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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
IPA brewed with orange zest. Available: May-June.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour on draft with a 1/2" white head, diminishing quickly to a ring. Moderate lacing. Medium amber liquid.

Quick hint of orange that was quickly covered by a slight skunkiness.

Taste was like smell. This would be an o.k. or even good IPA...but there's this "humph"...something not quite right. Not at all bad, just very pedestrian. Mouthfeel simply average.

Drinking on a college campus during summer, this may not be the freshest. But, I have rated Scurvy before and rated not much higher.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Though this was a random liquor store attendant recommendation, I couldn’t pass up a bottle with “Arrrghhh!” on the label.

Brewed a month and a half before the date of this tasting (the dark, hard-to-read print on this bottle says “BOTTLED ON 17APR12”).

A: If they were going for the fruit effect, they got; this is a very orange beer. And on top of that shining body is a loose, creamy head, a full inch high but held together by just a spot or two of film. It looks like it’s about to dissipate at any second, but stays together enough to form a light cream on top with lots of lacing all the way down. Light sediment after the final pour.

S: Malt-forward but with hop resins to spare, this nose is a tribute to big, caramel, American IPAs. Lots of toffee, maple cream, grainy malt, plum, and yes, caramel, each laying thick enough to build citrus aromas like crazy. That isn’t the case, though; the hops are just mildly fruity, popping off with selection of mild orange and grapefruit just on top of the dark resin scents that take center stage. Good nose, nothing extravagant, though there is a bit of an over-resiny twang to it.

T: Now here’s where things get interesting. As soon as I take a sip, strong bitters wash over the palate – earthy, fruity bitters, exhibiting a kick that I can’t recall tasting in a beer before. Must be the orange peel. At any rate, it’s different and delicious, and I love the fact that it steals the spotlight from the other hop tastes (though they’re very pleasant): light, floral pine and citrus juice. Well done. The malts provide that solid backbone but nothing more; touches of crème brulee, malted milk, and buttered toast work around in a caramel-toned manner underneath. Aftertaste is quite dry, but with a light, airy, almost potpourri-like way of leaving the senses.

M: The fizz works to this beer’s advantage, taking what would have been way too creamy and making it light and drinkable. A decadent weightlessness takes effect on nearly every sip, pulling the beer off the tongue to make it remarkably smooth. Imagine a mouthful of whipped cream – brilliant.

O: An incredible way to show off a single ingredient: keep it simple, and let the flavors do the talking. It’s an approach that would grant many brewers much better beers, in my opinion (instead of trying to tackle a style with a dozen different malt and hop varieties), and a strategy that has left Tyranena with one hell of a beer.

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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 jegross2
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Survy from Tyranena Brewing Company out of Wisconsin. This is a seasonal IPA brewed with orange zest. It just hit shelves the other week. This used to come in four packs as part of the Brewers Gone Wild series, but it was released in six packs this time around.
Score: 88

Bottled April 13, 2012. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed on 05/06/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden-amber color with a finger-plus of creamy off-white head that settles into a thin foggy film atop of the beer. Pretty good lacing, excellent retention and cling. 4.5/5

Smell: The orange zest is very prominent. In addition, there is grapefruit, sharp lemon, and a hint of onion. Earthy, dirty hops. 4/5

Taste: Like the nose, the bitter orange zest is very prominent upfront. Earthy, oniony hops on the midpalate. Sweet caramel malt backbone. Lots of non-describe bitter citrus hoppiness throughout. Simple, but tasty. Bitter caramel malt aftertaste. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-minus bodied, light carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish. A bit thin and under-carbonated. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid, above average seasonal release from Tyranena Brewing Company. Tyranena does a pretty good job at making hoppy beers. This one is nothing special, but it is probably very accessible and a good beer for the price. I'd order this at a bar in the future.

Recommendation: Pick this one up whiles its fresh unless you hate earthy, hoppy beers. Scurvy is a very mild IPA for those looking to get into the style.

Pairings: The chicken with almonds Lean Cuisine.

Cost: $2 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of drewone
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip glass, Bottled April 12, 2012

Deep golden color. small head, with medium lacing.

Subtle fragrant hop smell.

Citrus/bitter orange flavor dominates. A bitter beer, balanced between hops and malts. Also grapefruit notes. Leaves a plesant orange/bitter after taste.

Rather creamy.

Enjoyable, a little different than your average IPA - not a aggressive, super hopped beer but nice.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. No bottling date, but this is probably from last year....Oh, well!

A: Surprisingly, no sediment. Color is slightly cloudy dark orange with a one finger cream colored head that dissipated to a ring around the top. Lacing is good, though.

S: Smells malty, with a tinge of piney and citrus hops. Pretty standard.

T: Hops are still fairly intact somehow. It's most of the piney and bitter orange rind variety. The caramel malt base is strong. The beer finishes bitter and citrusy.

M: Medium-bodied. Ample carbonation offsets the bitterness. Nice and creamy. Drinkability is damn good.

O: The orange zest that they add brings along the orange rind flavor, which complements the various piney and citrus hops pretty well. The orange definitely does not overpower this brew, which may be in part because of its age.

Tyranena brews some damn good IPAs, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours hazed orange with a finger of white head.

S- orange pith, citrus peel and a hint of orange candy malt.

T- slight honey malt flavor. Big orange peel citrus hop with a powdered sugar finish.

MF- slick sugary mouthfeel with a medium body and light carbonation.

D- decent drinkability

overall a pretty good ipa

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

Notes for this review are from an August tasting. I had actually posted it on here but lost it somehow; the review is thorough and full.

The color is a deeply clouded coppery orange with golden hues shining through. A nice white head is tight but still maintains a height of over one finger, showcasing some good retention and leaving nice, thick, patchy lacing.
Plenty of bright grapefruit hops presence pops out of the aroma, with a bit more sweeter citrus as well. It's definitely resinous as well, combining the citrus and pine elements with a hint of rind zest bitterness. The malts don't exactly balance, exhibiting a bit of caramel, but it's not too heavy or harsh to take too much away.
Not much different can be said of the flavor. The rush of grapefruit and pine resin along with a bit of citrus sweetness is straight off, and the caramel malts come up to provide moderate balance. A little bit of biscuit is allowed to come out as well.
The body is medium and carbonation is at a median level. Crisp up front, each sip does draw out some smoothness in the middle. It finishes lingering pretty well with a light bite.
This isn't a wild IPA, but it is a tasty one.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle, hiding out in my refrigerator from the summer...

A = pours an orangish-brown, 2 finger head that dissipates a bit, leaving generous lacing and some retention. The thing to note is the significant amount of sediment - orange peel?

S = Smells of citrus, but obviously more orange than the typical IPA, and hops

T = mostly hops up front with a hint of orange, especially in the end. The aftertaste definitely leaves a bit of orange.

M = good amount of carbonation, thin, clean. Not much alcohol to speak of

D = This is one of my favorites from Tyranena - a great summer (or fall?) drinker, very refreshing, definitely a go-to session beer for me. It's a little different from your run of the mill IPA given the orange peel, but it works very well.

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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 tvv375ia
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz glass into pint glass

A-pours a cloudy sepia color with about a finger of head that faded quickly leaving nice lacing

S-citrus hops with some carmel malts showing through

T-lots of citrus, not so much orange but lots of citrus maybe a grapefruitwith a little carmel just before the bitter orange zest type finish from the hops

M-nice carbonation medium body

O-lots of citrus hops but I would have liked some more orange flavors since it was brewed with oranges, but good none the less

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Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours bright clear copper 2 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell - while it may not be very strong there is something about this balance of malts and hops that is very intoxicating

taste - again the balance and blend of these sweet caramel bready malts next to the fruity and a little pine hops is exactly what i want out of an ipa

mouthfeel is medium light body with very low carbonation almost flat it need more

overall - decent nose great flavor lacing mouthfeel only in $10 four packs makes me deduct 1.5pts

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Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a copper body and two fingers of off white head...the head fell to a full cap and left some decent lacing...the combination of sediment and carbonation makes it look like pulp...seriously

S - I detect caramel before any hop aroma...once the hops pop they are bitter and present themselves as piney rather than citrusy

T - Here's where the citrus comes into play...not only is there some orange (which it should be more since it's brewed with orange peel), but there is a lot of bitter grapefruit as well...the caramel stands strong in the middle, but it does not balance tings out...a bitterness rushes in from the piney hops

M - Medium bodied...there is a lot of bitterness that creates that dry feeling

O - I'm working my way through a six-pack of these because they have started producing this other than the Brewer's Gone Wild's a nice IPA...I wish there was more orange flavor coming out...the bitterness really dominates the palate but it never becomes overwhelming

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rblaszak for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the orange peel with some biscuit malt mixed in. The beer smells fairly sweet and syrupy, which is a little bit surprising.

The flavor is more what I expected. I get a lot of bitter orange peel notes with a little bit of lemon mixed in as well. The bitterness is low to medium and is countered with some biscuit malt notes.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Big thanks to gripitandsipit for this sweet extra! Poured into a surly nonic.

A: Mostly translucent amber with shampoo bubble head that leaves large spots of lacing around.

S: Hops, citrus, and a little bit of egg salad (?).

T: Nice well-balanced hoppiness with some mellow but very apparent citrus zest. Caramel malts and a little bit of hard-boiled egg in the finish (sounds weird but not unappealing).

M: On the havier side of medium bodied with bits of carbonation throughout. Spreads nicely in the mouth.

O: A solid IPA. Fun to drink, but doesn't stick out amongst the crowd too much.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahoy me Maties!!! Got the Scurvy do ya...then eat some citrus or try a swig of IPA brewed with orange peel! Tyranena Scurvy is a full bodied IPA that has a nice tinge of orange. The appearance is lacking in my opinion. I tried to pour properly, but also was trying to avoid floaties in my may not have given the best appearance. The beer is amber in color very littel carbonation and zero head. The smell is of....I believe Zeus hops....with a tinge of spice orange. The taste reminds me alot of Hop Juice from Two Bros...slightly bitter with good malt/hop cahracter and a orange peel after taste. Over all it is a good beer, not sure I could drink more than a couple. definitely worth a try.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/28/11

A-Orange body with white whispy head that quickly disapates

S-Lots of hops and no real hint of the orange peel that was added

T-Bittering hops and a little bit of orange finally comes out as the beer warms up

M-medium body and smooth

O-Decent IPA. Above average but nothing ground breaking

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Photo of warnerry
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/28/11; consumed 8/29/11

A - Pours a hazy orange with lots of suspended material. Can't tell if it is just yeast or if here is some orange peel as well. One finger of tan head doesn't persist long but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Very prominant orange aroma alojwith some other citrus hops. Don't really get much more than that, but it is pleasant.

T - Mostly citrus hop bitterness, along wit some lingering orange peel. Hops are still pretty prominant after four months. Not too much of a malt backbone, but there is some balance.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a bit of an oily feel.

O - Overall a nice IPA. The orange peel gives a nice alternative citrus profile to many other IPAs. I would get this again.

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Photo of adman08
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with decent white head that doesn't fade too fast and leaves some lacing on the glass.
S-Fairly light aroma of citrus, specifically orange and grapefruit.
T-Pronounced citrus hop flavor with good orange flavor. Slightly tart and a fairly good malt balance.
M-Decent carbontation with a slightly sweet finish.
Overall, a very good, refreshing summer IPA. Nice citrus flavor coming from not just the addition of orange peel but also the hops that were used. Good balance of malt and hop/citrus flavor. Similar to Dogfish Head Aprihop.

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Photo of sonnmr31
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear orange hue with little head and a good amount of lacing

S - Smells more malty than hoppy. Smell of orange and some pine notes.

T - Get the smooth malt bill up front, followed by citrus and pine hops. The orange peel is definitely present at the back end.

M - Slightly syrupy, lightly carbonated body.

O - Overall a good beer. I love the orange peels with an IPA. For an IPA it is an above average beer.

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Photo of raznug
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a nice deep golden color with ¾ inch of white head the leaves a nice trail of Belgian lacing down the glass after each sip.
Smell: There is a mixture of hops and bitter orange peel that blend nicely.
Taste: The hops bitterness is in the forefront while a different bitterness is on the back of the tongue, guessing that is from the orange peel. Scurvy is a very tasty IPA.
Mouthfeel: It isn’t a real thick beer that sticks to the tongue but the flavor lingers nicely.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this from a stubby 12oz brown bottle poured chilled into a tulip.

A golden amber shade like orange tea with small cap of light tan spots of lace stick to the glass. The smell comes of as fruity, not necessarily hoppy, but slightly baby aspirin orange rind is a possibility with some sweet candy tinges from the malt and mild rind/peel scent from the orange. The mouthfeel is fruity with some sweetness in the back with a grassy tannic bitter edge with slight resinous and astringent quality with semi-sweet finish and moderate carbonation which helps.

The flavor does have a dominant bitter orange quality, slight grassiness with some mild caramel malt sweetness toning somewhat with a gentle light sweetness that carries over to the finish. The peel gives an interesting flavor to the ipa, but the hops are a little on the grassy/astringent side which seems to distract from the spice addition. Overall this is a good Ipa, it is a nice take on the style and adding orange peel gives it a little edge of something extra but I prefer more hop flavor, this has a sharp bitterness that distracts in the flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks go out to markhvizdak for including this in our trade.

A: Clear copper body with a solid cap of creamy off-white head. Good retention and some nice lace. Attractive.

S: More malty than hoppy, with caramel + brown sugar on top of some grapefruit, orange, and herbal notes. Ok, but a little forgettable.

T: Tons of caramel malt up front, in the middle, and on the tail end as well. Some fruitiness is certainly present, but it strikes me as grapefruit and apricot more than orange. Very, very sweet for an IPA. Some latent bitterness finally shows up on the aftertaste, but it's too late to 'pologize - this one's an over-sweet malt-bomb.

M: Slightly syrupy, lightly carbonated body. If anything, the body enhances the sweetness.

O: There's nothing particularly wrong with this beer as far as off flavors go (and in that way it's a step up from the terrible bottle of Bitter Woman I had last year), but I really can't say that it's anything better than average for the style - it's just too sweet to be interesting. I was hoping for more than sugaaarrrggh from Scurvy.


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Photo of rmalinowski4
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange hue with very little head and less lacing.

Smell is orange and other citrus with a background of malty sweetness. There is a faint sweet smell that reminds me of something from a dark Belgian triple, maybe candy sugar or Belgian crystal malt.

Taste is bitter orange and citrus, followed by a bready malt sweetness with the bitter orange peel at the end. It is somewhat crisp and dry on the finish also. A nice and different combination of flavors, something I haven't seen in any other beer that I have tasted yet.

There is medium body with very little carbonation. You can see a few tiny bubles race to the top every once and a while, but with the clarity of the beer, there should be a lot more bubles. More carbonation would help the flavors dance on the palate a little more and add some complexity.

Overall I like the flavor profile that this beer offers, it is better than average. But, if the carbonation was higher, this beer could be great. I really like the bitter orange on the finish from the orange peel, it's clean, crisp, and tastes just like you bit into an orange to start to peel it. I would seek this out again. Would like to try it on tap to see if it more carbonated that way.

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

We need to update the photo of this beer, as the current label and art are entertaining - a pirate and a pontoon boat. The bottle side tells a story of how, although the cannons no longer thunder and there is nothign to plunder, there is still booty to be had. And, of course, there is beer in the bottle, too! I was not able to discern the orange peel used in the brewing, beyond the general citrus nature of the hops. Nice body, with firm, citrus note hopping and a long, evenly bitter finish.

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Scurvy from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 536 ratings.
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