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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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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 t0rin0
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 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 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 orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 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 stakem
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears a hazed golden orange color with a finger of white head that quickly recedes to a thin film across the top of the brew. Some leggy patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is like straight orange rind mixed with grapefruit pulp. After the initial shock of fruity rinds and pulp, an aroma of mango mixed with pear and almost something reminiscent of cantaloupe comes out as well. The alcohol is more readily evident in this brew than the others in the latest scratch IPA lineup.

The taste includes the previously described scent of mango and/or cantaloupe mixed with herbal and earthy bitterness that is somewhat rind-like. The boldness of the alcohol is readily evident with a somewhat fusel in flavor. It leaves a lasting rind-like flavor mixed with herbal bitterness inside the mouth.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This brew feels much thicker and viscous than the others in the series. It is fairly drinkable and an interesting take on the style. In the "experiment" of recent scratch IPA's this one is certainly different from the rest. It is much heartier and bold but I can't say it topped the previous scratch beer. Of the 4 scratch IPAs, #39 is the best and this one is the "beefiest."

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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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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 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 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 corby112
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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 IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 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 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 DoubleSimcoe
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
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 scottfrie
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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 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 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 AgentZero
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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