771: Surly Furious

771 - Surly FuriousName: Surly Furious
Brewery: Surly Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Minneapolis, MN
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.20%
First Brewed: 2006
Price: $2.49

Tasting Notes
Deep copper in color with a thick ivory head. The complex nose has floral aromas with grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes. A big hop presence with a touch of caramel and a dry, bitter finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

This beer better be furious! See what I did there? I haven’t had many beers from this brewing company, but two are on our list. The first one we did wasn’t very good, but I heard, after sharing our review of that one, that this is the best beer they make. I like hops, and this is a HOP BOMB coming in at 99 IBU. Do you know what IBU stands for? That means international bittering units. This is a measure of how hoppy a beer is. Humans can’t taste beyond 100 IBU, but there are beers that go beyond that. Like the Green Flash Palate Wrecker. That beer, this year, was 137 IBU. It. Is. GREAT!

This beer is also served in a  can. Not a lot of our beers are canned. but cans are starting to become a big deal in craft beer. Just today I saw Papago selling several beers from Ballast PointALL canned. Some beers taste better in the can, but that doesn’t mean I want everything to start moving toward cans. Hoppy beers taste better from a can, though. You know me and hops. Let’s drink.

In the Glass: The tasting notes said this beer was copper in color. It’s not. It looks like any other American IPA I have had. We did a hoppy beer the other night, and I am pumped to try this one. Some buddies on Google+ said this was the best beer Surly makes. I hope, because I didn’t really care for the other cans I have had. Still a fun story and awesome logo! There is a nice thin head left on this, with some insanely sticky lace. In my head I know what this tastes like… I just hope it delivers.

Nose: The nose is nice, but it isn’t anything to write home about. It has some nice piney notes to it, but isn’t really screaming huge hoppy flavors. This beer is 99 IBU, which is high for an American IPA. It’s not high for a double IPA, but that seems high for just a regular canned IPA.

There is a hint, and I mean a subtle hint, of sweetness toward the end. Let’s see what she tastes like.

Flavor: Holy hoppy goodness! I wish more daily drinking India pale ales would taste like that. It hits your palate with a punch of pine, and then as you swallow, the subtle fruity flavors start to open up. The beer is quite carbonated, but as this heats up and as this mellows out, the bubbles won’t really bother me.

I will say, even after a few sips of this, the lace is still sticking to the side of the glass. Unless I grabbed a dirty glass, this beer has some impressive lace characteristics.

Mouthfeel: The beer is quite carbonated. More than I would like for an American IPA. The real experience happens toward the back of the palate. It has a nice fluffy feel to it, but as you swallow, more bubbles really overtake your palate.

Aftertaste: It’s not dry… but it’s close. It has a nice drying sensation as you swallow and as you continue to swallow. The burp is nice, too. Of course, there is some of dinner in there. I had grilled chicken tonight, but I soaked it in hot sauce. This isn’t a beer that I would chug, not one that I would give to someone that says, “Tell me more about craft beer.” This is not a gateway beer.

Surly is a good brewery, don’t get me wrong. But they aren’t the best thing since sliced bread. Speaking of sliced bread, there have been some pretty awesome inventions since sliced bread. Like the Internet! Anyway, if you can easily grab this beer, do. I bet it is great on tap. But for $9.99 for 4 cans, it is a bit overpriced. Cheers!

Surly Furious – The can says: “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 caramel-toffee. For those who favor flavor, Furious has the hop-fire your taste buds have been screaming for.”


Rating: 3.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

This beer has an interesting name. The name doesn’t really describe it, and I think that it didn’t tell much on the label about it, either. I guess we’ll just have to taste it to find out. In the glass it looks pretty thick. It’s kind of a medium orange brown color. Mine had a bit of head when Ricky brought it out, but now it’s pretty much gone. It smells spicy and a little bit hoppy in the glass. I wonder if it’s hoppy-tasting. I guess it’s time to find out.

Well, after the first sip, it does have some hop taste to it. It’s got a thick mouthfeel and kind of a spicy taste. Honestly, it might be a good beer, but it’s too hoppy for me. It’s not really my style. I don’t like the aftertaste that most hoppy beers leave behind on my tongue. I like the mouthfeel and the flavor, but not really the aftertaste. I bet Ricky likes it, though. But for me, this is just not one I would pick again.

Rating: 2/5

770 bottles of beer on the wall…

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