Furious | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

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

a: a caramel color with about a half inch of head that doesnt dissapear fast leaving a lot of lacing stuck to the side of the glass
s: sweet malty aroma, followed by a strong hop bitter aroma that can be sense from across the room
t: nice malt initially followed by an intensly bitter floral and piny hop flavor that is superb
m: medium to full bodied beer with a little less than average carbonation

overall this is a very nice brew that has an intense hop taste

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

this ipa pours a dark cooper color with a nice creamy head and great lacing thru-out..one of the darker colored ipa Ive had.. soon as you pop the can and pour its WOW the smell is great ..its huge pine and citrus first then floral smells and grapefruit, spice/hops..you can also smell sweet malts you know this brew is a great one..very nice..the taste is a pine and grass forest hit on the taste buds then you get some great citrus hits with delicious hops it finishes with a sweet malt backbone..this ipa is well balanced and very drinkable its defiantly a hoppy, piney ,driven ipa one of the top ipas in the country ..one that im glad is right in my backyard and available anytime..which is always...highly recommended

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

16 oz can dated 8-14-12 into a beer goblet.

A - Deep amber, almost pushing brown, and quite clear. Large white head stays around a long time. Amazing lacing.

S - A cornucopia of tropical hop aromas, ranging from citrusy to kiwi-like. Lots of pine and grass. Very strong.

T - Toffee sweetness with slight caramel. Dank hops add both bitterness and sweetness; lots of citrusy orange zest. Resiny. Bitterness is extremely clean without harshness or metallic notes. Bone dry finish.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation.

O - A monster fresh IPA with a supporting sweet malt backbone.

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Photo of bwd110
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 oz can courtesy of mnjeff.
Poured in SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Copper brown in color, little darker than the norm for the style, big, fluffy light tan head with big loose and sudsy bubbles. Fairly soapy and reduces slowly to a thin but full sheet of lace.

S: Hop explosion in the nose, big citrus and lemon zest notes dominate, but there is an undercurrent of toasted biscuit malt. Also, you can almost smell the bitterness this one is sure to deliver!

T: Good ole fashion tongue smacking from the bruising and quite bitter hop profile. Quite tasty. Good malt backbone to support and complement the massive hop assault.

M: This is where Surly rules the world. Medium body, and like all Surly brews I've had, supremely creamy and velvet smooth down the throat. A masterpiece in the mouth.

D: Fantastic as well, this beer was gone in a flash... Leaving me frantically looking for another trade. Oh surly, please come to PA like everyone else!

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Photo of DNICE555
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 16oz can with Zapps after a fluke tennis game. A big thanks to Thorpe429 for including this one as an extra! Very cool trader. My first surly product... can't wait.

A - Hazy Dark Amber - Deep white head.

S - Big pineapple and pine scent. So clean and strong. The hops are so intense. Great stuff.

T - Intense fruity burst. Tart as hell with some strong caramel coming through. Wow this is a huge ipa.

M - Intense flavorful ipa. Takes no prisoners.

D - A bitter fruity ipa. Drinkable? If you can handle it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Quinn and Emily for tracking this don for me.

16oz can poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Brilliant clear ruby color with lighter orange hues. Two inch off-white head, awesome retention. Lacing is prevalent and extremely sticky. You'd need a sandblaster to remove it from the glass.

S: Oily and resinous bitter hop smells, pine and grapefruit. Pine needles. Passion fruit, mango, mandarin orange, a bit of mango, maybe even strawberries. Possibly the best smelling IPA I've ever come across.

T: Oily, resinous bitterness, pine and grapefruit. Melon comes out, but is overpowered by more bitter grapefruit. Subtle flavors of passion fruit, orange, and fresh strawberries. Very, very subtle caramel flavors from the malt are all but completely dominated by the hops. Finishes with juicy fruit flavors of passion fruit, orange, and strawberries, and a light grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, very slightly silky and creamy.

D: Extremely drinkable.

Notes: This is one hell of a beer. Only Sculpin is better in my mind, and that might be a matter of some debate. The nose is incredible.

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

Poured from the can into a North Coast nonic.

Nice, dark amber color to this brew. A good two fingers of head on the pour yielding to significant lacing. Consistent carbonation through the glass.

Excellent floral hoppy nose. Get lots of citrus, especially a big fat grapefruit, and nice piney undertones. If it tastes as good as it smells, I'm in for a treat.

The mouthfeel on this beast is divine. Strong viscous brew with tingly carbonation, must... drink... slower...

What an exceptional balance of flavors. The Scottish malt serves as an excellent backbone for the hops to play. Not overwhelming hops, just a perfect citrus bite to each sip. I could drink this forever.

Solid drinkability. Slightly lower marks due to the thicker nature of the brew in respect to other IPA's, though I could see myself downing a whole gaggle of these easily.

Perhaps my favorite brew to date. Just incredible, makes me a little misty eyed...

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Proof that some of the best damn beers do come in a can. Getting down to brass tacks:

A - Orange-copper body, very turbid, with a creamy off-white head that dissipates but retains a thin film. Decent lacing.

S - Very similar to a Bell's HopSlam. Could this be why I like it so much? Pineapple, honey, some distinct caramel and taffy-like malt scents.

T - For an IPA, this is very sweet with toffee-like malt flavor and plenty of honey. Nice hops in the finish, which is long, and then a flowery, banana aftertaste. Simply amazing.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a lingering finish. The complexity can't be over-emphasized.

D - This would be an absolute long-shot in any bar around here, but if they had it, it would be among the first choices for IPA's. Would love to try this on cask.

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

Thanks to wagenvolks for the share! 160z can split into two Brooklyn tulips. Pours a nice deep amber with a nice frothy head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a wonderful abundance of sweet malts and Earthy citrus hops I could smell as soon as I started pouring. The taste is nice balance of sweet malts just slightly overpowered by citrus hops, reminds me of Oscar Blues Gordon only a little lighter and sweeter. The beer is certainly light and crisp with slight carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer, I want more!

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

16 oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. Enjoyed on a rainy Friday after work while reading Brewmaster's Table.

A-Slight haze to this light orange-copper brew. A big orange-tan head crowns this attractive beer nicely, retaining for a bit, eventually reducing to a thin layer.

S-Hops poured out of the can upon openning, and the deluge of hoppiness grew as I poured the beer into the glass. Thick piney hops with a hint of citrus.

T-Piney hoppiness with a huge bitterness both assault my tongue right away, slightly loosening their grip only momentarily to allow a vestige of caramel and toasty malt to appear. Finshes dry-feeling from the hops with an anticipated lingering betterness.

M-Medium-full body, largely shadowed by the huge bitterness, which seems to impart its own puckering mouthfeel to the beer. Carbonation is moderate, appropriate.

D-Good drinkability. Hoppy enough to tango with the sleaziest of double IPAs, yet light and soft enough to enjoy a couple.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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