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Scratchin' Hippo | Adelbert's Brewery

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3.64/5
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147 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States
adelbertsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,867
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
147
pDev:
14.56%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing too memorable.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

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

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

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2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: 12/13/12. Batch 011.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, amber-hued body with, well, no head formation, as the bubbles are evaporating nearly instantaneously. A beer that begins with a mewling whimper.

Smell: Minor note of toast and light, lightly husky grains. Beyond ripe, soiled fruitiness of apples, apricots, and peaches. Slight phenolic spiciness with a medicinal hint to it.

Taste: Notably devoid of sweetness from the first sip. Slightly husky, toasty maltiness wrapped in a pervasive sourish that really knocks the wind oughta my sails. A fruitiness of fruits that have gone south a few days prior. A blip here or there of phenols. Finishes fairly flat with a little lingering sourness and meager medicinal tone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Very low carbonation.

Overall: A beer that is woefully undercarbed and poor tasting doesn't exactly win me over. Where are they scratchin' that hippo?

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Watch out, it’s explosive...The pour itself is a burnt orange sort of color with a tall white head. The nose is much sweeter than expected. Lots of sweet malt and fruit notes with a bit of yeastiness. Quite a lot of apple to it. The flavor is heavy on the sweet sugar and malt notes. Lots of apple and pear fruit notes, maybe white grape, and a hint of banana. There is a mild yeastiness, too. Really an odd, though not unenjoyable, beer.

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3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Batch 005, bottled 12-15-11.

The beer is way over carbonated. As I was about halfway through unscrewing the cage, the cork shot out of the bottle and smashed into the ceiling. Not sure where the cage ended up, but I guess I will find it eventually.

Once the beer calmed down a bit, it pours a clear orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of coriander and pepper, as well as some toffee and orange citrus notes. The flavor has quite a bit of toffee and caramel, as well as some strong Belgian yeast notes. There is also a hint of coriander. The carbonation is way too high and the mouthfeel is about medium. Not sure what this would taste like if the carbonation was normal, but I think it would probably be better.

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

Clear dark amber pour with a small off-white head. Big malty aroma with some spice and dark fruit. Taste has sweet malt and dark fruit upfront backed by spice and a light earthy bitterness. Medium to full body. Finishes sweet and malty with dark fruit and light spice flavors lingering.

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

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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

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

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Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 147 ratings
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