Scratch Beer 137 2014 (IPA) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #137 represents a further refining of the HopCyclone process. A stainless steel device inside our fermenters creates a swirling vortex during the dry-hop process that maximizes hop aroma while minimizing hop usage. Dry-hopped with 100 pounds of equal parts Cascade, Citra, and Chinook hops, this intense IPA doesn’t pull any punches. Here at Tröegs, we love testing the boundaries of our equipment as well as your taste buds. Scratch #137 will push your palate into humulus lupulus overload!

88 IBU.

Added by Slatetank on 03-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 58
Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-bread dough, citrus, floral, pine, hint of caramel and fruit

T-bready malt, grapefruit, floral, pine, light mango, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, easy drinking

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (thanks to DrBier, enjoy your OTWOA)

A: A hazy copper-tinged straw body that has a nice pencil-thin head and leaves a nice thin collar.

S: Quite fruity and floral body from some excellent hops.

T: It doesn't live up to the smell but it is just an ok IPA that is just put together decently. This is almost watery. Just tastes like your standard mediocre IPA. I just looked it up to see what was special about this IPA, and I don't really get those 88 IBUs or anything special from that HopCyclone process. Earthy and piney aftertaste.

M: Easy going but it is lacking some body and carbonation. It is quite thin.

O: I find myself wanting their Triple Mango IPA.

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Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to a co-worker for sharing a bottle with me...

A - An active cascading pour yields a bit more than a fingers worth of crisp light khaki colored froth comprised of lively medium-to-large chunky bubbles... Modest at best retention gives way to a full veil of lacing and a moderate-to-thick collar... The color is a mix of pale straw and light honey... There is a faint haziness that lingers throughout... Fairly still with just a few streaks of briskly paced carbonation seen towards the top of the glass... Not a bad looking brew by any means...

S - The hops are clearly at the forefront... They take on a wide range of characters... There's an attractive muskiness... There are some floral and piney notes... Some light citrus notes linger beneath the surface as well... There is little or no malt base detected, but the hops are never overpowering... Rather pleasant and satisfying...

T - Holy hop hammer... The flavor profile is blistering with hops... Reminds me of when I attempted to taste hops by themselves as part of my home brewing endeavors... The hops are earthy and piney in nature... The flavor profile is all hops... No malt... No balance...

M - Light-to-medium bodied... Starts light and fluffy but quickly turns bitter and slightly puckering... There's a slightly juicy component as well... Hop resins coats the mouth... A little bit of sharp carbonation...

D - A sipper... I like well balance American IPAs with strong malt backbones... This one clearly isn't that... Rather, it is a hop centric one trick poney... The appearance and aroma were very nice, but the palate and the mouthfeel quickly start to detract from the overall package...

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Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Slatetank for gifting me with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into a cervoise, the brew alpears a hazy golden copper color with a silky white head.

The smell is very hoppy almost catty and herbaceous. Some tropical fruit and rindy notes. There is almost a melon or cantaloupe sort of aspect to this mixing with grass.

The flavor is grassy and fruity with hops like orange rind and pith. Quite a moderate bitterness that is clean and herbal. Little to no malt aspect, this is all hop flavor and a kiss of alcohol.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall an easy drinking IPA with a bit of yeastiness and alcohol and everything else is hop flavor. I could get under a couple pints of this. Thanks again Matt.

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend from work was recently visiting her family in Harrisburg, and she was good enough to bring back a bottle of this beer after a visit to the brewery (she knows I'm a fan of Troegs in general, and that I always enjoy trying the scratch beers when I have a chance).

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty impressive in this beer, and seemed to show a considerable amount of mosaic hops. There was a lovely aroma of pine and tropical fruit, with a considerable amount of mango and pineapple showing. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, though there wasn't quite as much tropical fruit on the palate. The beer finished with considerable hoppy bitterness, and mouthfeel wsa medium bodied at most. Alcohol was very well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability was pretty good.

I warmed to this beer more and more as I went along, and found it to be an interesting contrast after my glass of nugget nectar. Anyway, I thought this another very solid effort from the folks at Troegs, and I'm not sure but I might prefer it to the standard Perpetual IPA made by them.

Thank you MaryKaye!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Yellow-gold colored body with an orange sediment haze. Foamy bone white head that stays around for quite some time.

S- Orange citrus, hints of tropical fruits, slightest hint of toasted malts.

T- Lots do citrus, hints of toasted malts that balance out the bitterness. Lots of fruity hops, some pine comes through too.

M- Full bodied and sticky, drinks like a IIPA, medium carbonation.

O- Bordering a single/double IPA, this one has great hoppy flavors and a big influence from the citra.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at the tasting room in Hershey, served chilled in a goblet.

The color is deep golden with light haze with thick white cap that settles leaving copious lace. The smell is very good -plenty of hop aroma with is mostly citrus with a slight hint of pine perhaps and mild grass/herbal accent. The feel is very good moderately high carbonation with good resinous body and mild sweetness with above average bitterness that increases toward the semi-dry finish.

The flavor is pretty fresh and green with a herbal hop in the forefront which has a slight bitter flavor with mild pine which unfolds into a more grapefruit flavor with mild malt sweetness in the background with yeast and hop oils adding fruitiness to the taste that lingers after the swallow. Overall this is a very hop packed Imperial IPA, pretty good aroma from the Hop Cyclone and drinkability is very good.. I recommend trying this while it is fresh.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, sticky pine resin, fresh zested tropical fruit and some pale malts. Took a little while to develop but solid once it did.

T - Starts off with the tropical fruit zest quickly being joined by the strong citric hops, pale malts and pine. Finish has plenty of hop bitterness with only a small amount of booze, not lingering for very long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel with very little of the 7.8% present.

O - I enjoyed this one. It packs plenty of flavor and it is pretty easy drinking, even at nearly eight percent. Hope this is a sign of things to come from the hop cyclone series.

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Scratch Beer 137 2014 (IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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