Scratch Beer 116 - 2013 (Fresh Hop Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev -6.4%
I picked this up at the brewery counterpressure filled fliptop growler enjoyed with tb69, drank from a teku.
The color is light amber color of tea with mild haze and thick 2 + fingers of fluffy creamy head with fine bead lace sticks well. The smell is floral with tropical zest and a slight hint of of malt in the aroma with subtle alcohol ester with some mild citrus and subtle hint of mango, pretty dank aroma. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness with moderately high carbonation with a tangy yeast and subtle sweet middle with semi-dry finish with a little alcohol warmth.
The flavor has some mild orange element with some light tangy herbal with mild yeast flavor which adds to the fruitiness with the honey adding a sweetness to the flavor and light citrus grapefruit and lime like taste in the finish. The overall enjoyment is pretty high. The alcohol makes the feel a little tough, but in general this is a pretty hop forward and enjoyable beer with a nice honey sweet accent to round things out.
10-06-2013 02:49:00 | More by Slatetank
4.04/5 rDev -3.8%
Thanks to BA SammyJaxxx for sending this one my way. I love me some fresh hop ales, and I believe this will be the first "double" IPA that I've had of that variety. Reviewed from notes, as I actually drank this beer way back on November 16th, 2013. I had honestly forgotten that I took notes on this until I went in to clean up my phone and found them.
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle, and I didn't see a bottling date, but on the Tröegs website, there is a handy-dandy list that tells me Scratch Beer 116 was released on October 4th, 2013, so I'm drinking it at just over a month old. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.
Appearance - Pours a apricot-colored yellow-orange with a substantial bit of haze. In fact, due to the massive three-finger creamy head that billows up as I pour, I'm forced to empty the last bit of the bottle after the head has receded a bit, which makes for a pretty neat looking diffusion of sediment down through the body, like liquid smoke. The head begins to see some pocking as intermittent bubbles begin to grow and burst. Retention is quite good, and it leaves Lorraine swiss cheese sheets of lacing down the side of the glass which eventually fades to more mottled spots, reminiscent of a cheetah's coat.
Smell - Big presence of pine and evergreen, along with some more complimentary notes of tropical fruit, specifically mango and pineapple, and a little bit of lemon zest. The malt is pretty subdued, but it's noticeable, lending a bit of fresh sourdough characteristic to balance out the great herbal characteristics of the nose.
Taste - Again, the pine resin is front and center, now with a little earthy spice and bitterness. Other herbal notes seem to come through as well, with elements of basil and thyme to play with the more subtle elements of citrus zest and pineapple. Finish is slightly bitter and lingering on the tastebuds.
Mouthfeel - A bit creamy, and medium-bodied (but on the light side of medium). Carbonation is on the high side of moderate, pushing on heavy carbonation, but it is not overly prickly, instead producing a full, juicy feel.
Overall, a great fresh hop beer. Although admittedly, I have yet to have a fresh hop beer that I flat out *didn't* like, so there's that. At any rate, this is the most pine-forward fresh hop beer I've had, which I suppose comes from the Chinook hops. Beers like this one are really great for training one's palate to understand different hop varieties.
02-10-2014 16:01:54 | More by LambicPentameter
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.