Friday, March 26th 2010
(Surly Brewing Company)
Furious is a BIG hoppy IPA that comes in a big can. Furious doesn't want to be your friend but unfortunately you really, really want to be friends with Furious, so much so that you're willing to invite him over a lot in the hopes that he'll loosen up and stop being so damn intense. No such luck though, Furious is just that type of guy. One mean, bitter, intense, hop-tastic guy.
From the Surly site:
"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 screeching for."
Here we go...
Pour - beautiful dark amber, almost honey colored with little tiny bubbles making their way north to be part of a half inch of tightly packed off-white foam. Hold this to the light, take it in and breath deep because the ride is just beginning.
Aroma - head-jerking amounts of pungent, piney, resiny, grapefruity, pineapply, resiny hop aroma. Wow! The smells just explode out of the can and envelope the glass before this beer is fully poured. I can't say enough about how great this beer smells. Its hops to the max and its just plain fantastic.
Taste - pine, grapefruit and other citrus, intense bitterness on the tongue, brown bready malt and raw sugar syrup on the backside to even things out. Furious stings the tongue like a hop-scorpion (hopion?). This stuff is sticky and resinous in the mouth, plenty of hops packed into an IPA that clocks in at under 6.5%, not too mention the balance it has despite the pleasurable tongue lashing I've voluntarily taken. I can't imagine what their dIPA is like. Love this stuff!
Overall - I could drink a 4-pack without a problem. Its that good and that easy to drink. I guess that says I could sit down and drink an entire growler of Furious without sharing. That would be sort of selfish, but damn is this stuff good.
Note - Surly has also released (on several occasions) a very limited "Tea Bagged" Furious. This is Furious that has been dry-hopped in a firkin cask with various hop varieties. Surly frequently changes the type of hops used for the dry-hopping but usually uses a full pound of hops for the dry-hopping.
Posted by Russ
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