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 shishidojo
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer from a growler that I took out of the fridge and let sit for about 10 minutes so it could warm up to around cellar temp. Have had it right out of the fridge, too, but the brewery recommends drinking it a little warmer and I find that it tastes better that way.

The beer is dark with an orangish tint. Too dark to see through but light enough to allow some light through to accentuate the coloration. It had an incredible tan head with superb retention and lacing. Very nice looking brew.

The primary aroma is of hops, with a malty background. I could tell right away I was headed for hop heaven with this one.

Furious has a malty character that hits the tongue first, followed by a delicious hop profile. The finish has just the right balance of bitter and sweetness from the malt. My nose enjoyed the aroma of the hops throughout. This is a superior IPA.

Mouthfeel was smooth and full, the beer's body flowed over my tongue and delivered the exceptional flavor. Carbonation was what you would expect for an IPA.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is a bit 'extreme' in that it takes the IPA style and amps it up, but there is balance here. The hops are predominant (100 IBU's), but not overwhelming. I have found that drinking this at a little warmer temp brings out more of the malt up-front, which creates a nice contrast (hopophobes may say a buffer) of bitter v. sweet. Since the brewery recommends drinking it a bit warmer than fridge-temp, this is clearly the effect they were shooting for.

This is an exceptional beer!

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

Huge thanks to kkipple for sending me this wonderful surprise.

Appearance: It pours a toasted brown color that has a distinct orange tint to it. Head is off-white with a little orange in it as well. It's about two fingers deep and was generous enough to hang around a while. Light, sticky lace clung to the glass.

Smell: Brown sugar sweetness greets the nose initially. There's also a unique caramel/toffee malt aroma that's a little buttery. Stronger malt smell than I'm used to in an IPA, but it smells delicious. A wave of citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple follows. Very sweet smelling beer. Hops are piney and appear to have a nice, citric character. The nose is unique and complex on this one. The scents complement each other extremely well and make for one hell of a fine smelling beer.

Taste: It's no less impressive here. Citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors are sweet, but barely appease the palate before the blast of hops kicks in. The hop flavor is piney, bitter, and can't be understated. I'm not sure what the hop bill is here, but it's damn tasty. There is a nice caramel/toffee malt flavor that's sweet and really broadens the complexity of its flavor. It's not quite as distinct in taste as it is in smell, but it's very flavorful nonetheless. Slight yeasty taste rolls in at the end. Sweet, dry, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied leaning toward full. Very creamy and smooth feel. It's a huge positive here and could be missed with the complexity of this beer. Pay attention. Carbonation is very good and gives it a crisp bite. Drinkability is off the charts. It's so flavorful and smooth yet only 6.2% abv.

Furious is a tremendous IPA. It has a very distinct flavor that I wasn't quite expecting. With all the other IPAs on the market, Surly has come up with a shining star. It's too damn bad their distribution is so limited. I'd buy this is mass quantities if it were available in Ohio. It's too bad I only have one can and I'm furious it's nearly empty. Thanks for the treat, Dan.

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Photo of mhewes
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Nice copper color with a decent head

S : Hops, hops, and more hops. Did I mention that it smelled like hips

T : Good balanced taste between the malt and hops. Strong grapefrut hop flavor

M : Clean, smooth, and refreshing

D : Excellent. I'd easily drink more.

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Photo of Sconnie
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall this was a pretty good beer, but a one trick pony. Hops hops and more hops, that seems to be the surly motto, and on that front they got there. Very nice hop nose and flavor, all american hops for sure. The taste hits you bit with hops, but finishes just a touch too bitter for my taste. Balanced is always the key to IPA's and while this is far from undrinkably bitter, it need a little more malt backbone to reach a higher level. Good, but not great. I'll likely try some more surly to see how it matches up.

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

Thanks to some generous BAs at the Captain Lawrence Anniversary party.

A: Nice reddish copper. Nice big fluffy white head.

S: The smell to me was simply ok. More than likely this was because next to the can was Captain Lawrences DIPA and Two Hearted. Rough company. As a regular old IPA it did have a nice citrus hop smell.

T: Hop bomb. Probably the hoppiest IPA I have ever had. Tons of grapefruit hops.

M: Medium body. Very crisp. Not creamy.

D: I would make this a regular buy if it was available around here. Would also love trying this on tap. Definately a good beer.

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

Crimson Scarlet big white head with large bubbles, similar to the bitter brewer I had previously. Very hoppy piney, resiny aroma but you can smell the Scots malt too. Well balanced. The taste is Citrus hoppy up front with pine, resin, orange and nice toffee-pine-caramel malt back notes. Mouthfeel is light and dances on the tongue to enhance the flavors. Drinkability is retarded I could easily put away a case of these cans on a summers day in Minnesota.

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

Thanks to bsu4beer for this beautiful extra.

Pours a nice burnt orange with a decent amount of head. The smells was very nice with a nice hoppy aroma. As to be expected the taste was hoppy as well. I dont know what it is about cans but they seem to do the trick. The taste was nice and bitter. It held on the back of the tongue for so long it made it hard to take the next sip because I was still enjoying the bitter of this beer.

Overall, this beer was a very nice beer and a bad ass extra.

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

Thanks to iconoklaztor for letting me try this one.

Nice red color with a big thick head that takes forever to die down. Once the head finally recedes and I can take in the aroma, I am overwhelmed by the hoppiness. Wow, what a hoppy beer! I love it.

The taste is as expected from the aroma. A bit one-dimensional perhaps, but wow those hops are amazing. Leaves a strong hop taste is the back of your mouth for quite some time. I'm thoroughly impressed.

How did they get that color?


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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers again to atron67 for this brew. Amber in color. Huge hop smell. Taste is mostly piney hops with a good bit of bitterness which I like. Mouthfeel is smooth but is affected by the bitterness. A must have for a hop head. Highly recommended.


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

My first furious! Thanks to kplynch for the trade.

Pours a gorgeous looking clear caramely red amber with a good fluffy white head with ok lacing. Nose is mostly citrus/pine hoppiness with some slight sweetness. Taste follows. A nice medley of citrus grapefruit hop flavors with some pine. A decent malt backbone, but the hops are defenitely operating this ride. A nice little sweet lick in the middle, and a very nice bitter bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is just about right for the style, and drinkability is excellent. A wonderful surly brew, I am certainly impressed so far! Certainly one of the best IPAs in the country. Now on to the Bender! And then someday the darkness!

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

Daddy like. An IPA money shot in the mouth! Best beer from a can that I have ever had.

Pour: Poured into pint glass with a nice off white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Great bouquet with very good hoppyness and malt.

Taste: Hoppy taste with a smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Great taste. Top notch IPA, Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can courtesy of leftmindedrighty (and sholland119) poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright hazy amber color with a big, thick two-finger head that hangs around for quite a while. Lacing is excellent.

S: Smell is dominated by big floral and citrus hops dominated by grapefruit and lemon zest. Balanced out with a nice underlying malty sweetness.

T: As in the smell, huge citrus hops up front balanced out by a bready malt flavor. Sweet caramel taste gives way to a piney hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy mouthfeel coats the mouth in hoppy goodness but still stings the tongue with bitterness. Medium body with solid carbonation.

D: This is one of the better IPAs I've tasted recently and would make this a staple in my fridge if I had access to it. Big and hoppy but with a nice malty balance, this one is quite nice.

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Photo of Morphoenix
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. What a great IPA! Normally I'm not the biggest fan of beers with lots of hops, but this one hits the nail on the head. Served on-tap in a pint glass. It has some nice brownish-ruby coloration, topped with a thick white head which left copious lacing down the length of the glass. Lots of hops in the nose. Taste is what floored me about this beer, though. The hops seem to hit with a one-two punch; a nice flourish at first, which subsides and is then replaced by a second wave of hoppiness in the aftertaste. All of this is balanced brilliantly by the malt character which puts this stuff ahead of any IPA I've tried thus far. Mouthfeel is probably best described as somewhat viscous, with a satisfying rich character. I could drink this one every day, not something I usually say about this style.

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

I've had Furious in 3 forms; can, tap and cask; and I love all three. It is a great IPA, light sandy brown in color with an extremely aromatic head. I describe the taste as very hoppy, but not in a biting way, if there is such a thing. Each time I've had it I've wanted to say it was almost creamy in texture, both in mouth and going down. A wonderful IPA that comes in a can. Different but totally worth it.

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Photo of marcpal
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you maximum12 for a 4-pack of these. I find these to be outstanding.

A: Description of the beer says it best- fire hued beer. Dark orange with a very thick milkshake like head. Spiderweb lacing.

S: A whole wallop of fresh fruity hops. There is plenty of malt there too and as it raised in temp, it became even stronger in sweetness as well as the hops. Combinatiion of pine and pear.

T: Balanced beautifully- reminds me of a Dogfish IPA and the malts are ideal with the strong hoppy flavors. Unlike others, didnt not find this one destructive to the tongue.

A bit scatter brained of a beer I would call it (in a good way) because it seems to change flavor by sip and temp. Lots of grass and peach becoming prominent, peach really the only thing that was in every sip.

M: Thick, coating and bitter. The creaminess is a mark of a good IPA to me and this one hits that out of the park.

D: Terrific beer. Great tasting and not over the tope in any aspect that makes it overboard or palete killing. The creaminess and the tastiness make a 4 pack trade not enough.

Between these guys and OB, what great beers we can get out of a can. Impressed greatly by this beer, much more than Bender. Glad I had a chance to try it out.

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Photo of Monkeypaws
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer - I've had it on draft and in a growler, but am reviewing a canned one. The appearance is just amazing, especially when poured into a glass that can hold all 16 ounces and a head. The head is dense, and it subsides slowly, leaving plenty of lace down the sides. I get a good whiff of hoppiness here, which considering I rarely smell anything is a plus. The taste is explosive, with an initial assualt of citrussy hops, followed by a solid base of malts to balance it out, with a strong hoppy after taste that lingers for quite some time. The beer has a great, rich mouthfeel, as if it were almost too big for itself. There is nothing watery here, yet it remains sprightly and non syrup-like. Again, this beer's nearly perfect balance shines through. It is quite drinkable, but going beyond a couple cans can be a lot of alcohol. If I could sip, it would be a great session brew, but as I guzzle, I need to limit myself. This is an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of SQNfan
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Amber/copper in color with a soapy off-white head. The nose shows lots of citric (especially grapefruit) hops with just a touch of balancing sweet toffee/caramel toward the back. In the mouth it is well-balanced and shows tons of dry and bitter piney/herbal hops vs. the mainly citric hops the nose showed. This one gets bonus points for packing in so many hops at a "lower" alcohol.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from a can and poured into my GI glass

A - A deep, ruby orange color with a pour of a two thumb head which went down to one that stuck around. Has a bit of a reflective tint to it and only a little bit of light comes through and what does causes there to be bronze rays through the beer. Left some nice lacing down the glass as well.

S - Big whiff of hops and smell of bitterness and orange peel; Actually get a bit more of a caramel malt smell as well than I got from the on tap version. Hint of grapefruit also sticks out. Actually the warmer the beer got, the bigger the caramel malt and the smaller the hop odor that comes off.

T - wow a big attack of bitter and piney hops comes over and just destroys the tongue. however, there is a nice sweetness that comes in with a caramel taste that helps to save you from being unbalanced. I think that this hint of sweetness is what makes this beer so great. It keeps the hops from being unbalanced while still allowing you a slap in the face. Rough grapefruit after taste sits on the tongue leaving you with a bitterness. Another thing that makes this one awesome is that every sip brings something different. Some times the beer is almost sweet and toffee like while other times it is pure hops punishing you for dreaming this one could be sweat.

MF - A small amount of carbonation but a rather bready feel. Not as thick as the on tap that I had but still is there. For the amount of hops, this is actually rather smooth and only feel like i'm gona pucker up and ask for no more near the end where the hops just sit on the tongue. As you are drinking it though, nice and creamy actually.

D - an awesome beer from Surly. A real hop heads dream that sitll manages to stay tasty and not overpowering. They do a great job of keeping it balanced with the malt. I can't wait to get some more of this and have another. Also at only 6.2% you can afford to have a couple without getting destroyed.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking mostly-clear copper beer with a nice finger of tan head that dissolves fairly slowly and leaves a solid bit of lacing in its wake. Nose is delicious, fairly drying hops but then hits of fruit in there as well. I've heard they throw a ton of varieties in here, and the aromas follow through with that. A good bit of caramel hops too. Flavor is fairly drying, piney hops up front. Some darker toffeeish malt, and then some weird fruitiness, maybe dried fruit, pomegranate. Interesting as hell. Certainly dominated by those hops, but incredibly complex. Feel is nice and full, with perfect carbonation. Had this one along with the Masala Mama this week, and they were both absolutely excellent. Can't believe it comes in a can. Wish these'd show up out East.

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Photo of Greggy
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- perfect 2 finger head into pint glass. hazy orange color with small sediment in suspension. nice cap and lacing after a few visits to the glass.

S- super fresh grapefruit, super hoppy, beautiful pine, pear.

T- very nice piny grapefruit with a honey like malt base. Super dry hop citrus finish.

M- Low carb lets the taste do all of the talking. The dry finish is amazing.

D- this a very.. very good beer, and despite the higher ABV, I will drink this OFTEN!!

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to "Turbine2475" for this brew.

Poured into my globe glass a cloudy dark orange color, thick off white head settles somewhat quickly, leaving lots of lacing in its wake. Aroma is tilted towards the piney side of the hop chart, along with notes of dried fruit. Very Hoppy. Lots of citrus flavor notes. Mouthfeel is really big, chewy, resiny. A Very drinkable brew that i've been looking to try for a while. I've strayed away from really hoppy brews recently, but this makes me say "it's good to be back.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Lordsloth for throwing this in the Virgin BIF!

Very murky pour that seems loaded with yeast particles... Fairly small head as well...

Wonderful aroma of piney/citrus hops that is really juicy smelling... Extremely hoppy smell..

Hmmm... Well, it is a hop bomb, I will give it that. Extremely bitter and hoppy... Not sure in a good way though. Its just so dang unbalanced that I'm honestly a little disappointed. While this is probably the best smelling IPA I've ever had, its probably not even in the top 5 of tastes.. Its just too one dimensional..

I can finally say I have tried the great Furious! I'm glad I got the opportunity although I doubt I would buy this over several others that come to mind.

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

This was an extra from Mully. Thanks!

Poured cloudy amber with a thick off white head into my Short's pint glass. Tons of lace left.

Smell: Faint scent of resiny pine and grass.

Taste: Bitter as hell. Orange, grapefruit, spruce, and bready, toasted malts. Mild carbonation, crisp finish.

Impressive but I don't think I'd want more than one every now and then.

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Photo of katan
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can, undated poured into a pint glass

A - Pours very thick. Looks very solid. Lots of haze and color in this thing. A very dark color, with a shade of red similar to the can. Carbonation shows soldily throughout the pour, with a small head remaining.

S - Oh boy the hops hit hard on this one. Very citrusy and grapefruity type smell leads the way here. Almost has a wet hop character to it.

T - Starts with the sharp bitterness, which then transitions slowly to the citrus notes followed up with a malty backbone. The end seems more sweet, but that could be the hops fooling my tongue.

M - Like the look, it feels thick on the tongue. Very solid. Makes it feel a bit filling down below.

D - It rolls easy from drink to drink, but not something I can slam. I like the flavor, but the hops might become tiresome before a session is over.

Good beer - I do like it. Reminds me of Mojo from Boulder. Mn folks may call this blasphemy, but I'm not extremely enamored, and therefore wouldn't seek it out very often.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Furious pours a really murky burnt sienna color with a nice thick frothy off-white head. Outstanding head retention, which leads to good lacing. Wonderful sweet citrus aromas with a hint of spruce needles. High alpha hops, I am thinking Centennial, control the palate with bitter citrus flavors with some evergreen tones. The sweet malts balance out the bitterness perfectly. Mild carbonation with a smooth and clean backbone. Very complex palate. Nice and crisp with a dry finish. Very nice drinking IPA. I can see why Surly is becoming a big name in the craft beer market.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,495 ratings.
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