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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

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.

Added by feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006

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4.3
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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

Appearance:
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.

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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Overall:
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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Photo of 1Adam12
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade with stevef03, thank you! Color looks like the inside of a plum. Theres floaties like crazy! Very strong peach smell on the nose, some grapefruit, orange, and hops. Upon tasting, once again, peach is very dominant, followed by other citrus notes, however this was not near as hoppy as I would have expected from an IPA. More smooth than bitter. Very creamy mouthfeel for an IPA, I like it! . I thought this was a very nice IPA that I could drink all the time.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 17 day-old pint can poured into my DFH Signature Glass. I now know the DFH Signature Glass holds exactly 16 ounces.

A: A very dark amber, which is more apparent when held to the light. I've never seen such a dark IPA. A one finger head settles atop the beer, hanging around for a while.

S: Sweet citrus and juicy pineapple dominate the nose. Some fresh hops are detectable, but they sit in the back compared to the fruity notes. Hints of light malt also play into the sweet nose.

T: Fresh hops come at you upfront, with a bready malt strongly present mid-sip. The finish is bitterness and pine from the hops, with light citrus also noticeable. There's very little of the fruitiness present in the nose-mostly just some citrus mid-sip and in the finish. There's a lot more maltiness than I would have guessed.

M: Fairly light with medium-low carbonation. Fine, not too impressive.

O: Good, and very sessionable IMO, but a touch underwhelming. While the hops are fresh, there're one dimensional with a slightly too-strong malt presence.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cloudy amber color.Nice off white heading about a half inch thick. Decent lacing not to clingy.

Smell does have a malty kick upfront and quickly followed up with a heavy piney aroma.

Taste is great. Very well balanced with some big toasted notes and toffee. Just as your settling in the bigger citrus and piney hops take over for a strong bitter finish.There are some lighter fruity notes mixed in as well very subtle though.

Mouth is medium bodied,decent carbonation and somewhat watery.An overall decent mouthfeel.

A good IPA but overhyped in my book.
Thanks to shir0045 for the trade.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After having on tap several times and being underwhelmed, I tried this one again and came away with a more positive review.

Look: Reddish/amber hue with a white head.

Smell: Not overly hoppy and some malt smell is present. More piney than fruity.

Taste: Bitter at first but more malty as it goes down. Very well balanced. The hops and malt do not overshadow each other on this one.

Feel: Smooth, with very little bite on the back-end. Medium-bodied and went down easy.

Overall: For me, just missing on the level of the top-tier IPAs, but still very good. I think the maltiness sets it back a notch for me.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from 16oz can:

A: murky golden, brown with white head that fades quickly. 3.5

S: mmhops. pine, spruce, citrus, honey malt sweetness, and then more hops. 4

T: grapefruit hop bitterness, a bit of pineapple, then some caramel/honey malt sweetness. either a big ipa or a faded dipa. lots of bitterness and lots of the same flavors as from the smells. 4

M: medium bodied, foamy but not astringent, easy drinking. 3.5

O: decent ipa, esp from a can. a bit one dimensional but nicely done overall 4.0

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Photo of strohme2
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very generous friend agreed to bring a 4 pack of this back from his family's summer vacation trip. I've had it before but thought I'd formally review it.

Pours an amber red with orange highlights, lacing head. Lots of citrus on the nose-grapefruit rind, lemon and orange. Malty and sweet first, bitterness second. Easy drinking, especially for a red IPA.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side with Furious on-tap at a Surly tapping at Churchkey in DC. Centennial hops lend their leafy selves to the beer inside the cask.

A: Hazy yellow orange pour with a finger of bubbly white head. The retention isn't as good as the on-tap offering was, but the haziness of the body makes up for it.

S: The aroma is a littler more sweet, with the fruit playing a bigger role. Citrus mostly with only a slight pine note.

T: When I think about a word to describe the taste...it's muted. Fruit forward, dry and bitter as an afterthought. Mostly all citrus. It does have a clean finish.

MF: Heavy body for an American IPA, with a below average carbonation (obviously, this beer was in the cask!). Sort of bitter with a dry finish. It was stil pretty drinkable, however, you just didn't get a lot of flavor.

O: A bit disappointed. The hops in the cask don't really add any real discernable difference in flavor, sadly. It was good, just not as good as the tap version. Probably would skip this next time.

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Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks NorthYorkSammy!
Pours fairly flat, but still manages a decent response upon swirling. A copper amber colour. A great hop balance - citruis, toffee malt, and pine (like the can says). Some considerably heavy bitterness. A fantastic finish, smooth, and great drinkability. All in all though it's hard to find much to say. Lots of room for improvement, overall fairly on par with the other worthwhile IPA offerings.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

The beer pours an amber reddish hue when I hold it up to the light. I'm getting a nice clear view through my pint glass and which I poured all 16oz of the can straight on and got a nice bubbly head maybe two fingers thick but it quickly went down to about a quarter inch. As i give it a generous swirl I am not seeing much lacing on the glass.

Smell:

Wow Wow Wow ! amazing nose of hops just jump out of the glass to come and great you, no wait to come and burn down your nose hairs ! I'm getting a huge piny nose, almost sappy aroma, with hints of pineapple. Maybe I might loose you on this next one but this is really giving me a vibe of lemony / pine-sol smell. Hm mm weird.

Taste:

Well the first thing I notice is there really isn't much carbonation on the mouth feel as I first would have predicted. Its rather flat and slick in the mouth. But let me move onto the hops, which like in the aroma take front seat. If you like pine.. this is it, it makes me wonder if they used Simcoe hops during the production. The tip of your tongue seems to pick up all the citrus notes off the hops while your throat leaves you with a long finish that makes you want to come back for more.

Drinkability:

Overall, this beer was good. I got lots of hops which I was not expecting especially from a canned beer, as well as lots of caramel malty goodness to balance out all the pine going on.
If you enjoy a good burly American IPA this beer is amazing. I really am glad I got a chance to try this .

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Photo of Momar42
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Duvel Tulip

A - medium to dark amber color. Huge off white head with dense tiny bubbles. Impressive lacing as it begins to slowly subside.

S - piney, woodsy, buttery aromas all intermingle. Not a huge nose, but very inviting.

T - Much stronger piney hops in the taste. There is nice balance but I taste a slight metallic twinge. Not sure if its due to the can, or my preconceptions of canned beer. Regardless its not overpowering. A nice bitterness lingers. Not an overly complex IPA by any means but the flavor makes you want more.

M - light to medium on the mouthfeel. Creamy for an IPA but still manages to be balanced.

O - Glad to have tried this again, and wish I had more regular access to all of Surly's offerings. Its not my favorite IPA but I think it represents the Great Lakes region very well against the better known west coast offerings. This is an IPA that I would never turn down and wouldnt hesitate to purchase if I could find it. Looking forward to trying their IIPA next hopefully.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours slightly hazy light copper amber with a medium frothy off white head that retains fairly well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, fruit and resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malt with some caramel apple fruit and a resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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