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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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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
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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Photo of warriorsoul
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
Photo of lobos62
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Morey, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

jagada, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Kayaker
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my 70th Troeg beer. One of these was Scratch 58 which was the original Mango IPA. That was a great beer and I really looked forward to this years release. What a disappointment for me. I don't know what it is but this years Mango IPA has a very unpleasant taste. Some folks seem to love it but not me. Dogfish Head 120 is similar in ABV and IBU but iris a much nicer tasting beer. You cannot really taste the mango. All I get is a bitterness/ sour that lasts too long.

Kayaker, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of brez8791
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

brez8791, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

hollywood_15063, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

IPAchris, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of robieobie1
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

robieobie1, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap on the day this was released on tap -serve chilled in a tulip. I also enjoyed a few bottles of this with friends at the dusty sheep and w/ Alex so i am familiar with the flavor now, but this is the initial tap review fresh from the brewery.

The color is a murky golden with an obvious unfiltered presence with pectin haziness from the mango with a thick white head the settles to a ring of fine beads. The aroma smells of fresh cut mango with sweet juicy and tropical odor and slightly grassy hop presence with lightly floral accent. The feel seems less bitter than it is described theoretically in ibus, but the mild fruity tanginess probably combined with the high carbonation is the culprit with light sweetness and moderately dry finish with slight alcohol.

The flavor has a moderately hopped first sip in the taste with mango up front followed by some piney and light grapefruit with other dank taste of hop oils with very slight toast in the malt and gentle citrus notes interwoven with mild mango fade and grassy bitter hop finish. There is really no honey in the taste but pretty lush with hop tropical goodness and flavor disguises the alcohol well. Verdict is a great Triple IPA since it is a relatively new style the most extreme of IPA's with Imperial hoppiness and a harmonious mango additon, well done Tröegs.

Slatetank, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of templar316
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky with a tall head that rises strong and then fades. Pineapple is strong on the nose, with mango, blood orange and nothern notes. The flavor brings serious hops to the table: a citrus blast much stronger then the subtle character of the nose. Grapefruit, kiwi, orange, lemon, power... flower hops. A little mango sweetness to calm it down. This is a week old and a mind blowing beer. It's easy; too easy to drink as well. Don't miss it!

templar316, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of MNishCT77
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Partial 64 oz. growler purchased from the brewery on 6/28/13 from a co-worker (thanks,!) un bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 7/2/13 over one hour.

A: 3.50 - straw golden-yellow coloration, murky even for an imperial IPA (can't see or read through at all), minimal white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, big-time alcohol legs!

S: 4.25 - on opening the growler initially, there was a huge mango aroma...on pouring into the glass, in addition to the mango, there is lots of overripe grapefruit and pineapple...also picking up alcohol notes consistent (but more subtle than expected for 11.3% ABV); little dank and herbal/spicy aroma distant in the background

T: 4.50 - the tropical and hop bitterness hit almost at once for me and lingers for a long time, alcohol notes also predominate, malt breadiness starts to kick in from the background

M: 4.50 - full, full-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 11.3% is definitely detetable; low-to-medium carbonation likely 2/2 to repeated keg opening-and-closing

O: 4.25 - having just recently been wickedly impressed with the triple-dry hopped Perpetual IPA, this one doesn't stand up because there are lots of qualities that I think are atypical for an imperial IPA - too murky, too boozy and too sweet; as I was thinking how to describe the style, I think that it comes closer to blond tropical American barleywine than a DIPA; I probably wouldn't purchase this again but certainly appreciated the drinking experience of another unique Scratch beer from one of the best mid-Atlantic breweries

MNishCT77, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Hozzzy
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Hozzzy, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass from a growler transported back from Chocolatetown, U.S.A. -- thanks Birdmarg741, for the delivery, and for the report that this creature is more balanced and drinkable after it stands for a couple of days.

Looks like peach nectar. Deep, murky haze with an ephemeral head. Nice soft glow, but more of a retained cap would be nice.

Smells as would expect--mango with its unripe pine enhanced by all the hops. Pineapple and peach, too. And just-hammered bronze. Could use more spice than the rather limp thyme--some came out wrapped up in smoke when I let it warm on second tasting at the brewery. Booze isn't as strong in the nose as it is in the mouth, though the overall smell is winey.

Thick peach and mango are in the first bite if this animal. Then spice follows, with a rush of unrelenting bitterness. In conjunction with golden fruit acids, the bitter and burn are out of balance. It's tannic-drying from all the hop residua in an intriguing way. But I'm dying for some bread to chew on to even it out. It's a bit better warm, more sweetness, allspice, and a little banana to round out the bitterness. Smokiness comes along with the spice at higher temperature. For what it's worth, a nice fruit salsa will save the day.

A creamy start is buzzed by a dose of carbonation and ethanol burn--mid tongue, and down the back. What this hop juice does to the mouth is even more potent and destructive than the ballistic taste. The feel, after hop oils slide by, is near to the oxalate of dieffenbachia or raw rhubarb. Saltine crackers, for me, are a necessary antidote. I gave it another chance on tap at the brewery--the oxalate burn is even stronger, and along with the pepperiness, only a load of heavy starch (like the nice bacon-buttered baked potato served on the porch there) would quell it.

I know this beer gets a ton of love for being a ton of bricks. And I certainly respect the creative effort. But a big explosion of tastes and buccal barrages does not a masterpiece make. It may be impressive to experience the power of this missile, but (for those of you old enough to get the reference) it misses the target like a SCUD. Sorry.

1sophrosyne1, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

millerbuffoon, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

iL0VEbeer, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 06/30/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy, bright burnt orange color, with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Looks a lot like mago juice which looks pretty cool to me.

s - Smells of mango juice, juicy tropical fruits, fruity malts, pine hops, citrus hops, floral notes, grains, wheat. Nose is quite good; tons of nice mangos and sweet tropical fruits, with some good citrus hops as well.

t - Tastes of mangos, citrus hops, tropical fruits, sweet mango juice, sweet fruity malts, some grains, and bread. Less hops and more sweet mango juice. Good, though I like the nose better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste has no bitterness at all and I can't believe it is 11.3% ABV; doesn't feel like that at all. Smooth and easy to drink; great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very good DIPA. I liked the taste, and it has a lot of mango as promised, but the nose was even better, working in some nice oranges and citrus hops with it. Very easy to drink, would definitely like to have this one again. I had this right after the Victory Liberty Bell Ringer, which I liked a little more, but you can't go wrong with this one.

mdfb79, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of TroyG2352
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

TroyG2352, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-06-28 at the brewery and again in a bottle on 2013-12-16 (see new note at bottom)

A - Very cloudy dark orange with 1-finger off-white head and mild lacing.

S - Mostly mango, pale malt, light herbal, Alcohol is disguised. If you like the smell of very, very ripe mango; you should like this.

T - Initially overly ripe mango and salted cashews, then grapefruit zest, pine and herbal/medicinal. Plenty of alcohol. There's a vegetal hop bud flavor complimenting the significant bitterness. It finishes bitter and reasonably dry.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Prickly, resinous, sharp.

O - I liked the smell more than the original release in 2012. Reminds me of a vodka and mango margarita (if there is such a thing) while eating nuts and sucking on a hop cone. Never had a beer like this. I can see that some will love it and some won't. I am curious to see how well this ages. I think it will be better as the hops mellow a bit and the malt/fruit sweetness becomes more predominant.

Note: Well, I had this again on 2013-12-16 and as suspected, it has aged beautifully. The mango flavor is much more pronounced as the malt sweetness has become more dominant than the hops (which are still significant). I really enjoyed it and have adjusted my ratings up a bit to reflect this.

Tucquan, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Cdunk11
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Cdunk11, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of drh88
4/5  rDev -0.7%

drh88, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Steve_Oldrati, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Bdel34
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Bdel34, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of timothef
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle fresh off the line at the brewery.

A - No idea. Drank it out of the bottle on the porch during a thunderstorm. I'm not classy.

S - Massive nose of citric hops, pine, and fruit. Hint of booziness.

T - Citrus on the back of the mouth leads to warm booziness and carbonation burn all the way down. Big mango aftertaste. Very well balanced for being so bold.

M - Medium bodied with a thick finish, reminds me of Nugget Nectar in that respect.

O - I never had the first version so I don't have a standard to compare it to. My first reaction was a fruitier version of Bells Hopslam. Not my favorite Troegs offering, but still among the best - I have yet to be steered wrong on a Troegs scratch. There was a reason this was voted back into production. I could see this fitting in well as a seasonal for them.

timothef, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of JakeEsterly
5/5  rDev +24.1%

JakeEsterly, Jun 28, 2013
Scratch Beer 98 - 2013 (Triple Mango IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.