joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recieved this long sought after brew from my Secret Santa Tayner, youíre 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 itís 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. Thereís 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 olí fashioned hop whompiní and Furious delivers.
Medium bodied with a lively carbonation that not tingles every tastebud but awakens them for the stomping theyíre about to take. Leaves a solid lingiering bitterness after each sip.
The drinkability is so good Iím 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 Iíll be making a trip up to Minnesota in the very near future. I just need to get my hands on the other Surly offerings.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-10-07 can baby
Beautiful head atop a dark reddish brown color. Awesome lacing. Aroma is sweet apricots and sweet malt too. Bitter - but it is more of a semi-sweet bitterness. A hint of alcohol in the aftertaste - but not awful. Clean, dry bitterness that cuts the moisture in the mouth. Nice flavors and hoppiness - would have again for sure!
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 bottle courtesy of Tytoanderso
Pours a rich maroon color with a huge fluffy beige head that lasts and lasts. Smell is big on hops and a red ale like malt backing. Kind of reminds me of either Bear Republic Red Rocket or Hop Rod Rye. Very fresh smelling. Dark rich caramelly piney hops flavor with a moderate tea like hop bitterness . Very nice IPA that I like better after trying the 2nd time. Thanks Tyler and Andy!
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow I was very impressed by this, couldnt wait to try it. Very very hoppy, and I was surprised to see the ABV was so low. Had a bit of thickness that carried a good head. Alpha King should be sweating, if this was more available in chicago it may become my favorite out there.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint Can coutesy of Skyview. Aroma malted sweet citrus on the nose. Amber body and with a easy pour a thin head. Flavor was average grapefruit with medium bitter hop at first. Middle to finish citus bust of sugary ornges and grapefruit had me saying this is more like it. Good refreshment while watching football on a Sunday afternoon.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 I crack open the can and take a quick smell.......whoa! A strong smell of pineapple and piney hops. Pours a dark amber color with a thin foamy head which made me check whether this was really an IPA. Lots of sticky lacing. Upon first tasting it is rather smooth and citrusy (orange/pineapple). It then finishes with a piney bitterness with some roasted malts in the background. Has a nutty touch to it. A great IPA.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16oz. can served in a pint glass. A bit of a gusher when I opened it.
Poured a hazy dark gold. There appeared to be yeast, can conditioned?
Huge citrusy hop aroma. Initial hit of hop bitterness. Plenty of caramel malt flavors to back it up. Some orange, citrus in the middle.
This is a really nice IPA, plenty of hops for the hop heads, but a nice malt backbone to support it.
Thanks to Dansting for this one.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz. can via trade with mreusch - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is big pine and citrus hops and light malt in the background. Flavor is big hops (citrus and pine) and with some sweet floral fruitiness to it. Quite bitter, but goes down quite easy. Slight lingering hop aftertaste. Medium body. A very good beer. Thanks Matt.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you, Ron. Pours a deep bown amber. Hints of heavy citrus on ths nose with an undertone of sweet malt. Taste of hops is strong on the palate with citrus.Finish is of never ending hops. Very good!
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 2007. After being disappointed by the Darkness and then tasting this, I became very skeptical of Surly. The hops profile reminds me of DFH 90 minute in the smell, but with more grapefruit over the dirt and earth. Thinish body. Not at all expansive or bright with the flavors, this degenerates mostly into unbalanced bitterness. In my notes, I wrote, "I have a feeling Surly is everything thatís wrong with over the top." In the burgeoning craft beer world, where brash in-your-face brands like Three Floyds and Stone are doing so well, there is the danger that new market entrants will confuse style with substance. My limited experience of Surly so far has me thinking that they are going over the top for all the wrong reasons.