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 RJIV
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can with a canned on date of 8/4/15
Deep copper color. Beer is crystal clear with a white puffy head.
Smells of a piney resin with the hint of sweetness.
This beer is thick, chewy, and sticky that coats not only the tongue but the entirety of your mouth.
The upfront taste is a pungent piney resin. This is immediately balanced with a slightly sweet malt backbone and finishes in a noticeable but not offensive bitterness.

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Photo of tapperm
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really good Hoppy brew. Is a go to brew as it is readily availble. Well balanced and great hop bill. A little to malty for my personal taste. Could use more juice

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried beer at the Craft Brewers Conference in Austin. This was after having a few other beers that had some hops to them. This beer stood out from them all. 16 oz. Can. The beer pours hazy amber pine, citrus, and caramel. When you taste it there is a big hop bite at first that is followed by swirls of pine, orange, and sweet caramel malt flavors. Very nicely done beer. They named it well.

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Photo of Monsone
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish orange with a nice foamy white-tan head. Leaves nice lace.

Smell: Hops and lots of them. Piney and floral. A slight sweet maltyness in there maybe.

Taste: Lots of hop flavor. Bitterness levels are high but the malt backbone does show through. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty bitter but also a pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of camp0474
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2/6/11

A: Pours a great hazy crimson red color with light caramel colored head. Good head retention and sticky hop oil finger lacing.

S: Big piney hops up front with some citrusy hops trying to come through. Sweet caramel smell chimes in.

T: Piney hops blast the tongue as expected. Then the sweet caramel malt comes in for battle and wins. The bitter pine and citrus hops blend with the caramel and become fairly balanced. As they blend a citrus mandarin flavor arises. Then the lingering hop oils return for a bitter finish. Slightly astringent aftertaste lingers for a while. This is a pretty balanced beer considering the enormous hop profile on the nose and taste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The carbonation adds to the hoppy bite. Goes down slick.

D: Super hoppy but balanced. Damn drinkable for this display of hops. 99 IBUs? The sweet malt hides a lot of the bitterness. Another delicious staple of Surly. Sure glad I can get this year round.

Been drinking this since I got into craft beer, finally got to review it.

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Photo of jlh8643
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer on recommendation from John Dennis of Dennis Brothers Liquors in Cottage Grove, MN. Comes in a 16oz. alumnium can. Pours a deep copper with a great light beige head in my pint glass. Pine hops and more pine hops welcome my nose. Solid malt body with very balanced bitterness. No harshness for 99 IBU's. Finishes with a great hop flourish. Great beer!

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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 MikeyMikee
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a few cans of this from a trade with TheDudeRules. Thanks Mike. Drank back in March.

A- Copper orange with an off white head. Great head retention that leaves a nice lacing.

S- Huge floral notes with a lot of citrus as well, mainly grapfruit..there is also some piney-ness. There are some slight caramel notes as well.

T- Grapefruit is dominant with a very piney finish. The finish doesnt linger too long either which is awesome and keeps me comming back for more. Its very cirtusy, with some orange peel in there as well. The citurs is followed by a LIGHT caramel malt and prehaps some brown sugar.

M- Light to medium body with very awesome carbonation. Its smooth all the way around which makes for a very crisp and drinkable beer. Its really smooth.

O- The hops and malts are balanced perfectly, just enough malts so that you can taste it but not enough where it overpowers the hop bitternes at all. The piney after taste leaves you with a bitter, crisp finish that doesnt linger for too long and before you know it you have finished an entire 16 oz. can and your goin back for more. Really great beer and I wish I had easier access to it.

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Photo of Jammies
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish amber with two inches of foam. Good retention for a nice thick head. Lacing is ridiculous.

S- sweet and slightly citrusy. Very pleasant.

T- Slightly grassy. Unbelievable balance between the hops and the sweetness.

M- Light and smooth. Slight burn from the hops and hotness.

O- great beer. Not expecting such a quality beer from a can. Too bad it's not available in my state.

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Photo of hammer09
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! A canned IPA?

Poured from a 16 oz. can, generously donated by a buddy of mine, as a cloudy, amber-brown. One inch head of dense, rocky foam that settles very slowly. Cloudiness subsides as the beer sits for several minutes. The only drawback from this beer's appearance is that it's color seems a bit too dark for an IPA.

Smell is very hoppy with spicy, evergreen aromas. Smells good and fresh. Strangely, the typical grapefruit aroma appears to be missing, only to become present after the beer is first tasted.

Taste is very interesting. The first sip appeared to be a complete mess with a harsh sourness at the front. However, this initial sourness is followed by a very bitter hop characteristic that creeps up on the back of the palate. Once this sourness and bitterness combine, a balance is achieved, the palate is primed, and the rest of the beer is quite enjoyable. Very complex flavor development in this one, but overall taste is very good.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but very, very dry.

Overall, this is a very good, drinkable American IPA. The fact that it's canned is very surpising given that its flavor profile doesn't exhibit any of the characteristics of being canned. Drinks like a bottled beer. Now only if I could find this in Chicago...

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Photo of ballenc
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this stuff for well over a year - don't know why it's taken me this long to review it....

It pours a brown/orangish amber color. One to two fingers of fluffy off-white foam that is very slow to dissipate but leaves a wonderful lace on the glass as it does so. Color is opaque.

I don't know if I've ever smelled a hoppy IPA that fills my nostrils with such heavenly aromas as this beer. While the resiny hops are upfront and forward on the nose, other flavors come out - a bit of bready yeast, caramel malt tones and citrus/floral notes as well. Just the smell of this beer gets your salivary glands flowing.

As with the aroma, the taste is big-time resinous hops as soon as the beer hits your tongue. It has the bitterness (without being numbing) that all good quality IPAs should have. But..as the hop-forward flavor of the beer recedes, a smoothness comes out with s very nice toasted maltiness to add balance on the back end. A touch of sweetness also comes out in the flavor. This just leaves a very well-rounded, balanced taste to linger.

On the tongue, this is a bolder, bigger-bodied IPA than most other beers of this style - it can probably rival many Double IPAs. Not very carbonated which helps the drinkability of the beer. Even though the body of this beer is bold it does not seem heavy on the tongue.

Very drinkable beer that have a high enough ABV that it can sneak up on you. This beer can rival any of the big, hoppy Northwest IPAs I had the pleasure of drinking while living in the Pacific NW. Kudos to the folks at Surly for brewing such a wonderful beer!

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

Tried this on tap on a recent visit to the twin cities.

Appearance: Orange-y beer with light white head, some light lace on the glass.

Aroma: Noticeably hoppy nose with some sweeter notes in the background, enticing.

Mouth-feel: Very tingly.

Flavor: Aggressive hops flavors in the grapefruit range, fair amount of bitterness, with a lingering and slightly malty finish

Overall: A great American IPA, gotta see if I can find it in NC.

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Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you OHLRangers for the sample of this outstanding beer. Poured out of one of the baddest ass cans I've ever seen. Pours a deep cloudy reddish orange that produces a nice 1" head that sticks to the glassas I drink. I'm hit with scents of citrus and pine with a malty undertone. Very well balanced with strong hoppiness up front followed by some malt and finishes clean and bitter. Sticks to the mouth very well. It's excellent taste scores high with me and raises drinkability. I love it.

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Photo of jlb307
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received in a trade from Onenote81 (Thanks, Jon)

Poured from the 16 oz. can into my Bell's pint.

A: Pours a murky golden orange, and developed a thick almost two-inch head. Took forever to pour! Retained for a long time, and was off-white. Turned into a nice layer about 1/4" thick, and laced the whole way down. Just looked thick and sticky.

S: Bold and sweet! Was blown away as soon as I opened it! Pineapple, caramel, and LOADS of hoppy character. Just a wonderful aroma!

T: BANG! I couldn't believe this came from a can! Very well rounded and crisp. Perfectly balanced between the hops and malt with just the right bitterness on the palate long after each sip.

M: Nice medium body with almost perfect balance with the combination. Felt light because it wasn't as syrupy as most other IPAs, but still great.

D: Incredibly easy to drink. I wish I could find it around me more.

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Photo of ChiPool
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured entire pint can into an oversized tulip glass. Right away, the aroma of piney hops arose from the glass. This is about what I expected, as this can was less than three weeks old. The look is darker than most IPAs; a ruby red hue. The taste followed the aroma here: very hop forward, with a nice bitter finish. The hops are a blend of piney/citrusy flavors. The hops are balanced with a malt backbone that almost tastes a bit like rye. Because of this, I might compare this beer to Founders Red's Rye or Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, but a bit more hop forward. Quite enjoyable!

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

A- 4 Pours a nice looking rusty amber color with a big fluffy 1.5 finger beige head. There are big bubbles lining the glass and it is sticking all over.

S- 4.5 Very pungent on the nose, I get fairly big hops and pine primarily. It seems fresh and likely to be thirst quenching. There's a bit of a malty undertone as well. Really good aroma.

T- 4 This tastes of a full circle of hops. Piney hops coat my mouth up front then through the sip there's a little caramel malt... The finish is pure hop oil and it is slightly bitter. I like it though it isn't as complex as I'd have imagined.

M- 4 This is crisp and has a nice medium body with good carbonation. It feels pretty good through the drink but it leaves me dryer than I'd like. It is extremely dry at times.

D- 4 I certainly enjoyed this big hoppy brew, and could put down a couple of the pint cans for sure. I loved the aroma, and the flavor - although I found it a bit one-dimensional - was very solid as well. The dryness of this one would keep me from wanting to sip it all night, but that's not to say it isn't a good and tasty brew and even session worthy for others... Much thanks to Preismj for sharing this with me.

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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 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 Larrytown
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is what it's all about. Furious is a tough beer to improve, but this version manages to do it. The appearance is lighter, a pleasant orange with some nice haziness to it. The nose is full of hops, no surprise, with a little more earthiness than the original.

This is a smooth drinker, some of Furious' rough edges have been smoothed out (partially due to the cask) and the tea-bagging has added a little more complexity underneath the initial hop hit.

I only had a chance to have one glass of this before it was cashed, but I'll be on the lookout for another opportunity. It lives up to the hype.

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

Served in a tulip glass from a can. Furious is a bronze color drink with streaks of auburn when held up to the light. Thin head holds to a skim coating over the top.
Big citrus/piney hop aroma right from the openning. Further inspection yealds peachy and some grassy notes too. Malt backbone holds up strong behind hops.
Big hop flavors, mostly citrus with hints of peach and pine. Very floral hop taste midway through. Some malt sweetness keeps bitterness in check. Nice hop punch, not overly bitter.
A bit thin on the mouthfeel but works well with drink. Keeps things fresh and moving. Exceptional clean mouthfeel with only a trace amount of hop resins left in mouth. More of the floral variety.
This is absolutly an exceptional offering. Cant say enough how fresh of an offering this is. Floral hop flavor plays well of thin mouthfeel. Thanks to Jaxon53 for tickling my ass with this feather. This brew would be kept in the frig at all times, only if they had more distrabution. One can only wait.

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

Poured a dark orange/red with a head that held for the duration of my time with this beauty leaving lacing all the way down the glass.
The smell was hop, more piney then citrus, with a malt backbone. The taste was excellent with the hops taking center stage but a really strong balance of flavors serving as a great. This beer went down fantastically and I could have easily followed it up with another. Of the beers I've tasted, I would compare this most directly with Alpha King. In my eyes, this falls just short of Alpha King but I could see people thinking just the opposite. Regardless, an outstanding beer and worth the high praise it receives.

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

Shout out to DoctorRock for hooking me up with this and tons of other Surly brews.

473mL can into a Deschutes snifter. Canned on March 29, 2011.

A- Pours a murky, deep amber color with a nice one finger off white head that slowly dies down. Leaves a beautiful lacing that clings relentlessly to the glass.

S- Fantastic citrus and pine hops. Very faint malts as it warms in the glass. Simple and effective.

T- Behold the hops! Citrus hops up front, followed by a nicely solid, yet integrated, malt backbone. Finishes with a nice pine hop note and slight bitterness. Well balanced.

M- Light, refreshing and smooth. Carbonation is spot on as well. I need to get more of this for the summer.

O- A very well made brew from Surly that hits all the right notes for me. Surprisingly refreshing and quaffable. Easily one of my favorites in the style. I need to stock up on this for the coming months. The perfect summer beer. Well done.

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Photo of macktbone
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fogdog for this extra during a heavy imperial stout trade.

A-Red appearance that is very cloudy and unfiltered looking. Head is very small, but what is here is pretty.

S-Sweet and tangy hops. Cherries and a mix of other light berries.

T-Extreme malt!!! Nice buttery finish. Some spices and a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very biscuit-like.

M- Buttery thickness that is suprising for an IPA. Carbonation level is relatively low which lends itself well to the flavor of the beer.

D- I think this might be a little too much for a highly drinkable beer. Great flavor, but not something that I would drink more than one of, let alone everyday.

Good sample from Surly, only my second Surly product.


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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 brewdub17
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber makes up the base, while traces of copper can be found in the areas with more light density.

Smells: Sweet but spicy smells protrude though a spectacular wave of citrus and floral hop characteristics.

Taste: A full body is covered with spicy, citrus flavors that come from the high, but not at all overpowering IBU level.

Mouthfeel: All different types of flavors cover separate areas of the mouth to combine a great malty but spicy flavor. spectacular combination.

Drinkability: A medium ABV and huge amounts of flavors make it hard to go through great quantities. However, you cannot stop at two or three, too great of a beer.

Thanks Omar,

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