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Furious | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

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.

Added by feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006

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Reviews: 1,487 | Ratings: 5,316
Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice reddish brown with a khaki head on it that fades pretty quick
s - pine, citrus peel - mainly grapefruit
t - lots of citrus peel, mainly grapefruit but also lemon, lime, orange. Lots of pine. Some sweet malts in the background but not specifically caramel/toffee as advertised.
m - medium beer, alc is reasonably covered at 6.6%, aftertaste is pine, bitter
O - I'm surprised at the 96/100. this one drank more like a 88-90/100 beer to me. Main thing being the kind of hop flavor I was getting - more bitterness and astringency than dank/tropical fruit/complex but to each his own I guess.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an amber color with an off white head. good lacing and decent retention. smell is huge amounts of piney citrus. taste follows, with resinous pine dominating the palate with a touch of sweetness. not overly bitter. delicious.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear Amber appearance with a big fluffy head.
I smell a ton of the sweet malt. The hops that come through are great too.
Lots of sweet malt flavor. Love the hop/malt combination in this. Fresh crisp swallow.
Awesome mouthfeel. Medium body. Felt very fresh.
Really liked this beer. Everything I've had from Surly has been enjoyable. Will definitely be seeking more.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8/25...Surly Furious. Reddish brown some remaining white foam. Bready toffee nose. Tsunami of pine expertly blended into a peppery malt. Spicy finish. Outstanding. 4 45 425 45 425

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Photo of rynegne
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to beat. My only gripe is that there's so many on shelves these days it's very difficult to find fresh. Piney, malty and subtle hints of pineapple.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep clear amber, finger white head, minor lacing. Caramel malt aroma with faint grass and pine, dark fruit as warms. Big sweet caramel malt flavor countered by piney hops with a little wood in the finish. Mouthfeel is crispy with dry finish. Overall a malt forward full flavored IPA with powerful hops. Very good.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can about a month old into a pint glass.
Appearance: Golden to brown color. Nice finger of head.
Aroma: Bitter hops, pine, grass, sap.
Taste: Piny hop flavor up front followed by sweet malt. The finish is bitter and crisp.
Feel: Medium mouth feel. Smooth and refreshing.
Overall: This is a nice malt forward IPA more in the "classic" IPA style, however I was looking for a bit more in the aroma and flavor department.

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Photo of jhavs
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at brewery tap room in Minneapolis poured from tap into their fluted snifter as well as from a 16oz can at a twins game the next day.

A= Deep amber with a thick, foamy white head. Lacing on the glass persists through the entire serving.

S= Light on the hoppy aroma, hints of caramel and sweet malts.

T= Bitter up front with caramel, toffee, and malt sweetness. Some citrus and pine lingers in the aftertaste.

M=Moderate level of carbonation with a medium body.

O= Malt forward IPA characteristic of some "classic" IPA's. Bitter and bold flavors, different than most of the new American IPA's but great in its own way. Why mess with a classic.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper color. Has a malty sweet aroma with hop presence. Taste is intriguing. Like a quick burst of ops that gives way to a balanced maltyness, but leaves a light hoppy aftertaste. A very good beer

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant tea tinted amber under a persistent 3” cream colored clingy foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Fresh mown grass, light mint, citrus.
T: Big creamy malt flavors hand off to an assertive citrus rind bitterness by the middle that carries the beer through the finish. Moderate levels of malt and moderately high levels of hops.
F: Creamy smooth, medium body and carbonation.
O: I am very happy that just about everywhere in town I go for a beer I can find a Furious.

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

This beer is one of my favorite go to beers. It is just the right amount of citrus bite with a nice crisp finish. This isnt one of those that goes bad quickly either. Great 5-6 weeks later

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Photo of Aduff860
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter.

L: Beautiful amber color, 1/4 inch white foamy head, nice lacing on the glass.

S: Not much on the nose, a little toffee aroma. Good but not great.

T: Bitter at first but not overwhelmingly so. Very nice piney/citrusy punch. Definitely a malty toffee flavor at the finish. Better as it warmed up.

F: Nice refreshing, medium bodied beer.

O: Nice introduction to the beer surly has to offer. Definitely let it warm up a bit before drinking. Very nice beer

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Photo of Hootie159
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with a nice red hue. Thin head that lingers. Nice hop aroma with a little bit of maltiness. Good hop flavor with some toffee from the malt. Good, smooth carbonation.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber, reddish color. Very thin white head, not too much lacing. Nice tropical hop aroma on the nose. Hoppy taste on the front, malty flavor on the back end. Not usually a big proponent of the maltier IPA's but pleasantly surprised with this one.

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A (4.75): Poured from a can into a pint glass. Somewhat Translucent Amber ale with huge number of sprites rising to the 1/4 inch creamy fluff of a head. Nice lacing on glass tilt. Looks good. Lacing holds up fairly well with an 1/8 inch remaining on last pull.

S (3.75):Hop brightness is present but not overwhelming. Slight citrus scent becomes more of a grapefruit tang as it warms though still at a low level - present, but not overwhelming.

T (3.75): Bitter at first taste. Let it warm up a little (3-5 minutes). That was much better.
Softer, and taste is more balanced between the hop bitterness and the weightier thicker biscuit malt - the hops have something to ride on. But, there is less flavor that anticipated for an IPA bracket.

M (4.5): Creamy and smooth due mainly to the froth. Slick on the backend, but dissipates quickly.
After letting it warm, it opens up and becomes more full. The bitterness is still there, but more tempered.
Actually a really nice balance - wish I have a thermometer to determine the temp.

O (4): I had this a week earlier and was impressed by it's fullness. Tried it this afternoon and the balance was off - maybe too cold as I took it straight from the fridge.
After letting it sit for a few minutes...Wow, what a difference. More balanced in T & M and the scent took on a different hue. Overall a very nice ale and not too high an ABV either (6.6%), so another can be easily enjoyed at the same sitting. The bitterness was somewhat unadorned - the flavor package was good, but had me wanting a little more. Still a good solid ale...Just be a little patient when taking it out of the fridge.

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Photo of aleigator
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-amber color, with a decent head.

Smells of juicy oranges among biscuity malts, topped off by a note of crisp lime. Malts are very prominent on the nose, evoking a sweeter appearance of the beer, balancing the fruity hops easily.

Has a medium carbonation, as well as a medium body, while producing enough hop bite to remain pleasantly refreshing.

Tastes of bready, slightly earthen malts, with white orange zest mingling into the beers malt backbone. Oranges grow stronger on the palate, due to the mineralic carbonation and lime juice, introducing a challenging hop bitterness to the tongue. The beers balance remains enjoyable throughout though, as the malts provide enough power to withstand the dry turning, slightly grassy hop onslaught, while staying on the bready side. Its sweetness gets provided by utmost juicy orange and blood orange, teaming up beautifully with lime juice. Finishes with a sweeter, fruity impression, completely focussed on the tropical hops, which create a long lasting dryness.

Fantastic, intensely hopped beer, which remains easy drinkable. Very fruity and refreshing, while the malts not only settle the balance but also add to the flavors in a very efficient way.

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Photo of weuntouchable
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Looks and smells beautiful and initial taste is good. Finish is weak and disappointing. Overall it's good, but once I finish the 4 pack of cans its probably not a beer I will buy again.

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Photo of MrUse
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I see the hype with this one. Bitter, but with tons of flavor. The hops really stand out. I was first reluctant to try this due to the high ibus, but the flavor really makes it worth it. I'm glad I live in Minnesota so I can buy many more of these.

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Photo of BIN29
1.41/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Extremely overrated and overhyped. Canned on 5/19.

Dark amber in appearance with light toasted malts aroma. Hops are not complex here, nor its fruity. No citrus, light caramelized pine. This is an extremely malt-forward ipa with lots of bittering hops. Long lingering bitterness. This is definitely an extreme ipa with a 100 ibu that targets the fans of bigger is the better. This is not a balanced beer. Drink two hearted instead.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big head to begin, fading to a bubbly chunkiness. Beautiful amber-orange emanates from the pint glass.

A little biscuity, toffee, big citrus on the nose - less in total than I would've thought, but a uniquely curious mash-up.

A controlled hop bomb, this one. So much that with every exhale, it's like drinking the beer anew, each an explosion. Grapefruit, some pineapple, both breathable in the best way possible. Mild alcohol burn to close.

Deliciously encompassing and unique from other AIPAs/IPAs out there as a result of the malts - they simply provide a frame for the immense hoppiness that is the focus.

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Photo of Uhopia
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I, I don't get it. You can't go to MPLS without some yahoo staggering up to you bragging about Surly this or Surly that. I mean, really? It's a decent enough beverage to fill-in when your first or second string is on the bench but come on, the Hype! around this concoction was waaaaay over-rated. It's a little silly. Especially from a place where Summit comes from. But having said that, I can see where the excitement comes from. So...yea for you, I guess.
Revised review: Maybe a recipe change, maybe I got a fresher batch, but I feel my previous review may have been a tad harsh for the folks at Surly. After all, they produce Todd the Axe Man so they can't be all bad.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Amber with 2 fingers of loose head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Grapefruit juice, caramel, pine sap, and honeydew. Smells great!

Pine, grapefruit juice, and candied citrus. Firm caramel backbone with traces of toffee. Honey, honeydew melon, more pine, and hints of earthy spruce.

Medium bodied, smooth, juicy, semi-dry, and lightly bitter.

More balanced than your traditional IPA yet this doesn't interfere with the hoppiness. Juicy and easy drinking.

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Photo of Moose90
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 04/06/15

A — Pours a deep and dark ruby hued amber, very dark for the style, just looks malty right off the bat, big and tall creamy head forms, nice lacing left behind.

S — Smells incredibly malty initially, bitter, rich, there are hop notes of pine and orange pith, underlying coffee note as well somehow.

T — Tastes bigly rich and malty, bitter hops make an appearance and are bitter and herbal, earthy and woodsy in flavor, very much tastes like the woods.

M — Medium bodied, crisp in finish, long and lasting.

O — Very malt forward, hop profile is very earthy and herbaceous, no citrus or juiciness to be found here, very good overall though.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Biggs!

A: Opaque amber with an off-white half finger head that ran and hid rather quickly. Thick lacing.

S: Grapefruit, bready malts, piney hops.

T: Wow, what a punch of hoppy delights blended so well with Scottish caramel malts. The grapefruit taste of the hops wasn't too bitter. Just a terrific balance.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A real treat and surprise at the end of my brewery tours. Glad I finally got to see what the fuss is all about. Find it. Savor it.

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Photo of hoagzzz
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really glad to try this one. Dark amber which is normally a turnoff but overall this was very good. Balanced and nice bitterness. Nice buzz from one 16 oz can.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.