Scratchin' Hippo | Adelbert's Brewery

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Brewed by:
Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named to commemorate a night when the Naivasha House in Kenya was shaking so strongly Del thought it was an earthquake. It turned out to be a hippo from lake Naivasha scratching itself against the house. Scratchin’ Hippo is a complex malty beer low bitterness, with an earthy character approximately 6.8% ABV. Goes well with hearty rich foods like steak, roasts or beef stew.

Added by BgThang on 01-04-2012

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Photo of Shawnspl
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle ("batch no. 029, bottled in: 6/21/2016") poured into Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy, ruddy brown with a billowing head of beige foam.

Smell: Fresh glazed donuts, cocoa powder and subtle spice.

Taste: Bready, nutty malt body with mild fruit, spice and earthy yeast. Finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pleasant and very drinkable with just enough complexity to round out the malty body.

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a flute glass from a 750ml bomber.

Appearance: Dark Amber with a full hazy body. Medium bubbles, which creates an off white head rising just over a finger's length. Drops to nada after a sip.

Smell: Light yeast scent which dissipates quickly after first sniff.

Taste: Sweet bread with a light hit of sour. Think of raisin rye bread if such a thing exists.

Mouth: medium stickiness. Light malts at the end.

Overall: Good brew, been a while since I had this genre of beer. Worth grabbing especially factoring in price. Salud

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dasotelo50
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valkyre65
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL corked bottle poured in a stemmed glass.
Dark amberish brown color, with a nice white foamy head on the beer. This is part of the Rare Beer of the Month club that my sister got me for my birthday, so excited to try, assuming if it's part of a club, it can't disappoint. It certainly did not. If I have other biere de garde styles, I want it to be similar to this. Incredibly smooth maltiness, and a touch of sweetness on the end.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy reddish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast and hints of fruit.
T: The taste follows the smell, but is more complex with additional hints of spices. There is a light amount bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't ate difficult to drink and seems a lot lie like a cross between a Belgian PBA and a Saison/Farmhouse Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost clear, orange amber (SRM 8-10). A big, dense white foam fills the PBGC Sauvin Glass before slowly dissipating to leave thick patches of lace. A mix of random carbonation and columns of carbonation enliven the glass.

The aroma opens with ripe orchard fruit. Specifically, one notes apricots, apple pie, and pecans. Earthiness brings out a light, faint, funky yeast, however, the profile lacks complexity.

The flavors are a big muddy but one can pick out the components revealed in the nose. Sweetness and bitterness are fairly well balanced and a slight sourness is perceptible. The caramel is a little overplayed in a faint lingering finish.

This one has a medium to light body with a silky texture and moderate carbonation. Alcohol is as expected.

Scratchin’ Hippo was enjoyable on a cool Autumn afternoon and could hold pace with a Marzen this time of year. However, it lacks the warm, home-comfort typically expected from this style.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dope
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 025. Bottled 7/31/15.

A: Pours a ruddy sort of red/brown. Mid-sized frothy light brown head. Head fizzes out fast, leaving no lacing and only a tiny bit of head retention.

S: Sweet. Caramel and burnt sugar abound. Light toastiness. Mild earthiness and a hint of dark fruits when it's fully warmed up.

T: Not quite as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe but still plenty malty. Loads of caramel and toasted grains everywhere. Hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Swear I even get honey on the back end. All malty flavors from beginning to end. A touch of earthy spiciness and black pepper in the aftertaste - belgian yeast I assume.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and sweet.

O: Not bad. A little sweeter than I was expecting. Nothing to really balance it either. Still plenty smooth and drinkable, just more unbalanced than a typical biere de garde. Still a nice brew and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mwilbur
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Batch No 025. Bottled on 7/31/15.
A: Pours a clear dark amber hue with 2 inch light tan head with excellent retention. Backlighting produces a nice dark honey color. Very nice...especially for style.
S: Toasted cracker grain, lightly sweet caramel malt, white pepper, earthy spice yeast, brown sugar, and a hint of clove and mint.
T: Brown sugar, cola, white pepper, clove, mint, delicately sweet caramel malt, cherry, soft cocoa, earthy spice, and a hint of wood smoke.
M: Light-medium body. Delicately sweet. Soft spice. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate. Rustic. Mild tickle of effervescence.
D: Exceptional for style. What a treat from Adelbert's! This is lovely on its own, but would pair very well with heavier fare.

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Photo of smithj4
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Myotus
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled on 05Jun15) into a tulip. Beer was allowed to warm to 45°F before rating the aroma and taste.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 35 seconds. Copper in color with a peach tint (pretty combination). The rising bubbles are in high quantities. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of oak, coffee from roasted malts, caramelized malts, and sour yeast are up front. Hints of figs, spicy hops, and sweet chocolate lie beneath.
TASTE: Strong flavors of coffee combine with mild flavors of caramelized malts, coffee, and sweet chocolate to create the initial taste. Immediately after and as the intial flavors persist, mild oak and sour yeast flavors entangle with hints of figs and spicy hops. This tasted way different than what my nose would of thought. I love it.
FEEL: Full-bodied and mildly carbonated. This is so creamy and smooth, it's glorious. Like seriously. Wow. Unfortunately, the finish is moderately dry, but I could be worse.
NOTE: I see this is much lower by other people. Not too sure why. My experience was legit.

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Photo of lrbarch
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #91 (Aug 2014):

Rustic, Refreshing, Mild, More-ish

Pours dark and ruddy with a beige head that’s incredible foamy. Nose is bready, earthy, and dashed with white pepper. Very crisp. light, and palate awakening with a creamy mouthfeel. Bready malts, chicory, hint of browned apples, slight tartness, pithy, yeasty, earthy, and clove meld into a chalky, dry finish. This would make for a great table beer. Rustic, highly drinkable and approachable, with just enough complexity to enjoy on its own or with food.

STYLE: Bière de Garde | ABV: 6.9% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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Photo of Domvan
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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