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 afksports
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a new friend at the Southampton release for this new Scratch one-off version of an American IPA from the Troegs brothers.

The appearance of this beer on a pour is a murky amber beneath moderate to mild head. Adequate lacing to let you know there's carbonation there, but nothing exceptional - even with a hard pour. The smell is malts and a bit of citric hops, but nothing ridiculous stands out. The taste of it is somewhat similar, with the garlic salt on my food being a bit more prominent than any components of the taste. The hops bitters finish off a nice malt characteristic up front, but they leave a funky aftertaste that isn't clean and isn't pleasant.

Honestly I'm a bit confused by this IPA. Parts of it, like the malts and the smell, feel like an Imperial IPA. So does the alcohol by volume of 8.1% which is concealed by those malts. But the hops almost aren't there, and when they show up, they show up in a weird way. It doesn't give the girlfriend beerface, and it's not tough to drink, but it just isn't up there among the top beers of this style.

But still, count me in for a few Nugget Nectars any day. Seriously. More than a few actually.

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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 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 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 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 Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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 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 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 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 Axic10
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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 Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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 smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 TheFightfan1
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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 jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 John_M
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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 Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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 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 stakem
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Bmoyer0301
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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 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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Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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 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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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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