maltier base on the Furious.

M: Medium bodied and a little oily, but other than that, very good.

D: The slightly-oily mouthfeel keeps this one from being the absolute all-star for the style that Furious is, but this is another very solid offering coming from the folks up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Thorpe429, May 01, 2009
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
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,401 ratings.