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)
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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 11-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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67
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3.72
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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich yellow with lasting three-fifths of an inch head. Carbonation bubbles were obvious and this was a highly carbonated beer. Floral hop aromas. Understated bitterness, pleasant, mild grapefruit. Lots of lace was noted later. Was worth trying once, drinkable, but a below average IPA with way above average alcohol.Smooth mouthfeel, other than the carbonation.
Small bottle from M-P

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap Saturday December 11, 2010.

Pours a lightish copper color with a white bead that fades down into a small cap with a bit of lacing. The nose brings a moderate dose of citrus with oranges coking through and perhaps a bit of tangerine. There is also a slight bit of caramel malt lingering in the background.

The taste is composed mostly of a moderate amount of citrus hop flavor as well as slight caramel and pine notes. Slightly bitter with a medium body. Well made and easy to drink, but not nearly as good as the Citra of Brotherly Love.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company on 12/14/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin frothy covering of bright-white head. This retains with some creaminess on the edges and light wisps in the center, throwing up some foamy swathes of lacing that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma alternates between floral and grassy feeling in the nose, with ripe tropical fruit character that mixes with the bread and caramel flavors from the malts to give this a deep tanginess on the edges of the profile. Pine, spice, and green citrus add a bold sharpness that fills out the middle portion of the nose.

The taste is coming off as pretty darn bitter on the palate, with spiciness, resins, and bitter grapefruit and citrus rind all boldly stretching through the other flavors and just crushing the finish on this with a fierce and dry hop laden finale. That same rich blend of caramel, toast, and juicy tropical fruit, tries it's hardest to balance out the bitterness in the bulk of the profile but there is not helping that finish. It's a bit harsh. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp and prickly carbonation that mostly last until the end of the swallow. There is maybe a touch of underlying slickness but this mostly stays crisp and really pops that bitterness well. I'm picking us a bit of alcohol warmth as well. Not surprising I guess, considering this sits a touch on the higher side for the style.

I don't know. Maybe little more Centennial hops and a bit less Chinook would have helped with this? This was just exceedingly bitter in spots and mixed with the heavier feel here to keep the drinkilbility of this a bit lower than I usually would like in my IPAs. Hop heads might really go for this one though. I'll give this a second chance in the bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers.

Poured a very clear amber with a decent sized frothy white head on top and a good two inches of lace. There was some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace.

Aroma was kinda light. Light floral hops dominating, but nothing really standing out or pungent about it. Seemed to be a bit weak here. Light grapefruit and pineapple with a bit of a grass like thrown in as well. the flavor was decent, nothing really standig out here again. Lots of grapefruit like hop flavors, very sharp and crisp without the really sugary deep resin notes. Light grain and grass like finish to it. Very light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This was definitly one that was easy to drink and I had no issue really with the feel of it. Very nice session ale, and the profile was light enough that you could easily put down more then a few in a sitting.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jason for another generous extra.

A: The pour is a clear, golden amber color with a fluffy white head.

S: Lots of lemons in this one, too. I get mostly lemon zest with a bit of a bready malt base. A decent amount of pine to go with it, and some mild alcohol. Maybe some feet, too.

T: A bit better on the palate as the lemon zest really comes through strongly. Quite a bit of pine which provides a lot of bitterness, but it's somewhat harsh at times. Again, a little bit of alcohol and bread.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation with a lasting bitterness on the finish.

D: Wasn't too big of a fan of this either, but at least it was better than 37.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 orangesol
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery into a standard pint.

A - Pours pale orange, quite clear, with a strong one finger white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of floral citrus hops blast you in the face. A touch of sweet caramel malt and a touch of bready yeast help to balance it all out. Not the best nose I have ever experienced but a nice one none the less.

T - Plenty of leafy citrus hops up front slowly giving way to a mix of bready yeast and some sweet malts. Finish is strong hop bitterness that lingers on the pallet long after consumption. A very nice balance of flavors. Possibly a bit too much malt in the middle. I liked this one a lot.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bit chewy with plenty of lingering hop bitterness.

D - Fairly high. I liked this one more than the fist one. The hops seemed to be a bit brighter in this one. Not as good as the cask version tho.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Chaney, another from DavoleBomb. Thanks guys!

A: This beer pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a half inch off off-white, foamy head that leaves some decent lacing upon the pint glass.

S: Hop and floral notes, subtle citrus.

T: Again, mostly floral with some citrus notes. Although the beer has a strong floral presence, it's not overdone to the point of astringency, as was the case with Scratch 37.

M: Medium-bodied with a slightly soapy feel. Alcohol presence is there, with a bit of a sharp bite, notably in the finish.

D: I enjoyed this much more than Scratch 37, though this beer still has considerable room for improvement.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap from ChurchKey in DC into a snifter part of Troegs Scratch tasting night.

Appears a nice copper almost red hued color in body. Typical cream white head but not much lacing apparent.

Bouquet is closed with a weak orange nose. Seriously I can't get much off this at all. There's nothing faulty or at least offensive about it so far.

Taste is much improved. A big Apricot front going into hops mid palate, then into grapefruit tastes. Somewhat wet however, but gives off this fruit apricot air and small airy-ness. There's some slight carbonation also in the mouth but also some strange alcohol bitterness.

Drinkability is good. Do able. Can't say I am desiring or craving it however.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 John_M
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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 akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My grand slam on Scratch 38. Part of the MNF Ravens game.

A: The IPA is a golden orange color, light enough to remain opaque. A very bright ale. A finger of white head has laced all around the mouth of the glass.

S: Citrus and pine, resiny, leap out of the glass. The aroma, the more it lingers, seems a little soapy, a little floral, basically running all over the place.

T: The ale isn't as carbonated as the excess lace would indicate. That allows the floral flavors to linger a few seconds before the bitterness kicks in. That floral aspect is sweet, a strong start that quickly goes bitter. The finishing hops are hot with citrus and a resiny pine and lead to a grassy finish. A hop showcase, from the floral to the grassy. The biscuity base is an afterthought. The hops, a little too strong at first, nicely settle into a groove mid-way through.

M: The mouthfeel needs some time to get its sea legs. When it all comes together, the hops are vibrant with floral, grassy and citrus flavors. There is plenty of boozy bitterness though, a little overpowering.

D: This one has the ability to get to me quickly. It is thick and bitter, especially in the finish (and that is what lingers in my memory).

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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 jrallen34
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle also provided by Sean so we could tick 36-38, poured into a perfect pint glass... Similar to the 37 this is an ugly ipa, light watery straw without good carbonation... The aroma is better, perhaps fresher, some light pine throughout, but not much beyond that. The taste is similar, light hops, ok, nothing to write home about. Skip this one as well.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at troegs during the splinter black release

Pours a clear golden copper, one finger high head fades to thin film, leaving a nice collar of lacing.

Plenty of juicy hops with a nice dose of apricots in the nose alongside a soft touch of sweet caramel.

Starts off quickly with bitter pine hops which bite with dryness, and moves right into sturdy malt backbone with underpronounced caramel and a bit of roasted bread. Slight fruit sweetness with citrusy zest in the middle. Finishes really bitter and dry with a hint of warmth.

Medium body, plenty of sticky and dry tones on the palate. Clearly a bitter, hopped up IPA, and the alcohol is in check which makes it pretty easy to drink. I'm looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of Pencible
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like stale and musky herbs, some some earthy pine hops. Not very good.
T: It tasted like dirty lemon zest and stale tea leaves, with some earthy wild flower and a bit of honey. It had a bitter but mostly clean aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Solid body.
D: This was not a very good IPA. The scent and taste just weren't appealing. The body was good, and it was easy to drink, but the beer is still not recommended.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Troegs on 12/13/10.

A - Orange-colored liquid with a slight haze and wispy white head that settled to a patchy veil but flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Piney hop aroma with a hint of spice and citrus rind. Malt character is moderately sweet.

T - Piney, almost sappy hop character with a splash of citrus and hint of herbal spices and catbox. Finishes with a biscuity, somewhat grainy malt character.

M - Medium bodied with a texture that straddles the line between oily and syrupy with modest carbonation. Finishes with a moderate lingering spicy hop bitterness on the palate.

D - While I enjoyed this more than Scratch #37, this is still quite up to snuff for Troegs. This is a step in the right direction, so I definitely have high hopes for #39.

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Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden kissed copper with a medium off-white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left ringing lace.

S-Light, spicy citrus and some pine notes over lying light biscuit malt sweetness. Touch of earthiness in the background.

T-More citrus on the palate from the Centennial and Chinook hop bill. Spicy bite with a light underlying biscuit malt sweetness.

M-Medium-light body, crisp with a nice lingering bitter citrus rind flavour.

D-I like this one, but I don't love it. The citrus pop isn't enough for this guy but...I always want MORE! Certainly a well structured beer but misses the mark for me slightly.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 harrymel
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chaney for sending this in a monster box!

Poured to NB globe.

A: Good golden amber ale with beautiful white fluffy head (single finger) that dies out early on. Good scattered spots of laced foam.

S: Initially quite resiny. Bits of bubble gum, spice, grassy, very faint fine. Pretty decent balance, but a touch sweet.

T: Bitter-sweet. Plenty of hop flavor in here, a bit too much malt for a standard IPA. I can drink this, but I wouldn't pay more than $2 for it. I guessing it cost more being a brewery release...

M: Medium body with matching carb. Dry finish.

D: I have had this twice now, both times I have been left unmoved.

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Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.
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