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

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
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:
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

(Beer added by: stakem on 11-11-2010)
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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

akorsak, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of meatyard
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

meatyard, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Brez07
3.7/5  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

Brez07, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

drabmuh, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

Chaney, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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."

ffejherb, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Deuane
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper kissed golden yellow with a thin white head that left little lace.

S-Spicy pine and citrus with a touch of biscuit malt sweetness. Nothing crazy or overpowering going on here but pleasant.

T-Spicy pine up front with a background citrus kick. I had two pints (on different days) previous to this one and for some reason this particular one finally presented itself nicely. Before I was on the fence and found this brew tone rather muddled and bland.

M-Medium body but feels heavier. Flavours do not pop on this one and just get washed away without presenting themselves.

D-A good beer but not one that hits a home run on my palate. Not sure why but....well, that is how I am perceiving this one.

Deuane, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack, just got around to having a taste. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a willybecker.

A pure golden look with crystal clarity and rocky foamy bone white cap. The lace sticks tenaciously and the bead is fine. The smell is very herbal and earthy with a mild sweet malt undertone, the hops may have a mild citrus but it is more muted with the light pine, twiggy herbal notes more prominent to my sniffer. The feel is greet, balanced sweet with bitter and mild acidity with a slightly dry finish and the carbonation is slightly above medium.

The flavor is great with hop profile you don't normally get in an American IPA, but I like it a lot. I am glad they decided to go in a different direction with this than your cookie cutter west coast IPA. I enjoy the slight bitter, mild sweet herbal hop taste which seems to blend well with the yeast and semi-dry malt backbone. I found this to be very good overall I will have to try it on tap to see how it compares.

Slatetank, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A brightly colored, golden body with a white head...the head stood about two fingers and ended up as a ring around the glass...some decent lacing

S - The hops were subdued in the aroma...I was expecting big citrus, but all I got was a medium floral and herbal hop presence...buttery bread and caramel malt provide the sweetness

T - Again I was ready to be attacked by the hops...I mean this is Troegs we're talking about...but yet again the hops were held to a minimum...more floral and herbal qualities...the beer had an earthy taste to it as well...the malts were nicely toasted and had a good caramel sweetness to them...I feel the house yeast strain stood out a little as well...I could pick that up in the middle of the beer...the finish is actually a tad bitter which was a nice surprise

M - Medium bodied...crisp, some alcohol, slightly bitter finish

D - As I said before I was ready to have my socks knocked off with this IPA...but I was left disappointed...well they have three more tries in their IPA series

thain709, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Keffa
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from Deuane. Thanks again man, cheers!

Poured into my Hennepin glass. Bottle says 37 India Pale Ale.

A: Poured a nice orangish amber color, nice 1 finger off white head that settled into a small ring, some stubborn lacing won't give up. Nice.

S: Weird aroma, some citrus, lemon, doughy malt (think preztels) and then apple juice. Kinda made me double take. Not a bad aroma, but unexpected.

T: WOW. Citrus and slighty bitter hops up front but the malt cuts in to the hop just enough. Orange and pine are the main hop notes, with flowery an spicy notes just behind. The malt never backs down, but also doesn't become cloyingly sweet either. Very, very good.

M: Nicely carbonated, slightly slick yet creamy. Not bad.

D: Oh yeah, very. This is 7.7%? Get outta here! Finishes clean with the bitterness and malt keeping each other happy, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink this all night.

This is a fantastic IPA. To be honest, this just jumped into my top 3 IPA's with Columbus and Two Hearted. Superb job Troegs! If this becomes a regular offering, I will buy by the caseload.

Keffa, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Troegs Scratch 37 is an IPA hopped with Warrior, Cluster and a touch of Columbus. The aroma is very fruity that it almost reminds of Amarillo, however, the Columbus give itself away with the oniony, body odor aroma that is hiding in the fruit. The beer is pretty ordinary with medium bitterness and a fair bit of crackery malt, but there isn't anything special to set it a part. I am glad to have tried this, but would not go out of my way for this.

Soonami, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap into a standard pint in the Troegs tasting room.

A - Pours hazy sun kissed copper with a strong two finger white head leaving sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S - Plenty of floral citrus hops with underlying sweetness from the malt. Ripe citrus fruits abound but are tempered a bit with a faint spicy quality. Not the best nose, but not the worst either.

T - Lots of hop bitterness upfront that lingers on the pallet throughout the experience. Hops are citric with a bit of herbal qualities that add a slight spicy character. A bit of toast on the sweet malt goes well with all those hops. Finish is a bit on the dry side. Very nice effort but I have had better.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky, bitter, feel coats the pallet.

D - Fairly good. I enjoyed this one for what it was but thanks to the higher ABV I can't see myself sitting down and drinking a few of these in one sitting.

orangesol, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of aglose45
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scratch Series IPA #1 of 4

A: Pours a golden straw color, with an ivory head...pretty standard.

S: Tropical fruits up front (tangerine, papaya, tart grapefruit), followed by a bit of grass, then a minimal amount of sweet malt.

T: The taste has sweeter tropical fruit than the nose. Not too much malt in here either.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is good, and the bitterness is moderate.

D: Overall, a pretty good IPA from an excellent brewery..win.

aglose45, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of StormKing47
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up fresh from the brewery, the latest installment of the Troegs scratch series. Hell yes another IPA from Troegs and it introduces there further experiment into the hoppy unknown for them. Here we go love me some scratch beers.

A- This beer looks absolutely wonderful, it has a pale golden color to it with a slight copper/amber hue that seem enticing and begs to be consumed, but I have to be patient and go through all the steps to enjoying these Troegs' experiments. Beer has a thin white head that dissipates very rapidly and continues due to the constant stream of bubbles.

S- Smell is very faint of a combination of citrus and pine, not sure if I am a fan of this type of hop profile as there is not much of a smell to it, especially when compared to 31 and 35. It really is lacking in the floral hops department I am not getting what I expected. Let's let it warm a little bit to see what happens...I am picking up some faint pine resin, a very subtle citrus note and some fruity esters similar to an unripened pear or honey dew or other melon skins. The malt sweetness is not very present, but as it warms some you can pick up a little sweetness that melds well with the fruit skin nose.

T- Now the best part let's see if it picks up in the taste area of another anticipated scratch beer. Right away I am greeted with a little citrus/pine tickle that is enjoyable, but not what I expected from Troegs. Has a light-medium body to it and finishes like an unripened pear and is a little bland and seems very warming. I hate to say it, but I feel like Troegs missed the mark a little or the chosen bittering hops are not what they expected either. I am picking up a little bitterness, but no where near where I would like it to be for a Troegs hop experiment. The malty sweetness is very subtle and mixes well with the slight hop bitterness.

M- Definitely coats the mouths and allows all of the tastebuds to be involved in the process along with the rest of the mouth. Almost a little syrupy, definitely has a rich, medium body that stays on the tongue for awhile and allows you to pick up all the nuances of the beer. Carbonation is ample like most of Troegs beers and allows for a little hop tickle on the tongue.

D- Not sure of the abv, but that is never a problem. I could definitely drink a few of these, but I am a little displeased with this offering from Troegs, its hard to say its too fresh because its an IPA I just feel they rushed this one or didn't plan out the hops like they did with 31 and 35. I hope they decide to continue work with cascade, simcoe and citra hops in the future.

Still its an IPA from Troegs!!! Please don't use these hops in the Perpetual IPA.

StormKing47, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to wishuwerebeer and stakem for hooking me up with an early bottle of this.

Pours a crystal clear gold in the glass, with 2 fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a foamy ¼ finger of smooth froth that throws a creamy cascade up that hangs on the sides of the glass in sticky swathes. The aroma is floral and citric smelling, with an almost perfume-like character to it in spots. Digging deeper reveals some ripe fruit, dankness, and a gentle spiciness. Malts work well with the fruity aspects of this to form a sweet twang in the back of the nostrils. Those sugary fruit notes really start to control this as things warms up.

The taste is initially very bitter up front but this smoothes out very nicely once this gets to room temp, spreading hop flavors of green fruit, herbal qualities, and citrus peel out onto the palate. This is backed by a sticky blend of fleshy tasting fruit character and the toasted graininess of the malts. This finishes with a combo of pithy citrus peel and dry spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a solidly firm crispness to it but is mostly carried by a smooth slickness underneath that keeps this moving. This is maybe showing a little too much warmth as well. Not necessarily in the profile but the kind that creeps around in your throat and chest after you finish a sip.

This definitely isn't your average IPA and although I don't have a huge amount of experience with this hop variety, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is primarily Nelson Sauvin? Lots of hop flavor here but without any overt bitterness to it, I was really digging on this for the most part. The only thing holding it back for me was the warmth in the back-end. I'm definitely up for checking out more of this once it's officially released.

Kegatron, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label reads in the typical scratch fashion: "India Pale Ale - 37." No indication of abv or other statistics about this brew but I am sure those details are forth coming.

12oz bottle into a pint glass. This brew appears a very light yellowish copper that has a little bit of orange coloring about it. Overall it is quite polished and clear. The cap of white foam forms about a finger strong and recedes to a thin layering atop the brew. Swirls release suspended carbonation reviving the head and leave a bit of spotty lacing on the glassware.

The aroma of this is a little different from the typical "C" - hopped ipas. In fact, I am going out on a limb here and state that this is the least citrus-like fresh IPA I have ever smelled. This is a very fruity smelling offering (possibly showcasing more of the yeast character here instead of hops? does that even make sense?) It is reminiscent of pear skins and other fruity character almost like cantaloupe. As it warms some earthy and minor herbal indications come forward along with a light prickly indication of the alcohol in the nose.

Tasting this brew is yet again an ipa experience unlike what I am use to. The first flavor that crosses my tongue is that of fruits akin to a semisweet pear skin or cantaloupe taste. There is a light touch of green yeastiness and some leafy, grassy herbal character before the bitterness of this brew comes into play. Behold a moderate amount of bitterness...yikes where did that come from? It is bittering with a resinous cling that is herbal and lasts long into the finish. At times the bitterness is sharp but blends with the alcohol that is slightly solvent and is much more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. It was certainly different from what I was expecting which isn't necessarily a bad thing but the flavors and the bitterness/alcohol seemed to clash a bit. I had to drink a second bottle just to make sure something fishy wasn't up with my first experience.

stakem, Nov 11, 2010
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Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.