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Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA)Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tucquan on 12-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

With 2011 coming to a close, we are in the mood for hops! Our brewers have been filling up the hop dosers and hopback with ridiculous amounts (and blends) of hops while learning to tame our new twin brewhouses. Scratch 55-2011, a Double IPA, has the subtlety of a hop sledgehammer. Yep, there’s a nice amount of color and sweetness from a massive blend of Munich and Crystal malts, but the playmaker here is a bevy of mouth-puckering hops that create a taste bud-numbing blend of pine and grapefruit that begin in your nose and linger long after your glass is empty. Tread gently beer lovers as this high-ABV level is masked by the big hop flavor.

82 IBU
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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 35
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to find this one flowing for growler fills at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours murky darker almond amber, fluffy and lasting medium tan head. Leaves thick webs of lace all the way to the top of the glass.

Nose is all about the maple malts

Large and on the malty side. Some time seems to have smoothed some of the hop attack out of this one. Maple, caramel and maltyness are what stands out here. Hop bitterness kickin in midway and on the back end/finish. Good depth of flavors and complexity. Basically a nicely balanced and thoroughly enjoyable DIPA.

Photo of John_M
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today. Given that this beer is listed as retired, I have a feeling this beer might not be showing its best today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is worrisome, as I get a lot of sweet malt in this beer, with some underlying dry citrus and tobacco. There's just way too much tropical fruit on the nose, and I'm guessing this beer will be sweet and boozy on the palate. Unfortunately, that was an all too accurate guess. This beer is very sweet and malty, and there's not nearly enough hoppy bitterness to counter it. As a result, this 8.6% abv. beer drinks like a 10% or 11% soutern tier DIPA. The sweetness is nearly cloying, and the finish is hot and sweet, with a dash of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a hot, tiring finish.

Thank God for sample sizes at Max's. I can't imagine drinking a full glass of this. My guess is that this beer was a completely different animal when Troegs released it, but now... it's a hot, sweet mess.

Photo of aorloski
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Canary Square for Troegs Tap takeover

A- nice golden hue, fluffy white head, nice lacing

S- smells of a nice east coast IPA, very piney and bitter nice floral notes of lemon zest are subdued

T - Pine up front, grapefruit in the back, a very nice pine resin and bitter beer great rendition of an east coast IPA

M - very nice carbonation allows this one to be crisp on the tongue

Overall - Very good beer, not anywhere close to the best DIPA I've ever had but it hides the alcohol extremely well and drinkability is HIGH

Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear copper hue with creamy eggshell to beige colored head of 2 cm foaming up and receding to a thick edge layer and islands fairly rapidly, some tight lattice also remains on the glass.
Aroma is mostly hops with some pine sap and a bit of grapefruit mixed with fresh cut grass. Maybe a little caramel buried in the beer, but definitely hop dominated brew.
First sip reveals an average body and mild gentle carbonation. Texture is a little sticky and chewy with lots of stickiness on my lips.
Flavor is sweet very briefly before rolling to pine sap hops and some fairly astringent bite on the finish. I dont really get any booze so that keeps it drinkable. The aroma is more complex than the flavor but it is still a solid beer. Not amazing but good.

Photo of chocosushi
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canis Major Becker
A ~ Pours chestnut/amber with superfine carbonation & an absolutely gorgeous head.

S ~ Caramel & English barley leading into sugared Grapefruit & Orange zest. Faint mintyness.

T ~ Caramel following through with breadiness & a mountainous wave of citrus close behind with a crisp piney resinous finish that lingers. Slight jammyness/marmalade.

M ~ Hefty malt feel on the palette with an assload of Resinous (floral/pine) hopping. Mild heat. Not sure how to classify the finish; it's not necessarily dry, but it lingers & strips down the palette, almost becomming dry as it goes on.

D ~ My first Troegs! Pretty great IPA that would probably turn into a malt bomb after extended cellaring. Drink it NOW! Big ups to Crabbicus, thanks homegirl.

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey in DC, beer is amber / orange with a mild haze and an off white head of small bublbes, some lacing but low retention and carbonation.

Aroma is piny with a mild sweetness and mild yeast character.

Beer is medium in body and malty up front with moderate bitterness, mild fruit and a minor body on the backend, the finish is fine but overall not a great IPA. Not a repeat.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a nice amber color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some fresh pine needles and a bit of citrus plus a bit of bready malt in the background. Flavor has a good dose of hops and fairly-prominent malt presence. Not as hoppy or as great as Nugget Nectar. Medium body with a semi-dry finish and nice bitterness. PRetty good.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into snifter. Pours a caramely honey amber brown. Thick head dissapates quickly and leaves nice lacing. Sweet malty pine hops aroma. Great sweet candy like pine hop aroma. Chewy and sticky.
Not quite sure why they scratched this. Its deleicious.

Photo of Fubar1453
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep honey color with a sea foam off-white head.

S: Hops and pine needles with some citrus.

T: Tastes more like a pale ale than a DIPA, not very hoppy. Its very smooth and drinkable, but its not a DIPA.

M: Creamy, watery and sticky. A strange mixture.

O: A good beer that is mislabeled. I'd recommend trying it, but don't expect a hop bomb.

RXVII

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Heff316 for sending me this diamond in the rough

Look: Mahogany color with a 1 inch tan head and great retention and some great circular lacing

Smell: Piney and floral hops with some caramel and toffee undertones

Taste: Piney resiny hops and actually not much else a bit of a 1 way street. Not bad for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: Actually pretty good glad I got the chance to try this one. Thanks Mike

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice

Appearance – A deep copper color which had a thin head upon being served. The head dissipated fast giving a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – Fresh piney aromas are the most potent and are prevalent throughout the nose. There is a bit of maltiness that is detected in the middle of the aroma followed up by citrusy hops toward the end.

Taste – While the pine is quite heavy throughout the aroma, it largely absent in the beginning of the taste. A bready maltiness is the first detected with an ever so slight brown sugar flavor. The hops then enter the picture, somewhat subtle at first, with mostly just pine, but then they come in and take over the show. Big flavors of pine mixed with some citrus and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel – The body is thick and chewy with a more subtle level of carbonation. A bit of oiliness comes into the mouthfeel toward the end, in some ways complementing the nice hop flavor that comes toward the end of the taste. Overall rather soothing and smooth for the style.

Overall – I rather enjoyed this double IPA. It had a nice hop kick with some good body and mouthfeel balance.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkish amber body topped by a huge dense and level head of off-white micro-bubbles.

Aroma is citrus entwined with pine. No real separation.

Thick caramel slathers the tongue. Citrus and pine. Big bitter bite at the swallow. All mixed in the aftertaste.

Thick medium plus mouthfeel.

Not a classic DIPA, but a good tide you over before Nugget Nectar arrives.h

Photo of CooperEllis
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into 8 oz tasting glass

Big fruit hops nose. Orange peel and lemon pith.

Dark coloring, brite copper penny. Big foamy offwhite head that leaves ample sticky lacing up the sides of the glass.

As this warms a strong malt backbone is there, very sweet. More to the brown sugar side. It's just a backbone, though, not forcing its presence at all.

Mouthfeel is a touch off. Very bitter at the end, but oily. This looks and drinks very crisp but it is lacking at the death.

I've enjoyed most of the Scratch series that I've had and this is no different.

(166th)

Photo of RnRManifesto
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Huge fluffy tan head that lingers forever. Lacing clings tightly to the glass all the way down. Deep copper/amber color. Pretty dark for an IPA.

Smells fantastic. Piney hops, slight citrus, sweet malt, caramel, just an amazing smell!

Taste follows the nose. Pine, some citrus (not a lot), malt sweetness in the middle with some bitterness in the back making you want another sip. Bitterness lingers on the palate, slight alcohol warmth, too. Very balanced, though.

Mouthfeel is sort of slick, resiny, juicy, not thin but not syrupy, either. Smooth going down. Hides the ABV very nicely, easily drinkable. Dangerous!

I haven't had every Troegs beer, but out of the ones I've had, this is my favorite so far. They should make this a regular in their lineup.

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of tulips of this (12oz or so, at $5.00 each) while visiting on 25JAN12.

It was a clear, deep copper color, with steady carbo. The head was a rich, creamy layer of tan bubbles, with lovely lace left behind. The nose was rindy, citrussy and quite inviting. Body was a touch more than medium and it was quite easy-going on the tongue.

Flavor was a touch sweet, with a hint of caramel but more apricot jam character. The longer the bier remains on the palate, the more rindy, piney, grapefruity notes appeared. It was dry and resiny as it finished, coating the tongue with hoppage. Very nice; even gots me a growler to go. Prosit!!

4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1435

Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1075th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
12 oz

Thanks to TroyG2352

App- A deep amber color with some yellow and brown highlights. I will say this is one dark DIPA. A great 3 finger head and took a long time to settle. Very clingy and had a great lace pattern.

Smell- A lot of hops in this glass and showed a bit of restriant in not going higher on the nose. A good bit of malty notes as well with some citrus rounding it out. Smelled more of damp orange peels vs grapefruits.

Taste- A very interesting mix of malts vs hops. Had a bit of a duality in the flavor. Couldn't put my finger on it. A light-medium bitter level with a tempered citrus level rounds out the layers on this one.

Mouth- A medium body with more of a dry citrus residual flavor and more a lingering medium carbonation level.

Drink- Overall, a bit on the malty side with small hop acids and bitter notes. Not always the profile I lean towards but I did like this one the more I sipped on it. Thanks again to Troy for the gift. Cheers!

Photo of LostInTheFlood
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap for a troegs event at the Fridge!!

A-Rich brown in color and darker then most double IPAs. Minimal bright white head that stuck around for awhile.

S-Very sharp citrus and some floral notes too! Smells like a fresh grapefruit...

T/M-Great!! Very smooth beer with some very good hoppy notes balanced by enough malt to make this a great overall beer! Very crushable in my opinion and hides its 8.6% very well.

Great double IPA shame it wont be back glad i had a pint though.

Photo of hoosierfan
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First review on BA, so please bear with me. I decided to do my first review on a great brew.

Tasted this with Perpetual IPA and Scratch 56 at Troegs. I enjoyed each of these samples, but I left home with a growler of 55 - my favorite of the batch, probably because it was more hoppy.

To me, Scratch 55 tasted and looked fairly similar to Nugget Nectar. The malts in the recipe were very similar to Nugget. The hops were fairly similar too. Scratch 55 was very smooth despite the ABV (the alcohol content wasn't very noticeable). Carbonation was fine, even after drinking the growler over the course of 3 days.

I went back a few days later to pick up a case and they were sold out. Luckily, I was able to fill my growler with 55.

So far, This scratch beer is my favorite scratch beer from Troegs (I've only sampled about 10 of them) and my favorite IIPA to date. I hope that they add this to their regular lineup.

Photo of callmemickey
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber body. Nice clarity. Large white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Assertive hop profile. Pine and grapefruit dominate. Floral notes and soft malt is also noticeable.

T: Flavor is a bit of a let down. Flavors are muted notes of pine, resin, grapefruit and oranges.

M: Medium-full body. Smooth carbonation. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

O: A nice, nugget nectar like IPA. Lacking the pop that nn has though. Another solid Troegs Scratch IPA offering.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company (Hershey, PA) on 1/14/12. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of off-white head. This retains with a nice looking, roughly ¼ finger of richness, which a heavy and sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells floral, with a leafy dankness, and underlying notes of pine, bitter grapefruit, and a touch of spice. Some tropical fruit hangs on the edges of the nose along with those herbal tones, while a bready graininess sits along the back. Those bitter fruit and pine notes, accompanied by some light alcohol warmth, are what is probably leaving the biggest impression on me here.

The taste is grapefruit, resins, and spice, while sweeter fruit and grains provide a balancing backbone for this along the back of the profile. There is a gentle herbal feel that rides throughout this, while the finish here is fairly dry feeling with pine, spice, and pith all lingering. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a crisp creaminess that blows up in the mouth and stays firm, while a certain amount of underlying slickness keeps things from getting a little too lively feeling. That nearly 9% ABV is actually hid pretty well, although the light warmth that is evident really does draw out a good bit of aggressiveness from those hops.

This was decent. I liked the nose but the overall taste just lacked the kind of full robust brightness that I look for in these kinds of beers. This was a nice one to sip on while doing a walking tour of the brewery but I’ve ultimately had better hoppy Scratch offerings from here.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Hill Farmstead nonic pint glass.

I poured this straight down the center of the glass and oh what a head it provided. A thick, stiff, towering crown that held form like the topside of a rootbeer float, even after it surpassed the top of the glass. Slow to recede, clinging like seafoam to the sides of the glass. The nose on this is surprisingly week, however. I was anticipating the onslaught of hops as I drew the glass to my face, but the appearance was all bark, and the nose had no bite. This is, however, a tasty beverage. Not as bold and audacious as other DIPA's, but it's got a decent hop presence with a substantial malt backbone. Lots of caramel, lots of malt. The mouthfeel showcases the malt profile even further, leaving a rather sharp, and lingering bitterness behind. Which this had a little more balance. Overall, this was a decent beer, but not a very good representative of the DIPA style, IMHO. I'd rather have a Nugget Nectar or Perpetual IPA from Troegs.

Photo of russwbeck
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber pour with more than two fingers of white head. Beautiful lacing and crazy retention. The head lasts a ridiculous amount of time after I poured it.

S: Wow, the aroma has big bitterness and big fruitiness. Pine mixes with a lot of grapefruit, but neither really take the forefront. Just a wonderful bouquet of hops.

T: The taste is a bit more fruity than the smell. Big hits of grapefruit and citrus followed by a huge bitterness. The balance of both sides of hops if really nice. Big fruits, big bitterness, really quite tasty.

MF: Medium body with a big hit of carbonation. Very dry finish and only hints of booze.

O: This was phenomenal. Get this out to your markets Troegs, you've hit the jackpot.

Photo of mindspin315
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge off white very thick head. Clear orange body. Very tiny carbonation bubbles.

Nice dose of piney aroma right away, with pineapple, fresh squeezed oranges, and sweet malts.

Starts off with some pine and bitter sweet grapefruit. Bitterness becomes stronger through the finish and dryness comes in on the back end. A good amount of spice from the hops is present as well.

Good above average DIPA. A bit more going on in the nose than came through in the actual taste. If the citrus notes came through in the taste as they did in the smell this would've been a lot better. Enjoyed the hop spice and the dryness kept me wanting to drink more (as all good IPA's should).

[88/100]

Photo of bbeane
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my Duvel tulip... an agressive pour produces a huge cream colored head with great retention and lacing. Beer is a crisp dark amber/copper color

S- Citrusy... first whiff is slightly sweeter citrus, orange with some grapefruit notes. After some agitation, the grapefruit more or less takes over

T- Lots of grapefruit... very flavorful, but not intense. Very little sweetness with some spices evident

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- A pretty stellar offering IMO. I heard this Scratch edition was actually a botched batch of Hopback... the product of new more efficient brewing equipment. I hope they botch some more batches if they keep turning out like this

CHEERS

Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scratch Beer #55 into a Weyerbacher Tulip. I cant remember the last time I had a scratch.

Fifty Five glides into the glass darker than expected with a deep brown with some faint red poking through. Burnt orange up to the light with a off white/beige cap over the surface, nice cling.

Smell is really rich laden with ripe citrus, grapefruit, orange. A nice malt base with some candi/bubblegum scent with warming. Not really smelling any alcohol here. All around, nice.

55 is a nice step away from normal hoppy troegs beers. I don't get a overabundance of pine here. This one is earthy with some floral notes, a non cloying sweetness, and a nice amount of citrus. Well rounded. Some grassy taste in the after.

Feel is nice and firm and about medium. 55 has a nice kick from the carb with just enough bite. Bitterness sticks around a bit and the grassy aftertaste lingers. Not hot and the alcohol seeps in minimally.

This is a great beer by troegs. Hopefully they are working on a seasonal DIPA, one can dream, right? I could get through 2 or three if I put my mind to it, why not. Super drinkable and clean. Nothing earth shattering, give 55 a go.

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Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.