Furious | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 craigalong
2.3/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am shocked at what is rated a 96 on beeradvocate.com. Fcking shocked. I am a Minnesotan through and through and was all excited to try a Surly beer and holy crap was I disappointed. I am not going to mention what glass I poured it in, what color I thought it was, and I am not going to mention what it smelled like. I popped the canned top and prepared my self for uber goodness. What I got was uber sadness. Oh, it was drinkable, but I polished off beers half the price with 4x the flavor before trying Furious. WTF. I am embarrased for the state of MN with this particular beer. I SOUGHT after Surly beer because of its scores. I am pissed that I bought a sh*tty beer. Maybe my palate isn't refined. I know I am not among the beer tasting elite, but good god was this a bad buy.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice moderately dark amber, with a small head and lots of lacing.

Smells like piney hops, caramel malt, grassiness, slight booze, and spicy hops.

This is a wonderful classic IPA- there's a good malt backbone to this for sure, with a spicy and grapefruit heavy hop profile. This is a nice example of a 'Midwest IPA'- a style you don't really get much excited about anymore.

This has a very crisp mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation. It's very drinkable.

I would imagine that this doesn't attract many IPA drinkers anymore who love the hazy juice bombs. However, this really works for me as a nice change up from that.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish-brown with a big off-white head that dissipates quickly. Dark but not opaque, looks like a lot of bubbles are in this one. Smells very hoppy with some citrus and pine. Biggest tastes for me here are the pine and hops, and while it's very aggressive to start, the malt mellows it out before long. Dry finish. Medium to heavy mouthfeel that I didn't love, but the carbonation is nice. Overall just a little too bitter for my palate at the moment, but it's clearly well-made and I'm hoping it'll grow on me the more I get it.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can,into a Cigar City Spiegelau IPA glass.

Frothy off white head that stands 2 fingers tall with excellent retention and sticky lacing.Hazy amber colored body with a red hue,low clarity,distorted light showing through the glass,and a light amount of sediment.Heavy amounts of fast moving carbonation.

On the nose I get citrus,pine, and floral hops,balanced by some sweet and earthy malts.The malts are for the most part subdued.You can tell by the aroma that it is a pretty hop forward beer.

On the palate I get spice and floral hops up front,with citrus and pine hops on the back end.The entire sip is balanced by sweet and earthy malts all the way through.Very good tasting,well balanced IPA.

The mouth feel is medium heavy with a chalky texture,dry finish and a good amount of oxidation on the tongue.All this while being a pretty smooth,and refreshing IPA.

This is a very good IPA,not quite as good as their Todd The Axe Man IPA,but pretty darn close.This is definitely in my top five favorite IPA's that are available in Florida.Definitely recommend to any hop heads,and I would definitely drink this one again.Once again Surly...WELL BREWED!!!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap poured into pint glass at the yard house

Clear red liquid , thin layer of white foam

Aroma of citrus hops, whiff of pine

Good hop forward taste , citrus

Good beer

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Photo of MFMB
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber red with a large off white head from my heavy pour. Nose is fairly unspectacular. Getting a bit of malt and really no hops. Taste of toasted malts, pine gum, floral, caramel and alcohol. For some reason I'm finding this on pretty hot and boozy for single. Fairly bitter, a beer in the mold of a NWIPA. Medium body with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange/red with decent foam and lacing. Smells wonderful, full of pine, citrus, malt, and hops. The taste is just full force, this stuff is terrific in your face beer, tons of citrus, pine, hops bite then a smooth malt mixed in to temper the storm. The finish is medium and clean, very nice beer.

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Photo of SSS
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Brown with an orange/red hue, off white head, low to medium lacing
S-I didn't get lots of aroma here, except for crystal malt...
M-Low to medium mouthfeel with a slight peppery carbonation
T-Sweet upfront which quickly switches to a bitterness more from the toaster malt than hops...almost burnt/roasted flavour
O-Not for the feint of heart, but also not my thing, too much crystal malt for my liking...

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Photo of MJSFS
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can with a 2/14/17 date poured into a Trillium 16oz snifter. Looks like a clear amber ale with a half finger of loosely packed head that receded to a ring around the glass and left minimal lacing. Aroma is pine and earthy peat moss. Flavor is pine and bitter citrus. Taste like I'm chewing on an orange peel. There is a slight sweetness but I wouldn't call it caramel as the commercial description claims. Mouthfeel is very dry, very thin, and very bitter. I had high hopes based on the high score this gets, but now I'm regretting buying 4 cans. It's not very balanced, and falls short for me.

Drinking my last can on 3/26/17. The extreme bitterness and dryness has subsided and the sweet caramel malts are balancing out the hops quite nicely. A little age does this beers wonders. My score has been adjusted upwards.

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Photo of BeersAtLasalle
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can you not like this beer? Seriously, how? One of my go-to favorites. I won't bore anyone with mouthfeel or color... this beer is just so dang good. Drink it.

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Photo of Lucular
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I brought two cans home from a recent trip to Minneapolis, about one month old according to canning dates. The first can I drank had a fairly strong alcohol presence, but the second can (consumed several days later) was much better with really nice tropical fruit notes.

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Photo of colts9016
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I finally am able to enjoy this IPA thanks to a co-worker who brought it back from Christmas Vacation. Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees. A one finger light tan foamy creamy head with fair retention. The color of the beer is a copper color with some reddish hues. The clarity of the beer is clear and some carbonation bubble are visible.

N: A bright citrus grapefruit. floral ester, a touch fruity, and some pine notes. The malt has nice toasty and caramel notes. Yeast, cereal, biscuit, and subtle sweetness in the background.

T: A very strong pine and bright floral esters, grapefruit, and some resin notes leap on to the palate. A strong toasty caramel notes, yeast, biscuit, and a hint of sweetness.

MF: A medium body, good carbonation, dry, and astringent.

O: A strong piney notes leap to and fro on the palate, but not overwhelming. The beer has a very good malt backbone, well balanced, and absolutely very tasty. So very glad to drink this beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a tall foamy white head. Fades to short uneven creamy head rather quickly

Smells mostly piney when freshly poured as it warms light citrus and malty come through to.

Taste is well balanced mostly pine with some citrus and lighter malt. Finish is dry and lingering pine. Body is medium and creamy with a medium amount of carbonation. A nice ipa overall

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into pint glass; rustic orange color with modest carbonation. Hops, burnt caramel and pine greet the nose. Medium body with well balanced hops, malts and resins. Mild bitterness that does not cling to the palate. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark opaque orange. Nice cream colored head, which doesn't stick around too long, nice lacing though. Very carbonated, medium mouthfeel. Strong hoppy flavor that really lingers. Delicious!

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It sits in the glass as a slightly hazy amber yellow brown color with a thin layer of white head spread across the top. The smell of this beer is rather complex. You get the caramel malts in the middle and followed by the piney bitter bite of the hops. At first though the beer has an almost rose like nose to it, especially when it was colder. The malty nature of the beer starts to shine once it warms up a bit but you also get a slightly sweet juicy note to the aroma as well. The taste is nothing remarkable to be perfectly honest (Caveat, I am not a hop head). It is kind of flat an muted with not much nuance. There is slight juicy flavor on the front end but the middle is hollow and empty. The back end is followed by the piney resiny bite of the hops yet it still manages to not be all that bitter, which I enjoy. The hop resin does linger however and coats your mouth. The feel of this beer is medium light with a normal amount of carbonation. Overall this beer is better than many IPA's yet is not world class.

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Photo of MannyRox
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great aroma to match the taste of this beer. The body is great holding a slightly more viscous consistency than that of many of it's IPA counterparts. This was a great pleasure to drink. Coming from Oregon, it's great to see other areas in the nation with passionate and growing beer scenes.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Carmel color with a moderate pure white head and lacing. A subdued nose with more malt than pine. A bold taste with malty Carmel flavors and a bitter hop flavor throughout to keep any sweetness at bay. A nice twist on the pale ale but still true to the style. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a brilliant, crimson color with a nice creamy white head, a very nice looking beer.

S: Some juicy citrus, mixed with pine and caramel. Aroma isn't quite as strong as I was expecting.

T: Lots of citrus and pine, a very strong bitterness, some caramel at the end. The bitterness is too strong on this one.

F: Medium body a little creamy and oily on the tongue.

O: I like IPAs but this one just needs to tone down the bitterness a bit, Todd the Axeman is a much better IPA from Surly.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like so many beers before it, Furious is one of those brews which I patiently waited to try for years until one day, the opportunity became under seige. Changing flights in Minneapolis gave me that one shot, and I took it. On to the beer:

It doesn't look Furious, as this beer is deep copper colored with lots of spotty white lace splashing onto the glass. I smell dank citrus rind. grapefruit, and juicy citrus fruits. The hype is coming to a crescendo.

Very hoppy, but not bitter, with powerful explosions of hops and a pleasant caramel malt and toffee base that stays dry and doesn't interfere with the lupulin party that is going on. Very clean as well, as though one of my regulars Stone IPA got a bath. Even in 2016, Furious continues to impress beer drinkers new to said beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in NBS BIF #4 – thanks @josholson666!
Canned on 8/16/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – citrus and malt, citrus fades but malt stays
Head large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, frothy, diminishing to irregular frothy ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing fair – multiple frothy islands of small to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor – good balance of citrus hoppiness and some moderate malt backbone. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

A very good IPA, but I think I like Todd better. Still…

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's a point where it's too bitter even for someone who loves hops - this beer seems to have crossed over that threshold! I enjoy the taste up front but it's too much bitterness at the end.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Gives you an orange colored pour, fluffy white 1" head. Aroma is excellent, pine, grapefruit and sweeter citrus.

Dry toasted pale malt backbone, waves of simcoe and amarillo hops I think. Goes great with pub food. One of the first great ipas to be found in a can. Love this stuff, decent price, great format. Says toffee and caramel malt flavors, but those are held in check, not as dry as the overrated west coast one, but this delivers in every way.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass right from the can.

Appearance: Clear Amber color with medium to heavy bubbles from the can. (Off-white) head is about one finger's length dropping slowly after a few sips, slightly sticky lacing.

Smell: citrus scent which becomes pretty intense after a sip or two.

Taste: Sweet citrus, hoppy but not bitter to the point where the brew would make you turn away.

Mouth: Sticky brew, lightly sour.

Overall: Very good brew, Surly brewing has astonished me and a pure shame they haven't made their way to New York. If you're traveling like me, do not let this one go especially if you're an IPA fan. Salud!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at a bar in the airport at Minneapolis. first beer i had while in MN.

Full rich flavor, deep Amber color as well.

Has a full taste that is full of hops and malt. Very surprised to see this was less than 7% abv. Great beer, would be an amazing fall/winter beer for me, if i could get it in NJ.

Damn good, had this at pretty much every pub/restaurant we went to while in Minneapolis.

pours dark amber with a thick head, looks amazing.

smell is sweet yet charred malt. sweet juice hops.

taste is amazing: sweet, malty, and bitter all at once. really does it all. one of the better all around beers. really solid but not special at any one thing, which is what makes it special.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,486 ratings.
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