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Scratch Beer 43 - 2011 - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We are still playing with IPAs because hops make us very happy. An American-style IPA, coming in at 85 IBUs and generously hopped with Bravo, Chinook, and Cascade varieties.

(Beer added by: orangesol on 03-24-2011)
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Reviews by Outchillen:
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Outchillen

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Had a sample at the brewery, ended up buying a case

A:pale yellow orange, thick white head

S: A little citrus and floral, had a deeper grassy aroma, almost like a farm

T/M: medium body but well balanced, light caramel malts, grassy earthy hops, with citrus hints, nicely carbinated

Overall i thought it was a good IPA, its a little like 21st amendments ipa with the color and balance of it, good enough for a case of it

03-28-2011 21:45:35 | More by Outchillen
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of tropical fruit with some grass from the hops mixed in. I get a lot of papaya and pineapple notes, as well as some biscuit malt.

The flavor is more of the same. The orange, pineapple and mango notes really stand out, as does a little bit of grass. The biscuit malt is also present and keeps the bitterness fairly low, even though there is a lot of hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

11-17-2011 19:45:40 | More by Mora2000
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

A rep from Troeg's was at Mad Mex due to Craft Beer week with a pint glass promotion. Keep the glass buy a Troeg's beer kind of deal. Sunshine Pils, Nugget Nectar, Scratch #43 IPA, Flying Mouflan were you're options, and some damn tasty options at that. I started with a pils, followed by a Sratch series IPA, into a Nugget Nectar (still tasting great). This beer was a bright orange golden color with a fine bubbled billowing white head. Fine even lacing left on my Troeg's pint glass. Aroma was flowing with citrus/pine hop notes a really nice profile actually light biscuit malts. Aggressive hop forward bitterness in the flavor balanced out very nicely with mucho flavor going on. The type of beer that should be welcomed by all hopheads, and it was the type of beer I had to have a couple of. Mouthfeel was medium bodied slightly resinous with hop oils coats the palate with a nice rolling hop bitterness. Overall quality brew that I would love to have more of, I'm glad I caught this limited release from Harrisburg while buying an IKEA kitchen in the Burgh.

05-19-2011 13:40:20 | More by WVbeergeek
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prdstmnky

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-28-2013 00:44:48 | More by prdstmnky
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1%

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company on 3/25/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed gold, with a thin covering of bright-white foamy head. This maintains a rich creaminess to the look, soaping the sides of the glass with frothy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells slightly herbal and leafy, with a gentle peppery spiciness. Bitter fruit and sweet biscuits across the back give this a fresh green tanginess. This overall has a nice flavorful vibrancy to it in the nose.

The taste is grassy feeling and bitter with zesty grapefruit and a splash of tarter lemon. Pithy citrus peel and some resins add a light sharpness across the tongue. Bready malt sweetness mostly balances the profile out here but the bitterness reemerges in the finish with lingering notes of pine, spice, and rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly creaminess that gives this a big crispness that is ultimately maybe coming off as a touch too lively. There is a touch of warmth here from that 7% ABV, which helps give that bitterness some extra pop.

I actually rather enjoyed this, as the emphasis on that grassy fresh bitterness here gave this a refreshing crispness that mostly stayed quite breezy on the palate. Almost like a fuller APA at times. But as the next possible staple IPA from Tröegs, this one just didn't get to the robust levels that you would expect.

03-28-2011 14:44:57 | More by Kegatron
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

This is an older ipa, so take this review for what it's worth...

Clear straw color, nearing gold. Average sized white head that leaves spotty lacing.

Floral perfume notes in the scent with a bready malt backbone.

The dominant hops are floral with a dash of orange. It's pleasantly bitter with dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a little chalky and dry with decent carbonation.

A decent IPA that I wish I would have had fresh.

05-23-2012 02:16:40 | More by Vonerichs
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bum732

Lesotho

4/5  rDev +2.8%

S: Resiny hops, grapefruit, some dank, daisy funkiness.

L: Hazy straw yellow, white head that dissipates, nice lacing.

T: Grapefruit with some pine sweet malt. Medium bitterness with a semi-dry finish. Some grapefruit rind and mango.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

A nice IPA, fresh with great aromas and flavors. Has a "light" body which is perfect for the warmer weather.

04-11-2011 01:14:06 | More by bum732
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

A growler filled yesterday. Opened last night but not finished.

A: The IPA is golden, on the paler end of the spectrum and translucent to boot. A white head, seemingly appropriate for the lighter hues, adds a finger of height, coating the mouth of my glass.

S: The nose, given ample time to warm up, is grassy with pine resins. The hop profile isn't particularly strong, but what's there resonates. Biscuits below the surface don't stack up.

T: The floral flavors are much more apparent at warmer temperatures. The flavors, grassy with pine and citrus, are much more vibrant, bitter with a sweet streak. From the comfort of my couch, the hoppiness is much better (brewery pours are too cold). Biscuit malts are a nice addition to the hops, supporting them. The overall package is quick to fade away, not much of a lingering presence. Larger sips reveal none of the hop nuance.

M: The mouthfeel starts off nicely, grassy with pine. After that start, the flavors are quick to disappear, leaving a sugary presence behind.

O: Better at home (temperature control is key). I'm still not sold on any of the five though.

03-26-2011 21:41:38 | More by akorsak
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Draft pour into a pint glass. Sampled 7/22/11. [Yikes. Didn't realize Scratch 43 was first released 4 MONTHS ago. Why the fuck did a local bar sit on this for so long?]

A: One finger of foamy snow white head with good staying power - and plenty of rushing bubbles to keep it afloat. Relentless. The body is clear and golden yellow in color. A healthy amount of lacing is left behind.

S: Nice hop intensity for being so old. Some citrus probably faded as the piney and floral notes stand out a little more. As the beer warms, however, grapefruit and citrus aromas begin to pull through.

T: Nothing stands out flavor-wise but pretty solid on the palate. The ABV wasn't listed on the menu but my guess was 6.5% (BA says 6.7 and early reviews quote as high as 7% ABV).

M: Standout characteristic of the beer. Aggressive bubbles keep the mouthfeel lively and add to the dry, timely finish.

O: Decent - even at 4 months.

01-11-2012 00:43:34 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

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 a light orange amber, much brighter then I actually thought it would have beeVery hazy and cloudy with some sediment floating in the bottom, and that is always good. A big two inch plus head formed on the top right away and hung around for a good lng while, when it finally did decide to up and fade, it left behind a ton of gooey sticky side lace that stayed throughout the session.

Aroma was super bitter citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit here, and very light. It had that sparkling kind of smell, Some ligh sweetness starts to carry though as it warms, however this a total hop bomb, it was so astringently bitter that you could not smell much else then fresh, blow your mind citrus hops, really starting to get a good feeling on this one at this point… Huge, and I mean HUGE, bitter citrus hop taste. Lots of grapefruit, with even a hint of lemon mixed in. Some orange peel as well. Very fresh taste, it was almost like it was dry hopped it came off soo fresh. Nice little sweetness in the back, and a long drawn out dry bitter finish, lots of fresh cut grass, plant like taste in the finish, defiantly fresh hops.

05-20-2011 01:57:51 | More by mikesgroove
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -19%

Live review of a 12 oz bottle courtesy a generous trader.
A: Slightly cloudy amber with constant bubbles and a solid one-finger white head with lacing.
S: Citrus peels and wheat with yeast, honey and bananas; not very powerful, but pleasant. This smells more like a pale ale than an IPA.
T: Again, a relatively mild flavor with a metallic and citric bitterness like orange peels. It is nearly dry in the finish, with almost an astringency and a kind of aged cheese character. All right.
M: Moderate body with a frothy carbonation and a metallic crispness on the finish.
O: OK. I was expecting much more from a one-off IPA. It is mostly bitter with little hops flavor and aroma.

06-03-2011 20:58:30 | More by ne0m00re
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8%

Scratch #43 had on draft at the brewery.

A: pours an incredibly light (almost *fizzy*) yellow hue with a moderate white head that dissipated quickly but clung to the glass nicely. 4.0

S: very citrus. Maybe some mango? And a touch of grapefruit. 4.0

T: for an IPA? Light, smooth, and easy-drinkin'. It won't blow your hair back, but I'd go so far as to say this would be the perfect summer ipa. Taste follows the nose, citrus flavors dominate, with some grapefruit and bitterness on the back end... 4.0.

M: light and sticky, with good carbonation. 4.0

D: very high. I could drink this all day. Awesome stuff. Very quaffable. 5.0

I hope Troegs considers putting this in the regular rotation, perhaps as a spring/summer release? Just awesome drinkability here, I prefer this over Sunshine Pils by a wide margin.

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EDIT: I was able to find this brief write-up on the Troegs Website, which provides some "vital stats" about Scratch 43 that some might appreciate:
Scratch #43 is now available in the Brewery Tasting Room. We are still playing with IPAs because hops make us very happy. Here are the vital statistics for the beer:
OG: 16.3
ABV: 6.7%
Malt: Pils, Munich IBU: 85
Hops: Bravo, Chinook, Cascade
Yeast: House Ale
Dry-hopped: Cascade

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04-14-2011 16:50:50 | More by psuKinger
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Served on tap at the Drafting Room

A- pours a cloudy shade of gold with a two finger one head. Looks real good

S- the aroma is of citrus, though it's very weak

T- getting a lot of citrus and pine out of this one. It starts off pretty sweet, and the finish is bitter

M- nothing special, par for the course

O- very drinkable, but might be a little too sweet

07-25-2011 21:23:19 | More by bigfnjoe
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a lightly hazed orang amber color, firm cap of white head, little retention. Very floral nose with touches of grapefruit, very light malts. First sip is quite pungent and bitter, grapefruit dominant, softens into floral notes, malt is very light on this one. Medium bodied, dry and lightly oily. A decent IPA, not overly memorable, but good none the less.

06-06-2011 14:07:53 | More by rfgetz
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%

A - Slightly cloudy amber colored beer with a finger of head that left some moderate lacing on my glass.

S - Not a ton of hops on this, actually get some sweet pale malts and banana. Not bad, just unexpected.

T - Some citrus, a little sourness, pale malts, little bittering hops presence. This is fairly easy to drink, although it seems to have some sort of metallic ting to it.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Another fairly forgettable Scratch series beer. Wasn't bad, wasn't good, just kind of there.

10-21-2011 17:28:20 | More by AgentZero
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a clean yellow-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mix of mango and pine. In the taste, mango citrus hops and a nice malt, and ending with a dry pine hop. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice mix of hops, this could be a nice everyday IPA.

04-06-2011 17:10:21 | More by OWSLEY069
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

I acquired this Scratch 43 IPA through a trade with a PA BA. The beer pours a clear straw yellow with a thick, rocky white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface, leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass. As the bottle emptied into the glass, some yeast on the bottom clouded up the beer.

The aroma has lots of citrus hop notes with lemon and grapefruit being the strongest.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry, with a strong carbonated snap on the tongue. The flavor is full of hoppy lemon citrus, with a touch of grass and pine. There's enough sugary malt sweetness throughout which balances out the hops. It finishes dry mildly bitter, with a lingering lemon flavor when gone.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking hoppy IPA. Not too bitter and very tasty. However, I thought the carbonation was a bit high. It's very fizzy on the palate.

05-25-2011 21:52:06 | More by WanderingFool
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Slightly hazy and golden, not that much head but thin sheets of nice lacing are present.

Smell is a bit of a pine/grapefruit/pineapple bomb, but not too over the top.

Taste is smooth and hoppy, piney and citrusey, with a nice malt balance.

Feel is pretty rich and smooth, with a lingering lightly bitter aftertaste and a bit of alcohol warming feel.

Drinks well. A nice offering from Troegs!

04-16-2011 22:20:01 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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ohcomeonthatsfunny


4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-01-2012 15:51:47 | More by ohcomeonthatsfunny
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John_M

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

On tap at the brewery yesterday.

Scratch 43 pours a solid gold color with amber hilights. Head retention is pretty decent, and there is considerable lacing. The nose is all dry citrus and pepper, leading one to expect a pretty dry IPA. On the palate this beer is quite dry, displaying considerable bitterness (pretty much as expected). Truth be told, this beer seemed more like an imperial pilsner then an IPA, with hints of honey and bread dough along with the dry citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with long, quite bitter finish. Drinkability was good, though the combination of bitterness abd fairly high alcohol make it a bit of chore to just drink this right down.

Hmmm. While I thought this a pretty decent beer, based on looks, aroma and taste, this could easily pass for a well made, very hoppy, imperial pilsner. Of the recent scratch IPA's, I thought this one the easily the hoppiest and least malty. Still a pretty solid beer...

03-27-2011 18:36:46 | More by John_M
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Cheers to OWSELY069 for this one
Troegs Scratch Beer #43 - India Pale Ale

Appearance: Bright straw with a chill haze, huge pillowy froth with excellent retention. Sporadic lacing.

Smell: Very mild nose, a whiff of delicate hops, slightly herbal. Bready malts are about all else that stick out.

Taste: Quite nice, hops come out of nowhere in comparison to the nose. Solidly bitter, which lasts the duration of the experience. Hops come off herbal, earthy, and medicinal with a touch of aspirin being noted. Mild grapefruit rind. Alittle tea like in the finish. The IBUs on this sucker have to be in the 90+ range.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Strongly carbonated, finishes clean.

Overall: Body so light, and hop profile somewhat noble, leaving a hopped up pilsner like impression. If you asked me, I think the bittering hops used are distinctly American, with alittle German influence, Im picking up Hallertau as well. A good option if Troegs is looking at unveiling an IPA into their regular lineup.

06-20-2011 06:01:35 | More by Stinkypuss
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

The next installment in the ongoing Scratch IPA series, this one being 5 of 4!? Oh my, a light golden bodied IPA...could this be the West Coast style IPA from Troegs that I have dreamed about?

A-Lightly hazed pale golden with a thin white head that reduced to a wispy veil of retention and left spotty lace.

S-Nothing but light pine and herbal spiciness initially but with some warming mild notes of citrus and tropical fruit notes emerge along with a mild floral character. Malt sweetness is subtle and barely comes through save for a meager waft of biscuit sweetness.

T-Spicy bitterness up front with floral and citrus notes emerging with warming. Malt character is subdued and secondary throughout.

M-Medium body with a mildly sharp bite and a drying finish. Long lingering bitterness.

D-To answer my initial question...no. The malt body is spot on for a classic WC IPA but the hop bill, even with the addition of Centennial and Cascade hops, misses the mark for that style. Of course, I am not saying that is what they intended to make but...it is not what I was hoping for! Too much spicy pine resin and not enough citrus and tropical fruit pop. Tweak the hop bill and this Scratch IPA could be a real winner! Scratch 39 is still the champ in this ongoing exercise.

03-25-2011 21:23:35 | More by Deuane
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-23-2013 16:18:58 | More by InspectorBob
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

From the bottle to a tulip. Thanks Jason! Pours a hazy yellow/orange with some floaties. Small white head and a bit of lacing. Smells of citrus and pineapple. Out of all the recent Scratch IPAs, this has the most floral and citrus aromas and taste. Nice bitter, but not overpowering citrus flavors. Fairly light mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Wish I had more...

05-14-2011 00:33:57 | More by DrDogbeer
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grover37

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

On draft at Churchkey. May 2011. From notes.

Appearance (4): Light gold with straw edges. Off white, one-inch head which reduces to a patch. Heavy lacing at the top but not much elsewhere.

Smell (3.5): Spicy and pine or spruce. Light lemon with a touch of passion fruit. A bit toasty but no crystal.

Taste (4): Slightly bitter. Lemon, pine, and grapefruit. Bitter through the middle with spruce and citrus. Really bitter finish with a lingering citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Coating and dry. Light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Fruity and tongue drying.

Overall (4): Pretty good IPA that stands out for its uniqueness. Almost belgian-esque as it is nice and dry.

09-01-2011 02:02:40 | More by grover37
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Scratch Beer 43 - 2011 from Tröegs Brewing Company
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