Scratch Beer 142 - 2014 (IPA) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In our recent quest to attain what we feel is the perfect session beer, our team of brewers has been working tirelessly on calculating just the right equation to yield a flawless balance of hop aroma, flavor, bitterness, and malt sweetness. Each new session IPA in our Scratch Beer Series brings us one step closer to reaching “session beer Zen.” Scratch #142 blends a combination of American hops to create an elaborate palate of citrus fruit, pine, dried herbs, and earthy notes. To enhance the aroma, we further dry-hopped with Japanese Sorachi Ace and German Hallertau Blanc to impart a fresh, invigorating fragrance with hints of passionfruit, grape, pineapple, lemongrass, and fresh cut flowers. Thirsty yet?

49 IBU.

Added by orangesol on 05-09-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 57
Photo of thedoubler55
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

A: The beer is a copper amber color with a slight transparency, a nice one finger off white head at the top that leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Nice hints of tropical fruit, but nothing overpowering, slight hints of peach and floral notes to go along with it.

T: The taste follows the nose, some floral notes and some tropical fruit followed by breadyness, the hops are present throughout, not to much bitterness though.

M: Light to Medium bodied, slight amount of carbonation, a little sticky as well.

O: Not a bad beer, tasty, and simple all at the same time, this is only the second beer I have tried from Troegs and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottled gifted from Dr. Chups, unknown bottling date, drank over 30 minutes out of my NEBCO large bottom snifter glass:

A: 3/3 - yellow-golden coloration, slight hop haze (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white head settles into a retained glass lacing, moderate carbonation for style

S: 7/12 - mild citrus hop aroma - grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine - don't get much Sorachi Ace or Hallertau Blanch character; some pale malt character and light background some alcohol

T: 12/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a slight bitterness that is quickly followed by citrus hop flavors; there is a moderate biscuit/cracker character that dries out the citrus; some mild alcohol and a slight sweetness but dry and inviting of each sips

M: 3/5 - light-to-moderate bodied with high drinkability; moderate carbonation; just wish that there was more hop presence in the mouthfeel

O: 6/10 - decent session IPA/APA; shines more in the flavor than aroma and would definitely be pushed to the next level with more hop aroma/flavor from late kettle/dry hop additions; thanks, Chups, for the ops nonetheless

TOTAL - 31/50

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Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a few bottles of the Scratch Beer # 142 at the Tröegs brewery last weekend. Pours hazy bright yellow color with 2 finger foamy snow white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, fading on the slow side leaving OK spotty lacing.

Smells of fresh citrus hops and lemon zest, the Sorachi Ace jumps out, with grapefruit, tangerine, grapes, starfruit, orange, floral hops, herbs, light onion, caramel and some malt or grains, but it all comes back to the bursting citrus aroma. There is some kind of sweetness like fruity candy or some other fruit which I can’t distinguish, but this is basically a one sided aroma that’s all hops and very little malt.

Tastes like grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit, browning pineapple, citrus hops, yeast, bubblegum, floral hops, toasted grains, some mild spices, and then a complete change in direction after the beer washed over my tongue with it changing to a bready sweet taste like Frosted Flakes, some banana, peach, more citrus fruit, caramel and biscuit or bread dough. Really strange shift since the bitterness remains high from start to finish, and there are some light spices as it trails off for an interesting brew. Seems more like a half witbier or saison combined with an IPA for a pretty complex flavor profile that was much better balanced than the nose.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth a the same time, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a bitter aftertaste that is more grainy and sweet than hoppy, although the citrus hops and lemon do linger for a while before the sweet grainy taste remains.

The 2013 Tröegs Scratch Beer # 110 Session IPA was a much better session IPA and worthy of year round production, but this was a very interesting and enjoyable beer that I liked a lot and would definitely have again.

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

This was a hazy, pale golden color; it poured with medium sized fizzy head.

I smelled mild caramel and sugar cookies plus some faint herbal citrus. I tasted a scant caramel malt presence and a fairly potent aspirin bitterness.

Pretty tasty, but session strength IPAs aren't my thing.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a light golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave some patchy foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is on the lighter side overall consisting of a blend of lighter fruits of a more tropical nature as well as some hop smells of grapefruit and some earth. Along with these smells are some faint whiffs of a floral aroma as well as a bit of a peach smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a light bready flavor mixed with some of the fruitiness that was detected in the nose. Some light hops of a more citrus nature are present from the start and are joined later by some flavors of an earthy and pine flavor. The fruit flavors lose ground as the taste moves onto the end with the bready taking on a more cracker like taste, which in the end leaves a light and crisp moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on rather light and thin with a carbonation level that is average. The thin body was what would be expected for a session, and while a little thicker body may have helped the hop flavors along a little, the average carbonation actually did well for the brew as opposed to the typical high carbonation of a more session style brew as it provided a nice calm base for the hops to be sensed.

Overall – A fairly decent session IPA. This one I think could be a runner for a Troegs year round session IPA.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden hue and a nice two finger head on the pour. Head stays around and deposits big chunky full ring lacing on the glass. Big aromas on this one of passion fruit, white grape, citrus, earthy tones, and floral undertones. Bread notes greet you and break into citrusy notes with pine and a very floral earthy finish. Mouthfeel bursts with bright carbonation and then melds into a nice creamy feel with a clean finish. Great beer. Overall this aims to be a session IPA, and while session able lacks the complexity in the taste that the nose promises.

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Photo of Pahn
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen.

Appearance: Semi-translucent light copper with sparse lacing.

Smell: Muted, weak. Maybe some hops.

Taste: Sweet peppermint hops. Interesting, but mildly unpleasant. However, segues into a huge cereal malt backbone that I'm totally in love with. If you want me to drink your beer, put malt flavor like this into it. Like a big bowl of really good light granola / cereal. This happens every sip.

Hopwise, there is a nice mouth-coating, wine-like element from the Hallertau Blanc and Sorachi Ace. I think the flavor is mostly Hallertau Blanc (which I am not familiar with), while the "mouth-coating" element is the Sorachi Ace (which I unfortunately am familiar with; butter and lemon hops, blech). While the overall pepperminty impression I get from the hops is not enjoyable, I do like how these intriguing new German hops seem to be keeping the Sorachi Ace in check.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Slightly dry. Moderately carbonated. Not bad.

Overall: The malt flavor of this beer forgives all its flaws. The hop flavor, though not calling me back, is interesting enough for me to be glad I got to experience it.

Maybe not a great beer in theory, but execution-wise I will drink this beer all day every day. Just hits a real idiosyncratic sweet spot.

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Photo of orangesol
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Firkin dry hopped w/ Centennial.

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

S - Smells of fresh cut grass, herbal hops, bit of caramel sweetness, some lightly toasted bread and some faint fruitiness. Pretty dull initially, gets better as it warms up.

T - Starts off with a mix of the caramel sweetness and fresh cut grass quickly being joined by the herbal and spicy hops, dash of fruit and some lightly toasted bready malt. Finish is a little sweet and chewy, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Thinner feel than the draft version thanks to the cask serving.

O - A nice rift on the base beer but I think I prefer the draft over this special version. The hops just aren't bright enough for my tastes. Nice to try but not my favorite of the bunch.

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Scratch Beer 142 - 2014 (IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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