Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by russwbeck:
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
A: The beer pours out of the bottle a glowing yellow color with a nicely size white head. The head laces beautifully as it recedes, but could benefit from a little bit better retention. The body is crystal clear. 4
S: The aroma is of, wait for it, hops, but also strongly of grapefruit and citrus. Really big fruit here, mostly of the tropical variety. More resinous than piney I'd say, but there's still some piny-ness there. There is a slightly metallic aroma sneaking its way in as well. 4
T: The taste has more big, dry hops that linger on the palate forever. The base of the beer, however, seems to be the fruit, which compliments the hop resins very nicely. The taste starts off light and fruity, before you're bombarded by the resins and some pine. The fruits fight to take back the balance, and they succeed. Grapefruit and oranges, as on the smell. The finish is dry. Luckily, the metal I smelled doesn't make an appearance in the taste. 4
MF: Light body with the perfect amount of carbonation, making this a crisp, easy drinker. The dry finish keeps you coming back for more. 4.5
O: This was my favorite scratch beer since the Double IPA (55, I think). I was really impressed and drank my 6pack heartily. 4
12-09-2012 22:37:17 | More by russwbeck
More User Reviews:
3.1/5 rDev -20.5%
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Stakem for hooking me up with a bottle of this latest Scratch.
Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of rich and sudsy bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, which coats the sides of the glass with a rich sticky smattering of lace. The aroma smells of fresh herbs and raw earth, with a touch of lemon and some light ripe fruity notes. A semi-sweet graininess adds some tanginess to this across the back. That earthiness is rather sharp here in the nose.
The taste is bitter rind, gritty earth, grassy herbal textures, light fruit and some sweetness on the edges. This finishes dry, bitter and earthy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture in the mouth that has just a touch of crispness running down the center. Just a bit of warmth is present in the overall feel here.
I just couldn’t get on board with this one. I didn’t get a lot of pine, grapefruit or even tropical fruit and the whole thing just came off as grassy and raw with an unpleasant lingering bitterness. Maybe this didn’t translate well to the bottle or something. Anyway, this was a disappointment for me.
10-19-2012 13:58:49 | More by Kegatron
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.
Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with a quarter finger of white head that sticks around while you drink your beer.
Smell: Quite mild. I'm getting some bready malt along with a hint of hop bitterness, but not a ton going on here.
Taste: Some citrus fruit along with sweet malt. I'm getting some hops, but they aren't overly strong. The malt taste is bready with a fruity undertone. The finish is sweet and malty underneath with bitter hops on top.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium with carbonation that is foamy and smooth. The finish is rather dry.
Overall: I didn't think this IPA was very aggressive, perhaps a bit safe. The carbonation level was just perfect and I still enjoyed the beer overall.
11-12-2012 05:54:30 | More by oline73
3.9/5 rDev 0%
Presentation: Pour into pint glass from 12oz. bottle
Appearance: Pale yellow, cloudy, medium lacing retained until finished, slight carbonation
Smell: Strong spicy hop smell. Unsure of what hops were used.
Taste: Fresh, spicy, peppery with a lingering bitterness. The malt backbone comes through as the beer warms
Mouthfeel: Medium-body with a crisp finish. Warming alcohol all the way down
Overall: I enjoyed this one. Nice to try a different beer with a hop that is not used everyday. You will feel the alcohol content after two of these.
10-23-2012 11:31:00 | More by dungledauf
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
Poured into a pint glass.
Amber with low carbonation and excellent clarity.
Grapefruit juice, papaya, bread and caramel.
The hops don't seem to be popping like I had hoped. Grapefruit juice, papaya and some strange (but good) strawberry banana flavors. Very bready malts with hints of caramel.
Light-medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing.
Incredibly mellow and easy drinking Fresh Hop Ale, especially at 7.7%. But again, the hops don't seem to be kicking as much as they should.
11-04-2012 14:11:01 | More by justintcoons
Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.