Beer Review: Off Color Scurry Dark Honey Ale

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Off Color Brewing based out of Chicago has been slowly gaining a fan base and has begun to expand distribution as we now get it in the tri state area. They brew mostly German style beers, pretty uncommon ones at that, and stray far from the norm of other American craft brewers. Hence the name Off Color I guess? They have done some pretty cool collaborations in the past with some big names like Three Floyds and Mikkeller. Today I have my review of their beer Scurry. Beer Advocate has it classified as an Altbier while Off Color lists it as a Dark Honey Ale on their site. Scurry comes in at 5.3% ABV and 18 IBUs.

Appearance: Very dark brown, good clarity. Pours a 1 finger head which produces some lacing down the side. Some leftover oats perhaps gathered at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose: Roasted malt, some honey and smells of fresh and spent grain. Nothing mind-blowing about the nose, was hoping to get more honey but it’s pretty minimal.

Taste/Mouth: A lot thinner than I expected but pretty smooth nonetheless. Definitely a malt forward beer, you get some oat notes in the flavor as well as a small amount of honey. This is a pretty drinkable beer for sure.

Price/Availability: This is a year round release from the brewery and is now pretty available in NY. Bought a single bottle for around $2.

Overall: Whether you wanna call this an Altbier or a Dark Honey Ale I would say it is a nice interpretation of a style not normally brewed by American craft brewers. It’s drinkable but nothing to write home about, could probably see some improvement if some of the special ingredients were made more noticeable and this didn’t drink like just a malty ale.

Grade: B-