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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Poured a cloudy light brown with a huge head, sampled in the tasting room. The beer had a good palate with light carbonation but good head, the alcohol was not very present and did not offer much of a warming sensation. The beer has a prominent spice flavor from the yeast, a corriander presence, some light fruity esters but not overpowering. The hops are litterally absent but that is not a drawback to the beer. This is a pretty big beer but goes down very easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2009
I don’t know what it is but I’m not a fan of this elf series. Poured amber with white head. Aroma of spice and fruit. Some cherry and cinnamon flavor. Harsh finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Pours copper with a thin white ring of bubbles. Smells fruity and spicy with some dry malty presence. Tastes sweet and breaddy with some nice spicy elements as the beer warms. A definite keeper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KornDogg (553) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Fruity, dry spice flavor, yet very smooth... wish they would have came out with a 2008 batch... i really hope they try to push this as much as the mad elf... could be a new big seller....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Swing-top hand-bottle from MrBendo - thanks, Todd! Man, talk about going above and beyond to hook a trader up. Very impressive copper/garnet color on the pour, with faint carbonation (not still, but just a hint). Very dry yeasty aroma to the fore, with the fruits and malts in the background. Some aromatic stuff like coriander happening in there a bit, with the faintest spice kick, but a slightly too watery finish. Solid stuff, but it’s almost like the beer is reticent about its own personality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Outchillen (29) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Nice copper color with small white head, alot like mad elf but not over flavored, very smooth and a great sipping beer, a nice finish that makes you want more. one of my favorite seasonals

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Poured amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma of spice and fruit. Mostly belgian fruit flavors to start with some pine mixed in. Finished with some cherries and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
served from the tap in a brandy snifter @ Capone’s in PA (from 2/7/08) A: A clear rusted amber/copper with a thin white wispy head that quickly diminishes and leaves no lacing at all. Looks like a refreshing glass of iced tea. S: And speaking of tea...I detect sweet tea leaves and a nice earthy undertone, to go along with an obvious honey note. Slightly medicinal, and very fruity from the yeast. T/M: Honey right off the bat, had a slight metallic aftertaste when it was too cold, became much more sweet & fruity (mostly bananas) as it warmed in the glass. There were still faint traces of cherry flavors in this beer, and a very thin, almost flat mouthfeel didn’t take away from my enjoyment. D: I couldn’t believe that this was 9% ABV, it was incredibly smooth and super-drinkable. Too bad it’s so rare and hard to get, glad I had some though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Draft at Capones - Paler golden color with a medium white head. Aroma has quite a bit of candy sweetness with some citrus, honey, and spice. Flavor has alot of tripel-ey candi sugar present with some solid orange and sweet bready goodness. Good tripel, just not knock your socks off kind of stuff. I think I would still prefer a regular mad elf, but only when in an extremely fruity mood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Tasting @ Capone’s: This brew was one of our favorites. The pour was an amber color with not a lot of head. The aroma was that of a sweet malt. The flavor was great, very smooth. Had a hint of apples and other fruit...but just a small hint. Overall, a great beer.

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