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

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -25.6%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

Thanks for sending this one to me, Mike.

A: The beer is a pale golden orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: Nose is pretty decent. Nice citrus and pine notes with a little bit of grass. Mostly grapefruit, but there is some of the lemon that was so dominant in the other 3 IPAs of this "mini-series". Light caramel sweetness.

T: Nice grapefruit and tangerine with sweet fruit notes to it. Light grass and pine with a nice bready flavor. Not too much malt sweetness, though. Lightly bitter, but not overly so.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Easily the best of the four IPAs, but not an amazing beer.

womencantsail, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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 Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -2%

I had a taster of this at the brewery tasting room on 1/7/2011.

The color is golden tinged with amber and thick foamy cream cap tops it w/ lace that is very sticky and the bead is ultra fine. The calrity is gently hazed. The smell is very earthy and piney w/ slightly floral elements and scent of damp sweet grass w/ light toasted malt. The feel is semi-dry w/ bitter texture up front. There is a mild astringency w/ coarse bitter and creamy effect of resins. The finish is semi-dry and has lots of tannic hop action w/ mild malt feel.

I enjoy this more as it warms than the harsh bitter taste on entry. The pine and grassiness is high, but there is a pleasant earthy and peppery element w/ lasting bitterness. The finish is loaded w/ flavors of grapefruit and intensity of bitter lemongrass. I liked this as it is a solid IPA Imo. There are a lot of bold flavors, lots of acidic hop but the flavors favor bitter over juicy citrus which I prefer.

Slatetank, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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 woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%

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 orangesol
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

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
Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev 0%

Bottle into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears a fairly clear copper orange color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained creamy head. The head retains very nice atop this brew. As the head slowly fades and sips are taken, lacing appears in patches along the glass.

The aroma includes a very bright citrus fruit scent upfront smelling of a cross between grapefruit and orange rind with a little bit of a floral aspect thrown in there as well. A tingle of alcohol fills the nose with a light solvent quality. The backend of the aroma of this brew comes across with a bit of an herbal aspect that is somewhat minty.

The taste upfront is fruity with a hint of tropical fruits colliding with citrus rinds like grapefruit. Across the palate is a warming sense of alcohol and the moderately bitter hops turns herbal with a seemingly minty touch just like the back of the aroma led on. It finishes with moderately strong bitterness and the herbal character. There is a very minimal toasted malt contribution to this brew that gives just a faint touch of sweetness which is a nice contrast to the bitterness. As the brew warms, so does the intensity of the alcohol's presence and a bit of a yeasty touch and a flavor of pear comes out just like the previous 2 scratches.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This brew comes across the tongue much smoother and a little more viscous than the other 2 ipas in the recent scratch line-up. My personal feeling is that each passing scratch has been getting progressively better and better. I like this one the most out of 37, 38 and 39 but look forward to what 40 brings.

stakem, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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
Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

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
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +24.1%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.7%

DrBier, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

Received this on as an extra in an amazing trade with therealnomayo.. thanks a bunch Jason!

Okay foamy white head... 1/2".. good retention and cap.. the brew is polished deep golden.

Nose is a bit catty with some piney undertones... I would guess chinook or simco.. but whatever.. this is nice.

Good bitterness and the same pine hoppiness.. a bit of the same catty note, but it shows a lot more on the aroma. clean bitterness with just enough pale malt to pull the hops out and and about ....

Pretty nice, but weird... the hoppiness is pretty damned pronounced but not much like I am used to.

Thanks again Jason... very cool trade for sure.

3.5/4/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Jan 14, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -20.6%

My second scratch beer, man what am I missing with these. Granted this was drank during a night filled with sick California IPA's, but this was not very good at all...Pours a hazy orange, an off white head decent lacing but retention isn't that great..The aroma and taste are both too dominated by yeast, not sure why that is there. Light citrus on the front and hops on the back. Doesn't taste bad, just whelming contrasted to good ipa's. Crushed this quickly to just get it out of the way.

Not bad, just not worth getting.

jrallen34, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%

A - Orangish colored beer with a white head that had a decent bit of lacing.

S - Pine, resin, citrus, with some orange and grapefruit. Smells a little bit green, almost like wet wood.

T - Bitter pine and some citrus hops, slight bit of catty taste. This has something of a gin-like quality to it, like Bombay gin or something. This is solid, but the gin taste turns me off a little bit.

M - Medium carbonation with some good heft on a medium bodied brew.

D - Slightly above average given the ABV on this one, which is my take on the beer as a whole.

AgentZero, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

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
Photo of ffejherb
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks goes again to a great trader, StormKing47.

A: Pours a tangerine amber with a couple fingers of bright white head that quickly faded into a thin oily film that left a thin network of lacing. The a couple dozen flecks of tiny sediment that came out with the pour.
S: Notes of exotic fruits including pineapple, mango and kiwi. There is also a fair amount of tea-like notes to the hops. As the head settles and the beer begins to warm notes of malt come through.
T: Very tea like flavors, more so than the nose. There is even a leafy hint of tobacco to the finish. Hops are citrusy and sweet with a touch of pine. Aftertaste has a good punch of bitterness to it but I'm not loving the flavor it leaves in your mouth.
M: Alcohol is just noticeable in the finish. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel, airy carbonation.
D: Not a bad beer but overall it's a pretty mediocre IPA. I'm not loving the hop flavors that come through in this one, but maybe it's just not for me. For the most part though, I'm liking what I've had of the Scratch series. Thanks again Josh, keep 'em coming.

scottfrie, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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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3/5  rDev -25.6%

jenray, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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