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Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4)Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 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:
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Added by akorsak on 11-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of rastapenguin22
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoying from a growler filled while picking up my Splinter Black today.

a: copper/brass color, crystal clear, slightly off-white head, receded in 2-3 minutes, left lacing behind

s: grass, a little pine, slight orange, caramel, slightly toasty (like buttered toast)

t: a little earthy, grass, caramel and there's like a cashew flavor at the end on the back of my tongue

m: it's nice a smooth, has some body to it but not too much

d: very drinkable and I can't tell it's 7.7 a t all. I'll be drinking this one all night.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a firkin at TJ's yesterday. This replaced the firkin of Sculpin during TJ's anniversary event. While I was sad to see the Sculpin go, getting this as a replacement made for an impressive substitute.

The beer pours the proto-typical orange amber IPA color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose.... wow!!! I get a huge aroma of skunky marijuana, pepper, pine, earth and dry citrus. This beer smells great. Happily, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the beer showcasing a long, dry, bitter finish. This may be the most "West Coast" tasting IPA I've ever encountered here on the East Coast. The sweet malt in this beer is barely more than an afterthought, and is just barely sufficient to balance all the hoppy goodness in this beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat lean, but it works well in this delicious IPA. Otherwise, the beer is fairly soft on the palate, with a long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkabilty is excellent. Would be curious to know the abv. in this beer, though I would guess it's in the 7% range. In any case, this beer was an absolute joy to drink, and under normal circumstances I would have happily spent the afternoon drinking nothing but Scratch 38 (obviously, given the tap list for the anniversary event, this was anything but "normal circumstances").

Very, very impressive, and for my money, maybe the best scratch beer yet from Troegs. Dare I hope this beer someday becomes part of the regular line-up???

Note from 1/8/11. Sampled this beer on tap the other night at the Warwick event, and while still good, it was not nearly as impressive as the fresh cask version I had at TJ's. Still a good beer (probably would score it a B+), but nothing like the beer I had at the anniversary party.

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Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a- big head that lasts a good while. medium gold body that has hints of orange to it.

s- fresh piny hops, what I was expecting Its good but there is nothing that really shoots out at me.

t- citrusy, piny hops blow me away.

m- When I review a Ipa mouthfeel is what I look for. This ones carbonation was a little slow and there was no bite that I enjoy.

d- The drinkability on this one is really high because i could drink a couple of these.

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer of this a Splinter Black day.

A: Poured a crystal clear gold-amber color with a massive 3 + finger cloud white head that stayed foamy throughout the session. The retention was great.

S: Piney, but also with a lovely crisp scent of Centennial and Chinook - citrusy, but with a good bit of malt and floral notes.

T: Very hoppy, but with a bit of organic grassiness to balance that out. This was like a liquid loaf of bread, with added grapefruit.

M: The lacing was absolutely ridiculous! I may have to send my tulip glass through the dishwasher several times. The carbonation did a fantastic job of slicing and dicing the hops and the acidic fruit elements.

D: I guess Troegs is doing research (by their own admission) to find an IPA to add to their lineup. This beat the #37, the other Imperial IPA by a country mile.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pure golden amber color.

S- Smell hops with a grapefruit note not to overpower like the IPA I drink but settle to the nose.

T- Real good taste of hops with fruit notes but settle as I said but this has some unique flavor.

S-Dry as a wet bone enamel stripping love.

D-Like I said never had a IPA taste like this before. Love it this is a cool IPA. Worth a few..


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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with pale yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. The piney floral hop aroma pop out first on the nose alongside citrusy, slight spice, mild caramel, but definitely some sweet malty notes. The piney floral hops are more potent and tasty on the palate with citrusy and piney accents but had a good malty balance. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a piney, floral, hoppy, and citrusy finish. It actually drank really good and had me wanting a little more after the bottle was toast.

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Photo of aglose45
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Troegs

A: Pours a clear golden brown with a frothy ivory head that sticks around for awhile.

S: Orange zest, grassy and earthy hops, and minimal biscuit flavored malt.

T: Orange zest up front followed by the grassy and earthy hops. There is a minimal malt presence in the middle followed by some more orange zest and lemon notes. Delicious.

M: Frothy carbonation, but it's not too much, medium bitterness, and nice resin left in the mouth from the hops.

D: This beer is very drinkable and I wish I didn't get one of the last pints...

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Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Deuane for picking this up for me.

Pours a slightly hazed, but pretty clear, orange amber color with a dense and creamy ivory head. Head tops the glass and forms a nice crown, settles very slowly and keeps thick and full all the way to the bottom, while leaving some nice rings and webbing on the side.

Smell is citrusy with a lot of grapefruit in particular, plus some pineapple as well. Somewhat tropical as well, with some earthy aromas. It's on the sweet side, with a good amount of lightly caramelized malt.

Taste is also quite fruity and hoppy, with grapefruit, sweet orange, some pineapple and pine. In the finish the hops are moderately bitter and somewhat earthy. Good deal of caramel and biscuity malt sweetness here. This is on the sweet side for an IPA, but I think it works. Has a sort of toasted bread quality to it as well, to go along with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel, like the 37, is very creamy and smooth. Has a great slickness to it, very resiny and oily. Unlike the 37 however it is also much cleaner and slightly drier. Very nice.

This is really tasty and very drinkable, and is leaps and bounds better than the 37 I had awhile ago. It's the best Troegs IPA I have had to date for certain. We'll see how the 39 and 40 measure up, but this one is the leader in the clubhouse for sure.

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Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 bright clear orange and amber color with a ¾" slightly off-white head that is quite thick and recedes slowly leaving some nice thick lacing. For much of the beer sipping leaves some interesting patterns of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by lots of hop character that seems to have a mixture of grapefruit and citrus zest along with some touches of pine and grassy, earthy hops.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose and are nicely complex. There is a caramel malt backbone that remains quietly in the background leaving the show to the hops. The hop flavors that dominate the beer are earthy, grassy and citric (both grapefruit and orange), but a touch of pine shows up here as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and quite soft and smooth with the gentle carbonation. The finish is medium to long and nicely dry and bitter

Drinkability: This was a very drinkable beer. Each sip followed the other easily and I'd love to have this one again.

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4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on December 6th, 2010. Pulled into a pint glass for $5.75.

A: An extremely long lasting, bright white sudsy head literally crawls up the side of the glass. The body is pristinely clear and light copper in color. Moderate lacing.

S: Ridiculously fresh smelling with an abundance of hop aromas ranging from citrus to perfume. Grapefruit and orange dominate the hop bill. The malts brings about notes of bread and crackers. The nose is powerful and each aroma is highly concentrated. Somewhat soapy yeast contribution.

T: The orange citrus flavor takes over as the grapefruit recedes on the palate. Long flavor, lightly sweet, with above average bitterness. The alcohol is well concealed but present enough to know that you're drinking a fairly substantial IPA.

M: A gentle carbonation enhances the creamy texture and allows the medium-full body to be appreciated even more.

O: #38 is a solid IPA and marginally better than #37. Still, I'm hoping for better things to come in the remainder of the series. It's interesting to note that the cask ratings are much more consistent (and consistently higher) than the bottle and draft reviews. Regrettably, cask was the only serving type I was able to try, but it seems that a cask serving presented this beer at its best.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Nearly clear medium orange color. Some small particles floating throughout. One and a half fingers of thick, creamy head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.5 S: Chock full of citrusy, flowery, and piney hops. Pungent, dank, and sweet raw resiny hoppiness. Pine and grapefruit star. Forget about the malts, the hops are keeping them well tucked away though that general Troegs house smell is there.

4.0 T: Super piney, tons of flowery flavors, but not a whole lot of bitterness. Malts give a light caramel and bready taste. I like this quite a bit. Vibrant hops with little distraction from the malts.

4.0 M: Medium body. The carbonation is a tad aggressive. Reasonably creamy and smooth enough for how resiny it is.

4.0 D: A pretty good Troegs offering, but certainly the most unlike all the other beers I've had. It doesn't have the Troegs character in the taste as much as their other beers. Still, it's a good west coast type IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a firkin at TJ's served in a nonic.

A - a golden hazed liquied with pillowy, rocky cap of thick white crown. the c hop aroma is there, lots of grapefruit and lemon rind in the aroma. The feel follows the scent with slightly sweet lightly yeast influenced texture with a strong astringent quality and moderately bitter. The finish is semi-dry.

A good citrus flavor from the hops with mild malt and semi-bitter flavors for the style it is pretty hop packed and the grapefruit element is en force. The yeast effect adds a dry spice note and smoooths out the flavor of bitter hops with a moderate juicy flavor toward the end. The cask ipa is very nice with a pretty solid drinkability factor overall.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kiel for this bottle, tasted side by side with Scratch 37.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a soapy film and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is much less sweet than 37 with the citrus hops taking on a more astringent, pithy grapefruit character. And there is a much more prominent pine aroma.

The taste is bitter, grapefruit rinds to start with a light malt backbone and then a very nice finish which features resinous pine and lots of bitterness, in a good way.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and prickly on the palate.

This was the clear winner for me vs. the 37 as I really like the more astringent citrus and the pine. Also, the carbonation is a bit stronger and helps with the drinkability. Really good IPA for me.

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Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 6-pack from the brewery...served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about a quarter inch of mostly loose, fuzzy just off-white colored foam...settling to a short yet thick webbed layer. the beer is crystal clear, just on the side of dark gold.

S - sweet candied tropical fruits, orange and tangerines notably. other notes of wet pine, and some sweet bubblegum as well. just a touch of caramel underneath.

T - bitter hops attack the palette right away, though allow some candied tangerine, grapefruit, and orange to come through cleanly. assisted by some mild pine and grass, it really runs the gauntlet of hop flavors. only a bit of caramel malt balances this hop-bomb.

M - light to medium bodied, with tight, controlled, prickly carbonation. body is slightly sticky, with a crisp finish. strong lingering hoppy bitterness, with a minor alcohol burn.

D - its appeal is in its simplicity. well-rounded throughout, hiding its ABV quite well. interesting choice of hops here, and it works well, being able to appease the big hop craving yet still having some grace and detail. well done.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at TJ's yesterday. While I was sad to see Sculpin go, this was a pleasant replacement. The ABV was noted as being 7%
Clear amber with a dense, white head and nice lacing. There's something about hoppy beers on cask that make them just a pleasure on the eyes. And rather unsurprisingly, this is great on the nose too. Skunky, dank weed-like hops with a mild caramel and biscuity malt character. Moderate floral hop character is present, this shows great balance. Moderate bitter with a mild sweetness, the hops are wonderfully expressed here. Blending dank and floral hops on the flavor front, this is excellent. Bitterness is moderate and to some extent, smooth. Drying on the finish with great hop character on the finish, this feels great on the palate. I was drinking this along with Elder, and it held its own, which is a rare feat for an IPA. I'd say that Troegs brews the best hoppy beers on the East Coast.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShanePB for this one! Review from notes 1/16.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a small but solid head. Dissipated slowly to some splotches of foam on top. Nice lacing.

S: Smell is very floral and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit and a little pineapple. There is also a grassy component.

T: Very hoppy and fruity; grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and a little bit of pine. There are some caramel and biscuity malts to balance things, with a nice slightly bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, very smooth and on the creamier side. Very tasty, I liked this one better than 37.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a color of light golden orange with decent clarity. However, some very faint particles are stuck in suspension if you look close. A finger of white foam appears and quickly recedes to a thin layering. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface in support of the thin film across the top. Swirls revive the head and spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew initially is quite fruity with a scent of pear and apple skins that turns to more of a citrus grassy character. As it opens up, the hops impart a mixture of sweet smelling orange/lemon citrus rind and light pine before the boldness of the alcohol comes forward with a solvent quality in the nose.

The taste is also fruity with a mellow taste of pear or apple skins that turns modestly bitter with an herbal quality that hangs inside the mouth. The hops impart a bit of rind-like bitterness that lasts. Mid palate are some spicy flavors before the alcohol makes itself known with some warmth to the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is decently drinkable for a ~7% abv brew and a slight upgrade from the first offering in the "series of four."

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer had good clarity for being an unfiltered ale...the body was a golden yellow color and it had a small white head on top...the head became a thin ring and left some lacing

S - The hops jumped out at first as they were sweet and citrusy...some grapefruit and orange...there was also a nice caramel malt backbone

T - The flavors were very similar to the nose...a very nice balance...sweet citrus hops again jump out first and are paired with the sweet caramel malt...there is a slight earthiness in the middle of the beer where the hops and malts overlap each other...the finish comes back with slightly bitter hops...they at least let you know they are there

M - Medium bodied...smooth and refreshing...the bitterness was pleasant

D - I enjoyed this IPA over the first...the hop flavors were more pronounced on the nose and in the flavor...bring on number three!

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is a clear, golden orange. The head is 2 fingers, sticky, nice lacing. The aroma is a christmas tree. The flavor has lots of pine and a bitter grassy finish. The finish is sticky and lingers a bit. The feel and the carbonation are what I expect from an IPA. A solid IPA, I picked it up at a singles shop, not worth what I paid.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Justin for sending this my way!

A- Body is a nearly transparent medium orange hue. Pours with a one finger or so foamy white head-which quickly fades to a thin collar-plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Lots of citrus- orange, grapefuit, a hint of pine. Smell is slightly bright.

T- The taste is not as bright as the nose but offers some citrus flavors and a lot of pine and citrus rind. A mild sweet malty backbone. Some more citrus juice comes through for the finish with a touch of pine and spicy hop.

M- Medium carbonation and a fairly juicy citrus body-with slight prickliness.

D- This is a good solid IPa overall-it has nice juicy characteristics and some pine. Not as bright or beautiful as the best- but its very good.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Scratch beer on tap at Troegs. Beer is copper / amber and has a slight haze to it. It forms a good white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Beer smells like hops....citrus and mildly piny hops. It's a chinook IPA and it smells like it.

Beer is medium bodied but is quite carbonated on the palate. The carbonation gives the beer this illusion that it is lower in gravity than I suspect it is. It does hide it's relatively high ABV well in a jungle of hop flavors that range from piny to grapefruit and balances the strong finishing bitterness on the backend. I'd have it again but I've had much better IPAs.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Servign Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tan/brown burnt orange. Thick white 2 inch head.

SMell - Hops, malts, sugars, some alcohol, citrus and grapefruit

Taste - Strong bitter hops mixed with some sugar and malts. This is rather sweet and the alcohol is present. Has a spicy citrus kick and the malts are bold. This is borderline a double ipa.

Mouthfeel - Its rather sweet and spicy. little harsh on mouth and throat for a ipa. Strong, bold and has some warmth from the alcohol. Not the smoothest beer you ever had.

Drinkabilty - Its a good beer but a session beer. Not something i would want to drink regularly. A little out of balance and too sweet but decent. Alcohol is a little high also for more then drinking 1 or 2. Would like to try the 3 others in the series. Would love troegs to make a yearly ipa!

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