Scratch Beer 63 - 2012 (Danny's IPA) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stakem on 04-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Danny’s IPA was brewed to honor Danny Glover, our good friend who passed away earlier this year. Dubbed Danny’s IPA, this Black IPA is modeled after Danny’s favorite beer, Nugget Nectar. It clocks in at 7.0% ABV and 100 IBUs. Per John Trogner III, “If anyone says it’s not hoppy enough, punch them in the face.” Rotten grapefruit flavors from Columbus hops dominate Scratch #63. The dry-hopping rate is nearly one pound per barrel creating a dank, piney aroma that gives way to a grassy finish. This beer was dry hopped at a rate of 1.25 lbs. per barrel, more than two times the rate of Nugget Nectar. Tröegs Brewery will donate $10 from every case of Danny’s IPA sold out of the brewery in Hershey to the Gift of Life donation program.
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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by akorsak:
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled on Friday, 4/27. In a goblet.

A: The black ale is appropriate, an inky black color that could easily pass for a stout. The opacity betrays a few brownish looks if you hit the angle right. A white head, lacing follows around the mouth of the glass.

S: The roasted malts set the tone, boldness that carries more than its fair share of hops. Those hops are citrusy, Nugget Nectar has a near twin with this one - Nugget adds fresh bite. The combination of roasted malts and sweet hops is very nice - similar to the first run of Dead Reckoning. Light green onions, similar to Scratch 62, also come through late in the nose.

T: Not a bad combination of flavors here. The roasted side is a little charred, sweetened up with chocolate. As Troegs appropriately notes, the roasted side isn't bitter - leaving that to the hops. And those hops are heavy, thick even. Citrus is abundant, a sweetness amongst the darker malts. The finish, as the hops fade and the malts diminish in strength, has an unusual element - can't quite put my finger on it. A little burnt, a little soy, a little vegetal; almost like everything is coming together for one final go-round.

M: The first glass - just okay. I am happy that subsequent glasses picked up. The hops, strongest near the finish, are citrusy and strong. I think that this one edges out 62 in terms of recent IPAs.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks to Stakem for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours black, with a finger of foamy mocha colored head. This maintains a rich ½ finger, leaving back a robust cascade of sticky lace behind. The aroma smells herbal and grassy, leaning more towards the danker side of things. This is undercut by the scent of bitter fruit, while a mix of cocoa sweetness and roasted coffee character fills out the back of the nose.

The taste is juicy grapefruit, grassy tones, herbal character, and then chocolate, toffee, and coffee flavors along the back. The dry finish here is bitter and resinous. Those herbal notes and an almost vegetal feel really give a big push in this as things warm up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp sharpness on the tongue that then gets more smooth and silky along the back. There is a fairly minimal alcohol presence here.

This was interesting. While there was no lack of bitterness, it’s those herbal flavors that really drive this and work fairly well with the acidity of the more roasted flavors here. A crisp feel and well hid ABV help keep this drinkable. It’s worth a look.

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark black with slightly brown edges and a big, fluffy mocha head that never settles, always leaving a huge cap of foam. I can see the Nugget Nectar comparison, big and dank hop aromas with a substantial roasted malt and bitter chocolate backbone. Really hoppy. Taste is equally bitter and hoppy, with tons of pithy grapefruit rind, dark chocolate, espresso coffee beans, and pine resin. Surprisingly light and drinkable, despite the dark malt profile and decent ABV. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a touch over medium-bodied and good carbonation. Overall a pretty nice "Black IPA" that goes to an amazing cause. Honored to have tried it.

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1306th Review on BA
Bottle to Nonic pint
12 oz

Thanks to CPAbeer for this one.

App- Nice looking cola brown with some thicker density in the center. A bit of a crimson on the edges. Khaki 1/2 finger head with some nice sticky cling.

Smell- Smells like a brown ale to me with some slight hops and a bit of earthy grass. A bit of a peanut/walnut aroma. Just a bit small and seemingly low key.

Taste- Its okay but not earth shattering. Has more of that nutty flavor with a slighty thick malt note. The small amount of bitter doesnt add enough oooph to bring it up to more than a nice beer.

Mouth- A lighter body. Really a touch thin. Has a little bit of a medium creamy carbonation. Residual malts and roast.

Drink- These scratch beers are always an adventure. Fairly tasty, little off balance but good start for a Black IPA.

Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Pinocchios in Media. Pours black, nearly opaque, with a small, slowly settling tan head. Good lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma of roasty, slightly charred malt and bitter, citrusy grapefruit hops. Subtler pine notes.

Flavor follows the nose closely; charred taste blends nicely with citrus, grapefruit pith, pine resins. Good bitterness that doesn't overwhelm. A prototypical black Ipa.

Medium bodied with medium to slightly low carbonation and a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel; this is one of the best aspects of this beer, in my opinion. A very tasty and easy drinking take on the style.

Photo of orangesol
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served straight from a firkin at the brewery. This one was dry hopped with simcoe. A fitting tribute to a really good guy, RIP Danny.

A - Pours deep, dark brown bordering on black with a creamy one and a half finger tall khaki colored head leaving thin webs of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, pungent citric hops, dulled citric fruit, and some fresh cut pine. It really does smell like a darker nugget nectar.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roast quickly giving way to hints of fresh citric fruit and plenty of bitter citric hops. Unlike some examples I have had from the style, the dark side of this beer blends well with the hoppy side, leaving an easy drinking black ale. Finish is a mix of dark roast and lingering hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Big body with a really nice creamy feel with a decent amount of carbonation, growing still in the glass as most casks do. The booze is there but it never gets in the way, helping to make this one very easy to drink.

O - My first glass wasn't as good as the second. Second glass had more assertive hop presence and a little less roast, very nice balance. I have never liked this style but this one works fairly well. Another solid offering from the Scratch series.

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pub glass. While pouring, the brew appears a clear brown. As it comes to rest in my glass it is black in color with more than a finger of khaki head sitting atop that is creamy and fluffy. As it slowly recedes, it leaves a wall of lacing effect on the glass. When held to the light, you can see some of that previous described more brown clarity around the edges.

Taking a smell of this brew, it is bright and hoppy with lots of citrus notes. Grapefruit is right upfront that blends into a minor floral note before becoming herbal and somewhat vegetative and weedy towards the back. The nose of this brew is all about the hops and hardly gives any indication to the dark roasted grain character you would expect based on the appearance.

Taking a sip, the brew is quite perplexing. At first the bitterness of the dark grain quality hits with flavors of fresh coffee and bitter chocolate that is somewhat earthy. However, with each additional sip, the brew goes right back into the focus of those hops with a bitter bite of something along the lines of pulp and an herbal to vegetable quality. Towards the back, the brew has a bit of a floral quality that does a pretty good job blending in and out of the roasted grain character. The dark roasted grain imparts a dryness to the finish which is enjoyable an not expected for the amount of hops you would expect to create a lasting oily cling.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable for 7% but it is integrated quite well. Black ipas are hit and miss for me. However, this one really seemed to work and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nicely done Troegs. Cheers to this dedication brew and to a righteous cause.

Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Simcoe dry-hopped cask offered on (or near) the release day.

A - Served with a deep, dark body that showed some mahogany highlights...two fingers worth of tan head that receded to a bubbly cap...patchy lacing was left behind

S - The roasted malts stood out and were pretty strong, even with the dry-hopping...when the hops did come through they provided a nice citrus blast with a mixture of bitter pine

T - Again, the roasted malts were stronger than the hops here...there were some nice roasty notes mixed in with chocolate and slight burnt coffee...the hops were almost stale in flavor...they had a real grassy/earthy flavor to them...not the bright citrus detected in the nose...the dark roasted malts and bitter hops made for a balanced finish

M - Medium bodied...smooth from the cask offering...balanced with a slight earthiness coming through

O - Well, this wasn't the best Black IPA I've had...the roasted aspect was nice, but I couldn't get into the hop characteristics...reminded me somewhat of Dead Reckoning, but I'd have one of those before this

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint

Pours a deep, dark brown with a foamy two finger khaki cap. A good amount of sticky lace with modest retention.

Hops leap onto the nose. Bright pine and tangerines on top of a bed of cocoa powder and lightly roasted malt. Not a whole lot of breadth, but this definitely has some bright spots.

Fresh pine, mint, and tangerines jump to the front before a slow dose of roast and cocoa powder. The finish is more citrus and pine before a rush of bitterness. This is well-crafted. All of the flavors play well together and there is a good amount of hearty flavor at each step of the way.

Smooth, medium body, perfect carbonation. This is easily the best feel I have had in a Black IPA.

I am racking my brain to remember all of the Black IPA's I have had for comparison sake. This is easily the best I remember. It hits the hops, the roast and the (citrus) bitterness in just the right doses without over-doing anything. Damn fine Black IPA.

Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the tasting room, serve in a tulip chilled and allowed to gradually increase in temperature.

The color is like black coffee-very dark brown with garnet shade at the base with a thick cream collar of beige with very fine bead and ringlets of lace collect on the glass. The smell has a good hop nose with plenty of simcoe in the aroma. There is a nice mellow tangerine aspect with slight tinge of tropical aroma and melon in the hops with slight grapefruit notes and citrus zest fragrance w/ some slight pepper and moderate amount of vegetal/herbal hop odors. The feel is pretty decent with dry and burnt grain up front with slight hop oiliness with moderately high carbonation levl and spicey tangy hop texture which leads to a dry finish with subtle malt roastiness lingering.

The taste is dry and spiced with some grapefruit notes and tangelo from the simcoe with tangy bitter flavor and light charred malt following with a slight bitter pine element and herbal edge. There is dry spice flavor in the middle with some dark roast coffee and earthy aspect mid-taste which is almost like dark toast. The flavor brings more hop with a slight prune-like fruitiness from the yeast and concentrated bitter tinge with dark caramel and light pine blend. The subtle tropical fruit in the hops lingers with some other dried fruit and grapefruit in the finish.

Overall I liked this a pretty solid take on the style. It has the hops you expect with a decent dark malt influence which is a mostly bitter and charred combo, but enough flavor from the hops keeps it interesting -I can see how some might compare the hop profile to Nugget nectar

Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scratch 63 pours a pitch black with a bit 2 finger brown foam that is coating the glass with lacing as it dissipates. The aroma is a delicious mix of floral and citrus and it makes it hard to stop smelling it and move onto the tasting. Same as the aroma, there is alot of floral hoppiness along with a touch of citrus that rounds it out nicely. There is a nice malty backbone to support the hops along with some caramel and even a touch of roastiness. This has a really nice flavor overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Its easy to drink and different body wise compared to alot of other Black IPAs i've had. very nice indeed.
RIP Danny

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this beer chilled to refrigerator temp. Maybe I should have drank it a bit warmer....

A: Pours black, very little to no carbonation and no head at all, almost flat looking.

S/T: A very faint hoppy smell, faint tastes of toasted oats, marshmellow, some earthy tastes, some (very little hops taste). Honestly, all the smells and tastes are kinda bland and muted. A very average smell and taste here....not bitter .

M: Nothing extraordinary.

O: Not anything special, a very very average kinda bland overall IPA.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jeff! 12 oz. bottle poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass.

A - Pours nearly black with one finger of hazlenut head that shows great retention. Leaves a tiger-stripe lacing.

S - Roasty malts, pine, and marshmallow. Wonderfully mellow aroma with hints of hoppy pine.

T - Follows right along with the nose. The pine is never too much, but is not forgotten. The sweetness is closest to that of marshmallow fluff. Some char on the aftertaste. Very good.

M - Smooth and creamy, but not very thick.

O - Troegs Scratch series has been hit or miss with me. This was one of the best I have had. Very smooth flavor with great balance. It is not very hoppy for the style, but I can't knock it for that in such a diverse style. I will almost definitely not have the chance to try this one again, but I would get it if it were.

Photo of Tucquan
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-05-02 at the brewery.

A - Opaque India-ink black with a short tan head and moderate lacing.

S - Very mild aroma with a touch of grain, cat and floral.

T - Roasted/charred grain, lots of caramel, chocolate, earthy spice, grapefruit zest. Aftertaste is charred malt and long-lasting zest bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Substantial feel. Prickly and somewhat bubbly.

O - Liked this pretty well even though black IPA's aren't one of my favorite styles.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No date on the bottle, but this is about a week + old as they just started bottling the beginning of May '12. Poured this into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a really deep, dark brown color with some reddish hues. Nicely carbonated. Lots of bubbles off the bottom of the glass. Full finger of tight bubbled light tan head. Already leaving some lacing.

S: I read a few reviews of getting "roast" and "char" right away, but I couldn't have gotten further from that. I get the hops, both earthy and some fruity, initially. Serving this very cold. Definitely pulling some pine, Amarillo maybe? Behind that I think I am getting a little touch of roast and chocolate.

T: The front of the tongue definitely gets some of that piney/earthy hop bitterness. It actually sticks with you until the mid palate. Then you get the malt bill kicking up here. I was expecting more roast or coffee or chocolate, but the darker malt bill isn't really taking away from the IPA aspects. Maybe a touch of bitter dark chocolate as it warms a bit. The close has a nice dry, bitter IPA bite that I like.

M: This has a nice medium body.

O: B+. it's a solid beer for the style. It sort of reminds me of Alpha Klaus, but AK is much better and added more of that porter-ish aspect with chocolate and roast. This is a good bipa though

Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from excellent BA trader, bvdubn.

Pours a dark, thin, opaque liquid into SA glass.
Thick, tan, 1.5 finger head, plenty of lacing throughout the taste.

Piney hops, burnt malts, subtle citrus/grapefruit. Very nice.

Very tasty: nice smooth bitterness at the front, toasty malts balance the hops. Citrusy aftertaste.

Medium body, smooth, balanced.

Not a huge black IPA fan, but this one hits the spot. Well done.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours quite dark with a finger of tan head. Very good retention with some lacing as well.

S- hop aromas on the front end with pine, woody and bitter orange peel aromas. Quite roasty in the middle with bakers chocolate and a charcoal like characteristic on the finish.

T- pine and woody hop flavors hit the palate at first with a citrus note on the back end. The roasted malt diminishes the hop and leaves a dark chocolate flavor and a sharp hop bitterness mid palate. Finishes with leafy/grassy hop flavor and a charcoal astringency that lingers on the palate.

MF- sharp oily mouthfeel with a light medium body. Average unassuming carbonation.

D- slightly under average drinkability.

Overall a beer that has a good start and middle bit a finish that needs a bit of work.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Capone's ($4.50/bottle)

Brewed in memory of Danny Glover.

Supposedly this is a black version of Nugget Nectar.

Dark brown and chestnut hued in color. Solid tan head that leaves lacing all over the glass! Serious head retention that stays around for the entire beer. Simply a beautiful Black IPA.
The aroma is soft with a gentle roastiness that is mixed up with a serious herbal hoppiness. Piney, minty, just packed with hops.
Creamy head with a velvety smooth texture. Very mild (for a Black IPA) with notes of mocha, cream, milk chocolate and floral hops. The bitterness really pops in the finish. Overall, a mild flavored beer, but pleasant.
Again, fairly light bodied for the style and for 7% abv. The carbonation is soft and smooth.
It tastes like a session beer. A delicious session beer. It's not. Careful with this one...

From the Troegs website:
Scratch #63-2012 was brewed to honor Danny Glover, our good friend who passed away earlier this year. Dubbed Danny’s IPA, this Black IPA is modeled after Danny’s favorite beer, Nugget Nectar. It clocks in at 7.0% ABV and 100 IBUs.

Per John Trogner III, “If anyone says it’s not hoppy enough, punch them in the face.”

Rotten grapefruit flavors from Columbus hops dominate Scratch #63. The dry-hopping rate is nearly one pound per barrel creating a dank, piney aroma that gives way to a grassy finish. This beer was dry hopped at a rate of 1.25 lbs. per barrel, more than two times the rate of Nugget Nectar. Tröegs Brewery will donate $10 from every case of Danny’s IPA sold out of the brewery in Hershey to the Gift of Life donation program.

BARLEY Pils, Munich, Crystal, Midnight Wheat
Hints of caramel come from the Crystal malt; the Midnight Wheat gives a dark black color and a hint of roast without the astringency associated with other roasted malts.
HOPS BOIL – Bravo, Columbus, Nugget, Palisade, Apollo
HOPBACK – Bravo, Columbus DRY HOP – Palisade, Apollo, Zythos, Columbus, Summit

Scratch Beer 63 - 2012 (Danny's IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.