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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83
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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 49
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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 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. (1,132 characters)

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. (405 characters)

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. (1,388 characters)

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 (941 characters)

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. (685 characters)

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. (616 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
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. (1,299 characters)

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