PW's Year of Beer: Troegs Naked Elf

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

Hershey, PA’s Troegs makes a big splash each winter with Mad Elf, a crazily massive brew made with heaps of cherries and honey. Naked Elf is, as you might guess based on the name, Mad Elf stripped back to its bare bones roots. When pared down like this, the ol’ Elf resembles a Belgian-style tripel in taste despite its somewhat darker color. Banana, clove and other spices intermingle with suggestions of dry, grassy fields and sweet fruits, with lightly herbal bitterness to provide a little balance. It’s neither as strong as Mad Elf nor as heavy with flavor, but it’s just as enjoyable to explore its nuances. Naked Elf a great way to see how a few tweaks can dramatically alter a beer. See where Mad Elf began for yourself at Standard Tap.

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