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

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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 SwillinBrew
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh man, i love this IPA. (thanks to beckje01 for the trade)

I poured this straight from my 16oz can right into my Stone AB pint glass. The can looked like one of those red and black energy drink cans but with a pissed off attitude... very worthy of being poured into the AB glass.

This poured a turbid vibrant mohogany copper color with many dancing bubbles and good finger of oatmeal creamed head. Color was quite rich. The aromas were a one two punch of fragrant jabbing grapefruit freshly peeled with more citrus heaped on top. I couldnt really detect any malt.

The flavors were an explosion of pure citrus ie ruby grapefruits and blood oranges mixed with a little resin and freshly cut damp pine planks. I still couldnt detect any malt but i know it's there because it carried the hops and allowed it to shine.

A very enjoyable brew this one. Scrubbing on the tongue with a medium mouthfeel. Quite crisp and uncompromising. A true fricken delight and sets the benchmark for an IPA.

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Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 16oz can in a standard pint glass. Acquired in a trade with LarryG.

A - A deep amber color with good clarity and a study tan head. The glass is covered with lacing as it empties.

S - Piney hops and caramel malts. Very nice!

T - A nice balance of biscuity malts and citrusy, piney hops. I rarely appreciate balance but the malts offer as much as the hops here. I was impressed that neither one overshadows the other. Instead they work nicely together and both stand out. This is an outstanding beer.

M - Silky smooth with a low carbonation. It all comes together to make the perfect vehicle for delivering the flavors.

D - This is definitely one of my favorites. What a combination of flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of juhl31
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super nice...you like this quite a bit

-looks pretty legit, like an IPA should really

-quite a bit of pine smell for sure. lots of hops on the nose too, which is necessary

-very good. like the strong hops, it sits with you a bit, but not too strong for too long which is good. a steady taste front to back really

-good. just enough sharpness and carbs

-i could drink this often. good after work or watching a game type brew. would never turn this down if it was around

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Photo of jwinship83
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can i got in a trade with mnbears fan at dark lord day. thanks matt! drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. its been a long time since i reviewed this on tap.

A- the pour yields a dark orange colored body with reddish highlights and a slight haze. the head on top is moderate in size and has excellent retention. complete rings of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- woah, this is hoppy. grapefruit and pine jump from my glass. some floral hops notes as well. there is a sweetness from caramel malts that shows itself towards the end.

T- the taste starts out with some caramel malts that add a touch of sweetness to this otherwise completely bitter beer. after that it moves into hop country. lots of grapefruit and pine notes with a touch of floral.

M- nice and bitter with a little bit of sweetness. medium bodied and well carbonated.

D- this beer is worthy of the hype it gets. a great example of an IPA in a super portable container that comes with a couple of extra ounces. check this one out if you get the chance. its one of the better IPAs out there. if it was an option, this would be in my regular rotation.

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Photo of sholland119
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #600. On tap at Clark Street Ale House.

A-Clear copper amber with a lot of fluffy off white head and massive amounts of sticky lacing.

S-A strong blast of citrus hops with a medium amount of malt.

T-This is a grapefruit bomb hopwise backed with an incredibly rich, deep maltiness. This is a powerful, flavorful IPA.

M-Medium bodied but a bit heavy on the tongue from the rich malt and hop bitterness.

D-Very drinkable with tons of flavor. While I really enjoy the can version, the draft rendition is outstanding.


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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color, decent clarity, but still a little bit of haze, maybe a bit copper, a dense rocky head forms on top. Leaves some decent lacing. Really a nice looking IPA. The smell is amazing, orange, grapefruit, lemon-lime all together upfront. Then it gets really floral, slightly herbal and leafy. The malt body comes on bready, but slightly dry. Toasty, crackery, and a hint of pinapple cake with caramellized malt sugar. The beer comes on nice and cakey, like a dry citrus cake, lemony, bready, toasty. There's a nice caramelly glaze. There are resins, floral notes, powdery pollen, The alcohol isn't noticable, but this one warms you up a little. This has ther kind of flavor I love in an IPA. The mouthfeel is a liittle around medium, maybe lighter, with a nice tickle of carbonation. The resinous feel was good, the dryness was very good, but there was just enough malty sweetness. Fairly quick drinking, very enjoyable. I could definitely see getting through a four pack of cans in a long night and never getting bored.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can, received in a trade with tavernjef, served in a pint glass.

A - coudy, deep amber color with a good tan head that fell to a layer of foam, leaving sticky lace on the glass.

S - citrus hop aroma, lot's of citrus hops!

T - biting bitterness, strong hoppy flavor, my taste buds are numb!

M - smooth and creamy, medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - excellent drinkability, I want more Surly!

Final Note: thank you tavernjef. I love you, man!

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Photo of Lordsloth
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask(I'm pretty certain) at Winterfest 2/8/08 in St. Paul. A 3 oz. pour.

Appearance was a rosy orange, with a nice short head. It didn't last long, but that may have something to do with the fact I was at a beer festival and I had many other beers to try. ;)

Smell was hoppy, with a citrus scent. Taste was much smoother than the regular furious, with a pleasing fruity flavor. Felt pretty good in the mouth. Drinkability was awesome- very smooth, but I did only get around 3 ounces at a time. I like the regular Surly Furious, but I preferred the tea-bagged version over it big time.

Edit: 12-23-08 Had a full glass or two at Darkness day. Review stands.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to vwcraig for the opportunity on this one!

Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper with some pretty frothy and resilient eggshell head. Very pretty and right on to style.

Nose is citrus and resiny hops with a slightly fruity scent. Smells pretty strong for a "regular" IPA.

Taste is a hoppy son of a bitch with flavors all over the place, starting off more on the resiny side and ending with a citrus flavor. Malt takes a definite background but by no means is this undrinkable, actually such a pronounced flavor I had to make sure I wasn't drinking a DIPA, very good. No harsh bitterness, no trace of alcohol, maybe a low fruitiness.

Mouthfeel gives us a thin/medium body and moderate carbonation, but somehow this combination doesn't leave with a dry sensation. A very well put together beer.

As for drinkability, I could easily see this becoming a go-to IPA for me, if only we could readily get this here.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received as part of a Surly sampler I received through a trade.

Poured from a can into an Imperial pint glass. Beer is amber / copper in color, looks beautiful. Beer is clear and forms a thick, yellowish head that falls away slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is mild to moderate and there seems to be really fine particulates suspended in the beer. They aren't moving they are just floating there.

Definitely an IPA. This beer has a ton of pine aroma coming off of it. Beautiful giant aroma fills the nose. Not a whole lot else is available in the way of scent but I wasn't expecting much else.

Smooth and dry. This beer has a nice level of bitterness and some really nice malt character in the from mouth. I was not expecting the dryness but it fits really well. Beer has a slight aftertaste but it just more of the hop goodness. Hop flavors are still pine based. Great great IPA.

Mouthfeel is interesting, nice medium body, not chewy as you might expect with a high IBU beer but overall a very nice balance with body. The dryness at the end of the beer really improves the mouthfeel a lot.

Drinkability high, really high. I could drink these all day long.

This is one of the best American IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to beveritt for sharing this little treasure.

Presentation: 1 pint can into a nonic.

A- Murky copper/amber. Pours with 1 fingers of light tan head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing as consumed.

S- Strong pine and grapefruit aroma. This delight has me chomping at the bit to dive in for a taste...

T- Grapefruit/pine hit paired with a bit of slightly sweet maltiness. Flavors blend superbly, and the alcohol is wholly concealed. Quite bitter, and fairly dry on the finish. This stuff is outstanding.

M- Med/high carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

D- Very easy drinking, and extraordinarily sessionable. The whole is even greater than the sum of the already great parts. I powered through the first 1/2 of this, then it dawned on me...this is it....no more of this stuff for potentially a very long time....must force myself to slow down and savor....damn...

Future outlook: Part of me is sad....part of me is angry...I can't get this stuff here in Ohio. When we meet again, oh what a glorious day that shall be....

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Photo of Mdog
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed at the brewery open house May 13.

Appearance: Copper-red with a white head.

Smell: Very intense hop aroma, very citrusy.

Taste: First, a bit of malt sweetness then intense grapefruit from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Not light, but not too heavy.

Drinkability: If you are a hop-head but don't want the high alcohol content of a DIPA to get your fix, this is an excellent choice.

I've been wanting to try this beer since it was introduced, so I decided the open house was as good a time as any. I was not disappointed--this was an excellent beer that reminded me of a double IPA, but without the high alcohol kick. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label reads true...great beer out of can, meant to be poured in a glass! Per the owners, great marketing, cool design, and awesome logo.

Recently toured the brewery, have enjoyed the beer for quite a while now...figured it was about time for me to go ahead and review it...

A- Nice dark amber golden, red hue...good creamy caramel head, with nice retention, and adequate lacing.

S- Nice hop aroma, sweet bitterness, citrus, lemon, floral, fruity.

T- Nice balance of caramel, chocolate malt, with high bitterness of hops, nice after taste, well balanced.

M- Nice carbonation, clean, fresh.

D- As much as I enjoy this beer, my taste buds burn out at about 2.5...very good beer to enjoy, even as well balanced as I think it is, the pallet can easily get overwhelmed by this one.

Cudos to Surly for making great beer, not conforming to traditional standards of beer styles, and pushing the limits with their beers. Keep up the good work...

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Photo of omahawk
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a well above average IPA. Great hop balance, not too bitter, great back-end hop additions. The important attributes - mouthfeel is good for an IPA, not too dry, but you can taste the zing, appearance is just right, most importantly it tastes great. This is near the top of IPAs in my book, a definite A/A-.

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Photo of icemonkey908
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very deep orange/amber appearance with a nice tan head. Very pleasant beer to look at. Nose contains a lot of citrus and very strong hop aroma. The taste ... very hoppy with a little bit of lemon zest.
As the flavor develops pine and citrus become much more profound and they linger in the mouth long after the beer has been swallowed.
This is not a beer for someone afraid of hops but it is just right for an American IPA. A very good IPA from Surly.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at blue Nile restaurant in Minneapolis. I've had this several times before but I feel the need to finally review it.

A: pours a perfect amber color with just off white head. Lots of lacing.

S: smells of hops, citrus and grapefuit

T: tastes just like the smell, with a bitter finish from
the hops

M: I would consider this more creamy than the average IPA. Full bodied, but still refreshing in a way

D: highly drinkable with very little alcohol flavor and a great taste

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Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

some don't see what the hype is about, but i'm in heaven here. dark orange with an off white head that holds and leaves sweet lace. nose is toffee caramel with citrus pine. the hops really hit you right off the bat, but there is a good amount of caramelly/toffeeish malt for the burly, surly, heavy handed hopping. this is what i think of when i think American IPA. 6%abv makes it extremely drinkable. very impressive.

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Photo of TheDudeBeers
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz Can poured into Glass

A - Careful but speedy pour produced 2-3 fingers of head. Head dissipated within a few minutes. The color is a dark orange-amber.

S - Most notably i smell citrus and hops. Very sweet and fantastic smelling IPA.

T - I taste a fair amount of citrus for an IPA which I like. I definitely taste some grapefruit. The bitterness of the grapefruit and hops work perfectly together. Some slight caramel notes in the background.

M - Medium carbonation. Not too much or too little, just the right amount. The delicious citrus hops combination lingers in your mouth for a while.

D - I could drink this beer all day and not be sick of it.

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Photo of edbeered
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of two beers brewed by a brand new brewery in the Twin Cities, and I must say, I am impressed. This pours a slightly opaque reddish amber, with a half-inch whitish head and substantial lacing on the glass. A slightly hoppy smell does not adequately prepare one for the incredible citrussy hop flavor. There is plentiful malt backing, which helps to provide this brew's fine balance, but it is the hops which take center stage. Along with the bitterness, one can taste a juicy grapefruit flavor, which dazzles the tongue. This is very easy to drink if you love hoppy brews. I can hardly wait till they bottle it. A fine effort!

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Photo of peck95
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a good reddish brown color with hardly any head very littlle retention but some lacing
what a wonderful smell very hoppy, smells like a fresh cut grapefruit and fresh pine trees

the taste is also very hoppy with some piney bit on the end also a good amount of malt

the mouthfeel is a little dry expected it to be a little thicker
drinkability is good but i actually find that this beer taste better with bigger drinks rather than sips.

a very good beer to bad they don't distribute out here.

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Photo of MNmurray
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I work at a bar which serves furious and needless to say It is my go-to for after work occasions.

A: Reddish amber hue, white thick head with hints of yellow.

S: One of the best smelling beers I have had. You can immediately smell coriander and spice once the tap is pulled. Smells fresh and bitter.

T: Sharp and crisp. Taste is strong and fresh, with a gin like quality. Very complex- Imagine a citrus bread with nodes of pepper. Just have to try it for yourself!

M: tingly and warm (in the spice sense)

O: One of the best pale ales I have had, and being although being a minnesota native makes me biased, I just can't get enough of the stuff. I am a smaller guy- about 160, so after about 2.5 of these I feel pretty buzzed and full. This beer will fill you up!

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Photo of Soonami
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wooow! Surly Furious lives up to the hype. As soon as I crack the can, I smell the fresh aroma from extremely successful dry-hopping. The can must really hold the hoppy goodness better than a bottle, because I can't remember having many better bottle commercial IPA. The beer is a dark crimson highlighted amber that is deceivingly dark. The smell is of herbaceous hops with fresh cut pine boughs, orange peel, and baking bread. I just can't overemphasize how fresh and vibrant the aroma is. The beer is appropriately dry with very firm bitterness and a nice little bit of caramel (but not sweet) maltiness. The carbonation was perfect and the hop tannins added a good bit of body. Beautiful beer to have a whole pint of.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first time having this in a can, and so vastly superior to having it in a cask. Big orange pour, big white head. A big ass hop aroma blasts ya. Grapefruit and pine aroma is only overshadowed by its immense presence on the palate.

Oh god, how I loved this beer. Reminiscient of Modus Hoperandi, but felt like a bigger version of it. Drank this after a number of great beers yesterday at the ballpark (Black Sun, Hop Whore, Dreadnaught, Gordon, a homebrewed Sculpinish clone) and this beer cut through all of them. Had it w/ a cheeseburger, made the burger seem so bland. Was much better with the chili and brats. I can't rave about this beer enough, had it at Hopfest last summer, didn't go crazy over it. It is the best beer in a can. Was so fresh. Excellent.

EDIT: Had a can of this over the weekend, must have been a little older than usual, excellent fresh, very good otherwise. Pour was less orange and more brown this time around.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to several traders for sending this beer my way. I've had Furious on numerous occasions and just now have a Duvel glass full of one to review. I can't remember everyone who sent one of these to me, so I'll just jump to the review.

A: In the glass this looks more like a red ale than the majority of IPA's I've seen. About a finger of pizza crust head sits on top and never recedes to less than a full cap. The spotty lacing earns this a respectful score at this point. 4/5

S: I've always thought the nose on this was full of tropical fruity hops. This glass is no exception. A little mango, a little tangelo, and a little coconut tie everything together. 4.5/5

T: The dark ruby body tastes surprisingly less malty than is expected. This is one of those piney IPA's I really do enjoy with a solid bitter citrus finish. Solid. 4.5/5

M: A full mouthfeel that finishes dry? Yep. This guy accomplishes just that. 5/5

D: A pint of this is no problem. A couple of pints... Still no problem. This ranks right up there in the upper echelon of IPA's for my taste. Furious, Sculpin, Sweetwater IPA, Red's Rye PA, and Blind Pig might just be my version on the "Justice League". 5/5

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Photo of GbVDave
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz "tall boy" can into two 20oz imperial pints. Thanks to Killer for the assist. Extra special thanks to JeffKrenner for the MN hookup. I owe you brother!

A: Pours a dark honey color with a pillowy one finger head that leaves very sticky lace as it recedes. A pinch of yeast sediment as an added bonus!

S: What can I say besides grapefruit and pine. One of the most amazing smelling hoppy beers I've ever encountered.

T: See above with the addition of a mild balancing malt backbone. Juicy, sweet, and exceedingly bitter hop flavors.

M: Oily & sweet and dry & bitter compete for attention. Resinous hop goodness sticks to everything and this beer features a "forever" finish.

D: Criminal drinkability. I can only hope that someday Surly gets wider midwest distribution. "Beer for a glass, from a can" indeed!

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,449 ratings.
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