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Scruffy's Smoked Alt | Cedar Creek Brewery

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3.63/5
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88 Ratings
Scruffy's Smoked AltScruffy's Smoked Alt
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cedar Creek Brewery
Texas, United States
cedarcreekbrewery.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our goal is to have a very drinkable beer with a nice smoked quality that will pair well with food and be something a little different. We blend a good amount of German Rauch malt, that is smoked with beachwood, with a US two-row malt, Crystal 40, Crystal 120 and a bit of Pale Chocolate Malt. We use enough US Magnum & Willamette hops to balance the malty sweetness of the German Alt yeast used to ferment the beer. That leaves moderately smokey notes that comes through mostly in the flavor that is balanced with the slight fruity flavor that the Alt yeast will give you. A very session-able smoked ale with enough bitterness to balance the other flavors.

Added by Mora2000 on 10-13-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,183
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
88
pDev:
17.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

This one pours a nice umber to ocher color that has a thin and light white head that has a decent lacing down the side.

The nose is a softer smoked malt with some bread notes and hints of coriander, apples, camphor and a nice subtle hops.

The taste is spectacular and wonderfully balanced with notes of smoke floating on dry malt, that has rich bready undertones and some medicinal flavors that are actually quite good.

The mouthfeel is rich and just right.

Overall an exceptionally good beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Enjoyed out of can more than out of stein. I had this beer with smoked sausage and smoked gouda on crackers. Delicious smokey flavor, brought me back to the Rauchbiers I had while living in Germany.

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4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an extremely murky dark burnt amber. Forms a half finger of quickly dissipating white head.
S - Has a smokey meaty quality to it with lots of malts. The smoke is definitely present here.
T - Interesting. Has a smokey meat taste, perhaps smoked beef. I haven't come across this type of meaty smokiness in a beer before but it is very good in my opinion. Would pair AMAZINGLY with smoked or grilled meats, barbecue, steaks etc.
O - An interesting beer with a, so far, one of a kind taste. Worth trying if you can get your hands on it!
V - Good value, four pack of tall cans.

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4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I will circle back around on this once and review it once I have it again and have time to give detailed review. Found this can in the cooler of a bar/restaurant and needless to say I was very excited, I have been trying to find this beer for a couple of months. It was worth the wait. This isn't a smoke in your face beer. Very subtle compared to most smoked beers and is probably a good entry beer if you every wanted to try one, but was turned off by those that smell like a bbq pit. Well done Cedar Creek

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4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Finger of head drops to a thin halo of off white foam on a deceptively pretty glass. Almost opaque brown shows a deep glow and clarity when back lit. It looks viscous, hefty.

Smell: The idea with an Alt is an ale that is treated like a Lager, and held longer to age out. I should clear off all the musty fruity edges aged off of it, giving a clean smooth flavor. Then, these guys decide, let's smoke it. So, a lot that is supposed to go on actually does. The smoke is a about a 4 of 10 in intensity, full but not the only thing going on.

Taste: Full malty character, some mild oak that may be from the smoke. There is just a bit of pear, maybe a light grape skin, but it is just one note in the smoke, malt, yeast chord. The finish is a bit chalky.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery, a low carb level coupled with a light body. There's enough that it's not cask, just a bit flat.

Overall: Damn Scruffy! Some deep philosophical brewing statement you go going on here. Technically well executed, the concept works only if you end up liking it or not. The flavor is different, another cousin in the beer style family. I'm warming up to it, I like what's going on with each flavor. I'd put it up there with Buried Hatchet.
Recommended.

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4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz tallboy pours a lightly hazed amber color with a large, un-moving cap of tan head. Great looking beer, but appears to be a tad overcarbed.

Nose ranks about a 5/10 on the smoke-o-meter. Still allows the caramel and toast aromas from the malt to shine through. Plenty going on here and the sweet/smoke interplay is pretty cool.

Taste is well done on the smoke, just enough to satisfy rauchbier fans but not too intense as to scare away someone who has not tried a smoked beer before. The malts are perfectly done for my tastes, lightly toasty but stays more biscuity with a bit of caramel. Kiss of hops rounds things out nicely. The smoke is not intense, but it does have a nice 'meaty' flavor. I could drink alot of this and is another solid offering from Cedar Creek. Im impressed with all three offerings they have put out.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of RodneyHolt
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Light smoky aroma and flavor. Thin creamy head. Amber color. Nice mouth feel.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 16 oz can at 40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of smoke
Head large (5.5 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing fair - some various size islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor of light smoke and some malt sweetness, ends with a light bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Scruffy's Smoked Alt from Cedar Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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