Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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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
3.75/5 rDev +3%
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...
12-12-2011 21:17:02 | More by TMoney2591
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
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
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
4.33/5 rDev +19%
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
11-19-2011 16:42:27 | More by thain709
4.35/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
11-18-2011 02:49:06 | More by mikesgroove
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
4.73/5 rDev +29.9%
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.
02-12-2012 13:47:39 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.