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Scratch Beer 142 - 2014 (IPA) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
In our recent quest to attain what we feel is the perfect session beer, our team of brewers has been working tirelessly on calculating just the right equation to yield a flawless balance of hop aroma, flavor, bitterness, and malt sweetness. Each new session IPA in our Scratch Beer Series brings us one step closer to reaching “session beer Zen.” Scratch #142 blends a combination of American hops to create an elaborate palate of citrus fruit, pine, dried herbs, and earthy notes. To enhance the aroma, we further dry-hopped with Japanese Sorachi Ace and German Hallertau Blanc to impart a fresh, invigorating fragrance with hints of passionfruit, grape, pineapple, lemongrass, and fresh cut flowers. Thirsty yet?

49 IBU.

(Beer added by: orangesol on 05-09-2014)
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Reviews by DIM:
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3.5/5  rDev -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.

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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.

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12 oz. bottled gifted from Dr. Chups, unknown bottling date, drank over 30 minutes out of my NEBCO large bottom snifter glass:

A: 3/3 - yellow-golden coloration, slight hop haze (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white head settles into a retained glass lacing, moderate carbonation for style

S: 7/12 - mild citrus hop aroma - grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine - don't get much Sorachi Ace or Hallertau Blanch character; some pale malt character and light background some alcohol

T: 12/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a slight bitterness that is quickly followed by citrus hop flavors; there is a moderate biscuit/cracker character that dries out the citrus; some mild alcohol and a slight sweetness but dry and inviting of each sips

M: 3/5 - light-to-moderate bodied with high drinkability; moderate carbonation; just wish that there was more hop presence in the mouthfeel

O: 6/10 - decent session IPA/APA; shines more in the flavor than aroma and would definitely be pushed to the next level with more hop aroma/flavor from late kettle/dry hop additions; thanks, Chups, for the ops nonetheless

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Scratch Beer 142 - 2014 (IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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