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Scratchin' Hippo - Adelbert's Brewery

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Scratchin' Hippo
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BA SCORE
82
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-11-2012 22:11:45 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

10-01-2013 04:03:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-10-2012 22:21:57 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Watch out, it’s explosive...The pour itself is a burnt orange sort of color with a tall white head. The nose is much sweeter than expected. Lots of sweet malt and fruit notes with a bit of yeastiness. Quite a lot of apple to it. The flavor is heavy on the sweet sugar and malt notes. Lots of apple and pear fruit notes, maybe white grape, and a hint of banana. There is a mild yeastiness, too. Really an odd, though not unenjoyable, beer.

07-26-2012 17:30:19 | More by womencantsail
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-18-2012 00:05:02 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-03-2012 23:09:02 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-01-2013 03:12:36 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-27-2012 21:59:26 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-18-2014 22:40:11 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.48/5  rDev -31.1%

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?

06-23-2013 15:00:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Mora2000

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

07-10-2012 03:52:46 | More by Mora2000
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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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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-16-2012 14:25:20 | More by drummermattie02
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champ103

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

04-18-2012 00:19:13 | More by champ103
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-21-2012 20:28:34 | More by cdwil
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ehammond1


3.31/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

06-01-2013 04:17:27 | More by ehammond1
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allengarvin

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Wow. This beer was incredibly over-carbonated. Before I finished unscrewing the wire-top, the cork ripped its way off the bottle, shot up, slammed against the ceiling and bounced off someplace unknown.

Then, I had to leave it in the sink until about half the contents of the bottle gushed out in the form of foam. They *really* need to get their krausening under control.

About 15 minutes after opening, was able to get a pour out, though it still had a colossal head. The beer is an orange-amber color, very cloudy. Aroma quite fruity.

Flavor is not really very good, though. It's a very dry beer offering little sweetness or malt character (the label claims "complex maltiness"--it's not). Hops are present but don't offer a lot in the way of flavor, just some additional drying bitterness.

I'm lowering the overall score on account of the fact nearly half the beer went down my drain (and the cork launch terrified my sleeping cat Eenie).

06-10-2012 13:30:22 | More by allengarvin
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wagenvolks

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-05-2012 07:38:57 | More by wagenvolks
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-08-2013 20:44:27 | More by jheezee
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-29-2012 03:49:49 | More by duff247
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JamLand

Hawaii

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: Cloudy medium amber with a moderate, dense head, somewhat coarse, with scattered, patchy, thick lacing. The carbonation is fine and profuse. A loud exhalation of CO2 was heard when the bottle was uncapped.

Aroma: Rather tart and sour wheat notes, coriander, pepper, and some earthy notes. Phenolic alcohol is present as well.

Taste: Opens with a rather tart note, soon followed by musty notes and phenolic alcohol soon after. There are solid bread notes throughout. As the taste progresses, there are occasional notes of light fruit. Finishes with a mild, lingering medicinal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting rendition of a rare, at least in Texas, style. One has to admire Adelbert's efforts in offering this unfamiliar style.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom eleven point two ounce Duvel-style bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Bottling information: Batch 007, bottle #09916, bottled on 02/27/2012. Purchased at Spec's in Austin, Texas.

11-25-2012 19:03:39 | More by Pegasus
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HardTarget

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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!

05-05-2012 01:52:20 | More by HardTarget
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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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elNopalero

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

01-24-2012 19:52:27 | More by elNopalero
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Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.