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 XavierK31
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down one of my favorite beers. Red in color... Very aggressive but at the same time very well balanced. A citrus aroma, with some hints of pine and oak. 99 IBUs I believe, but Surly knows how to balance the hops with other flavors. It's an IPA that goes down very smooth.

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Photo of hollyisaway
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A gift 16oz can from a friend at Tommy's Pizza in Gettysburg, PA.

Poured into a Flying Dog Goblet.

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful. Looks somewhat like an imperial red, but with the solid body of an IPA. I cannot be more impressed here, especially with the thin layer of head that slowly surfaced and gave an additional bit of character. Only deduction is for the cloudiness, where a more opaque character would have moved it up to 5.

Smell: This is what an IPA should smell like. Hops hit immediately, as expected with the heavy IBU count, but very quickly cede to almost caramel and citrus scents. A light banana or similar fruit can be picked up, running in the background as the head dissipates and the hops lose total control.

Taste: Immediately I think of Gordon / G'Knight by Oskar Blues, but infinitely more balanced between malt and hop. The hops, while stunningly present, do not overwhelm, and allow the noted caramel and coffee strains to reach the back of the throat. Lingering tastes of hops on the outer mouth and gum, while the malts seem to take precedence in the back. Just beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and solid. Heavy enough to appreciate the complex flavors, smooth enough to drink without a second though. Not a palate burner either, despite the bitterness.

Overall: Amazing. Just amazing.

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Photo of sauvy10
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from tall boy dated may 7 into Sammy smiths tulip.
Appearance is light clear copper with a nice head but that's not what catches my attention first. Damn this beer smells good! The aroma is reminiscent of some very kind buds. Very piney with some citrus as well, pure hops. The taste follows suit, very dry, hoppy, just plain delicious. Mouthfeel is fairly resinous, crisp. Overall this beer was amazing. Extremely hoppy, not sweet at all refreshing, and also sessionable. My first beer from surly and I will definitely be seeking more

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an apt name for such an unruly beer.

Appearance: Hazy red body, firm off-white head. Does not let on to what is entailed in this beer.

Smell: Wow, hops, fresh, citric, juicy, this is an amber ale?!?

Taste: The hops take this beer from the start to the finish, the hop intensity builds itself up for quite a while before it peaks, leaving you with a fine citrus hop taste in you mouth. Easily enjoyable.

Drinkability: The new champ (in bitterness) of Minnesota hop-bombs. Not the most balance, but by design. Fantastic.

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Photo of Brad007
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pours a dark amber-red color with a thick and foamy head that fades into a one-finger head.

Aroma: Hops with a strong hint of grapefruit and earthy aromas. Very pleasant aroma to be greeted with.

Taste: Decent hop bite upfront. Grassy/grapefruity taste that fades to a malt backbone that seems underwhelming. This beer is all about the hops. Damn strong IPA in a can.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and hoppy with a bready aftertaste. Hops dominate the palate. Kind of what I look for in a decent IPA.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Recommend that you pour it into a glass though. I drank my other can from the can and it just wasn't the same. The glass route allows the beer to "breathe", releasing more of its' hop potential.

Don't hesitate to trade for this or even buy it, especially if you like IPAs.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled can into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with busch03. Thanks Waylon!

A: Pours a nice amber body with a fluffy off-white foam head that neatly fills the glass. Retention is ok, mainly leaving a collar with some light lines of bubbles on the brew, but there is substantial lacing down the glass.

S: A very pungent pine hop aroma with some citrus and caramel malt behind it.

T: Pine hops dominate, as the nose suggests. They lighten slightly into a caramel/toast/toffee sweetness and contrasting citric acidity, but the pine returns in a dry finish. Not resinous or oily at all, but there is a light lingering bitterness on the exhalation.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. The ABV is fairly light, so I'm not surprised that there's no heat to this. A little bitterness in the aftertaste, but a fairly clean flavor with no stickiness or resiny residue.

D: $12 for 4 pint cans of excellent quality? This is the very definition of a bargain. I'll be seeking this out again.

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Photo of supermanjace
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy Lord, this is phenomenal. Thanks to my mother-in-law for this 4 pack of Heaven.

Poured a beautiful copper color (maybe darker than your usual IPA) with a thick head from a 16 oz can into an English Imperial Pint glass. Somewhat cloudy, this one has mountains of lace and a deep piney citrusy aroma of hops.

Damn this tastes good. Not huge on alcohol, you just want to keep drinking it. I just received them a few hours ago hot in a box, and am pleased the freezer got them to temperature so quickly (bless you Whirlpool). It's tasty with a nice bitter quality but not overpowering. I'm guessing IBUs in the 60's-70's...no Ruination, but damn bitter.

I don't think they yet distribute this very far and wide, but they SHOULD. Get this if you can. Get as much as you can and stroll the streets spreading it out like a modern day Johnny SurlySeed.

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Photo of torchednoodle
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably around the sixth time I've cracked one of these open over the course of a couple months. I've held off on reviewing this beer until I've tried it enough times to really form an opinion about it. The first time I tried it, I went batshit crazy over it and decided to trade for more, so I really wanted to temper that first impression and try to be objective.

Well, that failed.

This is one of my favorite beers. The appearance gets top marks (not hard to do, since most beers do look good nowadays). The nose is amazing, the only other beer I've experienced that approaches this kind of tantalizing aroma is fresh Alesmith. There's a huge hop presence in the nose tempered with sweet creamy toffee malt.

The taste delivers what the nose promises, more citrus hops calling in close air support from the malt. Yet this beer still has a dry finish that surprises me every time! Vexing.

The carbonation is dialed in perfectly, and this is one HELL of a drinkable beer. Just outstanding.

If this beer flows like water in MN like I believe it does, you are some lucky bastards up there.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this amazing extra! I love this 16oz. can, label, and description

A: Pours a hazy semi-transparent crimson color. The head is big, fluffy, rocky, retains well, and leaves thick sheets of foam along the glass. Really nice looking pour

S: As soon as I opened the can the hops hit me! Very awesome nose; first there is a tropical fruit aspect to the hops- mango, pineapple, peach and grapefruit. Then there is a piney, super resinous, sticky hop note. The malts are sweet and balance very nicely, lending some notes of caramel, toffee (lots), and bread. One of the best IPA noses I've come across...

T: Wow...The bitterness of the 99IBUs is more subdued than I had expected. One of the more complex IPAs I have come across. The flavor opens with an extremely fresh, piney, resinous, and sticky hops note. Then it transitions into tropical fruity flavors; pineapple, mango, pear, and apple. The hops contribute a crisp citrus bite and a solid bitter kick. Finally the malts...the malts are PERFECT when combined with this hop schedule. A little sweet, bready, with flavors of caramel, toffee, and honey.

MF/D: Chewy feel for the style, carbonation is perfect. The finish is crisp, exceptionally clean, and leaves a nice lingering resinous finish.

Notes: Not quite as bitter as I had expected (which may be a good thing). One of the best, if not the best, IPAs I've ever had. I don't know if its the can or what, but this beer tastes SO fresh, like it was bottled (or canned) 5 minutes ago.

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Photo of pb9613
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer pours a clear amber color with a clean peach head. Head retention is great with a light lacing on the glass.

Smell: I was surprised to find a sweet caramel under the intense citrus and pine smell of the hops

Taste: It taste like it smell. An intense citrus and pine taste on top of a solid malt background sweetened with the caramel malts for a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Solid malt base with the a slight alcohol burn and astringency of the hops.

Overall: One of the best IPA’s I have ever had. People argue about East Coast vs. West Coast IPA’s but forget that the Midwest has some of the best in the world.

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Photo of shand
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Thanks to redbird!

This is a beautiful looking IPA. Pours a deep hazy red color with three fingers of off-white head that retains forever, and leaves huge chunky lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is also very good, strong piney hops with citrus and just a bit of a floral aspect. Just a little bit of sweetness to round out the nose. Very good. The taste is exceptional. Hops. Hops. Hops. Hope you like hops, because that's what you're getting here. Hops from start to finish. It's what I imagine licking a hop has to taste like. There's some citrus and just a hint of sweet malts to back this up. This is probably the best IPA I've had. So good.

The mouthfeel is the only slight flaw this beer has. It feels just a touch too light for the hop resin kick this has, I want a sticker mouthfeel that just coats the tongue in hoppy goodness, and I don't quite get this here. That's almost nitpicking though, this is basically the perfect IPA. Superbly drinkable. The only real flaw here is that I only have one! Send me more. Please. Somebody. I'm begging you. Need more Furious. One day, I'm going to move to Minneapolis so I can get this off the shelf year round. I think it'll be worth it.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz can acquired in a trade with RustyDiamond (THANKS!) poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: A picture of perfection when it comes to IPAs. Its a beautiful copper color with a HUGE frothy tan head that clings and sticks to the glass the entire way down. The retention is also fantastic.

S: Just like the head the aroma is HUGE. It is an incredible citrusy hoppy aroma, but the caramel malt is still there as well. The aroma is so fresh, it makes me wonder if it really benefits from being in a can versus a bottle. It makes you want to dive in quickly so forgive me if I am a bit short here....

T: Just like the aroma, the caramel malt sweetness is there in the initial flavor. It is not there long before being washed away with a huge bitterness that has the perfect mix of whatever hops go into this monster. This one is a masterpiece.

M: If I had to pick one thing that I could change it would be just a slightly thicker. With that said, its a nice medium body and the carbonation makes it smooth and creamy.

D: The ABV helps it be very drinkable. Even though its as bitter as many DIPAs you can really drink it down easily.

I am very jealous of all you people that live in Minnesota. These guys really know what they are doing. This is a work of art.

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the blessed pleasure of repeated on-tap servings of Surly's Furious IPA over the last two years. Naturally I had many varieties of craft IPA's in between. I had a building score list of IPA's and each time I had another opportunity to tip back a Furious - I had to shake my head and exclaim, "DAM!". There are some really great IPA's out there but I've found no one who can balance it like Surly in their Furious offering. A gorgeous dark swatch down from amber and a sharp scent of heavenly evergreen that belies the balance you about to taste. This beer surprises you everytime by returning you HOME - it is as like the TARE on a beer scale. Some beers can take you high on various notes but Surly Furious is the new standard by which all other beers must measure themselves. I dropped the score on 'mouthfeel' to 4.5 only because I feel the need to leave room for another beer to challenge the perfection of Surly's Furious. Of possible, only a creamy mouthfeel could perfect Furious.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had on draft at churchkey on 5/8/14

A-Pours clear amber with a beige one finger head. Great lacing!

S-Aroma of nice hop forward notes. Lots of pine, a bit of floral notes, some clean citrus, exotic fruits and just a tiny bit of sweet malts.

T-Taste is just HOP forward with notes of pine, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, resin and very weak sweet malts.

M-Mouthfeel makes a medium balance full body and fluffy carbonation, awesome!

O-Awesome IPA! Also had it on cask with simcoe and centennial awesome as well!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surly Furious is a very clear copper ale with a dense khaki head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a huge, fresh hop aroma with pine and grapefruit bust bursting out. It smells juicy and fruity. It's pretty full bodied and super smooth. The hops leave the tongue a touch singed. Oh, this is nice and bitter and hoppy. There's a nice full hop flavor here. It's along the lines of Nugget Nectar or Hop Stoopid, but less sweet and more piney. It's perfectly balanced. After almost 800 beer ratings, this is the best rating yet. This IPA is perfect in almost every way. The can keeps it fresh. I wish I could buy this in Upstate New York!

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Photo of calise1122
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to gratefulstu for the great trade! Two new traders proving that awesome trades can happen no matter who it is with!

Beer for a glass, from a can... it couldn't be put any better. A slow pour into the pint glass led to a head that gradually got fuller as the glass filled. A great dark mahogany brown pour with an almost beehive structured head that tries to fall but holds onto the glass with every ounce of energy it has... and bygonit this beer has a lot of energy. Lacing? You bet your damned ass... F'n spiderman lacing

I poured the beer a good 15 inches away from me and the aroma took over the area. I smelt the piney hops before I even pull it towards my nose. After closer inspection, there is a ton of great tart/citrus-focused fruit aromas in this beer... grapefruit, tangerine, flowers... it smells great. People often use the word perfume to describe the aroma of (D)IPA's... and I honestly never have had that word pop into my head while engaging in a beer... but it works here.

Wow. The taste is a thing of beauty. This is just phenomenally executed... a bit aggressive on the hops, but in the way that any hop head would wish for... wonderfully ripe and fresh. Hoppy citrus and pine on the front, sweet caramel on the finish.... Man, it has a nice bite to it that is still strongly felt after it escapes the grasp of your mouth and flows down the throat.

Nice full and silky mouthfeel. It goes down really smooth and has a excellent finish... pretty dry, really crisp.

I also received darkness and bender in the trade... can't wait to try them and so happy that this beer met the high expectations I had before I flipped the tab!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper/caramel color with some nice frothy white head leaving lacing down the glass.

The smell is amazing. Equal amounts of citrus and pine hops along with a little bit of caramel sweetness.

Taste is similar to smell. This beer is amazingly balanced. A little bit of sweetness, but the hops are very assertive and balanced nicely between citrus and pine. A little bit of malt sweetness asserts itself in the middle surrounded by wonderful hop presence. Really an all star beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thick without being too syrupy and good levels of carbonation.

This is one fantastic beer. I've been wanting to try one of these forever and finally got my hands on some and very satisfied!

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the benefits of living right outside Minneapolis is having Surly on tap at a bunch of spots.

A: Pours a Red-Orange that glows like a jack-o-lantern when held to light. 2 fingers of off-white head adorn the top, and...

S: ...give off the fierce aroma of hops hops hops. It finishes with a little bit of tangy sweetness, obviously the citrus shining through.

T: the taste is on the order of magical. It's not as aggressive as some IPA's, but the balance is so much better. There's still a ton of hoppy-goodness (hoppyness?) and that grapefruit bite comes back at the end to seal the deal. Not too fruity, not TOO hoppy, and with enough of a malt backbone to keep it balanced.

M & D: Another great one from Surly, it feels almost creamy in the mouth, which almost seems unexpected from something so dang hopalicious.

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Photo of scanny79
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first time I have had this beer so I only had word of mouth on what to expect.

Poured the beer into a mug.

A: It had a really nice dark tan color to it with minimal head.

S: The aroma had an incredible sweet citrus scent with a nice subtle hops smell to it.

T: The hops and sweetness combined perfectly on the first drink and every one after that.

M: There was a very nice and pleasant hoppy aftertaste to it that I usually dont care for but it definetly worked here.

D: It may have been my first time having this beer but it definetly will not be the last. Drikability is great with this one.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Reddish with a white head that fades quickly and laces

S - Beautiful smell of fresh hops and floral notes

T - Strong hops here. Balance of bitter and floral hops here. Some maltiness in the background, but it's all about the hops here.

M - Medium carbonation and medium-full in body

D - Again, this beer is fricken delicious! Definitely one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Crazy hoppy for this style, but not quite a double.

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Photo of hophead247
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My new favorite IPA...Pours out a deep orange red with a huge orange head on it. Aroma is awesome with piney hops rushing in your face, evergreen, and a slight caramel sweetness for balance. Taste is thick with hops, resiny, piney, and dank. The whole beer has an overall bitterness that just smacks you in the mouth and leaves you with a peppery and earthy aftertaste once the hops onslaught is over with. Once again, caramel and toffee notes are here to provide a touch of sweetness and save the day with some balance. Really good stuff, the best beer I've ever had out of a can. Good job Surly.

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Photo of Fatduck
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer for a glass, from a can.

A - Pours a wonderful auburn red, with a soft persistent head. Clear and clean looking. Lots of sticky lacing all the way to the bottom of my glass

S - MY GOD, hops in your face, the moment this can was popped the stinky citrus hops are all over. This beer fills my whole living room with fresh wonderful hops.

T - Wow! You can tell its a crazy hoppy beer from the scent, but holy shit, this beer is aggressive hoppy and GREAT. This has to be my favorite beer in the twin cities, and I always have some Surly in my fridge, not always Furious, but mostly.

M - Remember when I said aggressive? That aggression is still here. Lots of carbonation, brings the aromas out and offers burps of epic quality, burps that taste like Amarillo hops, what could be better?

D - There have been many, many nights when I take down a 4 pack of pints, and at 8 bucks for the 4 pack, its a much cheaper night then the bar.

This has got to be one of the best beers in the Twin Cities, and Surly is fast becoming the best brewery in the area, and in such a short time. I am very glad to live within 10 miles of this wonderful place. Thanks to Omar and Todd for rocking my world.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a deep amber color with about a half inch of head into my oversized pint glass.

Smells of grapefruit and citrus very clean smell crisp.

Taste is an explosion of hops and grapefruit. A lot of taste going on here. Big chewy slightly sweet malt profile balanced by big bitterness. Tastes like a delicious bitter and thick citrus hop tea.

Mouthfeel is very thick for an IPA and drinkability are great. Moderate carbonation.

This beer will not weigh you down to much at around 6% abv, can and have drank this beer all night many a time.

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Photo of shishidojo
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer from a growler that I took out of the fridge and let sit for about 10 minutes so it could warm up to around cellar temp. Have had it right out of the fridge, too, but the brewery recommends drinking it a little warmer and I find that it tastes better that way.

The beer is dark with an orangish tint. Too dark to see through but light enough to allow some light through to accentuate the coloration. It had an incredible tan head with superb retention and lacing. Very nice looking brew.

The primary aroma is of hops, with a malty background. I could tell right away I was headed for hop heaven with this one.

Furious has a malty character that hits the tongue first, followed by a delicious hop profile. The finish has just the right balance of bitter and sweetness from the malt. My nose enjoyed the aroma of the hops throughout. This is a superior IPA.

Mouthfeel was smooth and full, the beer's body flowed over my tongue and delivered the exceptional flavor. Carbonation was what you would expect for an IPA.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is a bit 'extreme' in that it takes the IPA style and amps it up, but there is balance here. The hops are predominant (100 IBU's), but not overwhelming. I have found that drinking this at a little warmer temp brings out more of the malt up-front, which creates a nice contrast (hopophobes may say a buffer) of bitter v. sweet. Since the brewery recommends drinking it a bit warmer than fridge-temp, this is clearly the effect they were shooting for.

This is an exceptional beer!

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so I read all the recent hype about this beer. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about it, so I decided to trade with Scoobydank.

Boy, am I glad I did - thanks a million, man.

Appearance: Great art on a novel pint sized can. It poured a thick, beautiful deep amber with slight haziness. I got very little suds (perhaps 1/8 inch), which quickly fizzled leaving fine strands of lacing all around the walls of my pint glass.

Smell: I immediately got pounded with a wall of hops. After trying to think and sniff beyond the sea of hops, I detected aromatic sweet malts lingering around, as well. Great nose…

Taste: A FANTASTIC blend of tongue-biting, pine-filled hops hit me right off the bat. With an IBU ranking of 99, this is no surprise, but it was so delicately balanced that it left me in awe. This is an outstanding blend of poignant and fragrant hops intertwined with rich, caramel malts, trailing with a piercingly bitter finish. My dream AIPA. I was shocked to see the alcohol percentage was only 6%. It was deceiving, as it had a much harder alcohol presence (like Stone’s Arrogant Bastard). Spectacular tasting, all around…

Mouthfeel: Smooth & resiny, with a dry and bitter finish.

Drinkability: Definitely a world-class American IPA. Strong, bold and balanced all in one. In fact, it took the cake for me, because it was so wonderfully balanced.

I would have given it a perfect 5 on the drinkability, but I know an intensively-hopped beer isn't for everyone...

To me, this is the ideal beer to celebrate milestones in my life or if it was sold in my area, the perfect beer to enjoy when I wanted something special I would be certain to enjoy.

This was a phenomenal beer... For what it’s worth, it will definitely be in my all-time top 5 of all time favorite American IPA’s.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,443 ratings.
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