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)

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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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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -38.3%
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 jsvt
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Amber, like the ancients.

Pineapple burnt candied orange peel. not much hops on the nose, candy apple.

Really sweet on the mid palate and not much hops to taste.

Slight, ever so sight bitterness on the palate.

Not sure if not too fresh, but not reminiscent of an IPA to me.

Sweetness led to not great drink ability.

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Photo of number1bum
2.41/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Many thanks to Deuane for hauling this upstate for me.

Pours a very cloudy, musty looking, orange tinted amber color, with a creamy and thick two inches of ivory head. It does keep a nice full lace and leaves some good stick on the sides.

Smells an awful lot like I recall the 37 smelling, which is not a good thing. It's like over-ripe mangoes and sugar soaked apricots. Very sweet smelling, but not much in the way of citrus. It's bready with some resiny aromas as well.

Taste is a mess. Just a mess. It's worse than the 37. It's super sweet, the fruit flavors that I mentioned in the nose are still here but are syrupy and not very pleasant. And worst of all there is a slight booziness going on. There is a very doughy quality to the malt, with some sweet caramel as well. Modest bitterness in the finish but not enough to clean up this sweet, sticy mess. Ugh, this is worse than 37.

Mouthfeel is a sweet, slightly cloying and very stick medium body. It's creamy but in a cloying way, with average carbonation. More spritz or more bitterness would help clean it out in the finish.

Boy does this beer bring a grinding halt to the IPA series. 37 wasn't very good, but this makes me remember it fondly. It's a very poor IPA in my opinion. If my memory is serving me right this is something like the 6th IPA that Troegs has done in the Scratch series. And I would say that it's the 4th that isn't very good. 38 and 39 were both quite good, although not great, but 37 and now 40 are just plain poor IPAs. I don't recall the 2 previous ones being that great either. Maybe we should all just be happy with Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
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 scottfrie
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks for hooking it up StormKing47.

A: Pours a cloudy amber with a few sizable chunks of sediment at the bottom. Head is off-white and dense, and it took forever to recede into a thick film that left a network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Spritzy notes of lemon and mango with citrusy notes of orange as well. Interesting.
T: Far more caramely and malty than the nose suggested with astringent notes of alcohol and bitter pine. Finish is sweet and bitter and the aftertaste is full of caramel and tobacco.
M: Frothy carbonation bubbles up in the mouth, alcohol is a tad rough and solvent like, and the bitterness reminds me of sucking on raw tea leaves.
D: Smells good but the taste is a little off. There are much better IPA's out there I'd rather spend my money on.

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Photo of nataku00
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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 pokesbeerdude
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from StormKing47. Into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold/orange in color with a stark white head that never quite reaches half an inch. Recedes to a few bubbles in the glass.

S: A lot of caramel malt, and a bit of citrus rind. Really really faint here. In fact this kind of smells like nothing. Disappointing.

T: Again not a lot going on, pretty huge malt bill and a pretty strong bitterness, slightly boozey as well. Just a bit of a lemon rind sort of flavor in there, and a definite graininess. Bitterness lingers for quite some time. Not a lot going on, but it isn't horrible, just isn't that good either.

M: Pretty hefty on the palate, finishes fairly dry though, decent amount of warmth for a single IPA. Carbonation is exactly right. Not bad here.

D: I wouldn't see myself drinking a lot of this as the bitterness without a late hop presence would really start to wear on me. In no ways is it offensive, or bad, just doesn't do a whole lot for me, and if there were other IPAs available I would probably reach for those.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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 readbaron
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a 3/4 in white head that fades quickly into a ring. Theres a hint of lacing, but not much.

Smells of oranges, apricots, citrus hops, and sweet caramel malt. I typically want more hops from my IPA.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Oranges, a hint of bitterness, then an almost sugary malt finish. Leaves you with a bit of a bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice - a bit more body and stickiness than is ideal, but nicely carbonated.

Not too shabby, but it's no nugget nectar.

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Photo of oline73
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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 boralyl
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a small white head on top that fades quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S - The nose is very underwhelming for what I would expect from an IPA this big. There are fruity notes, most likely from the Citra hops, with a hint of caramel.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - The taste is as underwhelming as the aroma. There is a very tiny amount of orange followed by some fruity flavors. It ends with a medium bitterness.

A pretty average beer, that I expected to be better. The 3rd IPA (Scratch #39) was the best of the 4 in my opinion. This one really lacked the aroma and flavor of a big IPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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 corby112
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Johnny Brenda's.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color with copper edges and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with lots of soily pine character along with very faint citrus and a prominent malt presence. Lots of resinous pine needle along with hints of grass, caramel and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that lingers over the malt backbone into a long dry finish. Hints if grass, soil and pine but the hop profile is a bit one dimensional. Little to no sweetness to balance out the resinous dry flavor. Malt backbone is a bit stronger than I prefer with lotsnod toffee and caramel. Overall not a bad beer but sort of one note and not too interesting.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of krisandajt
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH glass...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dull amber color with about an inch worth of bone white head. Retention is good, but there's not much lacing...maybe only a thin ring where the beer settles.

Smell: Light, refreshing piney hops with a little bit of under-ripe citrus thrown in. Not much of a malt presence, but I'm not complaining.

Taste: The hops aren't quite as potent as I would like. A mild, dry sort of bitterness with an interesting sort of pine quality in the middle and a quick, clean finish. Nothing really impressive here, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium body with okay carbonation.

Drinkability: Not terrible, but not exactly great. Not my favorite IPA of the series. I've got 5 more to go, I'll drink them but I certainly won't be in a rush to get more.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Troegs Scratch 40, on tap at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: served in an 8-oz glass. Abundant, frothy white head, a bit over a finger, lots of bubbles. Great lacing and retention. Outstanding looks!

Smell: Muddled, a bit soapy, some orange rind and grapefruit, but not the crazy way it is in West Coast beers. Very smooth. No hops on the nose.

Taste: Smooth again, soapy. Pleasant but boring. Reminds me of Sierra Pale Ale! Not a lot going on. Orange juice, some sweetness. Hoppy dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Classic IPA feel, a bit chewy-sticky, mildly bitter/hoppy. Low carbonation and flavor, medium body. Somewhat unremarkable.

Drinkability: Fine, particularly for eight ounces. Could pound this, not boozy, that 8.2% is well hidden.

But this brew is just boring/uneventful!

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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 prdstmnky
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 KickInTheChalice
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark and murky tangerine color with plenty of yeast floating throughout. A rocky eggshell head fades rather quickly to a ring.

Smell: Lot of citrusy hops, with some lightly toasted malt. Mostly orange, with tangerine, apricot, and a little grapefruit to support.

Taste: It starts with a lightly sweet and toasted malt and quickly moves toward the juicy citrus hops. Orange actually controls the hops, with some apricot and tangerine next. Grapefruit leads in a harsh ending bitterness that actually brings a grassy flavor as well. The ending is a little off, but the rest of the flavor is solid.

Mouthfeel: Starts juicy with the candied citrus fruits, but it dries out a little bit toward the end. Medium carbonation with a full-feeling body. Somewhat sticky.

Drinkability: Overall the Scratch IPA's have not blown me away.

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Photo of bbeane
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A birthday gift from a coworker...

A- Starts with a nice white fluffy head with decent retention and lacing. Beer is orangish in color and very cloudy

S- Smells very grapefruity with a somewhat malty backbone

T- Has a milder grapefruit hop flavor upfront with a very equally malty finish... pretty balanced. Bit alcoholic

M- Medium body with medium carbonation

D- Definitely not my favorite offering from Troegs, though it was enjoyable. I'll always look forward to trying something new from Troegs as they put out some real quality beers


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Photo of orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a firkin into a standard pint in the Troegs tasting room. Number four of four in the IPA scratch series. This one is dry hopped with Cascade hops.

A - Pours sunkist orange with a thick one finger off-white head, dissipating to a light film, leaving light patches of sticky lacing down the glass.

S - Not as strong as some of the other ones in the series. Much more of an earthy hop aroma this time. Nice hop aroma up front but it fades all too quickly leaving plenty of toasted caramel malt that blends almost too well with the hops. Not the best nose in the series, but not terrible either.

T - Bitter citric hop bite up front from all the dry hopping giving way quickly to a mix of earthy hop bitterness and sweet caramel malt. Finish is grassy with plenty of lingering hoppy resin that clings to the pallet long after consumption. Alcohol creeps in more and more as it begins to warm up. Nowhere near as good as #39 but still a very nice IPA.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth feel with a lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Just a touch too dry for my liking.

D - Decently high. With the exception of the Citra hops I am not really a fan of the hops used in this one. I think they are way too earthy and they almost get lost in the strong malt core of the base beer. I look forward to trying the normal version but at the moment this is my least favorite of the four.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

B+ / 3.93 rDev +7.9%

A: Pours a light orangish brown color with a small white foam head that dissipates into a small film.

S: Decent amounts of light citrus flavors, mostly orange, lemon and grapefruit.

T: A little mild, but a nice balance of citra hops and some lightly toasted malts.

M: A tad too much carbonation, but leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: A nice IPA offering. Easy to drink, not overly bitter.

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Photo of chriswilkes33
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle courtesy of stakem...Thank you

Appearance: Pours very hazy with no head. Color is golden with hints of amber

Aroma: Smells of pine and citrus, I would suspect a combo of Amarillo and Simcoe hops

Taste: Beer tastes very good, piney although perhaps this bottle isnt the freshest available it is still a well balanced IPA, not overly or agressively hopped

Mouthfeel: Beer is a little thick on the mouthfeel and I think this is the area the beer could use improvement. Perhaps slightly overcarbed as well.

Overall: Kind of reminds me of my house homebrew pale ale. Not that that will help any of you, but this beer is very drinkable but at this point is leaning more towards pale ale than ipa.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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