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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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J_Dub

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

09-06-2013 20:41:02 | More by J_Dub
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Choch

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-29-2013 23:56:24 | More by Choch
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fizzgig

Texas

3.81/5  rDev +5.8%

33cl Belgian bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Deep translucet copper, a little head that didn't last long.

S: Sweet hot caramel apple that diminished but not completely.

T: Strong malt flavors, somewhat roasted. An unsweetened toffee perhaps. Moderate bitterness.

M: Subdued carbonation, even coating.

O: Reminds me of an ESB somewhat, not as bitter and more malty. I expected more complexity, maybe I missed it. Certainly worth a try if you get a chance.

08-15-2013 04:07:15 | More by fizzgig
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MystikCelt

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-24-2013 05:01:39 | More by MystikCelt
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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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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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vickersspitfire

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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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GibbonsTheBeerGuy

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%

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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JMM0414

California

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Michigan

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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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-08-2013 20:44:27 | More by jheezee
Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.