1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Scurry - Off Color Brewing

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

342 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 342
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
MALTS: Pils, Dark Munich, Wheat, Chocolate Malt
HOPS: Northern Brewer, Hersbrucker, Strisselspalt
SECRET INGREDIENTS: Honey, Molasses, Flaked Oats

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-31-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 342 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of patrick802
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

patrick802, May 12, 2014
Photo of MNPikey
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

MNPikey, May 11, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Hopheadjeffery, May 09, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ygtbsm94, May 08, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of MonkeyBread
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

MonkeyBread, May 04, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue which shines bright red in the light. Body is haze-free with a moderate effervescence and a thin layer of tan foam. Color is wonderful, though I wish the head were a little more prominent.

Smell: rich, sweet caramel character -- this beer exemplifies how caramel malt flavors should be done. That said, it lacks complexity and intensity; but the purity of the aroma which is there is just great.

Taste: rich, brilliant caramel, along with a little breadiness and just a bit of toast and biscuit. Quite good, and although ambers are not really my thing, this does a pretty good job of it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a nice creaminess. I don't know what it is, but every beer I have tried today has had a great creaminess. Something in the atmosphere, maybe?

Overall: as I said, I'm not a great fan of amber ales unless they are extremely well-done. The caramel in Scurry really is something to experience, and, while some of its surrounding flavors don't float my boat, I do enjoy this beer.

flagmantho, May 03, 2014
Photo of gmendez1122
3/5  rDev -18.5%

gmendez1122, May 03, 2014
Photo of discharmingly
4/5  rDev +8.7%

discharmingly, May 02, 2014
Photo of Focusf111
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Focusf111, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of MarkJBurch
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

MarkJBurch, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev +8.7%

amstokesdb9, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

vonnegut21, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Sweffin
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Sweffin, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark brownish amber with a thin but persistent cap of foam. Thin body with plenty of spritz in the mouth.

Taste is definitely odd. Grainy tasting with the honey flavor coming through eventually on the tongue. Hops are not much in evidence, though the label notes there are some noble varieties I am not familiar with-- Hersbrucker and the aromatic Strisselspalt. The oats do give an oat flavor, more so than any beer I've have. The honey is not too strong, but there is a slightly sweet persistent taste that I could easily believe is the molasses.

This is a very interesting concoction, highly drinkable, and totally unusual. I'm not sure I want to try this often but it's great to share the adventurous spirit. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

mactrail, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

22Blue, Apr 22, 2014
4/5  rDev +8.7%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dexterk1, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of ericlawton007
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

ericlawton007, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of RyanOooh
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

RyanOooh, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of C2H5
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

C2H5, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep brown with a few shades of maroon mixed in. It looks pretty clear but it's hard to tell due to the relatively dark color. Small head, beige. It's really just a smattering of bubbles and even those fade away after a minutes. The aroma has a grapey malt sweetness to it. Some deeper sweetness, molasses and caramel, is also fairly strong. Maybe, a touch of honey, but that's always hard to find in beer. Fairly nutty. Mild cocoa. I'd bet the molasses contributed a good bit of color because there isn't a ton of darker malt flavor. It's definitely more toasty, and lightly so at that, than roasty. The taste is similar, though there's a piney hop note and almost cinnamon-y spice flavor. Mild mint, too. It's fairly sweet, almost cloying for a ~5% abv beer. The mouthfeel is fairly full. Those oats give it some body. It's actually more altbier-ish than I'd expected. Regardless, it's tasty enough and they packed in a good amount of flavor for the abv, but it's just not all that enjoyable. A bit too much sweetness without really committing to that idea.

popery, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of WillCarrera
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

WillCarrera, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of KevBot89
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

KevBot89, Apr 08, 2014
Scurry from Off Color Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.