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Scratch Beer 76 - 2012 (Special HOPS) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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89
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We’re excited to announce the release Scratch #76 – Special HOPS today! Special HOPS is an Imperial Red Ale brewed especially for the HydroWorx Underwater Marathon event to be held on Sunday, September 9 to benefit The Eagle Fund. Just like the highly-trained military units used for unconventional, often high-risk missions, Special HOPS is bold, aggressive and sure to sabotage your senses and bombard your palate with hop bitterness.

(Beer added by: Tucquan on 09-07-2012)
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bmur112, Feb 11, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -9.3%

1702nd Review on BA
Bottle to Speiglau glass
12oz

App- At first pour this comes out like a darker DIPA. Darkest orange there is then it does cross my mind. Maybe it's not a DIPA. Yep. Amber. A nice two finger head that is whites. Fades to a nice cling.

Smell- This was a good balanced aromatic beer. A good base of the amber comes out and then is balanced by some citrusy hops.

Taste- The amber on this one is very small. I enjoyed this beer. It wasn't as malt forward as I was thinking, the balance is there and the citrus like the nose comes out a bit more.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. The residual amber is there more so on this one. A bit more malt on the finish.

Drink- It was a good beer. Had a good amount of balance and good flavors. Troegs does some good stuff on the scratch series beers.

FosterJM, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Beergelden, Jan 15, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -15%

Thanks to stormking47 for this bottle that arrived as an extra a few days ago. 12 oz. bottle.

Been a while since I had anything from Troegs. Pour is red on the spectrum with plenty of fizzaz. Nose bring out pine, orange, with a heavy dose of malts I always think of a 'red malts'. I wonder what variety they are.

Scratch Beer #76 certainly bangs the category nail on the head. <Insert standard description of an amber ale here>. Really. PIney hops, heavy sweet malts, orange gives it a touch of different. Not tough to drink.

Pretty standard for an amber, not bad, but not much to write Congress about. Pretty good beer.

maximum12, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

mcaulifww, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Boone757, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

micahmye, Dec 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Myst, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

AngusOg, Dec 06, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

I had this at Anthony's served on tap chilled in a large tumbler style sampler rocks glass.

The color is deep crimson with light haze and moderately full beige cap which has great retention and sticks with some lacing on the glass. The smell is very interesting with piney hops and slight tropical aroma and perhaps a light ruby red grapefruit essence in the mix. The feel is good with balance of malt and light toasted grain anchoring the mild pepper and moderately bitter hop textures with medium carbonation and relatively low alcohol presence with subtle astringency and mild yeast creaminess with just enough sweetness for an amber.

The flavor is great! I expected some kind of hops from the nose, but there is plenty to leave a lingering flavor after the first swallow. The malt has a nice toasted flavor which comes off as almost roasted or nutty with light caramel sweetness to round out the blend of piney and lightly citrus hop tinged tastes. The flavor is moderately full and is almost a dead ringer for Nugget Nectar in some ways - probably the hops utilized. I really liked this prequel and recommend this to anyone who likes either Hopback or Nugget Nectar.

Slatetank, Nov 21, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +5.8%

Dark amber body, decent clarity, topped by three rocky fingers of oatmeal colored froth.

Aroma of oranges, mango, and pine is strong, clear and inviting.

Thick rich caramel foundation on the tongue. Quickly engulfed by juicy fruits in the mango/ orange family. Burst of pine. Big bitter bite, which lingers on and on.

Firm medium mouthfeel.

Troegs creates an imperial red with a lot more malt forward then Nugget Nectar, and it works. Sample while you can.

RonfromJersey, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

yaksurf, Nov 19, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -14.3%

A: This looks like a big amber ale. Amber pour, fittingly enough, with a nicely sized white head. Only a little bit of light gets through, as this is a cross between hazy and clear. The lacing is as sticky as it gets, coating the side of my Mad Elf glass.

S: The aroma is a cross between a typical, malty amber ale and a big citrusy IPA. Some piney hops rest in the background. The palate is readied for an assault of hops my this smell.

T: And the assault is there. The beer doesn't start hoppy, you're welcomed by the maltiness and slight fruit I'd expect from an amber ale. The difference is towards the backend and at the finish. Citrus blends with one of the most resinous tastes I've ever encountered with a beer and finishes with a dry hop explosion. I'm really impressed by the taste, the issue is the flavors don't really work all that well together. The middle of the beer, while containing an awesome amount of hops, is a strange combination of malt and hop resins that just don't work in my opinion.

MF: Thicker body than I expected with a perfect amount of carbonation. I've found Troegs to always get the body of their beers spot on. The dry finish rests on the palate forever. I found the beer to be decently drinkable, but the portions of the taste I said I disliked wore on me after a while.

O: I liked this beer, but Troegs has done better things with hops. I'm not typically a fan of amber ales, and I think that is coming into play here. Good beer, not worth tracking down. Probably will give some of this 6pack away.

russwbeck, Nov 13, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -8%

A-amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, malt, caramel, light pine

T-malt, caramel, grapefruit, moderate bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent amber ale, would prefer more hop character, but overall good drinking

MDDMD, Nov 10, 2012
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drtth, Nov 05, 2012
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koopa, Nov 03, 2012
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Reagan1984, Nov 01, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Served with a semi-clear amber body and a pillowy, white head...the head was two fingers tall and slowly fell to a full cap...there was chunky lacing left behind

S - Fresh grapefruit and other bitter fruit rind came through at first...quickly taken over by a strong and solid caramel backbone

T - Strong fruit flavors come out with first sip...the hops add the fruitiness along with a nice bite...grapefruit still reigns supreme with a little lemon and orange rind coming in behind...there is still a strong malt presence...a few toasted notes come out, but the sweet caramel plays a bigger role...it comes out more as the beer warms

M - Medium bodied...bitter, syrupy, lingering sweetness

O - I wanted to like this one as it was for a good cause, but I found myself comparing to Nugget Nectar...I mean how couldn't you? In the end, I found it to taste like "old" Nugget Nectar and I didn't want more than one

thain709, Oct 30, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

On tap at Hudson St. Stackhouse during BBW.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, as I pick up considerable orange citrus, along with tropical fruit and a hint of underlying pine and spice. This beer smells pretty nice. The flavor profile is every bit as good; while there is a consdierable sweet malt backbone to this beer, there's more than enough hoppy bitterness as well to counter it. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and the finish is long, bitter and still quite smooth. There's a hint of alcohol at the very end, which is the only thing that mars the quality of this beer (in a very small way).

Really liked this one. There was a lovely juicy hop flavor that was very attractive.

John_M, Oct 29, 2012
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Scratch Beer 76 - 2012 (Special HOPS) from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.