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 zeff80
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

On tap at The Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais, MN.

A - A deep amber color with a full two-finger head. Nice and foamy head left great Belgian lace.

S - It smelled powerfully hoppy with grapefruit and bubblegum.

T - Great citrus flavor - grapefruit and other tropical fruits with a bitter bite. Strong burnt toast maltiness, too.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied brew.

D - Very good beer. I recommend it highly if you are a hophead!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep dark brown color ale with huge dirty white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops is huge and dominating the aroma. Taste is a mix between strong caramel and toffee malt with some sweetness balancing the strong piney and citrus hops. The ending is quite bitter as you can imagine but some subtle floral notes were providing more complexity which was appreciated. Body is full with some low filtration which was quite enjoyable.

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

Medium white to off white head dies to a thin lacing above a copper colored beer with tons of small particles suspended within.

A spicy to citrus hops aroma is quite prevalent.

The spicy to citrus hops are very present in the taste as well, almost a bittering dry taste with any malt tastes being drowned out by the hops.

A dry lasting aftertaste on this medium bodied beer, another pretty tasty beer from the guys at Surly.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/20/2015. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy reddish orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light roast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light roast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal hop astringency after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. Despite the darker malt and appearance; this was still very dry with minimal overall sweetness as expected for a west coast style IPA. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Appearance - Appears semi-hazy and opaque amber in my half-liter mug. Definitely not the palest IPA I've seen. The head retains very well.

Smell - Grapefruit, lemon and pine with a hint of caramel from the malts. Very aromatic stuff with a big hop presence.

Taste & mouthfeel - Lots of resiny pine flavor from the get-go. Biscuity, caramelly malt makes a brief appearance before being washed out by the powerful bittering hops. Very full-bodied; the malt backbone is big but semi-dry and doesn't get in the way of the impressive hop character. Despite the rather high IBU, this is really pleasant and drinkable stuff; and the hops, while strong, never border on astringent.

Notes - Awesome stuff, one of the best IPAs I've ever had. This IPA can easily rival the best from California.

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Photo of mothman
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is Tea Bagged Furious.

Poured into a pint-like glass at Grumpys. Got to enjoy this with Brad (Mistofminn), Justin (justn) and Al (feloniousmonk).

Pours 2 fingers of beige head. Very hazed golden copper. Great retention. Lace is very unique. Kind of like pop fizz that sticks to the glass.

Aroma: Sweet and hoppy. Some caramel, which is what I always get out of IPAs, apricot, mangoes, and sweet lemons.

Taste: Very fruity, but has a nice floral hop taste to back it up. A lot of the same fruits from the aroma along with the sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Hardly bitter at all. I love the mouthfeel as it is so refreshing. Ends with a slight hoppy aftertaste, but so clean. No dry stickiness going on.

Overall, this beer is great. I am pretty sure this beer is better than regular furious (even though it is really the same beer). Very drinkable. I like the fact that it doesn't have the ipa bite or leave the typical ipa mouthfeel. Try this beer if you get a chance. Nice job Surly.

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Photo of zestar
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall pillowy dark beige head that reduces to a mottled patch of thin and thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of hops - primarily grapefruit/citrus hops with lighter notes of pineapple/tropical and much lighter notes of pine/resin.

T: There are huge hops flavors upfront with this beer - primarily grapefruit/citrus and pineapple/citrus with some very light hints of pine. There is some bitterness in this beer but it is not overly aggressive. In the finish, there is a light presence of caramel and toffee malt sweetness which balances out the bitterness of the hops.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is really delicious with a wonderfully inviting aroma. I really enjoyed this beer and found it so easy to drink, it left me wanting for another and another. I could easily enjoy multiple of these though the ABV is a little too strong to be doing that. Wonderful complexity to the hop flavors and aromas.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoah!!! I'm starting to like this brewery! Citrus and pine wrapped up in a wide-threaded deep caramel satchet that's ready to go wherever you are! Great beer, great design, and I love the fact that it's in a can! That said...

It pours a hazy ruby and orange tinted chestnut body beneath a creamy head of bone-white that drops at a slightly slower than standard pace and leaves great smears of spotty and splotchy lacing behind.

The nose is bright with citrusy and piney hops that seem perfectly intertwined. At first whiff I get citrus, but then it turns piney and stays that way. After a short rest between sips the same thing occurs. Some mild-but-dark caramel backs it. It's quite nice... bright, lively, and refreshing.

The flavor offers the same level of hoppiness, along with a brisk bitterness. I'd imagine it's upwards of 80 IBU's. It starts citrusy with an undercurrent of caramel, reveals some yeasty fruitiness (apples, berries, mild pear) turns piney, and becomes quite bitter and resinous at the swallow where it seems to linger forever.... absolutely tar-like with bitterness and resinous piney hop flavor... a beat-down for your taste buds.

A solid, vibrant, take-no-prisoners IPA! No hold barred here! If you're up for the challenge, crack a can and see if you can hold your own against the brutal assault of Pac-NorthWest hops!

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this awesome lookin can from either grub or rjacklin. Thanks to both of you for the great Surly cans. Poured it from the bigboy can into an oversized DFH snifter.

A: Wow this thing looks beautiful. A huge rich head develops as I pour rising to a finger and a half and shows no signs of leaving my alone with the beer. A deep rusty reddish maroon color that barely lets light through is like beer porn to the eyes.

N: The nose keeps this thing going strong and awesome. A great deep piney citrus hop aroma with a fresh hop bite dominates over the sweet malty biscuit aromas below. A slight caramel smell delicately dances behind the heavy hops and malt. The nose on this just begs for me to taste it. As soon as I manage to pull my nose out of the glass (I'm doing so while typing btw) I'll take a sip.

T: As I try to sip the head creeps up my lip giving me a beer mustache over my real one. The delicious liquid pierces my lips and flows over the taste buds and I can already feel them partying. An great hop taste showers over the mouth, with lots of citrus and pine and slight orange peel. Lots of earthy raw hop taste lurk in the depths and jump out at me as I dig deeper in the taste. More fruit and juicy taste really overpower on the second sip. A big malty backbone provides a good stable support for the heavy hops that just berated my tongue. It provides a sweet almost caramel like taste on the backend. I can feel the sweet sour awesomeness tickles the front and sides of the tongue and makes my mouth water in anticipation of more. The alcohol is not so high but leaves a little more residual sugar with the big malt character. This slightly takes away from the beer as it's slightly too sweet.

M: Its pretty thick and creamy and almost a velvety texture and really coats the tongue with a bitter hop taste and thick malts. A very slight spice from the hops seems to tinge on the tongue.

F: More bitterness of course. However, being 99IBUs is surprising as its not overpoweringly bitter. Perhaps the malt backbone really kicks into gear on this. Its pretty sweet at first, but dries out pretty well for a nice touch on the finish. The lingering bitterness and juicy hop just kinda sit around for a bit and really make me remember the awesome beer that I'm drinking.

Final thoughts: Wow, I wish this was readily available around here. I'm not sure how old it is since I got it in a trade and it has no date, but the can really held in the awesomeness and freshness well. It has a great hop character and malt backbone. Its almost velvety tasting and extremely delicious. A nice sweet caramel taste, almost a hint of sour, and dries off nicely. More please!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from ClockWorkOrange, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with a heavy background of floral hops and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very-well balanced but the grassy hops is clearly the more dominant flavor as it should be, with very complimentary flavors of caramel & citrus evening things out. The malt character is hearty but not too thick. The after-taste is full of hops bitterness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a perfect beer to stick with for an evening especially if you’re a hophead.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Finally after long last my FIRST Surly beer,thanks Erik.Pours a deep burnt orange color with a full half finger slight off white head that leaves a few broken rings of lace as it settles.Hop oils really jump out at ya in the aromas just resiny and sharp goodness,sweetish caramel malts stand out as well.Resiny and with sharp grapefruit rind hops up front on the palate,alot of sharpness,followed by some nuttiness and quite sweet caramel malts.It is a big hop machine,sharp and bitter,I love the hops and really like this beer.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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

Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: This is Tea-Bagged Furious before it was merged.

From the cask at Dark Lord Day 2009. After all the guest stouts that FFF was throwing my way, this one was a nice change of pace. It took a bit to get used to all the hops coming my way, but after that this was one damn good beer.

A: Hazy orange with some copper/brown hues to it. White head and lacing.

S: Lots of fresh, fresh hops. Both floral and citrus, as well as some earthy tones.

T: Hops, hops, and more hops. Sort of an earthy undertone in contrast to the sweeter, maltier base on the Furious.

M: Medium bodied and a little oily, but other than that, very good.

D: The slightly-oily mouthfeel keeps this one from being the absolute all-star for the style that Furious is, but this is another very solid offering coming from the folks up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Deep maple amber. Incredible lace and nice retention on a foamy khaki head.

S – Big, fruity citrus hop note with grapefruit and cumquat. Slight booze as it warms.

T – Mellow malt and citrus rolls into a smooth thyme bitterness. Clean, well defined hop character. Light acidity and a malty sweetness balance the lingering bitters on the backend.

M – Medium full body with a bitter/sweet finish. Bright carbonation.

O – A great IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromatic lightweight bitter beer.

Strong resiny nose with fresh hay. Beautiful glowing amber in the glass, and head tops off nicely and swirls its skirts. I won't swear there is any malt in this beer but the body is decent. Very fragrant hops. The bitterness just doesn't stop. To me it takes over the mouth and blots out every other flavor.

A two-dimensional beer-- fragrant hops and bitter hops. Maybe it goes well with french fried yams or bratwurst, but not a beer to sip and savor.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mnjeff for the awesome package of Surly products. Poured from a can into a Surly pint glass also obtained from mnjeff.

Pours a beautiful dark copper color with a small white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by the citrusness of the hops which is very appealing. Taste is also dominated by the citrus and grapefruit flavors from the hops but there is also some nice sweet maltiness from the Scottish malt. Also very drinkable, I could have a few of these easily.

Awesome beer by Surly. I love this style of beer where there is a little more going on then just a regular IPA. This reminded me of some of my favorite rye-pa's like Founders or Hop Rod, which is a good thing to me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

I know I had this on tap, but I can't recall where, and my notes don't mention. Poured a dark orange-brown with a modest white head. Very hoppy aroma and not much else; citrus and pine. Nice blast of hop medley flavors: orange and grapefruit, pine, and a subtle dash of herb. A smooth, earthy, malt base balances things out. Medium mouthfeel, and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 5,594 ratings
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