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Scurvy - Tyranena Brewing Company

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very good

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
IPA brewed with orange zest. Available: May-June.

(Beer added by: younger35 on 06-25-2008)
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Photo of mjryan


5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of the best beers I have ever had. With so many good IPAs out there its not easy to make one that stands out so well. Pours a hazy orange with a big white head. Retention and lacing is very good. Smells like someone took a particularly hopped up IPA and added orange peels to it. Seriously though the hops and the orange blend perfectly together. It is hard to tell where one starts and the other stops. The flavour is much the same. Very, very citrusy, maybe a tad piney, and moderatly bitter. There is a bit of a tang in the finish that really lets you know there are real oranges in there. The malt is a blank canvas that all those hops and fruit are painted on. Defently there but you wouldnt notice it unless you tried. White noise. Totaly awsome beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 18:09:37 | More by mjryan
Photo of sonnmr31


4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear orange hue with little head and a good amount of lacing

S - Smells more malty than hoppy. Smell of orange and some pine notes.

T - Get the smooth malt bill up front, followed by citrus and pine hops. The orange peel is definitely present at the back end.

M - Slightly syrupy, lightly carbonated body.

O - Overall a good beer. I love the orange peels with an IPA. For an IPA it is an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 02:10:03 | More by sonnmr31
Photo of triguy84


4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle, poured into a mug. The ale is clear, light copper, good white head. The hop aroma is strong, citrusy, floral. Lots of hop flavor, high bitterness, citrus, floral, resins, low clean malt flavor. Bitterness lasts a long time. Smooth medium bodied. Wow! I could not discern an orange flavor, but the citrus was there, mixed well with the hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 02:02:04 | More by triguy84
Photo of alexgash


4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle.

First had this on tap at the Happy Gnome and was very impressed. Let's see how the bottle compares.

Nice coppery orange body. Clear. Finger of thick, creamy, beige-white head. Big time hop nose. Very citrusy and fresh. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and also some resinous pine. Very aromatic! Solid toffee malt backing.

Toasted malts and marmalade hop bitterness up front. Sharp bitterness soon becomes much more citrusy and juicy. Fresh, juicy flavors of grapefruit and orange. Some resinous, funky pine as well. Tasty caramel and fruit malt base. Intense hop bitterness in the dry finish. Delicious. Medium body with a creamy, smooth feel. I could drink this all summer!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 01:07:58 | More by alexgash
Photo of Bighuge


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Phosphorescent scarlet red. Dirty nicotine stained head. Lace comes in intricate web like patches. The aroma is very, very nice. Similar to Mango Mama in my opinion. It has a great marmalade/orange aroma with all the typical Tyranena hop scents as well: grapefruit, cannabis, hop resin and pungent rind like qualities. The taste of this is not only citric with the orange contributions, but also very "oily, greasy, resiny and smokey" in a hop based kind of way. The citric attributes bring a nice little brightness to the equation, but the main impression here is that greasy hop flavor. Mouthfeel is very agreeable. Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Bitterness is neither smooth nor abrasive. Something in between. Another great IPA from Tyranena. Not surprising at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 03:14:01 | More by Bighuge
Photo of RustyDiamond


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased @ Steve's Liquor in Madison. Poured into my lovely SA beer drinking glass. Very bright copper in the glass with a lovely 2 inch manilla colored head. Quite striking figure. Wonderful strong aromas of citrusy hop with fresh orange peel zest...very unique. First sip brought a huge splash of citrus hop with a sweet malt backbone. I detect the orange peel, blatantly stated on bottle, in the middle of my mouth. A twinge of phenol detected in mouthfeel, riding side-by-side with the sweet maltiness. A little cobweb lacing in the glass to boot. Exceptionally refreshing...wish I lugged back more!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 19:46:34 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of badbeer


4.58/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 04:04:50 | More by badbeer
Photo of 0110x011


4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ughsmash for this treat!

Pours a clear amber into a snifter. Minimal head leaves a spot or two of lacing. Nose is hop city, leaning towards the citrus end, with grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel. Some earn and pine from the hops as well. Surprisingly, the malt comes through quite nicely, adding caramel and toasty bread notes to the mix. Great nose! The flavor is much like the nose, but more balanced. The hop zing quickly gives way to the caramel and toasty flavors, with a pronounced hop bitterness. The finish is quite dry, which separates this one from the pack, and adds to the drinkability. Overall a damn fine IPA, one I wish I could get locally.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 01:13:28 | More by 0110x011
Photo of ckeegan04


4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Light amber color with thick foamy khaki head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Tropical, almost candy aroma. I realize they say orange peel is added, but the aroma is much more pineapple, mango and hints of orange. Very inriguing aroma and I hope it carries into the taste.

T - Fruity sweetness initailly with hints of orange and pineapple. A citrusy bitterness quickly comes through with a primarily ornage taste. Finishes with a lightly puckering bitterness. Very unique IPA and very well done.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very crisp and smooth feel. Excellent level of carbonation and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 00:01:30 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Wasatch


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to brandoman63 for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orange color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger off-white head, with lots of nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is nice and hoppy, with a touch of malts, nice citrus notes. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, slight malts, good touch of citrus. Medium body. Very drinkable, a true gem of an IPA, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 20:49:38 | More by Wasatch
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange color with a foamy beige head that left globs of sticky lacing.

S - lovely citrus hop aroma.

T - bitter citrus and sweet malt flavors are extremely well balanced in this brew.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - very good, 'nuff said!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 00:21:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice IPA from Tyranena. I am guessing that they expected the orange peel to bring a bit more to the table, but to be honest, it may have been a blessing that it didn't. Beautiful deep copper body with very sticky head. Lacing all over the place in my delirium snifter. Aroma is thick and resinous with big waves of citric hoppiness. Big doses of dry hopping gives this a wonderful fresh aroma. This beer is like under a month old so it is extremely fresh. Taste is malty, gritty and hoppy. Bitterness abounds from all angles and a big malt body creates a great balance. The beer is incredibly flavorful and full of piney, sticky, raw hops. Way too smooth and drinkable for such a big "session" beer. Definitely not IIPA levels, and it is just perfect the way it is. Orange peel is really nowhere to be found, but may have added to the overall high quality of this beer. Like others have mentioned, it is shame that Tyranena is putting out soo many great IPAs that it is getting hard to separate them, but it surely is not something that they should be ashamed of.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 00:54:36 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of tavernjef


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrr...this sits like muted copper with the light of the warm sun shining through. Thar be some gold highlights to its bawdy body and a dense foam that looks as if from the sea itself and not a brew. But it only dabbles there for a bit before fading like a ship in the night. Its lacing sheets across the glass like a old tattered flag sticking to its pole with might.

Thar be lots of citrusy things being boiled up on this thar nose. Just like the sun that every day has rose. Evident orangey things all bright and bitter, grapefruit peels, and piney resin make for a splinter. Plus there's a toasty malt backing added in with a firm impact of snap to the citrus within.

No parlay needed with this Scurvy of a brew as its citrusy realm is wildly mixed in a lengthy broad stew. Big on orange as the day is long, backed with toasted earth and grapefruit singing along. There's a mild mellow middle where it gets melony sweet, but only lasts as long as you can stand on your feet. Cuz once you be sippin' this mighty ale without a frown, you'll find yourself a need to sit down.

Crisp, bright, brittle, bare knuckled, biting, and fighting, this Scurvy will toast you some citrus and slap in some bittered lightning. Thar this has the near body of a beast with gnarling teeth and gums, arrrr... and battles your palate with toasty crunch and orangey rums.

The pint first was downed quicker than a sinking ship, but a second and third were a bit slower to sip.
Much like rum, Scurvy favored better from the bottle then from the tap, arrrr, and know I think it might be time for a nap.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 00:52:08 | More by tavernjef
Photo of ejquin


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, brown with two-finger white head.

S: Lot's of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, orange obviously, pine, nice malty caramel in the back of everything with a faint sweetness

T/M: Medium bodied. Nice mouthfeel and good carbonation. Nice and crisp and dry. Lots of bitterness. Hops up front, not getting the pineapple of the nose, but getting the grapefruit and pine. Bready carmel malt in the back ands a nice counterpoint and pushed through on the finish. Finish is the malt and hops with faint perception of the alochol. Just warming enough to know it's there. Bitterness of the hops stay with you on a long finish.

Ovr: Again nicely done for the BGW series. Comes off as just a really good APA. Well balanced, but bitter and hoppy. Good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 00:20:02 | More by ejquin
Photo of treyrab


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass:

A: Appearance is clear, filtered and apricot colored with a 1 finger head that dissipates slowly.

S: Can you say grapefruit!? Tons of grapefruit and orange in the scent along with tons of other citrus hops, perhaps cascade?

T: Orange in the face with this one. So much citrus tang along with hop bitterness and malt sweetness that is blended together so well.

M,D. Medium mouthfeel, and I am not sure of the ABV, which I would guess around 7%, but this one you can drink a bunch of!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 01:55:15 | More by treyrab
Photo of mynie


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good pour. Iced tead hazy, dark red, with a nice, fairly retentive white head and some sticky lacing.

Smells like some friggin cracked out citrus hops. Like wow. i can't tell he citrusy hops from he citrusy orange peel. Big malt, heavy and syrupy, does a good job of balancing things out and leaving a really intense and pleasant aftertaste.

Tastes a lot like it smells--that is, like a strong but well-balanced double IPA, only with a citrusy hop profile that is absolutely out of this world.

Unique and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 05:10:13 | More by mynie
Photo of tmitch75


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm psyched that Tyranena is in IL, I've only had a couple of their standards from the occasional trip to WI. This is my first IL purchase, and it's an IPA with orange peel. Ridiculous.

Looks like a good IPA with solid lacing. The nose is crazy, super citrusy hops and a sweetness to almost keep it in check. I like the balance on this one. Flavor is solid too, a damn fine IPA.

Medium body almost disappears behind the solid flavor and arome. Mouthfeel is good, it's just not as big as the flavor. This is a helluva beer and I can't wait to try all of Tyranena's offerings!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 03:39:26 | More by tmitch75


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour from a 12oz. bottle into a 16 oz. glass tumbler produced an off white 2 finger head that faded quickly. Spotty lacing. Clear orange honey color. Tiny bubbles tower through the beer.
Smell is really fresh! Orange & grapefruit rinds
with underlying mossy hops. Very fragrant & refreshing.

Mouth is a little oily & fizzy and the citrus fruits really stand out. Initial alcohol presence up front blends perfectly with the fruit & hops for a dry semi-bitter finish that leaves you wanting more immediately. Warm throat with a cracker/biscuit taste at the very end.

The intriguing aroma & taste seem to intensify as the beer warms to room temperature. A light swirl releases an appealing bouquet while the ample carbonation produces a nice secondary head.


What a treat! ABSOLUTELY DEEELICIOUS. Best IPA (for me) to date.
Get it if you can. I'm sure glad I did!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 04:57:00 | More by TATTORSO
Photo of ffejherb


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 8/13/08. Thanks to brewslut and Deuane for toting this back for me from a recent trip to Great Taste of the Midwest.

A - Clear orange body with one-finger creamy white head that settled into a patchy ring of retention and left quite a bit of decorative lacing around the glass. Amazing clarity in the body with a pleasant effervescence.

S - This puppy opens with a huge waft of pungent citrus hops dominated by bitter orange peel, but there's also a hint of pink grapefruit. There's also a bit of alcohol tang and sweet caramel malt present.

T - Citrus rind is apparent right from the get-go, as well as a bit of caramel malt sweetness. A hefty malt backbone with hints of burnt biscuits and mild grains swoops in during the finish to counter the aggressive citrus hop assault.

M - Medium body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and a tiny bit of heat on the palate.

D - This is a fantastic, highly drinkable IPA with a tangy citrus character that is extremely well-balanced. This was my first Tyranena brew and probably won't be my last, especially if their other offerings are this good!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 23:37:42 | More by ffejherb
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear light amber. Medium head but ridiculously sticky lacing. Smells. HS. Smells like orange peel. Oh, I'm just saying that. It smells like an overload of cascades. But you could call that citrus peel, on some level. No? Yeah, yeah. Anyway, onward! Hey. Wow. This is awesome. I mean, awesome awesome. Sure, there's some citrus to it, but, as opposed to many who couple that with sweetness this is a little less sweet (not quite dry, but close) and has a nice, hearty bitterness to it. Maybe a touch on the fizzy side and certainly citrusy in the aftertaste, but, hey, I'd buy and drink this stuff every day. Well, if I didn't make so darned much homebrew, anyway! A big shout out to unclejedi for providing me with this one! Thanks, man!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 21:00:32 | More by charlesw
Photo of wheatyweiss


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a nonic.

Appearance is different. Huge frothy head fades to a thick cap holds a cream color and laces impossibly. Chunkiness floating in the beer (and I'm careful how I decant), looks like yeast, but I'm pretty sure with the label description, that it's orange pith.

Aroma is typically IPA, with a few exceptions. The normal bitter hop aroma is accompanied by a light citrus aroma from the orange. Earthy and danky are the hops here, but fresh at the same time.

Usually I go right to flavor, but I gotta change my reviewing style for this beer. It deserves more. Hops are the forerunner in flavor and are backed by sweet malt. The malt is nothing special, it is well roasted and sweet enough to make it very well bodied.

Now the hops. These are most likely Simcoe, with a little centennial flavor. And although I can't say for sure, this beer screams amarillo, by leaps and bounds. The hops enter earthy, burnt and piney. There is a dank flavor of over sticky buds pulled off a blunt. Roasted garlic and hearty baked rye bread.The hop flavor melds citrus with the burnt amarillo and simcoe flavor. I know this beer is fresh, because the hops are so toasty tasting. I'll digress enough to say that the flavor of the hops reminds me of the smoke from burning flat cedar mixed with white sage. Honestly that's all I can think of with the hop flavor.

Orange is damn near undetectable becuase of the power of the fresh hops. I firmly believe that the fresher you can get these beers the better, and if they are handeled correctly by the retailer they are just that much fresher. The only three beers that I can say have a similar profile to this in hops are: Ballistic IPA, Arrogant Bastard and HopSlam

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium, almost sticky with a very good amount of carbonation.

This is an excellent IPA, highly reccomended, if fresh. Seriously rivals the best of the best.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 01:33:20 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of strangebrew52


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 03:10:54 | More by strangebrew52
Photo of pwoods


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 03:58:31 | More by pwoods
Photo of natasharai


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with a nice fluffy off white 1in head that dissipated down to a thin layer after 3 minutes, which stayed throughout the rest of my glass. The beer is a beautiful clear orange rusty copper color. As I drink it, it leaves some thin lacing down my glass.

Smell: Initial barley smell immediately followed by citrus hops.

Taste: Very well balanced, nice citrus hops and big barley. A bit of a sweet malty taste starts to make an appearance but is quickly overpowered by the bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Nice hop bite on the tongue, perfect amount of carbonation. It leaves a little bit of a filmy feeling from the hops, which I like and expect from a good IPA

Overall: I love this IPA, it is very well balanced with huge flavors of both the hops and barley. Very easy to drink... almost too easy :)

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:06:31 | More by natasharai
Photo of sgoodship


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 02:44:25 | More by sgoodship
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Scurvy from Tyranena Brewing Company
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