Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ffejherb on 12-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For the end of this four-beer IPA series, we pulled out some hop warhorses—Cascade and Amarillo—and incorporated a new favorite—Citra—into the mix. Following a similar grain bill to Scratch #38 and #39, #40 is a hazy orange beer with an off-white head, and plenty of hops to spare. In fact, this could be a Troegs record as more than three pounds of hops were added to each barrel brewed! Bready Munich malts and ample dry-hopping with Citra and Cascade hops gives #40 a sweet and tropical citrus aroma, akin to a hoppy Orange Julius, while a huge Amarillo hop addition in the kettle provides a long, lingering bitterness. This cycle of uber-hoppy beers has been a blast for us to brew and drink, and gives us plenty of beer for thought as we devise future hoppy concoctions.
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Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Johnny Brenda's.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color with copper edges and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with lots of soily pine character along with very faint citrus and a prominent malt presence. Lots of resinous pine needle along with hints of grass, caramel and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that lingers over the malt backbone into a long dry finish. Hints if grass, soil and pine but the hop profile is a bit one dimensional. Little to no sweetness to balance out the resinous dry flavor. Malt backbone is a bit stronger than I prefer with lotsnod toffee and caramel. Overall not a bad beer but sort of one note and not too interesting.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Released on 1/6/11 and sampled on 1/26/11. 12 oz bottle to tulip.

A: A 1 finger off-white head with decent retention on the pour. Medium-dark, somewhere between rustic orange and burnt sienna. The body goes completely cloudy when backlit, but is otherwise 90 opaque. Randomly slung lacing sticks in a minimal amount.

S: A bready malt backbone is mixed with a citrusy hop bill featuring a generic orange aroma and flavor. Dry hopped with Citra and Cascade.

T: The flavoring hops includes Cascade, Amarillo & Citra. Additional flavors of mango and persimmon come forth, presenting dominant tropical flavors who's sweetness competes with a substantial bitterness and unmistakable trace of alcohol.

M: Medium-full, the beer rolls gently over the tongue. Perhaps slightly undercarbonated, the texture is slick, alcoholic and slightly cloying. Lightly sweet and somehow a little acidic also (?).

D: Nothing particularly special.

Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had Scratch beers 37, 38, and 39 (the IPA experiment), but have not sampled this one (the last of the 4). Leave it to SamuelJackson45 to play the guessing game and guess right. Thanks Leon!

A: Pretty cloudy and dark... almost caramel-colored even, with a huge mildly off-white head that retained itself throughout the session. This definitely looked like an IPA.

S: More sugar than citrus, and I could almost make speculations about the glass lacing based on the nose... but I'll get to that in a moment. Unfiltered for sure, with tons of yeasties floating around.

T: Very unusual. It almost had a sort of nuttiness imbedded in the hop profile. Was this intentional? This was not the sugar bomb I was expecting based on the nose. While still very sweet, the hop bitterness was especially strong with this one. Citra, Cascade, and Amarillo... What could go wrong?

M: Very thick. By far the thickest of the IPA series so far, and if I were tasting this blind, I would have pegged this as a DIPA, with a much higher ABV. A bit boozy, but still not too offensive, and the lacing was fairly ridiculous.

O: As of this review, Scratch #40 only has a "B" overall average, yet it has been my favorite of the bunch.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers.

Poured cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more

Photo of thagr81us
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to bs870621345 for multiple bottles of this one as extras in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange zest, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, orange zest, lemon zest, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Great aroma and flavor going on here. The citrus in this one was very prominent and quite enjoyable. The zest was a really nice touch and made the beer for me. Nice job on this one guys! You need to try it, as you won't regret it.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a hazy copper with a huge light tan head that drops after a few minutes, leaving lots of lacing.

Aromas of juicy fruit, pineapple, green grapes, fresh mowed grass.

Flavors of fermented pineapple, tannic green grapes, grapefruit zest. Some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a mouthcoating bitterness, astringent, drying. Good level of carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol.

Overall a good IPA. Some interesting flavors.

Photo of jampics2
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 #40 uses Citra, Cascade and Amarillo 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 batch adds to the hop experience with lemony Citra hops, making it bitter but almost with a touch of tart fruitiness.

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

Comparison to #37-#40: Scratch #40 reminded me a lot of a fruit bowl, with huge lemon and grapefruit notes from the Citra and Amarillo. Like all the beers, this featured a nice drinkability due to the moderately bitter but clean finish. This was clearly my second favorite of the group as the Citra hop made it brighter than all the others. It also has the highest ABV of any of the beers at 8.1% but that was barely detectable.

Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had this brew sitting in the beer fridge for quite some time and for some reason never got around to it. Figured now was as good a time as any. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute while watching the Masters.

Appearance- Pours a fairly clear orange yellow with a big beautifully frothy one finger off-white head. Surprisingly not much of a cap is left after a few minutes but a small collar is maintained that fails to leave lacing.
Smell- Fairly potent nose as a estery sort of warmth permeates out of the glass from the aggressive alcohol. Somewhat fruity, somewhat grassy the nose has a little something of everything. Grapefruit and pineapple (mostly) with hints of green grapes and freshly cut lawn. The touch of malt isn’t lost though as a bit of that crystal malt cuts through adding just the lightest touch of toasted caramel.
Taste- Starts with a bite of green crab apple and orange peel before being swept away by a fairly big malt backbone. Bitter but not overwhelming from the start with maybe a touch of grapefruit as well. The finish is toasted and lightly sweet with plenty of caramel. It even has this sort of barrel aspect with touches of vanilla. Very strange.
Mouthfeel- Usually when you can smell the booze as much as you can in this beer the mouthfeel is pretty thin. This has a nice creaminess to it though and a very light bit of carbonation.
Drinkability- Not too bad, especially for a Scratch brew. I haven’t been overly impressed with any of these beers (especially the Belgium’s and IPA’s) but this one is solid. I usually don’t like malt getting into my IPA’s either but it’s minimal in this beer and works out well. I can’t remember who sent me this beer but I appreciate it!

Photo of jsvt
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Amber, like the ancients.

Pineapple burnt candied orange peel. not much hops on the nose, candy apple.

Really sweet on the mid palate and not much hops to taste.

Slight, ever so sight bitterness on the palate.

Not sure if not too fresh, but not reminiscent of an IPA to me.

Sweetness led to not great drink ability.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA series #4/4 Citra, Cascade, Amarillo

Heavily hazed orange with light sediment floating. Half finger white head that fades rather quickly. Scattered sticky lacing clings to the walls.

Very citrusy aroma. Strong tangerine and pineapple along side assorted citrus and tropical fruit. Slightly resinous hop aroma. Very subtle malt, very much in the background.

The flavor does not have the strong citrusy burst, it does have a pleasant punch though. Plenty of the tropical and citrus backed by a slight pine and pith hop profile. The grain bill is soft bready flavor providing a nice base but not interfering with the hops.

Medium bodied IPA with lively carbonation. The full hop flavor gives the impression of a slightly bigger body. The finish is fairly dry though the hop flavor lingers slightly.

I enjoy this beer, I could see this as an everyday drinker if it were available as such. Easy drinking, hop forward and pleasant flavor.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark and murky tangerine color with plenty of yeast floating throughout. A rocky eggshell head fades rather quickly to a ring.

Smell: Lot of citrusy hops, with some lightly toasted malt. Mostly orange, with tangerine, apricot, and a little grapefruit to support.

Taste: It starts with a lightly sweet and toasted malt and quickly moves toward the juicy citrus hops. Orange actually controls the hops, with some apricot and tangerine next. Grapefruit leads in a harsh ending bitterness that actually brings a grassy flavor as well. The ending is a little off, but the rest of the flavor is solid.

Mouthfeel: Starts juicy with the candied citrus fruits, but it dries out a little bit toward the end. Medium carbonation with a full-feeling body. Somewhat sticky.

Drinkability: Overall the Scratch IPA's have not blown me away.

Photo of chriswilkes33
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle courtesy of stakem...Thank you

Appearance: Pours very hazy with no head. Color is golden with hints of amber

Aroma: Smells of pine and citrus, I would suspect a combo of Amarillo and Simcoe hops

Taste: Beer tastes very good, piney although perhaps this bottle isnt the freshest available it is still a well balanced IPA, not overly or agressively hopped

Mouthfeel: Beer is a little thick on the mouthfeel and I think this is the area the beer could use improvement. Perhaps slightly overcarbed as well.

Overall: Kind of reminds me of my house homebrew pale ale. Not that that will help any of you, but this beer is very drinkable but at this point is leaning more towards pale ale than ipa.

Photo of number1bum
2.41/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Many thanks to Deuane for hauling this upstate for me.

Pours a very cloudy, musty looking, orange tinted amber color, with a creamy and thick two inches of ivory head. It does keep a nice full lace and leaves some good stick on the sides.

Smells an awful lot like I recall the 37 smelling, which is not a good thing. It's like over-ripe mangoes and sugar soaked apricots. Very sweet smelling, but not much in the way of citrus. It's bready with some resiny aromas as well.

Taste is a mess. Just a mess. It's worse than the 37. It's super sweet, the fruit flavors that I mentioned in the nose are still here but are syrupy and not very pleasant. And worst of all there is a slight booziness going on. There is a very doughy quality to the malt, with some sweet caramel as well. Modest bitterness in the finish but not enough to clean up this sweet, sticy mess. Ugh, this is worse than 37.

Mouthfeel is a sweet, slightly cloying and very stick medium body. It's creamy but in a cloying way, with average carbonation. More spritz or more bitterness would help clean it out in the finish.

Boy does this beer bring a grinding halt to the IPA series. 37 wasn't very good, but this makes me remember it fondly. It's a very poor IPA in my opinion. If my memory is serving me right this is something like the 6th IPA that Troegs has done in the Scratch series. And I would say that it's the 4th that isn't very good. 38 and 39 were both quite good, although not great, but 37 and now 40 are just plain poor IPAs. I don't recall the 2 previous ones being that great either. Maybe we should all just be happy with Nugget Nectar.

Photo of Chico1985
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sierra Grille, my first of their Scratch series.

Pours hazy orange/light brown, small white head turns to a ring quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

Pretty good scent, definitely lots of orange and apricot, strong caramel malt as well.

Taste has the same orange and apricots, along with some peach and maybe pine, but hops are very subdued by caramel and toasty malts. I do wish the hops were a more up-front. It's pretty smooth and easy-drinking for 8%.

Definitely some welcoming hop flavors but the malt is a little overbearing for an IPA.

Photo of russwbeck
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Had at the Brewery on tap.

A: Orange pour is a bit hazy. Not much of a head with a little retention but minimal lacing.

S: Piney hops up front, a bit of citrus in there as well. Not a lot of maltiness to balance it out.

T: From the smell I would have thought this was a bomb of hops about to explode in my mouth, oh how wrong I was! Very well balanced with a nice bitter finish.

MF: Light, with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, high IBU, but you can't tell. Alcohol is masked well.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

B+ / 3.93 rDev +7.9%

A: Pours a light orangish brown color with a small white foam head that dissipates into a small film.

S: Decent amounts of light citrus flavors, mostly orange, lemon and grapefruit.

T: A little mild, but a nice balance of citra hops and some lightly toasted malts.

M: A tad too much carbonation, but leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: A nice IPA offering. Easy to drink, not overly bitter.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good IPA.I did not know what hops before hand and that's a good thing. Understated aroma, and even taste. An orange citrus finish that did suggest the Amarillo and citra and cascade. A lot less carbonation would have helped. Also, abv was high for what it was, still enjoyable beer. Golden body, lots of white foamy head. Thanks M.-P.

Photo of krisandajt
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH glass...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dull amber color with about an inch worth of bone white head. Retention is good, but there's not much lacing...maybe only a thin ring where the beer settles.

Smell: Light, refreshing piney hops with a little bit of under-ripe citrus thrown in. Not much of a malt presence, but I'm not complaining.

Taste: The hops aren't quite as potent as I would like. A mild, dry sort of bitterness with an interesting sort of pine quality in the middle and a quick, clean finish. Nothing really impressive here, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium body with okay carbonation.

Drinkability: Not terrible, but not exactly great. Not my favorite IPA of the series. I've got 5 more to go, I'll drink them but I certainly won't be in a rush to get more.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Troegs Scratch 40, on tap at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: served in an 8-oz glass. Abundant, frothy white head, a bit over a finger, lots of bubbles. Great lacing and retention. Outstanding looks!

Smell: Muddled, a bit soapy, some orange rind and grapefruit, but not the crazy way it is in West Coast beers. Very smooth. No hops on the nose.

Taste: Smooth again, soapy. Pleasant but boring. Reminds me of Sierra Pale Ale! Not a lot going on. Orange juice, some sweetness. Hoppy dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Classic IPA feel, a bit chewy-sticky, mildly bitter/hoppy. Low carbonation and flavor, medium body. Somewhat unremarkable.

Drinkability: Fine, particularly for eight ounces. Could pound this, not boozy, that 8.2% is well hidden.

But this brew is just boring/uneventful!

Photo of readbaron
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a 3/4 in white head that fades quickly into a ring. Theres a hint of lacing, but not much.

Smells of oranges, apricots, citrus hops, and sweet caramel malt. I typically want more hops from my IPA.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Oranges, a hint of bitterness, then an almost sugary malt finish. Leaves you with a bit of a bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice - a bit more body and stickiness than is ideal, but nicely carbonated.

Not too shabby, but it's no nugget nectar.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from StormKing47. Into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold/orange in color with a stark white head that never quite reaches half an inch. Recedes to a few bubbles in the glass.

S: A lot of caramel malt, and a bit of citrus rind. Really really faint here. In fact this kind of smells like nothing. Disappointing.

T: Again not a lot going on, pretty huge malt bill and a pretty strong bitterness, slightly boozey as well. Just a bit of a lemon rind sort of flavor in there, and a definite graininess. Bitterness lingers for quite some time. Not a lot going on, but it isn't horrible, just isn't that good either.

M: Pretty hefty on the palate, finishes fairly dry though, decent amount of warmth for a single IPA. Carbonation is exactly right. Not bad here.

D: I wouldn't see myself drinking a lot of this as the bitterness without a late hop presence would really start to wear on me. In no ways is it offensive, or bad, just doesn't do a whole lot for me, and if there were other IPAs available I would probably reach for those.

Photo of nataku00
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An extra from a recent trade. Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Barely half a finger of white colored soapy head dissipated immediately to just a thin ring along the edge of the glass, leaving some light lacing with a little swirling. A dark orange color, very hazy making it nearly opague. Some light carbonation visible at the glass.

Nose is orange peel and sweet caramel malts. Very sweet smelling beer and missing a lot of the bitterness expected from an IPA.

Taking a sip, sweet orange and caramel malts. Really malt forward on this beer, sweet and sticky in the mouth. Just a hint of bitter citrus peel hops on the tongue after you swallow that lasts a little while. Missed the mark for an IPA.

Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with decent carbonation. Sticky sweetness makes the beer a bit difficult to drink, with some of the alcohol showing up in the swallow.

Photo of oline73
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Frisco Grille.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy golden amber with just a little bit of off white head. The head goes away almost immediately.

Smell: This one smell sweet and fruity to me, almost like apricots. There is also a very little bit of caramel malt and some citrus hops.

Taste: Initially hit by bitter citrus peel hops, which remains dominant throughout. There is also a sugary sweetness and some fruity hints. This beer never seems to come together for me.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and there is a smooth mild carbonation.

Drinkability: As far as American IPA's go I'm not a huge fan of this one. The hop profile didn't do much for me and I don't think I'll be trying to find any more.

Photo of scottfrie
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks for hooking it up StormKing47.

A: Pours a cloudy amber with a few sizable chunks of sediment at the bottom. Head is off-white and dense, and it took forever to recede into a thick film that left a network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Spritzy notes of lemon and mango with citrusy notes of orange as well. Interesting.
T: Far more caramely and malty than the nose suggested with astringent notes of alcohol and bitter pine. Finish is sweet and bitter and the aftertaste is full of caramel and tobacco.
M: Frothy carbonation bubbles up in the mouth, alcohol is a tad rough and solvent like, and the bitterness reminds me of sucking on raw tea leaves.
D: Smells good but the taste is a little off. There are much better IPA's out there I'd rather spend my money on.

Photo of afksports
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a new friend at the Southampton release for this new Scratch one-off version of an American IPA from the Troegs brothers.

The appearance of this beer on a pour is a murky amber beneath moderate to mild head. Adequate lacing to let you know there's carbonation there, but nothing exceptional - even with a hard pour. The smell is malts and a bit of citric hops, but nothing ridiculous stands out. The taste of it is somewhat similar, with the garlic salt on my food being a bit more prominent than any components of the taste. The hops bitters finish off a nice malt characteristic up front, but they leave a funky aftertaste that isn't clean and isn't pleasant.

Honestly I'm a bit confused by this IPA. Parts of it, like the malts and the smell, feel like an Imperial IPA. So does the alcohol by volume of 8.1% which is concealed by those malts. But the hops almost aren't there, and when they show up, they show up in a weird way. It doesn't give the girlfriend beerface, and it's not tough to drink, but it just isn't up there among the top beers of this style.

But still, count me in for a few Nugget Nectars any day. Seriously. More than a few actually.

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Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.