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

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

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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
Photo of chcfan
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Special pre-release firkin ! Count me in! Poured into a standard pint glass at the Troegs tasting room. My pour arrived to me with a very faint one finger thick head that slowly faded away after a few minutes. When I hold my glass up to the light there is a orangy yellow honey color with a fair amount of haze lingering around. No light passing through and no real yeast chunks or hop particles. Viscosity is pretty good not to light not to thick.


Very sharp and pine forward, loads of tangerine, grassy undertones, sappy, big biscuit backbone, pineapples in the finish. I didn't ask what hops they decided to use in the cask but whatever it is, its a good choice.


Almost like licking a evergreen tree, very piny. Slightly menthol and minty with caramel malts, a very long bitter finish of peaches, hay, and honey ? A lot of big flavors going on here, slightly caty no real alcohol presence. A very good slick mouth feel which I love from cask beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part three of my 4-part new bier sojourn last week at Tröegs.

Scratch #40 was a bright orange/apricot hue, with a touch of haze present. Head was thin and white, mostly rimming the edge of the glass, along with nice lacing. Nose was fruity, with tangerine being most noticeable. Had a solid, nothing to worry about body; medium and smooth down the hatch.

Flavor exhibited lots of fruitiness as well, with orange and apricot leading the way. Sweetness level was noticeable but not overpowering, like a well-made marmalade. It was also a touch rindy and resiny, yet extremely satisfying through and through. Enjoyed this so much I got a growler fill to go. You bet!


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this last night, poured from the fridge chilled bottle into a tulip.

The color is golden with tarnished toasted edges and thick creamy light cap which sticks well. The retention is pretty good and overall clarity is hazed. The smell is funky and grapefruity with some tangerine and mild spice -generally fruity but with a slightly catty accent. The smell is unusual and intriguing with slight tropical elements adding to mild sweet tinges. The feel is bit strong and slightly full on the palate with moderate bitterness and generally balanced with subtle sweet echo to the resinous hoppy qualities the carbonation is semi high but delivers the essence well.

The flavor is bitter and dry up front with lots of pithy qualities which focus on the citrus when lower in temp. As this warms it takes on a more tangy tropical and grapefruit flavor with some sweet grassiness adding to the dimension of the hop profile. The malt is pretty smooth and only sweet enough to support the hops, but the yeast has a mild mineral quality making the beer seem slightly green with gentle musty edges. The flavor and feel are both enough to make me want to have this again. I was more impressed with the tap version honestly, but I found this to be a really great IPA and enjoyed every sip.

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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 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 ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Troegs on 12/30/10. Special firkin release dry hopped with Cascades.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange liquid with two fingers of frothy off-white foam that reduced to a swirly retention and deposited craggy, sticky lacing all around the pint glass.

S - Fresh Cascade hop aroma with an abundance of citrus notes and a slightly dry hop leaf character. Sweet caramel and bready malt notes balance the hop nose. not overly aromatic, but quite pleasant nonetheless.

T - Fairly assertive hop bitterness with juicy citrus attributes and sweet malty notes, which provides a nice balance of flavor. A hint of alcohol emerges in the backend, followed by a slight grassy bitter finish.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with a somewhat chewy texture. Very smooth bodied and thick for an IPA. Finishes semi-dry with moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - You can't go wrong with a dry hopped IPA from a firkin... especially if Troegs brewed it. Good stuff and highly drinkable, although not quite as good as the previous effort (#39), which was my favorite of the four Scratch IPAs.

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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 thain709
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dry hopped with Cascade hops

A - A burnt orange body that is clearly unflitered...two fingers of dense, creamy head...falls into a broken cap...some lacing left

S - The head is muting the aroma...but you are still able to pick up the citrus hops along with the dry hopping characteristics...a strong malt backbone is also helping out

T - First sip provides you with a big and bold, fresh and juicy, citrus hop presence...that's a nice way to start things off, but after a while the juciness fades and it becomes a bit too much...the middle of the beer has a nice malt backbone...this helps to balance out the initial sweetness and bitterness...the hops come back at the end to provide a pleasant bitterness to end things

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy with a bit of chewiness to it...dry and bitter

D - This is the finial installment and my vote is for #3...#4 started off great with the bold citrus flavors but after a while it started to fade for me where as #3 stayed strong the entire beer...a nice thing for Troegs to do and it'll be different drinking the next Scratch beer that isn't an IPA

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Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had Scratch beers 37, 38, and 39 (the IPA experiment), but have not sampled this one (the last of the 4). Leave it to SamuelJackson45 to play the guessing game and guess right. Thanks Leon!

A: Pretty cloudy and dark... almost caramel-colored even, with a huge mildly off-white head that retained itself throughout the session. This definitely looked like an IPA.

S: More sugar than citrus, and I could almost make speculations about the glass lacing based on the nose... but I'll get to that in a moment. Unfiltered for sure, with tons of yeasties floating around.

T: Very unusual. It almost had a sort of nuttiness imbedded in the hop profile. Was this intentional? This was not the sugar bomb I was expecting based on the nose. While still very sweet, the hop bitterness was especially strong with this one. Citra, Cascade, and Amarillo... What could go wrong?

M: Very thick. By far the thickest of the IPA series so far, and if I were tasting this blind, I would have pegged this as a DIPA, with a much higher ABV. A bit boozy, but still not too offensive, and the lacing was fairly ridiculous.

O: As of this review, Scratch #40 only has a "B" overall average, yet it has been my favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like strong citrus zest, with some green apple and apricot, and a bit of caramel.
T: It tasted like lots of orange, with some lemon and grapefruit, and a bit of apricot and honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with a little carbonation. Solid body.
D: This was an easily enjoyable IPA, with very nice scent and taste and body. It was definitely easy to drink. Recommended, even though there wasn't anything unique about it.
After trying Scratch 37 - 40 in a row, it's clear that Tröegs knows how to make a good IPA. They were all different, but all nicely crafted. With that said, there was an obvious ranking for my tastes: 39 (best), 40 (good), 37 (decent), 38 (worst).

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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 jampics2
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Mike Watters from Troegs was nice enough to bring us out a few kegs, namely the Scratch IPA series (37-40) for a nice little tasting event. Thanks for hooking this up, and thanks to John and Kev for hosting!

Scratch #40 uses Citra, Cascade and Amarillo Hops.

All of these beers look damn good, with excellent color, clarity and head retention. They are all a golden caramel color and have great white head and lace.

This batch adds to the hop experience with lemony Citra hops, making it bitter but almost with a touch of tart fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is great, with just enough malt to avoid wateriness and excellent carbonation levels.

Comparison to #37-#40: Scratch #40 reminded me a lot of a fruit bowl, with huge lemon and grapefruit notes from the Citra and Amarillo. Like all the beers, this featured a nice drinkability due to the moderately bitter but clean finish. This was clearly my second favorite of the group as the Citra hop made it brighter than all the others. It also has the highest ABV of any of the beers at 8.1% but that was barely detectable.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 mountsnow1010
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery yesterday, had a sample on-tap yesterday but felt bad reviewing it off of just that.
A - Hazy orange with a white fluffy head that dissipates fast; minimal lacing
S - Grape-y, hints of citrus, with an interesting keytone undertone...perhaps a slight rubbery odor as well, slight hint of alcohol. Hints of yeastiness - tastes like what I associate with Troegs yeast.
T - Orang-y, I think. Somewhat mouth puckering as well; quite sour. Very interesting IPA. Grassy/pineyness as well.
M - Good carb, smooth drinker. Nice.
D - High; especially at this alc level

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Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kzoobrew
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA series #4/4 Citra, Cascade, Amarillo

Heavily hazed orange with light sediment floating. Half finger white head that fades rather quickly. Scattered sticky lacing clings to the walls.

Very citrusy aroma. Strong tangerine and pineapple along side assorted citrus and tropical fruit. Slightly resinous hop aroma. Very subtle malt, very much in the background.

The flavor does not have the strong citrusy burst, it does have a pleasant punch though. Plenty of the tropical and citrus backed by a slight pine and pith hop profile. The grain bill is soft bready flavor providing a nice base but not interfering with the hops.

Medium bodied IPA with lively carbonation. The full hop flavor gives the impression of a slightly bigger body. The finish is fairly dry though the hop flavor lingers slightly.

I enjoy this beer, I could see this as an everyday drinker if it were available as such. Easy drinking, hop forward and pleasant flavor.

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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 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 younger35
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had this brew sitting in the beer fridge for quite some time and for some reason never got around to it. Figured now was as good a time as any. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute while watching the Masters.

Appearance- Pours a fairly clear orange yellow with a big beautifully frothy one finger off-white head. Surprisingly not much of a cap is left after a few minutes but a small collar is maintained that fails to leave lacing.
Smell- Fairly potent nose as a estery sort of warmth permeates out of the glass from the aggressive alcohol. Somewhat fruity, somewhat grassy the nose has a little something of everything. Grapefruit and pineapple (mostly) with hints of green grapes and freshly cut lawn. The touch of malt isn’t lost though as a bit of that crystal malt cuts through adding just the lightest touch of toasted caramel.
Taste- Starts with a bite of green crab apple and orange peel before being swept away by a fairly big malt backbone. Bitter but not overwhelming from the start with maybe a touch of grapefruit as well. The finish is toasted and lightly sweet with plenty of caramel. It even has this sort of barrel aspect with touches of vanilla. Very strange.
Mouthfeel- Usually when you can smell the booze as much as you can in this beer the mouthfeel is pretty thin. This has a nice creaminess to it though and a very light bit of carbonation.
Drinkability- Not too bad, especially for a Scratch brew. I haven’t been overly impressed with any of these beers (especially the Belgium’s and IPA’s) but this one is solid. I usually don’t like malt getting into my IPA’s either but it’s minimal in this beer and works out well. I can’t remember who sent me this beer but I appreciate it!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tanger for this one! Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam that settle to a thin cap, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Hazy apricot body.

S - Tropical fruits, somewhat "green" floral notes, slight cat pee. Sugary pale malt backdrop. Not terribly complex, but still quite pleasant.

T - Taste has more pine and citrus zest to it, and overlays a slightly sugary and otherwise largely neutral malt character. Not very bitter, and no obvious alcohol either.

M - Smooth medium body, lower carbonation. Finishes quite clean, with some light residual hop oils.

D - This was much better than Scratch 39 in my book. I initially wrote it's a slightly above average IPA, but when I saw it was 8.1% it got a bit of a bump, as I would have thought this was somewhere in the 5-6% range.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle provided by Alex...A dark hazy peach color. Tope head that rises two fingers, good retention and lacing...The aroma is really fresh, pine sap, pine needles, lots of pineapple, car pee finish. Not bad...The taste is pretty average, but crushable. Pine, with citrus notes, pretty muted. After the pine on the front though this would be stronger.

A solid, un-offensive easy to drink ipa. Can't recommend but I'd have it again.

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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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Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 45.8% out of 100 with 59 ratings
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