Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
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!
12-27-2011 22:36:44 | More by younger35
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
02-04-2012 13:15:18 | More by Rifugium
3.53/5 rDev -3%
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.
10-07-2011 19:29:56 | More by Kegatron
3.53/5 rDev -3%
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.
12-04-2011 05:29:27 | More by nhindian
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
12-31-2011 22:54:04 | More by doughanson78
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
10-11-2011 01:41:40 | More by DanJan
3.43/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
10-22-2011 02:53:06 | More by sholland119
3.38/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
02-15-2012 20:00:01 | More by Fubar1453
3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
11-13-2011 18:04:02 | More by WanderingFool
3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
Picked up two six packs and a draft of this while at the Harrisburg farewell party.
Pours a hazy golden lemon with touches of straw and hay thrown in. On the pour I decided to use my Brooklyn brewery sniffer and poured straight on trying to entice a nice head. When I was done a crisp bone white head about one finger thick laid on the top of this sunny ale.
Hmm there are a lot of hops here but they are reminding me more of vegetable stalks an leaves versus the sticky sweet cones. Lots of bitter notes like pine and and burnt tree sap. Some light biscuit
notes and a touch of honey like sweetness linger through all the punchy hops.
Man, I love Troegs and I support everything they do bit this one is falling short in my opinion. Right off the start there is a huge vegetable spike followed by a wave of unbalanced bitterness that comes off harsh. There are some positive notes I do like though and that's the malt, which is like having fresh Italian bread. Some sweetness rounds out the bitterness but all and all this is just really harsh. Last year when they did the fresh hop beer (35?) I was doing backflips over it and I know it's bad to try and compare this year to last but I can't help myself.
Flavor aside, the carbonation is perfect an pickles your taste Ida on every sip. Nice and dry...which when it comes to IPA's I love it.
I wish I had more time to try the cask version becuase I bet that was much better. All in all though this one wasn't my favorite, and that's just my opinion. Thanks Troegs for many great years in Harrisburg and I know you guys will kill it at Hershey!
10-07-2011 23:03:51 | More by Bmoyer0301
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
12-30-2011 23:17:06 | More by russwbeck
3.1/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
10-10-2011 23:38:11 | More by stakem
3.08/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
10-12-2011 04:10:51 | More by mikereaser
2.8/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
11-09-2011 03:14:00 | More by maximum12
2.63/5 rDev -27.7%
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.
10-21-2011 20:42:06 | More by jmarsh123
2.38/5 rDev -34.6%
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.
10-28-2011 02:12:48 | More by yeahnatenelson
Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.