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 by Pahn:
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3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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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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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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

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