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

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87
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
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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hozersr

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-30-2014 13:46:41 | More by hozersr
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swfeidt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

07-28-2013 02:40:54 | More by swfeidt
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-13-2013 19:19:53 | More by djre4orm
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candcholt

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.2%

05-30-2013 01:14:48 | More by candcholt
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timothef

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-18-2013 23:08:58 | More by timothef
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-12-2013 17:17:19 | More by mikeburd1128
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Cdunk11

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

04-27-2013 19:35:00 | More by Cdunk11
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eschmitt777

Wisconsin

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

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 00:53:05 | More by eschmitt777
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger pillowy, white foam head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Dank floral hop aroma with a subtle pale malt presence.  Fresh juicy hops with resinous pine and citrus peel countered by bready yeast and biscuity makt.  Some grapefruit and pineapple countering grassy hops and pine needles.

Medium bodied with a blast of juicy, sticky hops up front that linger over the pale malts into a dry finish.  Sticky, dry and bitter with resinous pine and grassy spruce tip notes.  This is countered by citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as a decent pale malt backbone.  Some grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel followed by bread, biscuit and graham cracker.  Decent hoppy beer that's well balanced and easy to drink.  Nothing too out of the ordinary but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 07:27:32 | More by corby112
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pour is a very pale yellow that I can't quite see through, but doesn't appear to be murky. Maybe I need bifocals. Nose isn't the best part of the beer - grapefruity, but I need to bury my nose to ID.

Scratch Beer #78 is what I've come to expect from this series - pretty good. There's a ton of grapefruit, a strong sweet malt tweet, & at the end a nice bitter twang. The only true note of interest is a touch of mango coming in sideways.

Standard IPA that doesn't get its head above the crowd, despite the fresh hopping. Troegs: if you're going to continue this series, get creative, please? Pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 03:03:16 | More by maximum12
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-31-2013 01:22:59 | More by 2dogbrew
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IrishHockey

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-20-2013 01:26:03 | More by IrishHockey
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mallison245

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-15-2013 16:58:08 | More by mallison245
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NearTheGrove

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-02-2013 19:25:03 | More by NearTheGrove
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doughanson78

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-18-2012 10:20:27 | More by doughanson78
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 05:06:31 | More by chefhatt
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mocktm

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-17-2012 23:06:12 | More by mocktm
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UncleNeighborChris

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -74.4%

12-09-2012 22:50:15 | More by UncleNeighborChris
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russwbeck

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:37:17 | More by russwbeck
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-30-2012 05:01:46 | More by Rojada1988
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hansgruber

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-29-2012 23:02:21 | More by hansgruber
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BeezNeezy22D

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-25-2012 14:38:41 | More by BeezNeezy22D
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-strong citrus, pine, light floral,notes

T-malt, grapefruit, pine, slight floral, moderate bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent IPA with some good flavors, easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 00:03:22 | More by MDDMD
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-22-2012 02:49:25 | More by hollywood_15063
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JWU

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- cloudy gold, with a pinky's worth of egg shell head that didn't stick around much at all. No lacing down the glass.

S- A pale but sweet malt body with big notes of peach and pineapple. A hint of earthiness and mint.

T- Certainly a showcase of hop flavor over bitterness. The malt bill reminds me of a toned down Nugget Nectar, bready but sweet. Hops are very juicy and oily. Pineapple, peach, lemon, with a hint of an earthy, minty kick on the end.

M- Medium with a light carbonation. The minty kick on the end comes off a bit metallic on the palette.

O- Certainly didn't punch me in the mouth with hops like I thought it would, but tasty none the less.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 00:39:45 | More by JWU
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Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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