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Scratch Beer 20 - 2009 - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Scratch #20 has been dubbed Apollo Imperial Ale because of our experimentation with a new hop variety. Apollo hops are high alpha acid with an intense aroma. Married with other high alpha hops, with almost two pounds of hops added per barrel produced, AIA has an intense staying power in the back of the throat. After a long discussion between Chris, John and the brewers, they dubbed this hop flavor stinky grapefruit with a hint of perfume. The dark color might lead you to believe the some malt may shine through; but no, the hops are the true player in this ale. Scratch #20 serves a dual purpose since it will also appear as The Drafting Room’s Anniversary Ale for 2009. We brewed a bit more to serve the brewery and The Drafting Room, but get it while you can.

(Beer added by: ffejherb on 06-18-2009)
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Reviews by jackorain:
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear copper color and is topped with a dense white head. Head falls rather slowly but leave little behind in the way of lace.

Beautiful aroma of pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit and green hops. Some biscuit and caramel malt pokes through in the end.

Taste is wonderful, mimicking the aroam with a nice sweetness in the middle, bitterness strikes back in the finish and lingers quite a while.

Medium body, creamy mouthfeel balanced by a zingy, tingly carboantion.

Really drinkable, a phenomal beer this one should be a added to the full time line-up.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 01:14:08 | More by jackorain
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

03-04-2013 02:01:22 | More by t0rin0
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3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First and foremost, this rating is based on how this one is drinking right now, not in the past.

Another old Scratch Beer ticked off the list. Yet again, big thanks to Deuane for giving me one of these to try.

A - Pours murky burnt orange with a decent one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving very light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of intense caramel, toffee and brown sugar sweetness throughout. Some hints of faded citric hops and fruit creep in at times but this one is all sweetness now. A surprising amount of alcohol is still present.

T - Starts off with a ton of sweetness - flavors are similar to the nose - slowly giving way to hints of toasted bread, some minerals and the faintest hints of hop bitterness. Finish retains quite a bit of sweetness and the booze creeps in at the end of each sip, lingering on the pallet long after the finish. Those hops are long gone in this one.

M - Medium body with lots of sweet flavors and moderate carbonation. The booze is still surprisingly strong for being almost three years old.

O - This one is obviously past its prime but it isn't undrinkable. Glad I got to try it but if you have one of these sitting around it isn't getting any better, drink it sooner rather than later.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 00:30:29 | More by orangesol
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-22-2012 20:29:33 | More by augie
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-15-2011 03:33:06 | More by Khazadum
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-15-2011 03:22:03 | More by Gonzoillini
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5/5  rDev +22%

11-16-2011 14:20:00 | More by sideshowe
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3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Greg for this one.

A: The beer pours an amber in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Not too much intensity left to the hop character. A bit of sweet pineapple aroma and some brown sugar and caramel malts. Light citrus notes in the background, as well as a light pine.

T: The flavor leans toward the sweet side with plenty of bread and caramel. Bitter pine and light grass qualities. Not much of the tropical fruit/pineapple that I picked up on the nose. Also not quite as enjoyable as the nose.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Hasn't held up very well, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 06:22:14 | More by womencantsail
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forgot about this one in the back of the fridge behind some moldy unidentifiable tupper wear item.

Semi rigorous pour, being careful not to allow the bottle chunks to creep into the glass...although not completely successful.
Color is a hazey pale amber. an inch of tan head. Slow to recede, leaving assorted bubble islands and thin, yet sticky lace coverage.
Buttery sweet aroma, juicy malt and hops still going strong. I smells like beer candy.

Large dose of malt in flavor, following the buttery sweet aroma lines. Hops provide a strong presence with pine and hempy bitters. I cant imagine what this would have been like fresh. Mild warming. Sweetness in kept in check midway through as hops begin to dominate. Yet it finishes fairly clean with a pairing of malt and hops lingering, a little dry.
Crisp clean mouthfeel.
Amazing brew for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 17:44:30 | More by Buebie
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy dark caramel, near brown with a qauter inch of foamy white head. Good lacing left behind

S: A slight soapy hop aroma, no bitterness or citrus notes. A decent amount of caramel malt sweetness in the background

T: Mostly caramel malt sweetness with only a touch of hops in the background. It is not totally offensive but not really what i am looking for in a DIPA

M: A very nice creaminess and body. No heat or harsh tones

D: I would have liked to try this one a bit fresher as the hops are non existant.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 20:51:18 | More by mikey711
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South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Thanks, ffejherb!

Orange-amber pour with a finger of off-white foam. Retention is good and sticks nicely.

Sweet caramel malt and citric hop aroma. The citric component smells mostly like orange.

Sweet malty flavor up front transitions into a very pleasant bittering hop kick.

Medium body. Soft carbonation makes for a very smooth drinker. Not overly bitter, so it's a very easy drinker. Nice East Coast DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 21:51:16 | More by Gyle41386
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hophead101 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden amberish color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, slight citrus note, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, nice little malt note, with some citrus, caramel. Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter/dry. Drinkable, this is a very nice IPA, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 20:30:07 | More by Wasatch
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with tanger. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a yeasty orange color with a skim coat of cream colored foam which falls immediately to just a nice collar with a hint of lacing left behind as the beer level descends into the bottom of the glass. Lots of particles in suspension in this beer. Note: it was a pretty vigorous pour with no regard to leaving yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

S - Hoppy - citrusy mainly with some grassiness and tropical fruitiness. Some sweet malt in the background to round things out, caramel, yeastiness.

T - Taste follows the aroma with a little more dimension. Lots of hop flavor and character. Hops are spicy, citrusy and fruity. Grapefruit, oranges, mangos, pineapple. A good bitter bite - sharp and crisp. Caramel and sweet malt keep this beer balanced - although solidly on the hops side. Very good.

M - Full bodied, firm and thick on the tongue. Carbonation is medium, a bit higher than typical for a DIPA, but works for me in this one. Helps push the bitterness to the forefront. Flavors fill the mouth as malty aspects coat the mouth and carry the bitter hops with it. Leaves a tingly feeling in the mouth after the swallow.

D - Only 7% alcohol...not very high for an imperial. Doesn't make it's presence known in the flavor either. Tons of hop flavor and plenty of malt to balance. Very nice DIPA. More balanced than most west coast examples of this style, which I love, but this one stands up on its own apart from that model. Too bad this one is limited. Could go for more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 21:58:21 | More by portia99
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Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from mikereaser courtesy of the Local Goods BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, floral hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced and starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a good strong but not over-powering hops bitterness that comes in next along with a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet. It seems a lot like a less hoppy Nugget Nectar.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 03:10:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown with tints of amber. Silky beige head displays very nice retention and a sticky lace.

Nose has citrus and piney hops over sweet malts, caramel and toffee.

Taste has fruity hops up front followed by bready malts and carmelized candies.

Medium body is nicely carbonated. Tasty stuff, a bit bit stale, but still drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:45:26 | More by rye726
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark orange body, topped by four fingers of off-white level foam.

Aggressive pine aroma, with some grapefruit and caamel in the mix.

Rich caramel base foundation. Bitter, earthy, and juicy hops arise and tingle.

Firm full mouthfeel, almost chewy.

Drinkable? Had a case and want more.

Another hoppy gem from Harrisburg.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 05:39:16 | More by RonfromJersey
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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this one.

A: Pours your standard DIPA golden orange. Nice tall creamy white head. Good retention and some lace.

S: Tons and tons of pine in the aroma, subtle caramel and a touch of biscuit malt. Mostly resinous pine though.

T: Pine up front nice and sweet when paired with the malt. Cutting citrus pushes through in the center. The center has a touch of floral hops and a bit of soap.

M: On the fuller side of medium. Very thick on the tongue.

D: Not too bad. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2009 21:46:26 | More by tpd975
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Entered this review last week but it was lost in the recent server crash. Trying to recreate as best I can. Got this one from krisandajt. Thank you Joe!

Pour was a very cloudy amber color; definitley unfiltered. Good retention and stick.

Smell was full of grapefruit pith and earthy, "dirty" hops. Stick, sappy, and somewhat stinky. Very resiny.

Flavor was like the smell. Somewhat "dirty" hop flavor, very earthy, sticky pine, grapefruit pith. Good bitterness. Some nice sweetness to balance. Not an overwhelming DIPA in terms of hoppiness, but nice balance and a nice hop bill.

Mouthfeel was very oily and creamy; very smooth on the palate. This was a very tasty and very drinkable DIPA. Another good one from the Scratch series.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:01:41 | More by number1bum
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for throwing this want in with my growler for growling.

Bottle poured into a snifter produced a two finger white head that trailed of to a nice lace. The body of the brew was a cloudy apricot in color.

I got a nice citrus hoppy aroma from the glass as I put it to my lips. Sweet malts then followed by a nice citrus bitter with a slight pine flavor in the finish. A great medium feel in my mouth with great carbonation

This is a great brew and an easy to drink DIPA. Finished the glass with no problem and left wanting for more. Great job Tröegs another fine scratch brew

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 19:51:10 | More by joepais
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this bottle from chcfan. Thanks Chris!

Pours a cloudy light amber color with a half finger off white head with decent retention and some nice stringy lacing.

The aroma is floral hops, with a strong malt backbone. The hops are the focal point here for sure, but the malt backbone gives this a near (fresh and hoppy) barleywine like taste.

Taste is again, very floral and tropical. I get grapefruits and mangos. Again, there is a strong caramel malt backbone that gives this an excellent balance. Towards the end, more earthy hops come out, and the lingering bitterness definitely leans towards the piney side of things.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly higher than I would have liked carbonation, but thats nit-picking. It's pretty smooth with a slight bite, and a nice lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is pretty good in this one. Troegs has made another well crafted brew. If this were available in my area, and cheap, I could see this becoming a regular in my fridge for sure.

Thanks Chris for the chance to try this brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 03:27:41 | More by Mistofminn
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to KnightRider on BA, labeled as "Troegs Scratch 20."

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one-finger off-white head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is citrusy hops - the description of "stinky grapefruit" fits it well - and just a hint of caramel malt.

T - Lots of grapefruity and floral hops, resin, and some caramel malt. Light fruit notes also present. Age has apparently not harmed this beer much - it's still very good and hoppy.

M - Body is medium and palate is resinous with prickly carbonation.

D - Pretty high for an IPA. This is another good one from Troegs, makes me proud of my hometown brewers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 17:20:07 | More by nickd717
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2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle compliments of the ever generous akorsak, thanks Adam.

Pours a murky orange amber with a solid, thick 1 finger white head, and sparse lacing. Aroma is weak on the hop end, mild pine notes, hints of spice, and sweet malt. The hops have sailed on this one.

Caramel malt forward, I do like the malt bill on this one. Definite East Coast, sweet, almost hints at a rye, but that could be the remnants of hops. Slightly grassy, only mild citric notes remain. Bitterness remains where the flavor should be, slight aspirin bitterness. A touch of alcohol burn. Finish is actually slightly dry for such a malty DIPA. Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Meh, I am sure this was good fresh, but the hops faded big time. All in all, a pleasant brew-I haven't had a Troegs Scratch beer that I didn't like. This one tasted more like a Pale Ale with a bigger alcohol kick.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 01:55:25 | More by eyncognito
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 5/09.

pours deep fiery reddish orange wht just a touch of haze. a small dense yellowish tan head forms, dropping fairly fast with lots of spotty lace.

aroma is good. bit of alcohol. pine and grapefruit. rye bread. biscuit. light toasty character. actually, multi-grain than rye bread. bit of orange and tangerine. light dark caramel.

taste is nice. caramel. bit of alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. pine and grapefruit. light orange. bit of citrus peel. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. slightly over medium body. very fine carbonation, just below medium level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth. nice malt and hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 15:01:29 | More by grub
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2.33/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Received as an extra at some point. Thanks. Consumed on 9/16/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer pours dark orange/light amber with a small white head that quickly recedes. There's quite a bit of appearance here and other qualities that a person can observe if he happens to take a look and see. Take my word for it.

The nose is caramel with a bit 'o grapefruit. There's some metallic character beneath, as well as floral and medicinal notes. Is that cardboard?

My first impression of the flavor is that it's unpleasant. There's an immediate bitter attack without any hop flavor to back it up. What does back it up are medicinal notes and some caramel malt sweetness. That's not the sort of backup I'd call for if I were the hop bitterness. There's no salvaging this. A little pine resin is apparent. I hope my drain thirsts

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 03:37:17 | More by HopHead84
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3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle. Have I ever mentioned that I love having Tröegs right down the street.

A: The IPA is a muted orange hue, a bright amber color even with the haze. A dense head with an eggshell white color has laced around the top of the glass.

S: The nose isn't too inspiring, a little hoppy with a murky malt-hop intersection that suggests hops past their prime. That's sad because the bottle I had a few weeks back was still rocking.

T: The caramel malts stand out, both in the head and in the first sip. Behind the malts, an undefined sweetness lingers. Part hop, part something else, it is a last vestige of this great ale. It retains enough life to fill me with memories. The ale still retains a solid flavor, malt-driven this time around.

M: The malts standout with a caramel sweetness although there is a nice hop undertone that refuses to die.

D: My recommendation is to take a time machine back four months and try this on-tap. A gorgeous IPA then, a decent one now. I'm gonna have to try my remaining bottles soon and hope to find one gem.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 01:01:32 | More by akorsak
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Scratch Beer 20 - 2009 from Tröegs Brewing Company
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