Scratch Beer 18 - 2009 | Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer 18 - 2009Scratch Beer 18 - 2009
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Scratch Beer 18 - 2009Scratch Beer 18 - 2009

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We started with the same grain bill as Scratch #12 (IPA) and substituted 25% rye for the base malt giving Scratch #18 a creamy mouth feel and a full-bodied taste. Mount Hood and Chinook hops are combined here for flavoring and aroma, and Warrior hops are used for overall bitterness. The rye plays off the Mount Hood hops, with both ingredients releasing an herbal, spicy flavor.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by BattleRoadBrewer:
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the 100% Satisfaction BIF from great trader PSYCOHOPS, thanks!

Served cool in a Boston Lager glass. When I sampled it I hadn't yet looked up what style Scratch #18 was.

Pours very thick with a very orange tint of dark amber forming a bold off-white head.

Aggressive hop aroma, given the color and the thick pour, suggests that it's a double IPA or an American amber, or even impy red.

Wow, great, distinctive rye flavor. In hind sight, now I can pick up the rye aroma, too. Spicy noble hops maybe. Great balance. Doesn't have the sweetness I expected from the aroma and color.

Slick and creamy heavy feel from the rye. But finishes dry, not nearly as sweet as the mouthfeel would suggest.

Drinkability is really good, not a chugging beer. A good example of a big rye beer, a high fraction of the grain bill. Definitely recommended.

I wish I was down the road from Tröegs, getting a stash of every Scratch batch would definitely be habit-forming! This and Scratch 5 were my first two from the Scratch series. "Collect them all!"

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troeg's- Scratch 18

A- Good golden orange with a thick creamy lacing head.
S- Thick sweet caramel malt, rye, pungent oily pine hops.
T- Thick sweet pine hops, very oily with a creamy caramel malt body. Boozy alc. very present. Rye present throughout.
M- Thick sweet malt dominated by bitter oily pine hops. Slight alc. hotness. Finishes off very bitter.

Overall- Good sweet and bitter. 1st sip was a little messy, but this one settled into a well balanced pint.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scratch 18 pours a cloudy orange-amber body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. Yeast can be seen settling while tiny bubbles stream upwards past them. It looks almost like a weizen. The head retention is excellent, no doubt buoyed by those tiny rising bubbles, and it leaves some very nice rings of thin lace about the glass.

In the nose one detects spiciness, some yeasty fruitiness, and a bit of caramel in the malt.

The flavor is much fuller, with a burst of spiciness and a solid bitterness anchoring it. It's similar to an extra special bitter or IPA, but with the kind of floral and spicy flavor of the rye added in. It's a little wheaty as well, and perhaps a touch grassy and leafy with hops. Despite its solid bitterness, malt still lingers a bit in the finish, but it's spicy, and not at all "sweet". The alcohol never shows.

Interesting, and very well put together. Sometimes rye beers can be just a bit too spicy and they become overpowering, but this is balanced and drinkable. Well done!

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Photo of mikey711
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass. Orange with nearly an inch of lasting head.

it smelled both earthy and floral, more towards the earthy but some caramel sweetness in the background.

Very earthy tasting, almost like a saison. the rye is subtle but more hop character than anything. the bitterness is there but not harsh.

The drink is nice, its pretty sessionable and the mouthfeel is fairly average. Overall a solid but not spectacular beer.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper (you can see a ton of suspended oil in there), with 3 big fingers of eggshell white head. A thin frothy retention leaves a nice looking smattering of sticky lacing back. The aroma is heavy with floral hops and spicy rye notes, which is cut nicely by some sweeter tones of bread and citrus.

The rye is a little more subtle feeling in the taste, mixing in effortlessly with lightly toasted malts and tangy citrus. Some moderately spicy bitterness and rye really dry the finish and mouth out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice creaminess to the carbonation and a generally easy feel that really helps some of the thicker spicy flavors go down.

Nice. Good use of the rye character in this. It wasn't over the top, instead nicely complimenting the hops and adding an extra layer of spice to the profile. Another well done Scratch entry from Troegs.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from my beer fridge pured into a snifter glass.

A: The rye beer is a brilliant amber orange color, content to sit still in my glass. The ale retains its translucence, adding to the glow. A small head, negligible even, has pooled around the edges of the glass.

S: Citrus hops and a moderate rye presence start things off when the ale is cold. As it warms, caramel emerges to match with the rye. The breadiness isn't overpowering, just a nice touch.

T: The hops, which were dominant in the draught version, has subsided nicely, mellowed out to allow the rye more time in the spotlight. Rye is spicy and bready. Hops are softer citrus, softness being relative to the stronger hop presence when fresh. The carbonation is ample, a cleansing effect that adds the body.

M: The mellowing of the hops has improved the taste, allowing more rye to peep through. The finish is a malt-centric ale, the hops having since faded.

D: A decent beer when fresh, this one has rounded out nicely. A good rye beer, no more no less.

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Photo of naproxen
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Deuane for kicking this my way!

This beer pours beautifully, other beers should take note. The rye haze is very noticeable, even after a 5 minute rest there is nothing clear about it. The head on this one is also enviable, a stubborn finger thick creamy white presence. This one smells awesome as well, a hint of that rye spice and grapefruit hops. Mmmmm!

The spice bite of the rye malt grabs me first, followed by a mouthful of citrus and grassy hops. The body isn't too heavy either, it reminds me of an IPA with sass. I could absolutely drink 2 or 3 of these in a night....too bad I only have the one :(

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Photo of philbe311
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and a hlf of perfectly level creamy fizzy white head... Lots of various paced carbonation... A murky tarnished golden copper color with a faint orange hue... Darker at the top of glass and lighter at the bottom... Lace clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Light sweet citrus aroma... Faint hints of rye, grain, and malt... Flour

T - Piney hops... Spicy rye... Malt... Corn... Ginger... Slightly astringent and metallic...

M - Near perfection... Minor prickly carbonation... Creamy... Rich... Medium bodied... Sticky, yet slightly oily... Slightly chewy... A hoppy bitterness permeates... Full... Well balanced... Fills mouth completely...

D - Outstanding beer, but I'm not sure that I could enjoyable multiple in a sitting... The astringent piney hops are powerful and all consuming...

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: I believe I made an error and poured in all of the particulate at the bottom of the bottle into the pint glass, giving a filling wallop of bitter funk, and I can't tell if thats a good thing or not.

12oz scratch bottling number 18, 2009. A quick pour, but a slooow response by this beer, like it has been hibernating and its not ready to produce foamy bubbling head on cue. Slowly it awakes, and the head emerges, big soapy ecru bubbles stacked 1/2 finger high. The beer itself is a nice cloudy copper affair, and the lacing is visible throughout.

Smell is heavy on rye, grassy hop, yeasty wheat bread. A bowl of Wheaties with banana cut in. A bit of warming sweet alcohol. Damn that nose is really coming together as this warms to room temp - some of the wafts of the rye are making me shiver down my spine - reminiscent of some outstanding examples of this style that I yearn to taste again. Not quite there, though.

Taste is charging forward with biting, dry hop resins, it comes across slightly metallic up front and in the middle - a sharp "copper" funkiness, well done, but missing some of the best dancing between rye and hops that I've tasted before. It stays dry as rye grains come alive and mix with a bit of sweet honey & malt. A touch of that banana yeast maybe, and it all ends with a very pleasant warming, dry rye show... plenty of grassy bitterness hanging in the aftertaste.

Medium body, slightly below average on carbonation. Smooth, crisp enough to drink on a hot summer day, but enough body and kick to enjoy on a cold night. So even though I've felt underwhelmed by the overall taste, I am giving some points on drinkability. A solid beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as an extra and I am glad I did. I am totally up to date on the Scratch series and would not want one to sneak through on me. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one during lunch on 05/23/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich amber in color with lots of carbonation and a nice head of white that reached a height of around three inches before it settled down with lots of side glass lacing and a good amount of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Aroma was very hoppy, suprisingly so with only a light hint of spiced rye. A bot more evident in the flavor though as a nice tight hop profile was cut with a nice touch of spice and light grain notes. Smooth, nice even carbonation and a smooth, easy drinkability.

Overall very solid indeed. Not sure if it was totally true to style as it leaned heavily on the hops and was not nearly the rye beer it could have been, but it was damn tasty.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottle # 18-2009. Pours a hazy copper color, with some tiny sediment floating about. Thick off-white foamy head. Very nice head retention and lace.

Caramel, fruit, spicy rye and a bit of earthy aroma in the nose. Maybe some floral hops, similar to the ones in Hopback.

Caramel malt, some spicy rye flavor, a bit of earthiness. Not overwhelming, but the rye and earth certainly stands out. Still, nicely balanced.

Medium body, with good carbonation. Fairly simple. Earthy and spicy flavors seem to linger for quite some time. Pretty good.

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Photo of natasharai
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a small off white creamy head that dissipated quickly leaving a small amount of lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a hazy orange-golden color.

Smell: Grains, citrus hops, and fresh flowery hops.

Taste: Citrus hops, grassy hops, roasted malt and grainy flavor, sweet rye/malt flavor. A small alcohol taste toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Nice thick body, very silky smooth texture with a small hop bite.

Overall: good drinkability! Nice hop presence but not overwhelming, good grain flavor, you can tell that there is something other than malt in here!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light orange color with a white head and a decent amount of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some zesty rye as well as orange, grapefruit, and other citrus. Some good hop notes and a touch of sweetness. The taste brings some more grapefruit and tangerine along with a bit of spice and sweetness. Nice body with good carbonation. A fairly unique beer. Seems like Troegs just does not fail with these Scratch beers.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy, muted apricot color with a thin and wet off-white head.

Aroma of caramel malts, tangerine, grapefruit, biscuit, earth, and just a hint of rye.

The rye shines thru in the taste much more than in the aroma. Tangerine, toasted caramel malts, candy sugar, biscuit, and a bit of earthiness follow.

Medium-bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

Overall, an enjoyable beer from Troegs.

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Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

leftmindedrighty hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. thanks aaron!

12oz bottle. sampled may 3/09.

pours deep copper orange with a small very fine white head. the head drops fairly quick but leaves lots of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. spicy rye. rich caramel and toffee. light alcohol. orange and tangerine. bit of grapefruit. earthy. multi-grain bread. biscuit.

taste is good. lots of nice spicy rye again. light alcohol. medium bitterness level. caramel and toffee. earthy and floral hops. nice light citrus - mostly orange and tangerine, but a bit of grapefruit too. great malt profile, with lots of multi-grain bread, rye crackers, and a bit of biscuit.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. nice fine medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. love the rich malt and caramel character complimented by the rye. good stuff. can they make this one a regular offering?

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Photo of hopdog
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy golden/orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of juicy oranges, citrus, lightly spicy, rye, and light caramel. Tastes of citrus, pine, caramel, spices, and some rye breadiness.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/11/09

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Greg.

A: The beer pours a lightly hazed orange color with a thin white head.

S: Orange and rye are very prominent. Grass and pine hop notes are also big players. A bit of bread and caramel malts give this one sweetness. There's just a light floral note to it, too.

T: Rather pronounced pine and grass hop flavors which provide a substantial bitterness. Plenty of rye flavor and a nice citrusy character to it, too. Mostly grapefruit peel in terms of the citrus.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Good, but the bitterness and rye flavors are sort of harsh.

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Photo of portia99
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Obviously this beer is past its prime, but with that said...let's review.

A - Pours a suspended particulate laden dirty amber color with a 1/2 finger of dense, creamy off-white foam. Light lacing left on the glass.

S - Spicy rye, maltose, lightly floral and perfumey hops, some graininess and bready character.

T - Heavy rye, malty sweetness, caramel and toffee, some grassiness, fruity esters, a bit yeasty. Overall on the sweet and malty side...could be partly due to age diminishing hop contributions. Bitterness that is there is crisp and lingers into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a healthy medium + carbonation level. It is malt balanced with strong spicy rye character and complementary sweet flavors. Perhaps a bit too much sweet that gives a very minor cloying feel to it.

D - Even with some age on it, this isn't a bad beer. Quite sessionable, especially if you are into malt balanced beers. I lean more towards the hoppy styles, so this is a bit outside of my desired range. Not bad, but not something I'm wishing they'd brew again.

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Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy orange highlighted copper with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left decent lacing.

S-Spicy notes from the hops and the rye malt up front with a bit of sweet caramel malt in the background. This came off much more spicy that I anticipated with barley any detectable citrus notes.

T-This is one spicy brew! Spicy hop character and spicy, dry rye malt fight for supremacy. A touch of citrus and floral hop notes barley crack through at the end. A nice sweet/bready malt supports all of this hop/rye spiciness.

M-Medium body and VERY crisp. This one is full of long lasting spicy notes. Very dry finish.

D-Another solid Scratch beer from the Brothers and their minions! This one comes off much more spicy and dry than I expected....but not in a bad a pleasant surprise way. A very flavourful, easy drinking, crisp and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very much like apple juice in both color and consistency.

Not much on the smell; again, a bit of apple juice.

The most predominant tastes are yeast and flour, along with some baking soda, doughy bread, and a mild bitterness. A faint note of Smarties candy sneaks in at the end.

Mouthfeel is a strong point, well carbonated.

I drank and rated this beer without any concept of what type of beer this actually was. I was way off, considering I believed, by taste, this was a Pale Belgian. I'm curious how much knowing the type affects how we rate beers, as I never would have placed this as a rye. Only now can I detect notes of rye, albeit mildly so.

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Photo of Viggo
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for hooking us up!

Pours a hazy dark orange amber, pretty neat colour, thick off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin layer and medium ring, some nice lacing on the glass, looks pretty nice. Smell is very spicy, tons of rye, caramel and floral hoppiness, grapefruit, almost a chili beer spiciness in the nose, very peppery, musty saison aroma, hoppy, biscuity malt, very cool. Taste is very peppery, lots of rye spice, caramel sweetness, grapefruit, floral, bscuit, more pepper, more spice, brown sugar, more hoppiness in the finish, very spicy, good balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very interesting beer. They must use a lot of rye, this has a real peppery spice to it, and balanced very nice with the hops. Really a unique beer, I dig it. Thanks Aaron!

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Photo of number1bum
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks as always to ClockworkOrange for a couple 6ers of this.

Pours a hazed amber color with a very creamy off-white head that fills the pint glass. Lots of bubbles rising to the top of this puppy, and head retention is really quite good. Also leaves a mess of stick, including thick rings, on the sides.

Smell has some citrus hops and some grassy aromas, plus it's quite bready with a bit of spicy rye. It's really not very strong, but it's not bad.

Like the smell the flavor is not very robust and it's also not all that interesting. The rye malt is definitely there and has a nice spicy and bready quality to it. Hops have some grassy flavor but they are primarily bitter. There's just a touch of caramel sweetness, as well, and an occasional dash of orange flavor. I find it somewhat bland and just not all that interesting.

Mouthfeel here is interesting because it's extraordinarily creamy, but it's also aggressively carbonated, which takes away from the smoothness by a degree. Finish is also quite dry.

This is ok but I'm a bit disappointed by it. I was excited by the description of this beer but it comes off a bit bland. I wish there was more hop flavor and aroma, in particular. That would have made it a much better brew. Not too bad, but a somewhat mediocre offering overall given that it's from the fine folks at Troegs.

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Scratch Beer 18 - 2009 from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 67.2% out of 100 with 58 ratings
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