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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

Added by younger35 on 06-25-2008

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Photo of ErmahgerdPhD
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber color, very pretty looking with an off-white, almost tan head on it (about 1.5 fingers worth). The lace retention is very good on this beer - spotty in places with thin strips of thick lace in others.

S - The aroma you get is mostly floral with a little citrus mixed in there. Smells good but nothing sticks out incredibly to me.

T - First tastes give you a blast of orange and lemon, and a bitter finish with some caramel malt sandwiched in between. Does a so-so job at hiding it's 7.5% ABV

M - This beer drinks relatively light for being an IPA, but definitely leaves you with the resinous/sticky hop feeling coating your mouth (not a bad thing IMHO). There is some carbonation but not enough to detract from the beer.

O - This is a pretty solid IPA, nothing more, nothing less. I would recommend that any hop-head try this beer because it is a good showing from Tyranena, but I wouldn't drink this more than every once in a while simply because I believe there are much better options.

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Photo of Alpar
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like a bright semi cloudy IPA. Excellent carbonation with a head that sticks around.

S: Smells like citrus from the orange peel faint hop notes but only because the citrus over powers them. I can detect a faint alcohol smell.

T: Tangy fruit and a nice hop character. I like this but I think it smells better than it tastes. Its refreshing though.

M: Carbonation prickle, on par with the run of the mill IPAs out there.

O: This is good and I will drink it if its around but probably wouldn't look for it again. I'd rather had a Two Hearted.

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Photo of brian44556
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's Pint Glass. Bottle dated 4-15-11.

Pours a dark straw color. Pretty light for an IPA. Pours a decent white head and the lacing is present around the sides of the glass. Nice smell of citrus, orange peel, bitter hops, and light grass. The orange smell really pushed the citrus smell through the nostrils. Good bitterness from the hops, with a smooth balance and aftertaste of orange. A weird concept, but it works very well. Good mouthful, good carbonation, and a good sweetness from the orange. Overall a good IPA from Tyranena. Adding the orange was a good idea and worked well.

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Photo of justiceavocado
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle that looks a bit different than the one shown (as of 05.24.2011): apparently Scurvy has graduated from the Brewers Gone Wild into a regular brew. Poured into a straight pint glass.

A – Orange to light brown, perfectly clear, with about an inch of yellowish head after a fairly aggressive pour. Dissipates within sixty seconds, leaving some strong lacing above the liquid and a tiny film of bubbles. The head itself was fairly loose and big-bubbled.

S – Definitely smell the orange, which is distinct in the smell from the hops, which are more of the grassy variety, methinks. A pretty strong, inviting citrus smell.

T – Nose is fairly typical IPA-ish, somewhat grassy and lemony, but not committed enough for my admittedly particular tastes. The body picks up with a stronger bitterness, unbalanced by sweetness until faint notes of grapefruit and, duh, orange trickle in. Very obvious orange peel in the finish, almost makes me want to pick strings out of my teeth.

M – Thinner than I'd like, but typical of the style. Seems a bit undercarbonated, at any rate.

D – Well, I have a whole six-pack of this, so I'm dedicated to liking it, but I'm not happy about how hard I'm trying. Honestly, this is my first IPA in many months, so perhaps that is affecting my judgment. So, for now, plus 0.5 for likely human error, and I'll try again with one of the others after a few weeks of drinking IPAs I already know I like.

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Photo of Bierlerner
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a few shades lighter than the brown bottle it came in. 1 finger head. Stays around for a second. Not much on the lacing.

S- Grapefruit and orange peel dominate the aroma. Some sweetness and biscuit notes.

T- Pretty good. Again, grapefruit seems the more major role in fruityness. Along with citrus and maybe melon? Hmmm. Nice bit of hops throughout with a piney finish.

M- medium body. A bit of nice carbonation with a dry finish leaving a want for more.

O- not a bad brew at all

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Photo of ballardbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours with a nice amber color with an off white head. Nice smell of sweet malt and piney, citrusy hops. Took me a bit to place the smell but it has a sweet worty scent. The taste follows with the malts and bitterness and accented by piney hops, maybe a bit of citrus. Honestly if you gave me the beer and did not tell me it had orange peel added in the brewing process I don't think I would guess I had it in there.

Overall I would say it is an enjoyable beer if anything maybe it could be a litter drier. If you are looking for a big shot of orange from it you will be disappointed but if you just want a different IPA in the rotation I think this fits the bill.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date stamp indicates bottled on 15th April 2011. Consumed on May 12th. Reviewed from notes, please pardon the brevity.

A. Amber-Orange shading without murkiness. Head subsides to a nice little foam layer.
S. I get hit with loads of orange peel and floral tones.
T. Again, orange peel and floral hops, also grassy notes.
M. I can't find anything to complain about here. Just the right level of carbonation and thickness I like in an IPA.

The memorable feature of this beer for me was the very high level of orange peel flavor/aroma compared to other IPAs I've had before. The "Scurvy" name of the brew was probably chosen ironically because of this.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber orange with a fingers worth of white head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving vertical streaks of lacing.

The nose offers a pleasant bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits. Lemon, orange, pineapple, and apricot. Some grassy hop scents linger.

The taste is like freshly squeezed citrus juice on a summer afternoon. The tropical fruits observed in the nose blast through my senses and offer a nice bitter finish. Orange rind zest sits on my palate and stays there. Behind the hoppy offerings lies some caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is cool and crisp, smooth up front and bitterly dry on the end. Refreshing.

Overall, this is a tasty IPA suitable for hot day or a cool evening. The orange twist isnt over the top but is certainly present in the nose and mouth.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 12 oz bottle from a six pack purchased at Woodman's. The first year (believe this might be the third year this was brewed, but I could be wrong) I had this I enjoyed it very much. Last year I was underwhelmed. This year, here goes...

Bright orange pour with a soapy thin half inch head and slow steady bubbles. Lacing is sporadic and sticky.

Citrus from the orange peer is sharp at first pour but fades too quickly into a sweet maltiness. For a bottle this fresh there should be more here, no?

Orange peel is quite evident on the tongue. Juicy up front and bitter along the back end, Scurvy is held together by a healthy malt presence in the middle. In a perfect world the malt would be dialed down a bit here. Tongue gripping bitterness holds on after the sip and imparts some chalkiness along the back of the tongue.

Body is light but resinous and sticky.

Overall, there's just something slightly off. I like Scurvy, but I'm typically left wondering what might happen if the orange peel was less integrated and the hops more of the focus. Maybe I'm just full of shit.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Holland Pint glass.

Pours a hazy, chunky deep orange due with a thin white head that drops fairly quickly.

Aromas of citrus, orange peel, and caramel malt.

Flavor is like the aroma, citrus, orange and malt, with a firm bitterness that washes over the tongue. Finish is medium with a bitter citrusiness that lingers in the fade.

Mouthfeel is mouthcoating bitterness with a slight tug at the back of the teeth.

Overall, a good IPA, not sure what the orange peel adds that you couldn't get from some choice hops, but it has a nice flavor.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold-amber, with average head and nice lacing.
Pretty nice nose, full of floral hoppiness.
Flavor is curious and different -- nicely hopped, but with a hint of orange peel citrus, so this is an IPA with a twist.
This one is subtle, and not as gimmicky as expected. Definitely tasty, though not overly memorable.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena's Scurvy pours up with a light carbonation that creates a rather restrained tannish-white colored head that barely rings the bright burnt golden-light orange colored body. The fruity nose has a light hop spiciness along with some esters (apricot, lemon, pear) & citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) with a touch of earthiness (cilantro, parsley, pine). The maltiness is quite heavy upfront with a big caramel sweetness that overshadows the fruitiness & hops which eventually come through the bittersweet, spicy, toasty finish. This medium-full bodied Belgian IPA shows some interesting diversity, but isn't as balanced & creamy as the previous Brewer's Gone Wild addition. Now go walk the plank you Scurvy dog!

À votre Santé! Beertracker

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Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to aasher, who sent this unsolicited, which is awesome.

Deep clear amber appearance with a large sticky off-white head and good lacing.

Big citrusy aroma, with orange peel through the roof (but not in a bad way). Sweet caramel malt smells back it up.

The flavor is a little more sweet and malty than I'd like - east coast style if you will - but the hops do not disappoint. Very citrusy with orange peel and a little grapefruit.

Medium-bodied and a little on the sticky/syrupy side for an IPA, with carbonation on the softer side.

An enjoyable beer overall despite the maltiness. I like the idea of adding orange peel to an IPA, and the name of the beer is fitting.

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Photo of aasher
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a burnt pumpkin orange with a one finger, frothy, creamy head with a moderate amount of sediment floating around. It looks great. The smell is of subdued oranges, slight hops, and sweet malt. The flavor is pretty average though. It tastes like a wet hopped IPA with subdued citrus fruit. It's alright. The mouthfeel is pretty good. It's both smooth and has moderate carbonation. It's not perfect but above average. This beer is alright but I wouldn't seek it out. I like the name but the beer isn't as good as Tyranena's other offerings.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a hazy light amber color and forms a 1/8 inch light tan head reducing to a nice lacing. Definite sediment and some carbonation visible.

The aroma has a faint citrus hops that does not seem to stand out. A hint of citrus with some odd orange rind aroma. A touch of caramel.

The taste has the friendly confines of citrus hops and again that orange rind component. The caramel malt sweetness comes through a little more here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. There is a bite to the bitterness that leaves a dry astringent feel.

This is an interesting beer. I like some parts of it and don't like others. It stands out in uniqueness, but does not hit my palate right. The bitter components make it hard to have a whole lot.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep golden orange, scant cloudy white head, good lacing.

S: big clean, orange zest, slight pine, and grain.

T: initial clean floral, sweet zest, with hint of bitter in the finish.

M: medium body, goes down smoothly. good amount of carbonation.

D: Very refreshing and interesting APA. Tyranena has been an excellent brewery for me and this was quite good. Give it a go.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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 kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head. Surprise, surprise, the aroma is...citrus! Smells like fresh orange rind and grapefruit. Really nice hop presence in this one. Slightly sweet up front then a full on citrus rind hop bitterness makes its appearance. Good lace left on the glass as the head settles. Medium/light mouthfeel. Not bad. Ends with a lingering citrus bitterness.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pale amber. Slightly cloudy. Short off white head that persists.

Smell - Citrusy hops dominate. Bitter orange note is pretty unique.

Taste - Hoppy - malt is pretty well covered up here. Citrusy hops, particularly (obviously) orange. Works very nicely - refreshing, crisp APA with a strong hops character, but a clear flavor distinction.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Well carbonated.

Drinkability - I probably reach for the APA's a lot less than most on the site - tending more toward the malty styles. Every once in a while I'll have one though, and this one's worth a try. Distinctive and well made. And it features one of those unbeatable Tyranena labels.

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Photo of Bubba83
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Kegatron sent me this bottle. Hooray Kegatron!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at around 45 degrees F. Dark orange amber body topped by a 1/2 inch off-white finely textured head. Quite a bit of floaty bits, may actually be the orange zest... Bubbles rising from the bottom. Decent retention, spotty lacing.

Smells like butterscotch, pine, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, and heavy bready malts. Sort of a weird combination, but not bad...

Quite a good bit of caramel and bread pudding, followed by butterscotch. The orange zest is definitely apparent here too, and makes me think they used a little too much. Contrasting with the rather heavy malt flavor is a lot of grapefruit and raw undefined bitterness. Pine and spice finishes things up. Again, a little all over the place.

Fairly heavy feel, but maintains a good carbonation level and oilyness. Grainy feel, almost as if I'm eating the orange zest directly...

Finding it rather difficult to drink. It's cloyingly bitter, and lacks the beautifully hoppy flavors to go along with that bitterness that I am used to. Additionally, I just don't like what the orange zest is doing, and don't find it complementary. On top of all that, I don't really like the butterscotch flavors in IPA at all, very out of place for me. This beer needs some serious refinement and suffers from a lack of focus.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottled 23jun10. all breweries should do this.
A: deep golden orange, minimal off-white head.
S: orange zest mostly with some honeyed caramel and floral notes.
T: medium sweet caramel malts are quickly washed out by hop bitterness and pithy bitter orange peel. astringent finish. orange peel continues in a long finish.
M: medium body. astringent, pithy bitterness brings this down some. smooth, slick, lightly carbonated.
D: orange peel/pith got a bit wearing on the palate.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange amber color that produced a thin film of soapy looking suds.

(S)- A big burst of orange peel, lime, and lemon with a light kick of pine and a light sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell. A burst of orange and lime citrus with some dry pine in the middle. Finishes dry with a light sweetness and more pine.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good combo of citrus and dry pine with the right amount of light sweetness.

(D)- A solid example of the style. A few of these are and have been great on a summers afternoon.

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Photo of salvo
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured brilliant copper-orange into a standard pint glass with three-quarters of an inch of light head that dissipated quickly, leaving an oily residue and very light lacing down the glass. Before it settled out, there were globes of either orange peel or ... well, I won't think too much about what that is floating around the bottom of the glass.

The smell has pine, orange, grapefruit, and earthy malt. No real overpowering citrus smell. Good.

First taste is more malt than hops, but then the warmth of the alcohol builds, then gives way to bitterness, herbal hops, then citrus hops flavors, ending in a lingering bitterness. Only after sipping and sitting for three or four minutes without drinking does the citrus oil assert itself, drying the tongue and roof of the mouth.

The mouthfeel starts very rich and then dries, ending with bitterness that turns to citrus. Very complex, with a long, lingering finish and turns in the flavors. Well done! I started concerned that the orange/citrus would be overwhelming, but instead this is a subtle and complex American IPA worth another taste and another bottle.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orangey copper color with a decently sized frothy off white head. Aroma is mostly of citric and floral hops. This smells super fresh.I didn't pick up on the orange peel in the nose but it could have blended in with the overall citric character of the smell. It is on the other hand fairly noticeable in the taste. It adds even more freshness to this beer. This is deliciously hopped, not too weak not too strong. Kinda grapefruity, Not much of a malt backbone here. Feel is kinda oily, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Scurvy from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 540 ratings
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