Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Scurvy - Tyranena Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

269 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 269
Hads: 521
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 32
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 269 | Hads: 521
Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

 572 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

 806 characters

Photo of OttoBomb
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz (355m l) bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass (June 21, 2010). "BOTTLED ON 20APR11" is stamped onto the neck of the bottle.

Eyes: Pours an orange copper color, with significant haze. The thick particulate is suspended in unmoving clusters within the glass. A fluffy off-white head leaves some significant lacing.

Nose: A surprise that there isn't more of the orange character on the nose. That's not to say there isn't orange present, but certainly not enough to distinguish it from other citrusy IPAs out there. It's not a great hop profile, but good enough to pique my interest.

Tongue: The orange rind is subtly identifiable here, and it blends well with the hop punch, which has complementary pine and grapefruit notes.

Mouth: Just a tad too thick for my liking, but the carbonation balances this.

Libation: Thankfully the flavor delivers more than the nose promises. An interesting and drinkable IPA if not a great version of the style.

 973 characters

Photo of plfahey
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber to copper in color with very good clarity. Moderately thin beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Grapefruit and piney hops come out first, with background aromas reminiscent of fresh oranges. Light bready/biscuity malt profile is perceptible. Smells intriguing, but i'm not overwhelmed with awesomeness.

Flavor-Some citrusy grapefruit hops up front with a hint of pine. In the mid palate, resiny hop flavor builds, along with bready malt flavors and just a touch of caramel.In the finish, citrusy orange flavors come into the picture, along with moderate to moderately high hop bitterness. A sticky, resiny bitterness and sweet orange flavors linger long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Carbonation is soft on the palate, and the beer is smooth on the whole.

I'd prefer a bit more malt in the aroma and flavor, but on the whole this is a pretty solid brew-it definitely grew on me as I drank it. In a way, the flavors remind me a bit of oaked arrogant bastard, don't ask me why. The orange is a nice touch, and is not overpowering-it fits in well with the hop character of the beer. Another nice beer from Tyranena.

 1,224 characters

Photo of HopHeadHurls
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber color, very pretty looking with an off-white, almost tan head on it (about 1.5 fingers worth). The lace retention is very good on this beer - spotty in places with thin strips of thick lace in others.

S - The aroma you get is mostly floral with a little citrus mixed in there. Smells good but nothing sticks out incredibly to me.

T - First tastes give you a blast of orange and lemon, and a bitter finish with some caramel malt sandwiched in between. Does a so-so job at hiding it's 7.5% ABV

M - This beer drinks relatively light for being an IPA, but definitely leaves you with the resinous/sticky hop feeling coating your mouth (not a bad thing IMHO). There is some carbonation but not enough to detract from the beer.

O - This is a pretty solid IPA, nothing more, nothing less. I would recommend that any hop-head try this beer because it is a good showing from Tyranena, but I wouldn't drink this more than every once in a while simply because I believe there are much better options.

 1,015 characters

Photo of Alpar
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like a bright semi cloudy IPA. Excellent carbonation with a head that sticks around.

S: Smells like citrus from the orange peel faint hop notes but only because the citrus over powers them. I can detect a faint alcohol smell.

T: Tangy fruit and a nice hop character. I like this but I think it smells better than it tastes. Its refreshing though.

M: Carbonation prickle, on par with the run of the mill IPAs out there.

O: This is good and I will drink it if its around but probably wouldn't look for it again. I'd rather had a Two Hearted.

 552 characters

Photo of brian44556
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's Pint Glass. Bottle dated 4-15-11.

Pours a dark straw color. Pretty light for an IPA. Pours a decent white head and the lacing is present around the sides of the glass. Nice smell of citrus, orange peel, bitter hops, and light grass. The orange smell really pushed the citrus smell through the nostrils. Good bitterness from the hops, with a smooth balance and aftertaste of orange. A weird concept, but it works very well. Good mouthful, good carbonation, and a good sweetness from the orange. Overall a good IPA from Tyranena. Adding the orange was a good idea and worked well.

 601 characters

Photo of justiceavocado
2.89/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle that looks a bit different than the one shown (as of 05.24.2011): apparently Scurvy has graduated from the Brewers Gone Wild into a regular brew. Poured into a straight pint glass.

A – Orange to light brown, perfectly clear, with about an inch of yellowish head after a fairly aggressive pour. Dissipates within sixty seconds, leaving some strong lacing above the liquid and a tiny film of bubbles. The head itself was fairly loose and big-bubbled.

S – Definitely smell the orange, which is distinct in the smell from the hops, which are more of the grassy variety, methinks. A pretty strong, inviting citrus smell.

T – Nose is fairly typical IPA-ish, somewhat grassy and lemony, but not committed enough for my admittedly particular tastes. The body picks up with a stronger bitterness, unbalanced by sweetness until faint notes of grapefruit and, duh, orange trickle in. Very obvious orange peel in the finish, almost makes me want to pick strings out of my teeth.

M – Thinner than I'd like, but typical of the style. Seems a bit undercarbonated, at any rate.

D – Well, I have a whole six-pack of this, so I'm dedicated to liking it, but I'm not happy about how hard I'm trying. Honestly, this is my first IPA in many months, so perhaps that is affecting my judgment. So, for now, plus 0.5 for likely human error, and I'll try again with one of the others after a few weeks of drinking IPAs I already know I like.

 1,444 characters

Photo of Bierlerner
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a few shades lighter than the brown bottle it came in. 1 finger head. Stays around for a second. Not much on the lacing.

S- Grapefruit and orange peel dominate the aroma. Some sweetness and biscuit notes.

T- Pretty good. Again, grapefruit seems the more major role in fruityness. Along with citrus and maybe melon? Hmmm. Nice bit of hops throughout with a piney finish.

M- medium body. A bit of nice carbonation with a dry finish leaving a want for more.

O- not a bad brew at all

 486 characters

Photo of ballardbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours with a nice amber color with an off white head. Nice smell of sweet malt and piney, citrusy hops. Took me a bit to place the smell but it has a sweet worty scent. The taste follows with the malts and bitterness and accented by piney hops, maybe a bit of citrus. Honestly if you gave me the beer and did not tell me it had orange peel added in the brewing process I don't think I would guess I had it in there.

Overall I would say it is an enjoyable beer if anything maybe it could be a litter drier. If you are looking for a big shot of orange from it you will be disappointed but if you just want a different IPA in the rotation I think this fits the bill.

 667 characters

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date stamp indicates bottled on 15th April 2011. Consumed on May 12th. Reviewed from notes, please pardon the brevity.

A. Amber-Orange shading without murkiness. Head subsides to a nice little foam layer.
S. I get hit with loads of orange peel and floral tones.
T. Again, orange peel and floral hops, also grassy notes.
M. I can't find anything to complain about here. Just the right level of carbonation and thickness I like in an IPA.

The memorable feature of this beer for me was the very high level of orange peel flavor/aroma compared to other IPAs I've had before. The "Scurvy" name of the brew was probably chosen ironically because of this.

 650 characters

Photo of ChugginOil
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber orange with a fingers worth of white head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving vertical streaks of lacing.

The nose offers a pleasant bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits. Lemon, orange, pineapple, and apricot. Some grassy hop scents linger.

The taste is like freshly squeezed citrus juice on a summer afternoon. The tropical fruits observed in the nose blast through my senses and offer a nice bitter finish. Orange rind zest sits on my palate and stays there. Behind the hoppy offerings lies some caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is cool and crisp, smooth up front and bitterly dry on the end. Refreshing.

Overall, this is a tasty IPA suitable for hot day or a cool evening. The orange twist isnt over the top but is certainly present in the nose and mouth.

 779 characters

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 12 oz bottle from a six pack purchased at Woodman's. The first year (believe this might be the third year this was brewed, but I could be wrong) I had this I enjoyed it very much. Last year I was underwhelmed. This year, here goes...

Bright orange pour with a soapy thin half inch head and slow steady bubbles. Lacing is sporadic and sticky.

Citrus from the orange peer is sharp at first pour but fades too quickly into a sweet maltiness. For a bottle this fresh there should be more here, no?

Orange peel is quite evident on the tongue. Juicy up front and bitter along the back end, Scurvy is held together by a healthy malt presence in the middle. In a perfect world the malt would be dialed down a bit here. Tongue gripping bitterness holds on after the sip and imparts some chalkiness along the back of the tongue.

Body is light but resinous and sticky.

Overall, there's just something slightly off. I like Scurvy, but I'm typically left wondering what might happen if the orange peel was less integrated and the hops more of the focus. Maybe I'm just full of shit.

 1,080 characters

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Holland Pint glass.

Pours a hazy, chunky deep orange due with a thin white head that drops fairly quickly.

Aromas of citrus, orange peel, and caramel malt.

Flavor is like the aroma, citrus, orange and malt, with a firm bitterness that washes over the tongue. Finish is medium with a bitter citrusiness that lingers in the fade.

Mouthfeel is mouthcoating bitterness with a slight tug at the back of the teeth.

Overall, a good IPA, not sure what the orange peel adds that you couldn't get from some choice hops, but it has a nice flavor.

 558 characters

Photo of secondtooth
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

 318 characters

Photo of Beertracker
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena's Scurvy pours up with a light carbonation that creates a rather restrained tannish-white colored head that barely rings the bright burnt golden-light orange colored body. The fruity nose has a light hop spiciness along with some esters (apricot, lemon, pear) & citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) with a touch of earthiness (cilantro, parsley, pine). The maltiness is quite heavy upfront with a big caramel sweetness that overshadows the fruitiness & hops which eventually come through the bittersweet, spicy, toasty finish. This medium-full bodied Belgian IPA shows some interesting diversity, but isn't as balanced & creamy as the previous Brewer's Gone Wild addition. Now go walk the plank you Scurvy dog!

À votre Santé! Beertracker

 745 characters

Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to aasher, who sent this unsolicited, which is awesome.

Deep clear amber appearance with a large sticky off-white head and good lacing.

Big citrusy aroma, with orange peel through the roof (but not in a bad way). Sweet caramel malt smells back it up.

The flavor is a little more sweet and malty than I'd like - east coast style if you will - but the hops do not disappoint. Very citrusy with orange peel and a little grapefruit.

Medium-bodied and a little on the sticky/syrupy side for an IPA, with carbonation on the softer side.

An enjoyable beer overall despite the maltiness. I like the idea of adding orange peel to an IPA, and the name of the beer is fitting.

 689 characters

Photo of aasher
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a burnt pumpkin orange with a one finger, frothy, creamy head with a moderate amount of sediment floating around. It looks great. The smell is of subdued oranges, slight hops, and sweet malt. The flavor is pretty average though. It tastes like a wet hopped IPA with subdued citrus fruit. It's alright. The mouthfeel is pretty good. It's both smooth and has moderate carbonation. It's not perfect but above average. This beer is alright but I wouldn't seek it out. I like the name but the beer isn't as good as Tyranena's other offerings.

 553 characters

Photo of SykDoc
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a hazy light amber color and forms a 1/8 inch light tan head reducing to a nice lacing. Definite sediment and some carbonation visible.

The aroma has a faint citrus hops that does not seem to stand out. A hint of citrus with some odd orange rind aroma. A touch of caramel.

The taste has the friendly confines of citrus hops and again that orange rind component. The caramel malt sweetness comes through a little more here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. There is a bite to the bitterness that leaves a dry astringent feel.

This is an interesting beer. I like some parts of it and don't like others. It stands out in uniqueness, but does not hit my palate right. The bitter components make it hard to have a whole lot.

 791 characters

Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep golden orange, scant cloudy white head, good lacing.

S: big clean, orange zest, slight pine, and grain.

T: initial clean floral, sweet zest, with hint of bitter in the finish.

M: medium body, goes down smoothly. good amount of carbonation.

D: Very refreshing and interesting APA. Tyranena has been an excellent brewery for me and this was quite good. Give it a go.

 379 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

 409 characters

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head. Surprise, surprise, the aroma is...citrus! Smells like fresh orange rind and grapefruit. Really nice hop presence in this one. Slightly sweet up front then a full on citrus rind hop bitterness makes its appearance. Good lace left on the glass as the head settles. Medium/light mouthfeel. Not bad. Ends with a lingering citrus bitterness.

 418 characters

Photo of scaliasux
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pale amber. Slightly cloudy. Short off white head that persists.

Smell - Citrusy hops dominate. Bitter orange note is pretty unique.

Taste - Hoppy - malt is pretty well covered up here. Citrusy hops, particularly (obviously) orange. Works very nicely - refreshing, crisp APA with a strong hops character, but a clear flavor distinction.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Well carbonated.

Drinkability - I probably reach for the APA's a lot less than most on the site - tending more toward the malty styles. Every once in a while I'll have one though, and this one's worth a try. Distinctive and well made. And it features one of those unbeatable Tyranena labels.

 665 characters

Photo of Bubba83
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Kegatron sent me this bottle. Hooray Kegatron!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at around 45 degrees F. Dark orange amber body topped by a 1/2 inch off-white finely textured head. Quite a bit of floaty bits, may actually be the orange zest... Bubbles rising from the bottom. Decent retention, spotty lacing.

Smells like butterscotch, pine, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, and heavy bready malts. Sort of a weird combination, but not bad...

Quite a good bit of caramel and bread pudding, followed by butterscotch. The orange zest is definitely apparent here too, and makes me think they used a little too much. Contrasting with the rather heavy malt flavor is a lot of grapefruit and raw undefined bitterness. Pine and spice finishes things up. Again, a little all over the place.

Fairly heavy feel, but maintains a good carbonation level and oilyness. Grainy feel, almost as if I'm eating the orange zest directly...

Finding it rather difficult to drink. It's cloyingly bitter, and lacks the beautifully hoppy flavors to go along with that bitterness that I am used to. Additionally, I just don't like what the orange zest is doing, and don't find it complementary. On top of all that, I don't really like the butterscotch flavors in IPA at all, very out of place for me. This beer needs some serious refinement and suffers from a lack of focus.

 1,360 characters

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottled 23jun10. all breweries should do this.
A: deep golden orange, minimal off-white head.
S: orange zest mostly with some honeyed caramel and floral notes.
T: medium sweet caramel malts are quickly washed out by hop bitterness and pithy bitter orange peel. astringent finish. orange peel continues in a long finish.
M: medium body. astringent, pithy bitterness brings this down some. smooth, slick, lightly carbonated.
D: orange peel/pith got a bit wearing on the palate.

 475 characters

Scurvy from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.