Scratchin' Hippo | Adelbert's Brewery

Scratchin' HippoScratchin' Hippo
BA SCORE
3.64/5
146 Ratings
Scratchin' HippoScratchin' Hippo
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:
#33,376
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
146
pDev:
14.56%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice deep hazy brown with reddish/amber hues toward the outer area of the ale, its topped off with a thick white, bubbly head that sticks around for some time. It’s got thick lacing too! The aroma is dry, very fruity, apples, grape and berries come through very well. Mildly tart, it is medium bodied, some spices do come through cleanly, phenolic alcohol tastes pretty good and is accompanied by mild bready flavors. Some fruit flavors do come through, there is a mild hop flavor in the aftertaste, but it is barely detectable. This is a very good beer and it goes down very smooth.

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Photo of bundy462
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of backphish
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

Cloudy amber. Not a lot of visible carbonation--small bubbled khaki-colored head. Leaves dots and irregular lines down the glass.

An earthy, somewhat nutty, aroma. A bit of a pepper and grain presence. Fairly mild.

As with the aroma, the flavor is earthy and nutty--kind of like wheat bread and mild peanut butter, even. Some mild spice and grain notes. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Decent and quite drinkable. A unique interpretation of the style. Glad I got to try it. Without flaw, but unexciting.

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Photo of JMM0414
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of ElizabethEleanor
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of bkrbdan
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of trebbates
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wtkphoto
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of jbdaves72
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Magery
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of chebode2
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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

Poured from a 12 oz short bottle into a goblet glass. This pours a slightly hazy tea color with a large off white head which has good retention. The smells are of citrus, a little funk. The feel is medium very high carbonination. The taste is okay, you get the alcohol, a little funk, some citrus.

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Photo of ret3
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Scratchin' Hippo from Adelbert's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 146 ratings
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