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Furious by Surly Brewing Company
American IPA
6.60 % ABV

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2010
Old review
16 oz can of love received from Reino for my Birthday. Poured into a pint for my drinking pleasure.

A: Has a very nice brown to red color going on here. Changes gracefully as the light hits it. Constant carbonation activity during the entire experience. Got a great finger of head that does not want to go away. Big and pillowy. Recedes slowly to thick ring that has some beautiful lacing. Sticks all over the glass. Nice sheeting. This looks almost exactly how I wanted it to.

S: Sweet hoppy goodness. Smells of citrus and floral hops. Grapefruit coming in loud and clear. I smell tangerine. Love it. There is some nice malt coming in. Caramel and toffee. Really sweet but not crazy candy sweet. Just sweet enough.

T: The hops is first in line for path down the palate. They have some nice bitterness to them but are incredibly smooth and sweet. Grapefruit yet again shining. Tangerine is present also, no just teasing in the nose. The malt really comes in on the finish, creating an amazing balance. Caramel sweetness, toffee goodness, bready. This is great.

M: Medium in body. I like this very much. Carbonation is a little high, but makes this brew really refreshing. Goes down very easy. Has some very nice bitterness on the palate. Aftertaste is muted and no trace of alcohol. Dig it.

D: I want a case. This beer is easy to drink, convenient due to the can, and tastes great. Surly knows whats up. Can't thank Reino enough for giving me the chance to finally taste this brew.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 09-19-2008 05:11:29

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
16oz Can

Recieved this long sought after brew from my Secret Santa Tayner, you're the best. Furious pours amber with a mild case of chill haze. Tiny streams of carbonation bubbles stream to the surface. A one finger light beige head appeared on the pour and although losing about half it's height becomes ultra creamy and leaves thick drink lines.

Furious smells like what an IPA should smell like. Caramel maltiness is there but way in the background where it should be. The middle brings sweetened grapefruit for a flash before some bitter grapefruit and big pine break through and overtake everything else. There's also a slight aspirin bitterness.

This is a high quality IPA. Again the caramel is there but is knocked back so quickly that you have to pay attention to catch it. That sweetened grapefruit comes along mid-palate just before the bitter pine and grapefruit pith destroy your palate. I love me a good ol' fashioned hop whompin' and Furious delivers.

Medium bodied with a lively carbonation that not tingles every tastebud but awakens them for the stomping they're about to take. Leaves a solid lingiering bitterness after each sip.

The drinkability is so good I'm already getting teary eyed that my one and only can is just about gone. I could sip this all night long. I just want another mouthful after mouthful of pine.

Furious is one of my new favorite IPAs and without question lives up to the praise it recieves. Guess I'll be making a trip up to Minnesota in the very near future. I just need to get my hands on the other Surly offerings.

Reviewed: 12/15/07

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 10/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 19 4 10 2009
What can I say about Furious that will do it justice? Well, aside from maybe copying my review over from BA I can say this is one of my all-time favorite IPAs when out of a can (YMMV on-tap). It's a beautiful amber/red colored beer with a huge frothy head that lasts and lasts. The smell is intense with citrus, dank herbals, and some pine from the huge hop presence while still having lush caramel and bready-sweet malt base. Taste follows, if not usurps the aroma with hoppy awesomeness while still having a great malt presence. Mouthfeel is lush and coating with a lasting bitterness, but it doesn't destroy the palate. I could drink this sucker for the rest of my life and be happy. It's just so damn good. Couldn't recommend Furious enough, a worldclass IPA all around from one of my favorite breweries.

Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 08/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2009
Been a while since I've had this. This is a 4pk can from Tip Top. Color is darker than I remembered. Smell is all hops, with the citrus, oily goodness obvious from across the table. Only slight hints of the caramel malt and toasted qualities. Taste is as expected from the smell. Hops bitterness all over the place. Finishes also with a slight hint of the malts and toast. Feel is a bit slick and oily. Stocks around for a while to remind you.

Overall, as solid an American IPA as you'll find. I've not had the tea-bagged version, but I am told it's even better. It's on my to-do list.

Served In: Bottle

Review by bakes on 08/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2009
Perfect just-off-white head, creamy, atop a pillar of red copper liquid. Pour it from two feet away and the aroma shrieks at you - apricot and grapefruit, yes, but a beautifully toasty faintly caramel malt underneath it all.

Starts with a vast bitter juiciness upside the tongue, grapefruit, hints of apricot and leafy, coarse hop atop a toasty, faintly dry-caramel, perhaps a tetch of autumn leaf maltiness. The bitterness just cruises through your mouth, gripping the sides of the tongue like a kid grips his saucer going down a steep hill for the first time. Aromatic as hell. Very slightly palate-numbing. Beautifully not-quite-chewy, not quite sticky mouthfeel.

I flat out love this beer. When I want a foot to the floor American IPA to satisfy my hop jones without sending me into happy land uber-quickly, this is the pull.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Scoobydank on 04/20/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2009
So obviously I have had this beer in all kinds of formats, but I will review the canned version.
L:Thick slightly off white head. Great amber looking color getting closer to red than anything.
S:Big fat stinky pungent grapefruity hop smell. Just a touch of peach. Very faint roasted malt nutty smell.
T:Big grapefruit up front. Also a very roasty bisquity smell. Just a slight light caramel sweetness. All those fiery hops land immediately on the roof of your mouth on first sip.
M:A thick slightly syrupy with a round warmness.
D:Great. Definitely one of those I need a big beer brews.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 03/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 12 19 4 9 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 8-31-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to franksnbeans for sending his last extra Furious my way. This beer shall be enjoyed in the memory of the late craft beer great, Michael Jackson.

Poured into my Surly pint glass this beer has a massive amount of foam, up to 3 fingers worth of very light brown foam. The beer itself is a nice dark amber color. The aroma has a big malt profile but the juicy hops are the main characteristic of this beer. Big grapefruit and citrus aromas make me want to dive right into this beer. The taste is similar to the aroma with a very clean mouthfeel and a pleasant bitterness. The Scottish malt, as it states on the back of the can, remind me of a hoppy Scotch Ale like Red Rocket, caramel and sticky sweet. This is truly a “moment of pure hop bliss.” One of the best IPA’s I have been able to enjoy, and the best beer from a can I have ever had. Where are the 24 packs??? Now I understand all the rave about Surly.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 02/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 16 5 9 2008
Cloudy rust with dark honey highlights. Smooth, firm topping of lighly stained brown foam. Out of two pints I had, one was slim, one was a finger high. Tons of layered lacing score the glass with heavy sheeted rings.

Aroma is all red grapefruit, quite juicy, zesty, and fresh. Although my first was barely traceable as the second had the red grapefruit standing out very prevalently.

Taste did not differ however; big red grapefruit juicyness with a sliding edge of dry leafyness takes hold immediately with the citric bitterness. Its quite nice at first, lots of hoppy grapefruit bitterness with only a slight malt keeping it tendered in a floury bread and very dry grain. However, the bite and dryness did take the realm a little too quickly and parchingly to fully enjoy the second pint as its a palate wrecker for sure. For whatever it is (amber/IPA) I would've liked a bit more balance out of it. I might as well have peeled myself a grapefruit and not used any sugar. Nothing complex about it besides its layer of drying bitterness.

The feel is all bitter, all squeezing, all parching, and all sour grapefruit juicyness. Actually quite heavy and full on the tongue and palate. A nice pay lode of hoppy bitterness. A bit too much though, even for this hophead.

I enjoyed this at first pint. Very nice grapefruit taste and bite. But it is a bit much after a while. It tired my palate out right quick and half way through the second pint my mouth was screaming for something else so I had a Porter instead of a third Furious. I see now why it is named as so. The hops are just that. Furious.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by feloniousmonk on 08/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
(notes: Febrauary, 2006)
On tap at Arcadia Cafe' looked a dusky, dunnish hue when they server poured it, when I sat at my table, it glowed bright orange...held out of sunlight, a truer dark amber-ish tone. Quarter inch head, creamy, and long-lasting. Very fine appearance.

Up to the nose: fresh, vibrant hops, zesty citrus, glimmers of pine, a grapefruit and pineapple tango, but banana aches to cut in...lovely stuff, and ample for any hophead's appreciation. (4 hops, Amarillo for sure...)(other hops:Warrior, Simcoe, Ahtanum)

Enters the mouth with ferocity and freewheeling force, spill bitterness all over the mouth, every crack and crevice is filled and rejoices from the deliciousness...creeps everywhere into the palate, and each area of contact finds it's reward. A citric fruit explosion, but well met with an ample, biscuity malt base (Golden Promise is in there)'s a fertile malty field, and the hops are madly at play above! (100 IBUs will do that.)

Next comes the overload, the frequent pucker, the lip-smacking, the bitterness, and tasty hop flavor clinging tenaciously to the lips and tongue...zippy, zingy, mouth-grabbingly delicious at every sip and gulp.

A beer for hopheads to keep reaching for and for Minnesotans to be proud of!

P.S., I've had the cask dry-hopped version, now dubbed "Tea-Bagged" twice now, and never took out pen and paper to compose a full review, but, damn, it would definitely get all 5's out of me, an amazing beer! Check out if hear of a pouring, it is not to be missed!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
Originally reviewed 05/13/06

Had this for the first time at the Arborfest beer tasting fundraiser.
Appearance was a nice amber color with a decent head. Smelled of fresh hops. This is an amber? Taste is even better than the smell. Starts off a little mild, but then the hop bite hits. Excellent IPA (or Amber). Reminds me of a West Coast style IPA. Very drinkable beer. I ended up going back for a couple more samples of this. A true Hop Head's delight.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
Pours a DARK amber color with one of the best foam heads i’ve seen in an IPA. Smell is hoppy, with just enough pine to it to be near perfect. The taste follows suit with the previous categories. Hoppy up front with a smooth, perfect and not overbearing pine finish. Not sure, but close to the best IPA i’ve had.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 7 14 4 8 0
Received in a trade from jeffkrenner. Mucho thanks goes out to him.
Served chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is very good. Deep amber color with a little bit of haziness. Nice head forms with tons of lacing.

Smell is above-average. Grapefruit hop and caramel malt jump out. More subdued than i was expecting.

Taste is above-average. Grapefruit hops are present but I'm getting more bittering hops. Caramel malt bill is in the background and balances things out nicely. Again, much more subdued that i was expecting. To be honest, this tastes more like a hoppy/Imperial Red Ale.

Mouthfeel is very good. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Creamy and fluffy on the pallet. Feels great going down the hatch.

Drinakbility is very good. Another one or two would be welcome.

A nice IPA from Surly. Maybe i was expecting more punch in the flavor and smell department but by no means am i disappointed. A highly sessionable brew.

Served In: Tulip

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