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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Reviews: 1,519 | Ratings: 5,468
Photo of Cfred371
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I grabbed a growler from Casanova liquor, and drank a few hours after purchasing. I pulled the growler from the fridge and poured about 5-10 minutes afterwards.

Look: the beer pours a nice Amber color, with a very thin tan head. There doesn't seem to be much carbonation in this beer, and is quite translucent.

Smell: I get a lot of citrus, mainly grapefruit. There is a slight toffee smell as well front the malt.

Taste: the taste follows the nose: grapefruit, citrus, a slight caramel taste in the middle, then back to a grapefruit bitter finish.

Feel: The beer seems a bit thin, but not bad. A dry finish leads to an extended bitterness and makes you crave more.

Overall: This is a solid IPA, but with how many greats around, I usually will grab for others before this. Perhaps if I let this warm up a bit, it would open up more.
Edit: As the growler warmed, the beer opened up, and was great!

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Photo of Big_V
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have been waiting to try something from this brewery for some time now. Pours brownish cooper with one finger head. Piney with faint citrus aroma. The sweetness from the malts dominate with hops playing the background similar to a hoppy barleywine such as Bigfoot. It is rather smooth. The balance and mouthful are its strong points just not what I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of tapperm
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really good Hoppy brew. Is a go to brew as it is readily availble. Well balanced and great hop bill. A little to malty for my personal taste. Could use more juice

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Photo of stevoj
3.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Flight at MSP. Different for an IPA, some savory spice. Creamy, slick body, nice lacing. Medium golden, some honey, not a lot of hops. Mid west IPA? Did not feel the love that is bestowed on this beer.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Christmas gift from Tom.

Pours an almost light Amber color. Surprisingly dark for the style. 1 finger of head with great lacing.

Aroma is a melody of different citrus. While grapefruit is most dominant, tangerine, orange, and a bit of peach are all present. A bit of sweetness is sensed, which creates an almost sugar-coated citrus candy aroma.

Taste is an absolute grapefruit bomb! Very aggressive and in your face grapefruit pith. Interesting malt combo on this, surprisingly roasty. It's almost like drinking a malted and carbonated grapefruit juice. While the bitterness is masked by the malt, it comes forward in the finish but doesn't linger.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. It's a classic west-coast style IPA with a twist. I'm not sure if I love the malt choice. Sure, if the malt played a more minor role in the beer, it would blend better, but for me, the rather heavy roasted malt distracted from the beautiful hop blend used. I see this pairing well with some smoked beef hot links. It gets a 88/100.

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

into the glass copper with reddish hue and wheat head

I'm picking up the sweetness of malt, and pine forrest smell sensation

taste shoots some bitterness across the roof of my tongue immediately
real malty,and hop bitterness is discernable.

full mouthfeel and here is where I get toffee in the finish.a thin layer of bitter too

great beer and you might just want another right away, I did!

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Photo of Sheppard
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/11/15 can date

Pours a deep reddish hue. Off white head. Smells of pineapple. Not a huge amount of aroma, but it is pleasant. Lots of citrus with a chocolate orange finish. There are few things worse than the combination of chocolate and orange. I would say the biggest caveat is the August can date, but this wasn't that great.

Will re-rate open having a fresher version.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 SFC21
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The reserved aroma doesn't come close to preparing you for the huge hop punch about to land on the roof of your mouth. Major grapefruit and piney bitterness that lingers on and on. Some milder notes of tropical fruit, aspirin, and lightly toasted bread. Full bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. No doubt a well made beer. While a little more bitter than I prefer, I highly recommended if you love big hops.

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

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass
A: Orange/amber color with a one-finger head that lingers until the bottom of the glass
S: A deep mix of multiple hops- grapefruit/orange, tropical fruit, pine with a nice toffee/malt backbone
T: Great malt/hop balance. The Scottish malt (can almost taste a bit of peat) forms a nice base then the hops add tropical fruit and citrus
M: Medium+ bodied with a slightly sweet malt underneath the bitter hops
O: Complex and delicious. Fantastic beer

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Photo of Beers-es
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer a lot. As the 16 oz can says, it's crimson-hued and very clear. Beige 2 fingers of head doesn't last super long. Decent lacing. The first smell is a massive hit of pine, which after a bit moves more into a grapefruit type thing, and later has some dank and just a bit of sweet malt. The taste is like the smell: pine/grapefruit then some bready malt, then a moderately dry pine finish that lasts a long time. Feel is pretty substantial overall, with only just a little bit taken off for a watery middle before the drying finish. This is a balanced and complex beer that is currently one of my favorites. Try it if you can get it!

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. A hoppy session sledgehammer. It's pretty much what you should expect from a world class IPA. Enjoying this fresh in Minnesota makes this beer all the better.

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Photo of 98green
3.51/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Links taproom in Chicago. Pours a brilliant Amber. Not a ton of hops in the nose, more of the malts I think. Taste is plenty bitter, not particularly juicy or bright. Plenty of malt build, so it is on the sweet side. This one is highly rated so I had high hopes, but it is just solid for me rather than remarkable.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one was a little disappointing for me. It had a really nice nose and a beautiful hazy apricot colored pour, but the flavor was not very well balanced. I got lots of bitterness on the finish without enough juiciness from the hops.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.51/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks outstanding. A non transparent copper - amber color with a huge, fluffy tan head that lasts all day.

Doesn't smell like much of anything to me. Some piney hops and caramel malts. Kind of muted aroma.

It tastes bitter and sweet at the same time right off the bat. A little bit of pepperyness and zesty citrus rind. Some pine and toffee follow. Lots of resin in the aftertaste. Very bitter, like aspirin, and drying.

Body is nice. Full, but not filling.

I am going to be way off the median with my score for this one, but the caramel and toffee flavors don't go well with the hop profile. I would swear it was an Imperial Red. Not a great one, but better than an American IPA. I don't find it to be a bad beer. This one just doesn't do it for me though.

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Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Green Mill: This one pours a fairly clear coppery/amber color. There was a small off white head that leaves some lacing. The nose is good. A good mix of pine and tropical fruit hops. Some malts and grain in the background. The taste is very good. A good hop flavor. It is a mix of pine and tropical fruits. A nice balance between all of them. Good malts and grains in the background. This is a keeper.

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

A 16 fl oz can canned on 8th July 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper amber colour with slightly less than two finger white head that leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma: Tropical fruit especially mango, peach and apricot, caramel malt, biscuit and hints of grass and pine.

Taste: Less fruit than I expected. Mainly malt, biscuit, caramel and lasting piney bitterness. Maybe a hint of citrus grapefruit, and its peel, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice IPA. It was a lot less fruity than I expected after taking a whiff of the aromas, but the malty and piney hop bitterness was balanced and very good.

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

I was really looking forward to this beer. At the very least I was incredibly disappointed. Traded for it and just underwhelmed from the get go.

Too malty, not enough hops or the lack of balance of the two.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This tastes a hell of a lot like Nugget Nectar to me. Big piney citrus hits in the nose and the requisite bitterness that comes with it in the flavor. Sides of the tongue will feel the IBUs in this beer. Drinks a little bigger than the 6+% ABV would suggest. Lovely dark amber in color with an orange tinged two finger head. Lots of caramel sweetness, kind of a sweet bready quality in the aroma. Interestingly the sweet smells and flavor don't translate exactly in the mouthfeel. It was more light of body than I had anticipated after smelling and taking my first few sips. Great beer all around, would love to try some more of what Surly has to offer.

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Photo of stouter88
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful beer. The story goes that the brewery didn't really expect to do much with this beer and then the public tried it and couldn't get enough of it. A fantastic IPAish beer. Enjoy!

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Photo of ARoman
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a shaker. Very sweet, potent floral notes, along with ample citrus, cereal and a bit of bread greet the nose. A slightly hazy copper red colored body is topped by a puffy, doughy, light tan / orange head. The retention is okay, with a thick ring and a heavy wispy layer leaving behind a light, messy lacing. The tongue is met with a high level bitter that’s cut nicely by a smooth, velvety, medium high sweetness. The texture is velvety smooth and slick, with a light, fluffy carbonation The medium body is bready with bitter citrus and the finish has a citrus and creamy caramel character to it with some sour cherries, and bubblegum, and a burnt hint and some pine. The aftertaste is not as overwhelming as I would have thought - given the bitterness. It cleans up and consists mostly of a toast dryness and caramel syrup. The aftertaste does linger, but is mostly mellow.

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Photo of RJIV
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can with a canned on date of 8/4/15
Deep copper color. Beer is crystal clear with a white puffy head.
Smells of a piney resin with the hint of sweetness.
This beer is thick, chewy, and sticky that coats not only the tongue but the entirety of your mouth.
The upfront taste is a pungent piney resin. This is immediately balanced with a slightly sweet malt backbone and finishes in a noticeable but not offensive bitterness.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delicious hoppy beer obtained in trade. Was worried about April 27 date, but cans clearly outlast bottles. Was surprised that it didn't have a stronger aroma.

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

Another one from my friend in Minnesota. This is a really hoppy beer. There is a lot going on inside this can and everything about it is totally awesome. I honestly wish I could get this on the regular.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, at 6.6% ABV, and thanks be to rogerdandy for the donation to the cause. I never knew this brewery had so many awesome-sounding products!

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some layered gear chain lace around the glass as it gently seeps out of sight.

It smells of grainy, lightly doughy caramel malt, somewhat dank pine resin, mixed domestic and tropical citrus fruit, a certain flinty chalkiness, and further leafy, floral, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, a soft biscuity breadiness, sassy pine needles and their forest floor friends, some lemon, orange, and white grapefruit rind, still heady chalky notes, and maybe a twinge of herbal and perfumed floral acridity.

The carbonation is nice and supportive in its sturdy and yet frivolous frothiness, the body a dense middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops kind of stepping on a few stems and pistils in their traipsing through this particular rose garden. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity caramel seeming to show just a bit more lingering heft than those swirling hop kiddies.

Yeah, this shit is good enough to make me irksome, and perhaps a tad mad that I hadn't yet encountered its pumped-up American IPA goodness. It's always when ya aren't looking, that crazily enjoyable stuff like this falls right into your lap, and even faster down your waiting gullet. Excuse me, I have to go get a bit more riled up with the rest of this tall-boy can.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,468 ratings.
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