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Scratch Beer 111 - 2013 (HopCyclone Harvest Ale) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 111 - 2013 (HopCyclone Harvest Ale)
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Earlier this year, we introduced an innovative device that would usher in a new era of dry-hopping technology at Tröegs Brewery -- the HopCyclone. This hopped-up Harvest Ale (which shares its namesake with the aforementioned device) begins with plenty of Columbus and Crystal hops for bittering. We then further intensify the hop aroma by adding an abundance of whole flower Mt. Hood hops to our hopback vessel. Finally, we apply a healthy dose of Galaxy and Motueka hops directly to the HopCyclone during dry-hopping to push this beer over the edge. The result is an aggressive IPA-style Harvest Ale with plenty of lip-smacking, juicy hop goodness and a tinge of dry spiciness due to the addition of a small percentage of rye malt. Experience a hop gust of epic proportions with Scratch #111 - HopCyclone Harvest Ale!

87 IBU

(Beer added by: orangesol on 08-26-2013)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to get this cool find at ACME Bar and Pizza on Monroe Ave, in Rochester, NY.

Pours a brilliant dark orange. A very similar color to a tiger. Awesome! Fully formed head, with lacing like tree rings throughout the drinking session.

Smells incredible. Earthy, dank hop aromas abound.

Tastes like one of the best harvest ales I've ever had. So resinous, bitter, and dank. Tons of earthy pine, dark grapefruit, fresh cut grass, pineapple juice, orange pulp. So much hop flavor just packed into this one. I could drink this all day. Had two pours of it.

Great mouthfeel- sticky, like honey, full bodied, great carbonation.

A big surprise. I loved this one. Would love to see it again someday.

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10-19-2013 04:00:50 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Darkmagus82

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4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer was served a golden color with a one finger of foamy white foam on the surface of the brew. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a wonderful level for streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was a nice blend of tropical and citrus fruits with a nice hop profile. The tropical fruits are of pineapple, melon, and mango while the sweeter citrus is of tangerine and orange. The hop aromas have a lot going on with a good dose of grapefruit citrus, some pine and a nice blend of grass and some floral notes. There is a bit of a biscuit aroma in there as well, rounding out the aroma and producing a rather sweet and hoppy, but balanced smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice sweeter tropical fruit nature blended with a little bit of a bready flavor. Straight from the start there is a nice hop presence with a grassy and pine hop present upfront. A little bit of yeast is there from the start as well, fading quickly from the taste as it advances. The grapefruit and pine remain relatively constant throughout the taste and are later joined by some floral and grapefruit hop flavors. The bready nature of the beer picks up a slight bit at the end with the fruit losing a little bit of strength. The combination of flavors, in the end, leaves a nice smooth semi-sweet flavor with a great blend of hop flavors to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The average body is great for an easy drinking feel, while the lower carbonation helps create a smooth feel that matched the flavors at the end of the taste very well.

Overall – This was a very tasty IPA and one I hope Troegs recreates at some time. If you have a chance, I would definitely recommend trying this one. Very flavorful and very smooth.

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A - Pours a orange amber color with a thick, frothy white head and a lacing ring that is massive and frothy. Very frothy looking.

S - Citrus, tropical fruit, light resin (I'm guessing the cold temp right now is masking some of the nose).

T - Resiny tropical fruit: oranges, citrus, grapefruit, lightly herbal, and some spice round out the flavor. Sweet and tropical up front and resiny, piney bitter on the backside and some light caramel malt underneath that surfaces more so towards the middle. Coats the mouth with resiny hops and the bitter bite lingers for a good long while.

M - Full medium body with a slight creaminess.

O - Definitely gets better as the beer warms...Troegs has a winner here. The score would be higher if the aroma matched the intensity of the taste. Add this one to your rotation, Troegs.

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S- Piney hops to start. The fruits are more pineapple and mango than citrus. There is some malt sweetness and alcohol as the beer warms. Floral too.

T- Piney and fruity again. Malts come on as it warms. The alcohol aroma does not come on strong in flavor, that's good.

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S: Citrus nose with a hint of herbal spice and leafy green-ness.
T: Rye mlats come through next to burn caramel and toasted grains. The hops are herbal, bitter, and leafy with a hint of pine and maybe kiwi.
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Scratch Beer 111 - 2013 (HopCyclone Harvest Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.