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Scratch Beer 98 - 2013 (Triple Mango IPA) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 98 - 2013 (Triple Mango IPA)
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90
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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BrianScottK on 06-21-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

spw109, Jul 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

pathman, Jul 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

gpblackgt, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

DevinORoark, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

LambicKing, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of russwbeck
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a friend pick up a case when it was released from Troegs. Had the Al's of Hampden version of this last time it was brewed and it blew me away.

A: The beer pours into my Mad Elf glass a thick yellow color, much like a ground up fresh mango. About one finger of white head builds up, but gives way quickly. Bubbles work their way through the beer slowly. One of the most interesting looking IPAs I've seen. 4

S: The fresh mangoes definitely are the focus of the aroma, with a nice citrus character underneath. A slight piny character brings the whole beer together, but at times it seems to be slightly disjointed. There are a lot of fruits going on here, but they all work. 4

T: This is where the beer really shines, the taste, because all of those aromas are bolstered when they hit your tongue. The mangoes are there and in force, but play nicely with what seems to be hops straight off of the vine. The hops taste like the pellets smell when I drop them into my homebrew: full of citrus and pine. The backend has some resinous hops, slight fruit, and just a hint of the alcohol. 4.5

MF: The body is thick, with a lower than average amount of carbonation. You'd hardly know this was more than 11% ABV, which is a testament to all the big flavors working together. 4.5

O: This is the best Scratch beer that Troegs makes, hands down. To think it came from a homebrew competition is pretty insane, but whatever works! I hope they make this a yearly release. 4.5

russwbeck, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pretty pumped this was still on tap, here we go.

A- Pours a pretty ugly, murky orangish-tan color, with a very sticky tan head. Some light shines through the top and bottom of the glass, but the rest of the body lets no light through.

S- Tons of mangoes, tropical fruits, herbaceous hops, lemon zest. Could almost pass as a fruit smoothie.

T- Huge on the mango and tropical fruit, still getting a lot of herbal hop qualities, big citrus. Ridiculously fruity, but hoppy fruity. This is big and bold, with the alcohol pretty well hidden with a little bit towards the end.

M- The feel is not great, probably due to the intense amount of ingredients. Somewhat thick and syrupy, with almost a "dirty" mouthfeel that you would find in juice with a hint of pulp. Does not take away much from this one, with the flavor and aroma being the stars.

O- It's an over-the-top beer, but that's okay every once in a while. The aroma and flavor is tough to beat and this one is definitely worth seeking out.

stephenjmoore, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

zekeman17, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at Troegs

Discounting the four fingers of loose bubbly off-white froth and the dense stretchy lace, this looks like a glass of mango juice to have with your bacon and eggs. This is thick with no visibility.

Big inviting aroma of mango.

Huge solid semi-sweet malt foundation with real depth. Big juicy mango on top. Massive hop bite cuts and shreds the all the sweetness. Bit of belly warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium and just fine.

I see why Troegs revisited this Scratch. Here's hoping it becomes an annual event. After two pineapple and a mango featured beers last week that failed to meet expectations, this was a relief and a whole lot more. I really need to get out to Carlisle more regularly.

RonfromJersey, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Rojada1988, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

AlexFields, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured in tap at The Mint Gastropub in a Tulip glass

A- pours an Apricot orange, cloudy, goopy, mess with a soapy head. Great lacing, and fair head retention.

S- aromas of Mango are definitely evident, with hints of grapefruit citrus hoppyness.

T- Lots of hop flavor with a warmth that does not overwhelm the brew. Flavors of citrusy, grapefruit, with a hint of mango. I'm actually surprised that the mango does not overpower the beer since it is so prevalent in the aroma. Very nicely done!

M- Feels a bit gritty, yet smooth on the tongue, very low carbonation, and a bit of warmth from the 11.3% abv. Not enough warmth that it takes over

O- an interesting hoppy, fruity, high octane beer. Very acidic and gave me quite a buzz. After 3/4 of this the warmth does become a bit alcoholic. Quite the palate killer, since I couldn't taste anything for a good 20 minutes following this brew. Definitely different and definitely delicious though...would drink another...a few weeks apart

Budinetz, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Zbeetleman, Jul 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Nadlerjordan, Jul 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

beerfinder, Jul 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ShanePB, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of DIM
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: Murky looking straw color; served with a thin soapy head.

s: Huge and overwhelming. Lots of ripe mango, tons of grapefruit rind, plenty of not unwelcome heat, and a trace of caramel.

t: Wave after wave of fresh squeezed hoppy fruit. Sweet mango and pineapple up front followed by an almost abrasive blast of pithy, hugely bitter grapefruit rind. Plenty of raw alcohol as well, but it didn't seem out of place.

m: Big, thick, and chewy.

o: What a beast! I had an hour to drink 12 ounces and still had to hurry at the end. Good in small doses, I'm in no hurry to have another.

DIM, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Kmahood13, Jul 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

eyeenjoybeer, Jul 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Thorpe429, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of mikem0487
3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into ale glass. No bottled date or enjoy by date.

A-Extremely hazy body, straw orange in color. Minimal head when poured and minimal lacing while I drink it.

S-Huge punch of tropical fruit. Very floral and not surprising the mango is the main component of the nose. Very pleasant overall.

T-The taste is a huge disappoint compared to the fantastic nose. Very acidic with citrus notes on the palate. Citrus notes up front than comes the acidity and the messy bitterness. The finish and after taste is extremely unpleasant. Very hot from the heavy alcohol presence. The 11% plus abv is not hidden well in the after taste and lingers wayyy to long.

M-Has a nice medium/full body. Finish is on the very sweet side with the fusel alcohols making the finish slippery on the tongue and very unenjoyable overall.

O-Very underwhelming. The nose is beautiful but the taste is unbearable. Could not even finish my glass due to the acidic nature of the taste mixed with the high alcohol flavor.

mikem0487, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

DaveHack, Jul 08, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled Thursday, July 4th. Super cloudy with a half a finger off bright white head. The aroma is packed with fresh mango and super citrusy hops. How someone cannot taste mango when drinking this beer is unbelievable to me. The amount of bitterness complements the fruit addition. The alcohol only becomes present as it warms to room temperature. A very dangerous beer at this ABV as this one goes down way too easy. A steal at $15.50 a growler

warriorsoul, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

lobos62, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Morey, Jul 06, 2013
Scratch Beer 98 - 2013 (Triple Mango IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.