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Scratchin' Hippo - Adelbert's Brewery

Scratchin' Hippo
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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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Reviews by CopeTech:
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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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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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Karibourgeois

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

03-08-2014 10:07:42 | More by Karibourgeois
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.1%

03-04-2014 18:58:44 | More by uturn
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-04-2014 03:37:10 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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FrizWhiz

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-23-2014 18:01:08 | More by FrizWhiz
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beerforpresident

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-12-2014 21:40:36 | More by beerforpresident
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vmdominguez

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2014 20:02:09 | More by vmdominguez
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greenspointexas

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-14-2013 16:40:44 | More by greenspointexas
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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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drewone

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

10-18-2013 06:56:33 | More by drewone
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Jame515

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-01-2013 20:26:37 | More by Jame515
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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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J_Dub

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

09-06-2013 20:41:02 | More by J_Dub
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Choch

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-29-2013 23:56:24 | More by Choch
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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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MystikCelt

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-24-2013 05:01:39 | More by MystikCelt
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JamLand

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-03-2013 22:54:20 | More by JamLand
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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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bundy462

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

06-23-2013 03:40:59 | More by bundy462
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GibbonsTheBeerGuy

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-10-2013 20:47:37 | More by GibbonsTheBeerGuy
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backphish

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-10-2013 01:07:20 | More by backphish
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Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
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