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Scurvy - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 29
Gots: 15 | 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 tmitch75


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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
Photo of triguy84


4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
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 bort11


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mikesgroove keelhauled me with this one from the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Thin white head starts out a half inch high and drops to a solid cap. Mild lace rings. Color is a clear copper orange.

Smell is very mild. Hops are floral like orange blossoms. Taste equally light. I feel the malt character more than taste it. Mild pine finish.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp carbonation. Pretty thin, but does not take away from the drinkability.

Blipped "Smash" by the Scurvies

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 03:43:46 | More by bort11
Photo of Vonerichs


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a slightly hazy orange. The head is light and leaves minimal lacing.

The smell is very crisp. The nose is dominated by citrus hops with a little pine lurking in the backround. The orange in there is a very pleasant touch and is subdued perfectly.

I'm going to start with the finish first- the orange in there is an interesting "summer" twist on an ipa. I really like this added touch, it makes it a refreshing experience. Back to the front... citrus hops with a hint of pine and sweet malt. The orange finish also has a fair amount of bitterness to it.

The creamy and smooth mouthfeel is impressive. There's moderate crisp carbonation and the mouthfeel is very fresh.

This is a good summer drinker for an ipa and one I think I'm going to be adding to my fridge frequently now that it's available in Chicago.

This was an unexpected delight for me. I have never heard much about this brewery until recently and I'm curious to try out some others.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:53:21 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of RyanC84

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange amber. Not much head on the pour and doesn't leave any lace on the glass.

S: Citrus hops and a hint of orange on the end. Very unique nose on this one.

T: Goes down smooth. Resiny, citrus hops nicely balanced by caramel malt with a hint of orange on the end.

M: Moderate carbonation. Pretty light for the style.

D: Solid IPA, could drink this one anytime.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 17:18:34 | More by RyanC84
Photo of blackie


4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: one finger's worth of white foam atop a pinesap amber beer, good retention and sticky lace

s: leafy pine hops cruise over a clean caramel malt body - clean in that I get all the nice grain aroma without an overbearing candy sweetness, snappy citrus with the orange peel manifested only as a background subtlety as the beer warms, excellent balance

m: carbonation somewhere just under medium, medium body, carries its flavors well and cleans up quite nicely

t: clean caramel and pale malts lend support to the sappy pine and crisp citrus hop flavors, flavors of husky grain bring a rustic touch, bitterness builds from the sip - reaching a high climax not long after the swallow but carrying long into the superb finish, tasting is by far my favorite part of the experience - very stimulating given the basic set of properties at work here

d: an impressive ipa, at first it comes across innocuous but I'm wholly satisfied less than halfway through the bottle

shipped southward by my scurvy dog of a mate, dirtylou

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 03:46:41 | More by blackie
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz twist off stubby brown bottle, poured into a Two Brothers pint glass.

A: Pure tawny gold with a one inch worth of frothy, sandy white head.

S: Smells like a Bells Two Hearted with a little less copper and a twist of orange peel added. All hops and fruit, little bit of earth and basically no malt presence at all. Pretty amazing, very fresh and a great example (aroma wise) of an American IPA.

T/MF: A bit one dimensional, very very very bitter, slightly earthy, again nearly no malt presence and an almost over the top citrusy flavor and bitterness, maybe one percent of the beer drinking population will find this tolerable. I mean this is so bitter it almost tastes boozy, hot, tongue numbingly bitter.

D: Very interesting, perhaps a bit too one dimensional to be one of the top IPAs ever, but as a stand alone, niche style (ie. an IPA brewed with orange peel) it is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 02:41:22 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of dukedevil0


4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 11.2oz from Famous Wines in Lombard, IL.

A: Pours a slightly reddish/orange golden color with a finger of white head that reduces down to just a film of a few bubbles and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of light citrus, hops, some orange peel (i guess you'd call it peel, but not the orange colored part of the peel for me, this is more the white tough parts when you peel an orange)

T: Wow, two beers in a row tonight that weren't what I expected. This is actually a really mellow, mild IPA. The hops and citrus flavors are very muted and the orange peel slight fruitiness comes out more in the flavor. Just a small amount of hop bitterness finish. If I took a blind taste test, I probably wouldn't call this an IPA. It's almost kind of a red ale for me in the flavor.

M: Full bodied, crisp, but smooth and mellow.

S: Great flavor, little to no alcohol picked up, very mellow/smooth and easy to drink. This really just might have taken over as my most recent favorite session beer. I have trouble putting my glass down and leaving it there for very long. I'm going to have to pick more of this up.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:30:00 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of rudylaw


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 15:21:30 | More by rudylaw
Photo of PrAndo


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm really, really beginning to hop (no pun intended) on the Tyranena bandwagon. These beers are for real.

A - the orangish hue of the brew tells the tale of the orange peel used to provide the...
S - ...bitter, citrusy aroma that greets you after the ale has been poured.
T - cascade hops and bitter orange peel. Really. At the end of a quaff you really can taste that bitter orange peel and its great.
M - medium body. I appreciated that it didn't seem to coat the inside of my mouth the way that some PAs can do.
D - I could settle in for a couple, but not a whole sixer (not for lack of goodness, mind you).

Do yourself a favor and grab some of this while it's available.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 23:15:00 | More by PrAndo
Photo of drseamus

New York

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

Nice amber body with little head served on tap at the old fashioned. The smell is nice and hoppy with a blast of citrus. Me likey. As with most Tyrenena, this baby is bitter. It has both pine and citrus hops no doubt helped by the orange peel. The bitterness fades in the end leaving a good amount of citrus. Fairly thick but not overly so for the style. I'd definitely drink a lot of this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2009 17:06:13 | More by drseamus
Photo of eyncognito


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When Tyranena announced the return of Scurvy, I was quite stoked-even more so when it was going to be a summer season and not part of the BGW series-this means six instead of 4 for the same price.

Pours a wonderful orange/amber that glows bright and clear when back lit. An off-white orangish 1 fingered hear that fades to a cap with ok lacing and good retention. Not a great looking beer, but mighty fine. Aroma is of orange-peel, naturally. A wonderful combination of citrus and pine. Smells juicy with hints a caramel malts.

More orange peel, but also fleshy citrus fruits, touch of pinesap, but citrus is dominant for sure. Oranges and grapefruit-I can't tell if it's centennial or simcoe, but damn, Tyranena is nailing their IPAs. Good malt that rounds out the middle-slightly sweet before a slightly dry and fruity finish. Really improves as it warms. Even hints at slight notes of sweeter canabis-again, simcoe maybe?

Medium bodied with light carbonation, perfect for an IPA. Gets slightly creamier and flavors meld as it warms. Quite drinkable given the abv. Recommended. In Wisconsin, where we don't have quite the level of high quality of IPAs, Tyranena is certainly at the forefront. Get it, drink it while it's fresh. Arrr, this be good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 21:57:14 | More by eyncognito
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a one-finger creamy light tan head that fades slowly leaving some thick lace.

Smell is orange zest, pine sap, a hint of grapefruit, and some bready malts.

Taste begins with some orange zest and sweet bready malts before a wave of bitterness kicks in. Sweet caramel and citrus lead into a bitter grapefruit and piny finish.

Medium-bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Great balance and drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 22:25:34 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of rtepiak


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is copper amber clear with an off white head of about a finger and a half. lace. nose is interesting orange peel oil and the orange mango grapefruit hop blend. and a finish of protein. taste is not as orange. grapefruit bitter finish. texture is very oily. i can sense a bit more in the orange oil and hop oils working with protein. give the beer a bit of weight on that behalf.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 15:20:40 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Slynger


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly reddened orange color with a lid of bubbly off-white foam.

Citrusy grapefruit and orange peel scents dominate the nose.

The flavor is lightly pale malt sweet with a salty, biscuity base to it. White grapefruits and oranges play a big role, but it's dominated by a strong citrus rind/resinous bitterness that lingers. Medium bodied with an ample amount of tingly carbonation. It's zesty and bitter.

Glad Tyranena has made it to Chicago. This is a nice IPA, but I think I may be more partial to the Bitter Woman.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 22:33:57 | More by Slynger
Photo of brow1901


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 02:08:14 | More by brow1901
Photo of gatornation


2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour a burnt orange color with 1/2 " head and good lacing thru-out the smell is of burnt citrus and malt and honey..the taste is just average it starts with a burnt orange taste followed by a bitter hop taste i dont detect pine or citrus/floral tastes of ipas i dont taste alot of orange either for a brew called scurvy.... this ipa is ok drinkable but i dont recommend it. ipas are my favorite style but this one was just not that good

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 20:49:43 | More by gatornation
Photo of Proteus93


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly crisp golden, with just the slightest hint of haze. About a finger of white head and patchy lace...

S: Pleasant citrus... A nice blend of the orange zest and citrus hoppiness with a little touch of malty backbone for good measure.

T: A nice, mellow and citrus hoppiness... The added orange zest doesn't overpower it but it's certainly there. A nice, inoffensive IPA

M + D: A nice, crisp medium body and carbonation. A very pleasant mix between English and American... A bit of sweetness and a nice, assertive hoppiness. Good.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 15:48:22 | More by Proteus93
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber in color with a half inch of head forming on the pour. There's plenty of sticky lacing on the side of the glass as the beer recedes.
Smell is citrus hops, but there's a fairly sizable amount of malt supporting. You can actually smell the citrus/orange. Taste is very balanced. A citrusy IPA meets a huge american barleywine. This beer tastes a lot bigger than it actually is, interesting. Very creamy and smooth in the mouthfeel. Incredibly smooth. Not what I was expecting, but it's a welcomed surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 01:27:33 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of MMAJYK


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Bright and brilliantly clear copper color. 1/4" of sticky head leaving nice spider web style lacing and a ring of foam around the glass.

S. Resinous piney hops with a touch of citrus. Very sweet and rich-complex.

T. Thick malt backbone of caramel and honey. Hops pack a huge punch with resinous and floral varieties. Very bitter and dry on the finish. Big ass beer!

M. Medium-thick in the mouth with high carbonation.

D. Pleasure to try this one for the experience, but not a session beer by any stretch.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 19:24:08 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of biker30x


2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tyranena makes Hop Whore...'nuff said. Scurvy is a near miss from a great brewery. poured into a pint a satisfyingly cloudy golden orange with a wispy head of thin foam and a long display of lace. The smell is of citrus but less distinct than advertised. As with many Tyranena offerings the hops dominate the flavor with pine and sharp spice striking first. The citrus flavor is faint and hints not at the flavorful zest, but the bitter white pith below. The brewer seems to have toned down the malt to make room for the orange, and this leads to a hugely imbalanced offering where the hops overrun everything, and not in a good way (said the hophead). A fine IPA with some good flavor, but not enough special "oomph" to justify inclusion in the Brewers Gone Wild" series.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 16:18:04 | More by biker30x
Photo of jim102864


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppper color into my Schlafly nonic. Active carbonation and a thin pond for head. Friuty nose with hints of orange peel as noted on the label. Part of a trade with hoppymeal (thanks). Mild hoppiness bite. Somewhat chewy and biscuity. Nicely balanced. A mild hoppy brew that's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 12:50:21 | More by jim102864
Photo of tburkhart


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer from somebody in a trade. It has been sitting around a bit since I haven't had a chance to get to it.

Pours a light copper with head that disappears quickly. Nice lacing.

Smells of grapefruit hops.

Tastes of said grapefruit hops. A bit bitey on the back pallete.

All and all a pretty solid IPA. This one might be a bit past its prime, but I still enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 00:46:39 | More by tburkhart
Photo of natasharai


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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 jwinship83


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- this one pours a golden orange color body with a small off white head on it. The head sticks around for a while, and leaves a mark on the sides of the glass after every drink.

S- caramel malts and orange dominate the aroma on this one. Faint notes of citrus hops at the end.

T- Lots of caramel upfront. Some orange in there too. Finishes with loads of grapefruit/citrus hops.

M- medium bodied and crisp with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D- easy to finish, and I could see myself drinking several of these if given the opportunity. I was thinking that it might be too old to get the full effect of this IPA, but the hops are still kicking strong. The orange peel was a nice touch to this one that sets it apart from many others of the same style

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:48:56 | More by jwinship83
Scurvy from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.