Scratch Beer 1 - 2007 (California Common) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 1 - 2007 (California Common)Scratch Beer 1 - 2007 (California Common)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hybrid beer (California Common Beer), will be released on or about April 26. This is a beer we brewed on the back patio on more than one occasion. It became the inspiration for Tröegs Pale Ale. The simplest explanation of what makes a hybrid beer unique is the brewer is forcing a lager to do something it doesn’t want to do. Scratch 1 uses lager yeast fermented at a warmer temperature. The fermented malt gives an exaggerated fruity undertone to the beer which combines nicely with the citrus flavors of Cascade hops. Balancing out the taste are spicy, earthy flavors derived from Brewer’s Gold hops. Slightly aggressive hops in the front of the mouth give way to a clean, subtle grape-like finish.

Added by ggaughan on 04-29-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by imasickboy:
Photo of imasickboy
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber, with a nice head. Appeared a bit cloudy, or just REALLY carbonated. Hard to tell which, really.

Smells "fresh", and lightly hoppy.

Feels acidic, and very carbonated. Bubbles in the mouth in a big way. I guess that answers the appearance question...

Tastes plain and ordinary, watered down, even. Slightly sweet tasting, without tasting malty at all. Leaves a bit of a saccharin bitterness on the tip of the tongue, which spreads to include the whole mouth over time.

I didn't much care for this one, though since it was my first cali-common, it may just be the style that I don't like.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a nonic glass from 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap. Generic looking label with Bottling No. 1-2007 on it.

Golden color with a slight amber hue, mostly clear with a slight haze.
1" creamy white head dissapated fairly quick leaving a slight coating.
A few bubbles rising throughtout looked just a bit flat, leaving some scattered bits of lacing.

Good clean inviting aroma,complex earthy,citrusy,slight pine,with some pear-like notes. Nice fruityness,good malty aromas,carmell/toffee/nutty and toasty with some slight burnt notes.

Clean,fresh taste,very well balanced,complex,lots of earthiness,citrusy,grassy with bits of pine.Fruitty,with a very good malty
taste,toasty/nutty/carmelly with a slight burnt edge. Finishes clean with a pleasing citrus feel,some dryness and a fruity tartness.

Has a light mouthfeel,smooth,tangy with a nice juicy feel. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Drank a case of this with my brother-in-law could had finished off a case with ease. Would love to get more of this beer before it's all gone. A great summer beer just qualifies as a session at 5%.
Can't belive more breweries don't make this style of beer,seemed to be popular with homebrewers made a lot of beer with this type of yeast.
One to try before it's all gone. Nothing to really compair this one with other than Anchor Steam. I would prefer this one over Anchor anytime.

Give this beer a try if you can. Highly drinkable and highly recomended.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off thanks to jcdiflorio my beer brother in arms for picking up a case and saving me a bottle. Appears a hazed golden ambrosia lighter than the famous steam beer also has some particles in suspension forms a huge billowing bright white head looks chunky and dwindles slow to form even lacing around my pint glass great all day type of retention this one's got some protein. Aroma, spicy herbal, citrus hop bursts, peppery smell spicy perfumey accent, with mineral biscuit malt combo with pleasant fruity undertones gotta love hybrid yeasts fruit and smooth. Flavors provide moderate sweetenss clean herbal citrus hops spicy mineral finish just so balanced and flavorful at the same time an artform and definitely the best steam beer I've come across. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied evenly carbonated yet incredibly smooth going down no astringent finish clean all day. Drinkability it flows so well a great drinking beer that will definitely see the light of day or at least I'm hoping bring this one back next time hopefully I'll get to split the case with jcdiflorio instead of his brother in law.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decribed on the box as a hybrid beer or a California common. This is the first in a series of special 10th Anniversary beers to be released in the next few months by Troegs.

The beer poured a clear light golden color into my pint glass with some very active bubbles running to the top to form a small but fluffy white head and good lacing.

There is a nice fresh floral hop aroma right out of the gate and it intensifies with a little swirl of the glass.

The taste is very pleasing. A good citrus and hoppy bit on the tongue gives way to a slightly malty sweetness and some spice notes as well. There looks to be several hop varities in here including Cascade and Brewers Gold and they compliment each other very well. This is a very interesting beer and looks to be a very nice summer session beer ringing in at 5%. This would also be a great tailgating beer for baseball season but due to the limited availability you may want to ration it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first Scratch beer from Troegs pours a light golden body beneath a short head of creamy white foam. The head retention is decent. Within the glass particulate can be seen (perhaps my sample is old and mistreated). Bright hops greet you in the nose but it's not clear as to what variety they might be. I'd imagine it's a mix. They're grassy, delicately citrusy, and a touch spicy. That basically follows through in the flavor over a delicate malt base. It's kind of like a pilsner with some Pacific northwest hops thrown in. Crisp, clean, solidly bitter and decidedly hoppy!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of guinnessfan.

A: The beer has a pale yellow color that looks like lemonade with a few drops of orange food coloring added. The head neared a finger and has left tiny patches of dried lace in the glass.

S: The nose is grainy malt with a kiss of earthy hops.

T: The body is toasted grains, cereal malty with a great hop bite that pops up mid sip. The hops have the dry bite of a pilsner's noble hops. That dryness leads to a long finish that has flourishes of grainy malt that pop up.

M: The mouthfeel is quite dry, accentuating the hops and their earthy profile. This is a good sippin' beer.

D: The earthy hops and solid malt body create a really enjoyable drink. Having had all the Scratches to date, this one is by far the best.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my eternal quest to try everything, I went through the garage fridge and cleared out the rest of the scratch series I had not gotten to try. I was amazed to find 6 more of them! So with that being said, let us start at the beginning. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/21/2008.

the pour was nice enough, golden amber with a slight tint toward the yellow side. Some light haze in it with noticable carbonation bubbling up through the glass. A small white head graced the top for a few moments, but then settled down quickly into a small broken crown.

The aroma was light grain and some small citric hops. Light touches of oraneg and pineapple, with a hint of biscuity malts, all in a very light profile. The taste was clean, crisp, and refreshing. A classic steam beer here. Light grains and biscuit malts made up the base, with a nice touch of hops dancing around inside of it. Smooth carbonation in a wonderfully light bodied beer. Easy drinakbility and a smooth overall presentation just rounded it out wonderfully.

Overall a very solid offering here and a nice way for me to kick off my afternoon. I would love to see this one come back around again!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy light gold color. Lots of sediment. White fluffy head disappears quickly, leaving a few spots of lace.

Nice gentle fruity aroma. Hints of peach, and lemon. A slightly sour note, that doesn't seem too out of place.

Light malt character with some fruit. Some smooth citrusy and earthy bitterness.

Light body with ample carbonation. Very easy to drink. This has somehow held up very well, or morphed into something that is still pretty darn good.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Phatz
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A million thanks to froggyfrog for hookin me up with this beer. You are da man, brother.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a splash of orange gold hue the head is white and sudsy, measuring 2 fingers. Lacing lines the glass, brilliantly. The body showcases a constant flow of carbonation bubbles that fuel the frothy cap which never disappears.

Smell: Toasted grain, a slight sweetness and toffee undertone with a grassy hop element and some indistinct fruitiness.

Taste: Lager yeast, wheat, and muddled fruit flavors with a Kölsch like herbal grassy bitterness. It starts with grain and a bit of pear and toffee earthy flavor. The smooth sweet body glides easily across the tongue and leaves prickly dry hops behind. The finish is more dry and the aftertaste is quite hoppy. This is not a style made for glamour it is easy drinking; plain and simple.

Mouthfeel: A particularly rich body for a lager, but it maintains the crispness while assuming many flavors of an ale. Medium body, crisp.

Drinkability: Exceptional. The first opportunity I had to try this beer was at an afternoon party again at froggyfrog's place. The growler disappeared very quickly. This is a style that drinks easily and a well made beer by Tröegs.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a medium white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is crisp and grainy with a slight fruitiness and nice herbal hop smell. Smells extremely fresh.

Fresh and crisp grainy taste upfront with a very slight fruitiness. Leads into a rather bold herbal hoppiness and meaty bitter bite. The hop taste and bitterness ride through the finish and linger slightly.

Medium-light body, solid carbonation.

So, I'm a bit on the fence over this beer. It's another quality Troegs brew and quite easy to drink. However, I have a fondness for Anchor Steam (which is THE standard for the style) and this beer is just plain nothing like it. This beer is much more similar to a pilsner than a steam beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A huge thanks to Mike for sending this one my way. Certainly a tough find for completing the Scratch series.

A: The beer pours a very hazy golden orange color with a large white head.

S: Butterscotch and cardboard are prominent, which is disappointing but not necessarily surprising. Toffee and caramel sweetness with a little bit of bready. Strangely, there is a strong Cracker Jack aroma.

T: A very strange fruity flavor that I can't quite describe. Cardboard oxidation, toffee, butterscotch, honey, and some more Of the Cracker Jack character.

M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: I was happy to try this just because of what it is in terms of the series, but it's really not worth drinking.

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Photo of flexabull
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of warriorsoul, thanks again!

Pours a hazy light gold color, with a small white head.

Aromas are dusty, floral, with some tart fruits. Aromas seem odd for the style...

Taste is crisp and tart. Some lemon citrus like flavors, a touch of creamy sweet malts, and not much else. Finish is dry, with crisp bite. Much like the aromas, this just tastes kind of odd.

Mouthfeel is ok, seems a bit thin, but not bad, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is average. This just seems off... it's not a bad beer, but not something I would go back too. Well Troegs, I can see why this was scratched. This is just not that great.

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Photo of Deuane
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale yellow with a twing towards orange. A nice white head that left nice lacing behind.

S-Pale maltiness with a twing of earthy hops.

T-Toasted malt with a pleasant crisp hop bite. A very dry tasting beer overall. A very enjoyable flavor.

M-Dry with the earthy hops becoming evident. Certainly a nice "light" beer to enjoy.

D-A solid effort for Troegs first Scratch beer. A nice, light, easy drink beer. Very nice.

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Photo of guinnessfan
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the brewery.

A: Golden ale with constant carbonation bubbles. There is the mildest amount of cloudiness, due to some yeast. Decent lacing, with some slight retention.

S: Crisp, slightly hoppy, a little grainy.

T: Crisp pilsneresqueness, pale hoppiness, with the smallest taste of a steam beer. Extremely well balanced.

M: Crisp cleam, medium body, excellent carbonation.

D: Excellent, slight hop profile, yet not too much for non-hopheads. Terrific summer beer.

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Photo of mcallister
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale musty piss color with a small white head and still good carbonation considering this was bottled in '07.

Loving the nose on this beer. A pale malt with hints of toffee and a blast of flowery hop aroma. A hint of citrus reminiscent of a pale ale really.

Good balance obviously not big or complex but to the point and very sessionable. Very good amount of carbonation that lends well to the overall body of the beer. Pale malts with a bit of breadyness and that same floral hoppy chracter that was in the aroma. Sessionable as hell.

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Photo of kkipple
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive Mega Scratch Beer Tasting @ the Meat Meet, 8.21.2010. Thanks Unclejedi!

Still carbed, low head, pale gold. Not much head, specks of lace. Sweet estery nose, dryish, okay. Tastes fine, still, dry-pale with a hint of pear, elderflower, nicely, and oddly... huh... past its prime, still pretty good!. I'd drink mine sooner rather than later as I don't see this improving.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

*First and foremost, this review is for how this is drinking right now, not in the past. My scores reflect the last time I had it but didn't review it.*

Big thanks to John for bringing this one to Campground Brewdown this year. Never thought I would have the chance to try it after so long a time.

A - Pours pale yellow with a decent one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating to a light film, leaving small rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - This one just plain smells old. Plenty of oxidation, stale bread, died up yeast, bubblegum, apples and some sugary sweetness.

T - Starts off with some green apple skins and wet cardboard oxidation slowly being joined by the pale malt, bubblegum, old yeast and some light sweetness. Finish is a touch sweet with more oxidation.

M - Medium-Light body with high carbonation. Prickly, sweet feel. The bottle sounded like a gun went off when it was opened.

O - I knew going into this that this one was long gone so I was expecting all of this. If you still have one of these it is for pure novelty at this point.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Thanks Alex! The beer pours vibrant golden with fluffy white head and good retention. The aroma is interesting, displaying grassiness and toasted malt notes, along with a subtle sweetness. I get a little honey as well. The flavor is toasted malt with a light grassy/floral hop profile and a little sweetness. A nice refreshing craft beverage.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky light orange with a thin white bubbly head that dissipated into a thin layer. The smell was sweet and citrus with some straw and hops. The taste was more of the straw and bitter hops with a hint of lemon and honey sweetness in the finish. The carbonation was ample and made this one very refreshing. Overall a great start to a great series. One down, seven to go...for now.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale and hazy yellow color. Not a real big level of carbonation. Sharp and spicy aroma of bitter hops. Good, crisp and sharp hop flavor to it. Mellow malty presence. The blend of malt and the spiciness of the hops is well done together. Good body for style. The sharpness of the hops bring it down a little drinkablility wise. Could use a boost in the malt department for me. Overall quite good and enjoyable.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Kegatron for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, bready. The taste is malty/bready, with a grapefruit tone. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but no Anchor Steam here.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a roacky head that retains well and splashes the glass with dots of lace

Smell: Lemony citrus aroma

Taste: Starts out with an immediate blast of lemon that becomes slightly cakey and herbal by mid-palate; after the swallow the citrus flavors become a bit pithy and aspirin-like

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Excepting the finish, a rather nice beer; we don't see many California Commons and this is very different from Anchor Steam

Thanks, ClockworkOrange, for the opportunity

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Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 43 ratings