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Scurvy - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%

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 WastingFreetime


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 16:06:52 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of ChugginOil


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 19:09:28 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 00:14:04 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of JamnesCameron


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:14:46 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of secondtooth


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 20:54:11 | More by secondtooth
Photo of Beertracker


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 08:05:14 | More by Beertracker
Photo of nickd717


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 18:47:56 | More by nickd717
Photo of aasher


3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 21:19:44 | More by aasher
Photo of SykDoc


3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 01:44:40 | More by SykDoc
Photo of BeerLover99


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 21:16:48 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Thorpe429


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Photo of kbutler1


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 01:30:13 | More by kbutler1
Photo of scaliasux


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 03:58:11 | More by scaliasux
Photo of Bubba83


2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 06:46:01 | More by Bubba83
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 13:26:27 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of sweemzander


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange amber color that produced a thin film of soapy looking suds.

(S)- A big burst of orange peel, lime, and lemon with a light kick of pine and a light sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell. A burst of orange and lime citrus with some dry pine in the middle. Finishes dry with a light sweetness and more pine.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good combo of citrus and dry pine with the right amount of light sweetness.

(D)- A solid example of the style. A few of these are and have been great on a summers afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 18:59:42 | More by sweemzander
Photo of salvo


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured brilliant copper-orange into a standard pint glass with three-quarters of an inch of light head that dissipated quickly, leaving an oily residue and very light lacing down the glass. Before it settled out, there were globes of either orange peel or ... well, I won't think too much about what that is floating around the bottom of the glass.

The smell has pine, orange, grapefruit, and earthy malt. No real overpowering citrus smell. Good.

First taste is more malt than hops, but then the warmth of the alcohol builds, then gives way to bitterness, herbal hops, then citrus hops flavors, ending in a lingering bitterness. Only after sipping and sitting for three or four minutes without drinking does the citrus oil assert itself, drying the tongue and roof of the mouth.

The mouthfeel starts very rich and then dries, ending with bitterness that turns to citrus. Very complex, with a long, lingering finish and turns in the flavors. Well done! I started concerned that the orange/citrus would be overwhelming, but instead this is a subtle and complex American IPA worth another taste and another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:38:11 | More by salvo
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orangey copper color with a decently sized frothy off white head. Aroma is mostly of citric and floral hops. This smells super fresh.I didn't pick up on the orange peel in the nose but it could have blended in with the overall citric character of the smell. It is on the other hand fairly noticeable in the taste. It adds even more freshness to this beer. This is deliciously hopped, not too weak not too strong. Kinda grapefruity, Not much of a malt backbone here. Feel is kinda oily, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:37:18 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of Kegatron


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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
Photo of samie85


3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rusty orange color an off white one finger head that leaves pretty thick lacing behind

S-Spicy orange and lots of it with some pine and maybe the faintest hint of some caramel malt.

T-Bitter orange upfront with slightest bit of malt in the middle and finishes with a pretty dry orange pulp-like finish. The dryness and orange peel are a little too much for me on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with thin carbonation and a pretty oily, dry mouthfeel.

D-I really want to like this beer and I do, up until the finish, that is. The finish just kind of ruined if for me. A little less orange peel and this beer would be pretty fantastic I think.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 05:21:02 | More by samie85
Photo of Tone


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decenr retention and good lacing. Smells of floral hops, slight citrus hops, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and hint of spice. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and clean, with and verage carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, and floral. Overall, the dominate feature is the floral aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 15:47:58 | More by Tone
Photo of billab914


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. Poured a clear copper color with a thin white head to it. The head faded to a spotty white layer and just left some hints of lacing. It was a beautiful color though.

The aroma shows a good amount of bitter grapefruit with some sweeter notes of tropical citrus. A bit of sweetness and bready malt is present as well. Very appealing hoppy aroma overall.

The taste has a moderate juicy and tropical hoppiness to it with orange, pineapple and grapefruit all present. The finish is bitter with more orange peel flavor coming through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it was a nice hoppy and easy drinking beer. I really like beers that show more of the citrusy almost tropical flavors and this one showed that relatively well. Very solid beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 23:12:39 | More by billab914
Photo of ballz50401


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (bottled on 4/28/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a light golden copper color with some sediment that snuck in while pouring. Meduim carbonation with a soapy head that fades to a thin rocky layar. Not getting the citrus hops that were advertised in the nose, the orange peel is in there though with some toasty malts. Getting some good citrus flavor though; orange and grapefruit with a lightly toasted malt backbone, not bad. The mouthfeel has a nice flow, it starts out pretty smooth then finishes with a wicked bitterness. It almost feels like I'm chewing through a juicy grapefruit. A good change of pace summer IPA, just wish there was a little more citrus hop aroma to match the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 09:48:32 | More by ballz50401
Photo of TexIndy


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 4/15/10 lasered just below the neck label. It was a cloudy orange and chock full of floating chunks (that could be due to my shipping it though). It had a large head that slowly settled into a near constant small foam cap. Slight carb bubbles. Good sheeting with moderate sticking.

The aroma was c-hops, orange peel, slight pine, and caramel malt. Good but could have used some more hops in the nose. The taste was good but again the hops were lacking a bit. The sweet from the malt had a slight lead over the hops and I'd prefer it the reverse. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation and good aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not great AIPA for me. Easy drinker for sure but missing a bit of hops that would make it memorable. Would like to try again closer to the release date to see if that makes a difference. Not avail in TX so shipped back from Indy. Rotation - try again when I can but probably in the rare category - probably a bottle or two per season if avail here. [O;O]

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 00:47:46 | More by TexIndy
Photo of Soneast


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one many times in the past but never reviewed for some reason. 'Tis always a favorite! Scurvy pours a copper color, with a fair amount of hop matter evident. Grows a 2-finger thick, cream colored head, slowly receding to a small cap of bubbles that hangs on through the entire glass, leaving dollops of suds on the side of the glass as it recedes.

Aroma is very citrusy, not all that much orange truthfully, more of a tropical fruit character. If I focus I can def pick up a touch of orange near the end of each whiff. There are also a decent amount of malt characteristics evident in the way of mild caramel and sweet grains.

The flavor seems to follow suit with a delectable, juicy hop quality, bringing forth citrusy/fruity flavors which are balanced nicely by some caramel notes ending with a relatively bitter finish, but not all that lingering which is nice. The orange comes through right at the end, after you swallow, there is a hint of orange on the back of the palate. Not bad! Also when you burp, you taste orange...not that that is an appealing quality, lol.

Pretty nice mothfeel, fits the style for sure. Somewhat resinous but with overall clean hop flavors and a very nice finish leaving me wanting for more! Scurvy is really just a very nice IPA from one of the best producers of IPAs in Wisconsin!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 00:15:23 | More by Soneast
Scurvy from Tyranena Brewing Company
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