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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
80 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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 apintofknowledge on 08-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
80
pDev:
10.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themind
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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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4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/5...back on draft at the brewery. Pours reddish brown, virtually no foam. Cinnamon cloves nose. Licorice. Fruity cherry base with a cinnamon clove flavor. Stripped down mad elf. Less sweet, but the base is solid. Still loaded with flavor though.

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4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of imbibehour
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass from the tasting. Much thanks for the bottle K! I think this is the right one?

A nice golden apricot body color, just crystal clear with tan like collar.

Real interesting nose. Hints of booze and cherry, like a classic winter warmer, but there's some real nice minty leafy quality as well.

Interesting palate and flavors though. Mild malt backbone with still a cherry fruit quality. REal interesting mouthfeel with some borderline wetness but good coating in the palate. Good finish, and some strange interesting light charring that is a bit ashen like.

Overall not too bad. I am not the biggest fan of Mad Elf but I am always up for the scratch series.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of EricTKole
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 80 ratings
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