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Scratchin' Hippo - Adelbert's Brewery

Scratchin' Hippo
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BA SCORE
82
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%


Brewed by:
Adelbert's Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named to commemorate a night when the Naivasha House in Kenya was shaking so strongly Del thought it was an earthquake. It turned out to be a hippo from lake Naivasha scratching itself against the house. Scratchin’ Hippo is a complex malty beer low bitterness, with an earthy character approximately 6.8% ABV. Goes well with hearty rich foods like steak, roasts or beef stew.

(Beer added by: BgThang on 01-04-2012)
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 2/18/2014
Appearance:
Meduim- light tan head. A light earthy brown color that seems to be darker brown around the edges
Nose:
Mild malt, cocoa, light alcohol scent
Palate:
Both mild and heavily roasted malt presence, fruit, light mouthfeel and a familiar Belgian style coriander finish.
Overall:
This beer has a light mouthfeel, is very rich in flavor yet very drinkable. I also enjoyed how it is very roasted and malty and yet still has traditional Belgian qualities which make it a complex and refreshing beer considering it’s a heavily malted beer.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 15:55:00 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hank brought this back from the Big D while visiting for a concert. Interesting, haven't had a bier de garde in a long while.

A note for the brew master: the corks are a son of bitch to pull from your bottles. I mean...holy shit! We had to get out the channel locks and after it broke off, we had to use a cork screw. Hey, at least they won't lose their carbonation!

This one pours a nice copper/bronze shade producing about a fingers worth of white bubbles which fizzles down to a thin rim. Not much lace to speak of.

Flavors of sweet fruit - grapes, kiwi, and apple. Has some alcohol warmth which is balanced out with nice woody vanilla undertone. Tasty stuff.

Feel is quite silky, medium-bodied, and dry.

Would not hesitate to try other brews from Adelbert's.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:29:21 | More by DelMontiac
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tubeyes

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Dark copper, light white head, dissapated quickly, leaving some lace.
S Strong malty, fruity flavors with some alcohol hints
T Lots of malts, fruits, nutty, pecan, some spice, orange, maybe banana in there somewhere, some alcohol hints
M Velvety mouthfeel with mild carbonation, good feeling drink, leaving a malty aftertaste
O Enjoyable beer, loved the flavor, backstory and the love and dedication that seems to have gone into this brew. Had from bomber in a Deep Ellum Cherry Double Brown Stout large snifter. Bottled: 12/13/12 Batch: 011 Bottle: 1801

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 05:13:22 | More by tubeyes
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brurevu

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: It was a reddish copper color with a Belgian yeast and dark fruit aroma. The taste was sweet caramel malts, fruit and Belgian yeasts with a slight earthy tang. It was more subtle than the Shlafly biere de garde but with enough complexity to keep me interested and coming back for more. The Scrachin’ Hippo was great and puts Adelbert’s firmly on my radar.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2013 17:13:30 | More by brurevu
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing too memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:03:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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fizzgig

Texas

3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

33cl Belgian bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Deep translucet copper, a little head that didn't last long.

S: Sweet hot caramel apple that diminished but not completely.

T: Strong malt flavors, somewhat roasted. An unsweetened toffee perhaps. Moderate bitterness.

M: Subdued carbonation, even coating.

O: Reminds me of an ESB somewhat, not as bitter and more malty. I expected more complexity, maybe I missed it. Certainly worth a try if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 04:07:15 | More by fizzgig
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: 12/13/12. Batch 011.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, amber-hued body with, well, no head formation, as the bubbles are evaporating nearly instantaneously. A beer that begins with a mewling whimper.

Smell: Minor note of toast and light, lightly husky grains. Beyond ripe, soiled fruitiness of apples, apricots, and peaches. Slight phenolic spiciness with a medicinal hint to it.

Taste: Notably devoid of sweetness from the first sip. Slightly husky, toasty maltiness wrapped in a pervasive sourish that really knocks the wind oughta my sails. A fruitiness of fruits that have gone south a few days prior. A blip here or there of phenols. Finishes fairly flat with a little lingering sourness and meager medicinal tone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Very low carbonation.

Overall: A beer that is woefully undercarbed and poor tasting doesn't exactly win me over. Where are they scratchin' that hippo?

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 15:00:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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vickersspitfire

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice deep hazy brown with reddish/amber hues toward the outer area of the ale, its topped off with a thick white, bubbly head that sticks around for some time. It’s got thick lacing too! The aroma is dry, very fruity, apples, grape and berries come through very well. Mildly tart, it is medium bodied, some spices do come through cleanly, phenolic alcohol tastes pretty good and is accompanied by mild bready flavors. Some fruit flavors do come through, there is a mild hop flavor in the aftertaste, but it is barely detectable. This is a very good beer and it goes down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 09:03:23 | More by vickersspitfire
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ehammond1


3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

Cloudy amber. Not a lot of visible carbonation--small bubbled khaki-colored head. Leaves dots and irregular lines down the glass.

An earthy, somewhat nutty, aroma. A bit of a pepper and grain presence. Fairly mild.

As with the aroma, the flavor is earthy and nutty--kind of like wheat bread and mild peanut butter, even. Some mild spice and grain notes. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Decent and quite drinkable. A unique interpretation of the style. Glad I got to try it. Without flaw, but unexciting.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 04:17:27 | More by ehammond1
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DavidST

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz short bottle into a goblet glass. This pours a slightly hazy tea color with a large off white head which has good retention. The smells are of citrus, a little funk. The feel is medium very high carbonination. The taste is okay, you get the alcohol, a little funk, some citrus.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 05:12:08 | More by DavidST
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Pegasus

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy medium amber with a moderate, dense head, somewhat coarse, with scattered, patchy, thick lacing. The carbonation is fine and profuse. A loud exhalation of CO2 was heard when the bottle was uncapped.

Aroma: Rather tart and sour wheat notes, coriander, pepper, and some earthy notes. Phenolic alcohol is present as well.

Taste: Opens with a rather tart note, soon followed by musty notes and phenolic alcohol soon after. There are solid bread notes throughout. As the taste progresses, there are occasional notes of light fruit. Finishes with a mild, lingering medicinal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting rendition of a rare, at least in Texas, style. One has to admire Adelbert's efforts in offering this unfamiliar style.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom eleven point two ounce Duvel-style bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Bottling information: Batch 007, bottle #09916, bottled on 02/27/2012. Purchased at Spec's in Austin, Texas.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 19:03:39 | More by Pegasus
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured reddish orange with a yellowy head. The smell was purely of citrus fruits.
The taste was practically more of the same. Mostly citrus with some young tree bark thrown in. It's got good yeast character that gives it an excellent mouthfeel and some character that prevents it from being thin, citrusy nastiness, but I'm not getting much malt character. And earthiness? Meh. It's just fruity, primarily on the citrus side. Surprisingly fresh-tasting citrus at that, considering that it was brewed 6 months ago. That didn't seem to mellow it any. I'm going to have to NOT suggest this. If you're looking for citrus, but with body (in a way that works oddly well), go for it, but if you want malty and earthy like it claims to be, don't expect much.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 09:20:21 | More by ElCommodoro
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roblowther

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged, the way God intended! VERY assertive "pop" of the cork, this beer wants to be drunk. I know how it feels. It is hazy copper with a big head that settles into a rocky, sticky off white. It smells of bananas, brown sugar, hay, and vanilla. The taste is wood, leather, biscuity and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is tingly and sticky and I know there's a joke in there somewhere. Overall, its a very good beer. Good flavor, not quite as "refreshing" as I tend to imagine when I think of this style but more interesting at the same time. This hippo can scratch me any time. That is what the kids are calling it these days, right?

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 20:27:45 | More by roblowther
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ChrisKuhns

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this 11.1oz bottle from locally HEB Plus.

A: Poured a nice burnt orange with a little white top.

S: Found some notes of orange citrus and some toffee along with yeast.

T: Taste similars, malty and a little yeast.

M: Bitter hop and dry malt finish.

O: I would probably rate it higher after my second bottle in the future. It is easy to drink even thought it is my first biere de garde ale. Good job, Adelberts!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:54:41 | More by ChrisKuhns
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Watch out, it’s explosive...The pour itself is a burnt orange sort of color with a tall white head. The nose is much sweeter than expected. Lots of sweet malt and fruit notes with a bit of yeastiness. Quite a lot of apple to it. The flavor is heavy on the sweet sugar and malt notes. Lots of apple and pear fruit notes, maybe white grape, and a hint of banana. There is a mild yeastiness, too. Really an odd, though not unenjoyable, beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 17:30:19 | More by womencantsail
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vinhgoh


4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you're a fan on Belgian's, especially Duval's, this is for you! Its got nice almond-caramel notes. But it still has that signature Belgian bitterness. Adelbert's Brewery maybe a young brewery, but it sure as hell knows what its doing. I'd definitely buy a six pack if they sold them at my local store.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:41:47 | More by vinhgoh
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specksnreds

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spicy like your grandma's lazy Susan. It's pretty too, with it's perfect little bubbles and dark honey color. Very appetizing. Big malty candy bar smell blends well with lazy Susan effect. I haven't a clue what spices; they all seem to form one coherent spice profile. Bubbly going down, and no residual stickiness. Impressive. I'll buy more.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 22:53:59 | More by specksnreds
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Mora2000

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Batch 005, bottled 12-15-11.

The beer is way over carbonated. As I was about halfway through unscrewing the cage, the cork shot out of the bottle and smashed into the ceiling. Not sure where the cage ended up, but I guess I will find it eventually.

Once the beer calmed down a bit, it pours a clear orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of coriander and pepper, as well as some toffee and orange citrus notes. The flavor has quite a bit of toffee and caramel, as well as some strong Belgian yeast notes. There is also a hint of coriander. The carbonation is way too high and the mouthfeel is about medium. Not sure what this would taste like if the carbonation was normal, but I think it would probably be better.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:52:46 | More by Mora2000
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allengarvin

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow. This beer was incredibly over-carbonated. Before I finished unscrewing the wire-top, the cork ripped its way off the bottle, shot up, slammed against the ceiling and bounced off someplace unknown.

Then, I had to leave it in the sink until about half the contents of the bottle gushed out in the form of foam. They *really* need to get their krausening under control.

About 15 minutes after opening, was able to get a pour out, though it still had a colossal head. The beer is an orange-amber color, very cloudy. Aroma quite fruity.

Flavor is not really very good, though. It's a very dry beer offering little sweetness or malt character (the label claims "complex maltiness"--it's not). Hops are present but don't offer a lot in the way of flavor, just some additional drying bitterness.

I'm lowering the overall score on account of the fact nearly half the beer went down my drain (and the cork launch terrified my sleeping cat Eenie).

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 13:30:22 | More by allengarvin
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imasloth

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Orange-y/reddish ale with little head and no lacing ... but lots of free-floating yeast.

S- Sweet fruits- fresh apple, pear, grapes?

T- Some bitterness and the aforementioned fruit, but otherwise rather watered down. Some malt and warmth.

M- Thin and little mouthfeel to note.

O- Have now had this beer on draft and in bottle and I just don't get it. Does get a bit better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 14:41:52 | More by imasloth
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HardTarget

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gunshot cork was extremely willing to leave the bottle. Champagne bubbles but it didn't gush as others have reported. Pours into my chalice with a ridiculous 5 finger head of tan foam. Yeah, need to work on the carb levels. In a bit it settles out to a chunky half finger cover. Very hazy amber glass glows in back light.

Smell: Belgian yeast fruity esters, over ripe apricot, bit of fig, all on a sweet malty base.

Taste: Doesn't have the toffee or higher temp burnt sugar tastes, goes much more sweet and saision. Otherwise, it does have an earthy hop bitter dry finish that goes a bit dusty.
There's a slight soapy taste as well with an edge of green apple.

Mouthfeel: Suffers from the explosive carbonation dropping to a limp handshake. I think some of the soapiness I'm getting is actually from the texture. Big bubbled but flat.

Overall: A rookie effort, and it shows a bit. There's a home brew aspect here, that is good in the quality ingredients and passion. It's bad in the carbonation level and some mild off flavors that I think they can work out of the system with some practice. This is light, dry, and drinkable, but a bit off from style.
Cheers to a new Austin Brewery!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:52:20 | More by HardTarget
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lnashsig

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

#BOTG number 17! A new local Texas brew from a new brewery I have never tried. Looking forward to this one!

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Cork comes out quickly with a loud POP! This thing is crazy carbonated, and a borderline gusher. Head hasnt quit coming out of the top of the bottle. The pour is dominated by head, but has a nice amber orange color to the pour. Great looking beer after it settles down, really nice head retention. Smell- band aid funk, nice breadiness, brown sugar, candied sugar. I theorize that the carbonation issues either come from yeast gone wild in the bottle conditioning process (too much fermentation process in the bottle) or some sort of infection. Tight white bubbles are visible on top of the beer, it reminds me of what some of my favorite wild ales look like. Band aid/plastic smell appears more after the head settles down. Taste- band aid, stingy carbonation. This lacks backbone. I wanted to have some sort of malt presence, but all I get here is a watery presence. I burped, got hardcore band aid. This beer is not good, I will blame it on the bottle being apparently infected, but I'm not sure I will give it another chance. Gross.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 01:15:43 | More by lnashsig
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TexIndy

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The cork nearly shot out of my hand and it quickly overflowed from the bottle. The label had good story about the brewery and the beer. And it had the bottled date (2/8/12), batch number (006) and bottle number (1974) - major kudos for doing that and making it easy to find!! It was a hazy orange amber color with massive carb streams. It had a four finger head that very, very slowly settled into a constant 1-2 finger foam. Made it hard to drink as it was very foamy.

The aroma was heavy with earthy aromas (had a bit of a dirt aroma to it) from the yeast and malts. Good dose of sweet as well from the sugars. Not bad but seemed different than my typical biere de garde. The taste was also very earthy with a very sweet finish. Had a hard time getting into this one. Something just isn't blending right for me. Mouthfeel was full and way over carbonated. Sweet aftertaste.

Overall, glad to see another Texas brewery on the scene and I hope to try more of their beers in the coming weeks but this one isn't for me. Avail here in TX obviously. Rotation - one was enough [N;N]

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:20:57 | More by TexIndy
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champ103

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky, cloudy reddish color. A bubbly two finger white head forms and gently recedes. Not much lace.
S: Bread/biscuit, earthy yeast, burnt toast. A metallic twang lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Very earthy in the yeast character. Bread and biscuit. A lingering metallic flavor that detracts for me.
M/D: A light to medium body. Very effervescent, well I would say over carbonated. At the same time this is pretty thin. Not hard to drink if I wanted to, though not something I am going to pick up that often.

Not bad, but a one and done for me. There are much better Belgian interpretations from Texas no less, and around the world available.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 00:19:13 | More by champ103
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CopeTech

California

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice biere de garde. The bottle was over-carbonated and belw off the cork. The Beer unfiltered and a bit murky, but I like that in a biere de garde.
A little more astringent than my taste. And too carbonated, took a while to pour a glass (all head).
A - Rich color, with a white head.
S - A little to yeasty - smells like unfiltered homebrew.
T - Nice although the carbonation makes it have more bite than it should. I let mine blow off for a while and it was nicer.
M - Nice rich feel with the depth of a fully fermented well aged beer.
O - A very nice beire de garde, a remarkable beer for so young a brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:06:41 | More by CopeTech
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Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
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