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 trill
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of Packforever1976.

Pours a slightly cloudy red, with an off-white head that drops slowly and leaves a ton of lacing. Aroma is a ridiculous level of orange, lemon rind, and caramel; it's floral, almost perfume-like. The taste is full of prickly pine, earth, and some malt that manages to remain very robust without upstaging the hop flavors. Moderate carbonation combines with aggressive hops to really scrub the palate. Despite the intense malt sweetness, it finishes dry and citrusy.

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Photo of abedenbaugh
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A med amber/brownish color with a fleating off white head.
S: A lot of smooth hop aroma coming through.
T: Smooth hop bitterness. Some citrus and earthy flavors coming from the hops. Caramel, malt and sweetness. The sweetness came in at the back of the palate. Also an appropriate amount of bitterness for an IPA.
MF: Med body and med carbonation. The hop oils give it a smooth/sticky mouth feel.
D: Overall it was an average IPA, but nothing to write home about. There bitterness was good and wasn't harsh.

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Photo of bound4er
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have tried Bender and CynicAle the past two nights. Both were good but didn't rock my world. Furious is different - this is one kick-ass beer.

Redish amber appearance - pours to a thick, couple inch head that slowly deminishes but never totally fades away and laces down the entire glass. This stuff smells wonderful - pine, lemon-lime, slight nutiness - everything I love in a good IPA! The taste doesn't dissapoint either - hops balanced out with just the right amout of malts - well made beer indeed. This beer finishes very crisp with the bitterness from the hops cleaning things up. Drinkability? Off the charts. I have three cans left and when they're gone, I will be hunting for more.

Does it surpass Bell's Two Hearted? I'd call it a draw, with the Two Hearted edging this out in smell with its great floral nuances and Furious winning by a nose in the taste department.

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Photo of Biggness
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark cloudy amber with a 2 fingered head with nice lacing. The smell if of citrus and nuts. The taste is different from most other IPA's they must throw a little more toasted malts into this one, its nice. A very nutty taste with a stong malt overtone. The mouthfeel is nice until swallow then a dry feeling overtakes the majority of what I had in my mouth. A highly drinkable beer, minus the aftertaste.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is slightly hazy copper with red hues and a frothy orange-tan head. Good lacing. Aroma has massive pine and grapefruit hops up front along with interesting aromas of fresh cut grass and dried biscuits. Flavor is bursting with, again, massive hops like grapefruit, pine, and orange. A touch of a lemony sourness from the moderate hop bitternes but this brew is surprisingly smooth due to a decent malt bill and it's not at all harsh in the aftertaste as you will find in many mega-hopped IPA's.

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Photo of beereality
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour, big sticky beige head with good retention, huge lacing. Cloudy ice tea appearance, looks like it was sprinkled with nutmeg from the sediment in the 16 oz. can. The head was so fine and over flowing, it almost looked like an ice cream cone in the glass. Not a big smell. Big bitter start with a dry hop finish. The bitter taste stays long in the mouth. This begs to be drunk. I'm getting a slight sweetness around the tongue with a dry bitter taste on the tongue. Great sipper because it tastes so good you don't want it to end. A friend split this with me( thanks Jeff) I think a couple of cans of this would rock you.

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Photo of xumbi
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to SrMonkey for sending this one.

Poured nice and thick, very dark for what I'm used to seeing in most IPAs.

The smell is incredible, toffe, chocolate, citrus, pine. For all the "hop bombs" out that only push the floral envelope, this spreads out in many other directions.

Taste is fantastic! Very hard to put into words. The mouthfeel is robust, not what you get from most IPAs. Flavors of caramel and malt push through the bitterness. Finishes dry, bitter, and strangely smooth.

I am ecstatic and saddened at the same time, since the only way I'll get my hands on more of this luscious liquid is through another trade...

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Photo of DownDaHatch
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Grumpy Bulldog in Naperville. I am told this is a rare treasure to have on tap. Additionally, I understand the last barrel lasted only 2 days in such a small bar. When drawn it looked like a nice cool iced tea with a thick beer head on top. It has quite a bit of pin hops smell. There are some smaller citrus undertones. However, what makes this beer great is the hops. The taste is big and bold. Wow...a guy can really get into trouble with this beer. It drinks remarkably smooth and has a wonderful. This beer barries the typical Dogfish head 60 minute that is often on tap at several craft brew pubs/taverns.

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 16 oz. can came as a generous extra from bakerslp with a high recommendation. THANKS! After an afternoon filled with a bounty of spectacular new beer....I broke out this little gem & split it with a friend.

A ~ Tea colored. A vigorous pour into an 8oz. stange released a mountainous 2 finger butter cream colored head with a whipped cream consistency. Sheets of tacky lace. The bottom pour left a sprinkling of dark sludge that resembled cinnamon or nutmeg on top of the buoyant firm head. Impressive....

S ~ Hops! Grassy & piney with sharp citrus notes
and roasted malts. The weakest aspect of this beer (for me)

T ~ An absolute full on assault of H O P S !!
Intense, strong flavors. Hop forward with citrusy sides more apparent as the beer warmed.
A malt background with a little sweet touch on the backside. Sharp & 99 IBU's bitter on the finish BUT, not the least bit offensive or hard to take.

M ~ Smooooth & way dry. The bitter blast leaves a mildly oily resin on the tongue. A warm, enticing glow at the back of the throat. Satisfying body & appropriate carbonation provide a refreshing finish.

D ~ I'm still tickled about "good" beer in a can.
This beer has balls. BIG BALLS ~ Dangerously easy to drink. A couple of these 16 oz. crushers would be enough (for me) but, THIS was an exceptional IPA adventure & I'm glad I had a chance to try it. Gonna seek out some more ~ soon!

Oh yea ~ This was my first taste of Surly. I'm impressed.

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Photo of spointon
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Sheffield's in Chicago.

A= This ale poured a decent copper color with a with a ½" white head that quickly dropped to a skim. There was some ok lacing down the glass.

S= The overpowering first impression of this ale's aroma was of Christmas trees. The piney hops were way out front, followed by some fruity hop notes and the tiniest bit of caramel malts.

T= As you would expect from the smell, this ale produced a full-on hop explosion on the tongue. I am unsure of what variety of hops were used, but they were definitely gave this beer a puckery, pine hop dryness. The malts were nearly absent, hanging in there just enough to keep this beer from being totally imbalanced.

MF= Medium body with crisp carbonation. Finish was dry.

D= A hop bomb for sure. I love hops and thought this was a good beer, if a bit over the top in the pine-hop department.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dingy orange coppery color with a full two finger head that hangs around turning into big bubbles in a mass over the top of the beer. A smattering of spotty lace is left nicely all over the glass.

Smells of apricot, pineapple, peach, sweet sugary candy, and pine sap. A little bready background gets through but doesn't hold much against the hops.

Full hops from the beginning on this one. Juicy with peach and pineapple, toasted bready grain, turning into bitter dry pine cone at the finish with a spicy dancing bitterness finishing on the palate. Resinous, but not funky or heavy.

Has some nice zingy carbonation and sticky medium body. Dries out with a nice bitter finish.

It smells and tastes so good it's hard not to devour it and want another.

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Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint can, 6.2% 99 IBU =)

Furious pours a furious red/brown color with a big sticky off white head. The nose is teeming with fresh hops balanced by clean but bold malts. Actually the malts are first to invade the tongue while tasting also, followed by a spicy hop note, subtle chocolate, and semi-sweet roasted nuts. Its medium bodied, slightly grainy as it warms, some booze on the finish and emits a long fresh hop aftertaste. Good drinkability, i wish i could get some here in NJ.

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Photo of JasonA
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first can, received via trade.

Pours a nice translucent amber with little to no head. Consider lacing for the small about of carbonation.

Oh my hoppiness. This my friends is a serious IPA. I smell pale, and fresh cascade(?). Lots of pine. Boy do I want to taste this. No ABV in the smell, which is impressive for the 6.2 considering.

** The best part of the smell is it doesnt go away. Ive noticed a number of Pale/IPA types will lose smell after a minute or so.

Where did it go? I get small pale pine to start, and a nice finish. Not as heavy as the smell, but nice. Pale in the finish is good, but start isnt there. ABV is present but not bad.

Fresh yet unispiring. Though what should be expected in an AIPA? Belch is nice and hoppy, which is a good sign.

I want to call this a sipping beer on a very hot day. I say this not because of the ABV, but due to the finish. The finish is the best part, but it takes a while to appreciate.

If I saw it, id get it. I dont think I would trade for it again. I am interested in additional Surly as this is my first.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a hazy orange with a pale yellow head. Lacing? Check

S. Piney resinous hop aroma? Check

T. They knocked it out of the park with this one. Not sure if I've had a better IPA, will have a Stone IPA next (my old favorite).

An earthy hop bounty followed by an almost woody malt taste. They compliment each other, it may be roasted malt. I like this. The malt is superior to most and stands up to the hops.

M. Full bodied and smooth. Dig it.

D. Going down WAY too fast. I should be enjoying this...well I am.

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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 oneeye
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first experience with Surly. Thanks Jeff, much appreciated!

Tall boy poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours a copper orange with a touch of gold. A glow of amberish orange with a thick white two fingered head. Sticky-icky lacing follows with every sip. Unfiltered and hazy sunshine.

S. The aroma of hops, citrusy hops. Oranges and grapefruits. A floral fragrance as well. Like the pine forest in my old back yard. Toasted roasted malts. Candied sugars or toffee.

T. A well balanced and beautifully blended mixture of hops and malt. Scottish Malt. A unique malt backbone indeed. Citrusy hops, aggressive with all the bitterness. Resinous, oily with lingering hop bitterness. The caramel toffee malt backbone makes the Furious a winner. With it's deep down flavor that pushes the complex hop profile upfront right in your face. DELICOUS!!!

M. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy. Lots of bitterness amongst the mouth. Oily and resinous with a full body.

D. The drinkabillity is over the top. Surly, surely does not hold back on flavor and bite. A very unique blend of hops and a unique malt backbone. A pleasure to drink anytime, anywhere, and on any occasion. A new favorite for years to come.

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Photo of schanker21
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the tasting room in the South Loop Binny's in Chicago.

Pours a clear copper with a two finger head that dissipates some, but leaves good lacing. The smell is where this beer becomes impressive. I ordered this beer and as it was getting poured, the guy next to me decided to try one too. We both took a sniff and said something to the effect of "holy crap." You get a huge whiff of flowery, citrusy, and piney hops that I don't think I've ever gotten on another IPA. The nose is really really strong on this and it translates to the taste as well. The initial taste is a little bit sweet, but after a couple seconds, the hops kick you in the teeth. This is an excellent IPA that is definitely at or near the top of my list.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dulcie had this once at the Hop Leaf in Chicago but we took no notes. It was an absolute must on our beer trek across America when we reached St. Paul.

It did not disappoint. It is one of the finest IPAs we have had - straight into Dulcie's top five. Rich copper amber colour with a fairly decent head. The aroma gets you though with its intense aromatic resiny pine scent: right away you know this is a serious beer.

Full bodied with initial sweetness giving way to citrus tang and finishing long with a nice resiny bitter note.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can provided by jasinviso. Served in a pint glass.

A: Transparent, deep amber/red body. 2 fingers of frothy tan head. Sticky lacing left on the glass.

S: Smell is predominantly citrusy and piney hops. Faint caramel malt presence in the background is barely noticible but comes out more as the beer warms.

T: The slightest hint of malt is trampled by the hops. Nice, crisp, grapefruit and pine notes dominate this beer. Dry throughout the finish. Malts become more present as the beer warms a bit.

M: Medium to full bodied. Crisp and smoothe throughout. Maybe even a slightly oily texture in there coating my mouth.

D: At only 6.2% alcohol and full of flavor, this is quite sessionable for the hardcore hop heads. Not one for those new to hoppy beers but, definely a great beer to drink slowly and savor.

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Photo of KaiMiller
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's really hard to reconcile the intense deliciousness of the beer with the punishment in the accumulating bitterness on the tongue. The deliciousness always wins, and you take another swig.

It's a good beer to acclimatise oneself to superhopped American beer. I wish I could get this in Halifax.

I first tried this while staying with my Mom in St. Paul, MN. I didn't realise how lucky I was to be able to get this. I'm no constantly bombarded with requests I get this sent up.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this brew up in a trade with Akorsak, thanks Adam!

A nice reddish-orange body with almost two fingers of tan head. Some good retention. A little bit of lacing.

Smells of both malt and hops.

Fantastic IPA. Sweet caramel-like malts, citrusy and piney hops. Finishes dry and bitter. Leaves a fantastic hoppy aftertaste. A great, balanced blend of malt and hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily.

This is a beer I could drink pretty much forever. One of the bes IPAs I've encountered.

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Photo of csmiley
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for this brew.

A - Appears to be thick and sticky. Color is a hybrid mix of copper and orange. A good amount of have is present. The off-white head topped out at a little under one inch and was gone pretty quick. Some lacing remained.

S - There is a big and complex hop aroma. Just to name a few: Grapefruit, orange, pine, bubblegum, pipe tobacco, and fresh cut grass. There is some malt notes that are able to peak through on the tail end. Mostly caramel but it stays in the background to let the hop keep the spotlight.

T - An explosion of hops to start out. Fruitiness is up front with hints of orange, strawberry, blackberry, and mango. The earthy hop notes take a back seat. Picked up some pine flavor with hints of leaves and grass. Some malt shows up toward the end with flavors of caramel and sugar.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation. Finish is dry, bitter, and does not end. This beer is bigger than expected for the style but still very good.

D - Drinkability is good. It basically destroys the palate and taste buds with hop flavors and bitterness which does limit drinkability to a degree. Alcohol is hard to detect which helps out some. That being said, it is still a very good beer. I would happily have another one. I might not be able to taste it, but I would still have one. Highly recommended beer from Surly. Glad I got to try it out.

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Photo of Beerking721
3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this on at least 5 occassions and I find it to be a decent offering but nowhere close to the style I like.

A = A fairly dark appearance for an IPA style with a minor head with an off-white color.

S = Nosing the glass, I smacked head-on into a bitter wall of floral hoppiness that I immediately associate with English Bitter Style.

T = Very strong with minor citrus and a bull-rush of bitter hops. Much as in the Surly style, the beer is over-hopped to a substantial degree.

M = Bitter, effervescent, and singeing, I found it difficult to hold this on the palate for my usual 20 seconds (for tasting and evaluation purposes). A can/glass of this will provide palate shock and leave you with this aftertaste for 20 minutes to a half hour or more after you've finished. Because of this, Furious is not a food friendly beer.

D = For me... one and done.

This is not my favorite and I will be fair by stating that up front. Stylistically, they have achieved a specific taste and result and with that said, this beer is spot-on. If you love huge bitter, floral, and citrus spokes, this is your beer.

Just not for me.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served into an imperial pint glass, this brew pours a deep, clear amber. Almost brown.
The head is about a fingers worth of frothy white foam. A little darker than I'd expect from an AIPA.

S - More caramel malts than anything, but also a nice hop profile on top of things. Again, a little maltier than I'd normally prefer, but I like my IPA's to smell hoppy. Sidenote: when I cracked the can, all I could smell was hops.

T - Very big and flavorful. Well-hopped and has a nice underlying malt backbone that balances out this monster. Extremely well put-together, and a definite gem. Bitter on the finish but not overly. Reallly well-balanced.

M - Creamy, medium carbonation, medium body.

D - Great drinkability, and a brew I'd revisit time and time again if it were available.

Notes: I've been spoiled with some great IPA's lately and this one is no different. Those who can obtain this should consider themselves lucky, as this is a truly tasty brew. Thanks Tom!

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Photo of DanK222
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What more can I say that hasn't been said?

This is my staple beer! I'm not going to review it in the traditional fashion. Instead I'd rather just say it kicks major arse!! Now as a hop head, I found this beer to be excellent. But as a drinker in MPLS who is always searching for a fresh, hoppy, and strong beer. I found this beer to be my #1. I had always wanted to brew a beer similar to this. Instead Todd did all the work for me. I love the dark amber coloring. If poured correctly, it seems to always come with a nice head and can achieve some substantial lacing. When that first sip hits you, it brings that hoppy bite right to your palate. It then evolves into a fine bitter/fruity combination that I can't get enough of. Now had I reviewed this beer over 1 year ago, there would have been 1 minor change, aroma. But it is my recent knowledge (And correct me if I'm wrong.) that it seems they've been dry hopping the Furious recently. Which in my opinion is the only addition needed.

Truly a masterpiece!

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