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 OlieIPA
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks paco for this beer!!!

A: Perfect and unique from any other IPA I have enjoyed. A very deep amber color that was very similar to a lot of Irish Reds I've had. A huge and frothy white head, with lacing that clinged to the glass. Simply amazing!!!

S: Piney with a mix of sweet malts...just about perfect.

T: To be honest, I was a little let down by the taste...especially after the intial aroma that this beer gave off. A very subtle mix of malt sweetness and piney character that is extremely well balanced...but doesn't pack that punch that I had anticipated from the smell. I also want to add that there was very little hop bitterness associated with this beer.

M: Very smooth with a light body...very low carbonation as well.

D: No indication of ABV with well-balanced taste...this beer is perfect to drink on any occasion. Could have an infinite amount of this beer on any day/night/party/whatever.

Overall: A great IPA with a very subtle taste. This beer makes me happy.

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Photo of calise1122
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to gratefulstu for the great trade! Two new traders proving that awesome trades can happen no matter who it is with!

Beer for a glass, from a can... it couldn't be put any better. A slow pour into the pint glass led to a head that gradually got fuller as the glass filled. A great dark mahogany brown pour with an almost beehive structured head that tries to fall but holds onto the glass with every ounce of energy it has... and bygonit this beer has a lot of energy. Lacing? You bet your damned ass... F'n spiderman lacing

I poured the beer a good 15 inches away from me and the aroma took over the area. I smelt the piney hops before I even pull it towards my nose. After closer inspection, there is a ton of great tart/citrus-focused fruit aromas in this beer... grapefruit, tangerine, flowers... it smells great. People often use the word perfume to describe the aroma of (D)IPA's... and I honestly never have had that word pop into my head while engaging in a beer... but it works here.

Wow. The taste is a thing of beauty. This is just phenomenally executed... a bit aggressive on the hops, but in the way that any hop head would wish for... wonderfully ripe and fresh. Hoppy citrus and pine on the front, sweet caramel on the finish.... Man, it has a nice bite to it that is still strongly felt after it escapes the grasp of your mouth and flows down the throat.

Nice full and silky mouthfeel. It goes down really smooth and has a excellent finish... pretty dry, really crisp.

I also received darkness and bender in the trade... can't wait to try them and so happy that this beer met the high expectations I had before I flipped the tab!

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Photo of treyrab
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scoobydank for hooking me up with this! Split these last night with jac5084.

A: Pours a magnificent gold copper and pretty much perfectly clear. The head is a nice one finger's worth, but to my surprise, this one is not a lacer at all.

S: You cannot have a more fresh smelling IPA than this! Wow. The smell is not bitter, but extremely fresh with citrus hops, peach, orange, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, and pineapple. So many fruit flavors in the smell to complement the hop spice.

T: The taste is exceptional as well. Starts of light with great carbonation and a nice hop characteristics. The fruit flavors jut out again and really take control. This one is not a bitter IPA, which is why I like it so much. It balances the fruit and hops perfectly.

Overall, this is one of the best IPAs I have ever had. Very flavorful and crisp without being a bitter bastard.

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

Wasn't what I expected out of a canned beer.

A-Solid amber color, a little darker than I would expect for an IPA. One finger of head, very light lacing for an IPA.

S-Floral and bitter, just the way it should be.

T-Citrus, hops, bitter. No tinny taste, a huge plus.

M-Sticky, crisp.

D-All day and all night...too bad I only had one can.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an awesome IPA.

The pint came with a thick creamy tan head. Great retention and nice lacing. The beer itself was cloudy amber color.

Awesome aroma. Very floral and fresh. Some citrus tones and quite perfume like.

Flavor has great balance. A nice malt backbone, but the hops take center stage. Extremely fresh flavor, lots of citrus and pine tones.
Just wonderful.

Mouth feel was bright and body was medium in thickness. Awesome drinkability.

Great, Ipa. So glad I ordered this.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from the can into a long stem. It pours a deep copper color and is reasonably clear. The head is off-white and starts out ~1.5 inches and just continues to stick around.
The smell is very unique with heavy notes of grapefruit and pine. There are some hints of spice.
The taste is the a great addition to the already great aroma. You can definitely catch the hoppiness and pine, while also getting some smaller notes of sweet/malt.
The initial feeling in the mouth is a very nice level of carbonation and medium body. The pine notes in the flavor make this quite pleasant and minimally dry.
This beer is easily drinkable and I have had many of them at different times and look forward to many more.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My lovely wife brought me 10 cans of this from Minnesota checked in her luggage inside of an ice packed waterproof box...yeah, I know...I better hang on to this woman!! Furious pours a reddish copper color, relatively cloudy with a billowy head that was pretty active as I poured into the glass. The lacing is clinging to the sides of the glass in rows as I drink it down. The dominant hop aroma jumps out of the glass as if you are sniffing fresh hops off the vine. It is almost breathtaking to get a whiff! The hop profile is more piney than citrusy. There is a slight aroma of malt but the hops are the big thing here. The flavor does not disappoint for hop heads. There is a well balanced sting of hops coupled with a medium carmelly body. Flavors like white pepper, pine needles, and very sour orange juice loom in the background. Exceptional for big flavor lovers and hop heads like me, but this probably isn't for everyone hence the slight lower "drinkability" rating. Get 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 pwoods
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at Darkness Day. I went to this one first before the palate was completely shot.

Absolutely wonderful. Huge cascading head. A bit more orange colored than normal Furious. Smell has loads more citrus in it and is backed by an herbal and tea aroma. The taste matches the nose with an immense citrus blast that deliciously outweighs the sweet malts and intensified herbal and tea character. This and Smoke were to 2 beers that I really wanted to try and I'm so fucking happy they had both.

Different brew but here are further notes of my thoughts of Furious... if anyone cares :)


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Photo of ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Somewhat hazy amber color with a frothy light brown head. Head is on the small side and quickly fades to a thin layer of foam, but leves sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Big punch of citrus and pine in the nose. I would say the pine is the dominant aroma with hints of tangerine in the background. Faint sweetness lingers in the back of the nose as well.

T - A toffee sweetness initially that is quickly overcome by the hops. Lots of resinous pine and citrus fruit. Mango, grapefruit and a hint of orange. Finishes with a caramel sweetness that lingers on the tongue with some nice bitterness as well.

M/D - Medium to full bodied for the style. Excellent feel with an very good carbonation level. Incredibly drinkable IPA.

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

On CASK at Darkness day. The guys serving it kept giggling whenever anybody said "Tea Bagged."

Pours in a swirly offred haze with foamy white head that quickly settles into a tight white top. Looks like tea. Or Furious.

Smells good, like Furious. Same large, but not overwhelming, dry citrus hop presence that's balanced very nicely toffee nodes in the thick caramel malt. This is backed up with stronger herbal nodes, dry and spicy like black tea. These accentuate the hops wonderfully.

Tastes very much like it smells, like Furious seeped in tea. That's what it is, right? I don't know why, but when I heard about this beer I made the strange, illogical assumption that this would taste like some kind of Snapple product. Instead, the tea nodes are wonderfully subdued and serve as simple accentuations of an already wonderful beer.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby color with one finger foamy white head.

Scent of piny hops, caramel malts and some citrus, not particularly potent, but great nonetheless.

Taste of bitter piny hops, sweet citrus and bready malts. Lingering malts and hops keep the beer enjoyable for a while, as much so as the initial taste.

Mouthfeel is sharp and light, also making it very drinkable.

If this were available in Chicago it would surpass Two Hearted as my favorite IPA, this stuff just kicks ass.

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

First try of the furious. Looks a nice, clear, amber color with good beige head. Beige has never been so exciting. Smells on the pinier side of citrus. Sports the sharper notes of the West Coast IPAs.

Tastes on the less balanced side. Aggressive and delicious. Mouthfeel is good and tangy without being sparkly. I could have a few of these. I dig the can.

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Photo of hero27
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour on-cask @ D-Day on 10/25/08..

Pours a glowing dark orange, large head of froth that holds up very well for a cask brew.
Heavenly aroma of fresh citrus & grapefruit from the unrelenting hop profile this has..toffee malt presence hangs in the background.
The fresh hop character is to-die-for..bold pineapple, grapefruit, apple, and an amalgamation of citrus fruits are on display, with a hefty offering of floral notes as well. If you want hop paradise, this is it.
as smooth as a brew can be, I'm convinced..the creamy texture of this from the cask is incredible as it allows each flavor to seemingly melt onto your tastebuds. Simply excellent.
I can't decide if this is better than the "regular" Furious..the hop "punch" you get from a regular Furious is a bit more strong, but the smooth texture & perfectly blended flavors in the hand-pumped version are sublime. I feel privileged that I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of bort11
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of mymrnngjckt and the BA Secret Halloween 08

16 oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. Thick looking off-white head that stands a fingers width. Flecks of lacing stick to the glass. Color is a slightly hazy red/orange amber. Darker than a lot of IPAs.

Smell is delicate blend of herbal/floral hops with hints of citrus and a smack of pine resin. It seems to capture all of the hops characteristics out there. Bravo! Taste is more citrus. Grapefruit and a touch of lemon. There is a dry malt character there.

Mouthfeel is very clean, which is a little odd for me with an IPA. Maybe I'm just used to bottle conditioned IPAs. Can you can condition beer? Over all an excellent example.

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most complex beers I have EVER had the pleasure of trying. Thank goodness there are brewers in Minnesota that know what they are doing. Brau Brothers should take note.

Incredible taste. Has so many different layers. Drink it at room temperature, you discover a softer tone, but drink it really cold, a very crisp taste awaits you.

An exceptional beer. One that is meant for enjoying instead of gulping after a long day in the yard. They have beers for that too...they are call Macro Light Beers. The vast majority of America has a different name for this class of beer...it is call water.

A friend in college many years ago, thanks Dave, called beer the "Nectar of the gods". Well, for Furious, Surly Brewing has come close to reaching that point. Thanks guys for one awesome beer.

Fantastic in my book. Watch out Bells....Surly is coming after you.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to KeefD for this one.

This was my first beer after the rehearsal dinner the night before my wedding. Thanks to my bestman, fellow BA psprings, it went down as one of the best nights of my life. Paul brought half my Wants list to the wedding. THANKS MAN!!!

a: Orange body, off-white head.

s: sweet, fruity and hoppy.

t: Bitter upfront, sweet, fruity, citrus hops. Good balance, a great IPA, but the bitterness isn't too high.

m: Smooth and clean, finishes more like a lager.

d: Great IPA, lives up to the hype. Gushing with hop flavor, but not that hoppy.

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Photo of Fatduck
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer for a glass, from a can.

A - Pours a wonderful auburn red, with a soft persistent head. Clear and clean looking. Lots of sticky lacing all the way to the bottom of my glass

S - MY GOD, hops in your face, the moment this can was popped the stinky citrus hops are all over. This beer fills my whole living room with fresh wonderful hops.

T - Wow! You can tell its a crazy hoppy beer from the scent, but holy shit, this beer is aggressive hoppy and GREAT. This has to be my favorite beer in the twin cities, and I always have some Surly in my fridge, not always Furious, but mostly.

M - Remember when I said aggressive? That aggression is still here. Lots of carbonation, brings the aromas out and offers burps of epic quality, burps that taste like Amarillo hops, what could be better?

D - There have been many, many nights when I take down a 4 pack of pints, and at 8 bucks for the 4 pack, its a much cheaper night then the bar.

This has got to be one of the best beers in the Twin Cities, and Surly is fast becoming the best brewery in the area, and in such a short time. I am very glad to live within 10 miles of this wonderful place. Thanks to Omar and Todd for rocking my world.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, caramel-brown color with pleasing red-orange highlighting. Tan head is strong and stiff, jumps up initially to an inch or more in the goblet, and leaves full, thick, tough lacing as the glass is drained. Super impressive.

Also amazing is the aroma, which is top-notch and quite powerful. As soon as the can is popped the scent of citric, herbal hops is wafting throughout the room. Also a ton of candy sweetness, which leans toward the toffee but also encompassing caramel and brown sugar notes.

The flavor is impressively smooth and easy drinking given the amount of hops clearly used in the brewing. Very hoppy and bitter, with Amarilo and Warrier hops taking the lead and incorporating a lot of citrus into the taste, along with a lot of other fruit flavors, and a hint of floral sweetness.

The mouthfeel is creamy and full for style, which is absolutely amazing for a beer of this bitterness. Crisp carbonation says hello in the finish to keep the huge bitterness from becoming tough to drink.

There is a ton of balance, foresight, and technique put into creating a beer that is so bitter and sweet; hoppy and creamy; high gravity and drinkable. Superb accomplishment, and very unique for the IPA style.

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

Served in a nonic, golden amber with an inch of substantial white head. Instant blast of citrusy hops before I even got my paw on the glass, with a light touch of malt once my schnoz was an inch or so away. Flavor is true to the aroma, with plenty of hop bitterness and flavor, with a solid malt base that is just not quite up to the task of balancing all those hops. Pretty good effort though, for only 6.2% ABV. Drinks a little heavy for a 6.2%, seems to have a lot of unfermentables for that potency. I still give it good marks for a drinkablility, considering that this is definitely in the hop-bomb category and never will be a session brew.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Courtesy of hero27 as part of one insane LNBA BIF haul - thanks, man...poured from can into Reidel Cab glass...

Pours an awesome apple cider brown with a little haze and a robust yet short creamy ginger-colored head. Awesome.

Wow - some wonderful citrus/grapefruit hop aroma with strong caramel malt that's extremely hearty and velvety. Viscous, too.

Lots of clean, austere grapefruit in perfect synce with the abundance of woody caramel malt. With warmth the viscous malt envelops this finely-crafted offering in Beautiful Chemistry, enhancing its already-excellent taste profile. Incredible.

The citrus hop tang and the husky natural malt character work in perfect synergy to balance this beautifully while keeping the hops front and center. Finish is tight yet long...pretty well perfect.

If I had more than one of these I would certainly session it. This has an ultra-full flavor profile and finish, yet drinks very well. One of the best.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to theisti for this one.

Poured a 16oz can into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Pours a dark tea brown with a huge fluff, 3 finger beige head that leaves ample lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is over the top piney hops with just a subtle hint of grapefruit and malt. The taste is west coast hoppy. Orange peel and what reminds me of the bitterness from fresh squeezed grapefruits. What's odd is the beer really doesn't have a middle. It's orangey up front and finishes with the grapefruit bitterness but leaves the body open. Odd. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. I wish that it had a little more weight to it. While it does, in my mind, have some flaws it still is a remarkably drinkable beer. At about 6% this is definitely something I could see drinking a 4 pack of in a night.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Really beautiful head that starts huge then turns into a bumpy, frothy foam with pretty lacing. Sticks to the sides thicker than any beer I've head. Deep amber color almost like sap.

S - Huge floral and earthy hops. Citrus noted and caramel malts. Nice and complex.

T - Perfectly balanced IPA. Intense bitterness lasts just long enough for sweet malts to hit the tongue right after swallowing. light nutty taste as well.

M/D - Medium to full body with frothy mouthfeel. Awesome beer!

Thanks to Jw347 for this one

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Photo of jraycee
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully into my glass from the Surly can. Nice slightly cloudy reddish amber with a big foamy head.
Smell is big hops to yo face! Grapefruit, pine, brown sugar notes.
Taste is more piney than citrusy with a nice toffee malt backing.
Mouthfeel is good for the style with a nice clean finish.
Drinkability is great. I am very happy with my first tasting from Surly, thanks to OHLRangers for the trade.

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Photo of peck95
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a good reddish brown color with hardly any head very littlle retention but some lacing
what a wonderful smell very hoppy, smells like a fresh cut grapefruit and fresh pine trees

the taste is also very hoppy with some piney bit on the end also a good amount of malt

the mouthfeel is a little dry expected it to be a little thicker
drinkability is good but i actually find that this beer taste better with bigger drinks rather than sips.

a very good beer to bad they don't distribute out here.

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