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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) - Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer (Naked Elf)Scratch Beer (Naked Elf)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%


Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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: apintofknowledge on 08-12-2012)
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on at Troegs tasting room, enjoyed sample served chilled in a goblet.

The color is deep copper almost bronze with very good glarity and nice thick creamy band of beige with tight bead. only mild haze and accents of crimson appear at the base. The smell is decent with slight phenolic aroma with mild earthy yeast and light dried fruit scents with some spice notes from hops. the feel is decent with mostly dry and moderately high carbonation with subtle spice and moderately high alcohol influence on the palate.

The flavor is standard, I like the yeast taste but as it warms it shows more alcohol and the flavor of dried fruit stands out with a kind of prune-like flavor I am not fond of especially. There is a ripe banana undertone which is ok but the alcohol is a little high in the flavor for my liking as it is only 8.5%. I find this beer to be ok for what it is and not offensive but overall basically just above average -I am not a fan of the regular Mad Elf for some of the same reasons I don't find this appealing. I think I should have consumed this while it was cold since it did not improve as it warmed much.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 16:23:48 | More by Slatetank
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A: Formed a solid head when purposefully splashed into the glass, though it gave off little smell. It has a nice hazy red-orange color. Though the overall retention of the head was short, lacy foam still lines the glass for the 30 mins of sipping.

S: The smell, to me, is honestly not all that strong. Regardless, it smells sweet; incredibly malty. There are hints of banana, but also non-specific spice that fights with the sweetness, rather than complementing it. - Like putting pepper on a banana. Darker fruit is needed to balance out this smell and taste.

T: The spice hits your tongue first, but the starchy sweetness creeps in fast, and lingers long after the spice leaves. The time that they overlap is not as unpleasant as the smell of the combo, but it is extremely brief. The swallow goes down smooth-nice- for about 3 seconds. Then the sweetness floods in; what lingers is quite powerful. (overpowering if this is not your thing...).

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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.