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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,433
Hads: 4,990
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 1,494
Gots: 805 | FT: 29
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% 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 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???
A- (412 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a regular glass

A- how do all DIPAs look? Golden amber with a redish hue when held up to the light. Not much head and not much lace afterwhich. Looks good but nothing special.

S- the smell redines the smell of pine in DIPAs. It smells like there is actual pine straw in this glass, but in a good way. There is also a sugaryness from the malt.

T- very piney like the nose. Also has a good wheat taste followed by fruits and a strange taste that reminds me of something rubbery but not exactly rubber.

M- a little bite from the hops. Goes down pretty smooth but the malt keeps it from feeling like a true IPA.

O- very good but i prefer my IPAs to be a little more hoppy. (697 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber copper color with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of pine, caramels, grapefruit, tea leaves, pineapple, mango and lemon.
Delicious flavor of grapefruit, pine, salt, resin, earth and spices. It finishes quick and starts to dry your mouth right away, making your mouth to beg for the next sip. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with apprpriate carbonation.
Excellent American IPA, big on multiple tangy citrus notes. Hard to suggest any changes. (485 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker, semi-murky amber color. A little darker for an IPA. Medium sized off white head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

Aroma is a citrus bomb. Sensational. Some fresh fresh smelling pine, and a trace of alcohol is evident.

Taste follows the nose. Vivd citrusy and fruit notes lead of, with some very sticky and alcohol tinged alcohol on the finish. Citrus and pine really stick to the tongue on the way down. Grapefruit is prominent, with maybe a hint of mango. Caramel comes through a lot more as it warms, and pairs nicely with the citrus. Fairly hoppy for an IPA, and could almost pass for a DIPA if it had a bit more punch. Good deal of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Goes down a bit sticky. Fairly easy to drink. Alcohol presence suggests a higher ABV than 6.2%.

Fantastic IPA. One of the best, if not the best single IPA I've ever had.

Overall (899 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a huge foamy head. Malt forward on the nose with caramel and toffee notes. Lots of pine and citrus hop aromas. Pine and grapefruit pith bitterness on the front of the palate balanced by the strong malt backbone. Full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes bitter and a bit dry. Overall, even though it's a bit maltier than most IPAs, the hop profile will satisfy the heartiest hop head out there! Well crafted and quite tasty. Great job, Surly. (470 characters)

Photo of DrCDPriest
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hop rich flavor and aroma, sharp crisp hop taste with a hint of grapefruit bitterness, followed by a mellower malt and hop finish. Very nice layering of flavors. Similar experience to Arrogant Bastard. Beautiful deep clear amber/dark brown color, tasted great with chargrilled steak. (283 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with some light red hues. There is a slight amout of haziness and a good amount of visible carbonation. Head is fluffy, about one finger, white and retains nicely.

Smell is really nice on this. Lots of grainy bready malt is forward and very nicely balanced with a good amount of piney citrus hops.

Taste is even better then the nose. Lots of tangy citrus hops are forward with a mild to moderate amount of piney bitterness and tons of hop oils and resin. Malt is semi sweet, balanced nicely with the hops and caramel in flavor.

Mouthfeel is equally great. Tons of hoppy oils and resin along with a mildly sticky body from the malt. Leaves this a nice drinking ipa. (690 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an IPA glass from a can dated 1/21/14. Appearance is caramel-amber - fairly dark for the style, with a huge custard-colored head that's starting to leave nice tendrils of lace. Tons and tons of bubbles rising up to the top.

I started smelling this one as soon as I popped the can. Aroma is a hop knockout - lots of grapefruit and orange. I could just be imagining this, but I think there's a little bit of onion underneath - I hope that comes through on the flavor!

Very strange flavor. There's a little bit of citrus and some spicy pepperiness on the palate, but it's mostly overwhelmingly bitter, without all that much actual flavor. The finish is tongue-sappingly dry - I feel like I've been licking the prickly part of a pineapple. The citrus comes back a little bit for the aftertaste - there are some hints of tropical fruit. There's also some malt presence on the aftertaste (once the bitterness has subsided a little), adding the tiniest bit of caramelly sweetness. One of the most bitter beers I've ever had - not sure if that's a good thing.

Mouthfeel is nicely thick to back up the overwhelming bitterness - lots of carbonation, too.

Overall, this beer definitely delivers what it promises! I can't help but be a little disappointed that the bitterness overwhelms the nice flavors the aroma promised. Either way, I'm glad I tried it - thanks to Coirm for the can! (1,390 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over 3,000 reviews, I'll be brief. Served op-tap.

Ruby emerald in color with low dissipating head.

Aroma was muted for me. Hops, resinous and citrusy.

Taste big on citrus, heavy on the malt and just the right amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was on the thick side and heavy.

Not really spectacular for me. A decent fare enough. (335 characters)

Photo of bsyoung
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dark amber color with moderate amount of lacing around the room
S: Very hop forward with strong aromas off pine and citrus
T: Similar to smell with pine and citrus flavors along with sweet saltiness. Tons of hop bitterness which is to be expected with 99 IBUs
M: moderate and crisp
O: Great IPA, wish I could get it regularly (328 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber hued clear brew topped by a creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Extremely aromatic w/ floral, toffee, pine & citrus notes.
T: Caramel & toffee malt flavors balance out a very hoppy body.
M: Smooth well-balanced brew.
O: Maltier than most IPA's but damn good. (294 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a clear deep ruby red color. It’s pretty deeply

The aroma is quite nice. You get tons of fresh smelling hops. It’s 6 weeks old at 5/21/13 on the bottom of the can. There’s tons of sweet pineapple, mango, tropical fruit, some citrus. A bit of bready malt. Then there’s tons of pine and floral as it warms up. It’s a bit sweet, but just hugely “hoppy.”

The flavor follows with a bit of that citrus peel and tropical, but a good amount of that sweet malt, but not sticky or sweet. Then the bitterness is a highlight with a very dry West Coast. It’s citrus, grapefruit, and Simcoe pine. This really is a hoppy beer without being too offensively bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium to light being a West Coast style beer. The malt isn’t big nor too sweet, but it sits there to hide that this is almost 100 IBU at 6.2%, you surely don’t get that. I’d imagine it could be more offensive with the bitterness like Overrated.

The beer is extremely drinkable and really a great example of a West Coast style. I wish I could have this more because I could drink this all the time. Having had Overrated a few days before, this is more of a complete beer. The aroma and balanced (despite being an "unbalanced" beer) malt profile slightly beats the wonderful bitterness of Overrated. Not a fruit or pine bomb, just a simple light body and hoppy brew. (1,376 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep copper/amber with a 1.5 finger khaki head that retains well. Soapy lacing

S- Pine and Citrus fruit dominate the nose. No malt to speak of really. Straight up hoppy goodness come right at ya. Quite resinous with the pine hops. Dank to a degree.

T- No surprise here. Hops abound with every sip. The citrus kicks things off, and is accompanied by some intense acidity. Sharp, earthy pine with lots of the resinous notes that the nose picked up begin to also take hold. Just a touch of caramel and toasted notes.

M- Mid body, crisp, bitter bite at the end. Fairly dry and attenuated. No booze to speak of.

O- Good, not great. An Ipa that isn't scared to throw quite a hoppy punch. One that I would love to have on occasion, but not one that I would want to have more than one on the same equation. (813 characters)

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surly's flagship beer pours a beautifully deep reddish gold that screams DRINK ME NOW! at the top of its lungs. Guava, mangoes, peaches are all present in the wonderful nose. Doesn't quite taste as good as it smells but I found that to be the case with a few of Surly's beers. The beer gets much more complex and flavorful as it warms, so try not to drink this one ice cold. Lightly carbonated and refreshing and at 90 IBU's has the perfect amount of bitterness.

A truly fine IPA. (481 characters)

Photo of shadetree67
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Aggressive pour yielded a 3 finger head. Great lacing throughout and a pillow of foam remained the whole time. Deep amber in color, much darker than your standard IPA - must be the Scottish malt. Hazy.

Smell - Piney hops and bready malt.

Taste - Bitter piney hops with a hint of orange citrus. Some caramel malts. Pine makes another appearance on the finish.

Mouth feel - Medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish. It leaves you wanting another sip.

Overall - Probably my 2nd favorite Surly beer (in a can) next to Abrasive. Dangerously drinkable and a unique IPA. A must try (595 characters)

Photo of pweis909
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish color that always thrills. Foam does not persist long. A bit of chill haze also doesn't last. I perhaps didn't linger long enough on the aroma as I don't recall it. Taste was quite nice with a balance of crystal sweetness to stand up to assertive bitterness and complement fruity hop character. The body of the beer is a little heavy and the abc is higher than my sweet spot. Still, this seemed like a great pairing with what would otherwise have been an over spiced peppery jambalaya. (493 characters)

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

From a 16 oz can (dated October 17, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces nearly three fingers of dense, pillowy foam. The head is light tan in color and hangs around for a bit, maybe two minutes, before leaving some chunky lacing on the glass as it dissipates. The beer is a dark-hued amber color and slightly hazy.

S-The smell is full of juicy, almost tangy, citrus like grapefruit and orange. There is a bit of peppery spice, as well. The hops are balanced by a light whiff of toast and biscuit. Bitterness is strong, but nicely balanced.

T-The taste is not as bright and citrusy as the smell (which isn't surprising given the age of this can), but the complex hoppy bitterness is still quite impressive with orange, grapefruit, floral notes, and light peppery spice. The hops are balanced by dry toast malts that are mostly overwhelmed, but provide enough oomph to keep the beer from devolving into a bitter mess.

M-The feel is medium to full body for the style with a nice, moderate level of carbonation. The carbonation is fine and smooth, and it compliments the light dankness of the hop oil.

O-This is my second beer from Surly and it is another huge winner. It is good looking, smells great, tastes good, and has a great feel. For a beer with only 6.2% ABV, this thing drinks like a IIPA with 1.5 times the alcohol. Unlike other hugely hopped beers in the lower ABV strata, this one doesn't get harsh or vegetal. I would love to try a fresh example in the future...guess I'll have to get to Minnesota. (1,536 characters)

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,433 ratings.