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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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Reviews: 35
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
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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Photo of RnRManifesto
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of jeffmart22
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle bought just hours after they came off the line and chilled overnight in the fridge.

A - Pours an absolutely beautiful dark amber or maybe ruby orange color with just about a finger an 1/2 worth of an darker eggshell white head. The lacing from the head is moderate. You can pick up a little of the alcohol on the side of the glass. The beer is brilliantly clear with a good amount of carbonation.

A - Really nice floral aroma oozing out of this beer. Pine, grapefruit, and citrus all peek through. Has a nice malty backbone with a biscuit quality. Dank smelling beer. Starting to remind me of the NN just a lil.

T - Wow! Awesome Stuff! Great hop bitterness smacks you in the mouth. A Hop Bomb for sure. A slight malty sweetness comes in to help your tastebuds balance out all the hops. I can't taste any alcohol but you can feel the beer warm you as you drink it.
Note to the brothers' Troegs, Brew This Again!!!

M - Light to Medium body. Very refreshing and mouth puckering.

O - An Awesome beer for a hop lover. I personally think it rivals the Nugget Nectar and is the best scratch IPA produced so far from Troegs. Sure do hope this recipe makes its way into the

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Photo of russwbeck
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber with slight transparency. Thick light tan head with good retention.

S- Hops up front, pine with some citrus. Possibly some fresh grass.

T- Hops are definitely there, with some malt to balance it out. Pine comes through from the hops.

M- Very smooth with light carbonation and some stickiness from the hops.

O- Very good DIPA. Smooth, crisp, hop-forward and flavorful. Actually reminds me of a more hop-forward 90 minute.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of hoosierfan
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +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


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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of Sheaffdogg
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of LostInTheFlood
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of bbeane
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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


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Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-12-30 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy caramel with a 4-finger light tan head and moderate lacing into a nonic glass. Dissolves to 1.5-fingers quickly.

S- Vegetal hops, mild malt, alcohol and earthy spice.

T - Caramel, medium roasted grain, earthy spice, touch of dried cherry, lemon flesh and zest. Finishes moderately dry with lots of lingering bitterness, puckering roasted malt and lemon zest.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Mildly prickly, resinous and sticky.

O - I liked it a little better out of the bottle since I was able to get more aroma than when I had it in the brewery. It's a nice DIPA but not earth-shattering.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of Fubar1453
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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.


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