Scratch Beer 142 - 2014 (IPA) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bought a few bottles of the Scratch Beer # 142 at the Tröegs brewery last weekend. Pours hazy bright yellow color with 2 finger foamy snow white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, fading on the slow side leaving OK spotty lacing.
Smells of fresh citrus hops and lemon zest, the Sorachi Ace jumps out, with grapefruit, tangerine, grapes, starfruit, orange, floral hops, herbs, light onion, caramel and some malt or grains, but it all comes back to the bursting citrus aroma. There is some kind of sweetness like fruity candy or some other fruit which I can’t distinguish, but this is basically a one sided aroma that’s all hops and very little malt.
Tastes like grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit, browning pineapple, citrus hops, yeast, bubblegum, floral hops, toasted grains, some mild spices, and then a complete change in direction after the beer washed over my tongue with it changing to a bready sweet taste like Frosted Flakes, some banana, peach, more citrus fruit, caramel and biscuit or bread dough. Really strange shift since the bitterness remains high from start to finish, and there are some light spices as it trails off for an interesting brew. Seems more like a half witbier or saison combined with an IPA for a pretty complex flavor profile that was much better balanced than the nose.
Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth a the same time, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a bitter aftertaste that is more grainy and sweet than hoppy, although the citrus hops and lemon do linger for a while before the sweet grainy taste remains.
The 2013 Tröegs Scratch Beer # 110 Session IPA was a much better session IPA and worthy of year round production, but this was a very interesting and enjoyable beer that I liked a lot and would definitely have again.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 02:15:26 | More by CHickman
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This was a hazy, pale golden color; it poured with medium sized fizzy head.
I smelled mild caramel and sugar cookies plus some faint herbal citrus. I tasted a scant caramel malt presence and a fairly potent aspirin bitterness.
Pretty tasty, but session strength IPAs aren't my thing.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 23:37:08 | More by DIM
3.59/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a light golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave some patchy foam on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is on the lighter side overall consisting of a blend of lighter fruits of a more tropical nature as well as some hop smells of grapefruit and some earth. Along with these smells are some faint whiffs of a floral aroma as well as a bit of a peach smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a light bready flavor mixed with some of the fruitiness that was detected in the nose. Some light hops of a more citrus nature are present from the start and are joined later by some flavors of an earthy and pine flavor. The fruit flavors lose ground as the taste moves onto the end with the bready taking on a more cracker like taste, which in the end leaves a light and crisp moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on rather light and thin with a carbonation level that is average. The thin body was what would be expected for a session, and while a little thicker body may have helped the hop flavors along a little, the average carbonation actually did well for the brew as opposed to the typical high carbonation of a more session style brew as it provided a nice calm base for the hops to be sensed.
Overall – A fairly decent session IPA. This one I think could be a runner for a Troegs year round session IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
06-29-2014 23:55:27 | More by Darkmagus82
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep golden hue and a nice two finger head on the pour. Head stays around and deposits big chunky full ring lacing on the glass. Big aromas on this one of passion fruit, white grape, citrus, earthy tones, and floral undertones. Bread notes greet you and break into citrusy notes with pine and a very floral earthy finish. Mouthfeel bursts with bright carbonation and then melds into a nice creamy feel with a clean finish. Great beer. Overall this aims to be a session IPA, and while session able lacks the complexity in the taste that the nose promises.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2014 02:06:11 | More by HopBomb515
Scratch Beer 142 - 2014 (IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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