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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
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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Birdmarg741

Maryland

2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured in a frosted dimpled mug.

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...).

M: Certainly medium bodied; it feels lighter than expected given its dark color. However, more carbonation would be nice to compete with the starchiness of the sweetness. The swallow has a light smoothness, but this dissipates as the beer warms.

O: Never having had Mad Elf, I do not know how this compares to its parent. Though, for me, this scratch is annoyingly unbalanced compared to other Troegs beers. It is reminiscent of Flying Mouflan, though not nearly as balanced. The starchy sweetness overpowers any spice, leaving a post-banana flavor lingering on the sides of the tongue with unpleasant dryness in the middle. A fun experience, though not something I would go back for.

Serving type: growler

06-16-2013 22:55:07 | More by Birdmarg741
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Pennsylvania

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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy "dirty" colored head that fizzes away in rapid fashion - Don't blink or you may miss it... No real lacing to speak of, rather just a slight collar in areas and a couple of minimalistic stray patches of lace... The color is a mix of light-to-medium brown and ruby red... There is a slight haziness and murkiness that permeates... There is a limited bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation...

S - I know there are no cherries or honey in this offering, but I'll be damned if I don't detect a bit on the nose... There is also a malty rich goodness at the forefront... Ripe banana and dark fruits... A mix of caramel and toffee... A faint Belgian yeast component... Trace notes of light brown sugar...

T - A one-two punch of Belgian yeast and overly ripened dark fruits... There is a vague wheaty presence as well... Slightly medicinal (but not in a bad way)... There is a bit of toffee on the finish... There is a distinct booziness that lingers...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... The limited carbonation packs a pretty strong bite... A bit sticky... Sleek... Warming...

D - At a time when most brewers add extra ingredients to repackage a beer, it's refreshing to see a brewer "deconstruct" an offering down to its more simplistic back... While it's a refreshing approach, this doesn't quite live up to its name sake... However, this is a solid beer none the less on its own... It's hard to keep the two separate, but I'll have no trouble making two six packs worth dissappear... Any Belgian beer enthusiast shouldn't hesitate to give this one a try...

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:29:19 | More by philbe311
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Pennsylvania

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Massachusetts

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.9%

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Wisconsin

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Illinois

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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to kkipple for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, clove, sugar, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spice, earth, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Unfortunately this one was not very complex at all. But what it lacked in complexity, it totally made up for it with balance. Everything in this brew really helped to take each of the other aspects to the next level. Glad I got the chance to try this one and suggest you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 11:56:31 | More by thagr81us
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served a little darker than I expected...a caramel colored body that shows some carbonation bubbles...a thick, fluffy, white head stands tall and slowly falls to a spotty cap...decent lacing

S - Belgian spices stand out with coriander, a hint of pepper, and a touch of cinnamon...there is actually a sweetness lingering that I was not expecting...light caramel and fruit (apples, pears, bananas) are providing that sweetness

T - Again, the spices cut through and stand above everything else...the saving factor of becoming too spicy is the yeast...it provides a balance while actually giving a different spice flavor throughout...the sweetness isn't there from the nose, but there are some dried fruit flavors peeking through

M - Medium bodied...some creaminess, nicely carbonated...lingering spice

O - There was some confusion about the release of this one...it was labeled with a Scratch label, but was identified as just Naked Elf...I like that they do this version and would like to see it in regular production...but I still prefer Mad Elf

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 13:02:37 | More by thain709
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scottfrie

California

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle labeled 73 – Naked Elf. Thanks for the extra Stormking47.

A: Pours a deep ruddy brown with almost no head or lace.
S: Sweet smelling with tons and tons of spices. It’s like a holiday in a glass. Brown sugar, apple cider, nutmeg, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, prickly pear, banana and clove. Tons of fruits and spices with a little bit of caramel malts.
T: Follows the nose, sweet palate, with all the spices and fruits mentioned. Doughy yeast, caramel, and the holidays come through. Very complex and intense.
M: Full bodied, thick and slick mouthfeel, slightly syrupy, soft foamy carbonation. Drinks well, a little sweet though.
O: Same as I remember 46 being. Very delicious, fairly sweet, but highly drinkable and complex. Thanks again Josh.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 23:42:09 | More by scottfrie
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 20:19:39 | More by orangesol
Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.