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Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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: akorsak on 11-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 60
Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers.

Poured a very clear amber with a decent sized frothy white head on top and a good two inches of lace. There was some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace.

Aroma was kinda light. Light floral hops dominating, but nothing really standing out or pungent about it. Seemed to be a bit weak here. Light grapefruit and pineapple with a bit of a grass like thrown in as well. the flavor was decent, nothing really standig out here again. Lots of grapefruit like hop flavors, very sharp and crisp without the really sugary deep resin notes. Light grain and grass like finish to it. Very light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This was definitly one that was easy to drink and I had no issue really with the feel of it. Very nice session ale, and the profile was light enough that you could easily put down more then a few in a sitting.

Photo of jampics2
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Mike Watters from Troegs was nice enough to bring us out a few kegs, namely the Scratch IPA series (37-40) for a nice little tasting event. Thanks for hooking this up, and thanks to John and Kev for hosting!

Scratch #38 uses Centennial and Chinook.

All of these beers look damn good, with excellent color, clarity and head retention. They are all a golden caramel color and have great white head and lace.

In the taste and smell, this one stood out with characteristics reminiscent of citrus and flowers.

The mouthfeel is great, with just enough malt to avoid wateriness and excellent carbonation levels.

Comparison to #37-#40: This was a nice step in-between the earthiness of Scratch #37 and the citrus blitz of Scratch #39. Perfectly situated in the lineup, this featured some nice Centennial hop flavors that anyone who likes Bell’s Two Hearted can identify. The flowery and perfume elements were countered by the Chinook’s deeper bitterness. This beer wasn’t my favorite, but the expression of scents and flavors was enjoyable.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on December 6th, 2010. Pulled into a pint glass for $5.75.

A: An extremely long lasting, bright white sudsy head literally crawls up the side of the glass. The body is pristinely clear and light copper in color. Moderate lacing.

S: Ridiculously fresh smelling with an abundance of hop aromas ranging from citrus to perfume. Grapefruit and orange dominate the hop bill. The malts brings about notes of bread and crackers. The nose is powerful and each aroma is highly concentrated. Somewhat soapy yeast contribution.

T: The orange citrus flavor takes over as the grapefruit recedes on the palate. Long flavor, lightly sweet, with above average bitterness. The alcohol is well concealed but present enough to know that you're drinking a fairly substantial IPA.

M: A gentle carbonation enhances the creamy texture and allows the medium-full body to be appreciated even more.

O: #38 is a solid IPA and marginally better than #37. Still, I'm hoping for better things to come in the remainder of the series. It's interesting to note that the cask ratings are much more consistent (and consistently higher) than the bottle and draft reviews. Regrettably, cask was the only serving type I was able to try, but it seems that a cask serving presented this beer at its best.

Photo of Retsinis
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at a recent tasting, (thanks Skuter) split between he and I.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Super clear at first, initially a straw yellow with a golden hue, but after it settled, had a little haze. Very little head, light lacing, settled to just a ring of bubbles.

S: Citrus, orange peel, a bit of pine.

T: Mirror's the nose, with some light grapefruit notes, orange peel, and sweet malt.

M: Crisp, dry, lightly carbonated.

O: A bit average to be honest, nothing really stood out in the beer, between Troegs IPA, and just the style of an IPA. Forgettable.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this along with the #37, as well, thanks to Chaney

This pours a deeper orange amber, fluffy white to off white head. Floral nose with some citrus (lemon and grapefruit). Sticky lacing as well. Taste is sweeter than the 37, perhaps a few too many residual sugars but this beer is at 7.7% so who knows. A little sticky mouthfeel due to the sugars and a touch hot from the alcohol. Just an alright beer, nothing to search out or wish they put into regular production.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Out of the bottle, this has a cloudy caramel color with a flash of amber in the center and tangerine on the edges. Particulate yeast particles float throughout. A fluffy off-white head rests gently on top, fading to a ring and a light film.

Smell: Caramelized grapefruit, some herbal hop presence, but the aroma is fairly understated. An unpleasant booziness surrounds the other aromas.

Taste: The toasted caramel malt starts strong but does not last very long, leaving only the caramel sweetness to blend with the citrus hops. A candied citrus taste exists along with a boozy flavor. At 7.7%, I would expect this to be more hidden. This is mostly underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Soft creaminess, light to medium carbonation, with a medium to full body.

Drinkability: I was not happy with how much booze poked through in an unpleasant way. Lots of alcohol and not much flavor is not a good combination.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Chaney, another from DavoleBomb. Thanks guys!

A: This beer pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a half inch off off-white, foamy head that leaves some decent lacing upon the pint glass.

S: Hop and floral notes, subtle citrus.

T: Again, mostly floral with some citrus notes. Although the beer has a strong floral presence, it's not overdone to the point of astringency, as was the case with Scratch 37.

M: Medium-bodied with a slightly soapy feel. Alcohol presence is there, with a bit of a sharp bite, notably in the finish.

D: I enjoyed this much more than Scratch 37, though this beer still has considerable room for improvement.

Photo of ChadQuest
2.14/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a orange non-hazy body with a moderate head with decent lacing.
damp earth, citrus, and fruity gum on the nose.
The flavors come through in that artificial orange starburst flavor that i don't enjoy that happens now and then. tastes like there is quite a bit of unfermented sugars in here.
I swear if i lick my lips i'm pulling sugar off them.
Sugary and sticky mouthfeel, i want my IPAs dry.

Photo of jrallen34
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle also provided by Sean so we could tick 36-38, poured into a perfect pint glass... Similar to the 37 this is an ugly ipa, light watery straw without good carbonation... The aroma is better, perhaps fresher, some light pine throughout, but not much beyond that. The taste is similar, light hops, ok, nothing to write home about. Skip this one as well.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

IPA hopped with Centennial and Chinook

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange hue with a slim sudsy white head. Wide bands of lacing. Nice.

Smell -- Very unique: lots of juicy fruits, biscuity malt, caramel, leafy hops, and a hint of peppery spice.

Taste -- Juicy fruit, leafy hops, and lots of spiciness. Malting conjures up biscuits and caramel. I am also picking up bubblegum - strange, I know. Malting is slightly sweet and gently caramelized. Hop bitterness is firm and resinous. Black pepper is perceptible toward the back end. Lingering flavors of juicy fruits, leafy hops, and pepper.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate prickly carbonation. Feels crisp, but not sharp on the tongue. I don't know what Tröegs does, but they have the mouthfeel for these Scratch IPA's dialed in.

Drinkability -- Not too shabby. Somehow I don't like this one as much as I did Scratch 37, perhaps because the hop character in this is so much more...eclectic. Sort of all over the place, but not too bad.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich yellow with lasting three-fifths of an inch head. Carbonation bubbles were obvious and this was a highly carbonated beer. Floral hop aromas. Understated bitterness, pleasant, mild grapefruit. Lots of lace was noted later. Was worth trying once, drinkable, but a below average IPA with way above average alcohol.Smooth mouthfeel, other than the carbonation.
Small bottle from M-P

Photo of harrymel
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chaney for sending this in a monster box!

Poured to NB globe.

A: Good golden amber ale with beautiful white fluffy head (single finger) that dies out early on. Good scattered spots of laced foam.

S: Initially quite resiny. Bits of bubble gum, spice, grassy, very faint fine. Pretty decent balance, but a touch sweet.

T: Bitter-sweet. Plenty of hop flavor in here, a bit too much malt for a standard IPA. I can drink this, but I wouldn't pay more than $2 for it. I guessing it cost more being a brewery release...

M: Medium body with matching carb. Dry finish.

D: I have had this twice now, both times I have been left unmoved.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light amber with a small white head. Nose is similar to #37 but a bit less sweet and malty, more balanced.

Taste is quite grainy and a bit harsh, much less smooth than 37, there is a hop flavor but it's more bitter than flavorful. Mouthfeel is decent, thick and creamy. Overall, much weaker than the previous scratch ipa.

Photo of dnrobert24
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was totally stoked about Scratch 38. I saw the hops going in: Centennial and Chinook, and thought, "How couldn't this be a great IPA?" Somehow, it wasn't. The malt profile was there, nice and solid with a sweet caramel underpinning. The beer looked great, with a nice fizzy head. It had excellent mouthfeel, and was amazingly drinkable for an IPA over 8% ABV. But my favorite part of an IPA was missing, despite the use of citrusy hops--the aroma. Nowhere did I get any pine, floral, or citrus notes in the nose. I got booze, grains, and a tad bit of earthiness that was from the hops. In the aftertaste there was a hint of something fruity, as if the hops were attempting to make an appearance, but they were just overwhelmed by the alcohol and just couldn't shine. Not my favorite IPA, but I feel Troegs is on the right path with the series. I'd love to try the other three for comparison.

Photo of Pencible
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like stale and musky herbs, some some earthy pine hops. Not very good.
T: It tasted like dirty lemon zest and stale tea leaves, with some earthy wild flower and a bit of honey. It had a bitter but mostly clean aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Solid body.
D: This was not a very good IPA. The scent and taste just weren't appealing. The body was good, and it was easy to drink, but the beer is still not recommended.

Photo of smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap from ChurchKey in DC into a snifter part of Troegs Scratch tasting night.

Appears a nice copper almost red hued color in body. Typical cream white head but not much lacing apparent.

Bouquet is closed with a weak orange nose. Seriously I can't get much off this at all. There's nothing faulty or at least offensive about it so far.

Taste is much improved. A big Apricot front going into hops mid palate, then into grapefruit tastes. Somewhat wet however, but gives off this fruit apricot air and small airy-ness. There's some slight carbonation also in the mouth but also some strange alcohol bitterness.

Drinkability is good. Do able. Can't say I am desiring or craving it however.

Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a- big head that lasts a good while. medium gold body that has hints of orange to it.

s- fresh piny hops, what I was expecting Its good but there is nothing that really shoots out at me.

t- citrusy, piny hops blow me away.

m- When I review a Ipa mouthfeel is what I look for. This ones carbonation was a little slow and there was no bite that I enjoy.

d- The drinkability on this one is really high because i could drink a couple of these.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShanePB for this one! Review from notes 1/16.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a small but solid head. Dissipated slowly to some splotches of foam on top. Nice lacing.

S: Smell is very floral and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit and a little pineapple. There is also a grassy component.

T: Very hoppy and fruity; grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and a little bit of pine. There are some caramel and biscuity malts to balance things, with a nice slightly bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, very smooth and on the creamier side. Very tasty, I liked this one better than 37.

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Servign Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tan/brown burnt orange. Thick white 2 inch head.

SMell - Hops, malts, sugars, some alcohol, citrus and grapefruit

Taste - Strong bitter hops mixed with some sugar and malts. This is rather sweet and the alcohol is present. Has a spicy citrus kick and the malts are bold. This is borderline a double ipa.

Mouthfeel - Its rather sweet and spicy. little harsh on mouth and throat for a ipa. Strong, bold and has some warmth from the alcohol. Not the smoothest beer you ever had.

Drinkabilty - Its a good beer but a session beer. Not something i would want to drink regularly. A little out of balance and too sweet but decent. Alcohol is a little high also for more then drinking 1 or 2. Would like to try the 3 others in the series. Would love troegs to make a yearly ipa!

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to a friend at work who gave me this one.

Poured into a tulip. Your classic IPA look. Golden in color slightly hazy,heavy white soapy heading. Left some nice lacing throughout.

Smell is quick to jump out with a heavy fruit aroma. Much heavier malt backbone is apparent in dancing in the background is the hops. Not an all out assault as some IPA's but just enough to make it's presence known.

Taste through me for a loop. That heavy fruity maltiness is there and with a heavy bitter hop kick. Not a green and grassy hoppiness but more of a piney and sappy bitter bite in the finish.

Mouth is medium bodied,good carbonation and finishes clean.A beautiful all around mouthfeel of malty sweetness and heavy piney hops.

An all around solid IPA. I wish some of these scratch series brews would be available for local purchase around my way.

Photo of krisandajt
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another tasty Troegs offering courtesy of number1bum. Cheers Josh!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, this beer is a clear, vibrant amber color. Like the previous Scratch Series brew, there's not much going on in the head department. The lacing on this one is also much runnier and soapier than the previous one.

Smell: The nose on this one is slightly better than the Scratch 37. Definitely getting more of a ripe grapefruit kind of quality, but the strong malt presence is still there. Better, definitely better...

Taste: The hoppy flavors are much improved here. The flavors are earthy, spicy, and underripe grapefruit. The bitterness starts off mild, then quickly picks up before a clean finish. There is still a malt presence, however it merely enhances the brew rather than outdoing the hops.

Mouthfeel: Again, the carbonation is a little bit lacking, but otherwise pretty good for an IPA.

Drinkability: A much more drinkable offering when compared to the Scratch 37. The hops are more pronounced and they pack a bigger punch. Not a bad drinking beer, but nothing extraordinary.

Photo of flexabull
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of guzzle211, thanks again!

Pours a light gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are pretty nice. Very resiny, with some candied citrus, tangerines, and light cream.

For how good the smell is, the flavors fall a bit short. Taste starts of with some bready and sweet crystal malty flavors. There is a general mineral like quality, and a hint of resiny hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is not bad, starts out well, but fades on the finish.

Drinkability is good. Not a bad American IPA, it pleasant, and drinkable. But the nice hop notes on the nose, don't translate as well to the taste.

The Scratch Beers I have tasted have mostly been ok, this was a little bit better than most, but still I can see why this was originally a scratch, it could use a little tweaking.

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is a clear, golden orange. The head is 2 fingers, sticky, nice lacing. The aroma is a christmas tree. The flavor has lots of pine and a bitter grassy finish. The finish is sticky and lingers a bit. The feel and the carbonation are what I expect from an IPA. A solid IPA, I picked it up at a singles shop, not worth what I paid.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Justin for sending this my way!

A- Body is a nearly transparent medium orange hue. Pours with a one finger or so foamy white head-which quickly fades to a thin collar-plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Lots of citrus- orange, grapefuit, a hint of pine. Smell is slightly bright.

T- The taste is not as bright as the nose but offers some citrus flavors and a lot of pine and citrus rind. A mild sweet malty backbone. Some more citrus juice comes through for the finish with a touch of pine and spicy hop.

M- Medium carbonation and a fairly juicy citrus body-with slight prickliness.

D- This is a good solid IPa overall-it has nice juicy characteristics and some pine. Not as bright or beautiful as the best- but its very good.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Nearly clear medium orange color. Some small particles floating throughout. One and a half fingers of thick, creamy head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.5 S: Chock full of citrusy, flowery, and piney hops. Pungent, dank, and sweet raw resiny hoppiness. Pine and grapefruit star. Forget about the malts, the hops are keeping them well tucked away though that general Troegs house smell is there.

4.0 T: Super piney, tons of flowery flavors, but not a whole lot of bitterness. Malts give a light caramel and bready taste. I like this quite a bit. Vibrant hops with little distraction from the malts.

4.0 M: Medium body. The carbonation is a tad aggressive. Reasonably creamy and smooth enough for how resiny it is.

4.0 D: A pretty good Troegs offering, but certainly the most unlike all the other beers I've had. It doesn't have the Troegs character in the taste as much as their other beers. Still, it's a good west coast type IPA.

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Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.