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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 www.movember.org 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
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 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 homebrew311
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy red, minimal head retention

S: nose features acetone, paint, flashes of rye here and there, lots of herbal qualities

T: taste features rye with hints at spiciness, the rye malt brings out a bitterness that doesn't seem to be contributed from hops

MF: high carbonation, medium body

O: well this brew certainly features plenty of rye, but the supporting cast does not elevate the rye in any way. A bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of brentk56
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Just the sound of the beer when I popped the cap warned me that I was in for a gusher; fortunately, the gushing was controlled and the beer settled into the pint glass with a full fist of foam sitting atop the hazy amber liquid; flipside of my luck, the retention was great and there was a ton of stickage to the side of the pint glass

Smell: Bready and spicy, with a fruity character that likely was more citrusy when the beer was fresh

Taste: The base caramel malt arrives early and lingers throughout, though the spicy rye character dances on the palate, particularly after the swallow; not much else going on, at this point

Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation hampers the taste buds

Overall: Something must have happened to my bottle, as others have not reported the same experience; this probably was a decent beer at one time but this experience was not a good one

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Photo of colts9016
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this from a BIF, I do not know who sent it or when. Poured into pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A monster two finger head that has okay retention. The color of the head is tan/off white. The color of the beer is copper orange color with a brown hues. The clarity of the beer is nearly opaque.

Nose: A very robust up in your face rye aroma followed by grapefruit, pine, toasted malt, fruity esters, and floral esters.

Taste: Bright rye flavor that has a hoppy balance to it. The hops are grapefruit, pine, and floral esters. The malt is nicely roasted with yeast and fruity esters.

Mouth feel is astringent, coating, and tarty.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with a medium full finish. I do not know if the beer was supposed to be a hoppy rye beer, if it is then it oaky.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 2/13/2010. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a clear brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of sweet malt, rye grain, other cereal grain. Flavor is more sweet grainy malt, some slight bitterness, and some rye in the finish. Gets a little bland as you continue to drink and by the end of the glass I wasn't as impressed. A decent sessioner though.

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Photo of younger35
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just received this brew from mikereaser in a recent trade. It didn't look like the Scratch beer streak was going to continue but thankfully it has! Drank from my Surlyfest stein.

Appearance- Pours a dark orange reddish with a nice half finger off-white head with some serious staying power. A decent cap and collar remains along with ZERO lacing.
Smell- Really sort of dank smelling with a big piney thing right from the start. A fairly toasty smell with a bit sweet caramel and maybe even a touch of butterscotch. The rye is really light but noticeable. Pretty sweet smelling though overall.
Tasty- Wow not sweet at all but really sort of dry and somewhat bitter from all the rye. Some bready toasted malts hide amongst all the rye and mix with the earthy hops to create sort of a candy like thing. The rye is a bit too strong and somewhat bitter-ish with a spicy bitter finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a light spritzy carbonation and even though the beer isn't sweet, it's somewhat cloying.
Drinkability- Uh, not bad but not that great. It's sort of a weird combination of flavors and even though the beer isn't sweet, it's somehow cloying. Definitely not the best of the lot, but glad I got to try. Thanks much Mike!

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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 Hojaminbag
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mikereaser sent me this one. Thanks a lot Mike.

Scratch 25, magical moustache rye, pours a clear color with orange edges, a brown center and red in between, to make a total impression of the color of rust. The head is a solid two fingers tall and very dense, with craters forming in the top. The lacing begins to appear immediately in thick sheets, and the retention is very good.

Bitterness and citrus from the hops are noticeable in the aroma, but the most powerful smell by far is the spicy, seedy malted rye.

The taste has a lot more malted barley than I would expect, providing a pretty big caramel sweetness up front. That malt doesn't dominate the beer though, as the rye comes through with a vengeance. Once again, there are loads of spicy seedy flavors, but now there is also a very distinct rye bread-like quality. The finish and the background feature a moderate amount of hops that supply bitterness and a small burst of citrus. The aftertaste is all rye.

The body is a touch light and carbonation is a touch high, but the feel is generally fine.

Another solid Scratch beer if you like a good amount of rye malt. My favorite part is a sweet rye bread flavor that lingers as an aftertaste.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Greg for the generous extra in our recent trade! I love trying brews from the Scratch Series. From notes, had this last night with a couple friends.

Pours a dark amber with some lighter highlights. Off white head fades to foam with nice lacing.

Aromas of earthy and grassy hops. Some grapefruit and a definitive rye spice. Malts and toffee linger in the distance. Flavor follows the aroma with a lasting bitterness and very nice presence of rye spiciness.

Low to medium level of carbonation works here, it's very drinkable but I'm not really desiring to have another bottle. Another great Scratch beer!

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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 Gyle41386
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thanks, Hophead101!

Dark reddish-amber pour. Little over a finger of foam retains well and sticks nicely.

Spicy nose. Toasted malt and rye. No mistaking that this is a rye beer. Some citric hops, as well.

Flavor follows. Good rye component. The hops are more earthy than the aroma led me to believe.

Medium bodied. Soft, smooth texture. Surprisingly easy drinker. And an awesome name, to boot.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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 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 woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery into a snifter.

A: Bright, clear reddish-amber body; 1/2" head of off-white foam shows solid retention and leaves beautiful lacing.

S: Deep, spicy aroma of rye malt, floral and piney hops, and a nice toasty finish. Pleasant, but not earth-shattering.

T: Spicy rye jumps out at first, but is quickly subsumed by a healthy dose of hops: resinous pine and light floral flavors predominate. Nice.

M: Medium body, with a mixture of smooth and spiky carbonation simultaneously. Interesting, but not especially pleasant.

D: Good malt/hops balance for the most part, but gets a bit too sticky toward the end.

Notes: Definitely delivers the hops, but they aren't hops I find especially tasty. Still, an interesting and tasty brew that would be fine addition to the Troegs lineup.


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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with reddish hues and a thin off white head that leaves a pleasant faint lacing behind.

Aroma consists of dry, earthy or pine hops, faint sweet caramel like malt, and of course spiced rye.

The flavor is somewhat reflective of the aroma, offering a very a nice earthy hop punch, as well as a citrus hop zest, again faint caramel malt, and the expected spice rye.

Medium in body and medium to high in carbonation with a nice drying quality at the finish and refreshing all around palate.

Free mustache ryes! This is a good brew very nice flavor offerings with a new twist on the traditional style. Easy to drink, plenty of character, and a fun name. Enjoy!

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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 krisandajt
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the chance to sample this beer in both a growler (thanks number1bum!) and bottle. This review is for the bottled version.

Appearance: A nice easy pour into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass yields a clear, deep amber colored brew. Though the bubbly carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass is ample, there's only about a cm worth of head. There is some slight retention, I guess there's really not much to retain, but there is plenty of thick lacing slowly gliding down the glass leaving behind chunky rings where it settles.

Smell: More hops than rye, the smell is a little citrusy with a bit of pine mixed in. There's not as much rye as I expected, the brew lends itself to be more IPA'ish. As the beer warms, however, the rye does begin to stand out a bit more.

Taste: Like the smell, the hops are a bit more dominant than the rye. Bitter grapefruit with a slight rye bite. Very crisp tasting.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation (which was visible from the initial pour), nice full body and thick texture. Top notch here.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew. Nice hop bite, great mouthfeel, but a bit lacking in the rye department. I think this is good, but could be improved with a bit of tweaking to up the rye and smooth out the bitter hops. That being said, if you get the chance to try this brew, don't turn it down.

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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 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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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
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