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)

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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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Photo of AleWatcher
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
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 jrallen34
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second scratch beer, man what am I missing with these. Granted this was drank during a night filled with sick California IPA's, but this was not very good at all...Pours a hazy orange, an off white head decent lacing but retention isn't that great..The aroma and taste are both too dominated by yeast, not sure why that is there. Light citrus on the front and hops on the back. Doesn't taste bad, just whelming contrasted to good ipa's. Crushed this quickly to just get it out of the way.

Not bad, just not worth getting.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks goes again to a great trader, StormKing47.

A: Pours a tangerine amber with a couple fingers of bright white head that quickly faded into a thin oily film that left a thin network of lacing. The a couple dozen flecks of tiny sediment that came out with the pour.
S: Notes of exotic fruits including pineapple, mango and kiwi. There is also a fair amount of tea-like notes to the hops. As the head settles and the beer begins to warm notes of malt come through.
T: Very tea like flavors, more so than the nose. There is even a leafy hint of tobacco to the finish. Hops are citrusy and sweet with a touch of pine. Aftertaste has a good punch of bitterness to it but I'm not loving the flavor it leaves in your mouth.
M: Alcohol is just noticeable in the finish. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel, airy carbonation.
D: Not a bad beer but overall it's a pretty mediocre IPA. I'm not loving the hop flavors that come through in this one, but maybe it's just not for me. For the most part though, I'm liking what I've had of the Scratch series. Thanks again Josh, keep 'em coming.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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 capra12
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo,

Appearance: Clear and wheat with a 1 finger frothy head with weblike lacing.

Smell: I get a subduded fresh hop.

Taste: Opens with a light malt and a muted intense grassy green hop which is very one dimensional. The hops in this seem like they want to jump out but are held back. Green and grassy hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would have this again but not the first I would reach for. I recommend this to those seeking an IPA with a muted and subdued hop profile.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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 yeahnatenelson
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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 pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of StormKing47. Into a NB Globe.

A: Hazy amber in color with 1/4 of an inch of white head that fades into a thing white cap of bubbles, a few sticky spots of lacing cling to the side of the glass.

S: I get a lot of grapefruit and citrus notes, maybe a bit of pine, but mostly a lot of citrus a few floral notes on the end. A few grainy/malty smells. Not bad but a bit subdued.

T: Grainy malts stand out first, pretty light malt bill some pale malt and caramel really stand up then it leads into a really nice grapefruit flavor, but could use a bit more for my taste. Bitterness is spot on for a single IPA. Overall a lot of nice flavors, but seems just a touch muted/faded for me. Pretty tasty.

M: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation, no booze, just about right, maybe a little bit drier to really help it.

D: Its not a terrible IPA, but I wouldn't go back for it all the time. Not a bad beer by any means, pretty enjoyable, but I can see why this isn't a full time as it could use some work. I'd like a bit more dryness, and maybe a bigger hop nose/presence, as the bitterness is spot on.

Thanks Josh!

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev -5%
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 PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Justin!

A- Body is a nbearly transparent dark orange-bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy off-white head that eventually fades to a thin collar and leaves traces of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Herbal hops, spicy hops, and caramel malt. A very mild touch of pine as well.

T- Initial flavor is fairly malty with an accent of herbal hops-the finish has a moderate dose of spicy hops comes through for the finish as well as some sweet caramel malt.

M- Medium to high carbonation and medium weight body.

D- This is an intersting IPA overall-and is the most similar so far to nugget nectar with its caramel malt presence-the difference-this is spicy-sort of like sculpin-but has herbal qualities like a soutern tier IPA. The profile isnt very bright-but its enjoyable and interesting.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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 bigfnjoe
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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 Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a taster of this at the brewery tasting room on 1/7/2011.

The color is golden tinged with amber and thick foamy cream cap tops it w/ lace that is very sticky and the bead is ultra fine. The calrity is gently hazed. The smell is very earthy and piney w/ slightly floral elements and scent of damp sweet grass w/ light toasted malt. The feel is semi-dry w/ bitter texture up front. There is a mild astringency w/ coarse bitter and creamy effect of resins. The finish is semi-dry and has lots of tannic hop action w/ mild malt feel.

I enjoy this more as it warms than the harsh bitter taste on entry. The pine and grassiness is high, but there is a pleasant earthy and peppery element w/ lasting bitterness. The finish is loaded w/ flavors of grapefruit and intensity of bitter lemongrass. I liked this as it is a solid IPA Imo. There are a lot of bold flavors, lots of acidic hop but the flavors favor bitter over juicy citrus which I prefer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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 kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA #3 of 4. Simcoe.

Poured into DFH signature glass. Slightly hazy orange body. One and a half finger white head. The head turns back at a decent clip. Fairly solid lacing blankets the wall of the glass.

At this point the hop aroma has receded a bit, but still very pleasant. Pleasant citrus aroma with a nice underlying pine scent.

The flavor presents a nice balance while maintaining a nice hoppy edge. Tropical fruit with a nice piney bite rolls out the glass and across the palate. Bready malt provide a rather clean base, I appreciate the lack of caramel.

Medium bodied IPA with lively carbonation. The beer is really tingly on the tongue. Rather dry finish.

I am impressed by this beer, my favorite of the series thus far. Flavors are very well balanced and the beer drinks well. Great showcase of the Simcoe hops. Easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears a fairly clear copper orange color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained creamy head. The head retains very nice atop this brew. As the head slowly fades and sips are taken, lacing appears in patches along the glass.

The aroma includes a very bright citrus fruit scent upfront smelling of a cross between grapefruit and orange rind with a little bit of a floral aspect thrown in there as well. A tingle of alcohol fills the nose with a light solvent quality. The backend of the aroma of this brew comes across with a bit of an herbal aspect that is somewhat minty.

The taste upfront is fruity with a hint of tropical fruits colliding with citrus rinds like grapefruit. Across the palate is a warming sense of alcohol and the moderately bitter hops turns herbal with a seemingly minty touch just like the back of the aroma led on. It finishes with moderately strong bitterness and the herbal character. There is a very minimal toasted malt contribution to this brew that gives just a faint touch of sweetness which is a nice contrast to the bitterness. As the brew warms, so does the intensity of the alcohol's presence and a bit of a yeasty touch and a flavor of pear comes out just like the previous 2 scratches.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This brew comes across the tongue much smoother and a little more viscous than the other 2 ipas in the recent scratch line-up. My personal feeling is that each passing scratch has been getting progressively better and better. I like this one the most out of 37, 38 and 39 but look forward to what 40 brings.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This isn't bad stuff. Thanks to starrdogg for sharing this one.

Pours a little thin like apple juice. no head and small lacing.

Smells good, grassy hop mostly with an outdoorsy organicearty biscuity edge. Some bright fruit in the nose. Taste follows the smell with bitters nicely coming in at the back. A little sweet but still nice.

High drinkability for me, and a medium good mouthfeel. Not a bad outing from Troegs.

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Photo of kk73
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 number1bum
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber color, orange tinted, with a dense and very creamy two inches of beige head. Keeps a full lace and a good deal of webbing on the sides.

Smell has a very nice citrus quality to it, orange and grapefruit; the most citrusy of these 3 Scratch IPAs so far I would say. It's just a tad on the weak side, however, as I have to dig a little deeper to find that citrusy goodness than I'd like. A more robust nose would be a really spectacular one.

Taste also has a nice citrus hop flavor, although like the nose I wish it were even a little bit bolder. It has a big malt character but it's not as sweet as the 38. It's more bready, instead, with less caramel sweetness. Moderate bitterness in the finish with some resiny pine as well.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body and is very slick and smooth. Good creamy feel here.

I like this very much although I like the 38 a hair better. If the hop flavor and aroma were increased by about 25% this would be on another plane; a very tasty IPA. Very nearly a superb one.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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 boralyl
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a half inch of off-white head into my over-sized tilip glass. The head receds fairly quickly but leaves a thick ring of sticky goodness in it's wake. The beer is clear and medium orange with hints of amber.

S - It's tropical, fruity, and piny all at the same time. The aroma seems to change with each waft. There is also some bready malt present.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - Malty sweetness is detected first which is then replaced with an array of hops flavors starting off with pine, followed up by citrus and finished with subtle tropical notes. It's got a nice clean finish with a little bitterness. Can't detect any alcohol, despite the high abv.

My favorite, so far, of the 4 IPAs in this series. I love the combination of hops flavors and the subtle malt sweetness. Only one more left to try, can't wait!

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Photo of krisandajt
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The third brew in the series courtesy of number1bum. Big thanks Josh!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, this brew is a slightly opaque, deep amber color. This particular beer has about a half inch worth of off white head, much more than the two previous brews in the Scratch series. Retention is still pretty poor, though the lacing is slightly improved.

Smell: This one is by far the best out of the three. Much improved hop character in the nose, plenty of ripe grapefruit with a slight peppery kind of spice to it.

Taste: The hops give this brew an earthy, citrusy, slightly peppery kind of flavor. The bitterness lingers just long enough to savor, but not to the point of being clingy. Really a pretty solid IPA.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is much improved in this brew as compared to the previous two, the body and texture are pretty standard for an IPA. Can't gripe too much here.

Drinkability: A solid, drinkable IPA. It has some good hop flavor and complexity to it, enough that I could see myself drinking a couple of these in an evening. As I said before, definitely the best out of the three I've had. Thanks Josh!

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Scratch Beer 39 - 2010 (IPA #3 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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