Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,835
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 1,479
Gots: 741 | FT: 26
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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 spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Just another delicious beer from Surly!

Photo of TPatterson70
2.29/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Trendy hipster palette killer for the immature.

Photo of RAlmeida77
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

This was just an ok IPA to me. Nothing special about it. Over-hyped in my opinion.

Photo of McStagger
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/red in color. Finger off white head. Head is rocky, with fairly rapid dissipation. Carbonation is minimal, with miniscule bubbles rising to the surface. Moderate lacing.

S: Smells like juice. Seriously. Juicy fruitiness erupts from the glass. Pine and woodiness underneath, with a layer of caramelized sugar.

T: Big smack of pine bitterness up front. Immediately transitions to a fruity explosion in the mid mouth. Darkened fruit, tropical fruit with a woody, herbal element. Finishes incredibly dry, with a chalky, mint and citrus finish. Pretty damn bitter on the back end.

M: Light in the mouth and crisp, but still manages a bit of weight in the mouthfeel.

O: Very unique. This is the most unique take on the style I've had since Oak Aged Jai Alai.

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Much darker than I anticipated. Overall good with a sharp bite up front but lacking any smoothness on the finish. Still glad I got to try this!

Photo of zoober911
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - It pours a coppery brown. About a fingers width of off white head. The head lingers for quite some time. When it dissipates it falls into, leaving a thin ring around the edge. A slight amount of lacing clings to the glass. Very enticing.

S - A small amount of citrus. Some malt. Caramel/toffee rounds it out.

T - A slight citrus with a lot of pine. High bitterness to follow in the end. A bit of malt backbone present as well. Bitterness remains present for some time. Very nice.

F - Mouthfeel is very nice. Spot on for the still.

O - Definitely a great IPA. Happy to have finally tried it. One the best IPA's I've had in a long time. Seek it out.

Photo of Bravak
3/5  rDev -30.4%

Not sure what all the fuss is about.

Photo of hillvt4me
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Tasty IPA

Photo of Aetherbulb
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Very hoppy but good for an IPA

Photo of Mikedive21
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

What a surprise - an IPA in a can. Very pure IPA favor and golden bronze color. A must have IPA

Photo of R_murph
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Well balanced IPA

Photo of cubs08ws
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Furious WOW! Smelled the pine and the hopps are kickin but I got a hint of gasoline. Is it the Scottish Malt? What a Kick!!

Photo of jakecattleco
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wish I could get this stuff more regularly!

Photo of enjambed
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

16oz can, kept at fridge temp (~40F) poured into hefeweizen glass. Can is dated 7/29/2014, consumed on 9/23/2014


A moderate-hefty pour produces a one finger head that settles down to a thin layer of foam, somewhat sticky lacing. Color is a very dark and lovely orange with some red.


Despite the name, the smell is very sweet, with citrus dominating, with maybe some pine, and something floral in there as well. Sweet malts are definitely there too, poised to surprise.


I've been drinking a lot of IPA's lately, so my palate probably isn't picking up as much of the bitterness as someone with more sensitive tastebuds.

Again Surly surprises us, as the malt "backbone" actually ends up playing a pretty big role here. My taste isn't as refined as many people on here, but it kind of reminds me of an oktoberfest/Marzen. Don't worry, that's a good thing.

As for the hops, bitter pine takes the forefront here with sweet citrus backing it up. Sometimes the taste ends with a bitter pine stickiness, other times it ends with more of the malty flavor I talked about earlier.


Prickly carbonation complements the bitterness of the hops appropriately. Thickness is medium, with a bit of stickiness from the hops. which is expected for an IPA.


Despite its name and bizarre packaging, Surly's Furious is a surprisingly balanced and enjoyable IPA that stands up to the hop bombs characterized by the West Coast. I'm proud this comes from my home state, and I feel this exemplifies everything a Minnesota IPA should be: hearty and balanced. Surly hasn't forgotten that the malt is equally as important as the hops.

addendum: Right after publishing my review, I realized that I was speaking too much from the perspective of an IPA guzzling hop-head. I should note that for those who are just starting out in craft beer or IPAs in particular, this beer with around 100 IBUS is still extremely bitter despite its "balance".

Photo of EthanS1
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

My exception for American IPAs. Nice, sweeter, with less carbonation then other beers. Good flavors of citrus or grapefruit. There is a little touch of bitter aftertaste.

A local brew for me, and I'm glad they are getting more national buzz. Can't wait to see what they come up with next.

Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +16%

Without question, one if not my favorite IPA of all time, year after year.

Photo of kkleu357
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

From notes on 3/29/14

Dark golden semi cloudy body. One inch creamy head. Very hoppy wonderful aroma. Holy bitterness. I’ve had beers more than 100 IBUs, but this seems so much more bitter. Very tasty. Great lemony flavors. Finally found a Surly beer and really enjoy it. Can’t wait to try my Abrasive soon.

Photo of brians52
3/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't a fan of this.

Photo of DutchmansFlat
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

The ultimate IPA. It hits every note you want from this classic style of beer.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/17/14 and poured 9/8/14. Price interestingly enough isn't on the can like the others one I got from Four Firkins. I'd guess maybe $4 for a single can wouldn't be far off.

Appearance: Semi-aggressive pour gives the darkest looking single IPA I think I've ever seen. A copper brown color with some orange tints. There are also a lot of "floaters" in the glass. The head is sand colored and bout a finger in height, and there is a little bit of initial sticky lacing. Looks pretty nice. (4.25/5)

Smell: Wow that is a malty sweet smelling IPA, yet it's coupled with insane amounts of hops. Man. Tropical fruits and citrus galore in this beer with maybe a slight floral character. This was canned about two months ago but the strength of the hop aroma coming from Furious wouldn't suggest that at all. (4.75/5)

Taste/feel: I'm assuming it's the choice of hops in this beer, but there's something different about this beer as opposed to many others in the style. I get a really nice malt flavor on the front, but without a lot of sweetness -- hops immediately take over and the beer's bitter from then on. Loads of every tropical fruit ever (except durian... is that considered tropical?) with citrus, pine resin, and a little floral notes as well coming through. Aftertaste is a bit "sticky" from the hops, quite bitter, and with a little lingering malt flavor. Rinse and repeat. This beer is packing an impressive amount of flavor even at "just" 6.2%. The body is about medium with a fairly high, prickly carbonation. It seems weird, because this beer feels like it could easily be a DIPA, but considering the ABV, it works well. (4.5/5, 4/5)

I'd've LOVED to find Abrasive when I was in Minneapolis so I could compare the two, but I guess it's not out right now. Hopefully next time. Furious is a great beer that's appropriately named. This is an IPA that's in your face with the hops... but it remains somewhat balanced. Sure, it's bitter and hoppy as hell, but Surly surely didn't forget the malts. This drinks like a world-class DIPA for the most part, but it's actually a single IPA... that makes it all the more impressive.

TL;DR: The flavor of a DIPA with the alcohol of a SIPA. Must-buy.

Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Pint can at cooler temp poured into a shake pint glass. Canned 07/30/2014.

Pours clear brown amber, small head, not a whole lot of carbonation. Smell is surprisingly muted, mostly flowers and pine.

Taste is dominated by pine. Some mild flowery sweetness, but plenty of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice. Smooth, medium body, slightly slick. Overall, very good. I like it.

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Finally after long last my FIRST Surly beer,thanks Erik.Pours a deep burnt orange color with a full half finger slight off white head that leaves a few broken rings of lace as it settles.Hop oils really jump out at ya in the aromas just resiny and sharp goodness,sweetish caramel malts stand out as well.Resiny and with sharp grapefruit rind hops up front on the palate,alot of sharpness,followed by some nuttiness and quite sweet caramel malts.It is a big hop machine,sharp and bitter,I love the hops and really like this beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber colored with great clarity. A fingernail of white foam covers the majority of the top of the beer. Brussels lacing. The aroma is solely comprised of citrus hops. The citrus hop flavor is prominent but is nicely balanced with light malt. There's nice long bitter citrus hop fade that beckons you to take another sip. The mouth is fairly smooth and light for all of that flavor. Dangerously drinkable.
Appearance: 4.25
Aroma: 4.25
Taste: 4.5
Overall: 4.25

Photo of RockyCoast
3.75/5  rDev -13%

I ordered this. Furious at Ike's in the MSP airport.
It was warmer than an IPA should have been, with little head.
The taste was mediocre.

Photo of jdhchi
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Good flavor without heavy alcohol.

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,835 ratings.