Scratch Beer 116 - 2013 (Fresh Hop Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.48/5 rDev +6.7%
Tasted on-tap at the brewery, and also experienced in growlers three days after filling.
Pours a misty orange yellow with a thick white head that retains well. It folds into fairly thick film with lacing that sustains throughout consumption of the glass.
Smells of fresh picked piney hops with a grassy blanket reminiscent of white Sauvignon-based wine. The nose is honeyed sweet and lightly toasted... and sprinkled with a blend of orange and grapefruit juices. There's more spice in the bouquet as the draught pour warms, and it's also evident right from the start in the delayed growler session. There was no funk in the nose at the tasting room, but it emerged right away in the second tasting, and carried flavor to match. A bit of lemon and polished metal show up at times, too.
The taste opens right up into a fresh burst of clean herbs and evergreen. There's a mild but persistent bitterness from the beginning. It's very well balanced as corn and chewy grains carry along fruit flavors and a hint of hazlenut. That nut flavor is more prominent in glasses from the growler later on. More funk (which one might expect from the wet hops from the first, but was absent on day one) steps forward in the later tasting, as well. The bright, crisp freshness in balance with lively hop flavors was magical on the first day this brew was tapped. Both the taste and the nose were truly remarkable right out of the tap, and through they retain merit on standing, the best of this beer is missed if you wait.
In the mouth, medium body and ample carbonation hide the high ethanol content with all those fresh flavors. Only with warmth is the booze really evident. It's somewhat chewy, nicely slick, and just a bit short after buzzing over the lips.
Overall, this is a beer that is worth driving to as soon as you can get there. Every minute detracts from its amazing first day of serving. It's still quite good. But, it's a special privilege to have this fresh--and that's the quality reflected in my high ratings here.
10-09-2013 22:39:03 | More by 1sophrosyne1
4.29/5 rDev +2.1%
I love this beer. It's got about a finger of white head and the beer has a cloudy amber, golden color. There is a sweet taste mixed in the hoppiness which stands out. It is a great compliment to the fresh taste of the hops. The beer has good carbonation and comes across a little heavy, which I like.
Overall, this is a great beer. I enjoyed it from the first sip to the final chug.
10-11-2013 16:10:08 | More by hmich176
4.29/5 rDev +2.1%
On tap at the tasting room at Troegs. First served into a 5oz taster glass, then served into a full 12oz snifter :)
A - Golden and hazy - really exactly what you'd expect from a fresh hop IPA/pale ale/whatever they're calling it.
S - Hops. Lots of them. Very fresh, crisp, and green smelling. Definitely something that invites you to dive right in.
T - This beer is delicious now, but I don't think has a long shelf life (again, as most IPAs and especially fresh hop IPAs do). The Chinook hop is on display here, but no part of the flavor is overpowering. Very balanced, and very drinkable.
M - Typical for an IPA? I'm always bad at describing this, so I'll just use the word appropriate.
O - A great fresh hop beer for the start of the colder weather. I bought a case and will be drinking this frequently over the next few weeks; and for slightly under $40 a case, you can't beat the value.
10-06-2013 05:23:45 | More by Greenplastic615
4.25/5 rDev +1.2%
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice two finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass. A very nice looking beer.
S - Smells of fresh picked piney hops, mild citric fruit, lightly toasted grain and some light honey sweetness. As it warms it gets a little sweeter and some light spiciness creeps in.
T - Starts off with a nice piney hop bite that never really fades away. Combined with the mild fruitiness, honey sweetness and some chewy wheat it is fairly well balanced. Finish is a little chewy with plenty of lingering hop bitterness.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick, slightly chewy feel with plenty of hop bitterness. A bit of the 8% creeps in as it warms up to room temperature, warming the palate after each sip.
O - Another excellent fresh hop beer from the scratch series. It has everything I was looking for and it isn't over the top, quite balanced in fact. Goes a little sweet once it warms up but most IPA's do so it's whatever. I will make sure to get my fill while I can.
10-05-2013 14:16:08 | More by orangesol
Scratch Beer 116 - 2013 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.