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 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 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 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 StormKing47
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -31.3%
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 aerozeppl
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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 +7.5%
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 +5.7%
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 +2.5%
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 Dodo2step
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +15.4%
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 +12.9%
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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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 thain709
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the firkin release with some awesome central PA BA's who I finally got to meet.

A - A bright, orange kissed, light copper body with a creamy white head that stood about two finger...the head fell into a wispy cap and left nice lacing

S - I had to keep sniffing this one because it smelled so good...strong hop presence with citrus and pine leading the way...the nose was loaded with hops and not much else

T - Of course the flavor starts off with hops leading the way...bright citrus flavors up front tingle your tongue...there is a brief moment where you get a balanced sweetness from the caramel malt...but then it's right back hop paradise...piney hops leave your palate with a lasting bitterness

M - Medium bodied...smooth, oily, long last bitterness

D - This third batch has been the best by far...I think the firkin helped in making it better than the previous two...I'm looking forward to #4 and enjoying a few more pints with the friends I made at the release

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 orangesol
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served via firkin into a standard pint at the Troegs tasting room. Number 3 of 4 in the IPA scratch series.

A - Pours hazy copper orange with a strong one finger off-white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of strong piney, citrus, hops in this one. Very dank smell with a touch of sweetness to help keep things balanced a bit. Very intoxicating aroma to say the least.

T - Huge punch of citrus hops up front. Plenty of piney, resiny, hops continue to dominate the middle with a few hints of the caramel sweet malt that hides in the background. Finish has plenty of lingering hop bitterness with a bit of a sticky resin feel. The best of the three so far, can't wait for the last one to come out and drink them all side by side.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky feel with quite a bit of lingering, spicy, hop bitterness.

D - Fairly high. This was the best of the three so far. The addition of the simcoe hops makes this one nearly flawless. I am looking forward to trying the last of the four, either way, this one will be tough to beat.

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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 billybearcat
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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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