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Scratchin' Hippo - Adelbert's Brewery

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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 fizzgig:
Photo of fizzgig
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

fizzgig, Aug 15, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Tiernan, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

bakerg3, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

ehammond1, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

acurtis, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Djenx
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

lnashsig, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

javlin624, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

hsus0225, Jun 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

StephRai, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jheezee, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of ejfreed
3/5  rDev -17.1%

ejfreed, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of imasloth
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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.

imasloth, May 31, 2012
Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

JamLand, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

GRG1313, Oct 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

cfrobrew, Oct 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Magery, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of UTCengOwl
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brewery from Austin? Where did these guys come from? Anyway, I saw a bottle on my last trip to ATX and I had to pick one up. Love the story on this one, let's see if the beer matches. Served in a Jester King stemmed glass.

Never had a Bierre de Garde before. No time like the present to try.

The beer has a fantastic, outstanding head. Retains its volume quite well. Reminiscent of a trappist ale. The body... not quite as lively. I can deal with that, though.

The previous reviewer that said this reminded them of a dubbel was dead on. Dubbel all the way, but somewhat uninteresting for the style. Spices seem muted. Nose seems a bit too sweet. Overall an OK version of the style, but not much more than that. I can't see myself buying another bottle of this over something like a Chimay Red... even though I like to support local craft.

This was a wholly forgettable offering. I'll have to try more beers in the future, but this initial offering makes me wonder how long they'll be around.

UTCengOwl, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of TexIndy
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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]

TexIndy, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

vickersspitfire, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

XicanoBeerRun, Mar 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

CraigTravor, May 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.