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Scurry - Off Color Brewing

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90 Reviews
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Reviews: 90
Hads: 561
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 28.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 75 | 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:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-31-2013

Just cause it's dark and German doesn't mean it's an alt. Based on the obscure Kottbusser style of beer, this surprisingly dry beer retains all the aroma and nuance of honey (from bees) and molasses (not from bees) creating a perception of sweetness through cool, controlled fermentation. Because we're sweet enough damn it.

18 IBU
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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby brown color where light shines through the center. Small head that dies to a fine level of rim bubbles. No lace.

Smell: Dark molasses aroma with a bit of mocha in the background

The flavor is less sweet than I expected. The hop is also much more present. There's some strong porter elements to this beer. Lowly carbonated with a fuller body. Short aftertaste but with a nice blend.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body, with a few garnet hints at the far edges, and, a small-sized, brief beige head.

Smell: Chocolate, cola nose (and cola appearance, really) with hints of toasted dark bread, fine sugars, with background touches of herb and plump raisins.

Taste: Chocolate glazed rich dark bread toastiness, scantly nutty, with some additional caramelly sweetness, as well as hints of the added molasses and honey. Very mildly roasty. A little raisiny dark fruitiness precludes a minor herbal hint and light balancing bitterness. Slowly, softly dries out on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, a bit tingly, prickly.

Overall: Good beer. Though a bit cost prohibitive for me at four clams per bottle, were it to be a bit more reasonable, I would readily make this a standard addition to the fridge. It's got an inviting maltiness bolstered by the molasses and honey, yet it remains reasonably dry and nimble on the tongue, thanks to the healthy carbonation.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.3% ABV, 18 IBUs, 13.5°P

A - Deep ruby mahogany in color, Scurry, despite it's darkness, is still clear. The short ivory head puts the beer's name into action, disappearing rather rapidly.

S - Rich Munich malts bring breadiness straight to the front of the nose, brushed with notes of smooth wheat and chocolate; a milk chocolate truffle perhaps. Clover honey sweetness peeks through with traces of delicious, delicious molasses following behind.

T - Scurry, with all it's ingredients, has a lot going on in the flavor. Big malty breadiness is the showcase of the beer but its chocolate notes stem directly from this, wonderfully blending with honey sweetness and a splash of molasses along the finish.

M - Wheat and flaked oats contribute a beautifully smooth, almost creamy feel to this medium-bodied beer while nearly unnoticeable hops keep everything in check with balance as Scurry finishes with clean balance.

O - Altbiers aren't done a whole lot but Off Color's Scurry is a very nice, unique take on this German style, keeping in line with the malt and hop profile while spicing things up with wheat and flaked oats for a smooth body and honey and molasses for sweetness and a little sumthin' special.

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Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a pillowy, beige head that dissipates slowly.

Aroma is dominated by oats and nutty malt, with a touch of caramel, chocolate, and deep molasses notes adding complexity. The balance is sweet and nutty, but there's almost a smoky character from the molasses. Floral hops are subtle.

Flavor reveals more chocolate notes that linger throughout, accented nicely by oats. Nutty malt carries into the lightly dry finish. Notes of tart cherries become evident as it warms.

Body is thick and rich, smooth, with low carbonation.

Didn't expect the tart character. Definitely malt dominant, with enough dryness at the finish to counter the suggested sweetness from the aroma. If that off flavor weren't there, this would fare better.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pretty darn dark. Some cola highlights around the edges. Modest tan head.
smell: Subdued. Some toasty malt and hints of molasses and cocoa.
taste: just like the nose. Subtle to be sure.
overall: Pleasant and fits the altbier profile. A "smooth" and "delicate" beer. Nothing bad to say about this. Pleasant enough though nothing to get excited about either.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

poured into SP Wine Stem

Appearance: dark brown to a light black body with a mahogoney hue when held up to light. Thick cap of off white head that drops down to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts that smell like brown sugar, and caramel with a hint milk chocolate. Malt profile is also toasted, lightly roasty, and nutty. Smells like a malt forward brown ale brewed with brown sugar as a brewing adjunct. Really nice nose on this beer.

Taste: Interestesting....from the nose I would have expected this beer to have a decent amount of sweetness, but its actually leading off with light roast and nuttiness, mild bitterness, and a decent amount of toasted malt. Slightly bready with a hint of caramel. I also taste a decent molasses note and some oats as well. Hint of earthy hops. As the beer warms, it becomes more rich and malty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low levels of carbonation. Almost moderate carbonation levels, but not enough carbonation to say its moderate. Soft and delicate creamy mouthfeel, that get slightly prickly on the end of each sip. Very smooth drinking beer.

Overall: This is only my second Altbier that I have drank. The other is New Glarus Altbier. I have to say that this is a really good beer style. Its like a sessionable brown ale; flavorful yet very easy drinking. This is honestly my favorite beer that I have tried from Off Color so far. I have had Troublesome and Apex Predator. Its a must try if you like Altbier, I definately prefer Off Color Scurry over New Glarus Alt. I would also recommend this beer to people who like a malty brown ale because this beer will fit into that niche very well.

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Photo of PPOmaha
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Medium sweet malt aroma lots of toasted bread crust. I dont get a lot of hops here but there is some earthiness. Hints of apple fruit esters. No DMS, No diacetyl.

Apperance: Dark brown with some light brown highlights in the light. There is a significant amount of bottle sediment even when poured gently, it doesnt sink either. Thin tan rocky head.

Taste: Medium toffee malt flavor with hints of roast. Some round sweetness. Hop flavor is low little bit of earth and dirt. No DMS, No diacetyl. Flavor is not as roasty or toasty as I expected from the aroma and appearance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with Medium-high carbonation. Perfectly carbonated. No alcohol, hint of creaminess. Very smooth.

Overall: Solid beer. Well balanced bready dark ale, nicely carbonated with some creaminess in the mouthfeel that adds a lot to this beer. I think it is brewed very well, but nothing I would seek out. Seems like what I have had from off-color so far is pretty great.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Scurry is of the deep brown variety. It presents itself with a thin veil of tan bubbles, the bubbles prefer to not dirty the glass,

S-All malt. I pick up a succinct nuttiness. Almost like a toasted almond situation. Earthy with some brown sugar as well. I enjoyed how it smelled.

T-The components of the flavor seem to weld together and lose some of the aroma's intricacies. I still taste that nuttiness that reeled me in initially. Some flat cream soda flavor. Light caramel, just a bit of roast and bit of earth. A soft dark fruitiness.

M-Medium bodied. Pretty bubbly. Creamy feel. I have been taking my time with this one but it's pretty eager to go down the ol' suckhole.

O-Love, love, love Off Colors labels and their general ambiance. This is my second beer from them and both have been above average. I never mind being able to enjoy a well made offering of a style that is rare among the American craft beer scene.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours dark brown yet sits on the glass black. Half a finger of tan/off-white color head on the pour. Weird seeing this amount of active carbonation in the glass with such a dark colored beer.

Smell: Coffee, oats, and airy honey on the front. The oats continue to open up and be felt throughout, while adding a molasses sweetness on the body. The effervescence of this beer is truly unique, has the coffee and molasses notes with some lighter pils malt accents.

Taste: The front is grains, oats, and some earthy honey. A potent body of dark malts, chocolate, and sticky molasses. The dry grainy body is an unexpected but welcome touch. Molasses and honey smoothes out the finish as the oats continue to open up and come in waves over the palate.

Mouthfeel: Where to start here... Easy front yields to a darker complex body. It then comes full circle and evens out on the finish, creating a very drinkable beer.

Overall: So Off Color Brewing defines this as a beer that is based on the obscure style, a Kottbusser which is a dark honey ale. I love the vision and inspiration these guys have and I really enjoyed the beers they have produced so far. If you want something different, these are your guys.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Bottle with no discernable date into shaker pint. 2 finger head took time to settle very dark brown with some ruby hue

S - Roasty, oats

T - Sweet malts, some honey, chocolate slight bitterness

M - medium carb, nice body, creamy, smooth

O - enjoyable brew esp when I want something roasty but not so much a porter or stout

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Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light, refreshing malty beer. Pours a medium dark brown color with a small light tan head into a pint glass. Head retention is average and lacing is minimal.

Aroma is sweet malt with a little chocolate and honey.

Taste is more robust and varied. There is a roasted malt presence along with some chocolate. The honey and molases are apparent as well. There is sweetness that does not taste like caramel malt. The honey and molasses provide the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall a very pleasant summertime beer with a variety of flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cool recipe here in a surprising beer. a honey and molasses dark beer thats heavy on the oats. i expected a sugar bomb and got a remarkably dry and full flavored beer that seems more appropriate for autumn than late spring. dark amber to light brown in color, some viscosity here, and not a ton of head, creamy and lazy looking. the nose is the unrefined sugar element of the molasses, a nice rich grain bill that ranges from medium crystal malt to chocolate malt and the buttery dry freshness of rolled oats. hops appear minimal in the nose. the flavor is great, i get the honey on the front end, the essence of the bee, the pollen and the flower, with much of the sweetness being fermented out. perfect grain profile for that flavor too, its just right. more molasses in the finish with a light spice and a very sturdy base in terms of body. a really dialed in and clever recipe, i hope this is around in the fall when the leaves start to turn, it has that hunker down and cozy in type of vibe without being a barrel aged enormous beer. i super dig this.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  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.

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Photo of popery
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, molasses, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with molasses, oat, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a very nice set of aromas and tasty flavors that get better as the beer warms up.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent brown with a fizzy head that disappears right away. No lacing.

Lightly sweet, nutty, cocoa and malty.

The taste is fantastic and unique for this style. German malts, bread crust, honey sweetness, cocoa, light earthy hops with a finish of chocolate and brown sugar lightly coating the tongue.

Lighter bodied, but very smooth. Low carbonation with a lightly slick coating on the palate.

I find this beer to be unique in that it's lighter in feel and abv, but the flavor is terrific and moderately complex. The molasses adds a brown sugar sweetness to go with the honey and it just compliments the cocoa notes fantastically. I could probably drink a whole sixer of this. Wonderful little brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Designed for ultimate refreshment but without compromising on quality or flavor, the classic taste of Dusseldorf will take on a hoppier Amber-type taste while the northern German varieties can resemble more of a Brown. Off Color's Scurry resembles more of the later but in true "off-color" fashion, there's a few Americanized twists and turns.

Scurry pours with a medium brown color with reddish amber highlights that pierces its striking clarity. As a creamy ivory-white head builds on top, the frothy later shows strong staying power and laces the glass with broken rings with each drink.

Its medium toasted aromas take on proportions of bread crust, light coffee ground, mild cocoa, pecan and peppercorn. A firm sweet tone of molasses provides the undertow for the toasted and savory grain scent and ride along side of a lightly woodish hop note.

Its husky-sweet taste starts with the promise of molasses and chocolate. But those sweeter flavors turn dry in an instant and allow the rustic nature of toasted grain, nutty and savory character to carry its balance through the middle. Finishing with that extended toasted taste, its spicy hop bitterness links up and dries the taste with its woodsy and slight grassiness.

Medium-light in body, its early sweetness and creaminess suggests a beer of more weight. But once the sweetness lifts, the ale dries out beautifully, but exposes a long draw in the middle that weakens considerably before its crisp and clean finish. Slim minty warmth and a mild iron taste rounds out the taste as lingering grain and toast persist briefly.

Scurry is a somewhat more hefty ale than what the Germans would have made, but its kiss of molasses and chocolate tilt suggests an American microbrewer hand was involved.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3/5  rDev -18.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Curved Pint Glass

A: A nice solid dark brown

S: Smells like oats, molasses, and honey.

T: The flavors here are all muted and soft. The oats and molasses mostly dominate.

M: Smooth with just the tiniest of carbonation.

O: This is going to make some great pancakes.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a light reddish to dark brownish amber depending on the light. The head was an ivory froth with real staying power.

The aroma is toasty, kind of nutty like a caramelized pecan. Some sweet caramel malt and a touch of dried fruit.

The flavor is for the most part spot on the aroma as I get a toast, roast and pecan nuttiness. The finish is a bit watery but it holds on to the toast malt throughout.

The feel is full but ends light and watery. This is very easy though and drinks quickly.

Interesting brew as it holds about 80 percent a solid roasted toasted ale and 20 percent a light watery mix.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a medium to dark mahogany amber with a thin light tan head with decent retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, molasses, hints of nuts and chocolate, dark dried fruit. Flavor follows with dark sweet malt, molasses, nuts, dark dried fruit, dark bread. Medium bodied. A nice example of a old ale / altbier style brown ale with a pleasant sweet, dark malt bill and lots of supporting flavors. Well balanced and interesting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear mahogany/ruby red color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like honey, molasses, chocolate, and some nuts. The brew tastes like honey, molasses, earthiness, chocolate, nuts, and some dark bread. It's a mostly sweet tasting beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, a bit syrupy and easy enough to drink. I think it's a good brew. It's the first beer I've had from Off Color Brewing, and hopefully it won't be the last.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark- reddish brown with visibility through the body and a light tan head.

S- light roasted malts, hint of coco and caramel

T- light roasted malts, caramel, toffee, honey, coco, a bit of bitterness.

M- light-medium bodied, nice and smooth. a bit thin and water.

O- I really enjoy the taste of this brew, a little thin in the mouth but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of malts are present in the nose along with notes of malt extracts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of malts and malts extracts (without any sweetness).
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have very non-descript aromas and flavors and doesn't stand out compared to any of the other beers I've had in this style.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Dark mahogany body with a small fast fading taupe head. Slippery lacing that slides along the glass.

S: Super bready, gingerbread, vanilla wafers, cinnamon, clove, black strap molasses, figs, dark chocolate, oats, faint bubble-mint gum and hints of burnt hair.

T/M: Taste follows the nose but brings more chocolate malted balls, molasses, and slightly smoked wood. Vivacious and medium bodied that finishes semi dry.

O: Really good beer that surprisingly comes in a six pack. Love that! The aroma is on point and the taste delivers as well. I would regularly drink this but the price is a tad steep. However, you get what you pay for. Cheers!

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Scurry from Off Color Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.