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

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.

Added by feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into red wine glass, served just a hair cooler than cellar temp and up from there. Thanks once again to Dev (buckeyesox) for the chance to try this one!

Pours hazy, dark brown red. This is really dark for an IPA. Head is massive, three-fingers, khaki, dense and rocky. Fantastic lacing and stickage, and some nice effervescence as well. I can't imagine an IPA looking any better than this fantastic specimen.

Nose is great too. Notes of grapefruit fill up the space surrounding the beer. Rindy, piney notes are there as well, with maybe a hint of caramel underneath, but the bright hops notes dominate.

Taste is fantastic. Big and piny, the hops just dominate up front, but it's clearly flavor first/bitterness second, which is the mark of the best IPAs. Lots of grapefruit as well, especially as the beer warms up a bit. Toasty malt comes through as a clearly secondary note, well integrated hinting at caramel, emerging after the initial piney first wave. Finish is long, dry, with a firm but controlled bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and so creamy, soft but full carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability is great. Every time I burped it was so delicious I just wanted to drink more. Top notch IPA, and deserving of the hype in my opinion. My favorite Surly beer so far.

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Photo of JimGlonke
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to wankerweasel for this one. hands down the best beer i have ever had out of a can. was much darker in color than i expected-a deep, reddish brown. lots going on in the bouqet: roasty, toasty notes from the scottish malts, piney hops, toffee, nuts, and more that i can't recall due to being shlitzfaced yesterday. just a bit of residual malt sweetness but still plenty of malt backbone. medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. long, dry, bitter finish. brings a lot of flavor and body to the table for a beer of this abv, so plenty good in the drinkability dept.
update-i've had this many times now, even on tap, and this is really good fucking shit. very much like an alpha king, just a bit roastier and more husky.
update 2: got another case, this shit is the best. super fresh in the can and perfect. just unbelievably great.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of chugalug06
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark murky amber hue with a slightly off-white color head. Head is quite foamy and solid looking. Nice looking bubble stream from the bottom though the middle. Spotty lacing.

S - Amazingly nice tropical scent with extreme citrus and toffee notes. Slight pine resonates too... Very "sticky" scent. I can smell this brew sitting on my table. Pungent amazingness.

T - Very light flavor for an IPA, quite enjoyable. Very hop forward with a relaxed back feeling. Not overly bitter, but still has the IPA bite. Well done Surly.

M - Great mouthfeel; light, air-y, balanced, well carbonated, addicting.

D - Strong. I could down many of these, but I think it could get me in some trouble... Consumed around 55 degrees from a NB Globe. Canned 3/29/11. Great brew!

This was my first Surly brew ever and will definitely be seeking more in the future. Thanks for the trade Nick!


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Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brentk56 for this in a trade.

- Dark copper, almost looks like a red ale.. fluffy white foam, leaves a thin pillow of foam. Rather clear, and only maybe slightly cloudy.

- Big citrus hops, orange, tangerine, floral... sweet caramel, grain, bready... roasty.. earthy,.

- Very good brew.. caramel malt, sweet grain... almost like a sweet tea.. huge citrus hops, pineapple, grapefruit.. slight pine.

- Light to medium bodied, slightly dry and cloying. Slight creaminess to it.

- Very drinkable, balanced, and truly a great IPA.

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Photo of Lynn
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of SharkNado
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a yellowy orangish color with a pretty descent and sticky white head. the smell is very citrusy with some pine notes as well, a very well balanced hop profile. the flavor is pretty similar with citrus just beating out pine for the dominant hop characters, along with just enough malt backbone so its not just a total hop bomb. the mouthfeel is crisp dry and well carbed. overall this is a very solid brew

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Big_V
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have been waiting to try something from this brewery for some time now. Pours brownish cooper with one finger head. Piney with faint citrus aroma. The sweetness from the malts dominate with hops playing the background similar to a hoppy barleywine such as Bigfoot. It is rather smooth. The balance and mouthful are its strong points just not what I look for in an IPA.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with an off white head that stays a good two fingers thick for most of the brew. Nice amounts of lace mark the glass. Very good looking hazy brownish orange color.

Smells of hops!, citric, grapefruity, resiny hops! oh and there's some caramel malt some where in the midst of all those hop aromas.

This is one hell of a tasty drinkable beer. Damn Scott only sent me one whats up with that? (jk, I wouldn't want to give any up). The hops lead the charge all the way through, citrus, grapefruit, pine and a strong malt presence to try and stop the onslaught of the hops but to no avail. What the hell just happend to me?

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of russwbeck
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side with Furious on-tap at a Surly tapping at Churchkey in DC. Centennial hops lend their leafy selves to the beer inside the cask.

A: Hazy yellow orange pour with a finger of bubbly white head. The retention isn't as good as the on-tap offering was, but the haziness of the body makes up for it.

S: The aroma is a littler more sweet, with the fruit playing a bigger role. Citrus mostly with only a slight pine note.

T: When I think about a word to describe the taste...it's muted. Fruit forward, dry and bitter as an afterthought. Mostly all citrus. It does have a clean finish.

MF: Heavy body for an American IPA, with a below average carbonation (obviously, this beer was in the cask!). Sort of bitter with a dry finish. It was stil pretty drinkable, however, you just didn't get a lot of flavor.

O: A bit disappointed. The hops in the cask don't really add any real discernable difference in flavor, sadly. It was good, just not as good as the tap version. Probably would skip this next time.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 5,598 ratings