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Scratch Beer 43 - 2011 | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 43 - 2011Scratch Beer 43 - 2011

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are still playing with IPAs because hops make us very happy. An American-style IPA, coming in at 85 IBUs and generously hopped with Bravo, Chinook, and Cascade varieties.

Added by orangesol on 03-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of TheDudeRules
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle to my pint glass.

Light straw color with a mountain of fluffy off whit head. Lacing is prevalent all around my glass. The nose is incredibly faint on this beer. Very light citrus and grass, with a hint of hops. I've been sniffing on and off for several minutes.On my first sip I notice the carbonation. A bit too high for me. Peculiar hop bite. Citrus is light again on the palate, and it quickly gives way to an aggressive hop bite. It is not harsh but it is peculiar. I can feel a little bit of hop oil remaining on my tongue long after I've finished my sip. Rather average across the board and just the way I rated it.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Live review of a 12 oz bottle courtesy a generous trader.
A: Slightly cloudy amber with constant bubbles and a solid one-finger white head with lacing.
S: Citrus peels and wheat with yeast, honey and bananas; not very powerful, but pleasant. This smells more like a pale ale than an IPA.
T: Again, a relatively mild flavor with a metallic and citric bitterness like orange peels. It is nearly dry in the finish, with almost an astringency and a kind of aged cheese character. All right.
M: Moderate body with a frothy carbonation and a metallic crispness on the finish.
O: OK. I was expecting much more from a one-off IPA. It is mostly bitter with little hops flavor and aroma.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly cloudy amber colored beer with a finger of head that left some moderate lacing on my glass.

S - Not a ton of hops on this, actually get some sweet pale malts and banana. Not bad, just unexpected.

T - Some citrus, a little sourness, pale malts, little bittering hops presence. This is fairly easy to drink, although it seems to have some sort of metallic ting to it.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Another fairly forgettable Scratch series beer. Wasn't bad, wasn't good, just kind of there.

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Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle care of wishuwerebeer, thanks Bryan.

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a very hazed golden yellow color with a finger of fluffy white head that is composed of rather large bubbles. This scratch IPA obviously does not follow the theme that the past 4 scratch ipas were on. Whereas the others appeared to have a polished clarity, this one is very hazed from a careful pour that even left a bunch of sediment still in the bottle. The particulate is rather large and gets stuck hanging in suspension while bubbles slowly rise to the surface in support of the creamy head. The head has some pretty good retention, as it recedes, it leaves a webbing of lace work on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fruity and fresh with hops displaying a distinct scent of citrus meets more fruits which are quite pear-like in character. It is lightly grassy and herbal as well with each additional whiff. There is a light bready grain character to the back of the smell that brings this all together with a little bit of a sweetness to the smell. As it warms and the glass is swirled, it brings out a bit of a sulfur scent that initially was quite hidden by the hops. The warmer the brew gets, the more unavoidable the smell of sulfur becomes.

The taste of this brew is very grassy and herbal. The hop bite is lightly spicy and pierces the taste buds with a lasting sharp bitterness that gets a bit rindy. There is a very minimal biscuit like grain flavor that hardly produces any contrasting sweetness and lingers with a light bready taste inside the mouth. As I enter the second half of my glass the alcohol is finally starting to come through and make itself known accenting that pear-like fruit flavor hidden beneath the citrus and herbal aspect of the hops.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. At times this brew seems a little watery and thin. As the experience continues, the 7% abv starts to make itself known with warmth down the back of the throat. The finish of this brew is crisp and overall, easy drinking. I could see myself easily throwing down a few of these as the weather gets warmer. This ipa as well as the lineup of previous 4 in a row all have this common bond of pear-like notes in the aroma and flavor that is slightly off to me. In previous reviews I kept referring to it as the yeast, im not 100% certain that is it or not but if that was the same factor in all 5 scratch ipas id love to see them mix it up with a new strain in a future batch.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled yesterday. Opened last night but not finished.

A: The IPA is golden, on the paler end of the spectrum and translucent to boot. A white head, seemingly appropriate for the lighter hues, adds a finger of height, coating the mouth of my glass.

S: The nose, given ample time to warm up, is grassy with pine resins. The hop profile isn't particularly strong, but what's there resonates. Biscuits below the surface don't stack up.

T: The floral flavors are much more apparent at warmer temperatures. The flavors, grassy with pine and citrus, are much more vibrant, bitter with a sweet streak. From the comfort of my couch, the hoppiness is much better (brewery pours are too cold). Biscuit malts are a nice addition to the hops, supporting them. The overall package is quick to fade away, not much of a lingering presence. Larger sips reveal none of the hop nuance.

M: The mouthfeel starts off nicely, grassy with pine. After that start, the flavors are quick to disappear, leaving a sugary presence behind.

O: Better at home (temperature control is key). I'm still not sold on any of the five though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bum732 for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a 2 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Semi-formed rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of strong pine/citrus zest hops and some lemongrass. Taste is interesting. I get the super fresh citrus zest, pine tree, sweet malt like a "normal" but there is an earthy dirt like taste to this beer. Mild hop bitterness coats the palate after each sip. A fairly high level of carbonation makes for a crisp bite. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA and my first beer from Troegs. I am really interested in the story behind the Scratch beers series and I would love to try more of them if I can get my hands on them.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an older ipa, so take this review for what it's worth...

Clear straw color, nearing gold. Average sized white head that leaves spotty lacing.

Floral perfume notes in the scent with a bready malt backbone.

The dominant hops are floral with a dash of orange. It's pleasantly bitter with dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a little chalky and dry with decent carbonation.

A decent IPA that I wish I would have had fresh.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a pint glass. Sampled 7/22/11. [Yikes. Didn't realize Scratch 43 was first released 4 MONTHS ago. Why the fuck did a local bar sit on this for so long?]

A: One finger of foamy snow white head with good staying power - and plenty of rushing bubbles to keep it afloat. Relentless. The body is clear and golden yellow in color. A healthy amount of lacing is left behind.

S: Nice hop intensity for being so old. Some citrus probably faded as the piney and floral notes stand out a little more. As the beer warms, however, grapefruit and citrus aromas begin to pull through.

T: Nothing stands out flavor-wise but pretty solid on the palate. The ABV wasn't listed on the menu but my guess was 6.5% (BA says 6.7 and early reviews quote as high as 7% ABV).

M: Standout characteristic of the beer. Aggressive bubbles keep the mouthfeel lively and add to the dry, timely finish.

O: Decent - even at 4 months.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Deuane
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The next installment in the ongoing Scratch IPA series, this one being 5 of 4!? Oh my, a light golden bodied IPA...could this be the West Coast style IPA from Troegs that I have dreamed about?

A-Lightly hazed pale golden with a thin white head that reduced to a wispy veil of retention and left spotty lace.

S-Nothing but light pine and herbal spiciness initially but with some warming mild notes of citrus and tropical fruit notes emerge along with a mild floral character. Malt sweetness is subtle and barely comes through save for a meager waft of biscuit sweetness.

T-Spicy bitterness up front with floral and citrus notes emerging with warming. Malt character is subdued and secondary throughout.

M-Medium body with a mildly sharp bite and a drying finish. Long lingering bitterness.

D-To answer my initial question...no. The malt body is spot on for a classic WC IPA but the hop bill, even with the addition of Centennial and Cascade hops, misses the mark for that style. Of course, I am not saying that is what they intended to make but...it is not what I was hoping for! Too much spicy pine resin and not enough citrus and tropical fruit pop. Tweak the hop bill and this Scratch IPA could be a real winner! Scratch 39 is still the champ in this ongoing exercise.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-04-08 in Columbia from a sealed growler poured 3 days ago.

A - Hazy, golden straw with a 1-finger head that lasts. Light lacing.

S - Bread, lemon, grass, hop floral.

T - Light biscuit with some raspberry sweetness, citrus, grass and lemon zest with plenty of hop bitterness. Dries very quickly leaving lingering grapefruit and lemon zest bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. More crisp than creamy. Prickly and a bit resinous.

O - I like this brew. Kudos for the high IBUs in a 6.7% ABV brew. It definitely gets the hop blood flowing but I found the overall malt/fruit/grass taste no as exciting as a typical West Coast style IPA.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Drafting Room

A- pours a cloudy shade of gold with a two finger one head. Looks real good

S- the aroma is of citrus, though it's very weak

T- getting a lot of citrus and pine out of this one. It starts off pretty sweet, and the finish is bitter

M- nothing special, par for the course

O- very drinkable, but might be a little too sweet

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Photo of orangesol
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room into a standard pint.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a thick pillow of one and a half finger tall white head leaving thin webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of muted grassy citric hops, tropical fruits; most notibly grapefruit and mango; the typical troegs house yeast, and a bit of bready malt. The hops are a bit dull but the fruit aromas make up for it a little bit, still a letdown tho.

T - Flavors are similar to the nose. The grassy hops, chewy malt, and some light tropical fruit acidity blend well to form a well balanced IPA. Finish is chewy with some lingering hop bitterness. The hops are more evident in the taste than in the nose but they are still not as forward as I would prefer. Not too bad but I still prefer #39 overall.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, feel with plenty of chewy malt and grassy hops in the finish.

O - Pretty good. I liked this one but it left me wanting a bit more. The grassy hops were good but not as forward as I was expecting. The IPA series has been a bit of a letdown thus far but if I had to choose I would say this is #3 of 5 in the series.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed orang amber color, firm cap of white head, little retention. Very floral nose with touches of grapefruit, very light malts. First sip is quite pungent and bitter, grapefruit dominant, softens into floral notes, malt is very light on this one. Medium bodied, dry and lightly oily. A decent IPA, not overly memorable, but good none the less.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company on 3/25/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed gold, with a thin covering of bright-white foamy head. This maintains a rich creaminess to the look, soaping the sides of the glass with frothy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells slightly herbal and leafy, with a gentle peppery spiciness. Bitter fruit and sweet biscuits across the back give this a fresh green tanginess. This overall has a nice flavorful vibrancy to it in the nose.

The taste is grassy feeling and bitter with zesty grapefruit and a splash of tarter lemon. Pithy citrus peel and some resins add a light sharpness across the tongue. Bready malt sweetness mostly balances the profile out here but the bitterness reemerges in the finish with lingering notes of pine, spice, and rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly creaminess that gives this a big crispness that is ultimately maybe coming off as a touch too lively. There is a touch of warmth here from that 7% ABV, which helps give that bitterness some extra pop.

I actually rather enjoyed this, as the emphasis on that grassy fresh bitterness here gave this a refreshing crispness that mostly stayed quite breezy on the palate. Almost like a fuller APA at times. But as the next possible staple IPA from Tröegs, this one just didn't get to the robust levels that you would expect.

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Photo of boralyl
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an inch of creamy white head. The beer is surprisingly light in color, almost looks like a pilsner. It has a golden straw color with visible carbonation.

S - The aroma consists of bready malts, earthy and flowery hops, and hints of citrus.

M - Light in body with active carbonation.

T - I could really see someone confusing this beer with a pilsner. Up front are bready and doughy malts. Up next comes a pretty strong floral hop flavor with some earthiness. There is a little bit of lemon and the faintest hint of citrus before a bitter finish.

Not your typical American IPA, but I happened to enjoy it. I usually prefer a citrus/grapefruit bomb, but this was a nice change of pace.

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Photo of Outchillen
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sample at the brewery, ended up buying a case

A:pale yellow orange, thick white head

S: A little citrus and floral, had a deeper grassy aroma, almost like a farm

T/M: medium body but well balanced, light caramel malts, grassy earthy hops, with citrus hints, nicely carbinated

Overall i thought it was a good IPA, its a little like 21st amendments ipa with the color and balance of it, good enough for a case of it

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to OWSELY069 for this one
Troegs Scratch Beer #43 - India Pale Ale

Appearance: Bright straw with a chill haze, huge pillowy froth with excellent retention. Sporadic lacing.

Smell: Very mild nose, a whiff of delicate hops, slightly herbal. Bready malts are about all else that stick out.

Taste: Quite nice, hops come out of nowhere in comparison to the nose. Solidly bitter, which lasts the duration of the experience. Hops come off herbal, earthy, and medicinal with a touch of aspirin being noted. Mild grapefruit rind. Alittle tea like in the finish. The IBUs on this sucker have to be in the 90+ range.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Strongly carbonated, finishes clean.

Overall: Body so light, and hop profile somewhat noble, leaving a hopped up pilsner like impression. If you asked me, I think the bittering hops used are distinctly American, with alittle German influence, Im picking up Hallertau as well. A good option if Troegs is looking at unveiling an IPA into their regular lineup.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from StormKing47. Thanks Josh!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that had staying power and left a few globs behind.

S - the aroma is earthy, dirty citrus rind.

T - some earthy flavors upfront with a bunch of tart bitterness finishing things off.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - not for everyone but a slow sipping beer that sort of grows on you.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Troegs on 3/25/11.

A - Hazy pale golden liquid akin to Sunshine Pils, only a bit cloudy, with a fluffy white dollop of foam on top that reduced but deposited lots of sticky, sweaty lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet and slightly bitter nose with some herbal notes, citrus fruit and a mild perfumy character, albeit somewhat muted overall. I get a sense of a subtle lemony zing, but overall the aroma is slightly above average.

T - Scratch 43 is bitter, yes, but the hop profile is kind of muted and non-descript. Some floral and citrus notes poke out, and a grassy character develops as it warms up a bit. Malt remains sweet throughout. Finishes with a moderate lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and dry, bittersweet finish. Overall, the mouthfeel is quote smooth and pleasant.

D - Pretty solid IPA, but it misses the mark just a bit. I still have yet to be truly blown away by one of these Scratch IPAs. They hit the Fresh Hop Ale out of the park, but I'm still waiting to be wowed by an IPA from Troegs. In the grand scheme of things, this Scratch offering falls squarely in the middle of the other four recent offerings.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery yesterday.

Scratch 43 pours a solid gold color with amber hilights. Head retention is pretty decent, and there is considerable lacing. The nose is all dry citrus and pepper, leading one to expect a pretty dry IPA. On the palate this beer is quite dry, displaying considerable bitterness (pretty much as expected). Truth be told, this beer seemed more like an imperial pilsner then an IPA, with hints of honey and bread dough along with the dry citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with long, quite bitter finish. Drinkability was good, though the combination of bitterness abd fairly high alcohol make it a bit of chore to just drink this right down.

Hmmm. While I thought this a pretty decent beer, based on looks, aroma and taste, this could easily pass for a well made, very hoppy, imperial pilsner. Of the recent scratch IPA's, I thought this one the easily the hoppiest and least malty. Still a pretty solid beer...

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewery tasting room -served in a pint.

The color is very clear golden apricot with thick rocky cap of about 1 1/2 inches with fine beading. The lace sticks very well and retention is very good. The smell is good with a nice citrus bouquet and subtle malt with a gentle musty yeast ester in the background. the feel is good - highly carbonated and moderately bitter w/ gentle astringency and slight yeast presence with light toasted tinge from the malt and very mild alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

I enjoy the way the taste has a nice bitter entry with some mild malt sweetness balancing with som yeast in there giving a slight smoothness to the flavor with some grassiness and light floral effects, the citrus elements seem to come through more in the nose than the flavor with gentle dry spiciness in the finish. This IPA is satisfying and is a good example of the style, but not as great as some Hoppy beauties I have had from Troegs. I will certainly go for this again as it is very good drinkability wise.

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Photo of grover37
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey. May 2011. From notes.

Appearance (4): Light gold with straw edges. Off white, one-inch head which reduces to a patch. Heavy lacing at the top but not much elsewhere.

Smell (3.5): Spicy and pine or spruce. Light lemon with a touch of passion fruit. A bit toasty but no crystal.

Taste (4): Slightly bitter. Lemon, pine, and grapefruit. Bitter through the middle with spruce and citrus. Really bitter finish with a lingering citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Coating and dry. Light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Fruity and tongue drying.

Overall (4): Pretty good IPA that stands out for its uniqueness. Almost belgian-esque as it is nice and dry.

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Photo of thain709
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Served with a clear, golden body...you can see the slow carbonation working towards the top...the head was creamy and white and showed some decent retention...a full cap...it laced in an entire sheet

S - Bright citrus hops jump out with notes of grapefruit, orange, and some lemon...the malts are sweet but limited to the background

T - This is weird...the citrus hops have changed to earthy-tasting hops...there was just a quick blast of the citrus right up front...now the earthy hops are in and the malt is trying to make an appearance but no luck...the hops come back in full force and finish bitter with a greenness to them

M - Medium bodied...soft carbonation...this one is very bitter and green...I like bitter, but this is not mixing well on the palate

O - I'll say I still like 39 the best...this one was good...I was surprised to taste more earthiness than citrus after smelling the beer...the bitterness was at a good level (harsh and long) but mixed with the earthiness of the beer kind of turned me off

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I acquired this Scratch 43 IPA through a trade with a PA BA. The beer pours a clear straw yellow with a thick, rocky white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface, leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass. As the bottle emptied into the glass, some yeast on the bottom clouded up the beer.

The aroma has lots of citrus hop notes with lemon and grapefruit being the strongest.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry, with a strong carbonated snap on the tongue. The flavor is full of hoppy lemon citrus, with a touch of grass and pine. There's enough sugary malt sweetness throughout which balances out the hops. It finishes dry mildly bitter, with a lingering lemon flavor when gone.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking hoppy IPA. Not too bitter and very tasty. However, I thought the carbonation was a bit high. It's very fizzy on the palate.

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Scratch Beer 43 - 2011 from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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