Scratch Beer 46 - 2011 (Naked Elf) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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3.91/5
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258 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Naked Elf takes a hard look at the less-is-more theory. Ever since we developed The Mad Elf, we’ve speculated what it would taste like without the cherries and honey. So what lies beneath the fruit? Naked Elf is unfiltered, so the spicy yeast taste is more prominent in this strong, hazy orange ale. The combination of the Pilsner, and Vienna malts give a lot of body and minimal sweetness, but Naked Elf has a dry finish. Finally, the heat of the alcohol makes its presence known in the finish. The Naked Elf’s finest quality is the delicate balancing act between a lively yeast kick and a slight alcohol note that lingers in the back of the mouth—constantly reminding us not to overindulge in this complex, warming elixir.

Added by Fish113d on 05-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
258
pDev:
10.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
46
Trade:
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Ratings: 258 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy with a reddish tinge, a fruity smelly, malty(ish), can really taste the spices and that’s OK, kind of a course heavy mouth feel. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of kkazemi
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

marked here as retired, but clearly resurrected by Troegs, as it was available in the tasting room this afternoon. This i a stripped down version of their Mad Elf, without the honey and cherries. As a disclaimer, I do not care for Mad Elf.

Looks pretty good, slightly hazy red/brown body, small off white head, some lacing.

Not much on the nose, except a hint of belgian yeast and spices

i can detect the mad elf base, the yeast is prominent. a little on the sweet side, alcohol well hidden.

mouth is medium, finish is slightly sweet and yeasty.

Overall, i guess i should avoid beers with the word elf in it, as this did not hit my palate well. on the other hand, they have a wild elf fermenting away for release in 2018, so........

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Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Trentt2
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k47k
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcole524
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschwamb
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JoeMans
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs tulip snifter, not sure when it was bottled. Pours a dark amber with a massive 3 finger off white heads that settles slowly leaving behind gorgeous lace.

Smell is loads of clove, spicy biscuit, dates, overy ripen banana, bubblegum, caramel, and a little alcohol definitely present.

Taste follows almost exactly, with clove and dark fruit up front with some bisuit, caramel, and booze in the long cream finish.

Mouthfeel is a touch bigger than medium, moderate to lite carbonation, and I am trying to slow down, but it is tasty and going down very easy.

Overall this is a fantastic brew, thanks @jzeilinger for this special brew. Glad they took this out of retirement.

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Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jagada
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ogman
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very malty. Pours a dark amber. Not too much head on the pour. Smells and tastes like a triple with a lot of flavor. Glad they left the cherry out from the mad elf, gives this one a spicier taste. Would definitely grab again

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Photo of themind
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent take on a strong ale. Not much on the nose but the drink ability on this is big. It's a little thin for a strong, a little light for a strong, but the taste is there. Honestly, this was a good offering in the series. This went down easy, although I prefer my strong ales to be a meal, this was brunch, but satisfying none the less.

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Photo of mjm5618
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Scratch Beer 46 - 2011 (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 258 ratings