Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Hads: 4,917
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 zookerman182
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber color with a one finger head.
Aroma is faint pine and tropical fruit.
Taste is more of the same. Floral, piny, but not in a heavy way.
This is a mild ipa in my opinion.
Nicely balanced with the malt.
Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation and a pleasant linger bitterness.
Solid version of an ipa, just a tad watery for my usual ipa taste. (371 characters)

Photo of Flatlands
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an IPA that I wish I had here. It's the best example of a Mid-Western balanced IPA out there. I cannot find much fault with this one. It has great lacing, a good head on the pour, smell is solid and the taste is full and is not just a hop bomb. Great one if you can find it. They are expanding to Chicago and building a bigger brewery. Lets hope they get outside of MN. (377 characters)

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: reddish translucence. A nice thick off white head. Slowly dissipates.

S: at first smell, it smelled like an evergreen bar of soap. It was really good. Didn't expect it to be so forward. Almost smells a little like anise, and I love anise.

T: tastes like a creamy noble fir. I feel like it is drinking Christmas tree. Also very very crisp. Nice strong hops that bites and recedes quick.

M: as I said, super super crisp. Still a little malty, enough to make it creamy.

O: I am enjoying this quite a bit. Comes in pint can too, so I get even more. It is perfectly refreshing. If I could find this more often, I would go after it. A very good beer. (655 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Jester King goblet.

A: Pours a deep, almost red hue with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades after a few minutes, leaving a nice blanket at the meniscus.

S: A bouquet of citrus, pine, resin, some caramel towards the end.

T: First sip is all hop bitterness, followed by smooth maltiness and a caramely finish.

M: Medium body with smooth carbonation that makes this an easy drinker.

O: If you like your IPAs smooth, piney, and less citrusy, look no further. So glad this is now available year-round in Chicago. (539 characters)

Photo of darthvohn
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic

Appearance: Furious poured a dark, maple-copper color with a bone white foam that topped out to two - two & a quarter fingers thick. The head fluffed and compacted and settled to a thick ring with a thin tiny bubbled cap. Pretty.

Smell: A beautiful aroma of fresh hops filled with citrus (grapefruit & lemon), pine and a touch of toffee sweetness. When the latter scents combine, I get a Trix cereal smell. Love.

Taste:Tidal wave of fresh hops hit first, followed my the bready maltiness. I get the same citrus-fruity flavors on the backend, then finishing with the bittering hop flavors that we all love. No one flavor pulls rank on the other, they all meld beautifully.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky on the lips, medium carb. Easy drinking APA.

Overall: My second Surly brew did not disappoint. Big hop flavors and aromas balanced my toffee and bready malts. A damn good American Pale Ale. If only Surly was available in Texas. (949 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Butcher & The Boar and Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis.

Creamy clingy white head over cherry amber with sheets.
Flowers, resin, orange peel, pomegranate juice, powdery orange drink mix nose.
Big strawberries and toffee, then blood orange, some sap, and giant skunky, resiny hops.
Twinkly bright red fruits to end and endlessly bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

First taste was a dud – some bright fruit, but just too malty. Second visit, however, revealed this as a dank monster. Just packed with hop juice that resonates forever. Still a bit too sweet for me – this is no SDPA – but I get the fuss now. (636 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Poured from the can and a dark orange liquid appeared. Left behind was a 1 inch off-white colored head that dissipated with rings of lacing along the glass.

Aroma - Waves of citrus (hints of grapefruit, orange, and lemon), pine, resin, and a touch of caramel and toffee.

Taste - Hop bitterness comes through brilliantly up front, followed by caramel and toffee flavors from the malts. Strong citrus fruits linger throughout each sip.

Mouthfeel - Bitter on the tongue; medium bodied; goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Drinking out of the can reminds me of Heady Topper. However, not exactly on the same level (and yes, I am aware Furious is a IPA and Heady is a DIPA). I would say if Heady had a little brother, this would be it! I love this brew and wish I could easily get more! (799 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thin, light, white head. Color is ruby red orange. The smell is of aromatic citrus, honey, and subtle, sweet pine. This beer is hoppy, citrusy, and balanced. Nothing overwhelms the other. Carbonation is medium and the mouthfeel is about average for an IPA.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. My tastes may be skewed because I have been drinking stouts as of late. I will need to re-review at a later date.

Cheers! (417 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark brown / red with two fingers of creamy off white head. Nice retention and spotty lace.

S - Citrus hops, malts, piney.

T - Hop punch up front nicely balanced with some layers of malts, caramel, resin, hops. Medium bodied and smooth creamy mouth feel.

O - Really nice offering from Surly. Shows nice balance and a well crafted brew. I wish I could get my hands on this in Michigan.

Notes - part of the Schaumberg haul from Binny's from Becca. (462 characters)

Photo of jageraholic
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded to get a 4 pack and glad I did. This is my last one so time to sip slow and review.

A: a nice deep orange hue with some redish/amber. Standard white 1/16th of a ring around the top. Very white head.

S: grapefruit citrus mixed with pine. Some toffee and caramel malt. Smells delicious.

T: pine and grapefruit citrus mixed with some balancing toffee malt and a lingering bitter citrus finish. Balanced and delicious.

M: pretty wet beer. Moistens the mouth and a crazy mix of wet and dry finish. Hard to describe but really tasty. Smooth. Pretty carbonated.

O: really quality beer. Great balance of hops and malts. Could have a few without it destroying the palate or getting old. Definitely a hop bomb but the malt keeps them check. (742 characters)

Photo of G3Hart
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the bar by which all beer loving midwestern's measure every other IPA's. It's better than Two Hearted, Pliny the Elder, 90 minute, Hopslam varies too much from year to year to say, but if you can remember the first time you had any of those beers and you haven't had this one, you're in for a treat. (312 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a special event. Appearance is copper with a little more red thrown in. No haze noticed. Head was good on my pour and left nice lacing.
Odor was very good. Pine with citrus and caramel sweet. Nice balance of different odor notes coming together.
Taste was as good as odor or better. The hops carry pine notes and some citrus. Grapefruit would the citrus I am thinking of. Green notes as well(with the pine) and a little sweet caramel or toffee in the background. Mouth feel was good. Not heavy or watery. I would say moderate carbonation.
Overall, an excellent beer. It manages to set itself apart for other IPAs which is hard to do. (646 characters)

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out nice light maroon in color with a healthy two finger, white head with good retention and some really nice lacing.

Smell is pretty tropical. Definitely some nice orange, mango, pineapple, with a slight bitterness. Nice sweet malt backbone that really seems well balanced.

Taste is slightly less tropical than the nose and a little more nice piny goodness but there is a good balance between the two. The piny bitterness seems to linger in the throat. The sweet malt backbone really evens things out as there is a really nice balance between everything mentioned. Nothing really sticks out or is overwhelming so all of the flavors are there in a nice amount.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick for the style and is very nice.

Overall I really like this beer and am glad I have easy access to it year round. Really nothing to complain about here. Just a great example of the style. (883 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had on draft at churchkey on 5/8/14

A-Pours clear amber with a beige one finger head. Great lacing!

S-Aroma of nice hop forward notes. Lots of pine, a bit of floral notes, some clean citrus, exotic fruits and just a tiny bit of sweet malts.

T-Taste is just HOP forward with notes of pine, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, resin and very weak sweet malts.

M-Mouthfeel makes a medium balance full body and fluffy carbonation, awesome!

O-Awesome IPA! Also had it on cask with simcoe and centennial awesome as well! (513 characters)

Photo of berkshire413
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank on 5-5-14 from a can that was canned on 3-24-14. I live on the East coast so i am assuming this to be about as fresh as I am going to get. Not that it seemed stale..

A-Pours a beautiful dark amber/caramel. slight sediment at the bottom of the can. one finger head of a bright white tight foam. swishing it around a little the lacing clings all over the glass.

S- Scent is interesting. I am getting a lot of pine hop scents but the blend right into a sweet caramely maltiness, it is foreshadowing here. its sweet and a bit floral. really invites you in.

T- tastes amazing. the hops jump right at you, its all 99 of those IBU's and its very piney, ther are some light citric notes in there but mostly nice earthy big hops. Lots of hops resins coat your mouth, then this beer gets very dynamic. It blends into this carmalized maltiness that takes you a bit by surprise(if you dont read the back of the can before jumping in, and i did not). the sweet maltyness pairs up beautifuly with that tart hop resin that just blasted you into hop bliss. bang you want more and more.

M. tart slightly dry, and heavy malt. again the way this beer goes from hoppiness to maltiness is amazing.

O overall this beer is really really awesome, I want to go out and get all the Surly i can and see what these guys are made of. Fabulous beer. (1,330 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a semi-clear, dark amber color with a foamy, beige head. The aroma is strong with hops and citrus mixed with some floral tones. The taste is extremely bold in bitter hops especially for being 99 IBUs. Great texture with decent drinkability but with 16 ounces, you can expect your taste buds to be ruined for a little while. The first Surly beer I have ever had and it’s delicious. (393 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soapy, resiny head that has insane persistence and laces like mad. Citrus hop aroma; smells like a grapefruit. Amber burnt sienna color. Starts bitter with a great citrus hoppiness; very bright. Moves into a respectable maltiness before the finish, which is lingering citrus rind bitterness on top of the malt.

This is really great. For being 99 IBU's, it's not overwhelming in the slightest. In fact, it hits a near perfect balance between high hoppiness and malt. (475 characters)

Photo of classytom
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured straight from a 16 oz can into a snifter glass. Canned 4/21/14 and consumed nine days later...super fresh.

A - Taken aback by the deep amber/reddish hue of the pour! Really sets this brew apart from the standard IPA. Thick soapy foam

S - Not nearly as hop-forward as I was expecting for a 99 IBU beer. Really well balanced malt notes come through with a sweet hop smell. Citrus, pine...grapes even.

T - Yum! Again, expecting to be blow away by hop bitterness, but incredibly well balanced.

M - A bit resiny on the swallow, sticky even.

O - Thoroughly impressed. Surly has started distributing in Iowa and I couldn't be more happy about it. Will try to grab this brew whenever I can get my hands on it! (714 characters)

Photo of ljthiesse
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a can of this immediately before trying Surly Abrasive. As far as standard IPA's go, this is definitely one of the best. A huge aroma and lots of big flavor here. Notes of pine needles, orange and other citrus. Nicely balanced. Not much else to say - just a fantastic, straight-up IPA. (292 characters)

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter

Appearance- Crystal clear, tawny, copper orange color with a thin layer of residual head. A little lacing on the glass with each sip. A bit on the amber side of pale. Looks great though.

Smell- Bright tangerine citrus and pine resin blend nicely with robust toffee and sharp caramel notes. Anchored by stronger malts, there's a bit more in this one than a standard American IPA.

Taste- Much like the smell, big citrusy, crisp hop bitterness hits first, but is quickly met by a strong caramel body. The result is great- a spicy, full IPA with a ton of flavor going on. Almost like a brightly dry-hopped, lighter Scottish ale. Great stuff here for sure.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and viscous with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The fizz adds to the intensity of the flavor profile. Great balance.

Overall- A great brew with a lot going on from start to finish. Flavors start big and bright, and remain for the whole drinking duration. The malt character comes out a bit more as the beer warms up, but nothing ever dominates. A very well-balanced brew with a lot to offer. Hopheads and malt lovers alike could both enjoy this. Great brew. (1,172 characters)

Photo of RachelZ
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer has an overall amber color. The head is very thick with a beige/amber color. Aromas of pine, caramels and tea leaves make give this beer an overall earthy tone. Flavors include grapefruit, pine and spices. The aftertaste overall is dry and bitter. (257 characters)

Photo of Kjellesvig
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. Can

Appearance: A dark amber pour with a reddish tint when I hold it up to the sun. Dang girl this beer is beautiful. I'm blushing or maybe the beer is.

Smell: Piny, dank, sweet. No need to overthink this.

Taste: Furious is a go to. The piney hop bite is balanced nicely with the scottish malts (golden primise). And crazier even is the choice to use a London style yeast strain. Wow, I can't get over how unique this beer is. There are hints of pinneaple, pear, evergreen, bread, and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Slick.

Overall: A very unique IPA. I'm very fortunate that I can swing by the store and get this everyday if I wanted to. This beer is not overhyped, try it for yourself.

Serving type: Can. (724 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from bobbypaulson (thanks man!). Canned 1/9/14. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours a clear, deep orange with three fingers of pale fluffy head.aintains a nice cap, leaving lots of lace.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus rind, mild lemons and a faint malt sweetness.

Taste follows the nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, grass, hints of pine, cracker, pepper and a trace of sweet caramel malts. Any alcohol is only barely perceptible.

Slightly resinous medium body. Mod carb. Bitter peel & cracker finish.

A quite good brew overall. Easy to drink with the hop goodness you would expect from a well-made IPA. (615 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Furious is a nice, slightly hazed medium-dark orange that leans bronze in the depths of the body. It keeps up some strong bubbling activity for the session. This serves to keep up the eggshell-colored head that's created upon settling. The head is firm and dense, thick and rocky and heavily pock-marked as it very slowly settles. Patching is in very good quantity and is downright chunky in parts.
There's lots going on in the nose, and it's more aromatic than most IPAs out there. This one shows up straight from the crack of the tab. The hops bill brings out lots of complexity, and it's a mouth-watering mix of perfume, pine, and grapefruit, not to mention plenty more citrus, massively juicy. Caramel malts are such that, while allowing the hops to rule, they balance beautifully. There's a whiff of alcoholic heat that doesn't get overly ethanolic and it finishes with a bite of black pepper.
Very similar to the aroma, the flavor showcases lots of depth, complexity, juiciness and balance. Malts come up front to add balance straightaway even as hops come out at the same time, both in communion but hops claiming dominion and malts glad to have it. All the orange and grapefruit peel and juice, pine resin, perfume and pepper as well as some flora and pineapple just make for a delicious beer.
It's also extremely clean in the medium body, fluffy carbonation lending to velvety smoothness with lots of crispness keeping the feel bright and fresh. This beer is just a delight to drink all around. (1,503 characters)

Photo of ajramirez1
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at MSP Airport. Amber looking color for an American IPA. Seemed odd. Had to actually look it up on iPad as I didn't trust the man telling me the flight order as he looked confused. Damn nubes.

Beer is OK. Nothing special. May have been an old keg but not an excuse. Its a good beer but I don't think its top 120 beers at all on BA.

Coming from the west coast, might I add. Where's the hops at???
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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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