Scurvy | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scurvy India Pale Ale (IPA) India Pale Ale Brewed With Orange Peel. An ample ale, exploding with luscious, fruity hops and citrusy blast of orange zest. Ready to walk the plank, Matey

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

Pours cloudy orange, with fast disappearing white head. Aroma is hoppy, a little orange, and also somewhat funky. Taste is IPA and orange peel does add to zest. Carbonation right there. Tad above average mouthfeel. Orange soda aftertaste. Easy drinker, likely have again but not every day.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit and citrus zest. Taste is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight malt. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a very citrusy presence.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky head that delivers lots of splashy lace

Smell: Grapefruity and resinous, with a subtle undertone from the orange peel (maybe just the power of suggestion at work)

Taste: After an initial biscuity approach, the resinous, citrusy flavors blend with some caramel through mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter elements take it up a notch, with a fruity aspect that sticks around for quite a while; the orange peel is most noticeable on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The orange peel is an interesting twist, but I am not sure it is truly additive to the IPA; I like the beer, but not being a big fan of the bitter pithiness of orange peel, I find that quality slightly distracting

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep coppery orange tone, a heathy head of foam, with intricate lacing around the edge.

Rich, resiny pine, melon and orange, even a masa dough note from the malt. Ganja hop essence that I crave...

Sturdy body, long and dry finish that has an alternating citrus zest and herbal bitterness. Hop bomb with finesse. Orange peel does some interesting things, it's at a good level here, and coalesces with the citrusy hop load. Medium-low carbonation, and a sipper.

If you finish all four, expect a dizzy walk off the plank...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter hops is dominating with some discernable citrus notes. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some citrus notes with some hoppy bitter finish. The orange peel is a nice addition though it is hard to taste considering the amount of hops included in this beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark but perfectly clear amber with an inch of foam atop. Head retention is somewhat poor.

Smell: Citrusy hops and just plain citrus, presumably from the orange peel. Candied orange comes to mind. The malt base is noticeable as well, lending a bit of honey-like sweetness.

Taste & mouthfeel: Orange marmalade on toast, liquefied. Subtle citrusy tartness is met with a good firm hop bitterness about midway through, leading to a pleasantly dry and well-hopped finish. Pretty light-bodied stuff, but it seems to have a respectable amount of alcohol (about 7% I'd guess?).

Notes: Got this one as an extra from maximum12. Thanks man!

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a highly carbonated orange/amber color with a small, thin, white head. It left minimal amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of orange zest and citrus. It had a subtle caramel malt aroma.

T - It tasted like a spicy/roasted malt IPA but with an very unique orange zesty flavor. The hop flavor was fairly grassy.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a very interesting IPA. The orange zest was quite noticeable and added a surprising zip to the roasted malt flavors.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to erric for this one.

Pours a light fizzy head that fades at a med pace, very hazy yeast chunk filled orange peach colored beer.

Nose has some nice hops, chewy candy hops, a bit earthy, lots of citrus from some hops and orange peel citrus, a bit of sweet chewy malts underneath that too.

Taste starts a bit sweet with a nice malty profile, some crystal malts and reddish malts. Then hops kick in with a nice bitterness which is there but not heavy, chewy almost candy hop flavors, a bit earthy and even slightly spicy, some citrus a bit from hops but more from the orange peel addition. The hops quickly fade back to just bitterness and a sweet candy toffee malt profile. As it finishes it stays a bit sweet, sticky, some caramel and toffee malt flavors linger, as well as some light earthy bitter hops and hint of orange peel, and fairly bitter.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, a bit syrupy, decent carb.

Overall nice, the orange peel isn't as dominant as I expected, and the malts really balance it well. I like the malty balanced East Coast style IPAs, and this tends to fall in that range. A bit bitter and sticky sweet on the finish, but drinkable otherwise.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange-brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus (orange & grapefruit), floral hops and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is starts with strong, in-tandem bursts of fruity orange sweetness and grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates some balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an orangey-amber body with a bubbly, whitish head.

Smell: Pale malts with some light caramel hints and a scent of orange oil.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a mild caramel sweetness. Citrusy orange oil character. Hints of pine. Medium-plus bitterness. Finishes dry with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: More of a "Brewers Gone Average!" release. A decent, enjoyable India Pale Ale.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"In legislative bodies, it is customy to refer to all members as honorable, as in 'the honorable gentleman is a scurvy cur'".

--Ambrose Bierce

Shiny tangerine with a bold coppery glow when backlit with morning sunshine. Multiple streams of fine bubbles can be seen ascending within the beer, then disappearing into the underside of a whipped creamy cap. Plenty of lace confirms the above score.

Without being aware that orange peel was used, I couldn't have guessed it from the aroma. Sure, it's orange peel-like, but so are quite a few American hops. It seems as though the brewery has no desire to publicize the hop bill. I'm thinking Amarillo and/or Simcoe. Love it, love it, love it. Edit: the hop bill includes Simcoe and Summit.

Does Scurvy IPA belong in the Brewer's Gone Wild! lineup? It may not be 'Big, Bold, Ballsy Beer', but it is tasty, drinkable beer. Flavor is on the high end, bitterness is moderate for the style, and the ABV is an estimated 7.0%. Although the alcohol is nicely hidden, it's easy to tell it's in there.

Backing off the caramel malt would have made for better beer if the focus was to be on orange peel and the citrus fruitiness of the hops. That's strictly personal preference, so your mileage may vary. Other flavors include orange (natch) as well as peach and pine. All in all, this is a flavorful IPA that has just enough resinousness to please most hopheads.

The mouthfeel is well within the bounds of the style. It's probably a fraction lighter than average, but that's perfectly fine since it's as smooth as glass and is expertly bubbled. The next highest score is within reach during the bottom half of the bottle.

This American IPA is another solid offering from the increasingly impressive Tyranena Brewing Company. Even though I like oranges and orange juice, I'd much rather get my recommended daily allowance of vitamin C from Scurvy. The disease for which this beer was named is pretty rare these days, but it's best not to take any chances.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this one from joe1510, here's to ya Joe!

Pours amber/orange with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Orange peels, a bit of breadyness & leafy hops

T: Orange peels, a bit of grapefruit & breadyness up front. Plenty of orange, a touch of oaky dryness & some honey malt. Finishes with plenty of orange peel & a bit of grapefruit & light a touch of booze

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks very easy, a nice AIPA that uses finesse instead of sledge hammer, mmm vitamin C!

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