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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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5/5  rDev +38.1%

JMM0414, May 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

MaddDogg84, Sep 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

cwhitman, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
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

BeerandWhiskeyHQ, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Joshgonzales79, Jan 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

ElizabethEleanor, May 16, 2013
Photo of BgThang
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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

BgThang, Jan 04, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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

tubeyes, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

jbdaves72, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

deadliest, Sep 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Abe_Froman, Aug 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

ckeegan04, Jun 27, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

vinhgoh, Jul 14, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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?

roblowther, Aug 14, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

specksnreds, Jul 11, 2012
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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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

bakerg3, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

BryantForestry, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

kew, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Grocerystowe, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

ret3, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

elNopalero, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

uturn, Mar 04, 2014
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Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.