Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by krisandajt:
3.88/5 rDev +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.
01-14-2011 23:22:49 | More by krisandajt
More User Reviews:
2.68/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
01-31-2011 00:07:18 | More by kingcrowing
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
01-19-2011 02:58:56 | More by mdaschaf
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
12oz bottle, 6-pack from the brewery...served in a standard pint glass
A - pours with about a quarter inch of mostly loose, fuzzy just off-white colored foam...settling to a short yet thick webbed layer. the beer is crystal clear, just on the side of dark gold.
S - sweet candied tropical fruits, orange and tangerines notably. other notes of wet pine, and some sweet bubblegum as well. just a touch of caramel underneath.
T - bitter hops attack the palette right away, though allow some candied tangerine, grapefruit, and orange to come through cleanly. assisted by some mild pine and grass, it really runs the gauntlet of hop flavors. only a bit of caramel malt balances this hop-bomb.
M - light to medium bodied, with tight, controlled, prickly carbonation. body is slightly sticky, with a crisp finish. strong lingering hoppy bitterness, with a minor alcohol burn.
D - its appeal is in its simplicity. well-rounded throughout, hiding its ABV quite well. interesting choice of hops here, and it works well, being able to appease the big hop craving yet still having some grace and detail. well done.
12-18-2010 01:29:10 | More by Stigs
3.6/5 rDev -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
02-04-2011 03:33:16 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company on 12/14/10. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a clear copper, with a thin frothy covering of bright-white head. This retains with some creaminess on the edges and light wisps in the center, throwing up some foamy swathes of lacing that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma alternates between floral and grassy feeling in the nose, with ripe tropical fruit character that mixes with the bread and caramel flavors from the malts to give this a deep tanginess on the edges of the profile. Pine, spice, and green citrus add a bold sharpness that fills out the middle portion of the nose.
The taste is coming off as pretty darn bitter on the palate, with spiciness, resins, and bitter grapefruit and citrus rind all boldly stretching through the other flavors and just crushing the finish on this with a fierce and dry hop laden finale. That same rich blend of caramel, toast, and juicy tropical fruit, tries it's hardest to balance out the bitterness in the bulk of the profile but there is not helping that finish. It's a bit harsh. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp and prickly carbonation that mostly last until the end of the swallow. There is maybe a touch of underlying slickness but this mostly stays crisp and really pops that bitterness well. I'm picking us a bit of alcohol warmth as well. Not surprising I guess, considering this sits a touch on the higher side for the style.
I don't know. Maybe little more Centennial hops and a bit less Chinook would have helped with this? This was just exceedingly bitter in spots and mixed with the heavier feel here to keep the drinkilbility of this a bit lower than I usually would like in my IPAs. Hop heads might really go for this one though. I'll give this a second chance in the bottle.
12-15-2010 17:56:13 | More by Kegatron
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
A- Pours a pure golden amber color.
S- Smell hops with a grapefruit note not to overpower like the IPA I drink but settle to the nose.
T- Real good taste of hops with fruit notes but settle as I said but this has some unique flavor.
S-Dry as a wet bone enamel stripping love.
D-Like I said never had a IPA taste like this before. Love it this is a cool IPA. Worth a few..
12-16-2010 22:32:30 | More by SamuelJackson45
3.58/5 rDev -4%
12oz picked up from the Troeg's brewery, into the customary .3l.
This is one bright ale. I often complain that beer, especially hoppy beer isn't bright enough. Even w/ an agressive pour, little head but what is there melts into very nice lacing that hangs to the inside of the glass like worn drapes in a period drama.
After the initial burst out of the bottle, very little by way of aroma. What initally is piney to the point of urine, is soon replaced by the less appetizing odor of mash. Wait, that came out wrong. Still there is enough citrus that it is saved from being unappealing.
Spice, bitter notes, nice rounder finish which I always think of as the bitter fading. Absent are floral notes, I did not note which hops were used here but this is not particularly complex a flavor. There is a good bit of earthyness to this, either in the flavor or the aroma and I'm having a hard time seperating it.
It's drinkable. I doubt this would become my go to IPA, but then again, the market is filled with IPA's so I suppose I should make any judgements without a side-by-side. It's certainly drinkable, though I prefer my IPA's to be both harsher and a bit more challenging.
12-16-2010 00:51:32 | More by CooperEllis
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
My grand slam on Scratch 38. Part of the MNF Ravens game.
A: The IPA is a golden orange color, light enough to remain opaque. A very bright ale. A finger of white head has laced all around the mouth of the glass.
S: Citrus and pine, resiny, leap out of the glass. The aroma, the more it lingers, seems a little soapy, a little floral, basically running all over the place.
T: The ale isn't as carbonated as the excess lace would indicate. That allows the floral flavors to linger a few seconds before the bitterness kicks in. That floral aspect is sweet, a strong start that quickly goes bitter. The finishing hops are hot with citrus and a resiny pine and lead to a grassy finish. A hop showcase, from the floral to the grassy. The biscuity base is an afterthought. The hops, a little too strong at first, nicely settle into a groove mid-way through.
M: The mouthfeel needs some time to get its sea legs. When it all comes together, the hops are vibrant with floral, grassy and citrus flavors. There is plenty of boozy bitterness though, a little overpowering.
D: This one has the ability to get to me quickly. It is thick and bitter, especially in the finish (and that is what lingers in my memory).
12-14-2010 04:06:51 | More by akorsak
3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-26-2011 02:18:21 | More by smakawhat
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
03-27-2011 14:06:15 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-20-2011 01:38:51 | More by mikesgroove
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
Fresh from the brewery where I got a case. Reviewed from notes and shared with petesuphi and Jwiss22...
A- Has a very nice golden orange color with a yellowish hue. A very crisp, clean and clear looking beer with a slight haze and a nice amount of bubbles from the carb leading to a nice thin white head that has a little creamy appearance to it.
S- Has an immediate fruit skin smell of citrus, faint but noticeable. More of a piney resinous smell that quickly gives way to a more warming smell of sweet malt and boozy heat. As it continues to warm the citrus smell stays, but it still faint and carries more of a rind smell than the actual fruit. Also the malty sweetness is subtle and wasn't what I expected.
T- This one opens up with a little drop of citrus and a shit ton of pine. Again there is some pear, fruit skin taste like 37, but not as strong. The finish is boozy, and a biscuity malty sweetness. A little of a let down, but improved upon from 37.
M- There's a nice carb prickle with a moderate chewiness, but this one is more syrupy and sweet than I would have liked. The carb is definitely light, but I would have liked more carb and fluffiness or stickiness this is more syrupy, smooth and sweetening.
D- All of Troegs' beers are extremely drinkable. This one is no different it's a good IPA, but not what they are capable of especially from the scratch series. The syrupy and sweet feeling combined with the warming abv could become tiring and a little fatiguing on the palate. Hope 39 is better.
Keep them coming Troegs you will nail the recipe and perfect the hop profile for your Perpetual IPA!
12-30-2010 05:19:37 | More by StormKing47
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
01-10-2011 21:29:10 | More by DavoleBomb
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As served the beer is a bright clear orange and amber color with a ¾" slightly off-white head that is quite thick and recedes slowly leaving some nice thick lacing. For much of the beer sipping leaves some interesting patterns of lacing.
Smell: The aroma is dominated by lots of hop character that seems to have a mixture of grapefruit and citrus zest along with some touches of pine and grassy, earthy hops.
Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose and are nicely complex. There is a caramel malt backbone that remains quietly in the background leaving the show to the hops. The hop flavors that dominate the beer are earthy, grassy and citric (both grapefruit and orange), but a touch of pine shows up here as well.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and quite soft and smooth with the gentle carbonation. The finish is medium to long and nicely dry and bitter
Drinkability: This was a very drinkable beer. Each sip followed the other easily and I'd love to have this one again.
12-06-2010 01:56:45 | More by drtth
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
01-16-2011 20:39:33 | More by TheFightfan1
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
On tap Saturday December 11, 2010.
Pours a lightish copper color with a white bead that fades down into a small cap with a bit of lacing. The nose brings a moderate dose of citrus with oranges coking through and perhaps a bit of tangerine. There is also a slight bit of caramel malt lingering in the background.
The taste is composed mostly of a moderate amount of citrus hop flavor as well as slight caramel and pine notes. Slightly bitter with a medium body. Well made and easy to drink, but not nearly as good as the Citra of Brotherly Love.
12-17-2010 12:25:19 | More by Thorpe429
2.75/5 rDev -26.3%
Poured into an Ommegang flute on 1/1/11
Thanks to MbpBugeye
This is a great looking beer. Golden amber color that has a nice, bright sheen. The two finger head as short lived, though it left crackly, webbed lacing all over the glass. Thin retention.
The aroma is a bit odd to me. Fairly hoppy with notes of grass, hay, straw, floral nips. It's kind of spicy & has notions of over-ripe citrus. Not a whole lot of malts in there; it almost has a bubblegum bent. Hmm, the taste is equally grassy; maybe even more so than the nose. Densely herbal with light hints of spice. Much of the citric element is obscured. As with the aroma, the malts are seemingly downplayed though I know they are there; just some toasty undertones. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; fairly average in both respects. On the other hand I don't much care for the overall feel which is coating & kind of slick.
Drinkability is ok. It's an interesting enough beer but kind of middle of the road.
01-05-2011 01:34:13 | More by Ryan011235
3.3/5 rDev -11.5%
Thanks to Jason for another generous extra.
A: The pour is a clear, golden amber color with a fluffy white head.
S: Lots of lemons in this one, too. I get mostly lemon zest with a bit of a bready malt base. A decent amount of pine to go with it, and some mild alcohol. Maybe some feet, too.
T: A bit better on the palate as the lemon zest really comes through strongly. Quite a bit of pine which provides a lot of bitterness, but it's somewhat harsh at times. Again, a little bit of alcohol and bread.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation with a lasting bitterness on the finish.
D: Wasn't too big of a fan of this either, but at least it was better than 37.
01-03-2011 18:07:07 | More by womencantsail
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-14-2011 05:33:34 | More by flexabull
4.43/5 rDev +18.8%
From a firkin at TJ's yesterday. This replaced the firkin of Sculpin during TJ's anniversary event. While I was sad to see the Sculpin go, getting this as a replacement made for an impressive substitute.
The beer pours the proto-typical orange amber IPA color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose.... wow!!! I get a huge aroma of skunky marijuana, pepper, pine, earth and dry citrus. This beer smells great. Happily, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the beer showcasing a long, dry, bitter finish. This may be the most "West Coast" tasting IPA I've ever encountered here on the East Coast. The sweet malt in this beer is barely more than an afterthought, and is just barely sufficient to balance all the hoppy goodness in this beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat lean, but it works well in this delicious IPA. Otherwise, the beer is fairly soft on the palate, with a long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkabilty is excellent. Would be curious to know the abv. in this beer, though I would guess it's in the 7% range. In any case, this beer was an absolute joy to drink, and under normal circumstances I would have happily spent the afternoon drinking nothing but Scratch 38 (obviously, given the tap list for the anniversary event, this was anything but "normal circumstances").
Very, very impressive, and for my money, maybe the best scratch beer yet from Troegs. Dare I hope this beer someday becomes part of the regular line-up???
Note from 1/8/11. Sampled this beer on tap the other night at the Warwick event, and while still good, it was not nearly as impressive as the fresh cask version I had at TJ's. Still a good beer (probably would score it a B+), but nothing like the beer I had at the anniversary party.
12-05-2010 15:09:50 | More by John_M
Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.