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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
Photo of Pencible
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled awesome, like pineapple and sugary grapefruit and candied apricot.
T: It tasted like pineapple and grapefruit, with some sugary apricot and honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste, with a little sweetness too.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. A bit weak.
D: This was a great IPA, maybe better than Nugget Nectar (I had them side by side and honestly preferred this one.) It had a delicious scent and taste, and was super easy to drink. Disappointing body was the only detractor. Still highly recommended.

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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 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 Dreadnaught33
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +1.2%
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 number1bum
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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 krisandajt
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 capra12
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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 jrallen34
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
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 PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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 boralyl
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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 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 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 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 aerozeppl
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice clear copper color. A finger and a half of white head. Really nice lacing.

S: The nose is really great. Really piney. Little bit of citrus a touch of grapefruit. Little bit of tropical fruit as well. The malt comes across nicely and fresh smelling as well. At moments I think I am smelling nugget nectar. A very complex does of hops.

T: Again a nice clean malt profile. A very complex hop profile. It does not end bitter which is a nice touch to this beer. The hops are piney. Citrus and some tropical fruits. I am really digging this one.

M: Very refreshing clean medium body. Carbonated just right.

D: I had this on tap at the brewery and I thought this was much better out of the bottle. The hops were not as bright and the nose was not as big. This would be a great year round IPA.

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

Scratch 39 has a hazy orange body with a creamy white head. The head has pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma has pretty complex hop notes, with lots of citrus and pine and some grass and spice. The malt does manage to poke through, with a bit of bread and some caramel.

I like this one. The hops are dominant, but the malt backbone is pretty assertive, which makes for a tasty, complex IPA. Equal amounts of hoppy pine and citrus come with a good amount of bitterness and undertones of grass and spice. The malt is sweet with caramel, but also comes with a little bit of bread.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and well-done.

This is my favorite of the Scratch IPAs.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On firkin at Troegs on 12/23/10.

A - Hazy orangey copper liquid with a finger's width of white foam on top that retained very well and deposited quite a bit of sticky, foamy lace all around the pint glass.

S - Sweet yet deceivingly hoppy nose with hints of citrus fruit, pine and spices backed by a sweet caramel and bready malt presence. Hop profile is pretty complex here, and you really do get a sense of tangy fruit, leafy greens and spicy notes.

T - Initial flavor combines citrus, especially grapefruit, with other tropical fruits, a hint of pine and sweet malts to balance the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish is dry and bitter and lingers for a while on the palate.

D - Easily my favorite of the four recent Scratch IPAs. I'm glad to see Troegs offering more cask events at the brewery as of late. I hope this one becomes the new IPA they are considering bottling in bombers.

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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 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 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 bpoppa
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a case of this today. Amazing IPA.

Pours a bright illuminating orange color with a nice white foamy head and when it disappeared left a nice lacing around the glass.

As soon as you pour the beer you can smell the citrusy hoppy goodness. It was like cutting a whole in a grapefruit and shoving your nose in it. I almost did not want to drink it, just smelled too good.

But I caved in and took a few sips. The citrusy hops made an immediate impact with a real sweet, bittery aftertaste. The sweet bitterness lasts threw the whole glass with each new sip bringing more citrus awesomeness.

Enjoy this beer and raise one up for me!

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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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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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