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Scratchin' Hippo - Adelbert's Brewery

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Scratchin' Hippo
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 3
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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1/5  rDev -72.4%

valarking, Oct 29, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
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?

ChainGangGuy, Jun 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

drewone, Oct 18, 2013
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
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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

ejfreed, Nov 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

garyford, Feb 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

akmcc, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

champ103, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of ElCommodoro
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

ElCommodoro, Aug 15, 2012
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 HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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!

HardTarget, May 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

JamLand, Jul 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Magery, Mar 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

bundy462, Jun 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

J_Dub, Sep 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

remdawg007, Jun 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

bkrbdan, May 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

kylehay2004, Jul 18, 2014
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 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 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
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Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.