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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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 51
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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Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Scratch Beer 40 - 2010 (IPA #4 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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