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Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 66
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stakem on 11-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Scratch #37 features Warrior and Cluster hops with a touch of Columbus. It pours a bright gold with a white cap and soft carbonation. Ripe fruits are present on the nose, and continue in the taste giving a lush, tropical papaya-like flavor. This ample bitterness is offset by sweet Munich malt that lingers through each taste. Enjoy our latest IPA foray, and stay tuned for future experiments in the style. Research has rarely been so rewarding.

85 IBU
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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to Justin for sending this great surprise my way!

A- Body is a very hazy brass color. Pours with a 1 finger or so foamy white head which eventually fades to a thin collar. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Mostly exotic fruit in the nose-mango, peach, a bit of grapefruit and pineapple-nose is really juicy and fruity. Minimal herbal hops as well.

T- This is a lot like a Southern Tier IPA upfront-lots of herbal/grassy hops, with a mild exotic fruit background. Finish is packed full of spicy hops and some citrus juice-finish is rather dry if slipped slowly-but extra spicy if sipped repetitively.

M- Medium to high tinlgly carbonatoin and a lightweight slightly juicy body. Troegs always does a nice job with mouthfeel.

D- This is no hopback or nugget nectar-but this is a prety good IPA overall. The flavors arent extremely bright (this IPA has aged slightly-but it doesnt taste stale at all). The juicy mouthfeel mixed with the spicy character really makes this unique. Good job by Troegs-and I cant wait to try 38 and 39 (may set up a trade for 40)

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Photo of mikereaser
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Church Brew Works pint glass on 1/8/11.

Pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow with a small foamy cap that quickly faded leaving some lacing. Aroma is a faint citrus smell, i think i'm getting some mango along with some bready hints. Nice sweet taste, starts out with the mango and that seems to stick around until the finish. There is a bit of an off flavor with the bitterness but I can't quite place it. Almost a soapy sort of taste. Light to medium carbonation with a medium body. Its easy to drink and enjoyable, there is just that underlying flavor I can put my finger on. Without that, this would be stellar.

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Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap during the Troeg event at the Warwick last night.

The beer pours a light orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a considerable amount of tropical fruit, which appears to be dominated by apricot, mango and orange marmalade. The flavor profile replilcates the nose in this fairly sweet IPA, though there's enough bitterness in the finish to keep it from being too much, and to remind everyone this is an IPA after all. Still, the sweet tropical flavors are a bit much, and I think hurt this beer's drinkability somewhat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet and bitter finish.

While I thought this beer OK, I have to confess it's probably my least favorite of all the scratch IPA beers (didn't get a chance to try the 40, which had kicked by the time I got around to it). Oh well...

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Photo of number1bum
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Deuane for grabbing this for me and hanging on to it till I could get down to Hburg. Pours a hazy, tangerine-tinted golden color - more golden than amber I'd say - with two fingers of off-white head. Keeps a nice lace, pretty full, and leaves a good deal of stick on the sides.

Smell is quite fruity but not the typical fruit aromas you find in an IPA. Not much in the way of citrus, instead it's more tropical with a mango aroma in particular. Maybe some apricot as well. It's also very bready, with a subtle doughy sweetness.

Taste starts off with some of that same fruit but quickly takes on a moderately bitter, dirty sort of flavor that I can't quite place. It's like a bread dough that needs more sugar or something. Almost a bit metallic. Has the mango like the nose, a tropical quality to it again. Moderate bitterness at best, although what is there doesn't go terribly nicely with the bready malt. It's hard to describe, I just don't really care for it much.

Mouthfeel is a pretty creamy medium-full body, quite slick and oily in fact. Stays creamy through the finish, only drying out slightly. Unfortunately that very nice creaminess is hurt by the metallic/bitter flavor which is somewhat astringent.

Meh, I'm really not impressed with this offering. The Scratch IPAs that Troegs has made to date have been nothing special in my opinion, but this one just doesn't do it for me at all. Probably one of my least favorite Scratch beers of any style.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Scratch 37 is a golden color that is rather light for the style. Its white head has decent retention and lacing.

The aroma has a very sharp grapefruit aroma with notes of bitter lemon and alcohol. Overall, this beer smells like some sort of cleaning product.

I can't say that I have tasted many citrus scented cleaning products, but I imagine they taste something like this beer. They certainly smell like this beer tastes at least. The aroma comes back in the flavor, with a lot of bitterness and powerful flavors of grapefruit and lemon. Although grapefruit and lemon seem like good flavors, here they are both harsh and paired with powerful alcohol flavors. The malt profile adds some balance in the end, but I doubt most people will even notice it.

I can't decide what this beer feels like, because it is unpleasant to keep in my mouth for very long. I guess that amounts to an unpleasant mouthfeel.

This is my least favorite scratch IPA. It is also my least favorite beer from the scratch series. Actually, I think it is my least favorite beer from the whole Troegs brewery.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent golden yellow with a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. Nice orange citrusy aromas pop out first on the nose alongside mild piney hops, slight passion fruits, and nice bready malt presence. The grassy piney hop flavors were more potent on the palate with orange citrus zest, bready, and mild passion fruit accents but had a good malt presence. The brew was medium in carbonation with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney, hoppy, citrusy, bready and crisp finish. It was a nice and tasty beer that drank real good but was a solid IPA.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.02/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Jason for sending me this one as an extra.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy, but generally clear, straw yellow color with a white head.

S: Starts off with a decent citrus aroma before taking a nose dive. Lots of abrasive smells to this one like rubbing alcohol and cleaning solution. I get a little bit of candied lemon, but it doesn't really help.

T: The flavor isn't any better. Again, very harsh with lots of alcohol and solvent character. There's a weird candy sweetness in the middle of tall of this, and a moderate bitterness.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: Unfortunately, this Scratch beer was not really up to what I expect from Troegs. Not a fan of this beer at all.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden honey color with a 1/2 inch of white head that settles pretty quick and leaves some light lacing. Some citrus in the nose, as well as hints of bready and sweet malts. Getting some of the citrus upfront in the taste, but there is an herbal / medicinal quality to this IPA, especially on the finish, that I dont really care for. Medium bodied with a lower carbonation level than expected - also a bit dry.

Glad I got to try this selection, but just didn't fit my palate.

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Photo of gford217
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kiel for this bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a small pillowy white head that recedes quickly to a thick collar, leaving very spotty lacing.

The aroma is mainly tropical fruits with mangos and pineapples mixing with some faint sweet caramel malts. A bit of lemongrass as well.

The taste has a ton of tropical fruits up front, more sweet than bitter actually, at least in the beginning. Underneath the hops is a small malt backbone which fades away with the tropical fruits in the finish, where the bitterness is more apparent.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a low, soft carbonation and sticky with juicy hops.

This is a nice IPA and one that will satisfy those who love juicy tropical fruits with minimal bitterness.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a great extra recenetly and this is a series I am always trying to finish. Poured into a pint glass.

Pour is a nice and lightly hazed amber with a small head of white that clings to the sides for a good while as I sip my way through it. Lots of pineapple and fruity notes throughout, some hints at orange and light lemon as well. Taste is clean, medium body with a smooth and dry follow through that allows the light, juicy fruit flavor to really come forward fully. Nice and drinkable this did not last long.

Overall a very solid offering, and a nice way to start the night. Cannot wait to try the rest.

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Photo of younger35
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew as an extra from gamanley not so long ago. I've had all the other Scratch brews up to this point and they are fun to try. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Military Bowl (East Carolina vs. Maryland).

Appearance- Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a nice one finger bright white cap that's fluffy and effervescent. Nah a cap remains but a thin collar is left along with a small amount of random lacing.
Smell- Wow surprisingly vibrant and interesting nose. A big tropical fruit thing with pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit and a touch of kiwi. Also a earthy thing hiding amongst the fruit with a touch of grass. Not much in the way of maltiness but the nose sure is nice.
Taste- Follows the nose pretty well with a big intense fruitiness that makes me think this beer has to have some fruit in it. Almost a guava aspect with a bit of papaya and banana. Very interesting! A touch of something floral towards the finish along with a light bitterness and at kiss of alcohol. Some lingering fruit zest well into the finish.
Mouthfeel- Pretty hefty feel for an IPA with a nice oily body and some light carbonation. Maybe a touch of warming in the finish.
Drinkability- Kind of reminds me of Cigar City's fruited IPA's. Very fruity and if this is just hops, it's pretty amazing. Really showcases how fruity hops can be and how many different flavors you can get from them. Enjoyed this one, thanks much Greg!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a fantastic extra in an awesome trade with stakem... Big props go out to Adam!!!! Poured into my Delerium goblet... 1/2" white head atop a hazed orange brew... spotty lacing and an okay cap.

Interesting hop nose... tropical fruit and some lite citrus zest.. a bit floral too.

Weird but not uninviting fruitiness makes me think melon/guava and nasturtiums.. definitely not the typical "CCC" hop IPA.. almost like a Belgian pale without the yeasty phenols... some apple and even pear come into play..

Nice pale malt presence brings all the fruity flavors out front.. odd yet interesting.. I would never kick it out of the fridge... but I have a hard time placing the overall product.

Thanks Adam for the super cool trade.. I hope you want to do it again some time.. I appreciate the home-state brews.


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Photo of xnicknj
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours an almost clear straw yellow with some golden hues. A finger high head fades out pretty quickly into some film, leaving rings and spots of lacing.

Primarily fruit in the nose with some tropical flair and lighter hops. Also a touch of grassiness.

Some bitter hops up front followed by a full blast of fruitness. Pineapple, grapefruit, and peach create a cocktail-like sweetness. Bread and light malt create a backbone, although the sweet flavors mount throughout the profile. Finishes with some lighter bitterness and citrus.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, chewy and sticky. The alcohol is masked well on this, but for an IPA I found it a little too sweet and lacking enough hoppiness. Not bad, but I preferred 38 to this one easily.

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Photo of boralyl
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass it produces an inch of creamy white head. The head has great retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. The beer is clear and orange with hints of gold.

S - The aroma consists of floral and herbal hop notes combined with some subtle citrus/orange.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. It has a slightly resinous feel.

T - A sweet malty flavor hits first followed up by a little citrus. It's got a floral/herbal hop finish with a twinge of alcohol. A refreshing bitterness lasts into the finish.

It's got a great appearance, but I thought the taste department was lacking a bit. It's still a good beer, but I was more impressed with previous scratch IPA and Imperial IPA offerings.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to StormKing47 for this. 12oz bottle into a NB Globe.

A: A cloudy amber colored beer with a white head, practically no retention, the head disappeared just as fast as it showed up, just a few clumps of bubbles linger. A few spots of lacing as well. Some more head retention would be nice.

S: Fruity, lots of notes of mango and peaches, and then a more familiar slightly earthy resinous sort of hop profile. Not much else behind it except for a little bit of alcohol. Pretty nice actually.

T: Pretty interesting, some of the same notes that I smelled with peaches and mangos. Not much of a malt profile at all, maybe just a touch of caramel. Interesting middle that I can only describe as tea like. Finishes slightly bitter, but there is almost no trace of lingering bitterness. Interesting.

M: Medium body, with the perfect carbonation level for an IPA, excellent there. Nice dry finish with just a trace of alcohol heat.

D: Not bad, but I'd have to say I'd reach for something else if I was looking for an IPA. This may be a touch past its prime as well. A little more of the tropical fruit/peachy mango flavor and a little longer of a lingering bitterness would really help this out and take it to the next level. Very glad to try it, as I think this Scratch Beer series is a very cool idea for a series of beers.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a .3l tulip from therealnomayo in our recent trade.

This pour has so much head that I had to stop with about 3oz still in the bottle and watched as three inches turned into more and spilled over the side of the glass. It stuck around for about 2 minutes and then dissolved leaving thick, sticky lacing. The color is muddied amber.

Initial burst of orange concentrate and pine needles. Or it could be my christmas tree (seriously) as the pine is gone quickly, and replaced with a nice spiced citrus.

Fairly bland across the board, nothing to complain about but none of the flavors distinguish themselves and there is a general lack of bite (bitter, alcohol, grass, citrus, all are there but sort of sitting together not chatting and noone is leading the conversation).

Very nice feel, good carbonation level, slightly slick with a clean finish. At 7.7% it's worth noting there is essentially no trace of booze until the very end.

It's ok. Certainly the begining (initial aroma) and the end (clean finish) make this easy to drink. But the middle leaves a bit of a question as to "why?"


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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the brewery and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light orange color with a single-finger white head and a touch of spotty lacing. Light cap as it goes down. The node is some light peach without any real bitterness. Not much other than that. The taste is pretty similar. There is a lift amount of peach but not really much else. Maybe a touch of citrus. Slight bitternesss and a medium body. Not the best IPA, but it is really easy drinking.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: This beer pours a straw yellow hue and appears mostly clear, with just a slight haziness about it. Atop the beer (where else?) sits a white, fluffy head an inch thick. The head has very good retention and leaves a thick sheet of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S: The aroma is extremely floral, with subtle medicinal and herbal notes, as well as spices.

T: The flavor is also extremely floral, with a medicinal astringency coming through more and more prominently as I make my way through the pint glass. Overall, I find the flavor to be a bit weird and slightly off-putting. This is certainly not what one should expect when opening a fresh IPA. All this being said, there are some nice bitter and hop flavors to be found, but ultimately, these are lost in the shuffle.

M: OK feel, aside from the metallic / overly floral aspects.

D: It wasn't horrible, but in the end, this was a pretty average beer. Though I appreciate the opportunity to sample this, I wouldn't bother with this one again.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to StormKing47 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of flower hops, bready malt, grass and some iced tea notes. Very interesting, but not something I am too crazy about.

The flavor is more of the same. I get orange and pine, as well as some bready malt and something that tastes like sweat. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Interesting, but not a beer I am too crazy about. Still, I am glad I got to try it. Thanks for sending it Josh.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third in my triple crown for Scratch 37.

A: The IPA is rather light, a pale ferrous color that has plenty of autumnal orange to go around. A finger and a half of white head overflowed my glass and left a ring of lace around my glass.

S: The nose is mild, hoppy with a strong balancing malt presence. Grassy citrus with floral undertones isn't half bad. PLenty of caramel malts balance things out. I like the sweetness that wafts out of the glass.

T: Malty and sweet, the ale delivers a strong start. The bitterness is nice, a bit of citrus and flora. Citrus rinds come through in the finish, a fresh send-off. Caramel malts are bready and, mid-sip, leave their imprint. The IPA, as I let it warm up, comes across as good but lacking the hoppy oomph that some Tröegs ales have. The rindy bitterness hangs out with a subtle twang.

M: The mouthfeel is more hoppy than not. Despite that, balance is the key as the beer is not a hop bomb. No hint of booziness; this is definitely my favorite iteration of Scratch 37.

D: Very drinkable, the 7.7% never gets in the way of the sweet hops. A floral, grassy brew that I'm finally coming around on.

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Photo of meatyard
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear, amber/orange with a 1-finger, white head that falls slowly while leaving good lacing.

The smell is piney hops and is also sweet.

The taste is more pine and there is a bitter bite & while the bitterness lingers there is a sweetness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is lower medium in body and has moderate carbonation which seems just fine here.

Drinkability is pretty good (IMO). I could drink a couple and be satisfied. This is not near the best that I think, Troegs, can do or has done but it's OK.

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Photo of Brez07
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash 25cl glass. Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one

A: Slightly dark orange pour. Not much head but did leave a decent amount of lacing

S: Flowery hops, almost gives off a soapy smell. Some citrus fruits also, including grapefruit and pineapple. Maybe some rye bread

T: Some hop flavor, but not as much as the nose would indicate. Seems like there are some spices here, especially coriander

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Coats the tongue. Almost soapy

D: Certainly not your typical IPA. This was flavorful and interesting to try, but not sure I'd revisit

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Photo of drabmuh
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Thorpe. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin head of small bubbles, served in a Russian River tulip. Lacing is good carbonation is low.

Beer has a thin piny and earthy aroma with minimal citrus hops. Smells decent.

Beer is medium to light in body and mildly carbonated on the palate. It is of the pine variety of IPAs but it is balanced with some nice fruitier hops. The beer is solid, but overall just a plain IPA. I'd have it again but it's not my favorite IPA.

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Photo of Chaney
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a sixer of this at the brewery after grabbing my prizes at Splinter Black day.

A: Poured a very hazy, orange color, with a nice two finger white head that looked very reminiscent of ground up penicillin. Bubbles shot up through the glass from the bottom throughout the session.

S: Citrus and a fair amount of candy sugar for sure, but in a very discipline (perhaps too) kind of way. This was the anti-West Coast brew in its use of Warrior hops here.

T: This tasted eerily similar to DFH 60 Minute, which I guess shouldn't be surprising since there both use Warrior hops extensively. There was a fair amount of stale yeastiness, which almost headed into mothball territory. The finish was fairly dry with some unpleasant metallic notes.

M: Soft on the palate initially and the malt base was fine, however, in mid sip, the booze became somewhat overbearing. I actually think that more hop bitter sizzle (ala West Coast) would have remedied this. The carbonation was fine (as it is in most Troegs brews IMO).

D: I guess this is the first of four experimental IPAs in the form of Scratch beers. My suggestion to Troegs would be to just hop the living hell out of the beer and see what happens. They have such a great flavor profile in general that I feel this would really work!

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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Troegs on 12/3/10.

A - Hazy pale orange, melon-toned liquid with a flimsy white head that reduced to a patchy retention and traces of sticky foam.

S - Muted hop aroma at first with a hint of citrus paired with sweet bubblegum. The hop character is very neutral and nothing really stands out save for a faint pine and mild leafy presence. Malt is sweet with a hint of caramel and lightly toasted grains.

T - Again, the hop profile is neutral, with a dash of citrus, perfume and pine, although nothing really comes clearly into focus. While it is well balanced by a sweet and grainy malt bill, the flavor falls a bit short overall.

M - Medium bodied with a mild syrupy texture and oily hop residue. Carbonation is moderate. Finishes semi-dry and bittersweet on the palate.

D - This IPA is easy enough to drink, but it unfortunately misses the mark. The hop profile is a bit hard to discern and never really comes to life.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"I think it smells like when you open a can of chicken noodle soup."

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Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.