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Scratchin' Hippo - Adelbert's Brewery

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Scratchin' Hippo
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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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JamLand

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

Georgia

2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 15:00:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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bundy462

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

06-23-2013 03:40:59 | More by bundy462
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Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-10-2013 20:47:37 | More by GibbonsTheBeerGuy
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backphish

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-10-2013 01:07:20 | More by backphish
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hsus0225

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-09-2013 23:02:22 | More by hsus0225
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ehammond1


3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

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

4.5/5  rDev +25%

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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

05-05-2013 23:52:41 | More by bkrbdan
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-08-2013 01:27:02 | More by trebbates
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wtkphoto

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-05-2013 00:16:36 | More by wtkphoto
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

03-28-2013 03:08:13 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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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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ToMakeEndsMeet

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-17-2013 19:45:52 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
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Magery

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

03-13-2013 15:29:00 | More by Magery
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JeffSuttonTX

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.7%

03-10-2013 20:16:45 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-09-2013 02:11:53 | More by Tiernan
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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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Germany

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-17-2013 00:54:47 | More by chebode2
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

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

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz short bottle into a goblet glass. This pours a slightly hazy tea color with a large off white head which has good retention. The smells are of citrus, a little funk. The feel is medium very high carbonination. The taste is okay, you get the alcohol, a little funk, some citrus.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 05:12:08 | More by DavidST
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Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-20-2012 20:41:57 | More by ret3
Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.