Scratch Beer 130 - 2014 (Centennial IPA) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.36/5 rDev -6.7%
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours clear yellow with a nice two finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small webs of lace down the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of strong centennial hops, mildly toasted pale malts, dash of sugary sweetness and some pine needles. Hops are pretty strong initially with the sweetness slowly growing as it comes up to room temperature.
T - Starts off much like the nose does with the centennial hops taking center stage but from there the flavors get a little scattered. Hints of pine, sweet pale malts, and some light fruit zest offer some balance but the watery feel really brings this one down. Finish has some light hop bitterness but it doesn't linger for very long, washed away by the feel.
M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Thin, watery feel with some hop bitterness after each sip.
O - This one smells decent enough but it falls flat after that. The watery feel is off putting and the flavors are a touch out of sync. I won't be having another.
01-19-2014 21:32:45 | More by orangesol
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
Enjoyed on tap at the tasting room in Hershey over 20 minutes.
The color is deep, clear gold--full of rising carbonation. Puffy lumpy head lingers fairly well and leaves a thick ring of bubbles with cascades of lacing.
The nose is nice and strong--botanical with good doses of spice. The flowers, grass and pine, to me, are much more prominent than the citrus, although grapefruit and orange are certainly there, along with mango. It also has some roast depth, almost with an edge of charred pitch. This is absolutely the most compelling element of the brew.
It goes in with a small burst of bubbles and quickly turns bitter clean. It's almost sharp and acidic for a bit. Then there's a hint of malt. Pine and citrus pith slide by and it ends bitter with some interesting spice (including white pepper), but rather thin and short. It's clean and easy to drink alongside food flavors in the mouth, but on its own, it's a bit weak.
Mouthfeel deficiencies are really the core of the letdown. Even more than the limp flavor structure, the splashy and uninteresting experience on the tongue and down the throat hurt this beer. It's not out of balance, but there's just not much "there there." The body is almost light enough, absent more interesting oils and malt structure, to make me think of a high production American lager. And I sincerely don't want to think of such things…
The Troegs dudes have made the effort to highlight a hop variety that is really a blast and adds great things to some great brews. On its own in this one, though, it's left hanging by the lack of heft and depth. Overall, this composition is little more than an etude…can't sing a song of praises this time, let alone marvel at a symphony of sensory experiences like I often do with a Hershey brew.
01-23-2014 03:22:51 | More by 1sophrosyne1
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a substantial head, though one with little retention. It melts quickly into a frothy uneven bubbly lace that mostly clings to the sides of the glass.
S: Clear smell of the centennial hops. Not overwhelming; somewhat subdued. Subtle tropical fruity notes of pineapple are apparent - though spice reigns over them in all. Cloves and cinnamon dominate the nose for me.
T: Tastes as it smells. Hops come first, briefly followed by pure spice, which is then washed away into a sweet wateriness that leaves with swallow. In the aftertaste, the sweetness still leaves the tongue stained, but the back of the throat harbors the warming spice flavors.
M: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation. Certainly lighter than your standard IPA.
O: This is a very nice single hop IPA. Though it is somewhat thin, it is easy to drink and a nice way to appreciate this particular hop. It is not the best single hop beer on my list, but certainly one that I would drink again.
01-23-2014 03:22:49 | More by Birdmarg741
Scratch Beer 130 - 2014 (Centennial IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.