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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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
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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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a dark orange color with a lightly tan off white head. Appears with a chill haze, probably unfiltered. Aromas of herbal hops and a good dose of caramel. In the taste, herb, mint, citrus and mild pine flavors upfront, with some caramel and mild toasty malt on the back end. Manages to stay pretty citrusy, with Clementine orange notes. Juicy, yet full bodied ale. Carbonation is at a solid medium. Overall, a nice IPA, but not too intense for a double. Tastes like a pretty solid IPA, good balance between malt and hops. Would definitely drink again.

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 orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewery and again from a bottle a few days later.

A - Pours deep tarnished copper orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass. My pour from the bottle resulted in a huge 2-3 finger tall head...

S - Smells of juicy hops, pine resin, citric fruit rind, caramel sweetness, and some faint spice begins to creep in toward the end of the glass. As it warms, more and more booze creeps in.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of bitter citric hops that mix well with the sweet caramel malt, tropical fruits, and some warming booze. Finish is a little dry with a mix of sweetness and bitterness lingering on the pallet. All things considered it is fairly well balanced and easy to drink.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet, slightly bitter feel that clings to the pallet long after consumption.

O - I enjoyed this one. It never gets to the point of being great but it is fairly well balanced and pretty easy to drink. I think with a few minor tweaks it could really be great.

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this today on draft at the troegs tasting room, decided to take some bottles home for a more thorough review. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear amber color with 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth atop. The brew displays some pretty decent clarity when held to the light and more of an orange coloration as it is held tot he light. The cap retains with solid retention supported by constantly rising bubbles of carbonation.

The smell of this brew is hoppy with a mixture of herbal character, pine, catty quality, dank indications, fruit, rinds, minerals and solvent alcohol. Across the back is a sweetness that seems to come from a combination of fruity hops, alcohol and some accenting sweetness of the malt inclusion. Not a bad smelling brew, the mineral character I could do without though. Considering how fresh this is, I would expect a brighter hop-forward scent from this without the dirty mineral edges.

The taste is herbal with a hoppy bitterness that is rindy with a combination of herbal elements coming across like grapefruit pulp/zest and grass. There is a toasty malt inclusion that hardly provides any supporting sweetness but the flavor that is present helps to push forward a bit of a fruity appeal to this brew. There is a bit of mineral flavor included as well as sulfur. The alcohol is fairly evident in this even while it is cold. The finish includes a taste of dirty melon mixed with cheese that lasts inside the mouth well into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall it looks and feels good but the flavor and aroma leave room for improvement. I guess these folks are still working out the kinks from the move and new equipment. This brew leaves me wanting/expecting more considering these are the same folks who make the joyous brew that is nugget nectar. These guys know how to use hops, I cant wait until they get it right again. There is a familiar backend flavor to this that is reminding me of their scratch ipa project leading up to the release of perpetual. However this offering has a little bit more focus on toasty grain. Not bad but not something worth going out of your way for either.

Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a semi-clear, dark copper body...an off white, two finger head stood on top and slowly feel to a full ring and a broken cap...lacing was left behind

S - Juicy hops are present with both citrus and pine notes coming out...there is also a strong caramel backbone that's adding the sweetness level on the nose

T - The hops start off with a big blast of citrus...grapefruit and orange are leading the way...there is a certain sweetness coming from the citrus hops...then the strong caramel backbone adds to that level, but it never cuts back the bitterness the hops supply...bitter, piney hops finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...a little chewy, resiny, ample bitterness, with a touch of sweet

O - It was nice seeing the Scratch series bring out a Double IPA...this beer has some nice qualities and really focuses on the hops

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.

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 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 Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the brewery -enjoyed chilled in a pub glass, shared with carlos.

The color is deep copper, almost bronze with thick cream cap and good clarity with tight bead and good lace. the smell is very peppery slightly citrus tinged with a mild pine accent, there is a light malt accent, however there is mostly hop in the nose with slight alcohol esters. The feel is very bitter and semi-dry with slight sweet quality supporting the astringent and spicy aspect of the hops with moderately high carbonation and overall full feel.

The taste is a mix of pine with its resinous taste from the intense hops with grapefruit tinges and mild spice coming out first with a subtle vegetal tinge. The thing that you taste in this Imperial Ipa that stands out is there is some caramel which adds to the fruitiness of the hops with slight toasted graininess and light sweet bready tinges. Overall I liked this as it has plenty of hops and is good for the style, but it has a little more alcohol in the flavor and the hops are mainly spicy which is good when paired with the malts they chose.

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

Had this picked up from the brewery a couple of days after release, so I'm sure it was fresh when I first tried it.

Pours a beautiful copper orange color, fantastic clarity, leaving a quarter to half-inch head throughout the session. A nice bit of lacing remained on the glass as I enjoyed this beer.

Aroma is spicy, piney hops with a little breadiness and a touch of earthiness. Also a hint of alcohol is apparent, but not to the point of burning.

Taste follows the nose.. Spicy, piney hops. Not really any floral notes to speak of. Some malt sweetness here in the mid-palate, but the back end leaves a lot of piney hop resin that lingers until the next sip. Really nice, not too sweet like many other DIPAs out there. A little alcohol is noticeable, but for the strength I am impressed by how drinkable this is.

A little slick in the mouth, medium-bodied I would say. I've had lighter and drier DIPAs, but I think the body is a nice balance to the spicy hop tongue-slap that this beer delivers.

I really enjoyed this beer and found it extremely drinkable and well-balanced IMHO. If I had to tweak it a bit I would say back off of the piny hops a bit and go for some more tropical notes.. but that may just be personal preference. Cheers to Chris and John for another great beer. I really hope to see a new seasonal release featuring a DIPA like this one.

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