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)

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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
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
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 Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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 mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery tasting room -served in a standard pint

A - A dark copper w/ good clarity and 1/2 inch cap of light tan. The ale has good head retention, lace, and bead is tiny

S - The smell is strong and piney w/ mild citrus tartness and slight orange aroma w/ ruby red accents

M - The feel has a very citrus hop acidity w/ bitter edge and mild toasted note w/ moderate carbonation - it finishes w/ a slight alcoholic warmth

T - A strong pine flavor in the entry w/ an orange zing and toasted munich malt flavor w/ a mild grassy almost salty bitter taste. The flavor has a slight sweetness w/ almost no rye flavor. The hops dominate the rye taste - the beer's spicy/peppery w/ a light sour citrus tinge in the finish and sweet malt taste

D - The rye IPA is intensely bitter and not very rye, but very drinkable for what it is w/ a slightly sweet taste after the pint is drained - recommended

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Photo of womencantsail
2.03/5  rDev -48.1%
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 orangesol
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 stakem
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hophead101 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with a very nice rye note, and caramel. The taste is very nice, malty, with a very nice rye note, bitter (very nice), and some caramel. Medium body, the finish is pretty dry and bitter. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, recommended.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a dark, clear brown amber with a retentive off white head and webs of sticky lacing. I like rye beers and this one smells great, spice from the rye and earthy hops with mild citrus notes and slightly sweet malt background. Nothing flashy, reminds me of Hop Rod Rye, initial flavors start with strong malt backbone and citrus hops before earthy finish that is slightly spicy as the rye grain asserts itself. Medium, creamy body wit ha dry finish. Excellent rye beer, another great offering from the Scratch series, but nothing exceptional to push this past other year round ryes from other breweries that I'll be too upset about never having this again.

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Photo of akorsak
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
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 Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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 DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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 woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear reddish/amber color with a beige head that left a thin sheet of lacing.
Aroma is bitter malt, an odd but pleasant smelling beer.
Taste is a good balance of hops and malts with a noticable influence from the rye malt.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Easy drinking beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Troegs on 12/2/09.

A - Clear dark amber/copper-colored body with one-finger frothy off-white head that retained well, eventually settling into a bubbly patch and depositing decorative lace all over the glass.

S - Fairly subdued nose with a hint of earthy, herbal spices amidst citrus hops and woody notes. Burnt caramel malt and sugar is also present, as well as a hint of fragrant perfume.

T - Dry and spicy with plenty of bready, grainy malt, followed by a wash of citrus hops and a hint of pine. Alcohol is well-concealed. Caramel malt sweetness enters the mix, followed by a hefty rye presence that really complements the pine and citrus hop character nicely.

M - Solid medium body with a creamy texture and spot-on carbonation. Moderate lingering bitterness with a dry finish and residual spiciness on the tongue.

D - Rich, tasty and pretty complex with lots of flavors bursting out of the glass. This one definitely straddles the upper crust of the Scratch beer series. The brothers never cease to amaze me with these limited releases!

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Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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 homebrew311
2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
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 DIM
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, coppery amber color. It poured with a large, sticky white head that lasts.

s: I got a really nice combination of grassy lemons and spicy rye notes.

t: Up front I tasted fresh, grassy, lemony hops. Then there was a brief hint of something sweet before the long, lingering rye bite at the end.

m: Gently fizzy carbonation and a body that wasn't quite as big as I expected from a rye beer.

d: Very minor beef about the body aside, this is an awesome rye beer. Gotta love the Scratch series!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.56/5  rDev -9%
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 nickd717
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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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