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: 1,522 | Ratings: 5,487
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4/19/16 can date. Didn't realize this was three months old, but oh well. I love the 16 oz serving size. Perfect amount of beer for a 6.5%abv. This one is hoppy with a good malt backbone. Kind of reminded me of an Arrogant Bastard light. Still hoppy with plenty of bite but less alcohol, more balanced even. A wonderful brew.

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Photo of TH28
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. 6/22/16 can date. Appearance: Reddish, amber brown with a slight haze and a moderate khaki colored head. Aroma: Toasty, light caramel maltiness, with a moderate resinous and light citrus hop aroma. Taste: Rich toast, bread crust and caramel maltiness dominates the taste profile. Strong hop character throughout to balance the rich maltiness, leading with resin and finishing with a moderately strong perceived bitterness and a quick burst of grapefruit. Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy body for the style, with a medium carbonation. Finish: Hop bitterness really lingers on this one, almost stronger than during the actual tasting. Sticky resin really lingers on the tongue. Overall: Really interesting in that this beer seems to be a blend of an American IPA, Red IPA, and and English Bitter. Malt profile reminiscent of English pale ales, but the hop profile is probably suited for a IIPA. One thing is for sure, there’s nothing weak about this beer. It’s very good, but the intensity would make it tough to power through multiple in one sitting.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours slightly hazy light copper amber with a medium frothy off white head that retains fairly well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, fruit and resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malt with some caramel apple fruit and a resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with 2-row, Golden Promise, Aromatic, Medium Crystal, Roasted Barley. Hopped with Warrior, Ahtanum, Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo. OG=15P, English ale yeast. Bought at Goodmans in Kenosha, $8.99/4pk 16oz cans. 6.60% ABV

Pours out to a brilliant medium amber with ruby highlights, forming a poofy meringue like light yellow/off white head with beautiful retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is mostly piney, a little tropical fruit hop nose, not catty, just a little dank. Mouthfeel is a little acidic from the hops, medium bodied, finishing astringent from the hops. The taste is a recap of the aroma, mostly piney, like a slightly lighter version of arrogant bastard, definitely a west coast red. Bitterness is firm, and a bit much, limiting it's drinkability. One 16oz can is plenty for me.

A solid west coast red. The bitterness is a bit much and the mouthfeel could stand more body. I'm not really inclined to buy it again if it were in my area.

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Photo of cuttlery
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can, a deep orangish color (sunset after a good downpour color) Not too heavy of a head. Tastes exactly as described on the can, heavy hops aroma. Fantastic tastes, this is definitely a favorite.

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Photo of Absolut
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured out of a can. barely 30 days old.

pours a golden orange. smells of citrus, hops and malt.

taste is citrusy hops with a solid malt backbone. very good.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark amber with a two finger foamy off white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit and resinous hops.

T - The taste starts with some sweet caramel malts, orange peel and grapefruit followed by a big punch of resinous piney hops. The finish has a lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - A very solid IPA. The hops dominate the finish but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly malty, with notes of caramel countered by muted grapefruit, pine, and resin.

Flavor is similar, with a biting bitter finish. Lightly sweet caramel malt carries throughout, with muted grapefruit juice and lots of pith adding complexity. The finish is a bit more harsh than I'd prefer.

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well. Can advertises citrus and pine with notes of caramel and toffee. What I got was tremendously tea forward, followed by notes of citrus, pine, caramel and toffee. Which was ok, kinda reminded me of an old Northern Hemisphere tea bomb and a young Weyerbacher Harvest Ale I had once. I like tea, but not this much. No excuses this beer is barely over one month old. Overall disapointing at best.

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Photo of Keepcalmandlovebeer
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is amazing!!!
A: a deep golden amber
S: nice aroma of hops & malt
T: hops upfront with a sweet malt backbone
F: so smooth
O: the balance of malt & hops is incredible. I new this beer was great & I wasn't let disappointed.

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

Deep amber color, good clarity. Poured modest whitish head, okay retention.

Caramel malt and a nice piney earthy hop aroma

Nice meld of malt sweetness and earthy hop flavors up front. Pine and pineapple. Nice hop bitterness in finish - assertive but not overpowering.

Med carbonation and body. No astrigency. Very slight warming.

Beautiful example of an "old school" AIPA (not overly fruity). Very clean, and full of big malt and hop flavors. Very pleasant bitterness in finish.

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Photo of jcflorian
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From can dated 3-15-16

Look- Crystal clear, reddish, orange hue. Minimal head with nice lacing.
Smell- Pine up front, citrus in back , but also get the malt.
Taste- Perhaps this is due to an 8 wk old can, but the taste massively underwhelmed me. Stale, cardboard taste, with alcohol taste very strong on back end.
Feel- Light on tongue, otherwise appropriate for style
Overall- I wish I could try a fresh can, but I have to review on what I have. Traded a bunch of tree house with this as part of my returning end. I def got short end of the straw

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Photo of matcris
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Just slightly hazy. The beer has a red and what I would call tea-like appearance. A finger + of foamy tan-ish head that quickly settles down to a ring. Minor lacing.
AROMA: I get a herbal tea quality. Big pineapple, pine and citrus. Caramel bready notes.
TASTE: Sweet right away which gives way immediately to a nice grapefruit bitterness. Lots of caramel undertones along with pine and that herbal mint quality.
FEEL: Medium thin to medium body. Carbonation is a little light, I think. A little sticky/oily up front, dries on the finish.
OVERALL: Very nice flavors. A little on the thin side, but it is a single IPA, so. I like just a bit more carbonation. The color is very nice, ruby, and tea like. (Edit: The pour is really important to the particular beer you are drinking. Poured slowly at an angle, the carbonation jumps out, which turns this into a different and better experience. Worth sacrificing the good looking head with some brews, IMO.)

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Photo of mschrei
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange brown with slight head, thick lacing. Floral and almost buttery notes on the scent. Crisp citrusy tasting. The slight bitterness and alcohol are more on the aftertaste. Very full mouth feel.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful Amber. Carmel and a hint a sweet fruity bubblegum, floral hops. Above average nose but very great flavors. I am really starting to like surly beer. I enjoy the complexity.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.26/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What was I thinking ?
(Am I being subjected to the onset of short-term memory loss ?)
I've Had Furious and several Surly beers and most (if not all) were too hoppy for me.
Yet, I let history (and mistakes) repeat itself. So, my rating reflects my being mad at myself. (I actually think that Surly celebrates the mainstream of American craft beer culture well... and so do its fans.)

My mistake seems setup by the Fates... from a limited beer list in a nice restaurant (that pushed wine), I order this can of Furious on a snowy April day.
While the aroma was interesting, the hops take over. I drank fast before any food came. By the second course (a delicate spring vegetable risotto), my taste buds nearly got back to normal. Barely.

#1 Moral of the story: don't forget what you don't like... and keep it appropriate.
#2 Moral: write your reviews so you remember what you don't like.... and can keep it appropriate.

Furious is reviewed in "1001 Beers to Taste Before You Die." (And arguable by me at least, should not be.)
So next is the existential question: Is drinking an inappropriate beer twice similar to dying twice?

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a cloudy golden color. The hoppy, fruity smell is strong and the best part. The taste was overly hoppy for me, and almost too complex, leaving a bitter aftertaste. Not a favorite.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange, one finger of head that doesn't linger very long. Smell is aggressively hoppy. Taste is not as hoppy as the smell would indicate, but is warm and smooth, balanced. Taste is long-lasting. Feels creamy and gentle going down. Very nice!

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Photo of Sabtos
2.49/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Furious has one of the most succinctly accurate label descriptions ever.

Amber red hue that's just a touch lighter than Killian's Irish Red, with a moderate, spotty beige head that dies down to nothing after a short time.

Lots of toffee aromas come off first, quickly taken over by something metallic, then something grassy or green in the background.

There are certainly caramel undertones, but this is far more bitter than I usually prefer, with those fiery hops being very present, as warned.

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Photo of smanson56
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a darker golden orange color into my Teku glass. The nose is a little more malt forward than I expected from this beer. There is a nice hop presence and a good amount of bitterness. A little more malt than I like in this type of beer. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. A nice beer for the type but a little heavy on the malt for my taste.

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Photo of emount91
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours a slightly hazy reddish/copper color, off white foamy head that dissipates quickly into nothing. smell is light, pine and caramel like malt with a very light lemon scent over hanging, almost like a Stone IPA. but taste is nothing like the smell, citrus dominates for a second but then that caramel malt and pine come in and mix with it, it's very balanced, leaves some stickiness on the tongue, and has a good light mouthfeel. I was actually impressed by this one. I was a little nervous with the color, but it doesn't taste much like a red IPA. Hope I can get my hands on Abrasive.

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

Pours amber in color with a nice white head that turns into a thin covering that remains on the edge of the beer throughout the pour. The nose is very malty to me, which is the opposite of what I was expecting. I pick up some biscuit and some earthy wood like flavor which I attribute to the scottish malt. There is a hint of scottish ale to this one which is a fun and unique dynamic. There is also some pine and citrus on the nose, with maybe a splash of dankness. I would guess there is a lot of simcoe hops in this one. The taste is that of a malty ipa with some some nice sticky pine residue. The feel is clean and crisp with an awesome bitterness. I keep wanting to drink more.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bread and butter of Surly Brewing's creations, Furious is a very solid IPA. Known for being an in your face IPA-maker, Surly has crafted Furious with extreme amount of hops that can be a little startling at first but becomes enjoyable with palate adjustment. Wonderfully flavorful but a bit on the overly bitter side.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into tulip glass. 12/8/15

L. Dark ruby brownish red. 1 finger of head with moderate lacing.
S. Sweet malty, caramel. With a touch of hops on the end.
T. A bit of sweetness up front, with some fruit notes, I'm getting mostly orange and some citrus. Nicely balanced. Some pine, bitterness, resin on the finish. Lingers for 5-10 seconds.
F. Light feel. Light carbonation.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall boy canned 5 weeks ago. Bold amber body with a moderate head that lasts. Aroma and taste is big malt, caramel, toast, wood and light floral hops. Maybe it's a non-representative four pack or I'm not a big fan of the Scottish malt foundation; barely got any citrus or pine flavor. Great looking beer with a clean malt bill and bitter finish, though.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,487 ratings.
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