Scurvy - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of nlmartin
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a bright clear orange coloration. The head was a thin white coloration that resolved quickly. Nice webs of lacing mark the side of my glass.

Smell: I dont really get the aroma of orange peel in the nose; however, the aroma of citrus, grapefruit combines really well and rides a smooth wave of pine. Very nice!...

Taste: This is a citrus dominated IPA. Love the grapefruit / orange juice. A bit of caramel malt and pine round this beer out well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation levels are nice. The bitterness levels wont blow you away but they are nice for an IPA lover. This was an easy to drink beer drink. Tyranena is definately a super brewery.

Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Thanks to tizzod for this lovely IPA. The advertised oranmge peel isnt really apparent in the nose, just a lot of piney, grapefruity dry hoppiness, which is nice. Hazyorange-amber brew with lots of lace.

Taste is pretty much a textbook very hoppy American IPA--lots of aroma, flavor, and bitterness in the finish. Well made, a bit extreme for my tastes, but a very good beer.

Photo of Wisconsin
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Another interesting offering from Tyranena in the long line of BGW series, let's hope it stays consistent. A steady pour delivers a hazy, golden brown body that appears to have some sediment floating around in it. Strands of carbonation race up to the head that is white, somewhat bubbly and about a finger thick before fading to a lace after a few minutes.

S - A rather unique smell with the orange peel addition, and one that I like quite a bit. As expected plenty of hops smack your nose, but it's the fruity citrus zest from the orange peel is what makes this nose stand out among other IPA's I have had.

T - Caramel malts are present in this one and that is not something I noticed in the smell of this beer. Dry hops, which I assume are Amarillo are present and play nicely with the orange peel aspect of this beer. Slight booziness is noticeable, but nothing too overbearing. The caramel malts seem to edge that pretty well, but it is there.

M - Medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Entering the mouth there is plenty of hops along with the orange citrus zest that plays well with the hops. Carbonation arrives, cleansing the palate and bringing on the caramel malts which cover the booziness of this beer somewhat. Finish is slightly bitter and dry.

D - I like the idea of integrating an orange peel into an IPA, but this beer could use some work. Most notably is the backside and finish of the beer. Maybe more cellar time would help calm the booziness down and remove some bitterness. Overall, though this is a pretty solid offering from Tyranena.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange copper with a thin white head.
Smell is malty with the hops following. Citrus, pineapple, and orange.
Taste is malty and bitter hops. The orange peel comes in about halfway, with some more pineapple and citrus.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a good level of carbonation. Medium-light body, with some faint stickiness.
Very good drinkability. Little-to-no alcohol presence.

Photo of jhoban19
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: bright orange, almost apricot color with a finger of bubbly white foam. the foam settles into a nice ring around the glass and on the surface. lacing is strong as well. lots of sediment present.

S: from reading a few other reviews, I was really expecting strong citrus and hoppy flavors in the aroma, but I'm simply not getting much at the outset. I thought maybe I was developing a cold, but my wife couldn't detect much either. as it warms, I begin to detect subtle orange, honey and floral hops aromas, but still only subtle at that.

T: mostly hops, with subtle citrus notes. as with the aroma, the orange flavor grows stronger as the beer warms, but the hoppy bitterness is dominant throughout. a bit of toasty malt is present, but certainly not enough to balance the hops (which isn't necessarily a bad thing- I like my hops).

M: mouthfeel is about what I expected for the style- smooth and medium bodied with hop bitterness that really lingers on the tongue, though not quite as much in the back of the throat like other IPAs. has a little bit of a dry kick at the back end and is sticky on the lips.

D: overall an enjoyable IPA, though I was expecting a bit more in the aroma category given what I'd heard and read. Scurvy wouldn't immediately jump to mind if asked for a list of my favorite American IPAs, but I'd have no problem throwing back 3 or 6 of these on a warm midwestern summer day while cooking up brats and burgers on the grill.

Photo of SirSketch
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light, pale orange color with a thin, clingy head and tiny lacing.

S - All kinds of bright fruits make up the aroma, namely peaches, apples, citrus and berries. Some of these may be coming from the hops, others form spices. Nice summery smell.

T - More bitter then anticipated. Much of the fruit from the aroma is found in the flavor as well. Only enough malt sweetness to balance.

M/D - Creamy and crisp beer that would probably go great with hot and spicy wings!

Photo of ommegoose
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pale golden color muddied up with lots of floaties. This was a problem with the entire six pack. One inch head holds rather well and laces well.

Does carry a lot of the orange peel in the aroma. Peach and apricot.

This is one of the most bitter IPAs I've had. Really hard, oily bite to it, likely from the orange peel. It's hard to notice anything else for a while. Lingering bitterness, like chewing on orange pulp. Malt character is hard to find. Faint honey sweetness. Faint. Citrus flavors of orange and grapefruit start to show.

Mildly viscous body, with lightly tingly carbonation. Feels heavy for the abv. No effect from the floaties on the feel.

For fans of the enamel rippers. This hurts the drinkability for me. Doesn't even let up very much as I drink it. I could have a few in a sitting, but this is probably not a repeat buy. Not dry at all, and it took me about an hour to drink each bottle for me. It is a bit different, and worth a try for IPA fans.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale amber in the shadows but a barely see-through orange when held to light. The head is eggshell white and stands about an inch tall before fading slowly.

S - A very nice mix of malt an hops with an accent of citrus.

T - It has a smokey hops flavor throughout with a soft hoppy finish.

M - The feel is slightly coarse but consistent. The feel really aids the flavors.

~ I recommend this brew to any IPA fans. This isn't the old run of the mill IPA, it has some really good character.

Photo of bruachan
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i share some apprehension with other posters when it comes to orange peel. i guess it's not something that's often aimed at my demographic (male, nonbeerphilistine)

nice sunburst copper hue and a good amount of froth. it's starting to recede and lacing looks like it might be nice enough

the suds release some unmistakable citrus aromas--distinctly orange, even. up close the piney hop takes over (a touch floral and citrussy, in its own right), though a respectable malt shines through: caramel, bready (this stands out quite a bit more here than on the tongue)

the citrus is refreshing to drink and actually works quite well within its context. the orange peel citrus is soft and juicy, while the hop citrus is laden with piney edge and leaves a robust bitterness. malts provide good sweetness but the flavor is lost more so than the corresponding aromas

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one while at Four Firkins during my visit to Minnesota this summer. It shows an orangey amber color with a decent off-white head of fluff and very nice lacing. The aroma brings a delicious blend of mellow malt and crisp citrus with just a trace of some woodsy pine mixed in for balance. The flavor is brisk orange tea hops with the same sweet woodsy malt undertow. It's nicely carbonated with tiny bubbles in a solid mid-bodied brew that goes down very easy while keeping your tongue tantalized with dry tartness. Orange, as promised, is also evident and a sort of sweet sage quality perhaps. Very interesting and drinkable. Another good one from Tyranena that I highly recommend for hop heads seeking a little change up.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy pale red color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into a quarter inch cap of foam that lingers a while. The aroma is of oranges, grapefruit, and ample amounts of pine resin. I was expecting this to be dominated by the oranges, and am pleasantly surprised that is isn't. It is actually very well balanced between hops and oranges. The taste is much like the aroma, but with the addition of a sharp, lingering bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a really good beer, that I will surely drink again.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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 koopa
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade thanks!

Appearance: Dirty orange body with a lovely 1 finger off white crown that exhibits a good amount of retention and tons of sexy lace.

Smell: Soap, blood orange, lightly herbal and grassy hop note.

Taste: lightly sweet bready malt with a light amount of bitter astringency from the herbal hops. Quite an "English" take on an American IPA to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and reasonable abv makes this one pretty drinkabile. The flavor profile isn't my favorite though.

Photo of portia99
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a perfectly clear, deep amber. Thin half finger, white head appears and disappears quickly leaving a collar around the glass and small islands of bubbles on the surface.

S - Malty, spicy, citrusy. Good amount of citrusy aromas, mainly orange and lemons and fruity hops. Malty sweetness balances this one very well.

T - Spicy and bitter. Doesn't seem to match the aroma. Bitterness is somewhat heavy and harsh, different hop profile here - not really sure what they are using. There is an unidentifiable fuitiness throughout, with citrus on top - grapefruit, orange, limes. Some bready malt in the background. The bitterness in this is really pervasive - cuts through everything and lingers a long time.

M - Mouthfeel is full - thick and chewy. Good, medium level of carbonation rounds out the fullness of this one.

D - I am definitely a hoppy IPA guy, but this one is a little rough for me. The hop profile isn't working - too harsh - not so much flavor, just heavy bitterness. The harshness makes it difficult to drink at a good pace - more of a sipper for me, but I think one of these will do it for me - onto something else.

Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a great trader Darklordlager was lucky to recieve this along with many locals that will keep me busy in reviewing for a while.

A - bright orange copper like color.

S - Light fresh orange smell.

T - nice tart citrius, orange nice and bitter like a good IPA should taste.

M - burnt orange ends forthy nice feel.

D - Wow will be looking for this again to bad I can't find this in my area so again thanks to a great trader who has allowed me the chance to try some of the best the Wisconsin area has to offer.

Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flossmoor Station Brewery.
Poured into nonic.

A - Dark orange/light rusty red in color. An off-white frothy head which leaves lots of sticky lacing behind.

S - Pretty straightforward IPA. Cirtus, hoppy bitterness, slight malty notes.

T - Nice hoppy bite, slighty sweet malt finish. The bitterness then comes back after the sweetness. A nice mix here, well-balanced.

M - Light bodied, the head is still around 10 minutes after pouring which gives it a nice creamy feel. Oily on the palate.

D - A nice IPA that's damn easy to drink. I vote "winner".

Photo of ibbjamin
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had two pints of this when I stopped in Roman's Pub in Bay View, Wisconsin. Then I picked up a 6pack of 12oz bottles from Whole Foods on the East Side of Milwaukee before I headed back home to the bay area. I review this on the last bottle from the pack and pour into a pint glass. Really enjoyed this beer while it lasted.

White, somewhat fizzy head of about an inch. Transparent dark golden color. Some moderate head retention and some lacing.

Nice hop profile of orange rind, citrus, and floral pine. Very clean, very pleasant. Some caramel malt in the background.

Nice balance yet hop forward. Orange zest with pine resin. Caramel malt.

Medium body. Pleasant carbonation. Medium finish. Easy to drink. Nothing too memorable about the mouthfeel, but certainly nothing wrong here.

This one tasted considerably better on tap at Roman's. Still pretty good out of the bottle. I'd highly recommend this to any hop head so long as they drink it fresh.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours copper with a cream colored head that quickly dissipates but retains well. minimal lacing.

light bitter pine and citrus notes however the scent quickly fades into malts and never returns

very bitter! pine up front and light citrus flavors. very malty backbone.

carbonation that bites, fairly full bodied.

a pretty good ipa, great hop flavor and an oddly strong malty backbone. good stuff

Photo of alcstradamus
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color. Hard pour yields around a finger of sticky head. Big smell of caramel malts and orange peel. Good, but not standout in the world of IPAs. Taste is pretty bitter, with a nice balance of orange peel and malt. Not hugely complex, but definitely flavorful and enjoyable. Overall this beer has all the qualities of a good IPA, but not a great one. Just another solid brew from Tyranena.

Photo of jera1350
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden orange color with one finger head that shrinks to a ring. Fair lacing.

Malty, yeasty up front. Notes of hops, wheat, orange and honey.

Mainly malt followed by a hop bite. Lacks in complexity and citrus. Judging by the label, I was expecting big fruity orange/citrus flavors, but it's not here. Lingering grapefruit peel aftertaste.

Nice crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation. Lighter medium bodied.

Pretty drinkable, but the aftertaste gets old after a while. Doubt I will reach for this again. There are just so many other IPA's that are far superior to this.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottled on 24APR09

A: Pours a relatively clear, ruby-orange color with a bubbly, two-finger, light-orange head that recedes down to an ample skim & ring. Incredible lacey webbing is left behind. Carbonation is lazy.

S: Aromas of pink grapefruit and orange peel are prevalent. We also detected notes of mango, piney hops, and a touch of sweet caramel malt lurking in the background.

T: Pretty much as above. As it warms, the caramel and orange peel blur together to create a sort of orange cream confection flavor that compliments the grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Mango and peach, and there's a touch of mint in there, too!

M: Bitter and dry with a sweet and creamy shot from the caramel malt. Well balanced.

D: We really like this beer and we were glad to see that Tyranena not only brought this back, but packaged it in the "seasonal" 6 packs for $8.99. Score!

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never even seen or heard of this brewery before. Ordered this baby online and was curious to try it. Here is the review:

A: Pours a nice amber color. Head is somewhat creamy and lacing is minimal.

S: Smells both bitter and sweet. Hops are a little more unique in this one. More herbal and musty than a typical IPA. Not very citrusy or piney at all.

T: This beer is a little astringent. Somewhat harsh bitterness. It tastes more like a rind of a fruit as opposed to the fruit itself. Somewhat herbal tasting. A little sweet from the malts. I can't think of many beers that had a flavor profile like this one. It reminds me of a Rogue beer, maybe their St. Rogue Red or their Brutal Bitter.

M: Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Bitter and sweet in the finish. Slightly dry.

D: As I noted before, there is somewhat of an atringent character in the flavor, which does impact the drinkability somewhat. Other than that, this is pretty easy drinking, but not something I would reach for again.

A decent beer overall. Nothing outstanding, but nothing really bad either. Overall, worth trying. Pretty good beer.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to mothman and to maximum12 for the opportunity to consider this one. I've been looking forward to it...Cheers!

Pours a light orange amber color with a fairly tight off white head that resists fading. Sheets of Belgian lacing in it's wake. The smell is a very sweet bright candied orange citrus. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied with a tangy texture that compliments the citrus pine flavors well. A very smooth drinker and at 6.5% ABV it stands to be quite a session.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: Riley's (Madison, WI)

Appearance/Smell: Pours a nice amber orange color. A nice wave of floaties are in the bottle, but there's no lacing coating the tulip glass. The finger of head at the top of the glass reveals a nice citrus hop aroma which has grapefruit and orange peel roots. Just from smelling the bottle after I poured the beer you knew it had a very nice hop background.

Taste: The hop background was definitely correct, but this beer also has a sweet caramel malt backbone. The caramel malt is the first thing to make its appearance. Following the caramel malt is a very pleasant citrus aftertaste dominated by orange peel and some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer that has a nice crisp carbonation. A very pleasant drink on a warm day.

Drinkability: A very easy beer to drink. Not a real high ABV so this could be an enjoyable session beer.

Photo of cvaypai
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to goblet.

Appearance - Well what can I say, it looks like an IPA, dark brown amber and orange. half finger head that fades quickly.

Smell - Citrus hops and orange, you can tell this beer has orange peel in it, very strong smell of it in the nose. Smells as if the orange has been baked almost like orange chicken, its kind of pleasant.

Taste - This is definitely different, I love the bite from it, and the sweet and sour taste of the orange zest. Really wonderful hop variety they have used here, I like it, wonder which it is.

Mouthfeel - Nice mouthfeel to it, not too heavy, not too light, just right for the style, incredibly balanced. A bit of bite to the tongue, perfect for the style.

Drinkability - A few, might get too sweet, definitely not a bad beer, I always like the Brewers Gone Wild.

Another good crazy beer from Tyranena.

Scurvy from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.