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Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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89
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 1
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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 12-23-2010)
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Moredrinkin, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

chcfan, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of aglose45
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the source!

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a very frothy ivory head that left nice lacing.

S: The simcoe hops are VERY pungent! Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine make the hop assault up front very juicy. There is a sweet biscuity aroma trying very hard to keep up with the hop aroma, but fails to do so. This is one of the best smelling IPA's I've ever had!

T: WOW! Tart grapefruit and pine flavors dominate the palate, followed by a sweet biscuit flavor. I don't have much experience with Palisade hops, but what I can tell you is if you are a fan of Simcoe hops, this beer is for you!

M: The bitterness is spot on and the carbonation is nice and prickly, but the feel is slightly thin. If I had to pick something I didn't like about this beer, that would be it. The finish is very drying, which I prefer.

D: Well, I was on the fence about making the hour plus trek out to Troegs to try this beer, bit I'm glad I did! Once I smelled the Simcoe hops I was sold. Like I said earlier: if you like Simcoe hops, this beer is for you.

aglose45, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of bpoppa
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a case of this today. Amazing IPA.

Pours a bright illuminating orange color with a nice white foamy head and when it disappeared left a nice lacing around the glass.

As soon as you pour the beer you can smell the citrusy hoppy goodness. It was like cutting a whole in a grapefruit and shoving your nose in it. I almost did not want to drink it, just smelled too good.

But I caved in and took a few sips. The citrusy hops made an immediate impact with a real sweet, bittery aftertaste. The sweet bitterness lasts threw the whole glass with each new sip bringing more citrus awesomeness.

Enjoy this beer and raise one up for me!

bpoppa, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received (ahem!) this bottle while attending the Horizontal Scratch IPA Event (Troegs Takeover) at/of The Warwick ("The 'Wick") Hotel in Hummelstown a couple of weeks ago and I could already see floaties in the bottle, so no sense waiting a moment longer to get this one in.

My pour was just aggressive enough to create a finger of dense tawny head with superb retention. It was going to need a jackhammer to blast into the head. The nose was very grapefruit citrusy and my mouth immediately set to watering. Color was a slightly hazy deep orangish-amber with lots of floaties in evidence. Chewy, that's how I like my beers! In the meantime, the head had begun to fall and the sticky lacing was now coating the edges of the glass in a way that I knew would require a chisel to remove. Mouthfeel was medium with a tangerine citrus flavor along with a carmel malt sweetness. I just reviewed Lucky U IPA in a CAN recently and this was very similar. I keep thinking of the Brach's Orange Caramels on my grandmother's coffee table when I drink a beer like this. Very pleasant, indeed. Finish was rich with hops initially, but giving 'way to a caramel sweetness at the extreme end. Don't scratch this off of the list too quickly, you boys!

woodychandler, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of billybearcat
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this yesterday via firkin at the tasting room at Troegs. Far superior to the Scratch 37 and 38. Very Orange in color and bright in appearance. Hoppy with citrus and grapefruit in the nose

A: The IPA has an ethereal orange glow, hazy but brilliant. The firkin seems agitated, giving quite a bit of head to the ale. My pint had almost a finger's worth. Moderate to heavy lacing ensued. I kept wanting to smell it. My pint was from the bottom of the firkin so there was plenty of silky fine sentiment that added nicely to the beer; clearly unfiltered.

Hoppy at the front of the mouth with dramatic hops winning overall the taste but not unbalanced. Simcoe Hops immediately noticeable.

Dry finish that invites you for more.

billybearcat, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice clear copper color. A finger and a half of white head. Really nice lacing.

S: The nose is really great. Really piney. Little bit of citrus a touch of grapefruit. Little bit of tropical fruit as well. The malt comes across nicely and fresh smelling as well. At moments I think I am smelling nugget nectar. A very complex does of hops.

T: Again a nice clean malt profile. A very complex hop profile. It does not end bitter which is a nice touch to this beer. The hops are piney. Citrus and some tropical fruits. I am really digging this one.

M: Very refreshing clean medium body. Carbonated just right.

D: I had this on tap at the brewery and I thought this was much better out of the bottle. The hops were not as bright and the nose was not as big. This would be a great year round IPA.

aerozeppl, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appears a nice red/copper color in body with some light orange hues. Typical cream white head but not much lacing apparent and the head is almost non existent with minimal lacing.

Bouquet though is nice with a borderline fresh to dried apricot fruit at first, then giving to a nice airy hoppy-ness.

Taste is just flat out great. Real nice full bodied beer giving to baked full bread upon swallowing. Great finish with some small malt notes and alost a little fizzy but tolerable carbonation on the palate. This is a great mouth play beer and makes for very high drinkability because of it for me.

smakawhat, Jan 26, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled awesome, like pineapple and sugary grapefruit and candied apricot.
T: It tasted like pineapple and grapefruit, with some sugary apricot and honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste, with a little sweetness too.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. A bit weak.
D: This was a great IPA, maybe better than Nugget Nectar (I had them side by side and honestly preferred this one.) It had a delicious scent and taste, and was super easy to drink. Disappointing body was the only detractor. Still highly recommended.

Pencible, Jan 26, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, via gravity fed firkin, @ the Tröegs Brewing Company on 12/23/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper, topped with a finger of creamy bright-white foamy head. This retains with a creamy layer that maintains some solid foamy richness and leaves back sticky lacing. The aroma is bright feeling, with fresh smelling grapefruit, pine, and spice, all being wrapped up in a forceful floral feel. This is quickly undercut however by a sticky underpinning of tropical fruit, caramel, and bread. Nice balance between sharp bitter hops and sweeter notes here in the nose.

The taste is straight up grapefruit juice, cut by tropical flavors and the sticky sweetness of the malts. VERY dry and intense finish on this, with resins, spice, and bitter rind all crushing the palate in the back end of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some crispness that hangs on the edges, but then that cask feel kicks in with a much more creamy and silky feel that gathers together as this hits the back of the palate and then starts to head down the throat. There's a little bit of alcohol beef in the body but it thankfully mostly stays out of the profile, as a combo of that plus the acute bitterness that this provided might have been too much to take.

Man, I've really been enjoying these impromptu cask releases at the brewery and this was a good one. I love me some bold grapefruit flavors in my IPAs and this one delivered, with an overall emphasis on the bitter yet this still stayed nicely balanced and smooth despite the rather furious feeling finish on this. The cask conditioning really opened the profiles up nicely here. This is definitely my favorite of these new Scratch IPA offerings so far.

Kegatron, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, nice citrus notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, sweet, nice malt note, very nice citrus notes. Medium Body, the finish has a nice bitterness. Very Drinkable, this is an awesome tasty brew. Thanks Ben.

Wasatch, Feb 28, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scratch 39 has a hazy orange body with a creamy white head. The head has pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma has pretty complex hop notes, with lots of citrus and pine and some grass and spice. The malt does manage to poke through, with a bit of bread and some caramel.

I like this one. The hops are dominant, but the malt backbone is pretty assertive, which makes for a tasty, complex IPA. Equal amounts of hoppy pine and citrus come with a good amount of bitterness and undertones of grass and spice. The malt is sweet with caramel, but also comes with a little bit of bread.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and well-done.

This is my favorite of the Scratch IPAs.

Hojaminbag, Jan 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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 #39 uses Simcoe Hops.

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.

This is the bruiser of the bunch (in a good way!). The simcoes are dialed in and provide pungency in the nose and taste.

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

Comparison to #37-#40: Simcoe is a love-it or hate-it hop. Some people not only get notes of pine and grapefruit rind but also a wild onion smell that has also been described as “catty”. For me, the Simcoe hops are perhaps my favorite and Scratch #39 stood out as the best in the bunch. This beer featured just a bit more pizazz than the others due to the dank aromas and tastes that Simcoe provides. The bitterness also lingered a bit more than the other beers, but the nice carbonation that all these beers feature makes tasting a joy.

jampics2, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pine hops. Definitely a hoppy aroma. The flavor is also very hoppy. I get a little bit of biscuit malt, but the predominant flavor is tropical fruits. I get a ton of pineapple and papaya notes, as well as some orange and mango notes. There is a low to medium amount of bitterness. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of guzzle211, thanks again!

Pours a bright, slightly hazy orange color with a thin white head.

Aromas are skunky, resiny, with apricots, and sweet oranges. Nice nose.

Taste is dry and hop forward. Dusty, a bit chalky, with pineapple sweetness, skunky resin, grass, and a bitter herbal flavors. Backdrop has a thick creamy malt flavor, while the finish leaves an orange rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, almost spot on for what I like from this style, crisp an dry carbonation, with a nice thick body from the malts.

Drinkable is quite nice. This is easily the best Scratch beer I have had to date. (and much preferred to #38) Would be a solid every day offering.

flexabull, Jan 15, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On firkin at Troegs on 12/23/10.

A - Hazy orangey copper liquid with a finger's width of white foam on top that retained very well and deposited quite a bit of sticky, foamy lace all around the pint glass.

S - Sweet yet deceivingly hoppy nose with hints of citrus fruit, pine and spices backed by a sweet caramel and bready malt presence. Hop profile is pretty complex here, and you really do get a sense of tangy fruit, leafy greens and spicy notes.

T - Initial flavor combines citrus, especially grapefruit, with other tropical fruits, a hint of pine and sweet malts to balance the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish is dry and bitter and lingers for a while on the palate.

D - Easily my favorite of the four recent Scratch IPAs. I'm glad to see Troegs offering more cask events at the brewery as of late. I hope this one becomes the new IPA they are considering bottling in bombers.

ffejherb, Jan 04, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P-Troegs Brewery

A- Huge fluffy head about 3 fingers. Very mountainous and peaked. Beautiful lacing on the pint. Clear golden pilsner type color.

S- huge pungent aroma of grapefruit and pine hops strike the nose. Very balanced with the malts.

T- a great flavor of pine grapefruit complement each other nicely. This is a nice flavorful beer.

M- Dry and hoppy. It is a nice IPA. One of the best. A top 7 for sure that i have ever had.

D- love this IPA and i am by no means a huge IPA fan. I will have no issue pounding back this growler tonight.

Dodo2step, Dec 31, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this one with dinner after i got home from the tasting last night served cold and into a pint glass.

the pour had to be one of the best i have ever seen for the style with nice medium and bright amber color and a thick head of white lace that just would not leave the glass no matter what i did. this was seriously an impressive beer to say the least. aroma was a deep and resonant citrus, orange, tangerine, sweeter more then bitter hops here lended to a nice balance but still very hoppy air to it. rich and creamy with a smooth, profile. the hops hit you but do not destroy you by any means, in fact i was immediatly impressed with how smooth this really was. nice well rounded mid palate showed off the light sweetness from the malts and the overall finish was about as good as you can get.

a new favorite for me for sure. i would have no issue trying this one any day

mikesgroove, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of StormKing47
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as soon as I got my case from the brewery. The bottle cap was still tacky from the capper does it get much fresher than that...

A- A great looking copper color that is oddly clear and clean looking with an amberish hue. Seems to glow a little bit and has some nice carb leading up to a nice thin white head. I'm surprised at the clarity of this one especially after having the dry hopped firkin.

S- An immense opening of pine and a touch of citrus with some subtle grapefruit notes. Just smells bitter and juicy ready to be consumed. As it continues to warm there is a nice surprise of some semi-tropical fruits like mango or melons. It's very pleasing as the malty sweetness is integrated well into this one with some warming.

T- An astounding array of hops are present in the initial sip. It has a great piney bitterness to it with some subtle grapefruit and citrus notes that balance out welll. As it warms the clean and simple malty sweetness arrives and provides a great finish. Tastes great the best of the 3 so far.

M- To put it simply, it's somewhat syrupy, but ultra clean and crisp. A very refreshing brew that has a nice carb prickle and a medium body to keep all of the flavors in tact.

D- Absolutely it's very tasty and refreshing. All of the complexities of the hops work very well together and the cleaness of the malts is astounding. I am not able to pick up the abv level and that allows for a nice, smoot experience.

I hope the brothers decide to tweak this recipe and solidify the recipe to choose this one for their Perpetual IPA!

StormKing47, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the firkin release with some awesome central PA BA's who I finally got to meet.

A - A bright, orange kissed, light copper body with a creamy white head that stood about two finger...the head fell into a wispy cap and left nice lacing

S - I had to keep sniffing this one because it smelled so good...strong hop presence with citrus and pine leading the way...the nose was loaded with hops and not much else

T - Of course the flavor starts off with hops leading the way...bright citrus flavors up front tingle your tongue...there is a brief moment where you get a balanced sweetness from the caramel malt...but then it's right back hop paradise...piney hops leave your palate with a lasting bitterness

M - Medium bodied...smooth, oily, long last bitterness

D - This third batch has been the best by far...I think the firkin helped in making it better than the previous two...I'm looking forward to #4 and enjoying a few more pints with the friends I made at the release

thain709, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of orangesol
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served via firkin into a standard pint at the Troegs tasting room. Number 3 of 4 in the IPA scratch series.

A - Pours hazy copper orange with a strong one finger off-white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of strong piney, citrus, hops in this one. Very dank smell with a touch of sweetness to help keep things balanced a bit. Very intoxicating aroma to say the least.

T - Huge punch of citrus hops up front. Plenty of piney, resiny, hops continue to dominate the middle with a few hints of the caramel sweet malt that hides in the background. Finish has plenty of lingering hop bitterness with a bit of a sticky resin feel. The best of the three so far, can't wait for the last one to come out and drink them all side by side.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky feel with quite a bit of lingering, spicy, hop bitterness.

D - Fairly high. This was the best of the three so far. The addition of the simcoe hops makes this one nearly flawless. I am looking forward to trying the last of the four, either way, this one will be tough to beat.

orangesol, Dec 26, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle into a pint glass, pours a mostly clear copper body with an inch of white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing throughout consumption. Lots of citrus / tropical hop aromas come off in the nose, very aromatic. Those aforementioned hops are upfront in the taste, makes your mouth water...some malty balance in the middle and a nice hop bite in the finish. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level.

All around a really nice IPA. Ive only tried 37 and 39 in the four IPA series, but this is definitely my favorite of the two.

prdstmnky, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A firkin at the brewery. Another special release for the Scratch IPA flight.

A: The IPA has an ethereal orange glow, hazy but brilliant. The firkin seems agitated, giving quite a bit of head to the ale. My pint had almost a finger's worth. Moderate to heavy lacing ensued.

S: The nose is hoppy, a strong citrusy aroma that has a pine undertones. The aroma, much like Scratch 38, is hoppy and impressive, even from the cask. A hoppy nose that is enjoyable to sniff.

T: The hoppiness grabs you immediately. A combination of citrus and pine is at once oily and sweet. Plenty of caramel malt is present but that aspect hangs in the background. The ale seems very hop-forward, tangy and bitter. The hoppiness is the star of the show, benefit from a handsome addition of Simcoe hops. Another excellent beer on cask. One that, I hope, will translate well into a bottle or regular CO2 offering.

M: The mouthfeel is bold, plenty hoppy with a strong citrus finish. Resiny pines provide a hoppy contrast that helps the ale.

D: A good beer on cask. I hope that the versions that follow live up to it. Plenty of spicy hops.

akorsak, Dec 23, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap during the Troeg's event at the Warwick the other night.

The beer pours an attractive light orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, imparting considerable dry citrus and light pine. Unlike the 37, this beer does not smell at all sweet, something that was confirmed with the first sip. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this dry, refreshingly bitter IPA. While there is some noticeable malty sweetness in this beer, it's just enough to balance the impressive hoppy/bitter profile in this well carfted beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the beer has a fairly long, crisply bitter finish. Drinkability is excellent, and I found this a Scratch IPA that I could easily drink a lot of. The 7.7% alcohol is almost completely unnoticeable. (not sure if that's really such a good thing...:-).

Very nice. At least on tap (not cask), this is probably my favorite scratch IPA.

John_M, Jan 08, 2011
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Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.