Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4)Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 12-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by aglose45:
Photo of aglose45
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the source!

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a very frothy ivory head that left nice lacing.

S: The simcoe hops are VERY pungent! Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine make the hop assault up front very juicy. There is a sweet biscuity aroma trying very hard to keep up with the hop aroma, but fails to do so. This is one of the best smelling IPA's I've ever had!

T: WOW! Tart grapefruit and pine flavors dominate the palate, followed by a sweet biscuit flavor. I don't have much experience with Palisade hops, but what I can tell you is if you are a fan of Simcoe hops, this beer is for you!

M: The bitterness is spot on and the carbonation is nice and prickly, but the feel is slightly thin. If I had to pick something I didn't like about this beer, that would be it. The finish is very drying, which I prefer.

D: Well, I was on the fence about making the hour plus trek out to Troegs to try this beer, bit I'm glad I did! Once I smelled the Simcoe hops I was sold. Like I said earlier: if you like Simcoe hops, this beer is for you.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pine hops. Definitely a hoppy aroma. The flavor is also very hoppy. I get a little bit of biscuit malt, but the predominant flavor is tropical fruits. I get a ton of pineapple and papaya notes, as well as some orange and mango notes. There is a low to medium amount of bitterness. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly dark amber to near orange with almost no head at all. Nose is again quite malty but a bit more balanced than the other two.

Easily the best so far, much more fruity - mango, grapefruit and citrus dominate. Very well balanced, it's a bit sweet but the spicy fruity hop flavors make it very well balanced and super drinkable.

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Photo of Moredrinkin
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of prdstmnky
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle into a pint glass, pours a mostly clear copper body with an inch of white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing throughout consumption. Lots of citrus / tropical hop aromas come off in the nose, very aromatic. Those aforementioned hops are upfront in the taste, makes your mouth water...some malty balance in the middle and a nice hop bite in the finish. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level.

All around a really nice IPA. Ive only tried 37 and 39 in the four IPA series, but this is definitely my favorite of the two.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, via gravity fed firkin, @ the Tröegs Brewing Company on 12/23/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper, topped with a finger of creamy bright-white foamy head. This retains with a creamy layer that maintains some solid foamy richness and leaves back sticky lacing. The aroma is bright feeling, with fresh smelling grapefruit, pine, and spice, all being wrapped up in a forceful floral feel. This is quickly undercut however by a sticky underpinning of tropical fruit, caramel, and bread. Nice balance between sharp bitter hops and sweeter notes here in the nose.

The taste is straight up grapefruit juice, cut by tropical flavors and the sticky sweetness of the malts. VERY dry and intense finish on this, with resins, spice, and bitter rind all crushing the palate in the back end of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some crispness that hangs on the edges, but then that cask feel kicks in with a much more creamy and silky feel that gathers together as this hits the back of the palate and then starts to head down the throat. There's a little bit of alcohol beef in the body but it thankfully mostly stays out of the profile, as a combo of that plus the acute bitterness that this provided might have been too much to take.

Man, I've really been enjoying these impromptu cask releases at the brewery and this was a good one. I love me some bold grapefruit flavors in my IPAs and this one delivered, with an overall emphasis on the bitter yet this still stayed nicely balanced and smooth despite the rather furious feeling finish on this. The cask conditioning really opened the profiles up nicely here. This is definitely my favorite of these new Scratch IPA offerings so far.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into my DFH Signature Glass. Pours a dark hazy orange with a half finger white head which quickly recedes.

Smell: It is not bad but not incredible. A little citrusy but more towards mango and pineapple end of the spectrum.

Taste: I don't quite know why but it first made me confused. Just not what I was expecting I guess. It is a little biscuity with way more malt sweetness than hop flavor. It is interesting, but not quite what I am looking for in an IPA. More towards an English style but not quite. Oh, I got it now, it reminds me of a New Zealand style IPA, see Hopwired from 8 Wired brewing. It is a nice hop mix but a distinct malt flavor that will not let the hops dominate, though they want to.

Mouthfeel: Normal thickness for an IPA but a little light on the carbonation front.

Overall: Troegs does many GREAT things. However this is not one of them, good but not great. I could not have more than one of these at a sitting though I would not turn one away. I like the idea of the Scratch Series and am glad they try many new things. Only the best of the best make it to their line up.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A firkin at the brewery. Another special release for the Scratch IPA flight.

A: The IPA has an ethereal orange glow, hazy but brilliant. The firkin seems agitated, giving quite a bit of head to the ale. My pint had almost a finger's worth. Moderate to heavy lacing ensued.

S: The nose is hoppy, a strong citrusy aroma that has a pine undertones. The aroma, much like Scratch 38, is hoppy and impressive, even from the cask. A hoppy nose that is enjoyable to sniff.

T: The hoppiness grabs you immediately. A combination of citrus and pine is at once oily and sweet. Plenty of caramel malt is present but that aspect hangs in the background. The ale seems very hop-forward, tangy and bitter. The hoppiness is the star of the show, benefit from a handsome addition of Simcoe hops. Another excellent beer on cask. One that, I hope, will translate well into a bottle or regular CO2 offering.

M: The mouthfeel is bold, plenty hoppy with a strong citrus finish. Resiny pines provide a hoppy contrast that helps the ale.

D: A good beer on cask. I hope that the versions that follow live up to it. Plenty of spicy hops.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P-Troegs Brewery

A- Huge fluffy head about 3 fingers. Very mountainous and peaked. Beautiful lacing on the pint. Clear golden pilsner type color.

S- huge pungent aroma of grapefruit and pine hops strike the nose. Very balanced with the malts.

T- a great flavor of pine grapefruit complement each other nicely. This is a nice flavorful beer.

M- Dry and hoppy. It is a nice IPA. One of the best. A top 7 for sure that i have ever had.

D- love this IPA and i am by no means a huge IPA fan. I will have no issue pounding back this growler tonight.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appears a nice red/copper color in body with some light orange hues. Typical cream white head but not much lacing apparent and the head is almost non existent with minimal lacing.

Bouquet though is nice with a borderline fresh to dried apricot fruit at first, then giving to a nice airy hoppy-ness.

Taste is just flat out great. Real nice full bodied beer giving to baked full bread upon swallowing. Great finish with some small malt notes and alost a little fizzy but tolerable carbonation on the palate. This is a great mouth play beer and makes for very high drinkability because of it for me.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this on as an extra in an amazing trade with therealnomayo.. thanks a bunch Jason!

Okay foamy white head... 1/2".. good retention and cap.. the brew is polished deep golden.

Nose is a bit catty with some piney undertones... I would guess chinook or simco.. but whatever.. this is nice.

Good bitterness and the same pine hoppiness.. a bit of the same catty note, but it shows a lot more on the aroma. clean bitterness with just enough pale malt to pull the hops out and and about ....

Pretty nice, but weird... the hoppiness is pretty damned pronounced but not much like I am used to.

Thanks again Jason... very cool trade for sure.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this one with dinner after i got home from the tasting last night served cold and into a pint glass.

the pour had to be one of the best i have ever seen for the style with nice medium and bright amber color and a thick head of white lace that just would not leave the glass no matter what i did. this was seriously an impressive beer to say the least. aroma was a deep and resonant citrus, orange, tangerine, sweeter more then bitter hops here lended to a nice balance but still very hoppy air to it. rich and creamy with a smooth, profile. the hops hit you but do not destroy you by any means, in fact i was immediatly impressed with how smooth this really was. nice well rounded mid palate showed off the light sweetness from the malts and the overall finish was about as good as you can get.

a new favorite for me for sure. i would have no issue trying this one any day

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Photo of kk73
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my glass. Big thanks to dmunroe for this one. This one came a long way, so drinking it asap for the best possible experience.

A - Popped the growler to a pleasant hissing sound. Pours a nice orange color with a little haze. A big four finger white head, that had great retention. Sticky lace, stuck to the glass all the way to the finish.

S - First some resiny pine. Followed by the citrus punch of ripe grapefruit and orange. Also some dank bready malt.

T - Starts with a piney hop bitterness, and quickly moves to sweet and bready malts. With a slight bit of an alcohol astringency on the back of the tongue, which is not bad at all.

M - This is pretty smooth for any IPA, almost creamy. Medium bodied with some nice carbonation, even considering this growler came a long, long way.

D - I really liked this, dont know what the other IPAs in this series were like but this is good. A very solid IPA, almost a DIPA in imo. Dont know if I can finish off the growler tonight as this is my second glass and starting to feel it already.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of StormKing47
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as soon as I got my case from the brewery. The bottle cap was still tacky from the capper does it get much fresher than that...

A- A great looking copper color that is oddly clear and clean looking with an amberish hue. Seems to glow a little bit and has some nice carb leading up to a nice thin white head. I'm surprised at the clarity of this one especially after having the dry hopped firkin.

S- An immense opening of pine and a touch of citrus with some subtle grapefruit notes. Just smells bitter and juicy ready to be consumed. As it continues to warm there is a nice surprise of some semi-tropical fruits like mango or melons. It's very pleasing as the malty sweetness is integrated well into this one with some warming.

T- An astounding array of hops are present in the initial sip. It has a great piney bitterness to it with some subtle grapefruit and citrus notes that balance out welll. As it warms the clean and simple malty sweetness arrives and provides a great finish. Tastes great the best of the 3 so far.

M- To put it simply, it's somewhat syrupy, but ultra clean and crisp. A very refreshing brew that has a nice carb prickle and a medium body to keep all of the flavors in tact.

D- Absolutely it's very tasty and refreshing. All of the complexities of the hops work very well together and the cleaness of the malts is astounding. I am not able to pick up the abv level and that allows for a nice, smoot experience.

I hope the brothers decide to tweak this recipe and solidify the recipe to choose this one for their Perpetual IPA!

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Photo of billybearcat
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this yesterday via firkin at the tasting room at Troegs. Far superior to the Scratch 37 and 38. Very Orange in color and bright in appearance. Hoppy with citrus and grapefruit in the nose

A: The IPA has an ethereal orange glow, hazy but brilliant. The firkin seems agitated, giving quite a bit of head to the ale. My pint had almost a finger's worth. Moderate to heavy lacing ensued. I kept wanting to smell it. My pint was from the bottom of the firkin so there was plenty of silky fine sentiment that added nicely to the beer; clearly unfiltered.

Hoppy at the front of the mouth with dramatic hops winning overall the taste but not unbalanced. Simcoe Hops immediately noticeable.

Dry finish that invites you for more.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a cloudy shade of orange with a paper thin white head that immediately fades. The lack of a head is really disappointing, but the beer is a nice vibrant color

S- citrus! Really strong citrus, maybe mango? Really, really sweet smelling and quite frankly, awesome

T- starts out with some citrusy sweetness, ends with a little bitterness. It's really not that complex, to be honest

M- thick for an IPA. Not syrupy, though. I like it.

D- I've had better IPAs. It's just "alright" in my book...but it's drinking pretty well right now. Not sure if I'd like to see it win the IPA contest

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received (ahem!) this bottle while attending the Horizontal Scratch IPA Event (Troegs Takeover) at/of The Warwick ("The 'Wick") Hotel in Hummelstown a couple of weeks ago and I could already see floaties in the bottle, so no sense waiting a moment longer to get this one in.

My pour was just aggressive enough to create a finger of dense tawny head with superb retention. It was going to need a jackhammer to blast into the head. The nose was very grapefruit citrusy and my mouth immediately set to watering. Color was a slightly hazy deep orangish-amber with lots of floaties in evidence. Chewy, that's how I like my beers! In the meantime, the head had begun to fall and the sticky lacing was now coating the edges of the glass in a way that I knew would require a chisel to remove. Mouthfeel was medium with a tangerine citrus flavor along with a carmel malt sweetness. I just reviewed Lucky U IPA in a CAN recently and this was very similar. I keep thinking of the Brach's Orange Caramels on my grandmother's coffee table when I drink a beer like this. Very pleasant, indeed. Finish was rich with hops initially, but giving 'way to a caramel sweetness at the extreme end. Don't scratch this off of the list too quickly, you boys!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orangish colored beer with a white head that had a decent bit of lacing.

S - Pine, resin, citrus, with some orange and grapefruit. Smells a little bit green, almost like wet wood.

T - Bitter pine and some citrus hops, slight bit of catty taste. This has something of a gin-like quality to it, like Bombay gin or something. This is solid, but the gin taste turns me off a little bit.

M - Medium carbonation with some good heft on a medium bodied brew.

D - Slightly above average given the ABV on this one, which is my take on the beer as a whole.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.76/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this from StormKing47-- thanks buddy!
Poured into a tulip pint glass.

Dark coppery gold color. Two-finger head the color of yellow cake... Kinda thick and porous like yellow cake too. Nice rings of lacing form and hold their ranks quite well.

Smells.... odd? Lemons, grass, orange peels, and a little earthy quality hides and blends with a floral spice. Something reminds me of a lemon coffee cake? Very odd. I've never had any smell like this from an IPA before-- it's like a streaker in a family restaurant-- I like it, but at the same time, feel it is out of place.

The taste has some sugary sweetness up front-- not really malty, just sugary. The lemony notes come in and bam! There's the coffee cake. What the hell is going on? The malts seem to be contributing a doughy quality...
The flavor isn't bad, it just seems odd to me.
The finish holds some bitterness, not a lot, but some. The beer dries out by this point and the citrus notes linger.

Body is medium. Seems overcarbonated-- very bubbly. A good prickliness across the back of my tongue.

Overall... a very strange beer. This is the fun of doing a series of one-off experiments: you get to try new things and see people's reactions. If it's a hit, you can always choose to brew it again. This is one that I don't think will be brewed again.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for this extra.

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a hazy tangerine orange with a small, one finger, head. The beer leaves some decent soapy lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A big amount of malt on the forefront. That combines with some nice piney-ness. There also seems to be a little sweetness almost like a cotton candy.

T- Starts off with a lot of pine and malt. There is also a little sweetness from the malt as well to go along with some cracker.

M- Medium bodied with some decent carbonation. Feels a little sticky on the sides of the mouth and dry on the finish.

D- I can't put my finger on it but there is something I really like about this beer. Good flavors and balance make this an easy drinker.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one to me, Mike.

A: The beer is a pale golden orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: Nose is pretty decent. Nice citrus and pine notes with a little bit of grass. Mostly grapefruit, but there is some of the lemon that was so dominant in the other 3 IPAs of this "mini-series". Light caramel sweetness.

T: Nice grapefruit and tangerine with sweet fruit notes to it. Light grass and pine with a nice bready flavor. Not too much malt sweetness, though. Lightly bitter, but not overly so.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Easily the best of the four IPAs, but not an amazing beer.

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Photo of flexabull
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of guzzle211, thanks again!

Pours a bright, slightly hazy orange color with a thin white head.

Aromas are skunky, resiny, with apricots, and sweet oranges. Nice nose.

Taste is dry and hop forward. Dusty, a bit chalky, with pineapple sweetness, skunky resin, grass, and a bitter herbal flavors. Backdrop has a thick creamy malt flavor, while the finish leaves an orange rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, almost spot on for what I like from this style, crisp an dry carbonation, with a nice thick body from the malts.

Drinkable is quite nice. This is easily the best Scratch beer I have had to date. (and much preferred to #38) Would be a solid every day offering.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap during the Troeg's event at the Warwick the other night.

The beer pours an attractive light orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, imparting considerable dry citrus and light pine. Unlike the 37, this beer does not smell at all sweet, something that was confirmed with the first sip. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this dry, refreshingly bitter IPA. While there is some noticeable malty sweetness in this beer, it's just enough to balance the impressive hoppy/bitter profile in this well carfted beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the beer has a fairly long, crisply bitter finish. Drinkability is excellent, and I found this a Scratch IPA that I could easily drink a lot of. The 7.7% alcohol is almost completely unnoticeable. (not sure if that's really such a good thing...:-).

Very nice. At least on tap (not cask), this is probably my favorite scratch IPA.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IPA hopped with Simcoe

Appearance -- Pours a hazy apricot hue with a slim sudsy white head. Sticky pinpoint lacing. Very Nice

Smell -- Citrusy with notes of juicy fruits, spring flowers, and a dash of dactyl. Lightly toasted, slightly caramelized malt evokes English muffins with margarine and orange marmalade.

Taste -- Lots of citrus and juicy fruit. Herbal/leafy hop bitterness is really laid back, to the beer's detriment. Caramel malt and biscuit base is pleasant, but without the contrasting hop bitterness makes this less crisp and refreshing. Lingering flavors of leafy hops and fruit cocktail.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with milder carbonation. The fill level looked a bit low on these bottles. I'll chalk it up to this as the other Scratch IPA's have had impeccable mouthfeel.

Drinkability -- I tend to like the 'idea' of single-hopped IPA's more than the actual product, and this is a perfect example. Great bright juicy/citrusy notes not anchored down by firm bitterness makes for a poor IPA. It is evident that this last run of Scratch beers, all IPA's share the same malting, which I suppose is ultimately the problem. Had the malt bill been tailored to the character of Simcoe this could've been much better overall. Nice try, but no need to put this into full production.

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Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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