Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4) | Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4)Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4)
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Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4)Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #37 features Warrior and Cluster hops with a touch of Columbus. It pours a bright gold with a white cap and soft carbonation. Ripe fruits are present on the nose, and continue in the taste giving a lush, tropical papaya-like flavor. This ample bitterness is offset by sweet Munich malt that lingers through each taste. Enjoy our latest IPA foray, and stay tuned for future experiments in the style. Research has rarely been so rewarding.

85 IBU

Added by stakem on 11-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent golden yellow with a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. Nice orange citrusy aromas pop out first on the nose alongside mild piney hops, slight passion fruits, and nice bready malt presence. The grassy piney hop flavors were more potent on the palate with orange citrus zest, bready, and mild passion fruit accents but had a good malt presence. The brew was medium in carbonation with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney, hoppy, citrusy, bready and crisp finish. It was a nice and tasty beer that drank real good but was a solid IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack, just got around to having a taste. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a willybecker.

A pure golden look with crystal clarity and rocky foamy bone white cap. The lace sticks tenaciously and the bead is fine. The smell is very herbal and earthy with a mild sweet malt undertone, the hops may have a mild citrus but it is more muted with the light pine, twiggy herbal notes more prominent to my sniffer. The feel is greet, balanced sweet with bitter and mild acidity with a slightly dry finish and the carbonation is slightly above medium.

The flavor is great with hop profile you don't normally get in an American IPA, but I like it a lot. I am glad they decided to go in a different direction with this than your cookie cutter west coast IPA. I enjoy the slight bitter, mild sweet herbal hop taste which seems to blend well with the yeast and semi-dry malt backbone. I found this to be very good overall I will have to try it on tap to see how it compares.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a great extra recenetly and this is a series I am always trying to finish. Poured into a pint glass.

Pour is a nice and lightly hazed amber with a small head of white that clings to the sides for a good while as I sip my way through it. Lots of pineapple and fruity notes throughout, some hints at orange and light lemon as well. Taste is clean, medium body with a smooth and dry follow through that allows the light, juicy fruit flavor to really come forward fully. Nice and drinkable this did not last long.

Overall a very solid offering, and a nice way to start the night. Cannot wait to try the rest.

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Photo of gford217
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kiel for this bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a small pillowy white head that recedes quickly to a thick collar, leaving very spotty lacing.

The aroma is mainly tropical fruits with mangos and pineapples mixing with some faint sweet caramel malts. A bit of lemongrass as well.

The taste has a ton of tropical fruits up front, more sweet than bitter actually, at least in the beginning. Underneath the hops is a small malt backbone which fades away with the tropical fruits in the finish, where the bitterness is more apparent.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a low, soft carbonation and sticky with juicy hops.

This is a nice IPA and one that will satisfy those who love juicy tropical fruits with minimal bitterness.

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Photo of younger35
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew as an extra from gamanley not so long ago. I've had all the other Scratch brews up to this point and they are fun to try. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Military Bowl (East Carolina vs. Maryland).

Appearance- Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a nice one finger bright white cap that's fluffy and effervescent. Nah a cap remains but a thin collar is left along with a small amount of random lacing.
Smell- Wow surprisingly vibrant and interesting nose. A big tropical fruit thing with pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit and a touch of kiwi. Also a earthy thing hiding amongst the fruit with a touch of grass. Not much in the way of maltiness but the nose sure is nice.
Taste- Follows the nose pretty well with a big intense fruitiness that makes me think this beer has to have some fruit in it. Almost a guava aspect with a bit of papaya and banana. Very interesting! A touch of something floral towards the finish along with a light bitterness and at kiss of alcohol. Some lingering fruit zest well into the finish.
Mouthfeel- Pretty hefty feel for an IPA with a nice oily body and some light carbonation. Maybe a touch of warming in the finish.
Drinkability- Kind of reminds me of Cigar City's fruited IPA's. Very fruity and if this is just hops, it's pretty amazing. Really showcases how fruity hops can be and how many different flavors you can get from them. Enjoyed this one, thanks much Greg!

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Photo of imbibehour
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Church Key DC as part of the Troegs scratch series event into a snifter tasting glass.

This beer appears a very dull but buttery gold and cloudy yellow color. White off cream head has lots of staying and sticky power, and leaves very good lacing,

Bouquet on this one is an odd one for an American IPA but good. Soupy-ness chew like chicken noodle soup but a closed wet nose. There is this very nice lemon zest and Sprite 7-Up cola smell a bit as well. More lemon than Carbon dioxide soda like though. Dig that lemon.

Taste is a mild buttery ness bordering into Belgian diacetyl. Some small orange notes, wet mouth feel which sort of dissipates very quickly with weak and masked hop characters. This reminds of me almost of a Belgian Pale Ale and some sort of messed up cross hybrid.

Strangely enough... I really like this for what it is and it's kind of unique but very odd I must admit.

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Photo of Keffa
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from Deuane. Thanks again man, cheers!

Poured into my Hennepin glass. Bottle says 37 India Pale Ale.

A: Poured a nice orangish amber color, nice 1 finger off white head that settled into a small ring, some stubborn lacing won't give up. Nice.

S: Weird aroma, some citrus, lemon, doughy malt (think preztels) and then apple juice. Kinda made me double take. Not a bad aroma, but unexpected.

T: WOW. Citrus and slighty bitter hops up front but the malt cuts in to the hop just enough. Orange and pine are the main hop notes, with flowery an spicy notes just behind. The malt never backs down, but also doesn't become cloyingly sweet either. Very, very good.

M: Nicely carbonated, slightly slick yet creamy. Not bad.

D: Oh yeah, very. This is 7.7%? Get outta here! Finishes clean with the bitterness and malt keeping each other happy, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink this all night.

This is a fantastic IPA. To be honest, this just jumped into my top 3 IPA's with Columbus and Two Hearted. Superb job Troegs! If this becomes a regular offering, I will buy by the caseload.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable IPA, thanks to M.P. Pours medium golden, with a lasting foamy head. Smooth mouthfeel, this was very drinkable and with a well balanced bitterness derived from Warrior, Cluster, Colombus. IBU 85 is not so apparent, just an enoyable though high a.b.v. example of what can be done with an IPA.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank to THECPJ for this one

A: Pours a hazy light orange color with a very white one finger head. Decent retention, but dissipates to splotches of foam on the top. Nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Some citrus - mostly lemon. A little bit of doughy malt. Good, not amazing.

T: Very nice. Sweet, but in a good way, not overly sweet. Slightly bitter in the mid palate, but really not bitter at all compared to many American IPAs. A little bit of doughy malt, but the hops are in the forefront here.

M/D: Medium bodied with very nice carbonation. Extremely drinkable, had no idea it was 7.7% until I saw it listed above.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third in my triple crown for Scratch 37.

A: The IPA is rather light, a pale ferrous color that has plenty of autumnal orange to go around. A finger and a half of white head overflowed my glass and left a ring of lace around my glass.

S: The nose is mild, hoppy with a strong balancing malt presence. Grassy citrus with floral undertones isn't half bad. PLenty of caramel malts balance things out. I like the sweetness that wafts out of the glass.

T: Malty and sweet, the ale delivers a strong start. The bitterness is nice, a bit of citrus and flora. Citrus rinds come through in the finish, a fresh send-off. Caramel malts are bready and, mid-sip, leave their imprint. The IPA, as I let it warm up, comes across as good but lacking the hoppy oomph that some Tröegs ales have. The rindy bitterness hangs out with a subtle twang.

M: The mouthfeel is more hoppy than not. Despite that, balance is the key as the beer is not a hop bomb. No hint of booziness; this is definitely my favorite iteration of Scratch 37.

D: Very drinkable, the 7.7% never gets in the way of the sweet hops. A floral, grassy brew that I'm finally coming around on.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

IPA hopped with Warrior, Cluster, and Columbus

Appearance -- Pours a hazy apricot hue with a slim sudsy white head. Fantastic pinpoint lacing. Stunning.

Smell -- Pink grapefruit and apricot at the forefront backed up with cracker and well caramelized malt.

Taste -- LIke the nose, lots of pink grapefruit and apricot. There is a definite lack of pine-like character, but the hop bitterness is still substantial, evoking grapefruit pith. Malting is slightly sweet and quite caramelized. The hops are clearly starting to fade, but what remains is still potent, and paired with the caramelized malt base makes this taste like something like a crisp American-styled Barleywine.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate prickly carbonation. Feels crisp, but not sharp on the tongue. I don't know what Tröegs does, but they have the mouthfeel for these Scratch IPA's dialed in.

Drinkability -- I have loved every Scratch IPA and this is no exception. Even with what I'm sure is a few months of time on it the hops are fully in the forefront. Delicious stuff. I can only imagine how good this was within a week of bottling.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a orange golden color with a white coastered head. A very mellow aroma with touches of fruit like mango, pineapple, and orange. It doesn't give off that bitter rind flavor you find in most IPA's. Sweet start that transitions to a sweet tropical fruit like flavor mixed with some rind type bitterness. Not really all that bitter though but it does linger a little. Minimal alcohol notes. Very easy drinking. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, pretty well balance without being overly hoppy or malty.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to Justin for sending this great surprise my way!

A- Body is a very hazy brass color. Pours with a 1 finger or so foamy white head which eventually fades to a thin collar. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Mostly exotic fruit in the nose-mango, peach, a bit of grapefruit and pineapple-nose is really juicy and fruity. Minimal herbal hops as well.

T- This is a lot like a Southern Tier IPA upfront-lots of herbal/grassy hops, with a mild exotic fruit background. Finish is packed full of spicy hops and some citrus juice-finish is rather dry if slipped slowly-but extra spicy if sipped repetitively.

M- Medium to high tinlgly carbonatoin and a lightweight slightly juicy body. Troegs always does a nice job with mouthfeel.

D- This is no hopback or nugget nectar-but this is a prety good IPA overall. The flavors arent extremely bright (this IPA has aged slightly-but it doesnt taste stale at all). The juicy mouthfeel mixed with the spicy character really makes this unique. Good job by Troegs-and I cant wait to try 38 and 39 (may set up a trade for 40)

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Photo of jampics2
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Mike Watters from Troegs was nice enough to bring us out a few kegs, namely the Scratch IPA series (37-40) for a nice little tasting event. Thanks for hooking this up, and thanks to John and Kev for hosting!

Scratch #37 uses Warrior, Cluster and Columbus (CTZ) hops.

All of these beers look damn good, with excellent color, clarity and head retention. They are all a golden caramel color and have great white head and lace.

This one has a disposition that takes on a sweeter characteristic at the end of the taste, earthier, not like the citrus in others.

The mouthfeel is great, with just enough malt to avoid wateriness and excellent carbonation levels.

Comparison to #37-#40: To start off with, all of the beers looked relatively similar with a golden caramel color and nice white lace left by a small head. Scratch #37 was just a touch lighter but featured similar clarity and active carbonation. Of all the four IPA’s, this was the least reminiscent of citrus, as the bitterness of the Warrior and particularly Cluster come off as more grassy and herbal. The slight difference in malt bill made this a bit lighter, with a kiss of sweetness but less caramel. This was my least favorite of the bunch, but was still a great beer for those who prefer more intricate and earthy tastes in their IPA’s.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to wishuwerebeer and stakem for hooking me up with an early bottle of this.

Pours a crystal clear gold in the glass, with 2 fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a foamy ¼ finger of smooth froth that throws a creamy cascade up that hangs on the sides of the glass in sticky swathes. The aroma is floral and citric smelling, with an almost perfume-like character to it in spots. Digging deeper reveals some ripe fruit, dankness, and a gentle spiciness. Malts work well with the fruity aspects of this to form a sweet twang in the back of the nostrils. Those sugary fruit notes really start to control this as things warms up.

The taste is initially very bitter up front but this smoothes out very nicely once this gets to room temp, spreading hop flavors of green fruit, herbal qualities, and citrus peel out onto the palate. This is backed by a sticky blend of fleshy tasting fruit character and the toasted graininess of the malts. This finishes with a combo of pithy citrus peel and dry spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a solidly firm crispness to it but is mostly carried by a smooth slickness underneath that keeps this moving. This is maybe showing a little too much warmth as well. Not necessarily in the profile but the kind that creeps around in your throat and chest after you finish a sip.

This definitely isn't your average IPA and although I don't have a huge amount of experience with this hop variety, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is primarily Nelson Sauvin? Lots of hop flavor here but without any overt bitterness to it, I was really digging on this for the most part. The only thing holding it back for me was the warmth in the back-end. I'm definitely up for checking out more of this once it's officially released.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a fantastic extra in an awesome trade with stakem... Big props go out to Adam!!!! Poured into my Delerium goblet... 1/2" white head atop a hazed orange brew... spotty lacing and an okay cap.

Interesting hop nose... tropical fruit and some lite citrus zest.. a bit floral too.

Weird but not uninviting fruitiness makes me think melon/guava and nasturtiums.. definitely not the typical "CCC" hop IPA.. almost like a Belgian pale without the yeasty phenols... some apple and even pear come into play..

Nice pale malt presence brings all the fruity flavors out front.. odd yet interesting.. I would never kick it out of the fridge... but I have a hard time placing the overall product.

Thanks Adam for the super cool trade.. I hope you want to do it again some time.. I appreciate the home-state brews.


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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like lemon grass and herbal hops, with a little kiwi and honey.
T: It tasted like orange zest and kiwi, with some lemon and herbal hops and honey malt. It had a mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an interesting IPA with flavors that weren't too typical. It had an enjoyable scent and taste, and a pretty good body too, but I wouldn't call this delicious. It was nice to try and easy enough to drink, but that's about it.

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Photo of aglose45
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scratch Series IPA #1 of 4

A: Pours a golden straw color, with an ivory head...pretty standard.

S: Tropical fruits up front (tangerine, papaya, tart grapefruit), followed by a bit of grass, then a minimal amount of sweet malt.

T: The taste has sweeter tropical fruit than the nose. Not too much malt in here either.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is good, and the bitterness is moderate.

D: Overall, a pretty good IPA from an excellent

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Photo of drabmuh
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Thorpe. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin head of small bubbles, served in a Russian River tulip. Lacing is good carbonation is low.

Beer has a thin piny and earthy aroma with minimal citrus hops. Smells decent.

Beer is medium to light in body and mildly carbonated on the palate. It is of the pine variety of IPAs but it is balanced with some nice fruitier hops. The beer is solid, but overall just a plain IPA. I'd have it again but it's not my favorite IPA.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade recently.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Smuttynose Big Beer Balloon Glass.

The beer pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a small white head that slowly recedes leaving behind lots of sticky lacing.

The nose is full of citrus and tropical fruits. I get lots of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple; and to a lesser degree lemon, mango, and floral hops. The bready and sweet malts are also quite noticable. The aroma is quite nice with the exception of a slight off aroma that I can't quite put my finger on; almost like a rubbing alcohol (or as some have said, a cleaning product), but this is just a faint hint that is barely noticable.

The flavor is that of citrusy and fruity hops. As in the nose, I get lots of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, some mango, some pineapple, and some very faint floral hop notes. The malt character is bready and sweet, and just big enough to help balance out this beer without overpowering the hops. Surprisingly, even with all of the sweet malts and fruity hop flavors, there is a bitterness in the finish. Not overly bitter, but definately more than I expected given the smell and sweetness at the beginning of the beer. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Fairly easy to drink, and the 7.7% ABV is well masked.

Not your typical flavor profile for an American IPA, but pleasant none the less.

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Photo of Brez07
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash 25cl glass. Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one

A: Slightly dark orange pour. Not much head but did leave a decent amount of lacing

S: Flowery hops, almost gives off a soapy smell. Some citrus fruits also, including grapefruit and pineapple. Maybe some rye bread

T: Some hop flavor, but not as much as the nose would indicate. Seems like there are some spices here, especially coriander

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Coats the tongue. Almost soapy

D: Certainly not your typical IPA. This was flavorful and interesting to try, but not sure I'd revisit

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Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 36.4% out of 100 with 66 ratings
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