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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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1,457 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,457
Hads: 5,121
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,511
Gots: 865 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% 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 jzlyo
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Aroma is floral hops, pine and a hint of candy/sugar. The flavor is citrus, relatively light grapefruit, malts, mild hop resin and a long and very bitter/dry finish.

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Photo of ELS
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had the chance to try this beer on tap while visiting Chicago.

A- I've never seen an IPA that has a cloudy orange/amber color. I think the color works and makes the beer more appealing. Has a thin off white head.

S- Honestly I was talking to someone while drinking the beer and hardly notice the smell. I can say that the smell had a slight citrus smell and the hops seemed reserved in terms of aroma.

T- I found this IPA to have a sweet malt backbone that was balanced by just enough hops. Again some mild citrus/orange flavors that made me think there must be some Citra and Amarillo hops being used. The strong malt backbone could have allowed for a little higher IBU hop profile but the balance seems to work well for this beer.

M- This beer is highly drinkable. The balance and lower carbonation allows for a smooth beer that is easily chugged if you desire. I think I drank a pint in less than 10 minutes and it was gone before I knew it.

O- I highly recommend this beer if you have a chance to have it on tap. Not my favorite IPA but better than 95% of the IPAs out there.

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Photo of Wobbly
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good but overrated (I say overrated simply because I do not feel it deserves its current, elevated reputation) IPA from a very good but overrated brewery.

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Photo of Beric
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap, 4oz sampler
Served: 6 August 2014

Appearance: Darker than most IPAs I've seen- it looks almost amber brown in color. Decent head, even in the sampler glass, and incredibly leaves some lacing too. This would be one pretty looking pint I'm sure.

Smell: Soft musky citrus hop notes along with an evident maltiness.

Taste: Another great malt-driven IPA. The malt backbone here is a bit bigger than most other highly rated IPAs, but I find that it really lets the hops shine. The malts carry the hops on a bed of malty sweetness to add some nice depth to the overall experience and help balance the bitterness from the hops. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation and a fantastic backbone.

Overall: An excellent IPA, and a must-try.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brought home in my luggage from a business trip to Minneapolis. Cannon on 6/25/14. This beer was five weeks old. Poured into a nonic pint.

The first one goes down fast – be careful. I am a big surly fan and this beer does not disappoint. 4.5

A – Pours a reddish amber with a two-finger mousy head, clear, retains a good head throughout. 4.5

S – Sweet sweet knock-out roses, very flora, maybe some grapefruit. 4.75

T – A combination of fruity, resinous with sweet malt, very balanced for an American IPA, but finishes with the pine and resin. 4.25

MF – Medium body with a dry finish. 4.25

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(on tap at Local Option - served in British pint, I think - can't quite recall)

A: (dry-hopped) cloudy, dark amber liquid... slimy foam that leaves some nice rings of lace

S: Amarillo hops, English yeast?... pine, stewed pear, apple... golden raisin?...

T: bitterness a lil grassy, pesky bite... little alcohol... malt only in the background, light caramel... mostly resiny hops here, somewhat grapefruity, a little peppery... rounded edges, overall dry finish

M: soft, dull-foamy, flat-ish... very easy to knock back quick

O: the bartender's reaction may have said it all: "but that's only a regular IPA... that's all you want?" - haha... never had it before, so yeah! - ended up having 3-4 other beers as well... it's a decent American IPA for sure... having used Amarillo once or twice in recent homebrews, I can smell this damn hop whenever I come across it now, and I dig it - it's distinct, not bright and citrusy, a bit more dank and overripe... glad I was able to try this, disappointed not finding Coffee Bender anywhere though

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Transparent reddish orange-copper, with a hint of gold, and a off-white head that pours short and fades quick, but laces expansively.

S - Pow! Punches the nose with a big hit of pine and grapefruit citrus hop elements, with slight sweet honey and floral notes.

T - Follows the nose, but with a strong malty component that mellows out the bitter thread in the close.

M - Hop resin coats, but decent carbonation scrubs some of it off. But there is a moderate build.

O - Solid hop bomb, with some nice malt to offer a counterpoint. We don't get balance - the bitterness is present and builds - but the fruit and pine work very well and the beer is delicious.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish orange, like dark amber maple syrup. I smell faint hops and malt. A nice solid head on this one, and good lacing. Tastes of mild fruit, though none of note, and some pine, as well as caramel malt. Well balanced, with the malts and bitters in check. Glad I got to try it through a trade.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Flatlands
4.57/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of darthvohn
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of mabermud
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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.


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Photo of andrewjraab
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of jageraholic
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of G3Hart
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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Photo of berkshire413
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.