Furious | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

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 caramel-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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jhlosito75
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NappyB
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of younger35
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.98/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of brians52
3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't a fan of this.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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 steve8robin
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cath
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of roadhouse
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass. Thanks to natasharai for this one, unfortunately my last can of Surly from our trade!

Appearance is a hazy red-orange color with a one inch frothy looking off-white head. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. All Surly beers from the can seem to have the same frothy looking head, I wonder if it's something to do with the cans.

Aroma is exploding with juicy tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, tons of grapefruity citrus and even a soft and sweet caramel malt backing.

Taste has that caramel sweetness up front that is joined by tropical fruit at the start then it blends with some bitter grapefruity citrus hops. A bit of a biscuity malt quality shows up in here somewhere and lasts until the linger. The finish brings a bit more of the hops' piney qualities out. Overall, this one is very balanced though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very creamy consistency to it. Basically what I would consider perfect carbonation for this style.

I don't know what I was thinking when I had this one on-tap last July. They must have poured me the wrong beer or something. This is one of the best IPAs out there, and even as I am somewhat burned out on IPAs, this one is a keeper no matter what.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of coldmeat23
2.96/5  rDev -31%
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 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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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TonyLema1
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 5,644 ratings