Scratch Beer 136 - 2014 (Red Ale) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer enthusiasts have no doubt heard of the Irish Red Ale, a style that originated in early 18th Century Ireland, as well as the American Red Ale, a hopped-up variation on the style. Well, we’re always looking to put the Tröegs stamp on existing beer styles, and Scratch #136 definitely straddles the line between Irish and American, with a bit of German thrown in for good measure. Brewed with three malt varieties including the complex, robust Vienna malt, this Red Ale exhibits a pleasant toasty character amid sweet traces of caramel and toffee. However, Scratch #136 is aggressively bittered and further dry-hopped with German Northern Brewer hops to crank up the IBUs a few notches. The result is a cross-pollination of three distinct brewing cultures united into a single beer – a Red Ale for the craft beer enthusiast from either side of the Atlantic!

Added by orangesol on 03-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by Darkmagus82:
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3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an orange copper color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave light patches of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite doughy and bready with a good showing of a caramel sweetness. Oddly they are some rather strong aromas of honeydew and cantaloupe with some lighter notes of a citrus nature. Along with the citrus (which has both sweeter orange and hoppy grapefruit notes) there are some other hop aromas of grass and earth, giving an overall nice but rather odd and interesting smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a quite bready and biscuit like flavor with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The sweetness remains relatively moderate throughout the taste with the overall flavor having a decent level of crispness to it. As the flavors advance from the initial taste, a grapefruit and floral hop flavor hit the tongue with these remaining moderately light throughout. While the grapefruit and floral remain relatively light, a rather strong pine and earthy hop flavor come to the tongue toward the middle to the end. These new hop flavor meld with the rest nicely, and with the more moderate sweetness but rather buiscuity taste, they leave one with a rather malty but somewhat crisp and nicely hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the imperial red style a bit more body and a bit lower carbonation may have been slightly more appropriate, but even with that said, the body was rather nice for enhancing the crispness of the brew. Overall it was a pretty decent feel.

Overall – Not a bad imperial red; one with a decent hop blend and a bit more crispness. It’s hard not to compare it to nugget nectar though, which this falls far short of. It is a nice beer to try but nothing to go all that far out of your way for.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a growler brewery fresh into a hotel glass. 3/26

Pours light amber, more clear than not. Light malty nose. Slight. Amber ale malty taste. Caramel and malty. Bready and chewy. A little sweet. Very mild hop bite - minor influence. Kicks at the close. Good work.

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Photo of orangesol
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours amber red with a decent one finger tale white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky rings of lace down the entire glass. Awful amber for a red ale.

S - Smells of doughy malt, caramel and less so toffee sweetness, dash of earthy german hops and some light booze. Very faint aroma initially, gets a little better as it warms but it never really came though fully.

T - Starts off with the caramel and toffee sweetness quickly being joined by the toasty malt and light earthy hop bitterness. Finish has some sweetness and a bit of booze burn, not lingering for very long after consumption.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, malty feel from start to finish. Booze is hidden pretty well, only really coming through fully once it had warmed up.

O - Not really sure what exactly they were going for here. It straddles about three different styles and doesn't really fit any of them. I enjoyed it for what it is but it didn't wow me in any way. I'll pass on another.

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Scratch Beer 136 - 2014 (Red Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 24 ratings