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Scratchin' Hippo - Adelbert's Brewery

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Scratchin' Hippo
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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
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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ret3

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-20-2012 20:41:57 | More by ret3
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brandon911

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-08-2012 01:41:17 | More by brandon911
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ejfreed

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-30-2012 03:07:48 | More by ejfreed
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Pegasus

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-15-2012 17:35:37 | More by Grocerystowe
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valarking

Texas

1/5  rDev -72.2%

10-29-2012 02:52:41 | More by valarking
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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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NeverSettle

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-07-2012 23:05:04 | More by NeverSettle
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zbooks

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-07-2012 23:03:08 | More by zbooks
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bbcd

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-04-2012 00:27:52 | More by bbcd
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 09:20:21 | More by ElCommodoro
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roblowther

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged, the way God intended! VERY assertive "pop" of the cork, this beer wants to be drunk. I know how it feels. It is hazy copper with a big head that settles into a rocky, sticky off white. It smells of bananas, brown sugar, hay, and vanilla. The taste is wood, leather, biscuity and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is tingly and sticky and I know there's a joke in there somewhere. Overall, its a very good beer. Good flavor, not quite as "refreshing" as I tend to imagine when I think of this style but more interesting at the same time. This hippo can scratch me any time. That is what the kids are calling it these days, right?

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 20:27:45 | More by roblowther
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

08-14-2012 02:53:22 | More by Abe_Froman
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this 11.1oz bottle from locally HEB Plus.

A: Poured a nice burnt orange with a little white top.

S: Found some notes of orange citrus and some toffee along with yeast.

T: Taste similars, malty and a little yeast.

M: Bitter hop and dry malt finish.

O: I would probably rate it higher after my second bottle in the future. It is easy to drink even thought it is my first biere de garde ale. Good job, Adelberts!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:54:41 | More by ChrisKuhns
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-27-2012 04:27:59 | More by pmarlowe
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 17:30:19 | More by womencantsail
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phattman073

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-25-2012 23:06:16 | More by phattman073
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Djenx

Texas

2/5  rDev -44.4%

07-18-2012 19:58:42 | More by Djenx
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vinhgoh


4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you're a fan on Belgian's, especially Duval's, this is for you! Its got nice almond-caramel notes. But it still has that signature Belgian bitterness. Adelbert's Brewery maybe a young brewery, but it sure as hell knows what its doing. I'd definitely buy a six pack if they sold them at my local store.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:41:47 | More by vinhgoh
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specksnreds

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spicy like your grandma's lazy Susan. It's pretty too, with it's perfect little bubbles and dark honey color. Very appetizing. Big malty candy bar smell blends well with lazy Susan effect. I haven't a clue what spices; they all seem to form one coherent spice profile. Bubbly going down, and no residual stickiness. Impressive. I'll buy more.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 22:53:59 | More by specksnreds
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Mora2000

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:52:46 | More by Mora2000
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

06-27-2012 14:44:27 | More by ckeegan04
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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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allengarvin

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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).

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 13:30:22 | More by allengarvin
Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.