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

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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:
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

(Beer added by: Tucquan on 12-28-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

DrBier, Jan 02, 2012
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Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Billolick, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

SkinnyElvis, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

prdstmnky, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Bdel34, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of CooperEllis
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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)

CooperEllis, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a six pack purchased at the brewery yesterday. In a tulip.

A: The DIPA is a dirty penny copper color, barely transparent. The off-white head is sizeable, nearly a finger, and leaves prodigious lacing behind.

S: Citrus is resiny strong, florally sweet, with a pine undertow. It's amazing what a difference temperature can make. Nearer to room temperature, pineapple and grapefruit, orange zest too, really stand out with a powerful citrus bite. A little peppery and a little boozy as well.

T: Great bite from the get go, the hop bitterness establishing itself as the de facto owner of the beer. Citrus is dominant, with both the fleshy bite and subtle rind. Orange and grapefruit, lemons and a bit of pineapple. Caramel breads underneath but the hops never let go. Even the pepper in the finish is subservient to the bitterness. Lemon zest is a lingering flavor, an out-of-the-blue aspect that puts a nice bow on the package. Again, allowing the ale to warm up is key; it's served too damned cold at the brewery.

M: Alright, I'm back on board with this DIPA. The resiny hops are powerful good and powerful strong. An excellent tide-me-through until Nugget Nectar arrives.

akorsak, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of mindspin315
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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]

mindspin315, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Hopstimatic, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

JoeBloe, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Tyrawlings, Mar 12, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

oline73, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of hoosierfan
4.22/5  rDev +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.

hoosierfan, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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

DarthKostrizer, Feb 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

stump218, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

rct828, Feb 04, 2012
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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.

RnRManifesto, Feb 02, 2012
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mallison245, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

sulldaddy, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of aorloski
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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

aorloski, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

sideshowe, Jan 26, 2012
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Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.