Scratch Beer 31 - 2010 (Citra Of Brotherly Love IPA) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 31 - 2010 (Citra Of Brotherly Love IPA)Scratch Beer 31 - 2010 (Citra Of Brotherly Love IPA)

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch 31, the brothers and the brewers decided to revisit one of our favorite sweet spots – IPA – and have some fun with hop flavors. Dubbed ‘Citra of Brotherly Love’ in honor of Philly Beer week, Scratch #31 has generous amounts of Apollo, Cascade and Citra hops. This is our first use of Citra hops, which is known for an intense grapefruit aroma and flavor. While showcasing the intense Citra flavor we added additional bitterness with Apollo and Chinook hops as well. Scratch #31 went through a bed of Chinook hops in the hopback and was dry-hopped with Cascade and Citra hops.

Added by rfgetz on 06-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by Phillyphilms:
Photo of Phillyphilms
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served via cask at a Philly Beer Week event.

Poured a nice orange color.. light white head and signifficant lacing down the glass.

Lots of citrus in the nose with grapefruit and orange abundant. All of this translates to the taste with a nice upfront hop presence that is not by any means off-putting.

Medium body, silky hopfeel on the tongue. Nice balance between sweet and malty as a hop presence that settles all disagreements.

Easy drinking, especially for an IPA. Not really my bag when it comes to IPA's but I'll do what I gotta to see this thru.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops with some grassy hops and biscuity malts. The flavor is pine and orange hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of sculls65
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a hazy gold with white head, which does not linger.
Smell is a mouth-watering hoppy bouquet of pine and citrus featuring grapefruit pineapple and some other tropicals. The taste follows the smell with hops dominating the flavor but theres a malty base that keeps the bitterness in check to where you just want to keep drinking. Mouthfeel is smooth and not too dry. Could drink these all night. This beer rivals Bells Two Hearted and Founders Centennial two of my go to IPA's to the point where im left wanting more than the 6'er i was able to get at the brewery. Hopeful they put this one out on a regular basis.

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a bottle of this.

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pours a light hazy copper color. A nice two finger head that dissapates quickly leaving a nice foam cap that leaves minimal lacing.

S: Great aroma coming from the citra hop here. This one is all about the hops. A bit of carmel malt bringing up the background though.

T: A bit of breadiness and carmel from the malt up front. Then you get the great grapefruit, pineapple and orange citrus from the hops. A really well balanced IPA, more than the aroma let's on. This hop has some unique flavors I have not seen before and I'm digging it. Leaves a nice lingering hop bitterness behind.

M: Light to medium bodied. Pretty lively carbonation. A little more than I would expect but not too much by any means. A little slick and oily on the palate.

D: A nice single IPA I could certainly drink a few of these. Being a fairly new hop I could see this one taking off. If this became a full time beer at Troegs I definitely wouldn't complain.

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Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden color with a nice head that holds very well. Good carbonation and some nice lacing.

S: It smells like a tropical fruit salad with heavy notes of melon, mango, pineapple and peach, with the pineapple being the most prevalent note. Decent amount of caramel in the background.

T: Tropical fruit hoppiness with a little bit of spiciness as well. Again mostly pineapple but then there is pine in the background. A fair amount of sweetness is present as well

M: A good level of creaminess and no heat present

D: I could definiely put a few of these down

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Photo of nickd717
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to StormKing47.

Pours light amber in color with a nice lasting white head. Not as clear as I'd like.

The aroma is a little faded but still good, with citrusy hops and a nice barleywinesque malt smell.

The flavor has sweet malt and faded citrus - tangerine and grapefruit - and resin notes. Definitely east coast style.

Good hop resins on the palate with medium-plus body and a tiny bit of syrupiness.

Pretty good IPA, maybe a little past prime but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewery on 6/10/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper, topped with a thin foamy covering of off-white head. Retains with some bunching around the edges that leaves some strong looking spotty lacing behind. The aroma is piney, pithy, dank, and even a little zesty in the nose, with some lemongrass accents poking their way out. Good bit of sticky tropical fruit makes itself known as well, mixing with the bread and caramel notes from the malt to impart a earthy tang that sits fairly heavy in the nose. I'm really digging this.

The taste is more aggressive earth and resins, with a LOT of bitter grapefruit and some sweeter citric fruit character (I'm getting a good bit of orange here) as well. The malts are honestly almost an afterthought here in the taste, with some caramel and toast hanging along the back of the profile but then the hops return and lash the finish with a hoppy tantrum of pine, spice, bitter fruit, green earth, and citrus rind. An intense gritty dryness just seems to linger forever. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with more of bubbly and smooth feel to the carbonation up front but then gets a little more crisp as this nears the swallow. A lot of that ease of this can be attributed to a nice oily slickness that rides through the feel. There is maybe some light hazy warmth around the body but that's about it.

Wow, hop heads will find a lot to like with this one. The aroma on this blew me a way but the bitterness got a little to unrestrained in the taste for me personally and it hurt the drinkibility a tad. Still though, Tröegs has been knocking them out of the park with these Scratch IPA entries and this one is no different. Very solid.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At jecker's insistence I've giving this another try; my first bottle was uninspired.

A: The IPA is a glowing autumnal color, like Central PA trees in mid-October with their amber yellow hues. The ale is hazed a bit, leaving it dulled. A finger and a half of head is leaving sporadic patches of lace.

S: The nose, ah the nose. The citrus is back with a vengeance. Grapefruit, rind and pulp, is sweet. The IPA isn't bitter in the traditional sense, rather the nose is luscious and rich.

T: The ale has an assertive caramel base, bready enough to stand out amidst the citra hops. Oh, but how the hops take over. The citrus starts off subtle, gradually building in strength. The grapefruit flavors are the stand out stars of the ale, a resoundingly sweet flavor that has no trace of sharp bitterness. This citra, so interesting she is, with her grapefruit-y-ness.

M: The hoppiness is vastly different from any hop that I've come across before. The citrus is intense but not bitter, a very smooth flavor.

D: I'm happy to report that the first bottle was a dud and not an indication of the entire batch. A full flavor that compliments a powerful hop profile. I'm down with this one.

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Photo of naproxen
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to number1bum for this one, I was really looking forward to continuing the scratch series.

As far as appearances go, there are no complaints. The hue is on the fairer end of the spectrum, hazy gold with decent head and lacing.

And then it goes downhill. Maybe citra is not a hop that holds up well, and I'm not one to age IPA's but at only a month or two old I expected more. The nose is rotten grapefruit and a hint of booze and nothing else worth writing home about.

It tastes pretty much as the nose advertised. The malts come through only because the hops have faded, not because they are meant to shine. It finishes dry, leaving a not-so-fresh bitter citric twang in the back of the throat.

I wish I had this one earlier, maybe something about my bottles wasn't meant to be as other reviews only a few days younger are much more glowing. Drink em if you got em I guess.

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4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Citra of Brotherly Love," brewed in celebration of Philly Beer Week 2010. 7.4% ABV. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours with one finger of foamy, bright white head. Poor retention, but the head left some sticky lace in its wake. The body is a golden light honey color with just a little haze. Any would-be lacing slides back down into the glass. Not exactly an impressive look. But to be fair, I got the second to last pour from the keg. Appearance was likely affected.

S: The nose is brilliant and a hop bomb by Troeg's standards. Tropical fruit forward with a BIG citrus contribution. Pineapple, orange and grapefruit. (Brewed with Apollo, Cascade and Citra.)Toasted bready malts are minimal.

T: The taste follows. This is one delicious, straightforward hoppy IPA, leaning favorably to west coast style. Decent flavor duration with solid bitterness. Very clean flavor.

M: Absolutely perfect. Fine prickly carbonation up front on the tongue. Medium body and effervescent texture. Each stage of the mouthfeel extends the flavor duration. Perfect amount of bitterness for the flavor and sweetness.

D: Troegs NEEDS to put some of their Scratch Series brews in their regular lineup. Seriously. Or make them seasonal at the VERY least. Scratch 31 deserves to go into bigger production. Troegs could legitimately become brewers of multiple world class beers if they did.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ahh the perfect beer to start off my afternoon bbq. i had been dying to try this one for a while an had been staring at it aimlessly in my fridge for what seemed like forever now. served cold an poured into a pint glass, this one was consume on 09/05/2010.

really nice pour with a thick amber color and a light haze to the color. a small head of white covers the top of the glass and leaves a decent amount of lacing in its wake.

aroma is deep fruity hops. lots of nice touches of orange and rich tangerine are all over the nose on this one. even warming brings out pineapple and lots of fresh fruit. this carries over perfectly into the flavor which is loaded down with loads of fresh fruit notes, orange, apples, pineapples, just juciy fresh hops. brilliant i have to say. each sip does not dissapoint as the flavor seems to get sweet and bigger with each sip. nice light dryness and sweet malts in the finish and warm and fuzzy feeling once you are done.

overall as solid of an ipa as you could ask for.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a nonic pint glass.

Orange-hued amber with a beautiful head that leaves a beautiful delicate and full laced pattern all over the sides of the glass. Tiny streams of carbonation bubble up from nucleation points all over the glass.

Aromas are of tangerine, apricot, and orange zest, predominantly. There is a great musty bitterness that really rounds out the bouquet. The palate is a touch disappointing after the citrusy explosion in the nose. Early on, the citrus is very muted. There is a biting bitterness in the finish, that is rounded out by a sweet tangerine note.

Nicely carbonated, but maybe a touch watery for my tastes. Citra hops continue to grow on me, and I really enjoy the stonefruit and citrus that they bring to the table. However, they fall a bit short here for me, as the intensity isn't what I'd like.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with copper highlights. 2 fingers of head that gives way to nice sheets of lacing.

S: Fresh orange, tangerine, and all things citrus. Juicy smelling hop flavors here. No real malt noticeable.

T: Nice strong bitterness upfront. The citrus components are here as well - just toned down from what the smell alluded. Still a wonderful juicy tasting IPA. Surprisingly more bitter than the smell leads on. Light malt flavors come out in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sticky, resinous hops.

D: Very tasty IPA. Nice citrus hop profile. A little syrupy to drink a ton of, but nonetheless a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of javincik
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A-Pours a mango orange-red with a nice frothy bone white head.

S-Fruit, and lots of it. I get orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and maybe even some strawberry. A little pine and grass from the hops as well.

T-Fruit sweetness hits the tip of the tongue, followed by an explosion of floral overtones with pine resin and grassy notes. Malt sweetness and floral characteristics give ways to a nice bitter hop finish that balances everything out.

M-Body is medium, carbonation is medium. Mouthfeel is on the sticky side for a normal strength IPA, but still within range.

D-Had no problem downing two of these. I really enjoyed this, more so than the Scratch 30 BIPA. It's definitely fruity, but the name suggests that's the whole point. I wish Troegs would brew an IPA regularly - with this effort, they show they are certainly capable of a good one.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's Scraps of Philly Beer Week event.

Appearance: Pours a slightly dark golden color with a finger of head.

Smell: Floral aroma, some hops and a tiny hint of malt.

Taste: This one is all citrus: grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Sweet, slightly bitter and a little bit of malt on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable and a change of pace (most of the scratch beers are). Would seek out again.

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Photo of drtth
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed golden bronze color with a very thin but persistent light tan head. There is a small ring around the glass but sipping leaves nice but sparse patterns of lacing for at least the first half of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is grapefruit and orange with a touch of light malt to round it out.

Taste: The flavor is grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits and light malt sweetness with the citrus and fruit up front and the malt supporting it and preventing even a hint of tongue rasp from the hops. Bitterness is here but balanced nicely by the malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied, fresh, clean and crisp with persistent gentle carbonation. The finish is long and fruity at first with a nicely fruity and dry ending.

Drinkability: This is a first rate beer when it comes to drinkability. I quite enjoyed each sip, easily went back for more, and had a second beer. I'll surely have this one again if I'm able to do so before the stock disappears.

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden body with a tinge of copper. Only a slight haze is present rather clear for an IPA. Citra of Brotherly Love has a near white head the fades fast to a thin cap that stays through the night. Small whiffs of citrus and earthy hops with a slight caramel aroma. Fruit from hops is in the nose as well, not estery yeast fruit. Pinapple and maybe a light hint of Juicy Fruit. The first sip is remarkable. Hops and malt play nicely with an almost sweet bitterness. Not to confuse the ale is dry very dry, especially in the finish. The fruity hops trick the pallet in to waiting for some sweetness but deliver mostly bone dry bitterness. A nice warming alcohol flavor can also be detected. The mouthfeel is slick and easy drinking. Leaves the pallet with a sticky resin of hop bitterness.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangey straw color, fluffy and bubbly white head leaving good lacing. Smell is of orange, grapefruit and pineapple with a solid dried grain background. Taste is bitter orange rind and dried pineapple, grapefruit rind as well. Some wheat beer like grain and yeast qualities. Medium bodied, could have used some more sustained carbonation, dry and bitter aftertaste. A nice beer that showcases the citra hop well... this newer variety has potential to be a solid IPA hop.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange with a bit of caramel coloring. Nice white head. Aroma is overflowing with bright citrus hops. Some grapefruit zest and a cornucopia of other citrus notes. Taste is quite similar along with a nice, biting bitterness. A little bit of tropical mango and other fruits here as well. Mouthfeel is dry and well carbonated. Super easy drinking and something I really wish they'd' turn into a year round beer. Troegs needs a full-time IPA, right?

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Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sending this one to me in our recent trade.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden color with a thin creamy head that leaves some great streaks of lacing.

S: A very nice grapefruit and pineapple aroma that is very potent. Not much in the way of malt or pine, but what is there is very good.

T: There is a nice tropical fruit and grapefruit favor, but not quite as pungent as the nose. Very little bitterness, which is surprising. It really only shows up on the very end of the finish.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is a nice and easy to drink IPA. It doesn't quite have the bitterness that I look for in the style, but good otherwise.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a nice golden orange, just a touch hazy. Pours with a 3/4 slightly off-white head that dies off fairly quickly, leaving some spotty lacing.

S: Tropical hop flavors hit the nose first. Then orange, citrus goodness, some sweet floral notes as well. Smells great.

T: The taste does not disappoint. Tropical and citrus hops carry through from the smell and lead off the taste nicely. A mild bready malt taste with some caramel notes comes in mid-taste and does a nice job of balancing the IPA without making it too big. Finish is pleasantly bitter with some faint citrus notes lingering.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. About perfect for this beer.

D: Excellent. The Citra hop is great and Troeg's did an excellent job of making a hop forward IPA that isn't too big or bitter. Just easy to drink and tasty. THanks to Josh for sending me a fresh bottle of this. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the kite and key during its debut at the Philly Beer Festival and thought it a great beer then... so was very happy to see this beer on tap at TJ'sEveryday yesterday.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get considerable sweet orange citrus, light earth and cookie dough. On the palate, it's pretty clear that Troegs has hit yet another home run with this latest scratch beer. It's a delicious IPA, showing excellent balance. The moderate sweetness is countered perfectly by the hoppy bitterness, leading to a soft, citrus filled, bitter finish. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, except I get some underlying wet tobacco that blends well with the sweet orange citrus. The beer is medium bodied, with a fairly long, clean finish. Despite the sweet orange citrus, the finish is on the dry side, which enhances the beer's drinkability. Alcohol is very well integrated in this beer, and I thought drinkability was very good.

Another easy to appreciate and enjoy IPA from Troegs. Good stuff!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a bright orange/amber, the slightest bit of haze, with two solid fingers of tight, sudsy, lily-white head.

Smell -- Citra hops in effect! BIG pineapple, peach, and apricot along with caramel malt and vanilla. Very aromatic.

Taste -- Quite sweet. Lots of pineapple and apricot, some tropical fruitiness and citrus. Malts are sweet and caramelized overall. Some moderate hop bitterness toward the finish along with a splash of fusel alcohol.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with mild prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- When I first tried this beer, I wasn't impressed. But the second bottle I popped really had it going on. One of the best hop aromas on an IPA; never smelled anything fruitier. Lots of pineapple and apricot, but there's still some strong hop bitterness in the back end. I don't know if I'd be one to drink single-hopped Citra IPA's on a regular basis, but this is certainly a noble offering from Tröegs and their Scratch Series.

Notes: This paired exceptionally well with spicy Pad Thai.

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