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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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buffs9

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 03:08:41 | More by buffs9
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Massachusetts

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
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maximum12

Minnesota

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
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

11-08-2011 03:14:45 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

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
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

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

10-26-2011 21:54:32 | More by brew3crew
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scottfrie

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

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.

HV

10-22-2011 02:53:06 | More by sholland119
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +14%

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.

10-21-2011 00:56:47 | More by amphion1065
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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

New Mexico

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%

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.

10-14-2011 22:19:24 | More by GabrielM
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bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

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
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8%

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.

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

Colorado

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
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Picked up two six packs and a draft of this while at the Harrisburg farewell party.

Appearance:

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.

Smell:

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.

Taste:

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.

Mouthfeel:

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.

Drinkability:

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
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

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