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

Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4)Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4)
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by akorsak on 11-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 60
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 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 xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 CooperEllis
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up from the Troeg's brewery, into the customary .3l.

This is one bright ale. I often complain that beer, especially hoppy beer isn't bright enough. Even w/ an agressive pour, little head but what is there melts into very nice lacing that hangs to the inside of the glass like worn drapes in a period drama.

After the initial burst out of the bottle, very little by way of aroma. What initally is piney to the point of urine, is soon replaced by the less appetizing odor of mash. Wait, that came out wrong. Still there is enough citrus that it is saved from being unappealing.

Spice, bitter notes, nice rounder finish which I always think of as the bitter fading. Absent are floral notes, I did not note which hops were used here but this is not particularly complex a flavor. There is a good bit of earthyness to this, either in the flavor or the aroma and I'm having a hard time seperating it.

It's drinkable. I doubt this would become my go to IPA, but then again, the market is filled with IPA's so I suppose I should make any judgements without a side-by-side. It's certainly drinkable, though I prefer my IPA's to be both harsher and a bit more challenging.


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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 Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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 akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 orangesol
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 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 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 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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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 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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Scratch Beer 38 - 2010 (IPA #2 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.2% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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