Surly Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #31
Ranked #772
4.3 | pDev: 9.53%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Notes: 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 caramel-toffee. For those who favor flavor, Furious has the hop-fire your taste buds have been screaming for.
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Photo of DIM
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, old school. More bitter citrus rind than pine in the nose, more pine than citrus on the tongue unfortunately. While I appreciate this for what it is, it has also given me renewed appreciation for what IPAs have become in this country.

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DIM from Pennsylvania, May 19, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Furious poured from 12-oz. can, bottom stamped “CANNED ON 07/02/19,” into tulip pint.

Surly doesn’t know what to call it, so I will call it a Red American IPA. A little light on the malt for the color and all the hops, but an excellent beer that should be shelved between SN Celebration and Flipside.

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BigGold from Mississippi, Apr 29, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is brilliant lucid amber with nice light tan head and lacing that holds top to bottom. Drinking from a snifter; probably better in tulip or similar as the smell not coming "through" very well; bit musty. But the taste, oh my...fantastic citrus & hoppy combo and very easy to drink which stays with your tastebuds allowing for continuous enjoyment of the hops. Feel is smooth as silk. Love this IPA!

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rooster72 from Wisconsin, Apr 24, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had wanted to try this for years and was psyched to see it the other day at State Line in Elkton. Poured it this evening for my brother and sister in from California. I was shocked at how drinkable this was. Small bubbled and tight throughout, this is understated, and delicious. The hop flavor is herbal and pine, but not withering. I can't wait to ry this again.

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daliandragon from Maryland, Dec 23, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last time I saw a can of Furious, I had snuck it back home from a trip to Minneapolis. But I haven't had any since and lo and behold, there is some on the shelf in my beer store, right here in Jersey!
So lets see if its everything I remember.
Nice color, though not its best feature, with a healthy foam easing away.
Aroma is like sticking my nose into a freshly sliced, ripe grapefruit.
Taste is more grapefruit, mildly sweet but not malty. Hops wait in the back and are in a supporting role.
Feel is a light, IPA with plenty of carbonation, but not too much. Definitely still delicious!

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irs from New Jersey, Dec 21, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pours a slightly dark amber color, nice head and lacing, citrus flower aroma. Medium bodied and very drinkable! Great everyday IPA! Glad this is available in Missouri.

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maxpower from Missouri, Dec 14, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was amazing! From the beautiful deep amber color, to the fresh grapefruit aroma, and the awesome citrusy-pine flavor that lingers on the tongue. Enjoyed at Burgatory with both sets of parents before Getty's Christmas concert. So fun!

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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania, Dec 12, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can dated 10/17/19 into a pint glass. Pours a deep copper color with about a finger and a half of off white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is somewhat muted. Picking up some floral, faint oranges and a hint of pine. Taste. Wow. Piney and resiny, but really well balanced as the mouthfeel is about as smooth as I've had in an old school IPA. Not a chore to drink at all. Great find in this brew. Highly recommend.

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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania, Nov 30, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber/ orange color, kind of Rusty looking, capped by a massive off white foam that plasters the glass everywhere it touches.

A very simple and welcomed aroma consists of classic pine and grapefruit rind. Puts a smile on my face.

Flavor starts with a caramel, cotton candy like sweetness that's quickly taken over by said citrus rind and pine.

Starts sweet, ends incredibly bitter. Light-medium body, good carbonation, demands continuous sips.

I can understand why this is revered and gas stood the test of time. A very good ambery IPA. Cheers.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish copper color with a finger of head. The nose has an appealing blend of earthy and citrus notes. The flavor has caramel malt upfront followed by a pithy and significantly bitter finish.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Nov 25, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a Duvel tulip glass. Date stamp on the bottom of the can: 0631 Canned on 08/27/19 10:21

Appearance: Translucent copper-amber. Massive thick off-white head with lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Pine and citrus. A bit of caramel sweetness with a swirl.

Taste: Definite aspect of grapefruit at the start and finish. Some malt sweetness in the middle to counter the hops, but it's mild and just barely there. A bit of pine at the finish. Nicely hoppy but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light carbonation, very sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A good hoppy AIPA. Easily drinkable by itself but 1 16oz can is enough per evening - the strong hops do start to dominate my palate after awhile.

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4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can in a stemmed tulip glass. Canned exactly one month ago from today.

Pours a pretty caramel amber color. A 3F tall mass of dirty white powder drifts above the liquid and settles nicely in to a dollop and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Uber fresh hop aromas: citrus, pine, fresh grass on a summer morn in the Jersey Pines.

Dense pine hop flavor. caramel malt, light brown sugar. Underlying stone fruit and a touch of citrus.

Medium body, creamy smooth and resinous. Active lingering hops - bitterness, flavor, snap. A touch of malt sweets. Delightful.

Upon popping the top, the aroma filled the arena. For a moment, I expected a light colored, pale bodied IPA. I knew, of course, that it was reddish in color. That aroma was da bomb, gimme more! I'll file this under the "this is what I want in an IPA/beer" category. Nice.

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NiceTaps from New Jersey, Nov 22, 2019
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2.73/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5


Can to tulip glass.

LOOK: deep copper color, healthy egg shell head. Excellent retention.
AROMA: Pine, grass, wood,sap.
TASTE: Sap, Sap, Sap, Pine, grass, wood. Very west coast bitter. Too much so for me.
FEEL: medium body, very good carbonation.

Just not for me. Some likable attributes, but in the end, the flavors make me cringe and 16oz is not enough to work my way into it.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Nov 21, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous, deep, orange-amber pour with a thick, creamy, then sudsy, tan head. The smell grabs you as soon as the top is popped. Rich, caramelly nose with lots of pine and more than a hint if citrus. Slightly floral. Hops are straight at you on first sip, but not overpowering. Toffee notes with citrus and pine. Decent balance, but oh, that taste. Very nice!

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Photo of hman43
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours deep amber with an off white head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: There are aromas of pine, citrus, and floral. There is a low bread background.

Taste: The flavors have pine, citrus and floral as well. The bready malt is low initially and then strong throughout the taste.

Feel: It has a medium body with long lasting bitterness in the finish.

Overall, a hop forward and well bittered beer with a nice hoppy malty finish.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Nov 16, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really glad this made its way to Michigan. Striking clear red color. Huge head, lil linger. Light smell, my nose isnt very discerning. Immediately fruity, malty. Piney, bitter, drying finish. They say they don't know what to call it on the can, and the look certainly complicates what to call this, but if you want a really good west coast ipa for less than $2 a can.

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JoeMad from Michigan, Oct 29, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, reddish beer with a quite dense, light tan head. An aggressive pour raised two fingers of head. Smell is like a citrusy, oniony IPA with some caramel, toffee and floral notes. The taste is sweet, citrusy with touches of caramel and toffee. The finish is undeniably piney and bitter.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Oct 25, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deeply dark amber orange color, mostly clear with a 3 finger mocha colored head ghat is dense and pillowy.

Aroma is all malt, lightly sweet with a touch of floral notes.

Taste has some caramel malt up front made big and strong by a moderate bitterness assaulting the tongue. A light citrus hops kicks in close to the finish to balance it out but malt dominates this one.

Feel is punchy and somewhat strong in bitterness so it makes the mouth buzz.

This is a serious standard IPA with a ton of flavor judiciously sweetened with some caramel notes. It is a beloved beer and I can see why.

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digboy from New Hampshire, Oct 20, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with a huge rocky off white head. Great retention and lacing.

An old-school American IPA/imperial amber ale; grapefruity and pithy upfront, loads of sweet caramelly and toasty malt, with a bit of pine and a pop of bitterness on the back end that lingers, balancing pretty evenly with the lingering sweetness of the malt. It reminds me a little of Sierra Nevada Flipside or even Celebration.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a nice creamy 3 fingers head. The beer is a slightly hazy amber color. Love the foam and lacing on this beer, it is like pancake batter. Smells of floral hops and fresh fruit. This beer does not smell piney which I really appreciate. Being new to IPA I am a little concerned with what is coming next! Nice fruity flavor with Apricot, hops. I thought that the beer was going to blow my head off with hops but it was not as aggressive as i thought. The hops definitely comes through but it is more fruity than bitter, especially when the beer is cold. As the beer warms the hops is more aggressive. This beer is very balanced with a dry finish. I am pleasantly surprised with this brew. I am really becoming a fan of IPA's.

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3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something along the lines of a hoppy IPA fused with a red ale. Malt, pine, citrus, floral, with a strong grapefruit hoppy finish that lingers long after the swallow.

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer was a darker shade of amber, and the body was topped by a one finger thick head. The aroma was quite mild for the style, with floral hops and a touch of hay. The taste was hoppy but not overly bitter. The hops were almost noble in character, and quite mellow. The feel was very dry and finish was delicate. The beer was easy drinking and simple, but the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.

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rajendra82 from Georgia, Oct 12, 2019
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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such a great IPA. Hoppy and yeasty. Great flavors that come out in the taste over the sip. Smells like a wonderful beer. Tastes even better. 100% need to try

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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Lots of head. Heavy looking. Opaque.

S: Malts and hops just leaping out at you. Smells like a high quality IPA.

T: Excellent. Many hops contributed flavor to this brew, while still not going overboard. It's a red ale too, remember, so there are plenty of sweet malts to counteract. It packs a kick, it's as complex as Arrogant Bastard, and 5 times as drinkable. If you can find it, that is.

F: The prickly carbonated ale melts in your mouth leaving behind the fresh hop's lupulin oil.

O: Top tier quality, comparable to brews such as Gangster Frog from Hoppin Frog, or 2x4 from Melvin. I'd also recommend this to someone who appreciates the complexity of Arrogant Bastard from Stone.

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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 8-27-19
Pours dark honey colored. Light head, light lacing. In a nutshell, the aroma is pure hopped up caramel. Taste is caramel, mild pine. Fairly bitter, and spicy. MF is light, but not watery. Fair amount of carbonation.

The balance between the hops and malts are clean and well done.

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