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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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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-11-2012 23:45:37 | More by Bdel34
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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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Daehpoh

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-09-2012 00:51:28 | More by Daehpoh
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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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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-07-2012 00:40:56 | More by jwat
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-06-2012 01:36:50 | More by OneEyedJack
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CooperEllis

New York

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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)

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 16:12:59 | More by CooperEllis
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rct828

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-04-2012 05:42:30 | More by rct828
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RnRManifesto

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2012 01:40:20 | More by RnRManifesto
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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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cosmo4u

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-30-2012 12:39:39 | More by cosmo4u
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2012 04:11:53 | More by Lawnboy33
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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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JoeBloe

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-29-2012 12:55:23 | More by JoeBloe
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-26-2012 19:07:02 | More by sideshowe
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LostInTheFlood

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 17:55:57 | More by LostInTheFlood
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hoosierfan

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2012 01:23:30 | More by hoosierfan
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Hopstimatic

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-21-2012 21:15:05 | More by Hopstimatic
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-21-2012 20:33:24 | More by callmemickey
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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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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:13:27 | More by Retail1LO
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SchuStar

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-17-2012 02:34:24 | More by SchuStar
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-16-2012 16:13:39 | More by gafferjohn
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:39:00 | More by russwbeck
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-13-2012 20:38:39 | More by SkinnyElvis
Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.