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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:
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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Photo of stump218
3/5  rDev -25.4%

stump218, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

John_M, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of CooperEllis
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%

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 DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

DrBier, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of cps98
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

cps98, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

mikereaser, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

OneEyedJack, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

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
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

drabmuh, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%

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 stakem
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

stakem, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

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 Retail1LO
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Retail1LO, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of mindspin315
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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
Photo of aorloski
3.78/5  rDev -6%

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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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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

Fubar1453, Feb 15, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -3%

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
Photo of Tucquan
3.9/5  rDev -3%

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.

Tucquan, Dec 30, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

chocosushi, Mar 17, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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

thain709, Jan 02, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Slatetank, Jan 07, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -1%

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.

Sheaffdogg, Jan 08, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -1%

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.

LostInTheFlood, 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.