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

60 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 66
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

 300 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the brewery and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light orange color with a single-finger white head and a touch of spotty lacing. Light cap as it goes down. The node is some light peach without any real bitterness. Not much other than that. The taste is pretty similar. There is a lift amount of peach but not really much else. Maybe a touch of citrus. Slight bitternesss and a medium body. Not the best IPA, but it is really easy drinking.

 462 characters

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

 1,827 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

 631 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

 618 characters

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

 983 characters

Photo of womencantsail
2.02/5  rDev -42%
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.

 711 characters

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap into a standard pint in the Troegs tasting room.

A - Pours hazy sun kissed copper with a strong two finger white head leaving sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S - Plenty of floral citrus hops with underlying sweetness from the malt. Ripe citrus fruits abound but are tempered a bit with a faint spicy quality. Not the best nose, but not the worst either.

T - Lots of hop bitterness upfront that lingers on the pallet throughout the experience. Hops are citric with a bit of herbal qualities that add a slight spicy character. A bit of toast on the sweet malt goes well with all those hops. Finish is a bit on the dry side. Very nice effort but I have had better.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky, bitter, feel coats the pallet.

D - Fairly good. I enjoyed this one for what it was but thanks to the higher ABV I can't see myself sitting down and drinking a few of these in one sitting.

 935 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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...

 610 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

 1,054 characters

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label reads in the typical scratch fashion: "India Pale Ale - 37." No indication of abv or other statistics about this brew but I am sure those details are forth coming.

12oz bottle into a pint glass. This brew appears a very light yellowish copper that has a little bit of orange coloring about it. Overall it is quite polished and clear. The cap of white foam forms about a finger strong and recedes to a thin layering atop the brew. Swirls release suspended carbonation reviving the head and leave a bit of spotty lacing on the glassware.

The aroma of this is a little different from the typical "C" - hopped ipas. In fact, I am going out on a limb here and state that this is the least citrus-like fresh IPA I have ever smelled. This is a very fruity smelling offering (possibly showcasing more of the yeast character here instead of hops? does that even make sense?) It is reminiscent of pear skins and other fruity character almost like cantaloupe. As it warms some earthy and minor herbal indications come forward along with a light prickly indication of the alcohol in the nose.

Tasting this brew is yet again an ipa experience unlike what I am use to. The first flavor that crosses my tongue is that of fruits akin to a semisweet pear skin or cantaloupe taste. There is a light touch of green yeastiness and some leafy, grassy herbal character before the bitterness of this brew comes into play. Behold a moderate amount of bitterness...yikes where did that come from? It is bittering with a resinous cling that is herbal and lasts long into the finish. At times the bitterness is sharp but blends with the alcohol that is slightly solvent and is much more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. It was certainly different from what I was expecting which isn't necessarily a bad thing but the flavors and the bitterness/alcohol seemed to clash a bit. I had to drink a second bottle just to make sure something fishy wasn't up with my first experience.

 2,048 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from DavoleBomb, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a thinnish white head that disappears almost instantly leaving no trace of its existence. Smells quite malty for an IPA, bread and caramel mixed with hints of citrus mostly lemon and grapefruit. Maybe some tropical fruits or pineapples thrown in there as well. Taste has hints of bitterness but again is quite malty. Sweet fruits, toffee and bread mixed with hints of lemons and grapefruits. I get more hop punch in the taste than I do the aroma but it is still quite mild for an IPA or maybe my palette has just given up. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweetly resinous mouthfeel. Solid easy to drink, but certainly nothing spectacular here. Alcohol is well hidden

 794 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

 903 characters

Photo of drabmuh
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

 476 characters

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

 594 characters

Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

 539 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.


 829 characters

Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap during the Troeg event at the Warwick last night.

The beer pours a light orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a considerable amount of tropical fruit, which appears to be dominated by apricot, mango and orange marmalade. The flavor profile replilcates the nose in this fairly sweet IPA, though there's enough bitterness in the finish to keep it from being too much, and to remind everyone this is an IPA after all. Still, the sweet tropical flavors are a bit much, and I think hurt this beer's drinkability somewhat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet and bitter finish.

While I thought this beer OK, I have to confess it's probably my least favorite of all the scratch IPA beers (didn't get a chance to try the 40, which had kicked by the time I got around to it). Oh well...

 842 characters

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

 1,147 characters

Photo of maximum12
1.48/5  rDev -57.5%
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!

 941 characters

Photo of jrallen34
3.27/5  rDev -6%
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.

 381 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

 1,233 characters

Photo of xnicknj
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours an almost clear straw yellow with some golden hues. A finger high head fades out pretty quickly into some film, leaving rings and spots of lacing.

Primarily fruit in the nose with some tropical flair and lighter hops. Also a touch of grassiness.

Some bitter hops up front followed by a full blast of fruitness. Pineapple, grapefruit, and peach create a cocktail-like sweetness. Bread and light malt create a backbone, although the sweet flavors mount throughout the profile. Finishes with some lighter bitterness and citrus.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, chewy and sticky. The alcohol is masked well on this, but for an IPA I found it a little too sweet and lacking enough hoppiness. Not bad, but I preferred 38 to this one easily.

 790 characters

Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

 561 characters

Photo of scottfrie
2.21/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

 826 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.