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

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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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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.

Billolick, May 12, 2012
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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.

John_M, Apr 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of aorloski
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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

aorloski, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

augie, Mar 23, 2012
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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.

sulldaddy, Mar 18, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

chocosushi, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Tyrawlings, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

oline73, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

PSUHops, Mar 03, 2012
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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.

drabmuh, Feb 28, 2012
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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.

Thorpe429, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

abcramer, Feb 24, 2012
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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.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Marti403, Feb 17, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

RXVII

Fubar1453, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

cps98, Feb 15, 2012
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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

DarthKostrizer, Feb 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 14, 2012
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Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.