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 icecube
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into warm glass

A:Orange/Red color

S: Nice citrus and grapefruit aroma

T:Slight sweetness with a ton of bitter hops in the finish

M: Medium bodied

O: A nice IPA. I enjoyed the big bitter finish. I drink this often and it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this American IPA out of a can into a pint glass. This AIPA poured a amber, orange color. It produced a decent head, that was slightly tan. Head retention was excellent. Lacing was average. The aroma was nice, very hoppy, notes of citrus and pine come leaping out. The taste of this brew starts with a jolt of piney hops. There is a nice base of malt, very sweet, overall pretty well balanced. This AIPA starts with hops and has a nice dry hoppy finish. Overall , i would say this is above average for the style but I am not sure that it lives up to the hype. I was thinking it would be very close to Piney the Elder but its not even in the same class.

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Photo of Adamostella
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thing that sets Furious apart from other IPA's for me is the smell you get upon opening the can.

What I picked up in relation to other "pantheon" IPAs is that it has more of a spicy smell to it, making me think that Amarillo hops are definitely involved.

Pours a slightly hazy, off-copper color. Nothing remarkable.

That faint "spiciness" from the Amarillo comes into play again once tasting the beer. It is more of a personal thing for me but I like more "clean" west coast style pure citrusy IPAs. This is certainly well crafted but personally it isn't my taste.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this, canned 12/27/11.

A- A very bright and clear amber color. Pours with a nice off white foamy head. There is a lot of lacing, and great head retention.

S- Mostly pale malt, some grapefruity pine notes. Smells creamy, and not particularly pronounced.

T- Very crisp at first with tastes of roasty malt. It then smooths out, and brings in the grapefruity hops flavor. The beer is nice, but the hop profile isn't anything crazy. It's very dry and lemony.

M- Probably the best part of this beer. Great carbonation, and body. Very nice lingering piny aftertaste too.

O- Overall this beer was good, but nothing crazy. A nice sessionable IPA, but the hop profile isn't my favorite. Good, but a little dry.


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Photo of ibbjamin
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

My cousin hooked me up with two 16oz cans of this beer on my last visit to the midwest. I already drank one of them and wasn't overly impressed, but I'll now take a go at a full review. I pour this into a standard pint glass.

Half inch, off white loosely packed head. Copper in color. Good lacing.

Hop forward dank aroma of citrus and pine. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but pleasant on the nose nonetheless.

The taste is much more balanced than my nose predicted. Caramel and biscuits fit the malt profile, while citrus and pine come through on the hop side.

Creamy, clean and medium bodied mouthfeel. The strongest attribute in this beer, making this one very easy to drink.

Overall a solid IPA, and one of the better IPAs east of the Mississippi in my book. To me though, there are so many better west coast IPAs I'd go to before this one.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pouring a light copper color from the can, the beer had a slight white head in the pint glass. The aroma was surprisingly mild, composed mostly of hops with a measure of citrus. At the forefront of the taste were onion and citrus like hops. There were bitter acidic and citric notes present, crisp to the point of being an attention getter. The highlight for me were the dark sweet malts that lay the backbone. The bitterness continued into the aftertaste, lingering slightly with certain orange notes. The carbonation hovered in the moderate range, allowing the taste to linger just long enough to be noticed without overstaying its welcome. This is not my favorite effort by Surly, but it is solid and quite drinkable.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date on the can but I imagine this one is fairly fresh.

A: Rose/amber colored beer which has decent clarity, just a little haze clouds out the light. An off white head forms not unlike sea foam and clings all over the glass.

S: Mango, tangerine, bread crust, and waffle cone.

T: Very crisp showing a fair amount of herbaceous bitterness. Tea leaf like flavors finish out leaving the tongue feeling dry. A subdued malt driven, bread crust like suggestion, lingers in the background. The prominent finishing note is most akin to that of unsweetened iced tea (It sort of looks like tea as well).

M: drying and light

O: Pretty darn good can of beer, and you've gotta love that it's a tall-boy. It's underwhelming in hoppy expressiveness showing mostly muddled herbescent flavors. It's nice and dry finishing however which is a major plus in my not so humble opinion. I would drink more of this if it were around to have.

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Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can of Surly Furious, poured into a pint glass

A- It is a dark brown, with a frothy tan head.

S- As soon as the can was cracked open, the smell of hops fills the air.

T-A little underwelming for a Surly IPA. I was expecting an over the top hopiness. Its not here. That isnt a bad thing, just different from what i expected. A very easy, smooth drinker though. There is a sweet maltiness in this one, balancing it out very well.

M- Very easy drinking. The right ammount of carbonation, a little bit of hops on the back of your tounge in the aftertaste.

O- Furious is not what I expected it to be, but is a good IPA none the less. Far easier to drink a few some then some of their other offerings.

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: pine dominates with a pinch of citrus hops and a small amount of toffee malt towards the end

Mouthfeel: moderately smooth, medium bodied, bitter

Drinkability: Due to the high concentration of hops, I think two is my max per sitting. This is a sipper, but a tasty one. I will look for this one again.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark-amber colour. Smells malty, citrus hops, grapefruit rind, and pine resin. Tastes crisp, bitter, grapefruit pith, citrus, light caramel malts, and a pine-resin bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of kittywamp
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice fall color with a white head nice lacing

S: smells like citrus and pine with a hint of caramel and toffee

T: sweet, fruity like fresh lemons and oranges a little bitterness

M: the taste dances on your tonge with a kick of hops.

O: this is a great example of american craft beer. this beer is so worth the line at the stores to buy it.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with little carbonation and plenty of sediment hanging in suspension. Topped with a thin, cream head that disappeared within minutes.

As the head resided, it revealed some pleasant, grassy and pine hop aromas that wraps up with a bit of lemongrass.

This one has quite the initial bitter bite! It quickly vanished and presented a rather complex palate: grapefruit, lemon peel, orange, mint and even a bit of asparagus are all present with some roasted caramel malt to try and balance the bitterness.

This is a very nice, medium-body brew. It finishes quite dry leaving you wanting more with simple grassy flavors in the aftertaste - it works. And well.

Surly sadly doesn't distribute to Iowa at the moment, so whenever I have an opportunity to get ahold of any of their fine line-upI jump on it. Such an opportunity arose recently and I got this gem - a great example of the style and a must try if given the opportunity.

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Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Tallboy" can.
A) Pours with a thin head that settles quickly to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear body. Amber in color.
S) HOPS! Pine. Borderline cannabis aroma (go figure!). Caramel malts.
T) Blast of hops up front. Spruce. The malts hang in there, but aren't strong enough. The hops win out and exit with a potent bite in the finish.
M) Medium body but thins in the finish. Fizzy, crisp up front, then smooths out. Finishes with a bitter bite.
D) A good brew. Strong with the hops.

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Photo of anteater
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can.

A: Golden amber in appearance, darker than most IPAs I drink. Thin white head, nice retention.

S: Really bright citrus notes, sweet malt. Not the strongest aroma.

T: Sharp light citrus dominates the beginning at of the taste, balanced by a sweet bready maltiness. Bitterness is on the lighter side.

M: Great mouthfeel for an IPA, crisp and refreshing.

O: I loved this IPA! Definitely competes with a lot of the west coast IPAs with its strong floral and citrus flavors, low bitterness and refreshing qualities.

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Photo of CMW
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color with a fluffy off-white head.

S - Heavy grapefruit and citrus.

T - Malt comes through first and gets quickly whisked away by a flood of hops. Citrus hops are very strong and grapefruit aftertaste is extremely bitter.

M - Carbonation seems a little on the low side but it doesn't take much away from the beer.

D - This is an easy beer to drink. The flavors are strong but not overpowering and the lower alcohol makes this go down quick.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of jcflorian
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From can dated 3-15-16

Look- Crystal clear, reddish, orange hue. Minimal head with nice lacing.
Smell- Pine up front, citrus in back , but also get the malt.
Taste- Perhaps this is due to an 8 wk old can, but the taste massively underwhelmed me. Stale, cardboard taste, with alcohol taste very strong on back end.
Feel- Light on tongue, otherwise appropriate for style
Overall- I wish I could try a fresh can, but I have to review on what I have. Traded a bunch of tree house with this as part of my returning end. I def got short end of the straw

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Photo of Jeffo
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of chewy08rx in a recent trade. Thanks for the brews man!

From a 500ml can into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thinner looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head is kind of bubbly and chunky, slowly fading to a bubbly wisp and leaving some immediate chunky lacing on the glass. A cloudy burnt orange with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Starts out lousy, but finishes up strong.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, with plenty of citrus fruits. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel in there as well. Medium strength and very enticing for sure.

TASTE: Some pale malts up front, but not much initially really. Light grassy notes with caramel, but the flavors, and especially the hop profile, really come out after the swallow. Citrus fruits with grapefruit and orange peel, and lots of lingering bitterness after the swallow. Bitter, citrus aftertaste is bold and lingering, with a touch of sweet caramel as balance. Needs a bit more flavor upfront, but definitely great after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Nice feel.

OVERALL: Another enjoyable brew by Surly. These guys never cease to impress. This one needed a more impressive head and a bigger flavor presence before the swallow, but the look eventually came around and the post-swallow apocalypse certainly fit the bill. I’d take Abrasive over this one nine times out of ten, but I wouldn’t turn down another Furious anytime soon. Thanks again for sending one of these chewy08rx.

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Photo of Agold
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with about two inches of dense white head. It is a dark ruby red to brown color with some nice lacing. Very nice looking beer. The aroma is pretty piney, with some clean bitterness and citrus. Flavors are more on the citrus side, very clean, very nice, mild caramel sweet maltiness balancing the hops nicely. Mouthfeel is where I would want it to be. I generally like my IPAs a bit drier, but this is very nice. Medium carbonation as well. Very nice beer.

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Photo of BobZ
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another big thanks to yamar68 for this one.

Pint can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark orange/amber with a nice 1" head initially the recedes to a cap, very nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Balanced aroma of both malt and hops.

Taste: Another really well balanced IPA, the sweetness of the bready malt comes up first followed by the hoppy bitterness. It's really hard to say if the hops are more citrus than pine or just at the right balance (must like the beer in general). Almost like a heavily hopped Belgian Tripel with respect to a flavor profile that starts sweet but finished with a pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated, and very clean on the palate.

Overall: Another very good example of a well balanced flavorful IPA.

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Photo of Chaz
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Geez Louise is this beer gettin' the reviews! I was expecting a BubbleJack easy goin' grease-beater and instead I get WHOOPED on the head ugly-stick style with hops, hops, and a great big can of Pineapple (sans the syrupy gunk that fills up the can.) Big hops on the nose . . . swear I could smell this as it was being tapped, and I was outside on the patio! Cascades and Amarillo? Simcoe and Chinook? Pushpins and pineapple and Ticky-tacky? Aww banana oil, all I know is for such a hop-bomb this is surprisingly well-balanced, with just enough juicy malt to keep the juicy hops in place (I was reminded of the Avery IPA, a personal fave . . . take that as a compliment, guys!) I will say that this beer ain't for everybody but if you eat sleep and dream hops it IS for you. One last thought: Golden Promise malt seems to be buried by the hops - Give 'em an A for effort anyways. This beer almost makes me wanna buy the tee-shirt, swear ta God . . .

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Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into an imperial pint. Huge thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color that produced a tan colored head. Left some tiny bits of lacing behind.

(S)- A damp-like wet pine aroma with some lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, & peach. A light caramel/honey maltiness in the far background.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Exactly like the smell actually. Some good hop citrus & sweet malts with a light bitterness.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Has a good dry yet citrusy pine kick with a smooth yet lightly sweet maltiness; crisp.

(D)- A solid to great IPA. Great balance while still being crisp and bold. I could easily have a few of these.

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Photo of Moose90
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 04/06/15

A — Pours a deep and dark ruby hued amber, very dark for the style, just looks malty right off the bat, big and tall creamy head forms, nice lacing left behind.

S — Smells incredibly malty initially, bitter, rich, there are hop notes of pine and orange pith, underlying coffee note as well somehow.

T — Tastes bigly rich and malty, bitter hops make an appearance and are bitter and herbal, earthy and woodsy in flavor, very much tastes like the woods.

M — Medium bodied, crisp in finish, long and lasting.

O — Very malt forward, hop profile is very earthy and herbaceous, no citrus or juiciness to be found here, very good overall though.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into tulip. canned on 11.3.11

a - pours a hazy, glowing amber color and gave me a fingers worth of dense, creamy, tan head. retention is good, calming slowly to a thin cap. leaves thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - typical pine resin, grapefruit and faint toffee malt.

t - pine resin hits the tongue first followed by a substantial toffee malt sweetness. notes of grapefruit pop up but the bitter twang holds off until the end. finishes crisp and dry. has a surprising amount of subtlety here.

m - fuller side of medium with medium carbonation and a fine co2 profile. very creamy and slightly slick from hop the oils.

o - a fine beer and excellent take on the style. definitely leaning toward the west coast of ipas, but with a solid malt backbone. definitely worth a try for the hopheads.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to deliriumfest for the hook up.

Two tone caramel bronze fluid under a thick bubbly white head. Spotty lace.

Big smell, prominent malts, but good hops presence as well. Really nice scent.

Taste comes on slow, like a hurricane, but the end is like putting a 9-volt battery on your tongue. It is furious. Got a grassy, tea leave quality to it. Not the best tasting IPA ever, solid though.

Medium body or just under. Carbonation is minimal, giving it a "down the hatch" feel.

I would have no problems drinking this all day.

Overall: I'm drinking the next one out the can

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