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Scratch Beer 35 - 2010 (Fresh Hop Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

As the codename implies, the main flavor in Scratch #35 is a 100 pounds of fresh Citra hops. This year’s Oregon hop harvest took place in mid-September and we received the freshest, wettest Citra hops right off the vine. Opening the boxes of fresh hops, we were blown away at the strength and color of this Oregonian green gold. Our hopback was not large enough to accommodate all the hops so we added them to the lauter tun and ran the hot wort through the hops. Pouring a cloudy gold-orange color, Scratch #35 yields an arresting blend of ripe orange and grapefruit aromas with just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness imparted by the honey. Kettle additions of Amarillo and Palisade hops nicely complement the fresh hops. As this beer is a celebration of hops at their freshest, drink this one as soon as possible for maximum enjoyment.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: Deuane on 10-07-2010)
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Reviews by boralyl:
Photo of boralyl
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a pint glass it produces a 1/2 inch of creamy white head. It has pretty good retention leaving some light lacing. The beer is mostly clear and light golden orange in color with visible carbonation.

S - The aroma is full of Citra goodness. The Citra hops produce a citrus and orange aroma.

M - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. It's got a nice creamy feel to it.

T - This beer benefits from warming up a little bit to showcase all of the juicy hops. Citrus and orange are most prominent with some lemon notes. The malts present provide a semi sweet backbone to balance out the hops. It's got a nice grapefruit finish with a perfect bitterness.

This beer is extremely drinkable and refreshing. It's got a lighter feel but with a ton of flavor. The abv on this one is pretty high at 7.2 so it can catch up on you quick. This was one of the stand outs in the Scratch series as of late.

boralyl, Oct 13, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to StormKing47 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the pine and resin with some biscuit malt also present.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma. In addition to some pine, resin and biscuit flavors, I get some orange citrus mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Nothing special, but a very solid IPA.

Mora2000, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice golden color and 2 fingers of fluffy white head on this fresh hop IPA. Great citrus hop aroma, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest. Wow, taste is insanely good! Citra hops burst in your mouth, wonderful juiciness to this beer, extremely fresh tasting (duh). Sweet, but in a natural way. A well-carbonated, medium bodied ale that is very refreshing and ridiculously drinkable.

Another knock out in the Scratch Series from the guys at Troegs.

prdstmnky, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to StormKing47.

Great clear golden pour with a two-finger white head and good lacing.

The aroma is not too hoppy, but still good. Sweet honey malts along with floral and citrusy hops.

The flavor is great - pale and caramel malts and honey notes, floral and citrusy hops with slight grapefruit and also some pineapple.

Medium body with hop resins eating at the palate. Average carbonation.

Great fresh hop beer overall. I don't think this will age well, so drink it soon if you can!

nickd717, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, effervescent gold, topped with a finger of rich bright-white frothy head. This stays VERY rich, retaining nicely, with a flare-up that gets this back up to a solid near finger and drenching the sides with creamy and spotty lacing. The aroma is floral with some dank herbal tones and bright smelling earthy citric character. The bready sweetness of malts mixes in to give this a dirty tanginess in the nose.

The taste is bitter with pine, citrus peel and dry earthy pith. The hops are balanced with sticky malt notes of bread and caramel with herbal flavors that hang on the edges. This finishes with dirt and earth that lingers hard, as well as with some leftover citric twang. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft creaminess in the mouth that is very slick feeling at times. This could actually maybe use a bit more crispness. Some light warmth comes out towards the backend but it's no too bad overall.

This was good. Bright bitter citrus flavors with a danky edge to it that are well balanced by a solid malt presence and a herbal and slick feeling body that keeps this creamy in the mouth. Maybe just a tad too much warmth but this still drank solidly for the bitterness that was involved. Another well done Scratch entry here.

Kegatron, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to crashdavisinoh for sending me this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, citrus hop, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. This one was a little old for the style but the malt backbone was very strong and flavorful. The hops were still present at the time of consumption though. Pretty good aroma going on here as well. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and you should try to as well even with some age on it.

thagr81us, May 04, 2011
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice gold body witrh a nice white head with a nice lace.

S- Smell of hops and citrus notes very floral scent.

T- A nice fresh hop bite very citrus fruity notes.

M- semi dry light malty feel and with fruit notes all over the pallet.

D- Very good beer should a year round beer. Maybe it will he he.

Cheers...

SamuelJackson45, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from the brewery.

A: The india pale ale has the golden light brown color of a bold DIPA with a shroud of haze throughout. Two and a half fingers of white head have left thin wispy patches all around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is a lush mix of grapefruit and fresh oranges. The citra, dry-hopped to the nth degree, is an inspired hop that really leaves its mark. It goes so far as to overpower the IPA's standard hop and malt bill.

T: The strength of the IPA can't be denied, but man the citra does an admirable job of covering it up. The fresh hops are rich and strong, able to drive the flavor with ease. Citrus, grapefruity and orangey, is oily with a nice dose of black pepper midway through. Underneath the citra layer, pale malts frolic contentedly. The star of the show is the hoppiness; what a powerful finish!

M: The mouthfeel, peppery and citrusy, has just a little bit of heat to it. Very lively, the overabundance of hops makes the ale zing.

D: Delicious! A bold IPA (listed as an APA when I first reviewed the growler) that glosses over most of its intense booziness.

akorsak, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange in color, with a soapy off-white head that dissipates to a grouping of medium bubbles. Little bit of lacing.

Smell is nice light citrus and tropical fruits. Slight malts and a hint of sweetness.

Taste is much more intense. Loads of tropical fruits; mango, a little pineapple, and papaya. More so is a massive grapefruit taste. There is a pleasant malt backbone, rounding this out nicely.

The feel is a bit creamy, and slick. Carbonation is good and overall body is resting in between light and pushing medium.

Solid drinkability. May not look the greatest, and the aroma may be a bit lackluster, but overall, this is great....especially for a "failed attempt". :)

EgadBananas, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. Released 10/7/10, reviewed on 10/27. Bottle to pint glass. $4.00 for the single.

A: One finger of creamy white head sits with decent retention above a cloudy, golden orange body. Medium saturation with a transparency around 80%. Lacing is good to excellent.

S: I love Citra, and I love that Tröegs uses 100 pounds of fresh, wet Citra hops for this beer. The nose is bursting with citrus, and while the aroma is good, it isn't nearly as impressive as I expected it to be. Maybe the kettle additions of Amarillo and Palisade interfered with the beauty of pure Citra? (Maybe not also but) Its my opinion that Citra does not need the support of any other aroma-type cultivars. Light fusels are detectable.

T: The flavor is slightly better than the nose suggested. Extremely citrusy and juicy. However, the caramel malt backbone seems to be firmer than needed, and it detracts from the hop presence. While grapefruit dominated the nose, clementine and peach are at the pinnacle of flavor, piquing midpalate, and then returning to grapefruit for a bitter finish.

M: Above average bitterness is countered by succulent fruitiness and a honey infused sweetness. The texture is extremely lush and smooth and compliments the fullness of the body as well as the creaminess of the carbonation.

D: Very good overall but I think Tröegs most successful use of Citra hops thus far has been Scratch 31. If it wasn't blasphemous to dry-hop a wet-hopped ale, I would have suggested doing that as a possible improvement.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

finally able to track this one down i was thrilled to be able to pour it into a glass last night. served chilled.

the pour was a nice and lively light amber that had a head of about two inches that quickly faded as time went on and left just a shadow of itself in its wake, but a very solid look. aroma is still very hoppy with juicy citrus coming through still and a slight balancing of malt that peaks its head around the corner, but over very well done. crisp and clean the pineapple and orange notes are still very apprarent and really dominate the flavor, clean with a dryness in the finish that really lets the profile shine. really impressive overall and a smooth easy drinker.

overall i was impressed it was still as good as it was this far in but it has held up quite nicely. much thanks to the ba who fridge kept this one for me.

mikesgroove, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from dashirey, thanks Dain! Pours a very hazy, light gold color with a dense cap of white head. Awesome retention and decent lacing.

Nose is very nice, tropical and citric hops are pungent and fresh. Malts take a backseat here and the lighter gold color was a little bit of foreshadowing to the light, grainy malt backing.

Hop flavor over bittering seems to be all the rage these days and that is just fine with me. There is still a firm bitterness, but the bright and juicy hop flavors are the main show. Malts maintain a grainy neutrality throughout, providing a decently creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is a bit on the bold side and along with the hops is very drying on the finish. Pretty damn good IPA, sort of like a poor mans Sculpin...and I mean that in a good way.

twiggamortis420, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at Capone's on 11.07.2010. Consumed the same day. Poured into my favorite tulip.

Pours is a light orange-apricot color that is mostly transparent. Small white head without much retention and doesn't have all that much lacing. Nose is really bright Citra hops with a good dose of citrus fruits as well as plenty of tropical notes.

Taste hits fairly hard with some really nice tropical notes. Slight bitterness on a light to medium body. Nose really popped to me, though the flavor cut back. Good body but really nice drinkability. I don't like this as much as the Citra of Brotherly Love, but it's still quite good.

Thorpe429, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for the tick.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden straw color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: The nose starts off with a nice hop aroma, which you would certainly anticipate from a fresh hop beer. I get mostly grapefruit rind and grass along with some bready malts.

T: There's a nice bread base to the beer followed quickly by the hops. The hops are extraordinarily grassy, which doesn't really do much for me. Not as much citrus or even floral notes as I really like. Also a bit of booze on the back end.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate with a crisp finish.

D: This one seemed to have some promise, but the flavor was just a bit of a letdown.

womencantsail, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room the other day.

The beer pours a honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get considerable sweet orange citrus and a hint of grapefruit rind. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this nicely crafted, well balance ale. There is some moderate sweetness, but it's balanced very well by the hoppy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a fairly long, satisfyingly bitter finish. The alcohol is well disguised and nicely integrated into the flavor profile.

Another Scratch beer winner from Troegs.

John_M, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Jwiss22 for the extra. Cheers, pal!

Appearance -- pours a medium amber with mild haze and nearly no head with a moderate pour.

Smell -- Orange, tangerine, and apricot in the forefront. Grapefruit pith bitterness underlay with some husky grain and a caramel malt backbone. Some buttery diacetyl and a bit of spiciness as well. Not the hoppy explosion I was hoping for, but that's likely due to age.

Taste -- The hops are a bit all over the place. Bright citrus as in the nose, but with much more grapefruit presence as well as a lot of grassy hop flavor and some spice. Hop bitterness is pretty pronounced in the finish, with an almost medicinal flavor in the back - what was this hopped with again?

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, a bit syrupy, with milder carbonation. Pretty easy-drinking.

Drinkability -- Something tells me I may have missed the boat on this wet hop IPA. Was hoping for this to be like Citra of Brotherly Love cranked to 11, but not so much. Still, a decent Scratch beer and another quality Tröegs.

yeahnatenelson, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of the several scratch gifts from stakem, thank you sir!
pours a cloudy orange with minimal head that goes down quickly, leaves a little bit of lacing.
smells like big grassy grapefruit hops, some lemon and orange zest, bit of sweetness.
tastes quite nice. i actually get bubblegum in some sense. its a good blend of above mentioned aspects and the hops hit just right. it does have a bit of an alcohol bite on the finish, which is neither bad nor terribly exciting. its rather dry and bitter but not so much that i dont want to keep drinking more and more. however drinkability just misses a perfect because perhaps after a few, i could see myself having to switch up to a different beer.
overall very nice beer.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three months in the bottle at this point, not overly optimistic but I still have two left, the Steelers are looking horrible so, why not?

A-Lightly hazed golden yellow color with a medium off white head that reduced to a thin cap and left light lacing.

S-For a three month old fresh hop brew this one is still fairly impressive. Almost bordering on giving this a 4.5 I brought myself back to reality and realized that while it still displays a bold hop spicy citrus kick it is not what it use to be.

T-Herbal, citrus (orange rind) and spicy hop notes shine through the balancing lightly sweet biscuit malt bill. While the bright citrus characteristic has fallen off this one still retains a healthy bite.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly sharp with a good lingering spicy hop bite.

D- Very drinkable after "all" this time! Out of the plethora of IPA's that Troegs has been bombarding us with lately this one ranks as my favorite. I know fresh hop brews are not able to be made year round but still...tweak some recipes and make this one a full timer (or at least a seasonal)!

Deuane, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of augie
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

augie, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Keffa
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Provided to me by Deuane in person tonight. Great BA just to say it.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. No dating on the bottle. Deuane told me the bottle was at least a month old, so here goes:

A: Poured a nice golden yellow, nice 2 finger white head, lots of suspended sediment, but remains clear. Head settles into a patchy cap, nice sticky lacing that doesn't let go. Very nice.

S: Nice hop aroma, even with the glass sitting a couple feet away on the table. Getting nice citrus, grapefruit, a little bit of a spicy flower note, and then a nice malt sweetness. The malt smells like a mix of caramel and pale. It is very nice on the aroma, even if it is a month old. God forbid if I had this fresh.

T: Again, for being 1+ month old, this is fantastic. Spicy and bitter hop notes at the front, followed by the citrus and floral notes. Malt comes in with the citrus, and provides a nice sweet backbone for the hops to play on. Not overly sweet, nor overly hopped.

M: Slick, nice carbonation but body is a wee bit thin to me.

D: Not bad. Nice finish, not overly bitter, so the thin body works to it's advantage here by not weighing down the palate.

Overall, this is very nice. Even with this bottle being old, it is a very good beer. Thankful I got a chance to try this, wish I lived closer to their brewery so I could try beers like this more often.

Keffa, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to StormKing47 for sending me this one!

A: Pours a hazy lemon-citrus with a finger of off-white head that faded into an oily film that left a sticky network of lacing down the glass.
S: Fresh citrus hop notes and of fresh mint leaves in the scent. Spearmint dominates.
T: Citrus in the taste with notes of orange and mint leaves. I get strange hints of bubblegum every once in a while too. Finish has a touch of candied malt sweetness and the aftertaste is lightly bitter.
M: Medium body, wet mouthfeel, slightly sticky all around. Sugary sweetness coats my lips.
D: Very hoppy for an APA. This is way more akin to an IPA. Very fresh and delicious. I'd take a pint of this any day. Thanks Josh!

scottfrie, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of kruthar
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I go this as an extra and was told to open this as soon as possible, its only like 2 wees old apparently

A - Liquid gold. This beer is a bright clear gold color, beautiful. two fingers of head that dies very quickly and leaves minor lacing.

S - Possibly one of the most hoppy smelling beer i have ever smelt, its up there with hopslam.

T - a lot of hoppy beers try to hard to get tat true hop flavor, but this is the real deal. the hop flavor hits you twice, first with the bitter then the almost sweet hoppy delicious.

M - besides the initial hop bite, this brew goes down very smooth.

D - I can't put this beer down without taking multiple mouth fulls, and neither can my girlfriend that usually doesnt go for these extremely hoppy beers. This is a very extreme style of beer but it has been done beautifully and goes quick if your not careful to slow down and savor it.

kruthar, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of orangesol
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into my Duvel tulip.

A - A hazy copper orange color with a small white head offering a moderate amount of lacing down the glass. Good carbonation with small bubbles rising from the bottom.

S - Huge smell of piney, resiny, juicy, hops. Hints of grapefruit, lemon, and other citrus fruits. Beneath the hops lies a hint of some sweet malt and a light punch of the alcohol that hides in the background. The citra hop is fast becoming one of my favorites.

T - Big hop presence up front thanks to the huge amount of hops but they did a good job keeping it balanced with the sweet flavors from the malt and honey additions. Flavors are just like the smell with hints of grapefruit, lemon, and other citrus fruits. The alcohol is ever present and adds a warming flavor on every sip.

M - A well balanced beer all around. Quite smooth with a sticky sweet finish that lingers on the pallet for some time.

D - I have had quite a few of these now and, while being a very tasty beer, the high ABV brings this ones drinkability down a notch.

orangesol, Oct 21, 2010
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Scratch Beer 35 - 2010 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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