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 maximum12
1.48/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another hoppy treat from stormking47. We're burning through a few 12 oz. bottles tonight, so once again divvied up with my wife.

Into the Darkness snifter it goes. Pale orange that has never seen the light of the sun. Very odd smelt on this for an IPA. Pale malts, wheaty grass, medicinal herbs. Really.

Scratch 37 isn't up to the rest of this series; it's wince-inducing. My stomach growled in complaint after the first sip; no joke. Lemon, orange, pear, are mixed together but give off an awful, burnt cough syrup mixed with herbal lip balm flavor. Malt sweetness is overbearing, overdressed, with the same twang of doctor's office. The aftertaste is more of the same, with a little metal thrown in for good measure.

I am sorry, Troegs, I've really enjoyed many of the beers you've made, but my tongue, nose, throat, & stomach are reporting abject failure. I've seldom wanted to pour a beer after so few sips. Away with it, servants!

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Photo of womencantsail
2.02/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Jason for sending me this one as an extra.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy, but generally clear, straw yellow color with a white head.

S: Starts off with a decent citrus aroma before taking a nose dive. Lots of abrasive smells to this one like rubbing alcohol and cleaning solution. I get a little bit of candied lemon, but it doesn't really help.

T: The flavor isn't any better. Again, very harsh with lots of alcohol and solvent character. There's a weird candy sweetness in the middle of tall of this, and a moderate bitterness.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: Unfortunately, this Scratch beer was not really up to what I expect from Troegs. Not a fan of this beer at all.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.21/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thank a ton for this extra HosP!

A: Pours a cloudy glowing apricot color with a couple fingers of dense off-white head that slowly receded into a thin film and collar. Some spots of bubbly lacing left down the glass.
S: Slight notes of citrusy hops. Not very potent smelling. Is that cooked vegetable I smell?
T: Something about this doesn't sit right with me. Notes of citrus hops and some sweet malt, but its dirty, earthy, woody and alcoholic. The finish is sweet with almost a synthetic candy like flavors. Aftertaste has some candied orange peel and tobacco to it.
M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation, and the slight warmth of alcohol over a slick body.
D: Not my favorite hop combination and a surprising let down from an otherwise outstanding series of beers. Overall a disappointing IPA.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sean brought this one to our UFC 126 get together.

A - Boring straw colored beer with a flimsy looking head. It looks like a beer, so at least that's good.

S - Smells like water that someone may have dropped a pinecone in. Quite weak.

T - This actually tastes pretty bad, like rotten pine water. No real hint of malts, basically just some pine that has been watered down. Don't like this at all.

M - Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

D - Kind of hard to drink because of the horrid taste, don't drink this one.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.44/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strong head retention over a orange straw body with a good amount of haze and yeast floaties.
Oranges dominate the nose and pallette and make this a bit one dimensional. There are some burnt toast notes in here too.
When the sediment hits my mouth it's not pleasent, i love a good yeast pour but this stuff isn't apealing, shouldn't have poured it in but honestly didn't expect this much in an ipa.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle to pint glass. Sampled shortly after release. Review from notes.

A: Excellent retention from the foam/sudsy off-white head of 2 1/2 fingers. Copper orange in color, the body is hazy and flirting with being murky. The bubbles on the inside are infrequent and lazily paced. Odd looking.

S: Lightly malted with toasted hints of bread and grain. The hops add a piney woodiness which is mixed in with some herbal notes. Pretty leafy with a certain earthy air about it.

T: Pineapple, apple skin and an unmistakable note of pear flesh. It is uncanny how reminiscent this last flavor is. The fruit flavors combine to provide a light sweetness at first, which progresses to moderate on the finish and effectively pushes the bitterness out of the way.

M: Medium to medium-full with a slick, sweet alcoholic finish that lingers longer than I care for.

D: I commend the idea to step away from the normal expectation of today's IPA but Scratch 37 was a little too outside of the box for me. A rare miss in production, particularly for a beer from the Scratch line, a series that Tröegs has been flying through lately.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.64/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Scratch 37 is a golden color that is rather light for the style. Its white head has decent retention and lacing.

The aroma has a very sharp grapefruit aroma with notes of bitter lemon and alcohol. Overall, this beer smells like some sort of cleaning product.

I can't say that I have tasted many citrus scented cleaning products, but I imagine they taste something like this beer. They certainly smell like this beer tastes at least. The aroma comes back in the flavor, with a lot of bitterness and powerful flavors of grapefruit and lemon. Although grapefruit and lemon seem like good flavors, here they are both harsh and paired with powerful alcohol flavors. The malt profile adds some balance in the end, but I doubt most people will even notice it.

I can't decide what this beer feels like, because it is unpleasant to keep in my mouth for very long. I guess that amounts to an unpleasant mouthfeel.

This is my least favorite scratch IPA. It is also my least favorite beer from the scratch series. Actually, I think it is my least favorite beer from the whole Troegs brewery.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a bit of haze, a nice small white head. Nose is a bit malty and sweet, hop notes are a it fruity and subdued.

Well this is quite sweet, the hops are there but there aren't enough to balance it out - it's almost like old hopslam, the sweetness is overpowering. Mouthfeel and body are good, nice and creamy.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. # code on the bottom but no clear date or info listed on the bottle.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for another Scratch brew!

A - I watch helplessly as the floating sediment in the beer clouds up the pint. Somewhat foggy golden yellow in color with a short-lived, two-finger white head. Some good lace hangs onto the glass.

S - A solid malt base of pale, CaraPils, and pilsner malt seem to be the building blocks. A hint of boiled noodles, or something close to it, pokes in the background with a mineral scent too. The hops seem far too mild in this IPA, only offering light notes of grapefruit citrus zest and juicy pineapple. Slightly off-putting.

T - Instant malty sweetness on the tongue is gently washed away by hoppy bitterness. Pils malt is dominant again, flavor-wise, with slight hints of citrus hops but...

M - ...the hops really only show through their bitter finish, not actual taste. Smooth and soft but almost as if it's already lacking something, this medium-bodied IPA is gently carbonated.

D - Once again, it's a good thing this is only a scratch beer. While thankful to try something I've not had before, I wouldn't want this again. It's far too bland all around.

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Photo of number1bum
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Deuane for grabbing this for me and hanging on to it till I could get down to Hburg. Pours a hazy, tangerine-tinted golden color - more golden than amber I'd say - with two fingers of off-white head. Keeps a nice lace, pretty full, and leaves a good deal of stick on the sides.

Smell is quite fruity but not the typical fruit aromas you find in an IPA. Not much in the way of citrus, instead it's more tropical with a mango aroma in particular. Maybe some apricot as well. It's also very bready, with a subtle doughy sweetness.

Taste starts off with some of that same fruit but quickly takes on a moderately bitter, dirty sort of flavor that I can't quite place. It's like a bread dough that needs more sugar or something. Almost a bit metallic. Has the mango like the nose, a tropical quality to it again. Moderate bitterness at best, although what is there doesn't go terribly nicely with the bready malt. It's hard to describe, I just don't really care for it much.

Mouthfeel is a pretty creamy medium-full body, quite slick and oily in fact. Stays creamy through the finish, only drying out slightly. Unfortunately that very nice creaminess is hurt by the metallic/bitter flavor which is somewhat astringent.

Meh, I'm really not impressed with this offering. The Scratch IPAs that Troegs has made to date have been nothing special in my opinion, but this one just doesn't do it for me at all. Probably one of my least favorite Scratch beers of any style.

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Photo of Florida9
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review from tasting notes. Tasted August 2011.

A: Clear, light amber in color. Forms a bubbly off-white head. Some light lacing.

S: Smells grainy and alcoholic with a blend of grassy and earthy hops.

T: Pale malts, woody and earthy with a balsa-pine wood bitterness. Grainy. Finishes with an chemically bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Dry and chalky with good carbonation.

O: Simply note a very good IPA. I don't know when this one was originally released or how it tasted on the front end, but by August of 2011 it just was not a very good beer.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Chaney
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a sixer of this at the brewery after grabbing my prizes at Splinter Black day.

A: Poured a very hazy, orange color, with a nice two finger white head that looked very reminiscent of ground up penicillin. Bubbles shot up through the glass from the bottom throughout the session.

S: Citrus and a fair amount of candy sugar for sure, but in a very discipline (perhaps too) kind of way. This was the anti-West Coast brew in its use of Warrior hops here.

T: This tasted eerily similar to DFH 60 Minute, which I guess shouldn't be surprising since there both use Warrior hops extensively. There was a fair amount of stale yeastiness, which almost headed into mothball territory. The finish was fairly dry with some unpleasant metallic notes.

M: Soft on the palate initially and the malt base was fine, however, in mid sip, the booze became somewhat overbearing. I actually think that more hop bitter sizzle (ala West Coast) would have remedied this. The carbonation was fine (as it is in most Troegs brews IMO).

D: I guess this is the first of four experimental IPAs in the form of Scratch beers. My suggestion to Troegs would be to just hop the living hell out of the beer and see what happens. They have such a great flavor profile in general that I feel this would really work!

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Decadance for providing this bottle.

IPA 1/4 Warrior, Cluster, Colombus Hops

Pours a hazy yellow orange. One finger fizzy white head fades rather quickly. A modest amount of lacing left clinging to the glass.

Grapefruit and orange juice aromas are quite dominant. Slight pine and citrus zest. With this being the first in the Scratch IPA subseries I would imagine the aroma is slightly more subdued than at its release. The aroma is pleasant but a bit dull.

Assertive hop flavor pierces the tongue. Thick layers of resinous pine and citrus pith lay heavy on the tongue. Sweet orange and hints of pineapple attempt to counter the heavy hop flavors but are simply not up to the task. Light bready malt, though the hops absolutely overshadow. The flavor is just very heavy on the characteristics I do not appreciate.

Medium bodied IPA with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish is fairly dry though a slight resinous flavor does dig in and linger.

This IPA is just not for me The overwhelming thick resinous hop flavor really killed it for me. Outside of that the beer was on the right track. I could drink this provided it was the best option but I would prefer to move on. I appreciate the opportunity to try this one, here's to hoping the next in the series is an improvement.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to StormKing47 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of flower hops, bready malt, grass and some iced tea notes. Very interesting, but not something I am too crazy about.

The flavor is more of the same. I get orange and pine, as well as some bready malt and something that tastes like sweat. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Interesting, but not a beer I am too crazy about. Still, I am glad I got to try it. Thanks for sending it Josh.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: This beer pours a straw yellow hue and appears mostly clear, with just a slight haziness about it. Atop the beer (where else?) sits a white, fluffy head an inch thick. The head has very good retention and leaves a thick sheet of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S: The aroma is extremely floral, with subtle medicinal and herbal notes, as well as spices.

T: The flavor is also extremely floral, with a medicinal astringency coming through more and more prominently as I make my way through the pint glass. Overall, I find the flavor to be a bit weird and slightly off-putting. This is certainly not what one should expect when opening a fresh IPA. All this being said, there are some nice bitter and hop flavors to be found, but ultimately, these are lost in the shuffle.

M: OK feel, aside from the metallic / overly floral aspects.

D: It wasn't horrible, but in the end, this was a pretty average beer. Though I appreciate the opportunity to sample this, I wouldn't bother with this one again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle provided by Sean, drank from a perfect pint glass... Pours a super ugly light clear straw. The head is watery, not much there... The aroma is the weakest part of this beer, totally dead, nothing on at all... The taste is ok, light pine, nothing new or fulfilling. I realize this is a touch old but not going anything for me. At this point I'd recommend passing on this.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden honey color with a 1/2 inch of white head that settles pretty quick and leaves some light lacing. Some citrus in the nose, as well as hints of bready and sweet malts. Getting some of the citrus upfront in the taste, but there is an herbal / medicinal quality to this IPA, especially on the finish, that I dont really care for. Medium bodied with a lower carbonation level than expected - also a bit dry.

Glad I got to try this selection, but just didn't fit my palate.

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Photo of GrahamWalters
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz. snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Limited lacing.

S: Smelled a bit like cat urine with a bit of citrus/grapefruit mixed in.

T: Prominent spicy bitterness with a bit of lemongrass, almost no malt sweetness.

M: Fairly thin with spicy carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable to be honest, I could drink a few.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a .3l tulip from therealnomayo in our recent trade.

This pour has so much head that I had to stop with about 3oz still in the bottle and watched as three inches turned into more and spilled over the side of the glass. It stuck around for about 2 minutes and then dissolved leaving thick, sticky lacing. The color is muddied amber.

Initial burst of orange concentrate and pine needles. Or it could be my christmas tree (seriously) as the pine is gone quickly, and replaced with a nice spiced citrus.

Fairly bland across the board, nothing to complain about but none of the flavors distinguish themselves and there is a general lack of bite (bitter, alcohol, grass, citrus, all are there but sort of sitting together not chatting and noone is leading the conversation).

Very nice feel, good carbonation level, slightly slick with a clean finish. At 7.7% it's worth noting there is essentially no trace of booze until the very end.

It's ok. Certainly the begining (initial aroma) and the end (clean finish) make this easy to drink. But the middle leaves a bit of a question as to "why?"


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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chaney for sending this, as well as another Scratch beer

Pours a semi-foggy deep straw yellow. Excellent fluffy head with decent lacing. Smells a little phenolic with some non-ripe fruitiness to it (oranges and lemons). Taste is good, mainly with bitter orange peel dominating, very minor sugar malts, almost unnoticeable. Medium mouth and kinda juicy. A good and bitter beer, hard to get off of the bitter fruit peel flavour, that's how strong it was.

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Photo of Soonami
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Troegs Scratch 37 is an IPA hopped with Warrior, Cluster and a touch of Columbus. The aroma is very fruity that it almost reminds of Amarillo, however, the Columbus give itself away with the oniony, body odor aroma that is hiding in the fruit. The beer is pretty ordinary with medium bitterness and a fair bit of crackery malt, but there isn't anything special to set it a part. I am glad to have tried this, but would not go out of my way for this.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

The Scratch Beer Dash hits its penultimate leg. The aforementioned pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, coriander, and very light caramel. The taste holds notes of pine, caramel, light grapefruit rind, and a few slivers of balsa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta grainy feel. Overall, an okay IPA, one that doesn't really show off the hops as well as it probably could have once. Not really bad, though...

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Photo of krisandajt
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to number1bum for hooking me up with this one from Troegs.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice (my new favorite glass), the beer is a cloudy, golden/amber color. Despite a fairly rough pour, there's only a cm worth of bone white head, but it fades away very quickly leaving behind only a bubbly ring around the beer. Lacing is good, though.

Smell: A mild citrusy smell, like lemon and grapefruit. Mostly a sweeter, malt kind of smell. More like a pale ale than an IPA really.

Taste: Phew, it's hoppier than what the nose indicated. The hops still have that citrus quality, but they take on more of an earthy spice here. There's still a very strong malty characteristic that provides almost an over-balance of flavors. It's an IPA, sure...but it needs more hops!

Mouthfeel: A bit undercarbonated, but otherwise pretty standard for an IPA.

Drinkability: This is a 7.7% ABV brew? I don't believe it...the beer just doesn't seem to have enough oomph to be that high of an ABV. So in that sense, the beer is quite drinkable. In terms of an IPA, though, I'm relatively unimpressed. I could probably consume several of these in an evening, but with plenty of hoppier choices out there I wouldn't really want to.

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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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