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Scratchin' Hippo - Adelbert's Brewery

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Scratchin' Hippo
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 3
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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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JeffSuttonTX
3/5  rDev -17.1%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Tiernan, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jheezee, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of chebode2
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

chebode2, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Joshgonzales79, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

DavidST, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of ret3
4/5  rDev +10.5%

ret3, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

brandon911, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of ejfreed
3/5  rDev -17.1%

ejfreed, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Pegasus, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Grocerystowe
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Grocerystowe, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of valarking
1/5  rDev -72.4%

valarking, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

GRG1313, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of NeverSettle
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

NeverSettle, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

zbooks, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of bbcd
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

bbcd, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of ElCommodoro
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

ElCommodoro, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of roblowther
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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?

roblowther, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Abe_Froman
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Abe_Froman, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

t0rin0, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of ChrisKuhns
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

ChrisKuhns, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

pmarlowe, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

phattman073, Jul 26, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.