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Scratch Beer 46 - 2011 (Naked Elf) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Naked Elf takes a hard look at the less-is-more theory. Ever since we developed The Mad Elf, we’ve speculated what it would taste like without the cherries and honey. So what lies beneath the fruit? Naked Elf is unfiltered, so the spicy yeast taste is more prominent in this strong, hazy orange ale. The combination of the Pilsner, and Vienna malts give a lot of body and minimal sweetness, but Naked Elf has a dry finish. Finally, the heat of the alcohol makes its presence known in the finish. The Naked Elf’s finest quality is the delicate balancing act between a lively yeast kick and a slight alcohol note that lingers in the back of the mouth—constantly reminding us not to overindulge in this complex, warming elixir.

(Beer added by: orangesol on 08-04-2011)
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3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In contrast to the Mad Elf, there is still a tiny little off white ring of head that is clinging to the edge of the tiny snifter for dear life. When I hold my glass up to the light there is a much hazier presentation which doesn’t make it quite opaque but makes it much harder to see through. A deep golden almost honey colored hue is the prominent color shade here with some orange poking through. On the viscosity check, again a lot of lacing but not as syrupy as some other heavy styles out there.

Initially much smoother and more subtle on the nose with a huge bright aroma of white pepper spice, cloves, and bananas. No real heat alcohol to mention of or medicinal qualities. As it gets warmer more and more fruit flavors are pushing through.

Spicy up front, lots of yeast character, a bit drier than I thought it would be although there is certainly some residual sweetness in here. Loads of estery goodness and a fair amount of toasted bread. Surprisingly getting a bit of roasted flavors in the back of my throat. Pretty unique in a good way! Alcohol is very well hidden just like the Mad Elf.

If this was a regular release I think that I would be getting it very often! I think the cherries in the Mad Elf throw me for a funk, but again that’s just me. This is very drinkable and smooth with loads of flavors that I am really liking especially after it warms up a little bit. If you are local or can get someone from the area to get you some of this go for it because it comes and goes very quickly!

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 22:34:31 | More by Bmoyer0301
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A: Pours with a small 1/2 finger high light tan head that quickly fizzes up and back down. The body is amber orange in color and completely opaque except at the thinnest parts of the glass. A thin collar remains and the overall look is rather still. Lacing is spare.

S: Very strong Belgian yeast esters give off fruity aromas of berry, cherry, Juicy Fruit gum, dried banana. Medium high phenolics. Light Belgian candi sugars and sweet grain.

T: A light dusting of clove adds a little spiciness that works well with the fruity profile. The second half of the sip turns from moderately sweet to mildly dry while adding a paper flavor lasts until the finish.

M: Medium to medium full body with a slick upfront texture that begins to prickle the tip of the tongue and then expands across the rest.

O: It's not hard to believe that this beer is the base for Mad Elf. But, truthfully, I liked this better. Much more approachable as it doesn't hit you over the head with aggressive overly-done flavor. Sure it's a bit of a departure from the standard BSPA, but it's worth a try nonetheless.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours amber with a paper thin white head that quickly fades. Disappointing from a Belgian

S- mild yeasty aroma, not much else going on. Mad Elf without cherries and honey is boring

T- sweetness and a bit of a flowery taste from the yeast, but not a lot else

M- medium bodied, on the thin side. Huh

O- this really didn't work for me. Thoroughly unimpressive

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gibby!!! That generous son of a gun sent this my way not too long ago. I’ve been very lax on my Scratch beers lately and have missed a few. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the AFC Championship game (New England vs. Baltimore).

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear reddish orange with a small fluffy bright white head. A spotty cap and thick collar remains along with a bit of random lacing.
Smell- Like Mad Elf the beer just smells almost sickly sweet with big bold yeasty esters throughout. Very candy like smell as I get quite a bit of licorice and cotton candy. The cherry smell is still there as is a touch of rhubarb. Loads of dark fruits make their presence known in the form of raisin and prune. I get a touch of butterscotch as the beer warms but it’s just part of something vanilla like and the crazy sweet smell.
Taste- Well the sweetness I get in the nose doesn’t translate too much into the flavor but neither does anything else. I’d describe the flavor as yeasty and watery. A touch of what may be Belgium Sugars sneaks in adding a pinch of toasted sweetness. Some honey like earthiness as well but that’s about it. Boring and bland.
Mouthfeel- All things considered it’s fairly light for the style. Crisp carbonation is pretty nice though.
Overall- Not that good. It’s sort of blah and bland with not much going on. It really is Naked Elf since pretty much the only good parts of Mad Elf are gone. Oh well, these Scratch beers are 90% miss anyways. This one is no different. Thank Jeff!

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A: Darker orange with beautiful red highlights when held to the light. One finger off white head with alright retention and lacing that is a little more desirable.

S: Big clove and Belgian yeast aromas. A touch of lemon and a kind of coriander spiciness. Some sweet caramel and toffee notes coming through.

T: A touch of sweet caramel and toffee upfront. Belgian yeast along with a sweet peppery/coriander flavor. Clove is there but light. Light hints of apples and bananas. Finishes a touch sweet with bready notes.

M: Light body. High carbonation. Crisp. Finishes dry.

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Thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

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Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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A: Pours a lightly hazy dark copper with a thin off-white head that faded into a wispy film leaving thin lace.
S: Sweet notes of apple cider, pears and good blast of holiday spices.
T: Follows the nose with a big spicy pear/apple cider flavor. I get a bit of Belgian yeast notes and some sweet sugar as well. The finish is full of clove and banana, and the aftertaste is very sweet.
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed directly after fresh Mad Elf for optimal tasting abilities.

A: Clear red pour with hints of yellow, hardly any head at all.

S: Wheaty, cherries, a bit of the sweetness is gone. It smells balanced and really drinkable, almost more like a summer beer than a christmas one.

T: The alcohol is toned down a bit, and it shows on the taste. Honey, a lot of cherries, wheat, and candied sugars. Hints of booze on the backend. A bit less sweet, and a bit more balanced than Mad Elf.

MF: Light body, tons of carbonation. Crisp and easy drinking.

O: This was tasty. The reduced alcohol is actually nice and makes the beer more balanced.

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Scratch Beer 46 - 2011 (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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