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Scratch Beer 52 - 2011 (T2 Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 52 - 2011 (T2 Ale)
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

T2 Ale – is the beginning of a great adventure and a grand experiment. The first brew through the new brewhouse was designed to research yield and extraction rates, test our new boiler system and dial in the hop dosing system and hopback. The results? Our fermentable extraction rate was higher than expected meaning T2 Ale is a bit higher in alcohol than planned The hop dosing system and new boiling system were equally efficient creating an intense, lingering bitterness stronger than expected. Scratch #52 will be served two ways – filtered and unfiltered – so try them both. It was 100% naturally carbonated and we are excited to share this first brew with our customers.

(Beer added by: Tucquan on 11-10-2011)
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PSUHops

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-03-2012 19:07:36 | More by PSUHops
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mallison245

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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Sipchue

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-31-2012 00:38:27 | More by Sipchue
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey in DC, served in a snifter. Beer is red and mostly clear with a thin lazy white head, low lacing low carbonation low retention.

Aroma is sweet and malty, mild grassiness and hops but not a hoppy aroma at all.

Beer is cloyingly sweet and hot somehow with a like syrupy body and a sticky finish, harsh overall and not a repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 18:36:06 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a nice copper color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some faint pine and citrus notes along with a bit of bready malt. Nothing too special there; a disappointment compared to HopBack and Nugget Nectar. The flavor falls a bit further off with some malt and not too much in the way of hops. Light-medium feel with some slight chewiness and a faint bitterness. Decent, though not to Troegs' normal level.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 01:50:10 | More by Thorpe429
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern--served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: big time pine and caramel

Taste: sweet caramel start, big time pine in the middle--the end is where the flavors combine

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet start bitter middle less bitter end, moderate carbonation

Overall: I could have a couple pints. Probably my favorite Troeg's amber. Abv is very sneaky on this one. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 20:12:35 | More by tigg924
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by Tröegs new brewery/tasting room on 25JAN12 and started with a pint of #52, for $5.00.

My tall pint glass was filled with a lovely brew. It was deep copper in color, with a touch of haziness. Carbo was plentiful, and the head was a creamy, light beige layer of foam with excellent lace left in its wake. The nose was very mild, as I had to strain to pick up anything (the brewhouse background aromas didn't help). There was a touch of toastiness, with a smidge of florality. 52 was quite smooth and creamy on the tongue, and the body was solidly medium.

Light sweetness hit the palate, with some toasty, biscuity caramel following suit. It presented a hint of apricot, as well as some minty, herbal notes. Lightly hoppy, it had more of a sweetly fruity finish. Solid. Zum Wohl!

3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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01-30-2012 19:50:13 | More by Bierman9
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tzt17n

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-27-2012 20:34:45 | More by tzt17n
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Mudawg

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-16-2012 00:16:58 | More by Mudawg
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Ecolello87

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-10-2012 23:57:25 | More by Ecolello87
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this growler of the unfiltered version. From the growler, this brew emerges a hazed color of amber to copper. A tan frothy yellowish stained cap displays decent retention. As it fades, spots of lace stick to the glass and it rests as a thin layer atop.

The smell is herbal and catty with some tropical fruit element, rinds and pulp from the hops. There is a sweetness of toasty grain included that is somewhat familiar with almost a rue aspect about it. There is a green yeasty tinge throughout which accents the fruity alcohol quality. As it warms, it picks up a scent of dirty cantaloupe.

The taste is herbal with the same dirty cantaloupe thatbid present on the back-end of the aroma. There is a fruity quality about this brew that is melon-like that fades into more of a veggie aspect. Some toasty malts are present mixed with minerals. The bitterness is modest and enjoyable countered by the grain inclusion. The aftertaste is a strange mix of cheese, catty quality and sulfur.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. There is a light alcohol impact in both flavor and warmth. Overall it isnt bad but it just didn't hit the mark for me. I wanted to like this but there is something going on in some of Troegs hoppy offerings that are off-putting to me.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2012 16:13:48 | More by stakem
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-31-2011 17:42:48 | More by hoppymcgee
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body, good clarity, topped by massive billowing off-white foam. Good lacing.

Aroma features pine up front with a strong citrus back-up. Enticing and assertive.

Strong firm malt caramel foundation. Aggressive piney hops. Good bitter bite at the swallow. Lingering pine and bitterness.

Smooth medium plus mouthfeel. Chewy.

An interesting big brother of hop back amber, though a mighty long way from nugget nectar.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2011 02:29:11 | More by RonfromJersey
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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered version on draft at T2 a month or two ago.

Cloudy dark copper with a large white head that leaves behind sample lace. Nugget Nectar like aroma, citrus with pale and caramel malt. This tastes a little bigger than the ABV would suggest and is definitely an imperial amber. Sweet balance of juicy citrus hops with caramel malt and some mint. Not overly bitter, sweet and smooth throughout. Liked it better than Hopback, but obviously no NN.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 01:41:33 | More by yourefragile
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-28-2011 02:46:11 | More by DrBier
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-24-2011 22:22:10 | More by Bdel34
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a darker and bold shade of honey amber, nice frothy oatmeal head, stays and stays, before leaving all sorts of froth, collar, sheeting and abundant lacing. Impressive looking brew.

Maple malts and minty hops infuse the nose.

Densely flavorful and tasty brew, maple maltyness, caramel sweetness, met with more mint hop notes, just as with the nose. As it warms the hops become more prominant with mint, and some earthyness coming to mind.

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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Scratch 52 (T2 Ale)

Pours brown, with slight off white head and some lacing. Aroma is of caramel, bread and light floral hops. In the taste, caramel malt, citrus, and a solid bitterness. Malt body is mildly nutty, and somewhat sweet. Finishes semi-dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat smooth. Overall, a nice red ale, in the Irish vein, but with more hops.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 04:12:19 | More by Stinkypuss
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to do a side by side with the filtered and 'unspun' version -served chilled in a bavarian pint glass and allowed to warm slowly.

The backstory is this was the first brew on the new BrauKon system and it was an attempt to dial in Hopback amber which went off somehow. The color is almost identical yet the unfiltered/non centrifuged verison has a light amount of haziness. The bead is ultrafine and he lace clings in a thick web pattern. The smell is full on hop oils giving off a fragrance that is mostly citrus with some light floral notes and mild toasted grain esters. The feel is moderately full with a light bitterness up front that carries over into midtaste and finish with slight oily texture in the unfiltered and mild malt body with some light tea-like astringency and spice from the hops with subtle alcohol on the palate, the carbonation is moderate.

The flavor is to me halfway between nugget nectar and Hopback with some mild citrus tanginess and clean yeast flavor with mild toasted elements from the munich malt and there is a gentle grapefruit element contributed by the cascade which also blends to bring out a slight tangerine/red grapefruit note when combined with the malt and nugget hops which are almost spicy/piney at times. There is a nice balance for the level of alcohol in the beer and the unfiltered seems to bring out more hop character while the filtered contributes more to the crispness of the feel for me. You can see the difference albeit subtle in a bigger, more hop forward american ale at 70 ibus and 6.9 percent it is not a shy beer, but still hides its strength rather well. I prefer this to Hopback since it is a little more dry in feel with a more assertive hop character, but both versions are interesting to try I guess if I had to choose I would go with an unfiltered T2 for the more raw effect of the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 04:07:00 | More by Slatetank
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Tasting room. I have had this beer quite a few times now, and since I prefer the unfiltered version best, this review will be for that one.

A - Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a big three finger tall off white head leaving thin streaks of lace down the glass. Yup, definitely an amber ale...

S - Smells just like hopback, probably because it is...Hints of bready caramel malt and citric hops, remaining bright yet restrained. Not too bad.

T - Starts off with a big dose of chewy caramel malt slowly giving way to the bright citric hop bitterness. The sweetness ticks back up once the bitterness dies down, combining with a touch of dryness to linger on the pallet throughout the finish. It is well balanced and easy to drink, pretty good.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, bitter, feel that is very easy to drink.

O - Considering this IS Hopback, supposedly the first batch brewed in the new facility, I knew I would like it going into it but I actually found myself liking this unfiltered version a tiny bit more than the regular old Hopback. Goof stuff none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 04:06:55 | More by orangesol
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Scratch Beer 52 - 2011 (T2 Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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