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Furious | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006

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Reviews:
1,496
Ratings:
5,367
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
17.91%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,496 | Ratings: 5,367
Photo of weuntouchable
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Looks and smells beautiful and initial taste is good. Finish is weak and disappointing. Overall it's good, but once I finish the 4 pack of cans its probably not a beer I will buy again.

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Photo of MrUse
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I see the hype with this one. Bitter, but with tons of flavor. The hops really stand out. I was first reluctant to try this due to the high ibus, but the flavor really makes it worth it. I'm glad I live in Minnesota so I can buy many more of these.

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Photo of BIN29
1.41/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Extremely overrated and overhyped. Canned on 5/19.

Dark amber in appearance with light toasted malts aroma. Hops are not complex here, nor its fruity. No citrus, light caramelized pine. This is an extremely malt-forward ipa with lots of bittering hops. Long lingering bitterness. This is definitely an extreme ipa with a 100 ibu that targets the fans of bigger is the better. This is not a balanced beer. Drink two hearted instead.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big head to begin, fading to a bubbly chunkiness. Beautiful amber-orange emanates from the pint glass.

A little biscuity, toffee, big citrus on the nose - less in total than I would've thought, but a uniquely curious mash-up.

A controlled hop bomb, this one. So much that with every exhale, it's like drinking the beer anew, each an explosion. Grapefruit, some pineapple, both breathable in the best way possible. Mild alcohol burn to close.

Deliciously encompassing and unique from other AIPAs/IPAs out there as a result of the malts - they simply provide a frame for the immense hoppiness that is the focus.

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Photo of Uhopia
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I, I don't get it. You can't go to MPLS without some yahoo staggering up to you bragging about Surly this or Surly that. I mean, really? It's a decent enough beverage to fill-in when your first or second string is on the bench but come on, the Hype! around this concoction was waaaaay over-rated. It's a little silly. Especially from a place where Summit comes from. But having said that, I can see where the excitement comes from. So...yea for you, I guess.
Revised review: Maybe a recipe change, maybe I got a fresher batch, but I feel my previous review may have been a tad harsh for the folks at Surly. After all, they produce Todd the Axe Man so they can't be all bad.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Amber with 2 fingers of loose head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit juice, caramel, pine sap, and honeydew. Smells great!

Taste
Pine, grapefruit juice, and candied citrus. Firm caramel backbone with traces of toffee. Honey, honeydew melon, more pine, and hints of earthy spruce.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, juicy, semi-dry, and lightly bitter.

Overall
More balanced than your traditional IPA yet this doesn't interfere with the hoppiness. Juicy and easy drinking.

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Photo of Moose90
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 04/06/15

A — Pours a deep and dark ruby hued amber, very dark for the style, just looks malty right off the bat, big and tall creamy head forms, nice lacing left behind.

S — Smells incredibly malty initially, bitter, rich, there are hop notes of pine and orange pith, underlying coffee note as well somehow.

T — Tastes bigly rich and malty, bitter hops make an appearance and are bitter and herbal, earthy and woodsy in flavor, very much tastes like the woods.

M — Medium bodied, crisp in finish, long and lasting.

O — Very malt forward, hop profile is very earthy and herbaceous, no citrus or juiciness to be found here, very good overall though.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Biggs!

A: Opaque amber with an off-white half finger head that ran and hid rather quickly. Thick lacing.

S: Grapefruit, bready malts, piney hops.

T: Wow, what a punch of hoppy delights blended so well with Scottish caramel malts. The grapefruit taste of the hops wasn't too bitter. Just a terrific balance.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A real treat and surprise at the end of my brewery tours. Glad I finally got to see what the fuss is all about. Find it. Savor it.

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

Really glad to try this one. Dark amber which is normally a turnoff but overall this was very good. Balanced and nice bitterness. Nice buzz from one 16 oz can.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Barely hazy amber with light tan head, some lacing
Smell: citrus (non-ideal conditions)
Taste: Solid malt base that is won out with huge grapefruit hops. black pepper. very bitter finish
Feel: Medium body with smooth mouthfeel

Overall: Furious is a solid IPA - it has a firm malt base but is still dominated by a very bitter grapefruit-like hops finish. To my taste the bitterness is approaching excessive, but it is still good and the malt provides enough balance to keep it from overwhelming the experience. Still, there are several widely available IPAs I would prefer to this one (Two-hearted, Sculpin, Odell) and at least one local option I find preferable (Bent Paddle). Sierra Nevada's Torpedo is kind of in the same ballpark as this one and is quite a bit cheaper.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Super clean, well balanced, excellent malt flavor, but you still don't lose the hops. Has moments of imperial IPA but only in taste not abv. Really enjoyed this one

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L (4.5) - Beautiful amber, orange, gold color. Nice amount of head on top. Nice light tan colored
S (4.25) - Nice florally aroma. Fairly strong, but not too much. Not much malt or anything, but this is an IPA after all!
T (4.75) - Fantastic! A little bitter, plenty florally on the front. Nice backend hop presence too. Clean, crisp. Not a lot better out there.
F (4.25) - Nice carbonation level. Not much alcohol burn or anything of that nature.
O (4.5) - This is one of my favorite beers. It has great hop flavor, but not bitter and nasty. I would get this every time in Minnesota. But now it's in Iowa. And it is a staple in my cellar!

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Photo of RossiDaMan
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Broke in my new IPA glass with this one. Beautiful deep amber in color. I could smell the citrus (primarily grapefruit) from 2 feet away. The grapefruit carried over into the taste with a nice hoppy & bitter aftertaste. Feel was average with small bubbles and smooth carbonation. Overall, very good and recommended.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium red with a one finger head. I wonderful citrus hop smell. The hop not as strong as expected, withe a slight bitter finish. It does resonate into the nose. Could drink a bunch of this.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber w great legs. Piney citrusy nose w a very similar taste. Notes of buttered, honeyed bread and lemongrass in the finish. A bit overpriced for what's ultimately a second tier Midwestern IPA (A four pack of Two Hearted tallboys is about four bones less), but this at the very top of that second tier and a very pleasant drink regardless.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.03/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a deep orangish red color. a two to three finger off white head with decent retention. a small streaky lacing around the edges. pretty hazy and almost opaque.

Smell: good strong hop bite starts off. notes of pine, citrus and hop resin. good amount of bitterness but it is almost taken over by a large amount of sweet malts. ranging from toasted bread to caramel malts.

Taste: opens up with hops coming through with pine, citrus and resin. a good amount of bitterness up front. strong malts creep through the hops constantly. notes of caramel and toasted bread. more hops sneak through at the end with some slight tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: syrupy and resiny. bitterness and caramel malts battle it out. it comes out pretty even. strange and may be slightly undercarbonated.

Overall: way too malty and syrupy. almost cloyingly sweet even with all the hops in it.

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Photo of RyanStelzner
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great copper color. Very clear. Minimal head retention. Subtle citrus hop flavor quickly overpowered by aggressive, palate-cleansing bitterness.... Which I loved! Very lively carbonation which was also refreshing.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet tones on the nose of honey, caramel, watermelon, tropical fruits and grapefruit. There is some dank herbal hop notes as well.

The flavor is a bit dank and bitter for my taste but I can appreciate the array of herbal hops with the occasion fruits. The fruitiness tends to grapefruit and tangerines but for the most part it's dank.

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Photo of Droopy487
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer 2 months after the canned date. Seems like a very malt forward beer. I won't spend my review criticizing it because I love this brewery. It's just not for me.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dude hooked me up with two in a row. Solid man! Great trade!

Appearance: Beautiful clear reddish copper colored with a head that lingers pretty well through the pour.

Aroma: Tropical candied fruits, mango, papaya, some stone fruits as well, nice aromas.

Taste: Totally balanced, there is some bitterness going on but the tropical and stone fruits come through, I don't detect much in regard to the bittering profile but there is some there. Very well balanced. Reminds me of Nugget Nectar, but better.

Overall: Very nicely done beer. Happy to have received it on trade!

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Photo of KATCanada
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/23/15 . Dark copper, off white foam. Nice nose, oily pine. Bitter hit, then orange peel and pine. Finshing citrus peel. Grapfuit, sory of oily peel finishing after 3rd swallow. Hint of sweet? Hope taste and aroma is great. Not overwhelming but for sure there. Hopheads will really enjoy. I echo earlier sentiments, really smooth.

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Photo of Mightymango
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap pour into a pint glass.

Amber in color with an almost cloudy look.

Crisp smelling, really smells like a "Hey, you really want to drink me" beer.

Hoppy taste with full flavor. Has a hint of bitter but goes down easy.

Not a fan of it in the can but very flavor full on tap.

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Photo of Mattyboombaddy
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As a Wisconsinite, I only get the treat of drinking this when I visit friends in Minneapolis. Usually, I bring a 4 pack of Furious home to share with friends.

16 Oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours deep amber, when held in light there is a slightly cloudy consistency. Thick head. Good lacing
Smells fantastic, reeks of citrus with a hint of pine, incredibly inviting aroma.
Super piney up front, citrus comes into play in the back. Im thinking blood oranges.
Perfect carbonation, medium bodied
Goes down smooth, too smooth, in fact it is easy to drink this one a bit fast. The aftertaste is my favorite part of this beer, it leaves me with a mixture of orange and pine needles in the back of my mouth. Overall I would say this is my poster child for what I want my IPA to taste like.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name says it all here - this is a hop heavy, deep amber IPA that amps up the IBUs whilst maintaining a malt backbone that keeps something of a balance here. But let’s be honest - balance is not what you are looking for here. Some sweetness on the back end that does its’ best to level out the bitterness.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft

A - Lovely crimson/amber body. Head is fizzy and fairly thin.

S - Strong citrus aroma - a mix of tangerine, lime, orange,and grapefruit.

T - The citrus onslaught continues, but heavier on the orange than the nose. The malt is a delightful mix of sweet but dry. A good mix of darker caramel and specialty malts keeps things interesting. The finish is bitter with lingering citrus and caramel sweetness.

M - Despite the dry finish, a very creamy mouthfeel.

O - Great IPA. Unique takes on the color, mouthfeel, and malt with exceptional use of citrus hops.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.
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