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

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Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale)Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale)

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 49
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 17.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: Tucquan on 10-07-2011

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
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Photo of Fubar1453
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale yellow, lemon color a thin layer of head lingers and leaves nice lacing.

S: Hops, lemons and some sour citrus.

T: It's refreshing, but the flavors are really jumbled. Leaves a strange aftertaste. There are hops and citrus in there, but I can't tell what they are.

M: Somewhat sticky, pretty high carbonation.

O: This beer has an identity crisis. There are lots of flavors mixed together that don't really identify themselves.

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4.71/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass courtesy of russwbeck.

A: Light hazy straw yellow. Half finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Big pineapple and mango. One of the nicest tropical smelling beers I've smelled. Very light on caramel but no complaints here.

T: Some light sweet caramel upfront that lingers til the finish. Then citrus. But sour grapefruit steps in and makes the citrus kind of funky. The pineapple is still there but no mango. Finishes with a touch of caramel coming back in.

M: Light body. High carbonation. Crisp and dry. Slightly oily.

O: Kind of all over the place with this one. The grapefruit taste really let this one down. Drinkable but not recommended.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Semi-hazy yellow pour with a nice white head. Lacing and retention are decent and a few bubbles are noted raising to the top of my Mad Elf tulip.

S: The aroma is all about the fruitiness of the hops, instead of the bitterness. Citrus, mango, and sadly some soap mix with slight pine to create an interesting smell I wasn't quite expecting.

T: Well I was hoping I was wrong when I smelled soap...but it comes out on the taste too. Tropical fruits, citrus, and lemon all seem to come together nicely, if only the soap was replaced with bitter hops.

MF: Light body, carbonated well, nice bitter finish.

O: Not that great, I had really high hopes for this one and it sort of let me down. Just a weird taste.

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Photo of younger35
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from BeerTruth not too long ago. I’ve had most of these Scratch brews but I’ve been very lax in my reviewing. Drank from my Surlyfest mug.

Appearance- Pours a very light yellow with almost zero head from a fairly aggressive pour. No cap or collar or any sort of lacing is left behind.
Smell- Fairly fruity smelling with a big grapefruit and orange peel nose. It’s slightly boozy smelling for ‘only’ being 7ish%. A few light candy tones mix in along with some cantaloupe. Nothing real spectacular here but decent nose.
Taste- Starts slightly bitter with a soft vegetable undertone. A touch of peach and pineapple mix with that almost brash bitterness but still can’t seem to totally kick the veggy taste. A super light bit of caramel hides in the finish but it’s subtle and fleeting. A touch of booze in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a light tingly bite of carbonation. Oily and soft. Not bad.
Drinkability- Overall not too shabby but that bit of vegetable is hard to get past. It’s not the easiest drinking brew either. It’s very bitter and slightly boozy. Glad to have tried but not my favorite. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  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...

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Photo of nhindian
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of thain709
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little late on this review...but I had this on release day.

A - Served with a cloudy, yellow body that had some orange highlights...the head was a thick one finger and receded to bubbles...nice lacing though

S - There is a huge peach aroma that I can't get enough of...other citrus aromas of mango and pineapple can be picked up too...there is a bitter backbone

T - All of that citrus carries over to the palate...the peach notes are huge, but the other citrus flavors (mango and pineapple) aren't overshadowed...a bitterness creeps in towards the end, but the addition of the honey helps to balance things out...I can't pick up the honey right off the bat, but I think it's playing off all the other sweet flavors going on

M - Medium bodied...chewy, peach juice, mild bitterness

O - This was a tasty fresh hop...I don't remember last years version, but the Citra hops in this one did the trick...I loved the peach flavors in the beer

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.32/5  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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to stormking47 for this extra in a recent trade.

12 oz. bottle slips without muss into a pint glass. Beer is pale to the extreme, barely nodding towards yellow. Nose is very nice, plenty of juicy fruit, wavy grain. Held back a little as it warms, just a hint of Jolly Green Giant Mix Pack, too. One penalty point for that.

Scratch Beer #49 isn't as good a few of the other IPAs in this series that I've really enjoyed; the frozen vegetable aisle doesn't mix well with fresh hops. Starts out with a nice, bitter, citrusy kick, with lovely orange squeezies, too. But as you shift into second, the cream corn wends its way into the banquet. As it warms, the veggies get more pronounced, along with helpings of grains & slightly dank grasses, along with a spicy tang in the afterlife. One is left with the impression of an IPA that stepped off the path in Mirkwood & came back...changed.

I find myself feeling very little towards this beer. Not terrible, but I can taste up front what this beer might have been, & it makes me sigh. Scraping the dismal underbelly of mediocre.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger.
Pours a hazy golden straw witha frothy white head that disapates and leaves some lacing on the glass. The smell is very good, lemon peel, earthiness, wheatiness and citrus delicousness. The taste has somewhat of a slight funkiness to it, earth tones, lemon, wheat and citrus. Its a light bodied brew witha crisp finish and well carbonated. This is a good beer and has some uniqueness to it.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the beer Todd!

A-hazy yellow body with no head whatsoever

S-nice wet hopped nose. Very distinct

T-nice fruity hops taste that finishes really smooth. Very drinkable...

M-medium body and smooth

O-nice. Would like to drink again. Both te beer and the series

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Photo of scottfrie
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Deuane for giving us two of these to try.

A-Pours a hazy golden straw color with very little head and no lacing.

S-Sweet fruitiness, mainly mango and an odd vegetal undertone.

T-Sweet fruit with citrus hops and, again, leafy and vegetal. An odd booziness as well.

M-Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

O-Not bad but a little disappointing.


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Photo of jmarsh123
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Cambridge Brewing Co. pint glass. Another generous extra from therealnomayo.

I'll be blunt: this is one of the worst looking IPAs I've seen. Hazy, cloudy, golden yellow. A half-finger white head recedes very quickly. Minimal, almost non-existent lacing. Pretty bush league, all things considered.

Mangoes dominate the aroma. And I mean serious mangoes - the actual fruit, freshly peeled and ready to be eaten. The citrus hop aroma is unbelievably pure and natural, so sweet and rich. It's actually pretty close to juice, and it's tremendously enticing.

Loads of sweet mango in the taste, with a healthy dose of counterbalacing hop bitterness. The finish is all grassy, bitter hops. There are some citrus fruits in addition to mangoes – I’m getting a strong lemon and grapefruit presence. There's another layer of sweetness that really reminds me of honey. Reall though, ripe mangoes and grass are the stars here. I usually don't like my IPAs this sweet, but there's enough of that earthy, elementally grassy flavor to keep this from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated, and it seems a touch flat. That said, its medium body works well, and this is super drinkable.

Tröegs really nails some hop-forward beers, and this is no exception. A really delicious, fruity IPA, and I couldn't be more pleased about having an extra bottle.

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Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a hazed golden color with a thick, frothy white head. Retains really nicely, leaving plenty of waves of lacing on the glass.

Piny hops with citrus notes in the nose. Sizable amount of sweetness with apricot and tropical notes. Some biscuit malts with soft caramel.

Bitter and juicy up front. Distinct tropical notes with apricot and pineapple. Biscuit malts with light touches of caramel. Finishes bitter and dry.

Medium body, decent carbonation, pretty creamy and smooth on the tongue. A solid wet hop beer, and I liked the tropical hop notes.

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Photo of orangesol
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served directly from a Firkin at the Tasting room on the second to last day at the old location. I drank this one right after the regular version.

A - Pours hazy orange/yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving concentric rings of lace down the glass. This one has so much hop oil in it that it is impossible to see through it.

S - Smells of pungent citra hops, pine needles, fresh cut grass, mango, grapefruit, and dulled caramel malt. A little less malty than the regular version, which is a plus in my book.

T - Starts off with a big dose of bitter citra hops that never really fade away. Hints of tropical fruits; mango, grapefruit, and oranges mostly; combine with some chewy malt to form the base for all those hops. The finish is a mix of citric hop bitterness and light dryness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, bitter, feel with hints of tropical fruits throughout, lingering on the pallet for some time.

O - This version was a little better than the regular version. The nose was a little more pungent and the taste was a bit more balanced.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle from Chad. Thanks again buddy!

A - this beer looks absolutely perfect. Bright golden body with an equally bright white head on top. Fantastic.

S - smells extremely fresh, hoppy, floral, citrus-y and even fruity. I can't put my finger on it, but there's something resembling banana an lemon grass.

T - ultra fresh, smooth, and well balanced. Hops and malt sweetness are working together nicely.

M - creamy and tart, great carbonation and incredibly fresh.

O - I'm not sure why this is at only a B, but I found this beer to be outstanding. Extremely well balanced, refreshing, and full of flavor.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured froma 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass, light orange pour, good head, light lacing. The aroma is sweet oranges, light pine. The beer is sweet for an IPA, lots of juicy oranges, slightly bitter finish. The body is medium, above average carbonation. This beer is much better at room temp, when it is chilled the flavors are muted.

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Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.