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Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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83
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

As the codename implies, the main flavor in Scratch #49 is 100 pounds of fresh Citra hops. This year’s Oregon hop harvest took place in mid-September and we received the freshest, wettest Citra hops right off the vine. Opening the boxes of fresh hops, we were blown away at the strength and color of this Oregonian green gold. Our hopback was not large enough to accommodate all the hops so we added them to the lauter tun and ran the hot wort through the hops. Pouring a cloudy gold-orange color, Scratch #49 yields an arresting blend of ripe peach aroma with just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness imparted by the honey. Kettle additions of Amarillo and Palisade hops nicely complement the fresh hops. As this beer is a celebration of hops at their freshest, drink this one as soon as possible for maximum enjoyment.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: Tucquan on 10-07-2011)
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

JoeBartender, Nov 16, 2011
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RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

ipa247, Dec 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

prdstmnky, Jun 28, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company (Harrisburg, PA) on 10/7/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper, with a thin frothy covering of bright-white head. This retains with some creamy bunching around the edges of the glass, leaving back thick swathes of foamy lace down the sides. The aroma is flowery, leafy, and herbal on the edges, with a sharp combo of fresh grapefruit and pine in the nostrils. The sharpness is tamed a bit by notes sweet tropical fruit (pineapple and orange are really sticking out) and soft doughy grains from the malt. This is decent but seems to be lacking some pop.

The taste initially has a lot of bright feeling fruit character, with zesty grapefruit and pineapple leading the pack. A honeyed sweetness hangs in the background a bit, doing its best to offer up some balance. The resins in this though are STRONG, cutting across the tongue and lingering with a lot of dry strength in the finish along with equally heady notes of bitter rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a sharp and prickly carbonation up front that then progressively smoothes out a bit as this moves out into the mouth. There some light warmth from the alcohol and while it’s overall not too bad, it does add just a bit too much extra aggressiveness to the more assertive aspects of those hops.

Well if you like your IPAs extra juicy, you’ll probably dig on the luscious and fresh feeling fruit flavors that those Citra hops brought to this. Unfortunately, there was also a whole lot of dry resinous character that was along for the ride as well, that when coupled with that higher ABV really added an aggressiveness to the flavor profile that was a little hard to shake at times. This was a solid beer for my final pint here at the Harrisburg tasting room. It’s definitely left an impression anyway.

Kegatron, Oct 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

buffs9, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DanJan
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a muddled dark yellow/light gold. Not an appetizing color. Solid finger of head that lingers slightly before all but disappearing. Faint lacing.

S - At first this beer smells awesome! You think it'll be tremendous but on the back end you get a whiff of something that isn't right. I was very excited about the use of fresh hops and while you can certainly sense them, they aren't the only thing there.

T - I was very surprised that this beer didn't taste better with the advertisement of the fresh hops. Maybe I was making out this ingredient to be more than it is but a lot of West Coast breweries seem to swear by it. Some bitterness but it's not really backed up with a strong/enjoyable flavor. Definitely not as hoppy as I would want or expect.

M - Some carbonation. Tingles a little bit but in a good way. Doesn't linger on the tongue long but does have some aftertaste.

O - I wanted more from this beer and was kinda let down. If it was just labeled as a ho-hum IPA I would have liked it a little more.

DanJan, Oct 11, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle of Fresh Hop Ale. A night cap in a tumbler.

A: The ale is light and golden, a pale straw rumplestiltskin color. Barely transparent, there seems to be a replendent haziness lingering in the ale. A half finger of white head is doing its best to lace around the mouth of the glass.

S: The fresh hops smell great, bringing orange and soft grapefruit to the front. Very oily, the hops deliver a strong flavor without packing too much into the glass. The hops seal the deal.

T: The ale is growing on me, no doubt about it. The citra, while leafy and vegetal, carries the ale nicely. The orange flavors are powdery and sweet, delivering a solid flavor. The fresh hops add sweetness without related sharp bitterness. Grapefruit adds some power but generally the citra aspect drives the flavor. The hops rest nicely atop a pale biscuity body. Leafy bitterness lingers after each sip.

M: The hops are juicy without the requisie bite. What does come through is sweet orange goodness interrupted sporadically by a hop cone vegetal flavor.

akorsak, Oct 17, 2011
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4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to tulip. Thanks to Sean from Tröegs for the hookup. Sampled just a day or two after the release. Reviewed on 10/10/11.

A: Pours with a 1 finger off-white colored head, creamy/foamy in texture with average retention. The body is a pale, light orange color, radiant, with very little opacity. Fair lacing.

S: Immediately on the nose - succulent hop character with honeydew and juicy cantaloupe at the peak of ripeness. Just a little further behind I get orange, hop vine, grass and celery. The hops are paramount and the malt character gets buried. Seriously, one of the freshest smelling beers that I've ever had.

T: Just off of the bottling line, each sip felt like I could literally taste the fibers from the hop vine. Bitterness is dialed back just a tad to allow the sweetness of the ripe fruit to shine. Perfectly balanced between sweetness upfront and a drying finish.

M: Medium-light body with a creamy texture to perfectly compliment the flavor profile. The level of carbonation is spot on, providing a fizzy prickle to the tongue as the beer glides across.

O: I'm puzzled by the reviews for this beer - but I understand that melon-fruit aromas and flavors aren't exactly typical for an IPA. Personally I loved it. So, for me it worked. And damn near perfectly I might add.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 12, 2012
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2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy gold with minimal head and absolutely no retention.

Smell is very unique. Huge scent of mango sweetness and fresh cut grass.

Taste doesn't follow well. A bit of mango up front, but nothing like the smell would indicate. Quickly fades into a grassy earthy somewhat unpleasant bitterness. Finishes supremely bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is a tad on the light side, but not horrible. Carbonation good.

Usually love Troegs, but this doesn't do it for me. Flavors clash and it's way out of balance. I was expecting much more after the terrific smell.

jmarsh123, Oct 21, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice and clear amber, the amount of red in the color actually was a bit suprising. Lots and lots of carbonation were visible on the pour and continued for a good bit afterwards as well.

Very fresh aroma coming off of this one and I mean very fresh, you could almost taste I with the smell it was soo much. Just tons and tons of sweet, sticky, floral hops. This was just great. very very nice. Now I have to say this was almost chewey it was soo good. There was just this really great fresh hop taste here. subtle, and sweet and sticky nugget like hops that was like candy it was soo good. It was just a nice full flavor, nothing extreme, nothing mellowed, nothing watered down.

mikesgroove, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

DrBier, Dec 28, 2011
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

hoosierfan, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from ? (probably Pinocchio's beer garden)

Poured into a pint glass, golden-yellow with a slight haze, and a nice, small cap of white head; moderate carbonation. Aroma of grains, pale malts, citrusy hops, fresh fruit. Taste was light and clean, toasted grains, pale malts, generously hopped, citrusy, orange blossom, honeydew, a touch of pithiness and grass. Light mouthfeel, sweet and easily drinkable. Nothing special, but still quite nice.

Rifugium, Feb 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

Always down for a nice fresh hop. This one pours a hazy brass topped by a finger or so of lightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit peel, orange zest, buttery caramel, and a dash of lemon rind. The taste brings in more of the same, with the fruits' rinds really taking center stage. A hint of pine resin makes its way in as well, finishing the job of walling up the caramel, "Cask of Amontillado"-style. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly silky feel. Overall, a nice fresh hop IPA. 'Nuff said, really...

TMoney2591, Dec 12, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received Scratch 49 Fresh Hop Ale from a beer trade. The beer pours a cloudy yellow, with a small creamy white head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving some lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong and has notes of lemon citrus and grass. some toasted malt and peach fruit notes are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with light carbonation. The flavor is sweet with some lemon citrus bitterness. It begins with pale malt and light tropical fruit. Lemon citrus, grass and a hint of pine bitterness balance out the sweet flavor. It finishes bitter and dry. Once gone the mango and lemon citrus lingers on the palate.

I thought there would be more hop flavor in this beer. It's nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel.

WanderingFool, Nov 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

sideshowe, Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

zrab11, Jan 05, 2012
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2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for the hand-off, Justin!

Appearance -- Pours a hazed peach hue with a very slim fizzy head. Looks more like a Berliner Weisse or Wit than an IPA.

Smell -- Not terribly aromatic. Dry husky malt, peachy Citra-like aroma, pithy bitterness. Could be an IPA, could be a Cream Ale.

Taste -- Slightly better. Again, this drinks more like a hoppy Cream Ale or perhaps a blonde: pils malt, husky grain, cane sugar sweetness, peach- and apricot-like hop flavor, dry grass, and a bit of pithy bitterness. Tasty, but doesn't scratch that hop itch. Long finish of peach, pilsner malt, and dried grass.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with low but crisp carbonation. Doesn't quite fit the style. Again, more like a Berliner or Wit.

Overall -- Wish I liked this more. Perhaps the bloom of this flower has come and gone. Even though, there was still a lot *off* with this one. I expect more from Tröegs, to be honest, especially with their run of Scratch IPA's earlier this year and Perpetual.

Got one more bottle, will amend review if the bottle reviewed above turned out to be a dud.

yeahnatenelson, Oct 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into RR-tion glass.

Pours a nice cloudy, yellow with a large white, fluffy head that disapates quickly leaving a slight bit of lacing down the glass

Smells like fresh cut grass.

Tastes is also of fresh grass. Nice bitter, grassy hop flavor is dominate.

Feels 'fresh' in the mouth. Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It is a refreshing brew, perfect for the fall months.

DaveHack, Oct 21, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Troegs Mad Elf tulip. Thanks to russwbeck for this!

A - Pours a light goldenrod color, very cloudy and with a finger of bubbly white head. The retention is pretty good and it leaves a thick, foamy cap behind. Big clumps of foam make up the lacing.

S - The aroma is full of pine and citrusy fruit notes, but it is also fairly soapy as well. There is a touch of biscuit malts, but for the most part is all sap and tropical fruit. There are faint notes of grass and lemon in the finish.

T - For the most part, the taste follows the nose but with a bigger focus on the fruitier side of the hops. There is a tasty peach flavor mixed with mango and pineapple that is very enjoyable. The soapiness is also present, but thankfully it's much more subdued than in the aroma. A little bit of malt presence here, but there is little backbone. There's a touch of alcohol heat in the finish as well.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with okay carbonation. Surprisingly this feels a little watery and thin at times which is unusual for a hop-bomb IPA like this. A lingering bitterness and stickiness lingers on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I am loving the freshness and juiciness of the hops in this, but the soap notes are a little bit of a distraction. I would've also loved to have this be a bit heavier and meatier, too, as I believe the current consistency doesn't allow the full potential of flavor to develop.

nhindian, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

psnydez86, Jan 30, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks for this, Josh!

A: Pours a hazy dark lemon-amber with a thick off-white head that faded into a thin collar leaving minimal lacing.
S: Fresh notes of citrus hops including lemon and fresh grapefruit zest.
T: I get notes of tropical fruits, mangos, pineapple, citrus rind, and lightly bitter fruit juices. Overall very fruity, sweet and fresh tasting.
M: Medium body, slick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Feels great overall.
O: Solid ipa with great sweet fruity flavors. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks again StormKing47.

scottfrie, Oct 26, 2011
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Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.