Surly Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #33
Ranked #859
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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Jrbrown09 from Indiana

4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As of late, I've been in an IPA slump--Nothing has been satisfying to my taste. I visited Duluth Minn. and stopped in to bar and had my first Surly Furious. WOW! What a lovely surprise. So much so, going back to baseline e.g., Two Hearted) is boring... I just want to drink another red Surly. It's the hoppy balance with a bit of bite (rye?). I live in Indiana. and wish they offered it in the Hoosier state.

Sep 17, 2021
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TheBrewsClues from California

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

A tremendous IPA. It pours a deep amber color with strong lacing. Lots of citrus, with some sweetness like caramel or maybe butterscotch. And a truly smooth mouthfeel.

Aug 05, 2021
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scootny from New York

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned in October. No doubt the hops have shifted in their representation. Still an impressive hop forward IPA that pays homage to the left coast but establishes its on identity.

Huge head, tons of lace. Lots of pine and citrus What's really lovely is the Scottish malt base.

Nice amount of pine and citrus hits the nose with significant force. Good amount of biscuity malt.

Solid malt front is quickly subsumed by the huge hop component. Pine starts with a big and firm citrus follow through. Super clean and dry finish with a surprising amount of malt. Light hop oil.

Feel is solid and easy drinking. Solid carbonation and quenching swallow.

This reminds me a bit of the early West Coast IPAs like Pizza Port et al. Bigger and heavier malt backbone give it a distinctive personality. Hops are huge and all over this beer. A nice bookend to the other great midwest/heartland American IPA, Bells Two Hearted. Great overall brew. British malt, American hopping. Wonderful beer.

Apr 08, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can dated 07/14/2020 and sampled much later on March 26, 2021.

Handsome looking amber-bronze pour with a notable, puffy off-white head.

The hops may be a bit stale at this point but I am still getting pine and fruit elements on the nose as well as a decent caramel malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is medium.

The taste is at first sweet and then the pine bitterness presents itself as it moves along. Moderate bitterness at the end. Despite the age of this can, it is clearly a balanced traditional IPA...the kind of IPA that you do not see as much as the juice bombs that are out there.

Mar 26, 2021
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hmf05 from Colorado

4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a deep and clear amber color that looks like pine tree sap in a glass. Aroma is very pine forward, but I get a huge whiff of brown sugar. This one has a very earthy and pine-forward hop flavor, and that brown sugar in the aroma comes through in the taste. One of my favorite IPAs, and with all of the NEIPAs I have been trying lately, this is always a fun one to come back to. For an aggressively hoppy brew, you get so much more than bitterness out of it. Desert Island IPA.

Jan 31, 2021
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark nutty amber with a hint of fog to it. Head is two fingers of khaki foam that forms a luxurious pillow across the top of the beer. Aroma is biting hops, hitting notes of resiny, dank, pine, herbal hops. Storyline is really all hops, with an aggressive bite up front. Flavor profile is resiny, dank, herbal, medicinal, and pine hops with a bready malt backbone. Malts do a little to quell the initial swell of hops, but the hops drive this beer from the start. It has less hop bite in the flavor profile than the nose, striking a better balance. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a constant and consistent bubbly effervescence throughout. It straddles the line between crisp and refreshing and bold and sippable, encouraging the drinker to consume in either fashion. Overall, hop bite reminiscent of old school IPAs, this is one of those IPAs that gave them the reputation of being "overly hoppy". Despite that reputation, this beer retains a good balance within the style, offering up abundant hops in a punchy, aggressive beer.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Jan 28, 2021
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

a: dark copper color with some nice amber and cherry wood notes. large, 3 finger fizzy light tan head

s: orange, orange zest, grapefruit, and a substantial hit of malt sweetness. pineapple, tangerine, and candied apricot. a little strawberry and mango. a nice crackery touch at the end as well

t: sweet grapefruit, followed by a nice grapefruit bitterness. orange zest, orange juice, and sweet mango. nice sweet caramel sweetness to balance the bitter. sweet strawberries, and a touch of resin. at the end there is a nice mild floral hop note that is really nice, and a crackery finish

m: medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: simply put, this is just an awesome old school IPA. hoppy, bitter, and a nice malt punch. i can't find anything to fault in this

Dec 18, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber with chill haze, clears as it warms, generous light khaki head, awesome retention and lace
Grapefruit, orange, mango, passionfruit, and pine aromas
Tastes like it smells with caramel malt backbone, nice bitter finish
Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation
This is the best IPA I've had in a long time. Sorta like NE aromas on a WC framework

Dec 09, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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

A: Dark glassy and dirty orange pour has a light tan foamy head that is dense and frumpy atop at two plus fingers. Tons of quick paced effervesce makes its way throughout. An intrigue showing of web lacing adores the vessel walls from the slowly eroding head structure. Great looks per style and lasts long.

S: Dark crystal malts are sweet and toasty on the nose, overlaying sticky pine hop resins. Some dank grapefruit-grassiness hops of moderate strength give this an earthy citrus and old west coast feel.

T: Dark crystal malts add sweetness to the flavor along with the raisiny character and buttery toast. Tons of sticky pine-grassy hops shows its strength with a dry and bitter flavor, old west coast style. Dry grapefruit peel and citrus provide a high rate of dry hopping and bitterness. Citronella adds some lemony touches along with a warming of flowery alcohol fueled leave of pine-cypress and toasted malt.

M: Nice fullness, warming toasted malt character, raisiny warmth of grains and alcohol with sticky pine hop resins. Good texture of carbonation.

O: The dry hopped flavor is furious and unrelenting, old west coast hopping, dank and sticky hop resins, toasted specialty malt backing with an old school delivery. Huge dry bittering flavor.

Nov 21, 2020
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6-week-old can poured into a Teku.

Beautiful deep copper body with a reddish hue. Moderately opaque but not hazy. Massive off-white head of soapy foam that provides an absolute laquering of sticky lacing. I view 3Floyds as the masters of traditional American APA/IPA looks, and this is right up there with them.

Mild but on-point nose. Doughy, resiny, and grassy, with heavy citrus fruit and rind, especially grapefruit. A little berry buried in the back, with lemon/lime and underripe orange. Pretty malt heavy.

Wonderful mix of grapefruit, pine, herbal greens, and caramel malts. Citrusy, grassy, bitter, pithy, with just a touch of malt sweetness. Sharp and highly drinkable.

Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated, coating but not sticky. Fantastic grapefruit aftertaste with lingering pith and bitterness.

Old school and damn friends. Though I will say, while the look and feel are world class, the smell and taste aren’t quite there.

Nov 16, 2020
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malrubius from Vermont

4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. Beautiful CLEAR copper with lasting head and lace. Piney resiny aroma. Medium sweet fairly fruity with a solid grain backbone. Bitter resiny woody herbal finish. Medium-full body, smooth with enough carbo to bite the hops. Excellent. Should be ranked higher but BA is so slanted to NE IPAs.

Nov 13, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz. canned on 08/26/20

Pours lightly hazy amber red orange with a dense creamy lasting off-white foam head. Smells like fresh grapefruit pith, orange citrus, lemon, mild dark fruit, some toasty caramel malt, and earthy floral pine. Tastes like grapefruit pith, citrus melange, subtle melon, rich mildly smoky amber toasty bready caramel malts, slight graham cracker, a hint of dark berry fruit, herbal tea leaf, and fresh bitter earthy floral pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy slick with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice IPA.

Nov 10, 2020
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Reef from South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 10/8/20

Clear dark amber color, two fingers fine cream head, stubborn curtain lacing and cap.
Pine, sour pineapple, melon, tangerine, mango, malt spice aromas.
Nice bitter pine, peppery grapefruit, light sweet malt, orange flavors.
Medium bodied, full for the ABV. Well balanced, not fatiguing.
A delicious old school balanced IPA, great to see this in our stores.

Nov 07, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feels like it's been a while sin E I've had a red IPA like this one. Amber liquid capped with finger of foam. Nice warm malt aromas along with sharp citrus and pine. Aggressively bitter pine and grapefruit flavors roll along a wave of sweet slightly toasty malt. My can was a slight bit past where I usually would purchase, but still packed a nice punch.

Nov 01, 2020
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Much darker than most IPAs. Head is off white to light brown shade to it. Nose is heavy on the hops! Love at first taste. This is one of the best IPAs I have ever tried. Lovely hop aroma and flavor. Initial try 10/20

Nov 01, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an beautiful dark, bronze, amber color with a fortified and lasting foamy head that lingers. SRM of 16 (4.50)

Aroma: Deliciously strong aromas of pungent pine, pinecones, and carmelized grapefruit citrus. Strong orange, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, and pine with some floral notes. Reminds me of west-coast aromas but with some dark and tea undertones. Some blueberry and red grape. Strong dank and earthy pine give a pinecone characteristic. A caramely malt backbone with some dank fruit of blueberry, cherry, and maybe apricot. (4.25)

Flavor: A perfume & citrus hits right upfront. Orange, grapefruit, nectarine melon. Floral and tea-like. Has a caramel water quality that is similar to Sierra Nevada and turns carmelized. Decent amount of the dank pine, earthy pinecones, and black tea quality. Strong notes of the dank Simcoe, but there's definitely more complexity. A spicy caramel and toasty malt backbone that surprisingly gets eaten up by heavy-hitting bitterness on the finish. The spicy caramel was light and overall and finishes with an icing of pinecone bitterness alongside the spicy caramel malt structure of the beer. (4.50)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Well-carbonated. Hops finish more bitter than sweet that lingers on the palate. (4.00)

Compared w/ Oskar Blues G'Night: Lighter in color. Lighter in aroma and flavor. More citrus and pine zest. Less sweetness and caramel as you would expect.

Compared with Bell's Two Hearted: This one pours a darker bronze color. It has more citrus and less tropical and stonefruit notes. It's also dryer and more bitter with a stronger pithy and pine bitterness. More black tea. Slightly more west coast flavor. Similar bodied and carbonated. It finishes more bitter and has less of a honey malt sweetness.

Compared with Todd the Axe Man: This one pours much darker. It has more pine but less citrus. Its more bitter than fruity. More pine and black tea. Darker malts, but less malt body and finishes bitter and dry.

Compared to Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA 5/7/20: Pours a darker amber color. Stronger aromas. More spicy caramel and pine. Less sweet resinous tangerine and caramel. More hoppy, pines, and bitterness. Less alcohol burn. Winner: Furious
1/14/21: Pours a slightly darker color. Stronger aromas. More spicy caramel aromas. More burnt pinecone and caramel. Less sweet and resinous citrus and soap. A lighter body, cleaner, but possibly more bitter here.

Compared to Bell's Two Hearted IPA 8/3/20: Pours a darker color. More pine and red grapefruit. Less sweetness and stonefruit. A stronger caramel bitterness.

Compared to Rye Wolf IPA 10/25/20: Pours a darker color. More resinous tropics, citrus, and earthy pine. Less stonefruit and licorice spice. Winner: Furious when it's fresh.

Compared to Fulton 300 11/29/20: Pours a slightly darker color. More caramel, caramelized orange, pinecone. Less pineapple, dinosaur melon. A lighter body and dryer.

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Celebration 2020 12/7/20: Pours a slightly lighter, more orange color. More grapefruit citrus, pine, spiced caramel aromas/flavors. Less roasted caramel malt. Pours lighter with a stronger bitterness.

Compared to Goose Island Christmas IPA 1/5/21: Pours a lighter color. Stronger aromas of pine, pinecone, and citrus. Lighter and airier with less malt. Less A stronger bitterness and cleaner with less sweetness and alcohol burn. Hoppier.

Compared to Fulton's Sweet Child of Vine 2/22/21: Similar color, stronger head. Stronger aromas. More spicy caramel, grapefruit, and pine.
On a spectrum there is Summit Extra English Pale Ale, Sweet Child of Vine, and Furious IPA.

Compared to New Belgium's Wild Ride IPA 3/25/21: Darker amber color. More spiced caramel, pine, malts. Less grapefruit and herbal flavors.

to Surly's Mean Streets IPA 6/15/21: Pours a darker color. More grapefruit, citrus, pine, and caramel. Less juicy orchard fruit, sour lemon, pineapple. Darker, danker, more bitter pine.

to Mankato Haymaker IPA 8/17/21: Pours darker, larger head. Hoppier aromas. More citrus, pine, spice. Less caramel and dark malts.

to Fairstate Big Doinks IPA 11/10/21: Pours a darker color. More pine, pinecone, caramel. Less lemon citrus, flower, and herbs. Bigger and sweeter with more pine bitterness and astringency.

Overall: A complex beer! So much going on here. Red grapefruit, spice, caramel and pine-cones. The delicious citrus & caramelized fruit are only a fraction of what this beer delivers. Tons of Simcoe flavor, but with a very west-coast flavor profile too. It has that dried fall leaf and nectarine fruitiness that lingers. Lighter bodied while maintaining the bitterness. Overall, and outstanding beer. Perfect for a Minnesota winter, but it really has to be fresh to get the impact of this one because it drops off quickly with age. Find it fresh and it's worth it. (Final Rating: 4.34)
*Compare next to New Belgium Amber & Celebration again*

Oct 25, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

my first review of brewer, glad I finally found it at WFM which has greatly improved its beer selection in 07701.
a) Perfect masuculine hazed dark amber body, supporting eggshell thick, lasting and lacing head.
s) Big, plentiful, hop over scottish malt.
t) Lots of balance with the scots malt, that smoky, woody, peaty, earthy bread feel against the pine, floral, citrus rind, and pepper hop overcast.
f) Plenty of mouth weight and tickle.
o) Deserves its high ranking on BA. Sum greater than parts esp in densely flavored masculine beer akin to Arrogant Bastard in a 6.8% package.

Sep 18, 2020
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 7/14/20

Poured into a tulip this beer has an unusual coppery color with a cake-like beige cap of foam that I would swear has the slightest blush of pink. Decent staying power and it leaves some fluffy lace.

Scent is pineapples, spice, pine, caramel malts and a rich doughy sweetness.

Flavor is... surprisingly subtle. Malty and spicy (is there rye in here?), balanced evenly with citrus (grapefruit), mild tropical fruit notes, pine. Substantial finish. The astringent bitterness of the hops and the creamy sweetness of the malt (I'm getting toffee now and even a hint of something almost sugary) pair so well here. This really doesn't taste Furious at all, nor even mildly annoyed. This beer clearly had a good outcome from anger management training because it is remarkably smooth and composed. In no way a hop bomb. Satisfying hop flavor and bitterness but it is met with a really rich malt bill such that neither takes the center stage.

Luscious soft velvety mouthfeel. Feels like almost no carbonation and reminds me of a cask ale.

High drinkability.

Really a delicious beer.

Sep 02, 2020
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BorisVavilov from Minnesota

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

Pounder poured into a tulip. The head blooms up pretty well. 2 fingers that stick around for a decent length of time. Color is fantastic. Almost like a barrel aged rosé. Light copper color probably best describes it. Aroma is nuanced but not complex. Grapefruit notes give way to caramel. Neither overly sharp or pronounced, but not muted either. Understated but enjoyable smell overall. Taste leads with a quick flash of subdued caramel bready flavor, then develops into a kind of navel orange taste, then to grapefruit rind that defines the finishing bitterness on the back of the palate. Bitterness lingers but isn't over powering. Invites the taster back for more.

Overall, I love this beer. Wouldn't call it crushable by any means. Probably one 16 oz can would be my limit. The hop bitterness can become pronounced as you continue drinking. The best thing about this beer is the value. 11 dollars for a cold 4 pack of 16 oz cans in Minnesota. Can't beat the quality and convenience at that price if you want a cold one.

Aug 20, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copperish amber color with a pretty decent sized khaki head. Leaves some gross "lovestains" around the glass as it settles into a ring.

The aroma is surprisingly malt-forward; like caramel bread. Does that exist? It does now. There's some faint grapefruit and orange but the caramel notes dominate. I wish caramel would dominate me. Anyway.

The citrus notes come out of the closet in the flavor: Grapefruit and fresh tangerines with a hint of orange zest. The caramel is very much present and adds a solidly sweet note between the citrusy beginning and earthy, dank, piney finish.

Feel is medium in body with crisp carbonation. Lingering bitterness, like an old war veteran. Nicely crushable.

Overall, I like it. It's a well made West Coast (or Midwest) style IPA. A 4-pack was $12.75 so yeah I'd buy this again.

Aug 02, 2020
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

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

This is one of those "constantly loved by everyone on BA but I just assumed it would always be impossible for me to get" beers, an illustrious subset of brews including those by Bell's, Old Nation, Weldwerks, Aslin, etc. Somehow, the stars aligned, though, which led to a local Craft Beer Cellar location getting in a fairly-sizable drop of both Furious and Todd the Axe Man. Though I'm not a big fan of the latter (have reviewed it before and was, honestly, quite let down), this is just awesome and I'm extremely excited to finally have it in my glass!

Alright, so, I've obviously heard a lot about this beer. And right away I will say I prefer the old can art with the amusing Surly logo on it, but what're you gonna do? This is a beautiful beer, though, anyway. It's actually more of a "red IPA" by modern standards, anyway, with a medium-dark amber color topped off with a fluffy, voluminous head that leaves behind some soapy, indeterminate lacing. The retention here is excellent and the surface coverage is nearly-unparalleled in its density. The body of the beer is clear as can be, which gives the deep color an even more satisfying look to it.

The nose here is an old-school assault of floral, pine-y, sweet caramel, toffee, and intense citrus aspects, all vying for space and, unsurprisingly, being treated with a good amount of respect. I get a touch of earthy onion upfront, which is appreciable and works well with the dankness that runs as an undercurrent. Already reminding me of a smaller version of the original Oskar Blues G'Knight, which is one of my all-time favorite "sticky" darker-red IPAs. It's more caramel-like than Nugget Nectar as well, in my opinion, but there's even more tangerine and orange rind with a touch of grapefruit here to balance the malt.

First sips are clean and crisp, with a somewhat-sweet-leaning malty overtone melding with bitter citrus peel and earthy, floral notes coming out in the mid-palate. More bitterness in the finish, working well with the sweet Scottish malt to really coat the palate. Speaking of that, the feel here is just awesome! It's drinkable and complex at once, and, even though it's less than 7%, it has the flavor of a bigger beer. This is absolutely worth the hype, and the price was even fantastic ($12.75 a four pack of 16 oz cans, canned ten days ago... what the hell!?). This is definitely a new go-to if it finds its way around my area with greater frequency. Can't believe it's taken me this long to drink but it was worth the wait, indubitably!

Jul 25, 2020
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haines710 from Delaware

4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Brilliant. Had never seen this beer in my area. And there it was a 4 pack of 16 oz cans in the cooler. Canned on 6/18 I read right before opening the can at home. Great citrus smell but this is not a hazy. Just a tasty feel good IPA with great mouth feel. Some citrus but also pine. Easy to drink and definitely one I will look for again. Loving it

Jul 11, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

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.

May 19, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

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.

Apr 29, 2020
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rooster72 from Wisconsin

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!

Apr 24, 2020
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 5921 ratings