Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Hads: 4,918
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 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)

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

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of off white light amber colored foam, the body is a slightly hazed brilliant deep amber, just a gorgeous beer. Lacing is pretty good.

Smell - Wonderful hop aromas of citrus, grapefruit, and lots of pine. There is a slight whiff of tropical sweetness and very faint carmel.

Taste - Starts with semi-sweet citrus and grapefruit, which quickly transitions to citrus orange peel, grapefruit pith and pine. While sipping you will get an occasional burst of semi-sweet tropical fruit. Finishes with dry citrus pith, and pine/herbal hop resins.

Mouthfeel - About medium mouthfeel, bold flavors fill the mouth and the nose, carb is lower side of medium, which gives this beer a smoothness that borders on creamy - extraordinarily drinkable. Even with the sharper pine nuances on the finish, there is still a juiciness that is present - really nice.

Overall - This is an excellent ipa, extraordinarily complex and balanced. Great bold hop flavors, smooth as silk, and very drinkable - one of the best representations of the style imo. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz Can > 2XIPA Glass

A - Hazed amber with 1.5 finger foamy off white head with some good lacing.
S - Very big on dank pine, some light tropical notes underneath, a little peach, grapefruit, grassy.
T - This thing is huge on pine in flavor, some nice crackery malt base, very dank and grassy mid to end, some light mango and papaya popping up here and there.
M - Best thing about this is its totally refreshing, I coulda crushed this can without a problem, Clean, just bitter enough but goes down great.
O - Excellent IPA, not could benefit from just a tad more sweetness. I wish i had more access to this, but I'm privileged to have had it. (646 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a heavy thickness for an IPA with a ruby red color. Above half a finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Sticky lacing left behind with each drink. What I really love about this brew is the suspended sediment with this brew, even ultra fresh. Part of the beer and it looks awesome.

Smell: A ton of malty sweetness jumps out right away. Caramel, molasses, maple syrup, a sugar. Earthy, medium to heavy hop body evens out the sweetness. The aroma is so potent and upfront and yet finds a way to be wonderfully balanced and delicious.

Taste: Sweet malt body like the aroma presents itself up front. Brown sugar, sticky molasses, and rounded caramel attack that palate. Once they run their course, a seem less transition is made to a lingering bitterness of punishing hops blasts through. The sweetness of this brew continues to shine through on the aftertaste with plenty of hop bitterness sticking around.

Mouthfeel: Probably the heaviest mouthfeels of thick malty tones and bitter hops I have ever had out of a single IPA.

Overall: An amazing single IPA. As much complexity, taste, and aroma as any IPA out there, doubles and triples included. My first Surly offering and needless to say I look forward to much more. (1,266 characters)

Photo of maybrick
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice color and bright head. Extremely well filtered as it is totally transparent with no chill haze.

S - Notes of Tea and Pine, biscuits too.

T - The hop flavor combined with the malt up front is very pleasant. Some malt in the finish which adds to the complexity of this fine brew.

M - Well carbonated. Suspect this is fresher than most due to being canned.

O - Get it if you can! (390 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16oz can poured into an oversized tulip. Canned on 11/21/13

A - Off-white head looks delicious! The beer itself is deep amber coming in on the dark side of the style. Tons of sticky lacing all down the glass.

S - Great meld of citrusy cascade/centennial hop blend. Mild pine leaning more towards tropical aromas. Pops from the glass. Little bit of sweetness, toasty malts.

T - The hop flavor here is truly unique, it dominates like I've never experienced. The flavor is distinguishably pine hoppy yet is surprisingly tame in relationship to bitterness. There are some toasty malt towards the backend but subtle. Crisp dry finish.

M - Medium body, dry as can be, medium-light carbonation.

O - Total hop flavor but doesn't crush in bitterness. Complex and refreshing.

Judgement - Hard to beat this caliber of IPA. (821 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes after having on 12/20/13. Enjoyed out of a tallboy can with a canning date of 8.13.13 marked on the bottom. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Pours a deep ruby orange hue with a fair amount of haze. It's like glowing copper, with shades of burgundy where the head obscures the light coming through. Atop the body is a one finger orange-tinted creme-colored frothy head that hangs around for a few minutes before dissipating to a virtual fog of suds across the surface of the liquid. Lacing is like a mottled net of residue on the side of the glass. A truly beautiful beer that looks somewhat like an American amber ale.

Smell - Grapefruit and orange zest are at the front of the nose, but they evolve into less citric and sweeter notes like pine resin, caramel malt and English toffee. There is also an earthy, mineral quality too, but in a good way.

Taste - Here the hops and grain bill do less of a one-two punch like in the aroma and combine for a blend of both characteristics. Citrus and lemongrass along with pine cone and burnt sugar; a nice complement of bitter and sweet. Notes of the earth and sun tea are both present as well from the substantial malt background. Caramel malt is again a major player in the profile.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the fuller side of medium, with moderate carbonation, but plenty to keep it nice and prickly throughout my enjoyment of the beer. Finish is semisweet with faint lingering bitterness.

Overall, a delicious beer that has a full-on duet going between the hops and grain. Big hoppy citrus and pine but plenty of malt to balance it out. I'm a huge fan of hop bomb IPAs, but I must say that I really enjoy this take that is more balanced. It still has plenty of big flavors. (1,780 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very deep golden to full amber in color. Big, frothy, off-white to almost tan head. Retention and lacing are incredible.

S- Lots of hops are first and foremost. Deep, bitter, and very floral. Some light to medium malts are a little detectable under the hops. Towards the end of the scent, the hops turn more herbal and spicy.

T- Follows the scent pretty well. Moderate, very floral hops bitterness up front. These hops stick around throughout the drink, but fade a little into the background and balance out with some caramel malts. At the end, the hops return and are very herbal and spicy like in the scent.

M- Creamy and smooth, low to medium carbonation, and easy to drink. Hops are present, but not overpowering in either the body or flavor, increasing the drinkability of this beer.

Overall, a very balanced IPA that is a pretty good everyday drinker. (872 characters)

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

Pour / Appearance: Pours very well carbonated, creating a thick bone white head. It hangs around pretty well. I know this isn't ideal for an IPA in terms of losing some aroma in the head, but it looks damn pretty. The beer itself is a very nice ruby-amber, with a cloudy orange hue when held directly in the light. Great.

Aroma: Big, bold, juicy hops. Wow. Primarily citrus and fruit, but something like Chinook or Columbus in the back giving very light dank, oniony scents. Thankfully there is definite malt character; a bit like sourdough bread or a nice, whole wheat bagel. Wow.

Taste: And it all comes together here. The aroma certainly brings everything hop forward, but the nice present but subtle malt figures in perfectly to add a nice body to what could just be a hop head beer. It still is, don't get me wrong, but it's a terrifically balanced one. And it doesn't go too far overboard, not verging into DIPA, just a great IPA.

Overall: Fantastic.

Bottom Line: Buy. Hell, if you're just getting into big hop beers, just buy the 4 pack. If you don't like hops, you'll be furious. (1,091 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into Spiegelau glass.

Pours a dark copper with over 2 fingers of head that reduces slowly and leaves some lacing. Smell is bursting with citrus fruity goodness. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, pine and sweetness. Feel is great, carbed well and leaves a slight dry aftertaste leaving me craving more. I am somewhat surprised there isn't a bit more hype around this one. I went in expecting a good IPA, and am very pleasantly surprised to enjoy a great IPA! (464 characters)

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.