The Drafting Room 14th Anniversary Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jackorain on 06-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Med:
Photo of Med
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firkin at The Drafting Room Springhouse

I should start by saying I'm a sucker for a firkin, and finish by saying this is the same beer as Troeg's Scratch #12. The beer came out a cloudy orange color with some noticeable particles, very attractive and what I expected from a Firkin. The aroma was a nice combination of citrus and pine that I expect from an American IPA but not as much from Troeg's. The taste followed the aroma but brought on some serious grapefruit and pine leading into some nice citrus rind and finishing with a nice "side of the mouth" bitterness in the finish that stayed. Carbonation was low (again as expected from a firkin) but overall the mouthfeel was medium thick and creamy and quite nice.

Another winner brewed by Troeg's for TDR. Perhaps the most enjoyable attempt at an "American IPA" I've yet had from them, and I consider myself a fan!

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The TDR 14th Anniversary Ale is Tröegs' Scratch 12.

A: The IPA is one of the paler on record, showing off a pale goldenrod color that is reasonably hazy. A 2-plus finger head emerged on the first two pours from the growler.

S: The aroma is spicy and full of hops. At varying points in a glass, sweet citrusy nectarine and pineapple and tobacco aromas emerge.

T: The first sip is an average IPA, a swirling mix of citrus and caramel malts. As the sip lingers and warms a tough, more lemon and orange rind flavors come through. As the ale lingers a bit, the yeast seems to be Belgian, dry and fruity, but I can't confirm that Belgian yeast was used (it is unlikely). Pepper and tobacco hop flavors round out the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is strong, showing off a wide array of hop flavors.

D: Not my favorite scratch offering, eclipsed by Scratch 20.

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Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also known as Scratch #12

My very first beer at Deuane's basement clear out tasting is a three year old Scratch IPA. You are just lucky I needed to tick this one. Poured into a taster glass, a few times over.

A - Pours light hazy amber yellow with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving sticky rings of lace down the glass.

S - For being three years old this one has held up surprisingly well. Smells of pine, grassy hops, dulled citric fruit, sweet caramel malt, and some dried bread crumbs.

T - Starts off with a nice dose of sweet caramel malt quickly giving way to a mix of surprisingly bitter grassy hops, dulled citric rind; most notably orange and grapefruit; and a bit of chewy day old bread crumbs. The finish is a mix of light hop bitterness and some sweet caramel malt.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, chewy, feel with some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

O - While this one is obviously past its prime it is still pretty good actually. The malts have become the dominate force but the hops are still lurking in the shadows, which shocked me considering it is now three years old. Thanks for this Scratch beer tick go out to Deuane and the luck of the draw.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I missed this when it was first tapped and very happy to see it on tap last week.

Poured a beautiful cloudy yellow, with a nicely retained half inch head and light carbonation.

The bouquet had nice bready yeast, a hibt of clove and nice sweet and earth hops. Just a wonderfully complex beer. This translated well to the taste as the hoppy quality of the beer left a sweet/spicy sensation on the ol' tongue. Again, nicely complex with a hint of citrus, pine nuts, clove and I believe coriander.

The mouthfeel was wonderful and this beer is perfect for almost any occasion. The body is light and it only cloys slightly. A nice drinking beer, that to truly enjoy it, I would have no more than two in a session.

Once again, the Troeger brothers come through with a quality tasty for a great place. As good LaSalle men, they should have some type of brew that takes advantage of the Hawk's demise!

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Photo of jackorain
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to the The Drafting Room-Springhouse last night for the 1st tapping. Had a pint on draft and another from a firkin on the bar.

A-This beer poured very cloudy yellow/gold in color. It was topped with a nce 1 inch thick white foam. The head stayed around quite a while. As it did recede it left an lacing the cover nearly the entire free glass space. This lacing remaiined after each swallow, only washing down in the front of the glass a little bit-cool looking beer.

S-Grapfruit and Pine hop aromas are here in spades. There is also a bit of lemon peel and a touch of tangerine. A bit of biscuit malt barely pokes through the hop aroma.

T-Big citrusy grapefruit and piney resinous hops hit right up front. Lemon peel and tangerine come in second. This beer has some serious hop flavor. There is bitterness here but the hop flavor is incredible. There is some nice biscuity malt coming through here in the middle. The malts don't balance this beer out, but that is good because this one is all about hop flavor. The finish is more hops and a short lingering bitterness. Very good.

M-This beer is creamy with a very tight fizziness. The body is quite firm, I would call it very medium. It also coats the mouth and stays in around for a whle after each swallow.

D-Very good, it is shame this one will go away.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ TDR exton alongside troegs scratch 20 (aka tdr #15)

a: light orange/amber body... moderate off white head... little retention and light lacing

s: soft pine needles, resin, earthy floral hops and light citrus aromas.. subdued

t: nicely balanced between the pine and resin tones and a soft roasted nutty malt backbone... light citrus highlights... nothing particularly pops though

m: nice carbonation, good weight to the body with a clean, crisp refreshing bite at the end

d: a very well balanced ipa that went well in the sun with some food... while lacking in the wow factor some other ipas have, this beer made up for in overall enjoyability

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Photo of mhatters
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at TDR Exton in a straight sided pint glass

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color, strong white head

The nose has pine, floral hops, and lovely toastiness.

The flavor is really well balanced - not dominated by any particular dominant note, the hops are sting, but not overpowerling

This is an easy to drink beer, good mouthfeel, I could sit and have several of these, OK, I did

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The Drafting Room 14th Anniversary Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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