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.

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

I really enjoyed this beer, got it in the Secret Santa BIF...thanks Leigh!

Poured a dark amber bronze into a tulip glass that allowed for a good foamy head that lasted through the 1st half of the drink.

Smell to me was sweet pine....citrusy but allowed the hops to come through.

Taste was fantastic, again sweet, but not too sweet with a great blast of hops on the backside. I used to have preconceived notions about beers in a can, but there are some phenomenal beers in a can, and this is one of them.

VERY drinkable to me, wish I had access to more down here in GA cause I can definitely see myself throwing a few of these back.

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Photo of McDiddyPop
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this can as an extra from younger35. Poured into Stone India Pale Ale stemware.

It poured a dark ruby/ amber color with perfect clarity. Tiny bubbles slowly drifting towards the top. An amazingly dense ivory head. When I poured what was left of the beer after the first few sips, it made a hole right in the middle of the foam. Impressive to say the least. Scattered sheets of lacing stuck around as I got through this.

It smells of sweet citrus. Grapefruit. A bit herbal and grassy. Inviting to say the least.

The taste starts off with a hint of sweetness and then my tongue was blasted with hoppy goodness. Citric and fruity. More of a peach/apricot flavor as it warms up. Nice sharp, crisp finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I would have liked. The flavor seemed to wash away at the swallow, save for a bitter ending.

Good drinkability on this one. Alcohol kicked in a bit at the end, but was completely undetectable throughout. I highly enjoyed this one. Thanks Dan!

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Photo of rynegne
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to beat. My only gripe is that there's so many on shelves these days it's very difficult to find fresh. Piney, malty and subtle hints of pineapple.

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Photo of Macky20
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

extra in a trade with kbutler1... thanks!

poured from a 16 oz can into a Surly pint glass (also an extra)... i thought this was only fair. thick creamy, dense head exploding with a sweet hoppy aroma that reminds me of pinapple, fantastic.
dark amber color just barely translucent when held to the light.

taste is almost as good as the smell, full of citris hop bite that is very pleasant, even the aftertaste left on the tongue.

THIS is what a beer is supposed to feel like... perfect carbonation, not to thin and not too thick... i think this had a lot to do with the amazing way this beer pours.

if i didn't have kids i was responsible for, i could easily kill several pints of this stuff.... GREAT beer, and i very much wish they had it here in NC!

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

Thanks to ScoobyDank for sending some Surly love

A- Pours a nice thick two finger head. Had some pretty thick lacing. Beautiful amber color. I would say this is one of the better looking IPA beers.

S- Sweet citrus a hint of pine with some grapefruit aromas. Very pleasing to the nose. It may have a small bit of caramel in the nose, but definitely more hop forward smell wise...Very enjoyable

T- Citrusy hops with a slight bit of maltiness. Overall a nice taste.

M- Medium amount of carbonation with a silky finish to the beer. A resiness aftertaste if I had any complaint

D- Overall a great beer. Wish I could get my hands on this more often. Could easily have this as my go to session beer.

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

This is my all time favorite beer, it is about time I reviewed it. Poured from a can into a Surly pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/red with ample foam. A medium amount of lacing.

Smell: Pine, pine and more pine, as well as grass and citrus. It smells sweet, primarily it gives off hop aromas, not smelling much in the way of malt.

Taste: This is tasting pretty fresh, which makes it all the better. Lots of citrus up front, lots of citrus - pineapple, orange and tangerines, there is some malt to balance it out, caramel notes and perhaps some biscuity flavors as well. There is a lot hop flavor but it is not overly bitter, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, nice carbonation with enough lingering hop bitterness to leave you ready for your next sip.

Overall: As previously mentioned, this is my favorite beer and it has never disappointed.

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Photo of AllenJasper
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz. Can to Snifter.

A: Fairly dark orange-red, very short head, medium lacing.

S: For an IPA, it has a fairly malty aroma, with some caramel notes in there to add to the usual IPA citrus/pine smell.

T: Not your ordinary IPA, the caramel flavor comes through but is still a hop-forward flavor, an exceptional balance in my opinion. Zesty, but not too offensive. I can taste the caramel more in the aftertaste.

M: Rather sharp initially, turns a little sticky towards the end, I love it.

O: This is hands-down my favorite year-round American IPA. With my second favorite being Odell's, neither are 'to style' and both are unique in their own ways. Furious is strong yet delicious, try it if you can.

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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 beerad666
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this up after Darkness Day '08 at Blue Max. I love seeing great beers in a can! With that said I poured this from a can into an Imperial Pint glass.

The color is surprisingly very transparent for the the reddish brown color. About 1/2 a finger of head that disappears nicely with some nice lacing. Right away you get the smell of hops along with some notes of citrus. Great flavor and easy you drink. The hops are up front right away but they get you the most in the back of the mouth about a 1/2 second after a drink. You also get some citrus along with some sweet notes. Great balance of flavor for this beer. The Furious leaves your mouth with a dry crisp taste.

Very high on the drinkability, just a pleasure to drink. I kept wanting more and quickly before I knew it, it was all gone. This is just a fabulous IPA at a really good price

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Photo of indesertum
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

atypical rich dark red amber color. nice pillowy head. most of it dissipates quickly but nice layer on top.

incredible piney, grass, citrus, flowery nose. almost as nice as flower power.

everything on the nose, but with out with a nice malty sweet backbone to it. good balanced bitterness.

under carbonated. rich mouthfeel.

overall a damn delicious beer.

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Photo of bevenson
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A - Copper with a slight chill haze. Low, off white head that quickly falls. Light Belgian Lace on sides of glass.

S - Grapefruit and a slight woody/grassy hop aroma in balance with sweet caramel. Light alcohol noticeable too. Could use a little bolder hop aroma.

T - Grapefruit and caramel up front; more caramel than I'm used to in an American IPA. Firm bitterness follows closely behind. Toasty malt is hidden in there somewhere. Grassy finish with a lingering bitterness; has the "scrape your tongue" kind of lingering hop quality that I've come to expect from an American IPA.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and dry. Slight stickiness lingers afterward, which keeps this from being as refreshing as it could be.

D - An excellent American IPA. I prefer the ones that only have the bare minimum of caramel malt, and this one has more than I like. Otherwise it's a very enjoyable American IPA that I greatly appreciate on this hot summer day.

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Photo of RodneyX
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer leaves some nice lacing behind and is a burnt orange amber color. The powerful hop smell almost knocks you off your feet. Great tropical notes and quite smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation is appropirate. This is probably my favorite IPA right now.

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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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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 brewbucker
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surely this can of Surly couldn't compare with a bottled beer. You are correct. It doesn't compare. It is actually better than most bottled IPA's. Aroma and flavor is full of piney hops and rich malts. Pours a dark amber with a nice sized head. Pine, pineapple, big hops and big malts. A sticky brew and I loved it. One last thing.... Did I mention anything about BIG HOPS!!! It is like my nose was smashed into a pine tree!!!!

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Photo of cuttlery
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can, a deep orangish color (sunset after a good downpour color) Not too heavy of a head. Tastes exactly as described on the can, heavy hops aroma. Fantastic tastes, this is definitely a favorite.

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Photo of turamarth
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from TheReaper16!!
Poured into New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Poured a big frothy off white head, that is very sticky. good lacing. Has a nice cloudy amber body.

Smell: Lots of piney hops. Caremel? Some nice sweet malts. Maybe some hints of citrus. Lots of Pine.

Taste: Not what I expected from the nose. Still a very piney hop presence, but the sweetness is enhanced in the taste. Very pleasant.

Mouth: Very silky for an IPA I think. Almost chewy, I like it.

Drink: This is a very solid IPA. Not sure if it's my favorite or not, but I like it.

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Photo of bonk0076
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice beige head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing. Aroma features extremely strong pine and citrus (grapefruit) notes with earthy and caramel notes beneath it. Taste is almost a disappointment after the power that the aroma suggests. Not that its bad, just the aroma is so appealing. Taste begins with hop bitterness and finishes with a smooth caramel maltiness that balances it without taking away from the hops. Seems to have a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of hoody711
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is going to be very hard to write unbiased. Surly Furious, along with Two Hearted Ale, are the two beers that got me into craft. I was just a young, innocent boy in downtown Chicago. I'm 4 years older now, and now fatter and happier because of it. Nostalgia.

A - canned 10/24. Into a tulip gently, still produces two fingers of head. Off-white, pretty bubbly, not rocky but very nice. Lacing is mild, but the glass was a little wet from just being cleaned. I'm making excuses for all shortcomings already. Color is dark amber. No particulates, but there's only half the beer in there. Later pour produces the aliveness of the beer.

S - yep, that's amazing. Sweet, citrusy hops with a little sweet malts. Not getting any of the caramel maltiness that I remember smelling on this beer, and that is fine with me. This is one of the best-smelling beers I've ever had. (ZD, Sculpin, Sucks, Lunch, to name a few, if anyone cares.)

T - mostly malty to be honest. The hops definitely take a back seat. There's a tartness that makes itself present mid-taste, and the bitterness is noticed just at the end. It's very interesting (and a little disappointing to me), considering the smell.

M - insanely drinkable. Clean and light-medium. I'd like a little more carbonation. Bitter aftertaste is only temporary. Dangerous.

O - when I found out Surly pulled their supply from Chicago to meet demand back home, it was a very dark day. They still have a special place in my heart for getting me into craft. A beautiful beer that smells like absolute heaven. The taste is more malts than I'd like, but still delicious. I'd love more citrus in this AIPA, but I guess that's what Abrasive is for. Looking forward to Surly upping production and increasing circulation.

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Photo of Graham21
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich tea color with a hint of red. Nice big three finger frothey tan head.

Smells of Grapefruit, Malts, Hops, Pines, wood, grass.

Taste is bitter, very bitter, but a grassy bitter. small amounts of malts compliment the hops. good citrus undertones.

mouthfeel is nice, and on a hot day I could make a four pack a session brew.

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

Appearance: Ruddy dark brown with a fantastic hop flecked haze to it. Massive crusty head, thick bubbly surface reminds me of what is seen in open fermenters during Brewery tours. Dense deep creamy head starts about 2"+ thick but slowly slides down into the brew as it snap, crackle and pops its way into leaving some thick ribs and smattered lacing. Finely dissolved intense rasping carbonation, but it's all under control. Excellent looks and superb head longevity throughout. Shame to keep this one hidden in a can.

Nose: Intense citrus fruits, orangey hops, caramel malts, grapefruit, lemon rind and yet more malts. Classic stuff.

Taste: Gorgeous start, thick fruity and oily with a big blast of malts and an even bigger pummeling from the hops. The hops have a mouth watering juicy nature from the hops but all this is held in a stable forthright pose thanks to the malt base with its toffee texture and caramel consistency. Excellent

Mouthfeel: The fine conditioning lends a lively smoothness to this brew, the malts impart a chewy toffee nature and the hops offer a lively sharp cutting bitter lemon bite. It works extremely well to lend a much bigger feel to an IPA that is "only" 6.2%.

Drinkability: This beauty comes in 4-Packs. At 6.2% whilst this is a very poundable brew I am sure it could get you into danger and trouble very quickly. Highly quaffable.

Overall: Says "Beer for a Glass, from a Can" around a red band on the neck - and you certainly need to release this IPA from its metal prison and into the glass to see just how marvelous it looks. Hands down the best Canned IPA I have ever had. A Benchmark for sure.

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

Thanks to Tim and Blair for these two. Poured from the can into a Delirium snifter. Canned on 12/15/11, drinking 2/16/12.

Pleasing bouquet of citrus and pine, with some underlying caramel sweetness. The aroma is not "in your face" and its not subtle, but some somewhere in-between, leaning just a tad towards "in your face". The aroma is strong, yet delicate all at once. As it warms, the caramel and pine seem to be the front-runners.

1/2 inch head, cream colored, off-white, a bit tan. It holds up nicely for a bit, then decides it will like to submit itself to the depths of the beer. But wait, it stops falling. What's left behind is a scattered, minimal lace, and a very thin and bubbly film to cover the surface area of the beer. Beautiful color here. Its a deep amber red, with some light brown hues that really give it an interesting look. The can's description nails it by saying "crimson-hued". Its hazy, and near opaque.

Lots of hop flavor on the first sip, and as you would expect the flavors are truly reminiscent of the nose. The fresh pine, the bright citrus and malty sweetness. Its not balanced, the hops are clearly winning the battle here. I dont mind however, the caramel does its job well by rounding out the dry, piney, bitter finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation enough to cut up the hops and caramel. Finishes dry. The hop residue lingers prominently, boldly claiming your mouth as their territory now. At first I didnt think it had the big hop bite that I thought 99IBUs would have, but I stand corrected. After drinking nearly half the pint, my tongue feels battered.

Its a great beer. The hop bills assault has left my tongue bruised. The slightly sweet and dry finish has me wanting more. I think Surly did a great job in how they allow the hops to shine in this one, but were able to include an underlying, well rounded, caramel, malty presence throughout all aspects of the beer.

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

I am biased. I love this beer so much that it is the beer by which I measure all others. The aroma is a delightful bitter floral grapefruit. Color is beautiful reddish brown. Taste is a fantastic bitter grapefruit that lingers for minutes. Full boddied rich IPA. Just awesome. The guys at Surly know what they're doing and this beer just proves it.

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

A deep copper-colored beer with a persistent head and nice lacing. Intense hops aroma. Huge depth of flavor balanced by toasted malts. Long finish.

Like a lot of great beers, it's hard for me to pick out individual flavors in the complexity of the whole. Overall, outstanding. An aspirant beer.

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Photo of ratty918
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Furious is a great beer. You can really smell the I.B.U's in this beer and has a smell like it is fresh of the boil kettle. I love I.P.A's and Furious has one of the best taste I have had. This beer has a great finish and whether from a can or the tap tastes great!

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,487 ratings.
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