Scratch Beer 25 - 2009 (Magical Moustache Rye) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 25 - 2009 (Magical Moustache Rye)Scratch Beer 25 - 2009 (Magical Moustache Rye)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Magical Moustache Rye: November is the month of the moustache (no lie). If you don’t believe us check out or take a look at all the scraggly caterpillars residing on the top lips of numerous Troegs employees. In honor of the completion of the Troegs Moustache-Growing Contest we give you Scratch #25-2009 - Magical Moustache Rye. This mahogany ale packs a lingering, earthy hoppiness. The addition of more than 20% rye to the grain bill gives a creamy mouthfeel and hints of spice that compliment the bitterness of hops. Subtle fruitiness come through from the Bravo hops added during the boil, but the Cluster and Liberty varieties used in dry-hopping this beer are the true flavor drivers in this spicy ale. Dark in color and intense is flavor, Scratch 25-2009 finds true balance in a beer that could have easily gone way over the top. Enjoy.

Added by Deuane on 12-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by BeerTruth:
Photo of BeerTruth
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from none other than number1bum, thanks bitch!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Not sure if this is supposed to be an imporovement from #18, but let's hope so!

Pours a pretty clear rustic amber hue with a full three finger fluffy off-white head. Lace is pretty good, holds on to the sides quite well. Aroma is nice and grassy, as a rye should be. Some zingy pine hops and a touch of bready malts in the nose as well, pretty basic. Taste is very similar to the smell. A good dose of crisp rye up front with a solid piney hop backbone. Malts and touch of citrus linger in the aftertaste, intersting combo at work. Medium body with a steady carbonation and bite in the cheeks. Not a bad rye, fairly easy to drink with an enjoyable flavor profile. No Sixpoint Righteous, but then again, what is? Thanks again Josh for the brew!

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Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A gift from the guys at beverage world in Peekskill, NY. 12 ounce bottle, pours dark maple, under a medium khaki head, that shows nice retention, respectable sheeting and ample fine and plentiful bits of lacing. Plenty of malt up front in the nose, with some pungent rye hard to miss. Flavorful brew, with more rye again up front and quite evident. Tastes like some fresh rye bread from an old time Kosher deli in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. Rye beer has never been my favorite style, but this one clearly is well crafted, they know what they were going for and they went for it, no wishy-washyness here. Nice offering and I like the concept of this series of brews from the Brothers Troeg.

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Photo of mikey711
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice amber color with a quarter inch of off white head that does not retain all that well. Some lace.

S: Great rye notes! Very biscuity and the rye adds some spiciness. Almost exactly like fresh bake rye bread. Lots of carbonation rushes up from the glass and the hops provide a nice crispness.

T: The hops come through a bit more when drinking. Very crisp and herbal with a hint of pine as well. The rye flavor is spicy and bready but i think the hops overshadow them a bit.

M: Slightly boozy but pretty clean and crisp tasting.

D: I could drink more but I think one is enough

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Photo of nickd717
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to soulforpeanuts.

Great rusty reddish-amber color with a two-finger light beige head and great lacing.

Spicy rye aroma with piney hop notes and caramel malt.

The flavor is slight sweet caramel and lots of rye and a good hop presence. Maybe a little oxidized due to age, but still tasty.

Pretty average on the mouthfeel with medium carbonation and body.

Good beer, but not quite one of my favorites from Troegs.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into a pint glass. Consumed this one in early December. Finally getting around to the review.

Pours a deep clear amber, with several foamy fingers of off-white head. Retains with what is essentially a big creamy dollop in the middle of the glass, leaving thick swathes of froth down the sides. The aroma is VERY freshly floral and citric, with the bready spiciness of the rye really jumping out here. That breadiness is especially coming out for me in the nose, mixing with the citric notes to really deliver a deep tang in the nostrils.

The taste is dripping with grapefruit and spice but isn't coming off as overly bitter at all. The rye and other toasted malt character really give this an easy mellowness on the tongue. This finishes spicy and dry with some leftover tart citrus. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy and smooth texture to this that perfectly matches that overall easy feel of the flavor profile. As for alcohol, that over 6% ABV is barely there. Just a really nice job of masking the alcohol here.

Just another very nicely Scratch beer from Tröegs. My only gripe is that for an IPA, there was a decided lack of aggressive bitterness but I did like the juicy citrus flavor that this brought to the table. Really tasty stuff!

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Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty looking clear amber color with a smallish yet clingy off-white head that left a sheet of lacing of the glass. The aroma has a juicy hop aroma, not strong but nice. Some caramel sweetness but not much from the rye. The hop presence is bigger in the flavor. Big citrus and tropical fruit hops which is followed by the spicy/sour rye. A nice malty sweetness supports the hoppy spicy flavor. Right on par with other rye beers that I have had. It has a moderate body with softer carbonation, finishes with a light asprin bitterness. A good example of the style, a bit hoppy but I find that to be the case with others in this category. It does have a nice rye punch in the end. Good name.

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Photo of akorsak
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A long lost gem from the cellar. In a tumbler.

A: This rye beer is darker, amber with auburn highlights at the base of the glass. Opaque, the ale has the llok of a ruddy barleywine. A luxurious head laces all around the mouth of the glass. Plenty of sediment swirling around.

S: Bready aromas cut with rye. The rye has lost a step, allowing the caramel and biscuit to come through.

T: Caramel sweetness is the defining quality of an ale on the downswing. There is still some rye present, appearing after the first burst of caramel. Some pepper but otherwise the flavors come and go rather quickly.

M: The flavors are thin, having lost their punch. Not a terrible beer though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really quite enjoyed this one. i decided to open it up and enjoy the afternoon with it, served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/28/2010.

the pour was nicely done. rich amber with a tight head of white on top that nicely crowned the glass.

aroma is light spied rye, lots of hops, great nose here with hints of pine and orange mixed in with healthy doses of right and light grains. really interesting blend but it works. smooth even feel an carbonation make it a nice combo for sure. initial sips are quite hoppy but become more relaxed as time rolls on. nice finish with a clean, smooth taste and even, dry hoppy finish.

overall nothing fancy, straight up and very nicely done. would try it again.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into pint glass...

A: Pours a beautiful crisp clean amber with ruby highlights and a nice stream of fine bubbles continually rising from the bottom of the glass. The head is a big three fingers, very creamy and off white, very slow to fall and leaves very good lacing.

S: Citrusy floral hops, mildly musty bread yeast profile balanced with a hint of sweet caramel malt. The rye is pretty faint and is my only complaint with the aroma, being a rye beer I expected more rye presence but the aroma is still nice and balanced.

T: Follows the nose with little deviation, I do get more rye in the flavor profile than in the nose. The hops are slightly dominant which IMO has to a bit of a knock as rye beers as categorized are supposed to be pretty mild in bitterness. The flavor is very good, but needs more rye and less hop to be more accurate for the style.

M: Light body with active carbonation but very fine bubbles and therefore it comes across as being very smooth. The head provides some creaminess as well.

D: The drinkability on this one is very solid. Smooth and well balanced, delicious!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear, but a touch hazy orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy light tan head with great retention and tons of lacing.

4.0 S: Doughy, bready malts. Rye lends its spicy graininess, which is always nice. Earthy hops with a touch of pine. Very nice.

4.5 T: Decent bitter base. The spicy rye starts out strong and stays throughout. Malts are again a bit bready. There's a soft caramel flavor. Earthy hops again. Best rye I've had.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and plenty of creaminess. Smooth throughout.

4.5 D: This is a lot like their NN in that it's fucking addictive. I'm pissed that I only got one growler. Troegs better add this to their lineup.

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Photo of travduke
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Greg (Hophead101) for throwing this in as an extra. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber body, 1 finger head, generous lacing.

Smell: Malty. Floral and citrus hops. It smells really nice.

Taste: Nice hop presence that blends in really well with the malty rye flavor.

Drinkability: Very well balanced, easy to drink.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with excellent retention and a dark amber color.

Smell is biscuity and bready with some rye spicyness and a good dose of hops to balance things out. By no means do the hops dominate, but they provide a complexity and balance to the beer.

The beer tastes of biscuity malts. There is adequate caramel malt sweetness to balance out the dry characteristic of the rye. There is also a good dose of grapefruit hop flavor and an adequate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This is a nicely made beer. Nice use of hops without making it an IPA. Solid beer.

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Rye is magical no doubt...pours a mix of deep copper and brilliant red. I nice cap of off white head is left after the brew settles with nice lacing clung along the glass. Truly a beautiful brew. I love the smell of sweet malt bready rye, and sharp citric hops. A stand out of a "Scratch" in my mind, and one I hope to soon have more of. This Rye is the most sessionable rye I have had to date. The flavor comes of less bitter than one might expect from the bouquet, but delivers an even amount of rye, malt, hops and then a hint yeast or bread. very little aftertaste remains and begs for another gulp. I may need to run for a growler or a sixer before this wonderful ale is gone.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with a good white head and a nice amount of lacing. The nose brings some really great spicy notes as well as citrus and floral hops.

The taste is definitely dominated by a good deal of citrus and floral notes along with some nice rye spice. Good mouthfeel between the hops and the rye. Drinks really, really nicely and is a great Troegs concoction.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

The Scratch Beer Dash motors on after a brief interruption. This leg pours a clear light amber topped by plenty of cream foam. The nose comprises light caramel, grass, flowers, rye, and a few shakes of brown sugar. The taste holds notes of rye, black pepper, light clove, dark greens, toffee, and sourdough. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a nice rye beer, one that isn't scared to heap on the rye, and one that somehow still doesn't overdo the rye flavor, either.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.03/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Many thanks to Greg for hooking me up with this.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Time has not treated this one well. Acetone and solvent are the primary aromas. Very, very harsh and unpleasant. I can't really even pick out anything else.

T: The flavor is interestingly bland. Just a hint of acetone on the finish, but otherwise just some toast and bread. Maybe a little bit of rye, definitely a bit of lemon peel.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Obviously well past its prime.

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Photo of rayjay
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown rye bread color, some foam with okay retention. Good fresh malt aroma, and it must be in the water because it has that "PA beer" aroma and flavor...pretty sure they use standard Chico ale yeast; it seems to extract a certain undefinable something from the malt and hops. It finishes a tiny bit dry, so I'm missing a bit of carmel malt from the bill. Perhaps this lack of carmel malt is making the hop bitterness stick out a bit too much too. Pilsner-like hop qualities. Overall a good beer that showcases fresh malt. Cheers.

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Photo of aglose45
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice ruby/ golden brown color. Head is closer to a light tan color as opposed to an off-white. Head sticks around until the end.

S: The nose starts off with a light pine and lemon smell. This quickly moves to a malty flavor that reminds me of rye bread, but surprises me a bit as I pick up a hint of slight sourness (my guess if from the rye).

T: The taste pretty much mirrors the nose. There is a solid bitterness up front, mostly pine and lemon/grass. Next it moves to a nice rye flavor, which is sweet at first, but that ends quickly as the lasting flavor in the mouth is a bit sour. The flavor of this beer really makes me want to eat a nice, buttered piece of rye bread!

M: The feel is a lighter feel, but what stands out to me is the prickly carbonation, which to me makes the flavor "pop" quite nicely.

D: This beer is a great tasting brew from a great brewing company. My hats off to the Troegs brothers, another job well done in the Scratch Series!

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Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep copper with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin cap and hung around nicely to leave decent lace.

S-With a 20% rye grain to the bill this one has a nice spicy zip and a good amount of earthy hoppiness. Hops come through with citrus laden pine resin.

T-A citrus fruit packed spicy zip overlying a mildly sweet biscuity grain bill. Dry, spicy finish adds to the sensation.

M-Medium-light bodied and crisp but yet has a certain creaminess that adds to the complexity.

D-A simply outstanding Scratch brew! Another rye ipa? Sure, why not when it comes out this good! I could put back plenty of these! With the addition of, new to me, Bravo hop added during the boil with the addition of Cluster and Liberty used for dry-hopping this one provides PLENTY of intense hop pleasure!

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Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of number1bum
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought a growler of this home and enjoyed it on New Years Eve with krisandajt. I'm reviewing a bottle that he gave me.

Pours a pretty clear copper color with about two fingers of beige head. Keeps a thin but mostly full lace and leaves some good webbing on the sides.

Smell consists of floral, grassy and lightly citrusy hops, with an earthy and biscuity aroma that the rye malt contributes to. It's a very nice, fresh nose.

Taste doesn't have all of the hoppy flavor that I wish it did based on the nose, but it does have a strong earthy and grassy component. Some herbalness to the flavor too. Rye is, unsurprisingly, very prominent in this one, with an earthy and spicy quality to it. Some biscuit malt as well and an ever so slight caramel sweetness. Good amount of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite dry. Dries right out with all the hop bitterness in the finish. Does not have the creaminess you might expect given the amount of hops in this beer, though. I wish it were a tad smoother.

This is a better beer than the Scratch 18 and I'm glad they revisited the rye IPA concept. I don't think this beer drinks nearly as strong as the IBUs would suggest, and it's actually pretty well balanced I would say. There are better hoppy rye beers out there but this is a good one for sure. If you can still acquire a bottle I'd recommend doing so.

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Photo of thain709
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear, yet deep copper body with a two finger, tan head...the head held up very nicely and never really went away...good lacing

S - A sweet, citrusy hop aroma mixed with an earthy, grain-like presence...a nice mixture of hops, malt, and rye

T - Total balance on this one...the hops upfront come across with a juicy grapefruit flavor to them...a dash of caramel malt rounds out the middle of this beer adding that extra sweetness...the ending of this beer is spicy,earthy, and grainy...the spiciness kicks in from the rye and matches nicely with the earthy hop presence which pairs well with the grainy malt flavors

M - Medium bodied...smooth , crisp, refreshing, lingering spiciness and bitterness

D - Yet another well done Scratch beer from Troegs...I missed out on the first Rye IPA but this one makes up for it...the flavors play well off of each other...I'd try this one before they run out

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark amber that is slightly more brown with a thin head that leaves little left after a minute or so. The smell is spicy, earthy hops, slightly citrusy with some toasted malt and the spiciness of the rye. The taste is a good bit of caramel malt with a spicy kick from the rye. The hops are mostly earthy with a hint of bright citrus in the finish. Very tangy and lively on the mouthfeel which seems to help make up for the lack of the initial carbonation. Drinkability is high on this and it reminds me a lot of an English style ale that is brash but not high in alcohol. A lot of flavor and very interesting feel. I like it!

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Scratch Beer 25 - 2009 (Magical Moustache Rye) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 49 ratings