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

Scratch Beer 25 - 2009 (Magical Moustache Rye)Scratch Beer 25 - 2009 (Magical Moustache Rye)
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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
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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 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 sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Ruby and copper with fluffy off white head and good lacing.

S-Nicely sour and bready with a tangy hop bite.

T-Tangy with lots of grainy rye maltiness and bready sour notes. Finishes just a bit sweet,

M-Medium bodied and soft.

D-One of my favorite Scratch beers. Please make this a regular.


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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 Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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 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 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 DIM
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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 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 jorg2619
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scratch 25 pours a clean dark red color with a smooth white head that laces nicely as drunk. The smell is hoppy with some skunky and some citrus notes. The taste is light, hoppy and clean. The rye provides a subtle yet dry aspect to the beer. The hop presence is strong I would even say a bit too much for the beer. Overall I really liked this beer. I will be buying more if I can.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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 ffejherb
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Harry72
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Find that many of Troeg's best efforts are through their experimentation. Have had the pleasure of tasting Scrath's at their fine Harrisburg tasting room, as well as now on cask into a pint glass at Teresa's Next Store in Wayne.

A terrific, tasy and drinkable ale. Hurry before its gone!

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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 Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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 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 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 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 deaconoflove
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first visit to Troegs today. Picked up a growler of scratch #25. My nose and taster are not very refined, so...
Ap. Medium brown with a coppery, amber cast. Very pretty color, but not much head or lacing.
Sm. I got grapefruit/hops and something else I can't identify. Pleasant.
Ta. Again the grapefruit, tart, with a bitter finish.
Mr. Smooth, filling, and cleansing.
Dr. Apparently quite good, since half the growler is gone already.

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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 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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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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