1FastSTi (3233) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At GTMW 2006 on 8/12/2006. Had one listed as "Teabag Furious". A randalized or post-hopped version of the beer, I believe. Anyway, it pours to a coppery body with a creamy white head. The aroma is sweet fruity hops, juicy. Very nice. The flavor is sweet, juicy, hoppy. Nice sweet malts. The palate is refreshing, medium bodied. Very very drinkable.
Sammy (7734) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is a good American style IPA, but whatís the fuss? Unbalanced, can-conditioned, great aroma c-hoppy with bubbly head and grapefruity body, carbonation and mouthfeel average. A hophead feed, but I have had higher IBU that is more drinkable.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zesty hops burst forth from the can. Oranges and pine are carried over a reddish amber, fairly flat ale. The hops are the shop hereÖlots of dusty dry bitterness. Lemon zinger is fairly prominent with a delicious puckering citrus at the swallow. The sweet malt gives enough of a platform to make this a delicious quaffer - not overly sweet or alcoholic. This is quite a pleasant hop bomb - and easy to quaff. Thanks Jeff.
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can
This is probably the second best beer I have ever run across in can form. It competes in every way with Daleís Pale Ale (except that you get 16 ounces per can instead of 12). I think I like this one a little better. I look forward to the day that Surly escapes the confines of the Twin Cities to reach Wisconsin and beyond. This should be the first thing they export.
Aroma / Appearance - An exploding head cascases out of the can into the glass. Initially there is only an inch of liquid and several inches of head but it settles over the course of a few minutes to the opposite. The body reminds me of rusty water. As I drank it, layers of lacing clung to the sides like layers of sediment tracing the buildup of a cliff. Hints of freshly mown grass, melon, grapefruit and wheat highlight a bright nose.
Flavor / Palate - Caramel and grapefruit precede a bitter explosion that washes across the tongue. When it fades traces of semisweet bakerís chocolate chips unfold into a nutty finish. The last traces of the glass tasted a little like coffee grounds which was a bit odd. On the whole, though, it was extremely enjoyable. Iím glad I have two more cans left. I will definitely be picking up more up this next time I go up to the Minneapolis area.
theisti (3008) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009 Rating #200. 16 oz. can. Pour is deep copper. Taste and aroma are big hops. If this was a blind taste, would have guessed OR or WA brew. Nice balance throughout, and a very clean, dry finish. Overall a great beer.
Bartzilla (518) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice! Again, with the energy drink cans! Driving just hasnít been the same. I kid! Anyway, this is a fine IPA and a bit of a different result that I would have expected. Nice and hoppy with lots of west coast influence. I want more and guess what? Iím getting more. So there.
jglazer75 (11) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On a recent trip to the twin cities, this was recommended at the local beer store when we asked for something good and something local. He didnít know much about it, but said heís had nothing but compliments. Reading the can, it was obvious that it was an IPA, so we gave it a shot. The can thing is a little strange - but not a bad way for a small brewery to save some money - itís not like people are cellaring this stuff - itís meant to be consumed on the spot.
Anyway. I was blown away. Much better than expected. A rich hoppiness, that I didnít really get at first. After reading the commercial description it makes sense - the malt makes a difference. It adds a complexity that is generally lacking from IPAs, which, can tend to the unbalanced. The result is a surprisingly balanced American IPA. Good job guys - and let me know if you start exporting this stuff across the river to Wisconsin.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can. Surly certainly has figured out the can gimmick, and they have taken it a step further by putting their beers in Tall Boys! This is another great example of a fresh, well balanced IPA. Certainly an up and coming Brewery.
islay (775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 16 oz. can. Powerful hops aroma, but also a floral presence, like a hops-scented candle. Pours a clear, dark, red/copper with moderate amount of beige head. Perhaps the darkest pale ale Iíve ever seen. Looks like a long-aged bourbon in the glass. Fruity hop bitterness in the flavor. The hops are quite strong, but, surprisingly, so is the malt. Very sweet for an IPA. The sweetness is welcome at first, but further sips made me wish that Surly had toned it down a little. Good, strong, bitter aftertaste. Smooth, soft texture. This is a very interesting beer. I love IPAs, but there are so many available that a lot of them tend to be forgettable. This beer, with its dark color, unique aroma, and supercharged hops and malt flavor, breaks from the standard IPA mold. I very much appreciate Furiousí individuality, but I do think that its taste is too sweet to let it rate as a truly top notch IPA.
<P>Re-rate 12-16-06: I tried this beer again last night, and I realize that, originally, I was holding it to the standard of an IPA. Really, this is a unique beer that is a crossover between an IPA and a Scottish ale, and it deserves to be judged independently. Consequently, I am raising the flavor score from a 7 to an 8, and, in celebration of its originality, I am raising the overall score from a 15 to a 17. Thus, the total score rises from a 3.8 to a 4.1. This is an unforgettable and very good beer, and such a beer deserves a score in the 4s. 7/5/8/4/17:4.1.
<P>Update 2-18-07: Surly Furious was included in a tasting of ten American IPAs that I attended last night. It finished in first place on my list, beating out Two Hearted, Avery IPA, Boulder Beer Mojo, and Victory Hop Devil among others. Frankly, the score probably deserves another boost to a 4.2 or a 4.3, but, as I did not do a formal rating of this beer last night, I will hold off on that.
<P>Re-rate 4-21-07: I tried my last Surly can from my original November purchase. Surprisingly, this IPA has actually improved from several months of aging. The texture is stunningly smooth, making the beer a pleasure to drink. The challenge is in not chugging it. The flavors are superb, as I have described before. This beer literally gets better every time I try it, and hence its rating keeps moving up. 7/5/9/5/18:4.4.
<P>Update 4-6-08: I tried Surly Tea-Bagged Furious for the first time at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest in Superior, WI on 4-5-08. I am giving my review and rating for it here, but I am not changing my "official" rating for Furious. I had a small (approximately 3 oz.) sample poured from a cask. It was the sixth of 12 beers that I rated (out of about 20 total that I tried) at the festival. Pours a hazy, amber / light to medium brown. Large amount of fluffy, cream-colored head (rare for a cask beer in my experience). Great hops aroma that is very appetizing. Citrus and pine scents. This smells better than the standard Furious. Very malty-sweet with a good hops presence in the taste. Bitter aftertaste. Medium to full body. Soft in the palate. Undercarbonated and not as flavorful as it should be due to the cask. 8/4/8/2/15:3.7
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 I tried Surly Furious in cans, not from a tap. Surly Furious is hop, hop, hoppy. It has a crisper, brighter aroma and flavor than I expected. It finishes with a nice soft yet rich bitterness. Surly Furious is a beer that could be drank daily as a before dinner appetizer.