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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.

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

I've been drinking Furious for about five years, and I consider it my 'go to' beer. In my opinion it's the ideal. It hits everything almost perfectly. I tend to prefer a slightly higher IBU, but that's not what this beer is about. It's about balance. I've never been disappointed drinking this beer. It keeps me coming back for more. I'd have rated it higher but I don't believe in perfection. If there is such a thing, Furious comes close.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe I had an old or it is not my style of IPA. Too malty for my taste. Obviously well liked but won't have again. Had high hopes but that's craft beer for ya...

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Photo of tyearby
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer looks great in a glass and has a fantastic aroma! Citrus, pine and more. It is very smooth and flavorful, which makes it easy to have 4-6 of them no problem. One of the best single IPA's in the Midwest! This is probably the third best beer made by Surly, which is crazy!

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Photo of govlady
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber with 2 fingers of head
S - pine, fruity, grapefruit
T - tastes similar to the smell, very malty to me, bitter
M - very smooth, juicy, bitter
O - a pretty good IPA. not my favorite, maybe it was the maltiness of the beer.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bit too malty for me, but still a very nice IPA. Very balanced with minimal bitterness and focuses on the flavor and aroma of the wonderful hop profile. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice reddish brown with a khaki head on it that fades pretty quick
s - pine, citrus peel - mainly grapefruit
t - lots of citrus peel, mainly grapefruit but also lemon, lime, orange. Lots of pine. Some sweet malts in the background but not specifically caramel/toffee as advertised.
m - medium beer, alc is reasonably covered at 6.6%, aftertaste is pine, bitter
O - I'm surprised at the 96/100. this one drank more like a 88-90/100 beer to me. Main thing being the kind of hop flavor I was getting - more bitterness and astringency than dank/tropical fruit/complex but to each his own I guess.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an amber color with an off white head. good lacing and decent retention. smell is huge amounts of piney citrus. taste follows, with resinous pine dominating the palate with a touch of sweetness. not overly bitter. delicious.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear Amber appearance with a big fluffy head.
I smell a ton of the sweet malt. The hops that come through are great too.
Lots of sweet malt flavor. Love the hop/malt combination in this. Fresh crisp swallow.
Awesome mouthfeel. Medium body. Felt very fresh.
Really liked this beer. Everything I've had from Surly has been enjoyable. Will definitely be seeking more.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8/25...Surly Furious. Reddish brown some remaining white foam. Bready toffee nose. Tsunami of pine expertly blended into a peppery malt. Spicy finish. Outstanding. 4 45 425 45 425

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

Hard to beat. My only gripe is that there's so many on shelves these days it's very difficult to find fresh. Piney, malty and subtle hints of pineapple.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep clear amber, finger white head, minor lacing. Caramel malt aroma with faint grass and pine, dark fruit as warms. Big sweet caramel malt flavor countered by piney hops with a little wood in the finish. Mouthfeel is crispy with dry finish. Overall a malt forward full flavored IPA with powerful hops. Very good.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can about a month old into a pint glass.
Appearance: Golden to brown color. Nice finger of head.
Aroma: Bitter hops, pine, grass, sap.
Taste: Piny hop flavor up front followed by sweet malt. The finish is bitter and crisp.
Feel: Medium mouth feel. Smooth and refreshing.
Overall: This is a nice malt forward IPA more in the "classic" IPA style, however I was looking for a bit more in the aroma and flavor department.

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Photo of jhavs
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at brewery tap room in Minneapolis poured from tap into their fluted snifter as well as from a 16oz can at a twins game the next day.

A= Deep amber with a thick, foamy white head. Lacing on the glass persists through the entire serving.

S= Light on the hoppy aroma, hints of caramel and sweet malts.

T= Bitter up front with caramel, toffee, and malt sweetness. Some citrus and pine lingers in the aftertaste.

M=Moderate level of carbonation with a medium body.

O= Malt forward IPA characteristic of some "classic" IPA's. Bitter and bold flavors, different than most of the new American IPA's but great in its own way. Why mess with a classic.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper color. Has a malty sweet aroma with hop presence. Taste is intriguing. Like a quick burst of ops that gives way to a balanced maltyness, but leaves a light hoppy aftertaste. A very good beer

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant tea tinted amber under a persistent 3” cream colored clingy foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Fresh mown grass, light mint, citrus.
T: Big creamy malt flavors hand off to an assertive citrus rind bitterness by the middle that carries the beer through the finish. Moderate levels of malt and moderately high levels of hops.
F: Creamy smooth, medium body and carbonation.
O: I am very happy that just about everywhere in town I go for a beer I can find a Furious.

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

This beer is one of my favorite go to beers. It is just the right amount of citrus bite with a nice crisp finish. This isnt one of those that goes bad quickly either. Great 5-6 weeks later

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Photo of Aduff860
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter.

L: Beautiful amber color, 1/4 inch white foamy head, nice lacing on the glass.

S: Not much on the nose, a little toffee aroma. Good but not great.

T: Bitter at first but not overwhelmingly so. Very nice piney/citrusy punch. Definitely a malty toffee flavor at the finish. Better as it warmed up.

F: Nice refreshing, medium bodied beer.

O: Nice introduction to the beer surly has to offer. Definitely let it warm up a bit before drinking. Very nice beer

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Photo of Hootie159
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with a nice red hue. Thin head that lingers. Nice hop aroma with a little bit of maltiness. Good hop flavor with some toffee from the malt. Good, smooth carbonation.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber, reddish color. Very thin white head, not too much lacing. Nice tropical hop aroma on the nose. Hoppy taste on the front, malty flavor on the back end. Not usually a big proponent of the maltier IPA's but pleasantly surprised with this one.

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A (4.75): Poured from a can into a pint glass. Somewhat Translucent Amber ale with huge number of sprites rising to the 1/4 inch creamy fluff of a head. Nice lacing on glass tilt. Looks good. Lacing holds up fairly well with an 1/8 inch remaining on last pull.

S (3.75):Hop brightness is present but not overwhelming. Slight citrus scent becomes more of a grapefruit tang as it warms though still at a low level - present, but not overwhelming.

T (3.75): Bitter at first taste. Let it warm up a little (3-5 minutes). That was much better.
Softer, and taste is more balanced between the hop bitterness and the weightier thicker biscuit malt - the hops have something to ride on. But, there is less flavor that anticipated for an IPA bracket.

M (4.5): Creamy and smooth due mainly to the froth. Slick on the backend, but dissipates quickly.
After letting it warm, it opens up and becomes more full. The bitterness is still there, but more tempered.
Actually a really nice balance - wish I have a thermometer to determine the temp.

O (4): I had this a week earlier and was impressed by it's fullness. Tried it this afternoon and the balance was off - maybe too cold as I took it straight from the fridge.
After letting it sit for a few minutes...Wow, what a difference. More balanced in T & M and the scent took on a different hue. Overall a very nice ale and not too high an ABV either (6.6%), so another can be easily enjoyed at the same sitting. The bitterness was somewhat unadorned - the flavor package was good, but had me wanting a little more. Still a good solid ale...Just be a little patient when taking it out of the fridge.

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

Pours a hazy orange-amber color, with a decent head.

Smells of juicy oranges among biscuity malts, topped off by a note of crisp lime. Malts are very prominent on the nose, evoking a sweeter appearance of the beer, balancing the fruity hops easily.

Has a medium carbonation, as well as a medium body, while producing enough hop bite to remain pleasantly refreshing.

Tastes of bready, slightly earthen malts, with white orange zest mingling into the beers malt backbone. Oranges grow stronger on the palate, due to the mineralic carbonation and lime juice, introducing a challenging hop bitterness to the tongue. The beers balance remains enjoyable throughout though, as the malts provide enough power to withstand the dry turning, slightly grassy hop onslaught, while staying on the bready side. Its sweetness gets provided by utmost juicy orange and blood orange, teaming up beautifully with lime juice. Finishes with a sweeter, fruity impression, completely focussed on the tropical hops, which create a long lasting dryness.

Fantastic, intensely hopped beer, which remains easy drinkable. Very fruity and refreshing, while the malts not only settle the balance but also add to the flavors in a very efficient way.

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