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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: apintofknowledge on 08-12-2012

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.
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 12
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Since I look forward to the release of Mad Elf each winter, I was intrigued to find this "stripped-down" Naked Elf without the cherries, chocolate malt and honey on my latest visit to the brewery. I understand it has been released a couple of times before, but a little different each time, and now for the first time at the new Hershey brewery.

I'm saving a couple of bottles to compare against Mad Elf this winter, but on its own it was a better beer than I expected, showing that it takes a solid backbone of a beer before adding the extras (cherries, etc.) to make a great brew.

It has a bit of a funky Belgian yeasty aroma, but appears a crystal clear amber-brandy hue in my glass with a thin white head. Flavors of sweet cereal grains, Fuji apples, and toffee come forward at first but as I sip more and the beer warms, more depth and complexity of contrasting flavors, like tart pear, sherry, and a subtle touch of what I can only call sour funk (but in a good way if that makes sense) come through with a mild warming alcohol burn and a slight drying quality that balances the initial sweetness and slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

My description just doesn't do justice to the delicious flavor and true enjoyability of this brew. Seek it out while it lasts since it is a very limited release.

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Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of spicy belgian yeast, biscuity malt, apples, pears, and some light peppery spice. It smells just like Mad Elf, without the sweets and cherries added to it.

T - Starts off with a mix of chewy malt and spicy belgian yeast slowly giving way to a mix of apples, pears, candied sugar, and a touch of peppery spice. While it is quite chewy the light sweetness and fruity flavors help to ease its blow on the pallet. The finish is a mix of light spice and chewy malt.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Spicy, chewy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - I have always liked this beer and this release is no different. I don't think this one is markably different than last years, however I think I preferred last years to this particular one.

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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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