Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
02-02-2012 01:40:20 | More by RnRManifesto
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
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
12-28-2011 22:57:39 | More by jeffmart22
4.23/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
02-21-2012 23:44:11 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.22/5 rDev +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.
01-24-2012 01:23:30 | More by hoosierfan
4.22/5 rDev +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.
01-14-2012 04:39:00 | More by russwbeck
4.2/5 rDev +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.
01-06-2012 02:52:55 | More by stephenjmoore
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
01-21-2012 20:33:24 | More by callmemickey
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
01-12-2012 04:51:29 | More by BARFLYB
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
1075th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
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!
01-30-2012 03:20:26 | More by FosterJM
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
02-09-2012 00:52:15 | More by Darkmagus82
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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
01-31-2012 18:09:23 | More by Bierman9
Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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