Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

So, just how fresh is our Fresh Hop Ale? Well, first we begin with 400 pounds of fresh, whole flower hops from B.T. Loftus Ranches in Yakima, WA. These hops are hand-picked right from the vine, placed into boxes, and immediately shipped to our brewery. Once they arrive, we pack a double dose of these glorious green, sticky cones into our hopback vessel until it is bursting at the seams. This equates to two pounds of hops per barrel! Due to the volatile nature of recently harvested hops, we must use them immediately in order to capture the bold aromas and flavors released by the hop oils. The payoff is a fresh, flavorful ale dripping with the essence of oily hop goodness.

56 IBU

(Beer added by: stakem on 10-10-2012)
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Brewery.

A - Pours hazy amber yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty rings of lace down parts of the glass. A very pretty beer.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, pine resin, fresh cut grass and some lightly toasted grain. The hops are intense initially, the malt comes forward later, leaving this one fairly balanced toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with a big, oily citric hop bite slowly giving way to hints of sticky pine resin, lightly toasted sweet caramel malt, fresh grass and some dulled spicyness. Finish is very dry thanks to those oily hops, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very hoppy, dry feel from start to finish. Very smooth for an IPA. The alcohol is very well hidden, if the board wasn't right in front of me I would have no clue this is 7.7%

O - I really like this one. I have had all of the fresh hop scratch beers and this may be the best of the bunch. It tastes like Perpetual IPA with an extra kick of fresh citra hops. I will get as much as I can, I suggest you do the same!

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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy burnt orange with one finger of off white head. Left a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Very floral and hop forward

T - This is where this beer excelled for me. The taste is very complex - Up front, it is bitter citrus and some pine. It finishes with sweet fruits (mango, peach) and caramel notes on the back end.

M - Left a little to be desired, just average. Medium carbonation.

O - Can't wait to have another.

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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-13 in Hershey, PA at the brewery

A - Mildly hazy yellow-orange with a 1.5 finger white head and moderate lacing.

S - Rich, dank, citrus, tropical, crushed hop bud. Plenty of aroma.

T - Big blast of hop bud flavor, then citrus, light malt, tropical , touch of honey and moderate trailing bitterness. The aftertaste is herbal and spicy with some cutting citrus and a bit of pine. Grapefruit zest finishes it off.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy, oily and somewhat prickly.

O - A really fine brew. Somewhat-like their collaboration with Fat Head's called Fat Scratch Fever. Very glad to have this fresh, and on the day when Troegs won best mid-size brewery at the 2012 GABF. This beer is an example of why they are winners. Good stuff.

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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass, it has a rich golden color body with a 2' sticky white head that lays down to a thin lace.
The smell is of citrus fruit, mostly grafefruit.
The taste has a grapefruit flavor up front, then the pineness of the hops gets the back of the tongue. It isn't a hop bomb, but has a nice balance of hop and really shows the flavor of the hops.
The mouth feel is good and overall i really enjoyed this beer. If you like hop beers, you should try this one.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Amber/yellow tinged color, one finger of white head dissipates slowly, with plentiful white lacing left on the glass

S- Lots of delicious smelling hops with a little malt on the back end

T- Follows the smell with great citra hop taste upfront and a sweet malty middle with another shot of hops in the dry finish, no telling of the 7.7% abv

M- Well bodied and crisp with medium carbonation best describes it and this beer was served straight from my cellar at 51*F

O- I really enjoyed this beer, and sadly was my one and only. My first thought was of the Perpetual IPA I had on tap at Troeg's last week only with slightly more citra hops, especially on the nose

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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy golden body with a frothy white head.

S- Nice piney hop aroma, smells like fresh hop resin. Slight citrus note along with a slight sweet sugary honey aroma. Hops definitely come through the most.

T- Bitter fresh hops come through with a punch of pine. A malt backbone is present to balance it out, but the hops are at the forefront.

M- A little smoother and a lower carbonation level that most IPAs. The hops have some bite, but overall the mouthfeel is nice and pleasant.

O- An enjoyable offering. A change of pace from the year round IPAs and something to look forward to during harvest season.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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