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12 Beers of X-Mas: Tröegs Mad Elf Ale

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

To kick off this year’s Twelve Beers of X-Mas, I’m tasting The Mad Elf Ale, a beer described as cheerful and jolly, which seems appropriate.Tröegs The Mad Elf Ale The Mad Elf, a specialty ale brewed with honey and cherries, is made by Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania, my friend Nate’s favorite brewery.

The cherries impart a strong ruby red color to this beer. The head is a creamy off-white, but it doesn’t last very long. The aroma is quite subtle, just a bit of caramel and toast and a hint of cherry. As it warms a little more comes out, though it remains quite mild.

The flavor is remarkably light and clean, particularly for an 11% ale. I suspect it’s brewed with a Belgian strain of yeast, as there’s a clove spice and fruit character reminiscent of many Belgian ales. Following that is a bit of caramel malt and a light cherry tartness, rounded out by a strong alcohol warming. Like the nose, the flavor grows as The Mad Elf warms, so I’d suggest serving it on the warmer side, towards 55 degrees Farenheit or so. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a bit of a lasting sweetness. The cloves and alcohol linger as well, so it’s never quite cloying.

Overall The Mad Elf is a flavorful but easy drinking winter warmer. Enjoy it by the fire (or in my case, the space heater).

+Tröegs Mad Elf Ale

3.8 (3-7-8-4-16)

GABF 2009

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

I came very close to going to the Great American Beer Festival this year. Well, as a lifelong Cubs fan I’ve become very practiced in saying, “there’s always next year.”

Anyway, I just got around to reading the list of winners (PDF). Some things that stood out:

  • Category: 29 American-Style Lager or Premium Lager
    Bronze: Totally Naked, New Glarus Brewing Co, New Glarus, WI
  • Chuckanut Brewery (Bellingham, Washington), the well-deserved small brewpub of the year, brought home plenty of hardware. Two gold medals were for their Dunkel and Vienna lagers. They also took silvers for their Pilsner and Schwarzbier. Brewing world-class lagers in a brewpub is no easy task, but experienced brewer Will Kemper has proven up to the task.
  • My friend Nate keeps raving about Troegs Brewing Company (Harrisburg, PA). The justified his love by taking the bock gold, American stout silver, and German pilsner bronze. Though apparently the Nugget Nectar that Nate loves so much was nowhere to be found.