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

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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
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:
Beer added by: akorsak on 12-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of thain709
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of billybearcat
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.