Scratch Beer 31 - 2010 (Citra Of Brotherly Love IPA) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 59
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rfgetz on 06-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Scratch 31, the brothers and the brewers decided to revisit one of our favorite sweet spots – IPA – and have some fun with hop flavors. Dubbed ‘Citra of Brotherly Love’ in honor of Philly Beer week, Scratch #31 has generous amounts of Apollo, Cascade and Citra hops. This is our first use of Citra hops, which is known for an intense grapefruit aroma and flavor. While showcasing the intense Citra flavor we added additional bitterness with Apollo and Chinook hops as well. Scratch #31 went through a bed of Chinook hops in the hopback and was dry-hopped with Cascade and Citra hops.
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Photo of adrock7309
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade. Poured the bottle into a pint glass.

Moderate head white with a peach tint. Receded quickly and left some nice lace on the sides of the glass. Color is bright apricot with some haze. Definitely not clear.

Smell is of aged hops - some orange peel. Some thistle and some heather flower honey.

Taste is heavy on the honey sweetness. Not a tremendous malt presence but plenty of citrus hops and good bitterness. Kind of reminds me of year old hopslam. Not sure when it was brewed but i think its best days are behind it

Good mouthfeel and drinkability is great (581 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Got this in a recent trade... Not sure when it was brewed but reading some reviews on it I figured now is the time to crack it. The pour is a beautiful golden color with a thin head on it that barely rises to a full finger high. There isn't mich retention after it forms a ring around the glass and the lacing is minimal.

S= Very pineappley. I can tell the hops are starting to fade away leaving behind a nice balance of hops and malt causing the semi sweet pineapple smell. There is a bit of grapefruit to it as well but mostly a nice pineapple smell that is pretty nice for a slightly aged IPA. It shows they payed a little attention to the malt backbone on this beer.

T= The taste isn't as nearly as faded as the nose was. Solid hop flavor that is just begining to fade away. It doesn't display as much malty sweetness to it either. Tons of citrus hop flavor instead of the pineapple flavor and the grapefruit comes bursting through. There is still a lot of hops.

M= Prickly and much more carbonated than the pour lead me to believe. Finishes semi sweet.

D= This beer has held up really really well. I'm not sure how old it is again. Loads of nice hop flavor and though the aroma is starting to fall a little. Thanks Kevin for the trade! (1,249 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Lightly hazed, golden kissed copper. A medium off-white slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves nice, intricate lace.

S-Even though there are signs of aging this one still packs a nice punch of bitter citrus rind and a touch of spiciness. Mild caramel malt sweetness adds support in the background.

T-While the Citra hops have faded a bit this one still packs a nice punch up front. Spicy notes become more prevalent with warming. Caramel malt sweetness is still secondary and does a good job balancing out the hop bill.

M-Medium-bodied sharp and crisp with long lasting hop bitterness. This one is still holding on well.

D-Despite a bit of age on this bottle it is still a good drinking hop forward brew. Certainly showing a touch of age but as with any well made beer it is admirably holding it's own. (807 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to StormKing47.

Pours light amber in color with a nice lasting white head. Not as clear as I'd like.

The aroma is a little faded but still good, with citrusy hops and a nice barleywinesque malt smell.

The flavor has sweet malt and faded citrus - tangerine and grapefruit - and resin notes. Definitely east coast style.

Good hop resins on the palate with medium-plus body and a tiny bit of syrupiness.

Pretty good IPA, maybe a little past prime but still enjoyable. (488 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scratch 31 pours a dark, hazy copper color with a pretty good amount of fast-moving carbonation bubbles. The head is about two fingers tall with a soapy look to it. The head has pretty good retention, and a thin ring of it remains on top of the beer the entire time that I am drinking it. The lacing comes in sheets, covering up most of the glass.

The aroma is very good. A good amount of fruity hops, with an emphasis on grapefruit and a balancing malt body.

Scratch 31 is a little tamer than the aroma would suggest, and a lot tamer than my experience with the other scratch ipas/iipas lead me to expect. Up front is a blast of pure fruit, with grapefruit and orange headlining. The fruit flavors come with just a bit of bitterness, but that quickly fades into a lightly toasted, biscuit-like malt base that is as powerful as the hops. A little bit of bitterness pokes its head up again in the finish, along with a resinous flavor.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe a tad light on the body.

Scratch 31 is a drinkable IPA with pretty good balance. I have to admit that I liked the other Scratch IPA better though. Honestly, this beer isn't old, but if I tried this the week it came out I might like it a bit better. (1,222 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go out to bjspicer (Brian) for an awesome box of Scratch beers! Thought I'd give this one a go right away as I want to get the hops as fresh as I can. I'm sure this has already faded a tad, as this is #31 and they are currently pushing out #35, but we'll see how it goes.

12oz bottle poured into a conical pint glass. Pours a very cloudy dark orange with a large foamy off-white head on top. Excellent retention on this one. Leaves lots of sticky globs of lace behind. I imagine the nose on this one fresh was standout, but it has since faded, I'm afraid. There's still some minor citrus tones, but it's not as powerful as I can only imagine it was. Orange zest, and lemon faintly.

The mouth still retains a firm feel. Carbonation level is good for the style. Not too much, but enough to keep it lively. This is actually a pretty filling beer. The hops have definitely taken a hit in the freshness dept, but this is still pretty good. I'm getting lots of sweet tangerine, mango, and orange. Sweet finish. Bitterness is pretty low now.

I think this beer would have been stellar fresh, still though, however many months later this is, this is still a really good beer. Thanks again, Brian. Killer trade. (1,219 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at The City Tap House during Philly Beer Week 2010, just found some old notes.

Citra looks nice with a mix consisting of orange and a tangerine color with a white ivory head. Spots of lace here and there, not super clingy.

Well Citra makes a mark in the fruit department with a mix of mango, tangerine, orange and some sweet malts backing in there. Comes off with a hit of sugar. Coming from troegs Im glad to see not a huge abundance of pine here.

A nice amount of hops giving off exactly what I just mentioned above in the tropic fruit dept. I do get alot of tangerine quality in this, some pineapple as well. It's a nice IPA.

M- A bit lighter than medium but it feels lighter than that for some reason, it really glides down quite easy. A nice bitterness and afterwards medium sized carb singes the tounge a bit.

D- Could do a few of these. I liked this, I dont love it but Citra is a solid example of the style using this new hop variety, one that I'll be looking more of in the future. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange with a bit of caramel coloring. Nice white head. Aroma is overflowing with bright citrus hops. Some grapefruit zest and a cornucopia of other citrus notes. Taste is quite similar along with a nice, biting bitterness. A little bit of tropical mango and other fruits here as well. Mouthfeel is dry and well carbonated. Super easy drinking and something I really wish they'd' turn into a year round beer. Troegs needs a full-time IPA, right? (460 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to akorsak for this.

Pours a hazed golden honey color with a slightly off white creamy head with nice retention and light lacing. Pleasant aroma of mild citrus hops, grapefruit and pineapple, with a light malt presence; slight rubbing alcohol note in the finish. Strong malt backbone that is dominated throughout by a pleasant one dimensional mildly sweet citrus hop bitterness. Medium thick with light carbonation, very smooth with a long wet finish. An enjoyable, smooth IPA, but nothing remarkable. (523 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ahh the perfect beer to start off my afternoon bbq. i had been dying to try this one for a while an had been staring at it aimlessly in my fridge for what seemed like forever now. served cold an poured into a pint glass, this one was consume on 09/05/2010.

really nice pour with a thick amber color and a light haze to the color. a small head of white covers the top of the glass and leaves a decent amount of lacing in its wake.

aroma is deep fruity hops. lots of nice touches of orange and rich tangerine are all over the nose on this one. even warming brings out pineapple and lots of fresh fruit. this carries over perfectly into the flavor which is loaded down with loads of fresh fruit notes, orange, apples, pineapples, just juciy fresh hops. brilliant i have to say. each sip does not dissapoint as the flavor seems to get sweet and bigger with each sip. nice light dryness and sweet malts in the finish and warm and fuzzy feeling once you are done.

overall as solid of an ipa as you could ask for. (1,010 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review #750

Thanks much from StormKing47 & Stakem for generously sending a bottle of this my way. Drank from my Surly AHA Tally pint glass while grilling and listening to TOOL.

Appearance- Pours a lightly hazy orange yellow with a small half finger bright white head. A thin collar and spotty cap remain along with a touch of spotty lacing here and there.
Smell- Fairly fruity smelling with a tropical sort of theme going on. Mango, orange peel and a touch of pineapple peak through. Plenty of malt as well (unfortunate) with a lightly sweet smelling undertone of caramel and toffee.
Taste- Again very fruity with a tropical thing going on with a fair amount of pineapple, peach and mango. Too much going on to really be able to nail down the Citra specifically. Although bitter, there is an underlying sweetness from the fairly sturdy malt. Somewhat toffeeish and somewhat toasted. It's a weird combo I don't like that much. The finish is fruity with a super light tinge of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body with an aggressive bite of carbonation.
Drinkability- This beer pretty much tastes like Kern River Citra and I wasn't the biggest fan of that. I don't know who came up with this sort of 'style' but I don't like them. I wish someone would just come out with a nice west coast IPA using an assload of Citra. Thanks much gents! (1,339 characters)

Photo of naproxen
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to number1bum for this one, I was really looking forward to continuing the scratch series.

As far as appearances go, there are no complaints. The hue is on the fairer end of the spectrum, hazy gold with decent head and lacing.

And then it goes downhill. Maybe citra is not a hop that holds up well, and I'm not one to age IPA's but at only a month or two old I expected more. The nose is rotten grapefruit and a hint of booze and nothing else worth writing home about.

It tastes pretty much as the nose advertised. The malts come through only because the hops have faded, not because they are meant to shine. It finishes dry, leaving a not-so-fresh bitter citric twang in the back of the throat.

I wish I had this one earlier, maybe something about my bottles wasn't meant to be as other reviews only a few days younger are much more glowing. Drink em if you got em I guess. (892 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this one. Big thanks to Deuane for the bottle.

Pour is a sort of hazy golden, with about a finger of rich white foam. Head doesn't retain for long, but there's some fantastic lacing stuck to the glass.

Huge citric nose. Smells like fresh orange juice, grapefruit rind, pineapple, and tangerine. Definitely a tropical fruit vibe. Some caramel malt sweetness rounds it out.

Flavor follows, though not quite as robust as the aroma. Great citric flavor, just looking for a little more. Nice balancing caramel sweetness. Very, very little bitterness, all in the finish.

Medium-bodied. Decent coating. The little bitterness in the finish lasts for a while, along with a citric sweetness. Very crisp. Carbonation seems perfect.

Very, very easy drinker, thanks in part to the low level of bitterness. I wanted more bitterness out of this one, but it still goes down like water. Very hard to believe the ABV is over 7%. Reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted in that aspect. Very glad I got to try this one. (1,018 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sending this one to me in our recent trade.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden color with a thin creamy head that leaves some great streaks of lacing.

S: A very nice grapefruit and pineapple aroma that is very potent. Not much in the way of malt or pine, but what is there is very good.

T: There is a nice tropical fruit and grapefruit favor, but not quite as pungent as the nose. Very little bitterness, which is surprising. It really only shows up on the very end of the finish.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is a nice and easy to drink IPA. It doesn't quite have the bitterness that I look for in the style, but good otherwise. (697 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a nonic pint glass.

Orange-hued amber with a beautiful head that leaves a beautiful delicate and full laced pattern all over the sides of the glass. Tiny streams of carbonation bubble up from nucleation points all over the glass.

Aromas are of tangerine, apricot, and orange zest, predominantly. There is a great musty bitterness that really rounds out the bouquet. The palate is a touch disappointing after the citrusy explosion in the nose. Early on, the citrus is very muted. There is a biting bitterness in the finish, that is rounded out by a sweet tangerine note.

Nicely carbonated, but maybe a touch watery for my tastes. Citra hops continue to grow on me, and I really enjoy the stonefruit and citrus that they bring to the table. However, they fall a bit short here for me, as the intensity isn't what I'd like. (848 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, moderately dark, amber/orange with a 2-finger white head that falls to a cover leaving some nice lace.
The smell is mild citrus hops and sweet malt.
The taste is similar to the aroma and bitterness starts about half-way and through the swallow. I think the hops are starting to fade by now so that it's fairly balanced at this point. I get a light alcohol taste but it's of very little consequence.
Mouthfeel is medium tending toward light and carbonation is moderate & fading towards the end of the glass.
Drinkability: If the Citra hops were more prevalent then I would give it high marks even with the 7% ABV. It's still good and another nice beer in the Scratch series, I'm glad that I've been able to try as many of these as I have. (751 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken back at the beginning of June.

On tap in the tasting room at the brewery, this brew was served in a pint glass. Scratch 31 appears a hazed orange color with a thin whisp of off white head. Lace clings in spots all about the glassware. The aroma of this brew is very citrus forward with notes of orange and grapefruit from the hops with some malty backing. Pleasant citrus hop flavor with a low key bitterness that blends with a caramel-like sweetness from the malt. Medium bodied brew with a mild level of carbonation. This is very drinkable to say the least. The alcohol becomes increasingly evident in both flavor an warmth as it comes to room temperature. (683 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Ale Glass, the beer is a cloudy orange-y amber color. There's about an inch worth of quickly disappearing white foamy head sitting atop the brew. Lacing is soapy and sticky.

Smell: Citrus with a nice malt backbone. Reminds me of under-ripe grapefruit and orange rind.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, but with a bit of booziness thrown in. There's a pretty solid malt backbone, and the hops add some grapefruit and orange. Not overly complex, but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, but the body is a bit thin. I was expecting it to be a bit thicker.

Drinkability: A tasty IPA. Has some good, clean flavor and goes down smooth and easy. There are bigger hop bombs out there, but this one is hitting the spot for me. Try it if you can. (801 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stakem for sending this one out! Always excited for the new scratch beers!

Poured into Bells snifter

Pours a small layer of off-white head that fades down quickly. Left some sticky rings though. Color is a very hazy burnt mango orange.

Aroma: Lots of great fruit flavors here. Mangoes, grapefruit, pineapple. A good amount of fresh hops as well. A slight touch of malt shoes.

Taste: Again, a lot of fresh fruits. Reminds me a bit of CITRA. The mangoes and grapefruit kind of blend to here. The hops show again, but with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and crisp. A medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation. Ends dry and hoppy.

Overall, another solid offering from the scratch series. Reminded me a bit of citra, but not quite that level. Fairly drinkable. (785 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with StormKing47 thanks Josh!

Appearance: Pours a pale transparent gold with a frothy 2 finger crown that shows decent retention and nice lace.

Smell: Tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, lime, light amount of caramel malt, as well as a bready note.

Taste: Much more malt presence than I would have expected considering the use of citra hops. I prefer my citrus hops to shine rather than combine with a lightly sweet malt that gives off more of a honey dew meets cantaloupe flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: An easy mouthfeel and a pretty balanced CITRA ipa. (643 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a bright orange/amber, the slightest bit of haze, with two solid fingers of tight, sudsy, lily-white head.

Smell -- Citra hops in effect! BIG pineapple, peach, and apricot along with caramel malt and vanilla. Very aromatic.

Taste -- Quite sweet. Lots of pineapple and apricot, some tropical fruitiness and citrus. Malts are sweet and caramelized overall. Some moderate hop bitterness toward the finish along with a splash of fusel alcohol.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with mild prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- When I first tried this beer, I wasn't impressed. But the second bottle I popped really had it going on. One of the best hop aromas on an IPA; never smelled anything fruitier. Lots of pineapple and apricot, but there's still some strong hop bitterness in the back end. I don't know if I'd be one to drink single-hopped Citra IPA's on a regular basis, but this is certainly a noble offering from Tröegs and their Scratch Series.

Notes: This paired exceptionally well with spicy Pad Thai. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Hoescheg
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orangy copper look, some hints of amber. Creamy white head that goes away quickly.

S: Very hoppy aroma, some citrus, maybe grapefruit. Some sweet smell is also lingering in there.

T: Matching the smell, up front hoppiness that melts away to some sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Does not linger very long.

M/D: Smooth, and light. Very easy to drink. Not over carbonated. (384 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to ClockworkOrange and Deuane for hooking us NEPA folk out with this one.

Pours a hazed orange amber color with a creamy two fingers of ivory head. Keeps a pretty good lace, thin but full, with some lacing on the sides too.

Smell is certainly citrusy, with some lemon zest and grapefruit rind. A nice juicy quality to the grapefruit as well. Also has a biscuit and caramel malt base to it, with a good amount of complementary sweetness. Very appealing IPA nose.

Taste also has some nice citrus flavor, very grapefruity, with a pithy, quite bitter flavor to it. Some sweet juiciness as well, with which some caramel malt plays nicely. The juicy sweetness is more reminiscent than orange than grapefruit. A good smack of lingering bitterness hangs around for awhile.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy, with a soft, oily feel to it. Good carbonation as well, and the bitterness contributes to a pretty clean, snappy finish.

This is a nice IPA here from Troegs. I can't recall exactly but I don't seem to remember being all that enthralled with the previous IPAs that they did as part of the Scratch series. To my recollection this is the one I've enjoyed most, and I definitely like this Citra hop strain. A nice IPA that's worth trying to get your hands on. (1,264 characters)

Photo of sculls65
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a hazy gold with white head, which does not linger.
Smell is a mouth-watering hoppy bouquet of pine and citrus featuring grapefruit pineapple and some other tropicals. The taste follows the smell with hops dominating the flavor but theres a malty base that keeps the bitterness in check to where you just want to keep drinking. Mouthfeel is smooth and not too dry. Could drink these all night. This beer rivals Bells Two Hearted and Founders Centennial two of my go to IPA's to the point where im left wanting more than the 6'er i was able to get at the brewery. Hopeful they put this one out on a regular basis. (626 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ommegang snifter glass. Pours a pale golden...that appears to be quite hazy once fully poured. The head is thick and solid white. Very frothy...and deletes to a nice surface of cream and wonderful lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is excelent! Loads of hops, all different hops! Some sweet notes emerge...including fruit, possibly pear and grapefruit?

Flavor is very good! Troegs is making stellar beers now'a days. Beer after beer is delicious. Very crisp and carbonated, light to medium mouthfeel. Booze is light, but drinks closer to a DIPA. Malty mouthfeel, full ripe fruits, big time hop variety. A very tasty IPA! (654 characters)

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Scratch Beer 31 - 2010 (Citra Of Brotherly Love IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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