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

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby in the glass, topped with a finger of thick off-white head. This maintains a smooth ½ finger, which drenches the sides of the glass with robust sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral, piney, spicy and green with bitter grapefruit. This is undercut by a sweet caramel twang that has a bit of a light toastiness to it.

The taste is juicy grapefruit bitterness that spreads resins; spice and a light herbal feel out into the profile. The hops are nicely balanced by smooth notes of sweet toffee and toasted grains. This is dry, resinous, spicy and bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with some sharpnes on the tongue and the rest of the feel being more of a smooth creaminess that flows relatively easy in the mouth. Alcohol warmth is present here and really draws some of the more aggressive aspects of those hops out.

This was actually a pretty well crafted Imperial Red in the flavor departments (more of a ripe tropical and herbal feel emerged as this warmed and helped add a little more smoothness) but the alcohol, which honestly felt more than 7-8% at times held this back in spots for me. I’m still glad that I grabbed a bottle though. It was worth checking out.

Kegatron, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
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
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev 0%

InspectorBob, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a big, foamy two finger tall white head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, fresh fruit - mostly grapefruit and some mango - caramel malt and some pine resin. It is really well balanced from start to finish.

T - Starts off with a strong citric hop bite slowly giving way to hints of fresh cut grapefruit, warm caramel and some sticky pine resin. FInish is still pretty bitter with a touch of sweetness, lingering on the palate long after the finish. Pretty similar to NN but a little more tame.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, juicy feel from start to finish. The hops are stronger than they first appear to be.

O - I really enjoyed this one. There are definitely a few similarities between this and Nugget Nectar but I wouldn't say its a clone or anything. There is no doubt in my mind that Troegs is the undisputed king of the Amber Ale style. Get this while you can!

orangesol, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

12oz bottle into a matching Troegs pint glass. the brew appears a perfectly clear color of mahogany with more than a finger of yellowish stained tan froth across the top. As the cap fades, it leaves a full wall of webby lace sticking to the glassware. A light swirl effortlessly revives about a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is fruity with a bit of dirty melon aspect coupled with almost a vegetative hop quality. There is a toasty sweet caramel grain inclusion that helps transition to a mixture of herbal components and mild alcohol esters. The more I smell this brew, the more it comes across with quite a bit of caramelized grain mixed with almost a minty hop aspect.

The taste is fruity with hops that are almost floral at times as they blend with the toasty caramel grain quality. More sips bring out a bit of bready grain that is at times faintly musty. The hops present a flavor that is mildly vegetative and almost reminiscent of cantaloupe. The aftertaste is quite bitter with a bit of pine like resins coupled with more herbal and musty flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I dont know if it is the hops or the yeast, but something about this just doesn't quite sit right with me as it warmed up. It isn't bad by any stretch, just has a strange flavor mid palate that lasts long into the aftertaste.

stakem, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of John_M
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
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev 0%

Boone757, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
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
Photo of maximum12
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
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev 0%

AngusOg, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Reagan1984, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a red colored beer with a one finger tan head. The head has only a light level of retention, but when it fades it leaves a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet and hop fruit aroma. The sweet fruits are largely orange and tropical in nature with the hoppy being largely of a grapefruit like smell. With these fruit aromas are other aromas of a pine and earthy hop as well as a very light caramel smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready base with large amount of sweet caramel and citrus as well as a moderate showing of citrus hop. The grapefruit citrus hop present in the beginning grows stronger in intensity as the taste moves on. It is joined by some hop flavors that were detected in the nose. A pine taste comes to the tongue followed by a more earthy taste at the end, which when combined with the other hp and sweeter flavors leaves a persisting hop, yet rather balanced taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the smoother side with a carbonation level that is about average. It suits the flavors rather well and makes it rather easy drinking.

Overall – If you can find this one be sure to give it a go. It drinks very easy and has wonderful flavor transitions. Delicious and quite tasty.

Darkmagus82, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of tommyguz
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

tommyguz, May 10, 2013
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev 0%

koopa, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

IdrinkGas, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Gatordaddy, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

I had this in a sampler and since I dug it so much, I ordered a full glass. 9/8/12

Being a military guy, I really appreciate the even in which this beer was honored.

Served in an Imperial Pint.

A: Poured an pumpkin/crimson color with a very cloudy disposition overall, and a massive foamy off-white foamy head.

S: Hoppy, and with a red velvet cake batter-like quality, and with a VERY intense whole leaf hop scent.

T: Grapefruit infused into a malty, toffee-like tunnel. This was a tongue bruiser, for sure, but the red, amber, velvety soup gave the inner hophead in me lots to feed off of.

M: Infinitely bitter, like a pine cone and grapefruit dipped into a dark chocolate-raspberry vat of goodness. Ridiculous lacing!

O: Troegs is still the king of the American Amber/Red category...

Chaney, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
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
Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%

Had this on 2012-09-07 in Columbia, PA. It was just released today.

A - Pretty clear ruby-caramel with a 1-finger firm tan head and very good sheet lacing.

S - Rich malt, citrus, touch of pine, hop floral. Not real strong but quite nice.

T - Rich, dark munich malt. Citrus, some caramel and pine with a good dollop of citrus zest bitterness (IBU = 40). Dries nicely. The aftertaste is a well-balanced mix of lingering roasted malt, hop cone flavor and bitterness. The perceived bitterness is higher than the 40 IBUs would indicate. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Thick/syrupy (in a good way - not cloying), lightly prickly and resinous. Chewy; almost oatmeal-stout like. I really enjoy this feel.

O - I enjoyed my solo pint at the brewery earlier today and so I brought a couple of 12 oz bottles home. Just cracked one open after a nice hike. It tasted the same as it did in the brewery and if anything, it had a stronger aroma; probably because the brewing and food aromas in the brewery partially-masked the smell of this beer. Good stuff.

Tucquan, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
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
Photo of jaasen64
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Thanks to stmgl01 for the awesome extra! 12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. No bottle date.

A- Pours a fairly dark but slightly translucent reddish brown slightly amber color with a very thin off-white yellowish brown head that recedes quickly to almost nothing. Decent carbonation.

S- Citrus fruits- melons, papaya, a bit of grapefruit, some floral notes with a decent light caramel malt background. Average to slightly above average aroma strength, decent fruit smell but a bit too malty in the background. Would have liked the fruits to be pronounced a little bit more, but overall not bad.

T- Citrusy, lightly bready malts mixed with a light fruity hop presence of melons, light grapefruit, etc.. Overall not bad but bit too much malts that didn't balance the best in my opinion with the citrus hops.

M- Slightly juicy, a bit bubbly from the carbonation, abv a little bit present on the finish.

O- This was a decent beer, but nothing fantastic. Definitely not as good as Nugget Nectar, which is good but still a little bit over-rated in my opinion. This was a decent drinking beer, but probably not something that I would drink again anytime soon. Enjoyed trying it though.

jaasen64, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

TimoP, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

DaveHack, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev 0%

jpd7374, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

bmur112, Feb 11, 2013
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Scratch Beer 76 - 2012 (Special HOPS) from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.