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

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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yuenglingade

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-27-2014 22:20:44 | More by yuenglingade
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CHickman

New York

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
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ryan_celia

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-25-2014 15:48:29 | More by ryan_celia
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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
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77apm

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-22-2014 04:23:45 | More by 77apm
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chrishiker1409

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-21-2014 13:19:36 | More by chrishiker1409
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-21-2014 02:22:37 | More by JoeLaurito
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dbaraniak

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-11-2014 04:51:08 | More by dbaraniak
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-08-2014 22:03:52 | More by mdaschaf
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Jeremy0682

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

07-07-2014 01:17:25 | More by Jeremy0682
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-05-2014 23:22:11 | More by justintcoons
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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-04-2014 19:00:18 | More by firedwarftj
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-04-2014 00:14:03 | More by DrBier
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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
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LakerLeith

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-24-2014 11:18:13 | More by LakerLeith
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-19-2014 20:58:56 | More by DNICE555
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-15-2014 13:53:23 | More by JohneHoodlum
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allentownpaguy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-14-2014 00:42:57 | More by allentownpaguy
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robgage

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-12-2014 23:46:28 | More by robgage
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-08-2014 19:20:24 | More by Boone757
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-08-2014 12:31:37 | More by jpd7374
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-08-2014 11:03:40 | More by jbaker67
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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MenardMa

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-07-2014 15:33:08 | More by MenardMa
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HopBomb515

New Jersey

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