Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4)Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For the end of this four-beer IPA series, we pulled out some hop warhorses—Cascade and Amarillo—and incorporated a new favorite—Citra—into the mix. Following a similar grain bill to Scratch #38 and #39, #40 is a hazy orange beer with an off-white head, and plenty of hops to spare. In fact, this could be a Troegs record as more than three pounds of hops were added to each barrel brewed! Bready Munich malts and ample dry-hopping with Citra and Cascade hops gives #40 a sweet and tropical citrus aroma, akin to a hoppy Orange Julius, while a huge Amarillo hop addition in the kettle provides a long, lingering bitterness. This cycle of uber-hoppy beers has been a blast for us to brew and drink, and gives us plenty of beer for thought as we devise future hoppy concoctions.

Added by ffejherb on 12-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by russwbeck:
Photo of russwbeck
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Had at the Brewery on tap.

A: Orange pour is a bit hazy. Not much of a head with a little retention but minimal lacing.

S: Piney hops up front, a bit of citrus in there as well. Not a lot of maltiness to balance it out.

T: From the smell I would have thought this was a bomb of hops about to explode in my mouth, oh how wrong I was! Very well balanced with a nice bitter finish.

MF: Light, with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, high IBU, but you can't tell. Alcohol is masked well.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dull orange color, minimal white head. Aroma was a muted bit of citrus.

Taste, like a little bit of sawdust was implemented into an ipa. Ample bitterness, although a distinct hop mouthfeel was lacking. Certainly seems balanced by the sawdust malt bill, makes it a little chalky, but that wasn't really what I was hoping for in an 8% ipa. Did hide the alcohol relatively well.

Seems like all the big name hops lately (amarillo, cascade, citra I think), just none of them seemed to be alive. Had to read that hop info, otherwise I wouldn't have guessed any of them.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic, a hazy light amber body with a slowly fading 2 fingers of white head that leaves some nice lacing. An orange citrus aroma is the first thing that hits my nose, followed by some earthy / floral notes. Citrus upfront in the taste, but more of a bitter / pithy citrus flavor, especially in the finish. Also getting more and more alcohol as this warms. Medium bodied, on the lower end of average carbonation, and a fairly dry IPA.

Not my favorite, or least favorite of the 4 Scratch IPAs.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good IPA.I did not know what hops before hand and that's a good thing. Understated aroma, and even taste. An orange citrus finish that did suggest the Amarillo and citra and cascade. A lot less carbonation would have helped. Also, abv was high for what it was, still enjoyable beer. Golden body, lots of white foamy head. Thanks M.-P.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company (Harrisburg, PA) on 1/6/11. Served in a pint glass. ABV is listed as 8.1%.

Pours a hazed copper, with a finger of creamy eggshell-white head. Retains with a ¼ finger of rich froth and leaving back robust lace that hangs in sticky swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral feeling and moderately aggressive with citric notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit pushing through. I'm picking up maybe a touch of pine and herbal accents here as well. Sugars and bread from the malts meld well with the fruit flavors, adding a ripe tanginess to the nose.

The taste is sweeter up front with fruit character, as orange, lemon, and apricot are standing out to me. This quickly gives way to more bitter grapefruit and earthy rind, which imparts an aggressiveness to this across the back of the profile. Malt mixes with the sticky sugars of the fruit to help balance this out but the finish on this is very dry and becomes exceedingly bitter the more this warms up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharper carbonation that sits on top of some underlying oily thickness. The ABV on this is the highest of these last four Scratch IPAs and it's definitely felt here, with some added beefiness to the body and lingering warmth that intensifies that already bitter finish.

This one started out promising enough, with the fruitiness of the Citra hops taking center stage, but once this sat for a bit, the ABV and bitterness levels pushed to the max of what I would call a satisfyingly drinkable American IPA (which was a problem that I had with Scratch 38 as well). This was another interesting IPA entry in the series but I preferred some of the others to this.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to bs870621345 for multiple bottles of this one as extras in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange zest, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, orange zest, lemon zest, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Great aroma and flavor going on here. The citrus in this one was very prominent and quite enjoyable. The zest was a really nice touch and made the beer for me. Nice job on this one guys! You need to try it, as you won't regret it.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The IPA is a study in golden brilliance. Bright and shining, albeit a little hazy, the ale sure looks nice. A half a finger of white head leaves only scant lace behind.

S: Citrusy, more orange than previous iterations. The nose is nice, a soothing bitterness with just enough caramel underneath.

T: Could it be? One of the IPA series that I really like? Wouldn't that beat all? Wouldn't that be great? The citra is evident, the orange from the nose. I love citra, it's a fact. Here it is lush, sweet with just a hint of bitterness. There is more citrus backing up the citrus but the flavors are never too strong. Biscuity caramel is there, just enough to be detectable. The citra, so delicious, makes my day.

M: The ale has plenty of flavor but not harsh bitterness. This one, Tröegs, ought to be your next regular release. Citra changed my life in August, giving me a reason to wake up every morning. Nice touch.

D: It does not feel like an 8% beer. That may be the only drawback, too strong for its britches. I love that citra though.

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Photo of nataku00
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An extra from a recent trade. Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Barely half a finger of white colored soapy head dissipated immediately to just a thin ring along the edge of the glass, leaving some light lacing with a little swirling. A dark orange color, very hazy making it nearly opague. Some light carbonation visible at the glass.

Nose is orange peel and sweet caramel malts. Very sweet smelling beer and missing a lot of the bitterness expected from an IPA.

Taking a sip, sweet orange and caramel malts. Really malt forward on this beer, sweet and sticky in the mouth. Just a hint of bitter citrus peel hops on the tongue after you swallow that lasts a little while. Missed the mark for an IPA.

Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with decent carbonation. Sticky sweetness makes the beer a bit difficult to drink, with some of the alcohol showing up in the swallow.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appears a very odd cloudy orange color for an IPA. Typical cream white head but not much lacing apparent and the head is virtually non existent.

Bouquet is weak but a muted fruit of concentrated orange juice, that also gives to somewhat sour cherries. This is an American IPA? Is this some sort of Belgian pun? So how does it taste?

Taste comes through in a surprising grapefruit front that is missing on the nose, but also very alcohol forward. There is also a brown sugar after taste, non existent carbonation, but a borderline wet mouthfeel.

For an American IPA this seems like a mess and not in character at all. What exactly is this thing? It's not awful or cringe inducing but I can't say I would want to have it again.

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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Released on 1/6/11 and sampled on 1/26/11. 12 oz bottle to tulip.

A: A 1 finger off-white head with decent retention on the pour. Medium-dark, somewhere between rustic orange and burnt sienna. The body goes completely cloudy when backlit, but is otherwise 90 opaque. Randomly slung lacing sticks in a minimal amount.

S: A bready malt backbone is mixed with a citrusy hop bill featuring a generic orange aroma and flavor. Dry hopped with Citra and Cascade.

T: The flavoring hops includes Cascade, Amarillo & Citra. Additional flavors of mango and persimmon come forth, presenting dominant tropical flavors who's sweetness competes with a substantial bitterness and unmistakable trace of alcohol.

M: Medium-full, the beer rolls gently over the tongue. Perhaps slightly undercarbonated, the texture is slick, alcoholic and slightly cloying. Lightly sweet and somehow a little acidic also (?).

D: Nothing particularly special.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers.

Poured cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep orange with a finger of fluffy white head that settles after a bit.

Smell: Nice notes of citrus in the nose (particularly orange and tangerine) mixed with some sweet malt.

Taste: Just as the nose suggested, heavy orange and tangerine tastes, bitter hops and sweet malt mixed together in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Another decent showing from Troegs in their Scratch Series. I look forward to these beers almost as much as I do Nugget Nectar and Flying Mouflan. This was another hit as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a hazy copper with a huge light tan head that drops after a few minutes, leaving lots of lacing.

Aromas of juicy fruit, pineapple, green grapes, fresh mowed grass.

Flavors of fermented pineapple, tannic green grapes, grapefruit zest. Some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a mouthcoating bitterness, astringent, drying. Good level of carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol.

Overall a good IPA. Some interesting flavors.

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Photo of oline73
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Frisco Grille.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy golden amber with just a little bit of off white head. The head goes away almost immediately.

Smell: This one smell sweet and fruity to me, almost like apricots. There is also a very little bit of caramel malt and some citrus hops.

Taste: Initially hit by bitter citrus peel hops, which remains dominant throughout. There is also a sugary sweetness and some fruity hints. This beer never seems to come together for me.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and there is a smooth mild carbonation.

Drinkability: As far as American IPA's go I'm not a huge fan of this one. The hop profile didn't do much for me and I don't think I'll be trying to find any more.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I made the trip to Troegs on my 27th b-day. Pours a nice slightly hazy copper color.Leaves a nice inch thick heading with decent lacing.

Smell and Taste are hand in hand. Heavier pine notes with a slight orange zest fruitiness both in the nose and on the palate. Very rich sugary caramel malt to really balance thing's out and quick hot flash of warming alcohol to finish thing's out.

The mouth is not quite full but close, very alive on the palate tiny bitter bubbles stab the tongue and leave a tremendous sugary hop blend linger in the mouth.

A solid IPA I didn't even realize the alcohol content on this bad boy until I finished it.

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Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra from StormKing47-- thanks man!

Served in a tulip pint.

So this is an 8.1% IPA? That seems to be encroaching on DIPA territory... I'm excited...

Pours a very hazy apricot color. Hints of orange hues. Small nearly white disappears quickly, leaving only a small collar and a few lonely spots of lacing. Other than the color, there isn't much going on here that I like...

Smells sweet. Some malts and some citrus hops. I was really expecting more! The beer tastes fine, but with this high an ABV, I was thinking it would be a flavor bomb... This is pretty mild. Pretty well-balanced. Meh. Tastes good-- but nothing standout. After the malts, I get some orange zest and grapefruit. Some good bitterness, I just wish it hung around longer.

The body is medium full with low carbonation. I would enjoy a bit more carbonation to give it more of a prickly feel. This comes across a bit syrupy and oily. Not bad, but not my favorite.

The overall impression is that this is good. It isn't bad-- but it didn't live up to my expectations. Troegs is a great brewery, and I love the scratch series-- these IPAs just fall short of the mark for me.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Sunset Bar & Grill in Allston, MA. Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark amber with a it of white head. Halo of white stays throughout.

S - For a DIPA with 90 IBUs, the smell is disappointing. It smells like hops, but lacks a floral or fruity aroma. It's mostly just bitterness.

T - As far as bitterness goes, this hits the nail on the head. The bitterness lasts throughout, but after the swallow, the bitterness fades, which is nice. Overall, though, the flavor could have used a more floral or fruity taste.

M - Good MF, for sure, and the carbonation is solid. Just what I'd expect for a DIPA.

D - Too bitter to drink much of, but still have no problem finishing one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hits those mundane earthy dull orange spots, 1/5" white head. Aroma didn't drop the hops, especially Citra.

Taste was older, woody, almost had an English like presence despite the use of proprietary American hops. Bitter, earthy, hot 8% that is more like a double than a single ipa.

Drank in 2011.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing another Scratch beer, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear amber/orange color with a smallish white head.

S: Smells really cheesy. A big fake lemon aroma, perhaps some Pine Sol, and some bleach and other solvent type aromas. Just really quite bad. On top of it, there's a strong sweetness along with some alcohol.

T: The flavor is very harsh with a lot of lemon zest and an overly aggressive bitterness and astringency. Some herbal notes, booze, and pine.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation, but the aftertaste is unpleasant.

D: This series of IPAs has been quite bad. I'm usually a big fan of Troegs beers, but these just missed the mark.

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Photo of ohcomeonthatsfunny
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had tried all the other Scratch IPA's, and yesterday at the brewery finally got a chance to try #40.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with good head retention and considerable lacing. I have to say this IPA certainly looks impressive. On the nose I get considerable orange citrus, but with some underlying earthines and light sweet malt as well. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, and what struck me immediately about this beer was how well balanced it is. The beer starts off a bit sweet and malty initially, but then the hops come on strong, leading to a fairly dry, long and bitter finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full; no one is ever going to describe this IPA as watery. Drinkability was good I thought, even though there was just a hint of alcohol in the finish. However, this IPA otherwise was not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate.

Have really enjoyed sampling these different scratch IPA's from Troeg. For what it's worth, my favorite continues to the be firkin version of the 38 (the draft version was not nearly as impressive), followed pretty closely by 39 and then 40. The 37 was interesting, but ultimately was too sweet with an over abundance of tropical fruit flavor. Other than the 37, I think any of these scratch IPA's would make a solid addition to the regular line-up at Troegs.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

IPA hopped with Cascade, Amarillo, and Citra.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy apricot hue with a very slim stiff beige head. Not much lacing, and no

Smell -- Dried fruits, particularly apricot, juicy citrus, spring flowers, biscuit, and gentle caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is lacking.

Taste -- Apricot and juicy fruits in the forefront, mild leafy hops, and some spice. Malt base is biscuity and caramel sweet. Hop bitterness is somewhat lacking. Lingering flavors of fruit and leafy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with milder carbonation. The fill level looked a bit low on these bottles. I'll chalk it up to this.

Drinkability -- I enjoyed this series of four IPA's, but the one-size-fits-all malt bill was too sweet for some of the hop combinations - not enough bitterness to balance. I wouldn't call this a miss, but I'm used to better from Tröegs.

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Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 59 ratings