Furious | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

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 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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Photo of BrewMonkey
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and dark amber with copious white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving decent lacing behind.

Intense hop aroma, heavy on the citrus side of things with a bit of spice mixed in. Slight nuttiness and maybe a hint of alcohol?

Slam bam the hops hit you hard at first and its easy to think this will be really overly bitter, but the malt does a pretty good job of breaking through the highly resinous and intense hop profile. Mouthfeel is dry and moderately carbonated. As it drinks, the bitterness does sort of build up in a pallate ruining kind of way, which may not impact drinkability, but certainly raises balance questions.

Very very tasty, and a great hop heavy ale. Not everything needs to be in balance to be right, and this is a prime example. Thanks to the BA that made this tasting possible.

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

Got a 4 pack of cans from a friend in MN, and poured it into a pint glass.

A: Nice deep amber color, with tints of orange, red, and yellow. Almost changes color in different lights. Really a stunner. Leaves thick lacing down the glass as I drink it.

S: Just what I love: Deep hoppiness, almost sweet. Citrus flavors abound, but I can get a little of the roasted malt in there as well, with some toffee undertones. Yum.

T/MF: Immediately hits you with the hop flavor, with almost a spicy tinge to it. The malt flavor follows. I'm actually surprised this is a 99 IBU beer, as it doesn't seem as bitter as I would have thought. Just a good balance between the toasted malt and hop flavors. Rolls around the mouth with a bit of bite, probably from the high carbonation.

D: If I could, this would be my everyday beer kept in the fridge. Just my style. Need to bring Cans too Chicago!

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Photo of everetends
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can of love received from Reino for my Birthday. Poured into a pint for my drinking pleasure.

A: Has a very nice brown to red color going on here. Changes gracefully as the light hits it. Constant carbonation activity during the entire experience. Got a great finger of head that does not want to go away. Big and pillowy. Recedes slowly to thick ring that has some beautiful lacing. Sticks all over the glass. Nice sheeting. This looks almost exactly how I wanted it to.

S: Sweet hoppy goodness. Smells of citrus and floral hops. Grapefruit coming in loud and clear. I smell tangerine. Love it. There is some nice malt coming in. Caramel and toffee. Really sweet but not crazy candy sweet. Just sweet enough.

T: The hops is first in line for path down the palate. They have some nice bitterness to them but are incredibly smooth and sweet. Grapefruit yet again shining. Tangerine is present also, no just teasing in the nose. The malt really comes in on the finish, creating an amazing balance. Caramel sweetness, toffee goodness, bready. This is great.

M: Medium in body. I like this very much. Carbonation is a little high, but makes this brew really refreshing. Goes down very easy. Has some very nice bitterness on the palate. Aftertaste is muted and no trace of alcohol. Dig it.

D: I want a case. This beer is easy to drink, convenient due to the can, and tastes great. Surly knows whats up. Can't thank Reino enough for giving me the chance to finally taste this brew.

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

From the distinctive red can this beauty poured a deep mahogany color with a big fluffy off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is a pungent piney hops with that urine-like bitterness, the good one! The taste is a smooth mid-bodied blast of piney piss and earthy malt. Soooo drinkable, mildly carbonated. Beautiful! A new favorite, if only I didn't have to travel half way across the United States to get some more!!

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Photo of Lupe
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky copper color that shines orange when held to the light. Tight tan head is slow to settle, kicks back up with a few swirls, and leaves behind some sticky lace.

Very aromatic with some a powerful hop aroma. Loads of pine mixed with citrus and floral notes. Faint toasted malt lies beneath.

The flavor of this beer is just an unbelievable balance of in-your-face hops and sturdy Scottish malt goodness. Between the aroma and first taste of hop, you think this is a rip out your tongue hop-bomb. The pine and citrus flavors blend seamlessly with the biscuity caramel malt. Notes of toffee and grapefruit get along perfectly. So smooth, so delicious. Finishes up with a spicy hop bite and lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth and spicy on the tongue. Awesome drinkability cause by a truly unreal balance of malt and hop. Damn tasty and complex without being too big. Just a magnificent beer.

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

A-Deep russet, murky brown with a supremely sticky and rocky off-white head. Major lacing and cling.

S-Aroma is filled with hops but is heavily matched with a raw grain and nuttiness. I also detect a solid hint of cinnamon (although I am not insinuating that any was used). You almost forget about the hops as you try to dissect the malt layers.

T-Ok, not my ideal IPA, but lets throw styles out the window like they should be. Rich hearty malt body with major hop backbone. The spiciness of rye seems to be very present. Grainy, fresh and lightly-kilned. The scottish malt is a great touch although it seems a bit unfamiliar to me with the heavy hopping. Like the aroma, the hoppiness is often ignored - not due to presence, but because there are so many other flavors going on.

M-Rich and full, sweet and dry. Definitely a chewy texture and slightly rough finish. Not cloying, yet the hops are there to be noticeable.

D-I think I could grow to love this beer if I could get my hands on it easier. Not an IPA that I can compare to many others, yet I see that as a great thing. Plenty of brewers out there make great, typical, IPAs and it is nice to see a brewer that acknowledges that and tries to put their own spin on it.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Straight from the red can with silver flames behind an image of a happy camper below and a mad man above.

S - Hops to fill my nose and make me smile.

T - Smooth flavor starting out malty and finishing hoppy. The segway from one taste to the other is impeccable.

M - The feel is just as smooth as the flavor. The texture is not really an aid to the flavor but it is a great characteristic on its own.

~ When can I have another?

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

Presentation: My third Surly sampling. Much thanks to Packforever1976, an awesome trader! Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with three fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly, more condenses, to about half its original size, leaving behind incredible, sticky, webbed lacing. The beer itself is the color of tarnished copper, with a small amount of activity.

Smell: Incredibly powerful aroma; I can smell it as the glass sits on the desk in front of me. Smell is unbelievably piney and smells like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh hops.

Taste: Obvious dry-hopping flavors upfront. Piney, but not to the extent of the smell. A little more spicy than the smell, with some citrus. Blends seamlessly into a biscuity caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: OMFG, this beer is great. So amazingly flavorful without being undrinkable. A perfect blend of malt and hops. I read about this offered on cask. I can only imagine how great that is.

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

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is dark amber/mahogany with a 1.5-finger, foamy ivory head. Great head retention. Some foamy lace left behind.

S: Not as strong as I expected, though I get the usual suspects from an American IPA -- citrus (grapefruit) and tropical fruit (pineapple) with some pine.

T: Wow. Juicy hops assault the mouth at first -- citrus and tropical fruits settle over a malt base that somehow makes me think of both sweet (caramel malt) and dry (biscuity or even toasty) malt characteristics. Good lingering pine or spruce, with a nice, dry lingering fruity citrusy -- think lemons, grapefruit, even orange peel -- bitterness.

M: Good -- sticky and juicy. Heavier than medium in weight, but that doesn't weigh it down at all.

D: Torn between a 4.5 and a 5. I find it highly drinkable, would certainly enjoy having a few of these.

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

wow, 377 reviews as of this writing. I'll take a slightly different tact to this review. love the can, graphics and saying "beer in can for a glass". so, how did it tatse? It was good! Malty, sticky, resinous, citric... all things you expect in a solid american IPA. Definitely worth a try.

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

Pours deep caramel color with a frothy off white 2 finger head.

Smells of earthy, grassy hops with a faint toffee/caramel sweetness. Smells great.

A flavor feast. Citrus & earthy hoppiness, plenty of sweet caramel flavors to balance things out. Tastes fantastic. I likey.

Medium to full bodied, sticky, cloying, smooth, lingering hoppineess.

Drinkability is great. Tons of flavor in a sub 7% brew.

I wish I could get this reguarly. Delicious brew. Best beer from a can I've had.

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