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Scratch Beer 143 - 2014 (IPA) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 143 - 2014 (IPA)
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87
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23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
It appears as though our Scratch Beer Series has been overrun with India Pale Ales lately. From low ABV session-style IPAs and single hopped versions to intense, high IBU juggernauts and variations employing experimental hop varieties, there’s no arguing: IPAs are here to stay! This latest Scratch Beer offering unites four popular “C” hops – Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, and Crystal – to create a complex concoction so confident in its cacophony it’s convinced it could crack the IPA code. (OK, we got a little heavy on the alliteration there.) We recommend that you order a pint and soak in the sticky American hops we dumped into this batch. We promise to keep the poetic license to a minimum.

81 IBU.

(Beer added by: orangesol on 05-14-2014)
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Fine aroma of grapefruit rind and watermelon.

The bitterness is quick to the tongue but not overwhelming. The swallow and aftertaste is peppery, almost "hot". Moderate body with a mildly elevated level of carbonation. Long lingering bitterness after the swallow. No real malt taste throughout.

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A - Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a thick two finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of mildly toasted caramel malt, toffee, fresh grass, bit of pine resin, herbal hops and only a faintest whiff of tropical fruit skin. A little slow to develop but pretty nice once it does.

T - Starts off with a mix of oily herbal hops and caramel sweetness from the malt. Hints of pine, toffee, grass and a bit more fruit than the nose help to round things out. Finish is sweet with plenty of dryness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with plenty of vegetal and sweet malt clinging to the palate.

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The beer is served a slightly hazed orange 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 heaviest of pine hop smells mixed with notes of a caramel sweetness and a little bit of a bready base. Other hop smells of a light herbal and citrus nature are there as well, creating a more mild but pleasant smell none the less.

Taste – The taste begins with the caramel sweetness that was detected in the nose along with a more biscuit like flavor. Hops of an herbal and light citrus are present right from the start with the herbal fading some as the taste moves on, but being replaced by a grassy and pine hop taste. While a light fruit flavor of tangerine develops toward the middle, it as well as the caramel fade some from the taste toward the end, with all the transitions leaving a somewhat drier and more “green” hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

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T- Some of those tropical fruit flavors come through right away, cutting through the solid malt backbone. Pine and citrus round out the flavor and stay until the finish.

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Scratch Beer 143 - 2014 (IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.