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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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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.

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.

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