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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
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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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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

03-04-2013 02:12:46 | More by t0rin0
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 02:49:06 | More by mikesgroove
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 21:17:02 | More by TMoney2591
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 19:29:56 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up some bottles to share with tenderbranson69, enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is golden hued with a slightly hazed translucent clarity, the pale white cap comes and goes, slight stringy lace sticks. The smell is very fruity, mildly citrus and somewhat vegetal with a mild unripe mango aroma with subtle floral note from the honey. The feel is slightly resinous, slightly bitter with mild body and moderate carbonation and high astringency level, the feel is gently sweet and oily in the finish.

The taste has some very tannic elements with a hint of fruit but more spice and grapefruit tangy aspects than lemon or pineapple with more of a grassy, slightly peppery element. There is a mild fruit which hints at tropical with the honey only mildly apparent with some bitter tea tastes coming forward toward the end. I get too much bitterness from the hops with only a mild wet hop element, the late hops seem to be overpowered by the bittering additions and the alcohol is a little too boisterous too. I get the wheat and honey in the taste, but not as clear of fresh as on tap. The flavors start very well, but the delicate floral notes hinted at in the nose seem to get lost in the spicy and bitter flavors. Overall I would say this is good and drinkable, just lacks a little bit in the hop department and seems overly bitter and warm as it finishes, I just preferred the tap version I guess.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 00:00:09 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 13:15:18 | More by Rifugium
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:40:16 | More by akorsak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as fresh as can be, directly off the bottling line during the last day that the Harrisburg tasting room was open on Friday, 8/7. This brew appears a super hazy color caught between yellow and gold. A finger of yellowish stained froth sits atop the brew and quickly dissolves holding across the top with some larger beads of carbonation. Some finger patterns of lace cling to the glass and a light swirl agitates some bubbles from solution back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is juicy with hop character initially. However, underneath is some funky yeast character of fruit that seems a bit off. It smells like cantaloupe mixed with some other almost over-ripe to rotten mellon character and pears. As the brew warms up, it picks up a scent of cooked vegetables almost like celery and grass. There is an overall familiar aspect to this brew's nose that reminds me of their scratch IPAs (37-40) that I just didn't totally dig. The fresh hop inclusion somewhat hides it, but there is no way of ignoring it.

The taste of this brew includes mellon fruits like cantaloupe that lasts inside the mouth, more sips bring forth a flavor of bitters with a hint of pear, grass and herbal elements. At times there is quite a bit of vegetative flavoring mixed with a yeastiness that is reminiscent of previous IPA attempts in the scratch lineup. I don't know if this is just a case of bad yeast or maybe they just went over the top with too much wet hopping or the hops weren't as fresh as advertised? Regardless, it doesn't strike me as being a citra-forward offering with the bright hoppy character you would expect from a fresh hopped offering.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol increases in awareness with a warmth down the back of the throat as the brew comes up to temperature. All in all, this wasn't a horrible offering but it certainly wasn't at all what I was expecting. Perhaps I was setting myself up for disaster praying for a reincarnation of the beauty that was Scratch 35. There seems to be a bit of off-character to this one and it was a bit of a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 23:38:11 | More by stakem
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-19-2011 20:18:38 | More by orangesol
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-25-2013 23:16:46 | More by BillRoth
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 04:28:50 | More by xnicknj
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:14:00 | More by maximum12
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scottfrie

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 00:54:03 | More by scottfrie
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

HV

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 02:53:06 | More by sholland119
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-07 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy gold with a 1.5-finger white head that fades quickly very good lacing

S - Peaches and more peaches with a little hop floral, malt and honey.

T - Initially, lots of peach, undefined lemon/orange/grapefruit citrus, then honey followed by the starfruit citrus and tangelo flavor and some zesty bitterness. The long-lasting aftertaste is citric, bitter, astringent and mildly sour. I notice the alcohol more from the bottle than I did on-tap. It definitely scrubs the tastebuds.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A little resinous and prickly.

O - I like the assertive flavors of the starfruit citrus and cutting bitterness after what starts as sweetish-peach. It's quite the contrast. It was as good from the bottle as on-tap; not surprisingly since it was just bottled today.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 21:13:29 | More by Tucquan
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 18:04:02 | More by WanderingFool
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 20:42:06 | More by jmarsh123
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bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:25:23 | More by bonkers
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 23:50:41 | More by DaveHack
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +19%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 16:42:27 | More by thain709
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-14-2011 14:19:02 | More by Lawnboy33
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light orange with just a thin layer of bubbles that settled to a ring around the glass, just a bit of lacing
S - the aroma is not very enticing, it has a vegetable, cardboard smell.
T - again, the flavor is a bit off-putting. bitter grassy flavor with just hints of some citrus, some spice too. i'm more reminded of an orange rind or pith than citrus. Not very enjoyable at all.
M - good carbonation, medium bodied but the finish reminds me of what the stringy part of an orange tastes like
D - Its not completely horrible, but just not what I think of for a fresh hop ale. I'll give it another try and hope for the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 04:10:51 | More by mikereaser
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younger35

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 22:36:44 | More by younger35
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:17:06 | More by russwbeck
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-23-2011 06:44:51 | More by mjtiernan
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Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.