Furious | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 doughanson78
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned 6/7/11. Big thanks to 67couple for this one. First Surly beer.

A: Dark amber in color. Very clear. One and a half finger, bery rocky, slightly off white head. Great retention and Awesome lacing.

S: Very citrusy. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine. Slight piney aroma also. Very nice caramel backbone.

T: Sweet caramel up front. Fruity/citrusy/piney hop bitterness in the middle. Caramel starts to come back in the finish but the amazing hops continue to linger for a while. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Low to medium carbonation.

O: WOW! Awesome beer. Easily compared to a fresh Pliny. As I say, I usually give Pliny as extras in trades, because I can always find a decent alternative. Wish this was readily available in my area.

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Photo of 4ster
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large Tulip, can dated May 9, 2013. Thanks to FrostyWPG for this one!

A: A somewhat clear, ruby - burnt orange colour, different from the rich golden colour you usually associate with a DIPA, like Abrasive. Not a huge amount of head, perhaps a quick 1 finger, but decent lacing upon retreat.

S: Lots of sweet, roasted malts with a nice underlying hop aroma; refreshing tropical fruit, melons, grape, lightly pined...

T: Straight off, this isn't your regular IPA....(ok it is an American one, but even then...) as oft noted, really starts off caramel, lightly sweet malts with a citrus undertone and slight woodsy flavour.... but then the hops get angry that the malt is stepping to the front! some might even say Furious... (sorry),... there is a sharp about turn in this one as you near the finish and you get hit with waves of piney, grape-ish-fruit bitterness... this one really leaves you with all 99IBU at the end of the sip...

M: slightly light feeling, with medium + carbonation that is a slight fizzy on the tongue... slightly dry and a fair amount of stickiness...

O: Overall I'd say it's a nice beer, but I'm a bit stuck if I'm just glad I've gotten to try it, or it's something I'd drink more often if available.... it has some interesting flavours and is different which I appreciate, but I just feel like it just doesn't have that balance you find brewers seeking in a double IPA, with rich florals/citrus's/sweet flavours to balance out the hop... here you have some toasted malts that aren't that sweet and then a whole wack of hops... it just needs a little more sweetness or fruits or something... not sure if it's the yeast they use or what...? Still worth trying out though as it's not still an interesting hoppy beer...

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Photo of KAP1356
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pint can dated 10/26/2010 into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Big thanks to surlytwinsfan for giving me this in a trade!

A - Pours a hazy orange, amber color with a one finger, eggshell white color head. Some nice sticky hop resin lacing is present as well.

S - Great aroma here. Fruity notes of citrus fruits; grapefruit, lemon, orange right out front. Some great leafy, piney hops hot you right with the fruit notes. Really great and bold hop presence.

T - WOW! Really tremendous hop flavors all over the place. Extremely fresh pine and fruity notes from the obviously extremely fresh hops. Flavors of bitter pine and spiciness mix incredibly well with fruity flavors of grapefruit and lemon. Very nice malt backbone to this rounds it out to be one of the better IPA's I have had.

M - Very creamy and smooth, with just enough bite from the carbonation. Slightly less sticky hop resin feel than I would have expected, but it all comes together nicely. Medium bodied, but more towards the lighter end of the spetrum.

D - Dangerously drinkable at onbly 6.20% ABV. Easily one of the more drinkable IPA's out there. Really wish I had about 23 more of these, but one was all I needed to try it!

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of smi69
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one was a little disappointing for me. It had a really nice nose and a beautiful hazy apricot colored pour, but the flavor was not very well balanced. I got lots of bitterness on the finish without enough juiciness from the hops.

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Photo of Foxman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange brown with slight head, thick lacing. Floral and almost buttery notes on the scent. Crisp citrusy tasting. The slight bitterness and alcohol are more on the aftertaste. Very full mouth feel.

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Photo of younger35
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this brew many times but never got around to reviewing it (and by many I probably mean like 3-4 times). As I was clearing out the notes on my phone I found this one from Darkness Day '09. Dry hopped with Simcoe. Drank from a fancy smancy plastic cup.

Appearance- Pours a light reddish orange with a beautifully fluffy one finger bright white head with redonkulous staying power. About a half inch head is maintained the entire beer with rings and rings of thick lacing left in my king's chalice.
Smell- Fairly subdued, especially compared to the normal version but damned nice. Some light fruits consisting of pineapple and peach permeate my plastic vessel. I'd even dare say that the nose is almost more floral than it is fruity. Has a nice lilac or rose scent that's nice but nothing manly. Not sure why but the tea-bagged version is so much smoother around than edges than regular, but it is.
Taste- Again, a bit softer around the edges. Still plenty fruity and plenty bitter with that piney edge I love. Some grapefruit pith as the bitterness is initial but sort of melds into this wonderfully piney goodness. One thing I love about Furious is that a little malt is actually noticeable (unlike most west coast gems) with a touch of caramel and toast. Again, tastes a lot like the regular, just toned down. Nothing that discernibly tastes like tea though.
Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy with a nice full feel and silky smooth cask carbonation.
Drinkability- No way you could call this beer anything but super drinkable. Anything on cask is amazing first of all, but just the fact that it's a rounded Furious is enough to know it's great. I'm not real sure how much the dry hopped Simcoe added but either way; badass brew!

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Photo of Nolen12
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review from notes on a can that atlsaint sent in a trade. thanks again! pours a nice clear copper color with a finger of off white head that quickly settles into a ring. nose is big on pine, followed up with citrus and malt. taste is pretty much the same. goes from pine to citrus to pine with a nice malt balance to bring it together. mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation and a sticky oily pine feel with a long dry bitter finish. overall i'm glad i got to try this but it's not one of my favorite ipa's. dont think i'll set up a trad for more but i wont turn it down either.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of boogerisu
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to natasharai for the fresh can. (additional thanks to vwcraig for sending this as an extra, but it ended up being not so fresh. not his fault, since surly doesn't actually have a dating scheme, according to the brewers themselves.) tasted in early april 2009

deep, almost dark amber. hazy. big tan head slowly recedes to a puffy layer, then just wispy puffs. great foamy lacing.

aroma: fresh pine and grapefruit (both rind and zest), orange zest, plus apple fruitiness, into the sweet caramelized malts, finishing with yet more pine and citrus freshness.

taste: more fresh grapefruit zest and rind, but also sweet citrus flesh fruitiness, plus apple note too, trailed by more pine. sweet caramel malts are countered with bold but fresh piney hop bitterness, resinous with fresh pine lingering into the finish.

decently smooth, but with lots of sticky resins in the finish. creamy, moderate carbonation, can be spritzy upfront.

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Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hoosier222002
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from a trade. Can poured into a tulip glass. Beer is a mostly clear dark amber color, with a very slight haze. Initial finger of off white foamy and bubbly head with lots of large bubbles dissipated quickly to the surface. Lots of lacing left on the edge of the glass that sticks a long time, and a lot of large bubbles on the surface of the beer.

A decent amount of aroma from this can of Furious. Tangerine and grapefruit, dank earthy hops, light pine notes, and caramel malt sweetness.

Taking a sip, pine needles, earthy and grassy hops hit the tongue first, pleasantly bitter. Some of the citrus peel comes along later with the good malt sweetness more biscuit than the darker caramels on the nose. Surprisingly clean finish on the tongue, almost no aftertaste.

Light bodied and well carbonated with smooth small bubbles. Clean finish and light body makes this very refreshing for, especially with the alcohol being a non factor while drinking it.

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Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of coldmeat23
2.96/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Clear, medium copper colored, liquid. A little more than a finger of light tan foam for a head. Retention is really good and lacing is thick and in a solid ring.
Really a great looking brew.

Hops. Big pine hops. Lush tropical/citrus hops. Just overflowing with the floral bouquet of hops.
A very light hint of caramel malts.
Smells completely out of balance.

I'm shocked. It tastes like hops.
This is such a harsh hops bitterness. I can tell that there are some caramel malt notes in there, but just when they come forward, the hops leapfrog right over them and attack your pallette.
This is way too far out of balance, for me.

The mouth is crisp and sharp with a slight touch of creaminess.

If you love hops, this is definitely one to search for. Like you didn't know that, already, though. If you haven't had it, get it.
The very definition of the term 'hop-bomb'.
If you don't absolutely love hops, this is probably not for you.

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Photo of Brian29
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of steve8robin
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade. Not an IPA guy, but away we go...

A: Gorgeous! Beautiful deep ruby color with a thick 1 inch white head the slowly fades but never completely disappears. Awesome!

S: Super deep earthy hops blended with a heavy pine bite. Grapefruit and citrus in the middle with sweet malts and sugars buried deep on the backend. Good.

T: Watery hops upfront blended with citrus grapfruit. Sweet malts in the middle with a pine bite on the backend. Very good blend.

M: Good balance of bite and carbonation. Doesn't leave any bad tastes in your mouth. Good.

D: After you get past the IPA bite, it goes down good.

All in all, I'm not one for IPA's, but this is a pretty well blended IPA to me. A pleasant surprise. Surly definitely has some very good brews going for them. A must try for any IPA fan.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,511 ratings.
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