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Scratchin' Hippo - Adelbert's Brewery

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Scratchin' Hippo
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82
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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JMM0414

California

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

05-30-2013 13:51:12 | More by JMM0414
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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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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

01-04-2013 17:58:33 | More by Joshgonzales79
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ElizabethEleanor

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

05-16-2013 20:24:40 | More by ElizabethEleanor
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BgThang

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like a begian bier de garde, and smells fruity and malty like one. the head is fairly dense.
Mouthfeel is a little sharp due to the mild to heavy carbonation but I can see this beer aging well.
lucky enough to snag a bottle at a local shop.

going to revisit this one in a year or two

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:56:42 | More by BgThang
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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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jbdaves72

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-26-2013 03:39:01 | More by jbdaves72
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

08-14-2012 02:53:22 | More by Abe_Froman
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

06-27-2012 14:44:27 | More by ckeegan04
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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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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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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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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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bakerg3

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-31-2012 22:06:35 | More by bakerg3
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Karibourgeois

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-21-2012 20:41:29 | More by kew
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Grocerystowe


4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-15-2012 17:35:37 | More by Grocerystowe
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ret3

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-20-2012 20:41:57 | More by ret3
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elNopalero

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light malty-amber color with thin lacing around the top. There’s a slight funky tart aroma. Hop bitterness hits you up front. The biere de garde tartness comes through on the palate with a lingering finish. There’s a pleasing maltiness that becomes more apparent as it warms. This beer has a bitterness and an edge which makes for a nice contrast with the malt flavor as it warms. Slightly funky, too, while remaining easy going. Effervescent and filling.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 19:52:27 | More by elNopalero
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.1%

03-04-2014 18:58:44 | More by uturn
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brm300

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-20-2014 00:23:36 | More by brm300
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beerforpresident

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-12-2014 21:40:36 | More by beerforpresident
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-11-2012 22:11:45 | More by t0rin0
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wagenvolks

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-05-2012 07:38:57 | More by wagenvolks
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Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
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