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
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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.

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 60
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.

Photo of eagles22
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep orange body with nice white fluffy head.

Smell: I get citrus notes such as pinapples, grapefruit and also alittle bit of bubblegum.

Taste: This beer suprised me alot, I didnt have high hopes for it but it was quite hoppy. Nice citrus blast of hops with oranges,bitter grapefruit and pineapples also a really nice bitter end to this beer which I like in IPAs. It has just enough of a malt backbone to make a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: pretty high in carbonation which really makes the citrus notes really stand out and also very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: very good IPA can easily put down a couple.

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

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

Pours a clear light orange with a nice white cap that seems to be sticking around. Smell is a nice citrus aroma mostly of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. The taste is alot maltier than I expected along with some hoppy bitterness. Again, grapefruit and pinapple come through in the flavor along with a piney resin flavor. There is also a sort of bready quality to it. Its medium bodied and creamy smooth. Ok carbonation rounds out a nice citrusy IPA. Overall a very enjoyable beer, not one of my favorites, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Deuane for picking this up for me.

Pours a slightly hazed, but pretty clear, orange amber color with a dense and creamy ivory head. Head tops the glass and forms a nice crown, settles very slowly and keeps thick and full all the way to the bottom, while leaving some nice rings and webbing on the side.

Smell is citrusy with a lot of grapefruit in particular, plus some pineapple as well. Somewhat tropical as well, with some earthy aromas. It's on the sweet side, with a good amount of lightly caramelized malt.

Taste is also quite fruity and hoppy, with grapefruit, sweet orange, some pineapple and pine. In the finish the hops are moderately bitter and somewhat earthy. Good deal of caramel and biscuity malt sweetness here. This is on the sweet side for an IPA, but I think it works. Has a sort of toasted bread quality to it as well, to go along with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel, like the 37, is very creamy and smooth. Has a great slickness to it, very resiny and oily. Unlike the 37 however it is also much cleaner and slightly drier. Very nice.

This is really tasty and very drinkable, and is leaps and bounds better than the 37 I had awhile ago. It's the best Troegs IPA I have had to date for certain. We'll see how the 39 and 40 measure up, but this one is the leader in the clubhouse for sure.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scratch 38 has a dark, copper-colored body and a small white head. Decent retention and lacing.

The aroma has equal parts citrus from the hops and biscuit from the malt.

38 does a good job with balance, as the malt and hop profiles are pretty similar in strength (well, maybe the hops do edge the malts by a little bit). Just like the aroma, citrus flavored hops that focus on grapefruit are the strongest flavor; it pairs with both bitterness and a noticeable alcohol flavor. Sweet caramel and lightly toasted biscuits come through next as the malt backbone balances this beer out.

The mouthfeel seems a little bit heavy to me, but this isn't much of a problem for me.

This is a solid IPA, but I would love to see a little stronger hop profile.

Photo of rka758
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.
Trade extra

A: Poured a nice golden color. No head, but nice lacing.
S: A nice hop character. A bit of a floral aroma.
T: A nice IPA. Well balanced
M: Well carbonated. Fresh and crisp.
D: This is a nice unexpected treat. I am really enjoying this brew and the 7.7%abv doesn't hurt either. A solid IPA that I would happily drink given another opportunity.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kiel for this bottle, tasted side by side with Scratch 37.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a soapy film and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is much less sweet than 37 with the citrus hops taking on a more astringent, pithy grapefruit character. And there is a much more prominent pine aroma.

The taste is bitter, grapefruit rinds to start with a light malt backbone and then a very nice finish which features resinous pine and lots of bitterness, in a good way.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and prickly on the palate.

This was the clear winner for me vs. the 37 as I really like the more astringent citrus and the pine. Also, the carbonation is a bit stronger and helps with the drinkability. Really good IPA for me.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit murky and orange with pretty minimal head. Smells like an IPA right off the bat. Not too strong, a good combination of hops and malt. Certainly a hop profile I'm not used to. Not much citrus there, lots of different stuff going on. Tastes a bit bitter as an IPA should with a very good mouthfeel. Overall, less drinkable than some of my favourite IPAs but a good drink!

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with pale yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. The piney floral hop aroma pop out first on the nose alongside citrusy, slight spice, mild caramel, but definitely some sweet malty notes. The piney floral hops are more potent and tasty on the palate with citrusy and piney accents but had a good malty balance. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a piney, floral, hoppy, and citrusy finish. It actually drank really good and had me wanting a little more after the bottle was toast.

Photo of StormKing47
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of afksports
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles of this Scratch at the Splinter Black release. I'm enjoying this current one while chewing on a Tofurkey and cheese sandwich.

Pretty sure that makes this beer vegetarian.

It pours a rich and clear bubbly amber with minimal head but substantial lacing and body. When I smell it, I get mostly pine, touch of malts, and a big blast of... not much at all. It's very subdued. The taste isn't hoptastic either. Tame, really. I can't complain; after all that's how I like IPA's the most. Still I always look for an East Coast IPA that can compete with the West Coast big boys. Where is my Notorious I.P.A.?

Not to be found in a bottle of Troegs Scratch 38. But if you're looking for a pleasurable and easy drinking brew with a 7.7% abv and a medium body, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was not a huge fan of this beer. Maybe it's because I had Selin's Grove IPA and Heady Topper before it?

A: Golden color with some creamy head and light lacing.

S: Stomach acid dominates for me. Yuck. Some grassy hops and dry malt buried beneath it.

T: Sort of lager like for me, laking hops and boldness. Some grassy and pine hops are there, but man it's nothing special.

M: Thin and pedestrian.

D: Eh ok. Not a huge fan, I say ditch this Troegs.

Photo of boralyl
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear medium orange with visible carbonation. A 1/2 inch of fluffy white head sits on top of the beer. It's got nice retention and leaves some nice lacing just like Scratch #37.

S - The aroma doesn't stand out very well, I do get some hints of flowery/earthy hops. As the beer warms up, more of the caramel sweetness comes out.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Has a somewhat creamy finish.

T - Bready and caramel malts hit the pallet first, followed by some citrus flavors. The citrus is quickly squashed by the earthy and floral hops from the nose. The malt backbone makes a brief appearance in the finish with the floral hops leaving a light bitterness.

A very enjoyable beer with a nice display of hops. I'm enjoying this one more than the first IPA (Scratch #37). Can't wait to try the next two in the series.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer has stunning clarity. Its a rich gold color with bubbles that love the cling to the side of the glass. The head is big and strong with patchy lacing.

S- Scratch 38 has a very grassy aroma. It treads on the lighter side of citrus, featuring lemon-lime. There is a big blossomy smell of wild flower, clover and honey. Malts are there, just enough to give it a doughy base. Im not sure what kind of hops were used but its quite unique.

T- The taste keeps with the grassy, floral theme. A light spiciness, pine and lots of cut grass and honey to sweeten it up. Its not overly bitter but it isnt sweet either. The finish is biting.

M- The body is quite unusual as well. Its much fuller than you would expect. The carbonation has a hard time fighting through it. Its an almost honey-like consistency, only much thinner.

D- This is a bizarre take on the style. There isnt much out there like this.

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

On tap at Troegs on 12/13/10.

A - Orange-colored liquid with a slight haze and wispy white head that settled to a patchy veil but flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Piney hop aroma with a hint of spice and citrus rind. Malt character is moderately sweet.

T - Piney, almost sappy hop character with a splash of citrus and hint of herbal spices and catbox. Finishes with a biscuity, somewhat grainy malt character.

M - Medium bodied with a texture that straddles the line between oily and syrupy with modest carbonation. Finishes with a moderate lingering spicy hop bitterness on the palate.

D - While I enjoyed this more than Scratch #37, this is still quite up to snuff for Troegs. This is a step in the right direction, so I definitely have high hopes for #39.

Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

Cheers..

Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer of this a Splinter Black day.

A: Poured a crystal clear gold-amber color with a massive 3 + finger cloud white head that stayed foamy throughout the session. The retention was great.

S: Piney, but also with a lovely crisp scent of Centennial and Chinook - citrusy, but with a good bit of malt and floral notes.

T: Very hoppy, but with a bit of organic grassiness to balance that out. This was like a liquid loaf of bread, with added grapefruit.

M: The lacing was absolutely ridiculous! I may have to send my tulip glass through the dishwasher several times. The carbonation did a fantastic job of slicing and dicing the hops and the acidic fruit elements.

D: I guess Troegs is doing research (by their own admission) to find an IPA to add to their lineup. This beat the #37, the other Imperial IPA by a country mile.

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