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Scurvy - Tyranena Brewing Company

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460 Ratings
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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 29
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 02:49:09 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit and citrus zest. Taste is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight malt. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a very citrusy presence.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 05:37:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium orange-brown color with an off white head. In reality, I should say that this has an orange head, as pretty much everything about this beer just screams orange. The nose is loads of orange and accompanying zest. The taste? Yet again, quite a bit of orange with some nice zest, pith, and hop bitterness. Fairly bitter. In my experience, up there with Short's Liberator in its use of citrus peel.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:00:18 | More by Thorpe429
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"In legislative bodies, it is customy to refer to all members as honorable, as in 'the honorable gentleman is a scurvy cur'".

--Ambrose Bierce

Shiny tangerine with a bold coppery glow when backlit with morning sunshine. Multiple streams of fine bubbles can be seen ascending within the beer, then disappearing into the underside of a whipped creamy cap. Plenty of lace confirms the above score.

Without being aware that orange peel was used, I couldn't have guessed it from the aroma. Sure, it's orange peel-like, but so are quite a few American hops. It seems as though the brewery has no desire to publicize the hop bill. I'm thinking Amarillo and/or Simcoe. Love it, love it, love it. Edit: the hop bill includes Simcoe and Summit.

Does Scurvy IPA belong in the Brewer's Gone Wild! lineup? It may not be 'Big, Bold, Ballsy Beer', but it is tasty, drinkable beer. Flavor is on the high end, bitterness is moderate for the style, and the ABV is an estimated 7.0%. Although the alcohol is nicely hidden, it's easy to tell it's in there.

Backing off the caramel malt would have made for better beer if the focus was to be on orange peel and the citrus fruitiness of the hops. That's strictly personal preference, so your mileage may vary. Other flavors include orange (natch) as well as peach and pine. All in all, this is a flavorful IPA that has just enough resinousness to please most hopheads.

The mouthfeel is well within the bounds of the style. It's probably a fraction lighter than average, but that's perfectly fine since it's as smooth as glass and is expertly bubbled. The next highest score is within reach during the bottom half of the bottle.

This American IPA is another solid offering from the increasingly impressive Tyranena Brewing Company. Even though I like oranges and orange juice, I'd much rather get my recommended daily allowance of vitamin C from Scurvy. The disease for which this beer was named is pretty rare these days, but it's best not to take any chances.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 13:05:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky head that delivers lots of splashy lace

Smell: Grapefruity and resinous, with a subtle undertone from the orange peel (maybe just the power of suggestion at work)

Taste: After an initial biscuity approach, the resinous, citrusy flavors blend with some caramel through mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter elements take it up a notch, with a fruity aspect that sticks around for quite a while; the orange peel is most noticeable on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The orange peel is an interesting twist, but I am not sure it is truly additive to the IPA; I like the beer, but not being a big fan of the bitter pithiness of orange peel, I find that quality slightly distracting

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 21:49:23 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to recieve this 12oz bottle from a kind BA on Friday. Wasting no time I popped this one in the fridge and set forth getting it chilled down. Served cold and poured into a nice fluted glass. This one was consumed on 09/14/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich dark orange amber, very clear, although it was soo tinted with orange that it appeared very dark indeed. A nice little head, maybe a half an inch came up over the top and settled down with minimal side glass lacing and a touch of a broken crown.

The aroma was heavy and thick. Rich notes of resin filled hops, thick floral bouguet here with a healthy dose of orange peel mixing in throughout the session. No real balance in sight, even as it warmed it maintened that thick bitter profile. The taste was more of the same for sure. Started with a sticky, and sweet rush of hops. Lots of orange, pine and tangerine like flavors. Sticky almost with a lip puckering resin filled flavor. The orange coming through fully, and as it warmed the chewy, medium body really started to show off its merit with alot of candy sweet flavors. Easy to drink, in fact I threw this one down with ease, I would have no issue at all throwing this one into the session mix.

Overall this was very intresting for me. A very solid and very fresh IPA. A simplerer realease from them in this series, but i think it works very well. Came off fresh and filling, just the way a good IPA should. I would have no issue at all with finding this one around town a little more often.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 10:01:22 | More by mikesgroove
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-04-2012 02:51:42 | More by nmann08
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Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter hops is dominating with some discernable citrus notes. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some citrus notes with some hoppy bitter finish. The orange peel is a nice addition though it is hard to taste considering the amount of hops included in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 20:23:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeff for this beer.

A: The pour is a fairly clear amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Lots of citrus aroma, which was to be expected considering this was brewed with orange peel. There is a bit of sweet tropical fruit and caramel malts.

T: The flavor is surprisingly bland. Definitely some bitterness with most of it coming from the orange peel. Not much hop bitterness or flavor. Some toasted malts and a bit of sweet bread.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Probably the first beer from Tyranena I've had that I didn't like.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 01:46:04 | More by womencantsail
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an orangey-amber body with a bubbly, whitish head.

Smell: Pale malts with some light caramel hints and a scent of orange oil.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a mild caramel sweetness. Citrusy orange oil character. Hints of pine. Medium-plus bitterness. Finishes dry with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: More of a "Brewers Gone Average!" release. A decent, enjoyable India Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 23:51:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-18-2012 05:42:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-28-2013 22:16:18 | More by spycow
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2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I didn't think I'd ever be happy when I said "My brother got scurvy," but that's what happened when I looked in the fridge last night. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of white foam. Since I let it sit for a few minutes following the pour, I found a healthy layer of sediment at the base of the beer. Hmm. The nose comprises orange zest, light lemon zest, and a touch of mint. It's all pretty faint, though. The taste holds notes of orange peel, lemon rind, light coriander, and very light caramel. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a kinda sad, limp IPA. I wouldn't go anywhere near saying it's as bad as its namesake, but I can easily say I was decidedly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 01:15:42 | More by TMoney2591
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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep coppery orange tone, a heathy head of foam, with intricate lacing around the edge.

Rich, resiny pine, melon and orange, even a masa dough note from the malt. Ganja hop essence that I crave...

Sturdy body, long and dry finish that has an alternating citrus zest and herbal bitterness. Hop bomb with finesse. Orange peel does some interesting things, it's at a good level here, and coalesces with the citrusy hop load. Medium-low carbonation, and a sipper.

If you finish all four, expect a dizzy walk off the plank...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 23:59:11 | More by emerge077
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a highly carbonated orange/amber color with a small, thin, white head. It left minimal amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of orange zest and citrus. It had a subtle caramel malt aroma.

T - It tasted like a spicy/roasted malt IPA but with an very unique orange zesty flavor. The hop flavor was fairly grassy.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a very interesting IPA. The orange zest was quite noticeable and added a surprising zip to the roasted malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 00:52:59 | More by zeff80
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark but perfectly clear amber with an inch of foam atop. Head retention is somewhat poor.

Smell: Citrusy hops and just plain citrus, presumably from the orange peel. Candied orange comes to mind. The malt base is noticeable as well, lending a bit of honey-like sweetness.

Taste & mouthfeel: Orange marmalade on toast, liquefied. Subtle citrusy tartness is met with a good firm hop bitterness about midway through, leading to a pleasantly dry and well-hopped finish. Pretty light-bodied stuff, but it seems to have a respectable amount of alcohol (about 7% I'd guess?).

Notes: Got this one as an extra from maximum12. Thanks man!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 04:27:24 | More by largadeer
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Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange-brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus (orange & grapefruit), floral hops and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is starts with strong, in-tandem bursts of fruity orange sweetness and grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates some balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good IPA to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 22:20:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh keg, just tapped.

Cast in a bronze/amber hue, big, creamy white head.

Mellow aromatics, floral, citric hops, very even and cool.

On the tongue, here's the first spank of hops, the citric/pine tickle, lingering on the palate, then slowly fading off. Bright orange flavor peeks in just a bit. Hops and orange flavor keep trickling in, but it's never too much. Tastes a lot like Bitter Woman, but juicier, moister, ...lacks dryness, but that's what makes it unique.

Very tasty, very drinkable. Yum.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2008 03:52:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this one from joe1510, here's to ya Joe!

Pours amber/orange with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Orange peels, a bit of breadyness & leafy hops

T: Orange peels, a bit of grapefruit & breadyness up front. Plenty of orange, a touch of oaky dryness & some honey malt. Finishes with plenty of orange peel & a bit of grapefruit & light a touch of booze

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks very easy, a nice AIPA that uses finesse instead of sledge hammer, mmm vitamin C!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 04:46:02 | More by russpowell
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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Tyranena Brewing Company (Lake Mills, WI) on 8/8/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a brilliant clear copper, with ½ finger bright-white foamy head. This retains a smooth richness, flaring up nicely when swirled, and leaves thick sticky swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of floral and citrus with notes of orange & lemon peel, along with more bitter smelling earthy rind. Sweet malts add some tanginess to the back of the nostrils. Nice brightness to this, with those citrus rind flavors standing out the brightest.

There's lot of flavor and bitterness here from the orange peel, with some softer fruity accents coming out first (naturally orange but also lemon zest) before giving way to more earthy and bitter rind character. A splash of grainy malts across the back of the throat helps balance this out some but that rind flavor really digs HARD into the finish of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth easy creaminess to the carbonation which really helps soothe out some of that bitter finish. There is some warmth that tingles the backend of the feel and it's mostly unnoticeable but I will say that it does help strengthen the finish on this a bit.

I guess one's appreciation of this or not is going to depend on how one cares for a lot of citrus rind flavor in their IPA. I personally really like it and I say will that the body on this (especially on draft) really goes a long way to help keep those flavors smooth and drinkable on the palate. I'm glad to see this one get full-time status in their year-round portfolio here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 16:24:53 | More by Kegatron
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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this from a stubby 12oz brown bottle poured chilled into a tulip.

A golden amber shade like orange tea with small cap of light tan spots of lace stick to the glass. The smell comes of as fruity, not necessarily hoppy, but slightly baby aspirin orange rind is a possibility with some sweet candy tinges from the malt and mild rind/peel scent from the orange. The mouthfeel is fruity with some sweetness in the back with a grassy tannic bitter edge with slight resinous and astringent quality with semi-sweet finish and moderate carbonation which helps.

The flavor does have a dominant bitter orange quality, slight grassiness with some mild caramel malt sweetness toning somewhat with a gentle light sweetness that carries over to the finish. The peel gives an interesting flavor to the ipa, but the hops are a little on the grassy/astringent side which seems to distract from the spice addition. Overall this is a good Ipa, it is a nice take on the style and adding orange peel gives it a little edge of something extra but I prefer more hop flavor, this has a sharp bitterness that distracts in the flavor in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 11:50:14 | More by Slatetank
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to erric for this one.

Pours a light fizzy head that fades at a med pace, very hazy yeast chunk filled orange peach colored beer.

Nose has some nice hops, chewy candy hops, a bit earthy, lots of citrus from some hops and orange peel citrus, a bit of sweet chewy malts underneath that too.

Taste starts a bit sweet with a nice malty profile, some crystal malts and reddish malts. Then hops kick in with a nice bitterness which is there but not heavy, chewy almost candy hop flavors, a bit earthy and even slightly spicy, some citrus a bit from hops but more from the orange peel addition. The hops quickly fade back to just bitterness and a sweet candy toffee malt profile. As it finishes it stays a bit sweet, sticky, some caramel and toffee malt flavors linger, as well as some light earthy bitter hops and hint of orange peel, and fairly bitter.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, a bit syrupy, decent carb.

Overall nice, the orange peel isn't as dominant as I expected, and the malts really balance it well. I like the malty balanced East Coast style IPAs, and this tends to fall in that range. A bit bitter and sticky sweet on the finish, but drinkable otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 22:12:56 | More by jlindros
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:42:13 | More by Mora2000
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3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a lasting off-white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citrus - I smell orange peel - but, it's mild and not sure if it more from the power of suggestion. Caramelized grain is in the back.

The taste is of orange and grapefruit. Toasted caramel malty backbone gives a supporting sweet balance to the upfront bitterness. Pine/resin comes through in the finish. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

It is medium-bodied, smooth with a mild (tangy?) bite.

Not sure that orange peel adds much to this, but that's fine. Overall - a solid American IPA!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 23:01:45 | More by jwc215
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-21-2011 18:49:58 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Scurvy from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.