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Scratch Beer 51 - 2011 (Fat Scratch Fever) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 51 - 2011 (Fat Scratch Fever)
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Tucquan on 10-29-2011)
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cps98

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-15-2011 14:55:57 | More by cps98
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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-28-2011 02:45:33 | More by DrBier
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-19-2011 00:56:43 | More by fester71
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ssznyter

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-brown/dark straw color in glass. Nice head. Bartender that served it to us had an even better appearance. Very good looking.
Smell: Hoppy and good. Definitely strong hoppy aroma though. Fresh hops and a good preview of the bite to come.
Taste: Good IPA. Definitely got my attention with a nice strong hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel: A little rough but just how a strong IPA should be. Carbonation was just right.
Overall: Good beer. Kind of wish it was more than just a scratch beer. Also, kind of wish I lived closer to the brewery so that good-looking red head could serve me more delicious beer like this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 02:36:15 | More by ssznyter
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-14-2011 16:08:25 | More by ffejherb
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misterRG

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-03-2011 17:51:13 | More by misterRG
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Scratch 51 : Fat Scratch Fever
Ontap @ Fatheads

Pours a clear deep straw gold with white head and plenty of lace down the glass. Aroma of dank, resinous hops, and mild floral and pine notes. In the taste, a huge wall of bitterness, citrus, pine, earth tone flavor probably attributed to the use of the Troegs HopBack where the brew is run through a tun of hops. There is a mildly fruity fatheads yeast strain contributing to a balancing sweetness. Overall, a very tasty and bitter IPA. Solid.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 04:07:33 | More by Stinkypuss
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass at Lizardville

A- Poured a clear orange color, lot of carbonation, and fluffy finger of head that left tons of chunky lace.

S- Big grapefruit, floral, fragrant aroma, and some pine

T- Grapefruit and floral/fragrant notes were present, very strong amount of bitterness to this beer that masked some of this flavor, the notes were all there but the bitterness overwhelmed some of the flavor.

M- Medium body, ultra dry

O- Great aroma on this beer, but the bitterness is what stands out on this beer. Head Hunter IPA is my favorite IPA so I had high expectations for this collaboration with Fat Heads, the bitterness takes over a little too much with this one. Not bad, glad I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 02:10:42 | More by Hoptometrist
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a clear, orange body with lots of carbonation bubbles...a huge, three finger, white head was present...it became rocky as it fell and never went away...chunky lacing

S - The nose was balanced in a sense...there were floral notes, a lot of grain, and some bitterness

T - There is an apparent bitterness that is present throughout the entire beer...the hops are leafy in flavor and present slight citrus and floral flavors as well...there is a big grain presence and it does a nice job balancing things out for a bit, but the hops do a nice job in coming back at the end

M - Light bodied...crisp, very clean, lingering bitterness

O - This was a very enjoyable IPA...I loved how crisp it was...I could have done without the graininess and would have liked more citrus flavors coming out...good luck Fat Heads!

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 17:00:31 | More by thain709
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chcfan

California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-16-2011 13:26:18 | More by chcfan
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 12:38:14 | More by lpotter
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip at the new Troegs brewery. 9.5 ABV on the board.

Pours a clear, filtered golden color with a white head; nice retention and lacing. Strong hop aroma, tropical and oily with very light malt presence. Flavor is fairly sweet, grassy and tropical fruits throughout, with a sweet biscuit malt body. Well carbonated, medium thick body with a slick oily texture. As this warms the alcohol presence becomes stronger and detracts from my enjoyment. Nice beer, though Headhunter is preferred.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 02:42:30 | More by yourefragile
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Fat Heads brewpub in OH. The menu notes: "This is a collaborative brew between Fat Heads and Troegs, brewed at Troegs on the brewing system Fat Heads purchased for the new production brewery. An IPA similar to Head Hunter with a different hop profile, some changes in the grain bill and not as agressively dry hopped. A nose of citrus, pine, bready malt & pepper. Resiny hop flavor, orange rind, grapefruit, a nice malt backbone and a big dry finish".

The beer is clear and golden colored, with some wispy foam on top. Sweet and citrusy aroma, I think its a stretch to compare it too strongly to Head Hunter though (which is brutally astringent even on the nose). This is much more balanced, with emphasis on hops as is proper.

This goes down very easily, but doesn't have any compelling characteristics to stand out from the wide field of IPAs that are out there. I still much prefer Head Hunter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 03:59:23 | More by TurdFurgison
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled yesterday at T2.

A: Golden and clear, I can see for miles and miles. Plenty of white head on the first few pours, lace abounds throughout the glass.

S: Delicious nose, plenty of citrus. Orange and grapefruit are plentiful, a sweet aroma that brings some pepper and heat along. A nice nose, one that needs to warm up to fully express itself.

T: Very oily, each sip brings a full mouthful of hops. The orange rind and grapefruit from the nose run rampant, the resiny oils coating my palate with each sip. For all the head generated, the body of the ale isn't very carbonated, further concentrating the oiliness. Pepper adds zest. The warmer the ale, the more alcoholic heat comes through. Not fusel and not a big detractor, just an observation. I liked the ale on tap but allowing it to warm at my pace makes all the difference.

M: A good IPA, plenty of oils to help the citrus last, as does the relative lack of carbonation. A good IPA.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2011 02:52:09 | More by akorsak
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John_M

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery tasting room today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up considerable orange citrus, light pepper and a hint of leafy tobacco. So I expected this beer to be pretty nice, based on the nose, but this beer was so delicious, I was startled when I took my first sip. For a 5.5% abv. IPA, it's amazing how juicy this beer is, and how much flavor it delivers. There's a considerable amount of orange citrus, but this beer is so well balanced, with the considerable hoppy bitterness in the finish well balanced by just the right amount of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with long, dry, bitter finish. Alcohol is barely an after thought.

This is an all around excellent IPA, and considering the abv., I'm just amazed by the amount of flavor this beer delivers. Really wish this could be part of the regular line-up.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 21:12:39 | More by John_M
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room.

A - Pours clear amber orange with a HUGE three finger tall white head leaving spotty webs of lacing down the glass. A very pretty beer to say the least.

S - Smells of bready malt, tropical fruits, grassy hops, and damp earth. I thought this one was a little dull at the beginning but it really ramped up once it warmed up a bit. Not too bad.

T - Starts off with some light grassy hop bitterness quickly giving way to a big dose of cereal grains, light tropical fruit, and some light spice. The finish is more chewy grains and light hop bitterness mixed with a light dryness, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time. With such a low ABV. this one is very easy to drink.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. Chewy, bitter, feel with some light dryness at the end of each sip.

O - I enjoyed this one. It is very easy to drink and the flavors are all there. I didn't get as much fruit / hops as others but there was still plenty there to enjoy. One of the better Scratch IPA's for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 16:27:45 | More by orangesol
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap during the same occasion as the previous reviewer, enjoyed from a tall wheat glass chilled.

The appearance is great, very sunny reddish amber with excellent clarity and thick cream cap of almost 3 fingers. The bead is ultra fine and there are streams of fast rising bubbles moving upward. The lace forms on the glass in a spiral auger pattern. The smell of this is very dank, earthy, slightly floral and citrus with a noticeable grapefruit component. The feel is very highly carbonated adding to the spice and bittering aspect of the texture with moderate body and slight fullness in the middle with gentle sweet tinge as it finishes with some oily quality from the hops.

The taste has some bitter citrus rind flavor with mild grass and slight pepper from the hops with a malty quality that is not sweet, more or less a subtle bready munich-like backing with a light pilsner malt flavor which comes off as earthy with a pretty dominant hop profile giving the balance without any alcohol in the taste this has a slight astringency as it finishes semi-dry. The Fat Scratch collaboration is very drinkable, practically a sessionable IPA which is not that common, but I really found it easy to have two back to back, kudos on this hoppy product to Troeg's and Fatheads.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 13:59:18 | More by Slatetank
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the Troegs tasting room in Hershey last evening. Served in a sort of hybrid glass that is like a broad sort of bulbous pilsner glass. The brew appears a glowing golden orange color with brilliant clarity. 2 strong fingers of white fluff retains across the top very well. It produces a webbing of lacing all across the glass. Really a fantastic looking brew.

The smell is bright and juicy with a very appealing hop character. Tropical smelling initially that gives way to more fruity notes lightly like pineapple before turning a little grassy as it warms. The nose of this brew is all about the hops and it is very enjoyable. It takes the brew quite a bit of time to warm up before I notice any malt inclusion to the aroma. When it does come out it is very lightly bready and clean for the most part. Well done.

The taste includes just as much juicy hop character without being overly bitter. Lots of tropical, juicy hop flavoring is noted tasting mildly of pineapple with a slight touch of pine and a grassy character across the back. I'm really into the clean hop flavors in this offering. Only once it gets warm does a little bit of a cheesy grain aspect come forward mixed with a bit of a yeasty aspect that I cant quite put my finger on.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Really a solid offering here with the hops being front stage. It has a lot of hop flavor packed into this brew without getting oily, clingy or bitey. Very easy drinking and well rounded. I polished off the first glass without taking a single note about the experience so I ordered a second. Very nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 12:25:24 | More by stakem
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Scratch Beer 51 - 2011 (Fat Scratch Fever) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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