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Scratchin' Hippo - Adelbert's Brewery

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: BgThang on 01-04-2012

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.
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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 32
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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.

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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.

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Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.