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.
The beer is a dark red with a good amount of haze. There was a 1-2 finger off white, somewhat khaki-colored head, and the beer has a nice amount of lacing throughout the session. Overall, it looks like a Red IPA, and is very lovely.
Big hop character – there is a good amount of grapefruit, citrus, and spicy hop notes on the nose. A bit of alcohol comes through, which works well in IPAs, and is followed by some slight grain character. There’s a bit of lemon zest in the nose as well. Overall, Furious is an awesome smelling IPA.
There’s a lot of fruit character – grapefruit, orange, and some tangerine. The hops actually give the perception of sweetness, though the beer is very bitter. It’s actually very balanced compared to other IPAs, and isn’t just a huge bitter bomb. The maltiness is nice and smooth, and is just enough to balance the beer’s bitter edge. This beer is a very nice example of an IPA that isn’t pure hop character, yet still satisfies a hop lover’s toungue.
The mouthfeel is very nice. It starts off with a bit of body, then finishes dry. There isn’t much carbonation, which makes it nice and smooth, but I wish it had just a little bit more carbonation. It’s very drinkable overall, and could be a beer that one could enjoy several of in a session.
This is an awesome IPA. I got a lot of these as extras from various trades, and I’m really glad I got the chance to enjoy a few of these. I even tasted a home brewed clone of this at my local home brew shop, and it was awesome – you can’t go wrong with this one! It’s not perfect by any means, but it is a beer that and hop lover should seek out. I could put this beer into a normal rotation of beers to drink.
SCORE: ★★★★ 4/5