Scratch Beer 97 - 2013 (Black Rye IPA) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 97 - 2013 (Black Rye IPA)
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 06-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Earlier in May, Tröegs hosted fellow 2012 GABF winners to brew a special collaborative beer for Philly Beer Week to commemorate each brewery’s success at the festival. Brewers Matt Moninger of The Church (Large Brewpub of the Year) and Jason Oliver of Devils Backbone (Small Brewpub of the Year) joined our own Andrew Dickson, Tim Mayhew, and Matt Hobbs to brew a session-strength Black Rye IPA using peppercorns, three varieties of rye malt, and plenty of American hops. Hand-crafted by three decorated breweries with a combined weight of six gold, three silver, and six bronze GABF medals (in 2012 alone!), Scratch #97 has enough precious metal linked to it to make even Michael Phelps tremble in his speedo… or at the very least prompt Mr. T to exclaim, “I pity the fool who don’t try this Scratch Beer!”

80 IBU
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by stephenjmoore:
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown body with some shades of amber present when held up to light. Dense, foamy tan head hangs around for awhile and leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Soapy, lemony hops, earthy rye, roasted malts, hints of chocolate, grainy caramel malt.

T- The taste is an interesting blend of everything mentioned above. The rye is very prominent and provides the earthy and spicy flavors. Hops do not dominate, but are there enough to add some citrus and pine notes, especially towards the middle and end. The finish is dominated by the rye, along with some peppercorns and notes of the chocolate coming through.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly chalky to some degree, but not bad.

O- This one does the job as an interesting and complex session black IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of gillagorilla
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Not pitch black. You can see through it at the bottom.

S: Rye and malts with roasted notes.

T: Strong flavors for the percentage with dark flavors and lots of roasted almost burnt malts. However, there is a weird flavor in their that I can't place.

M: Even coarseness with a bit of smoothness.

O: Pretty good.

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at the brewery tasting room.

Big creamy head, dark almost black hint of brown light.

Nose fresh dark malts, cereal grains, light spicy rye, light earthy spicy hops, hint of dark roast like.

Taste starts with earthy hops, little herbal, fair bitterness, chewy hops even with touch of pine, then into spicy rye. Dark malts slightly creamy with faint roast but not too roasty, little caramel sweetness. Sticky syrupy finish, long earthy spicy hop bitterness, light spicy rye, and bit of dark malts lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, plenty of nice carb.

Overall not bad, nice rye, despite being a black ipa which is not my fav style, the roast and earthy spicy hops aren't too bad blended.

Photo of Oakenator
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark black and a thick two finger head. Head is light, carbonation is chunky, and chunky lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malts.

T: More roasted malts but definitely a taste of Rye enhances the flavor. Subtle hop bitterness on the finish - more earthy.

M: Not thick for a dark brew. Head is a bit too light like a soda although its retention is good.

O: Nice brew.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Had this at the Blue dog as part of a flight of beers.
A good beer but you could tell it was a session strenght brew by the weekness of the taste. I applaud brewers trying to make flavorful session beers but at the sake of flavor- I don't know.
This beer was arustic amber brown beer with a beige head. The head was small and really just athick foamy collar.
Aroma was nice with some spicy rye and bold hops.
The taste was again thin and washed out but it was flavorful, like adding a little too much water in a can of soup.
A good rye malt taste and was slightly spicy. I did notice a suble black pepper heat. I desent citrusy hops.
Feel thin and watered down on the palate.
The goal of the beer was definitly meet with desent flavor. It was just a tad watery.

Photo of orangesol
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the Brewery.

A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall off white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky rings of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of chocolate malt, rye bread, black pepper, pine and some light citric hops. A little dull initially but once it comes up to room temperature it gets a little better. The hops just aren't as bright as I would want.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of chewy rye and slightly sweet chocolate malt. Hints of the black peppercorns, pine resin and dulled citric hops help round things out. Finish is quite dry with some bitterness/roast lingering on the palate long after consumption. The hops are there but the grain is really strong.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Slick, chewy feel with plenty of lingering roast. I get more hops in the aftertaste than I do during any other portion of the experience.

O - A decent enough Black IPA. The added rye helps to bulk up the body but the addition of the extra grain threatens to envelop the hops completely. Worth a shot if you get the chance but certainly nothing earth shattering here.

Photo of stakem
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2-liter growler into a matching Troegs pint glass. Big thanks to Kirb for dropping this growler off for me. It's nice to have a chance to try more than 1 of the last 5 scratches before they disappear. The brew appears brown in color with some reddish hints around the edges. a surprising pillow of excessive carbonation sits atop the glass nearly 4 fingers strong and brown in color. As the cap fades, it leaves a full wall of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is quite dank. Pine, herbs, grass, peppers and a hint of minerals and fruit are all present. Overall not a bad smelling brew. A little bit of roasted grain emerges more as the brew warms up with suggestion of chocolate, coffee, tobacco and anise faintly.

The flavor of this brew is quite hoppy and dank/pine-like as the aroma suggests. Some fruity to floral hop flavors are present overtop a bit of minerals. The roast of the grain provides its own accenting bitterness than meshes well with the hoppiness. Slight earthen to mineral flavors come out with each sip. Unfortunately, any indication of normal rye flavors are lost behind the roast and hops.

After writing my review and viewing the other notes people wrote about this beer, its like we were not even drinking the same brew. This is redicuously light bodied that even gets watery which is surprising considering its excessive amount of carbonation. This particular scratch is a nice change of pace and is different but honestly you arent missing out on much if you dont get to try this one. The 2-liter growler took me 3 days to finish. Opening it and having a glass and a half each day. On the 3rd day, the last pour was still excessively is that even possible?

Side note: Troegs website lists this beer at 7.8% alcohol, this listing shows 4.3%. Which one is accurate? This certainly feels like it is a smaller beer that I am drinking.

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap twice -once at Troeg's and another at Teresa's in a snifter and a tulip.

The color is very dark brown with garnet hue and thin pale tan almost white cap with tight bead. There is a very fragrant hop aroma which has some dankness and light pine with a noticeable malt fruitiness and yeast ester. The feel is very good for the abv, lots of hop resins with low roasted notes and moderately high carbonation with mild astringency and gentle spice with light sweetness, not very harsh in any way.

The taste is good with piney and light citrus hops up front with some dark caramel malt and light hints of toast in the back with no alcohol and some gentle rye earthiness. overall this is a really decent session strength black rye ale with plenty of hoppiness, it is refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted over the course of 40 minutes with multiple snifters at the Troegs Tasting Room Bar.

This rich-looking craft carries a whipped cream head with long retention that crumbles not unlike the cap of a root beer float. The foundation is a deep dark brown with a bloody mahogany glow when held up to light. Intermittently cascading bubbles cling to the underside of the head.

It smells of roasted, grainy malts with coffee. Hints of white chocolate poke through, and there is just a drop of sweet lemon on top. Some spruce from the hops emerges with warmth over time, but those flowers are tightly wrapped in woody oats.

This beer melts smoothly into the mouth carrying bitter, nutty hops on the front. But mocha takes over quickly; then, unfortunately, the hope for more phases of flavor is diluted by a watery finish. Chalky sharpness comes back at the end as a nice partner to foodstuffs; thin coffee acids rather than chewy rye brew bitters mark the brightly tannic finish. Peppercorns remain afterward. This flavor is good, but the missed opportunity for more is disappointing.

The mouthfeel is defined by carbonation atop relatively thin fluid that is wanting of glycerol and spice. I had hoped to be chewing on more layers for longer, but little came of it. And there is no reminder in the throat of even my largest gulps.

Overall, I will admit to enjoying this beer more than an objective rating should fairly portray. The blend of smells and mosaic of early tastes make up for how gaunt the complete creation is--my urge is to reach for the glass more frequently to stretch out the experience, and that is a bit dangerous with all the alcohol that one can easily ignore.
(Note, the ABV posted here on BA is 4.3%, but Troegs' website lists 7.8%--the latter is certainly closer to the truth).

Photo of MDDMD
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-dark brown color with a decent light tan head and some lacing

S-spicy rye, malt, hint of pine and citrus

T-spicy rye, light citrus and pine, little herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-light almost watery body with moderate carbonation, thin

O-thin and with rather weak flavor, what flavors come through are good and this would be an OK session beer, but I prefer others

Photo of dgherm
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured dark black with a touch of ruby hue. Only a skim of broken film as head. Little to no lacing down the glass. Faint hops on the nose with a bit of sweet roasted malts. Roasted malts, rye, earthy hops, almost hemp like in taste. Maybe a tad too much carbonation in mouthfeel. Overall a vey good one.

Scratch Beer 97 - 2013 (Black Rye IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.