Scurvy - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 31
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: younger35 on 06-25-2008

IPA brewed with orange zest. Available: May-June.
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Photo of MadScientist
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another gift from a friend that make an annual pilgrimage to WI.

A: A light cooper colored beer with an orange hue. Produces a good head stand on pour. The off-white head is made of cream bubbles with a decent retention time when given a somewhat aggressive pour.

S: A medium strength aroma of crystal malt and citrus hops. There is a moderate fruit ester and a faint diacetyl making me think the yeast is more English than American.

T: A medium-strong citrus hops flavor and a medium-strong hops bitterness along with a medium malt sweetness dominate. There is a far amount of orange esters that seem part hop part yeast derived. The balance is fairly bitter. The finish is off-dry with an aftertaste of oranges and hops bitterness.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong carbonation. Medium creaminess.

O: A decent IPA with a good balance of hops and malts hat isn't overly bitter, not that it would be bad thing. There

Photo of sgoodship
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was purchased for me at the Chicago South Loop Binny's by my good friend Brian. He is a fan and wanted me to try it.

A: Medum amber color with a slight haze. Lots of small rising bubbles. Big two finger craggy off-white head. Good head retention. Decent spotty lacing.

S: Marvelous smell. Seems like grapefruit, has some pine to it but then there is an oily citrus peel smell that washes over it all. Really nicely done.

T: Some maltiness in the front with a bit of a pine bite. The lemony citrus hop floods your palate in the middle and the finish falls back into a more aggressive grassy pine. Really nice progression. You have to like the heavy citrus to appreciate this brew.

M: Light medium body. Medium carbonation which is nicely done and gentle on the palate. The combination of the strong oily citrus wash and pine bite makes it feel really clean and fresh in the mouth - really drinkable stuff.

D: I like that this IPA is trying to carve out a slightly individual position for itself. I want some IPA's out there with a varied profile. Different horses for different courses. I can see being in the mood for one of these. Well played Tyranena.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Release:
Amber/orange color with lots of haze and particulate probably from the orange peel. Blasts of citrus / grapefruity hop tones with a sweet caramel backing. Orange is quite prevalent as well.

Smooth caramel enhanced malts upfront immediately met by bold citrus, grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Sweet orange peel kicks in and adds a tasty twist to the brew. Flows down with solid bitterness and a great melding of flavors.

Creamy, smooth, great body and easy to drink. As tasty as last year with even a bit more of the orange peel coming through. Well worth tracking down.

2008 Initial Release:
Pours into my glass a clear amber orange/red with a thick creamy off white head that leaves big patches of lacing on the glass. Aromas start with sweet caramel malt upfront that is doused in thick, resious citric hop oils. Somewhat piney with orange zest in the background. Quite fruity, the hops run the show here.

First sip brings a creamy sweet caramel, toasty malt upfront that quickly moves into a blast of citrusy hoppiness. Pungent hop oils roll across the tongue with pine resin notes intermingled. Quite fruity in the middle with orange zest accents. Finishes slightly dry with a solid bitterness and a mild orange aftertaste.
Tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a solid creaminess. Goes down smoothly and easily. This is a tasty IPA that would be great on the beach on a hot summer day. Overall, the orange peel is mellow but gives it an interesting twist. In the end, a solid, hoppy IPA that is not groundbreaking, but is quite enjoyable.

Photo of warnerry
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/28/11; consumed 8/29/11

A - Pours a hazy orange with lots of suspended material. Can't tell if it is just yeast or if here is some orange peel as well. One finger of tan head doesn't persist long but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Very prominant orange aroma alojwith some other citrus hops. Don't really get much more than that, but it is pleasant.

T - Mostly citrus hop bitterness, along wit some lingering orange peel. Hops are still pretty prominant after four months. Not too much of a malt backbone, but there is some balance.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a bit of an oily feel.

O - Overall a nice IPA. The orange peel gives a nice alternative citrus profile to many other IPAs. I would get this again.

Photo of zook74
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What a pleasure. This is an especially tasty beer if drank immediately following a crisper IPA like Two-Hearted (imo).

Pours a nice orangish, amber body with a nice fluffy white head atop.

Aroma is really remarkable. I must've swished & swirled, sniffed and sipped this for 45 minutes. A little caramel-y, but a great citrus punch. A bit from the hops and a bit from the peel, I suspect. Exceptional aromatic characters.

Taste is nearly equal to the aroma. Nice, bitey hops with a great citrus backbone and an especially nice orange/citrus finish. Very flavorful, but not overpoweringly so. A slight alcohol sideline.

Drinkable to an extent. I don't see myself drinking more than one or two of these. My preferred recipe is a pair of Bell's Two Hearted followed by a nice leisurely pull on a pint of Scurvy. A lovely combination and one I'll return to for as long as I can procure more this lovely brew. Top notch stuff.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head that goes quick, low carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: bread, slight caramel and floral hops

Taste: caramel and bread in the start followed by bitter citrus and orange hops with the hops drying in the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter body and less bitter finish, dry end, medium carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: Really surprised and impressed with how heavy bodied this one is. This one is solid. One per sitting, but I would pick this up if it were in my area.

Photo of badbeer
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber color with an off-white head that has excellent lacing and retention. Smells of grapefruit, pine sap, oranges, and some other citrus. Taste is of pine sap, oranges, grapefruit, peaches, and some caramel for balance, even though hops are still dominant. Medium body with a little less than medium carbonation. I hope they brew this one again. So tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rblaszak for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the orange peel with some biscuit malt mixed in. The beer smells fairly sweet and syrupy, which is a little bit surprising.

The flavor is more what I expected. I get a lot of bitter orange peel notes with a little bit of lemon mixed in as well. The bitterness is low to medium and is countered with some biscuit malt notes.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of strangebrew52
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/amber color with about a fingers worth of head that sticks around the whole time. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass
S: Some grapefruity hops, very slight pine smell and a hint of that orange peel they talk about.
T: Nice hope flavor and the hint of orange that follows is perfect. Not too strong but you can tell it's there. Very refreshing.
M: Medium bodied with little bit of carbonation. Goes down smooth.
D: Wow, I'm really enjoying this. At 6.5% it's not too strong so I could see myself having a few of these at a time.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Man, what a strange trip this beer was. Great appearance, the top half was a lot of orange colored clarity, but the back end was all kinds of orange pulp like in some orange juice. Definitely unique.

Aroma was macro-esque to say the least. I really smelled corn, not orange. Taste, no hop blast as advertised on the bottle. Very disappointing initially. As you got more of the orange pulp in your mouth, it rapidly improved. I guess you should swirl this like you would if you like Belgian yeast or something. Bitter, yes, hoppy, not as much. I think a double dosing of dry hopping with this orange addition would be interesting. Or maybe this stuff was that good and I just waited too long to drink it.

Of course, at only $2 it was an easy choice to check out. A good beer, could be great with some minor tweaking. And that aroma, jeez.

Photo of rudylaw
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Chicago purchase of Tyranena!

Enjoyed a pint whilst on the patio grilling up some hot links.

Pours a nice golden orange with a frothy head that leaves some lacing. Huge orange everywhere! In the nose and on the tongue.

While orange peels are the main event, there is plenty of other citrus notes nestled in with some pine. There are also some malty undertones that balance out this huge IPA. A complete pleasure to drink from start to finish.

Photo of brow1901
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the scurvy on tap at stub and herbs tonight. A- clear orange amber in color. decent head with small retention, nice lacing. The beer smells mostly of Hops, mainly hop resin as far as I can tell. I kept searching for the citrus hops but found only piney hops. The taste was lacking in my opinion, too one dimensional. The beer tastes identical to the way it smells and it just kinda disappoints. Mouth is just fair not to heavy but thicker than I like, nice dry finish though. Very drinkable not a bad beer overall but I wasn't overly impressed.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a stemmed pint glass)

A- This beer pours a clear deep orange body with a big carbonation of large bubbles. There is a thick bubbly antique white head that last for about 1/2 of the beer.

S- The faint hint of dried orange peel is quickly overtaken by juicy citrus hops aroma with a soft wet pale malt note in the background.

T- The soft dry pale malt flavor is fresh with just a touch of sweetness to it. The finish is a citrus and pungent hop blend that is a bit softer than the big hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that is crisp.

D- This beer is a nice IPA but I don't know if I would have tasted any orange peel if it wasn't printed on the label. I'm surprised this was a brewer's gone wild beer and not just a year round offering.

Photo of pwoods
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. stubby brown bottle with a twist off cap, purchased at Zipp's(I think), poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours a fire orange with a nice glowing haze. 1 1/2 fingers of bone white head forms and holds nicely. Some lacing.

S: Aroma rushes from the bottle as I twist off the cap. Nice citrus that gets pushed aside by the massive pine, that gets stepped over by the immense, thick and sticky hop resins and oils. Damn near smells fresh hopped. Zesty spices compliment and a peppery, maybe scottish spiked, malt base adds balance and depth.

T/M: Nice bitterness level. The hops are dead on the nose but more to an imperial level. Same with the malts, with added caramel and scottish styling making it an imperial red, IMHO. Malts are very sweet, caramel filled, and with a thickness akin to an imperial red/amber. Body is medium full and a bit chewy. Long lasting bitterness in the finish with a bit of present alcohol.

D: I'm sure ABV is decently high and the immensity of the brew certainly brings down the drinkability a bit. However, it's unique and very tasty so I don't want to stop drinking. It actually makes me wonder what an imperial Furious would taste like.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes for this review are from an August tasting. I had actually posted it on here but lost it somehow; the review is thorough and full.

The color is a deeply clouded coppery orange with golden hues shining through. A nice white head is tight but still maintains a height of over one finger, showcasing some good retention and leaving nice, thick, patchy lacing.
Plenty of bright grapefruit hops presence pops out of the aroma, with a bit more sweeter citrus as well. It's definitely resinous as well, combining the citrus and pine elements with a hint of rind zest bitterness. The malts don't exactly balance, exhibiting a bit of caramel, but it's not too heavy or harsh to take too much away.
Not much different can be said of the flavor. The rush of grapefruit and pine resin along with a bit of citrus sweetness is straight off, and the caramel malts come up to provide moderate balance. A little bit of biscuit is allowed to come out as well.
The body is medium and carbonation is at a median level. Crisp up front, each sip does draw out some smoothness in the middle. It finishes lingering pretty well with a light bite.
This isn't a wild IPA, but it is a tasty one.

Photo of dashirey
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle left over from my booty from my trip to the Great Taste in WI. Fitting since I'm traveling to Philadelphia tomorrow to visit the Real Pirates exhibit.

A - Straight forward clear orange colored with an off-white head about one-finger. Ample amounts of lacing left on the glass.

S - Citrus flavors dominate with some pine scents and a bit of alcohol coming through with a deep inhale.

T/M/D - Generally balanced here with the bitter hops coming first which eased nicely by the taste of orange (from the peel). Very unique taste that makes you want to take another sip and then have another bottle. Overall, pretty complex even though the citrus dominates nearly throughout. Very smooth easy drinking medium bodied beer. This is a great offering from the Brewers Gone Wild series. I hope I can try more of them!

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a deliriumfest for sending this one on up to AK.

Pours a very copper clear amber color with a nice fluffy white head that retains pretty well leaving good lacing.

Nose is rock candy malt and some perfume and spice hops. A bit of grassiness in the nose as well.

Taste is overmalted for sure. Sugary sweetness is a bit strong, and hop profile almost takes a back seat to it until the very aftertaste. Beginning is mostly malt sweetness. Sugar, crystalized candy comes to mind. The hop profile comes to play in the middle of the taste, but really is not too strong. It rises, as does the bitterness along side it as the finish approaches. Hop profile is mostly all spice and pine hops. This one is not strong in the grapefruit department, but has some WC influence. Bitterness and candy sugar linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a touch thick here, and carbonation is every so slightly high, but really not hindering the beers quality. Dry finish hits hard, I just wish there was a little more hop juice to explain it.

Drinkability is pretty good, but nothing amazing. It drinks pretty much like an IPA should, but the slight heaviness and thin flavored bitterness make it a little tougher to pound, but quite drinkable all the same.

Overall this is a decent beer, but certainly nothing amazing. A typical run of the mill, slightly too malty and slighlty lacking hops IPA. Not a pain to drink, but not a memorable experience either. Id recommend giving it a shot. You wont hate it, but I probably wouldnt buy this too often. A good beer.

Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours to a bronzed amber-orange with a thick sandstone capping.
Fruit-Hop marmalade nose full of peaches, orange rinds, and grapefruit with backup ganja, grain, and floral elements.
First things first, the whole orange-rind thing is basically a non-factor. Yes, orange is a major player throughout, but the addition of the rinds and the dry-rinding doesn't add anything truly new. It's juicy, lightly sour, and fruity as hell. But mostly from the hops. As it is full of every type of citrus imaginable, with orange pulp and lime (juice and zest) shining brightest. Malt is shortbread, with perhaps a nod toward caramel, but merely a canvas. It turns peppery towards the close, with vague tannins that suggest wood, but are likely rind-induced. There are also smoky maryjane notions as typical of Tyranena IPAs. And this is another solid example.
The body is a rotund medium, low-to-moderately carbonated. The finish is slakingly bitter, but shorter than some of their other renditions. Possibly the orange-additions added to the juiciness at the sacrifice of linger.
I thought maybe this was too much of a gimmick, but 'Nena knows their way around an IPA. It's better than it has any right to be and a classic in the citrusy sweet-sour-bitter realm. Again, it just finishes a tad abrupt, otherwise it'd have stuff like Hopslam sweating. (note: that's a comparison based on juiciness, not because this is some sort of DIPA.)

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange, with fast disappearing white head. Aroma is hoppy, a little orange, and also somewhat funky. Taste is IPA and orange peel does add to zest. Carbonation right there. Tad above average mouthfeel. Orange soda aftertaste. Easy drinker, likely have again but not every day.

Photo of dancinwillie
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light amber color, with a 2 finger light tan head, which hangs around for a good while.

S: Citrus dominates, whether from the hops, which are unknown to me, or the added orange peel, I know not. Smells very good though, and I am in anticipation of my first sip.

T: Strong resinous hoppy flavor right out of the gate, a little piney, but strong on the citrus end. Decent malt backbone, but still, very strong on the hop bitterness.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation really brings out the hop bitterness. No complaints here.

D: High level of drinkability on this one. Not too much alcohol, nothing at all wrong with this beer, very refreshing IPA on a 90 degree day like the one which I am drinking it on. Keep up the great work Tyranena, and I'll keep drinking them!

Photo of secondtooth
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold-amber, with average head and nice lacing.
Pretty nice nose, full of floral hoppiness.
Flavor is curious and different -- nicely hopped, but with a hint of orange peel citrus, so this is an IPA with a twist.
This one is subtle, and not as gimmicky as expected. Definitely tasty, though not overly memorable.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice copper tone, but the carbonation is flat and there is no foam or lacing.

Smell: Strong orange peel. Not much else. A bit to strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is more strong orange peel. Mouthfeel is quite flat. I might have gotten an old bottle.

Overall Drinkability: A very, very average IPA. I would rather try this on tap.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, picked up a 4 pack at tyranena

appearance: poured into imperial pint glass, clear orange-amber body, very light beige head with almost no lace.

smell: big citrusy nose, orange peel, floral hop bouquet, light pine resin...nice ipa aromas as usual

taste: scurvy is a great only complaint is that tyranena makes too many great ipa's that they all start to blend together - i guess things could be worse! This particular version has a well rounded hop profile with big pulpy orange and grapefruit in the foreground and resiny pine in the background. another winner in the brewers gone wild series

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, smooth medium body

drinkability: pretty good

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahoy me Maties!!! Got the Scurvy do ya...then eat some citrus or try a swig of IPA brewed with orange peel! Tyranena Scurvy is a full bodied IPA that has a nice tinge of orange. The appearance is lacking in my opinion. I tried to pour properly, but also was trying to avoid floaties in my may not have given the best appearance. The beer is amber in color very littel carbonation and zero head. The smell is of....I believe Zeus hops....with a tinge of spice orange. The taste reminds me alot of Hop Juice from Two Bros...slightly bitter with good malt/hop cahracter and a orange peel after taste. Over all it is a good beer, not sure I could drink more than a couple. definitely worth a try.

Photo of prototypic
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to jamal32 for the bottle.

Appearance: It's very clear and a nice looking copper color. It features a vanilla colored head that's about two fingers deep. Retention was good and a sticky web of lace clings to the glass. Pretty impressive looking beer.

Smell: The nose is absolute gold! Truly exceptional. It's easily one of the finest smelling IPAs I've ever encountered. It's extremely citric throughout. It features a brilliant mix of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. The hop profile is very west coast in character. There's plenty of citrus and pine to go around. Smells like there's some malt presence, but it lags far behind the citrus and hop aromas. I can't capture how good this beer smells in a few sentences. Go find a bottle and prepare to be amazed.

Taste: There's a little bit of a drop here, but make no mistake, this is an excellent beer. It is very citrusy and sweet up front. There's a wealth of grapefruit, orange, and pinepple flavors. It's sweet and a little sugary. It tastes a tad spicy. Hops are very piney, citric, and bitter. It's a little resiny. Malts are a little more prevalent than I anticipated and prompt the slight drop in score. Ultimately, it remains its bitter character. But, there's just a tad too much malt for an American IPA. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't appear to be overly strong. I wish I knew what the abv is. It finishes sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is active and gives it a bit of crisp bite. It's pretty smooth, but a tad more thickness would smooth it out more. Drinkability is high. I'm enjoying this bottle quite a bit.

Tyranena's got a nice IPA here. It could use a little less malt and a tad more body, but I'm not going to criticize it too much. It really is a good beer that I've enjoyed quite a bit. Too bad Tyranena hasn't expanded its distribution. I'd love to find this stuff in Ohio. Recommended. Thanks again, Jamie.

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Scurvy from Tyranena Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.