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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 01:56:01 | More by Thorpe429
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 20:29:10 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 18:38:18 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 12:00:39 | More by Slatetank
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-07-2012 05:30:17 | More by oline73
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:48:52 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2012 19:08:24 | More by Billolick
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 19:57:18 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 03:42:31 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-08-2013 13:49:33 | More by InspectorBob
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:51:29 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 15:31:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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John_M

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2012 18:31:26 | More by John_M
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FosterJM

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:20:26 | More by FosterJM
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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

1435

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 18:09:23 | More by Bierman9
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-26-2014 15:25:45 | More by Griffith
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 00:52:15 | More by Darkmagus82
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-02-2012 02:10:43 | More by BMart
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DarthKostrizer

California

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

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 20:55:32 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-01-2012 17:15:42 | More by ADTaber
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 04:51:27 | More by sulldaddy
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 23:44:11 | More by DrinkSlurm
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-09-2012 00:39:17 | More by brez8791
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-12-2012 14:40:59 | More by Tyrawlings
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 23:35:05 | More by RonfromJersey
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Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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