Scratch Beer 45 - 2011 (Experimental American IPA)
Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer 45 - 2011 (Experimental American IPA)Scratch Beer 45 - 2011 (Experimental American IPA)
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American IPA
3.93 | pDev: 8.4%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Scratch Beer 45 - 2011 (Experimental American IPA)Scratch Beer 45 - 2011 (Experimental American IPA)
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Reviews by harrymel:
Photo of harrymel
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in the last month or so.

A: pours a nice apricot colored ale with less than a single finger of meringue like foam which falls to a central cap that falls to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Small amounts of suspended yeast take from the originally excellent clarity (operator error).

S: Mangoes, pineapple, apple, apricot and biscuity malts make up the jest of this one. Not bad at all, quite pleasant without being particularly intriguing. I get the feeling this one uses Citra hops on finish (or at least it reminds me of the Citra dry hopped mild ale I recently made).

T: Sweet and bitter. Nice caramel and biscuit malts mend into resiny bitterness and a midpalate full of mango. I like the bitterness on this one - not overbearing, but present; dry but mouthwatering.

M: Medium bodied with fine and moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish makes me salivate.

O: Nice beer, one of the better offerings from Troegs IMO. Worth getting your hands on now, as it appears to be a one and done.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A firkin at O'Reilly's on IPA Day. Thanks for hosting Chris.

A: The IPA is a lighter, golden color, hazed over thanks to the firkin pour. A white head, pure a driven snow, has large bubbles and doesn't last long.

S: The nose has an orangey citra finish, plenty of hop bitterness before that. Lighter malts don't add much to the aroma. The cask aspect is nice.

T: The citra finish is a highlight, lending orange rind and pepper in spades. Before the finish, lighter malts, biscuity, and a wall of bitterness pop up. The dry hopped finish stands out, the best part of the ale. The spicy bite leaves a leafy hop finish.

M: The cask accentuates the citra finish, a delicious way to go. The hoppiness before that is strong but nondescript. I think I need to try a bottle or a growler before I pass full judgment.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alewife for Baltimore Beer Week. Was hoping they would get the new fresh hop scratch beer (49 I believe), but no such luck.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all IPA goodness, with dry citrus, some light leafy tobacco, light pine and some underlying tropical fruit from the malt. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose, except there's a bit more of a tropical fruit presense than I expected. I'm also picking up a hint of onion flavor as well. The beer is pretty well balanced otherwise, with nice hoppy bitterness on the finish. There's a hint of alcohol in the dry finish as well, but it's not too obtrusive. Mouthfeel is medium bodied otherwise, with a fairly long, tropical fruit meets hoppy bitterness finish.

A nice enouogh beer, but I have to confess that these IPA's from Troegs (during the scratch series) are all starting to run together. For that matter, I didn't think this beer all that different from Troeg's perpetual IPA. Still a nice beer, even if it didn't exactly wow me.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cmurren25 for sending and Decadance for sharing. Cheers gentlemen!

Slightly hazed golden apricot body. Soft one finger bone white head is placed atop. The head works its way back slowly. Fairly impressive lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

Hop forward aroma. Tropical fruit heavy with a balancing citrus and floral. Mango and tangerine prominent, become stronger with warmth. The grassy, floral aromas become more subdued as the beer warms. Warm bready malt base in noted beneath. I like the use of Munich as part of the malt bill.

Strong hop bite up front. A burst of fruit hop flavor followed closely by a nice bitter bite. More of a grassy, floral flavor than what was picked up in the nose, still a tropical and citrus dominated beer. Mango, tangerine and grapefruit flavors are well layered. Malt flavor is subtle but noticeable. Bready flavor, little contribution from the crystal malt which is a good thing in my book.

Medium bodied IPA. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Slight resinous and oily texture. The finish is dry and pleasant. Excellent mouth feel for an IPA.

Very enjoyable beer. Troegs has done a good job overall with their IPAs in the Scratch series, this one ranks up towards the top. Flavors are well layered, very easy to drink.

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with moderate bubbled head that settles into a nice cap with some small sheets of lacing.

The aroma is of a nice fresh hop, nothing buddy but it is floral. The hops brings a subtle note of lemon. Not much else, nothing incredibly complex. Not a very strong aroma.

The flavor starts off with a floral hop and transitions into a piney profile. There is some orange citrus notes as well from the hops. The hops are supported by a honey like malt which adds the perfect amount of sweetness. Again, nothing terribly complex but it is good.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Quite smooth on the palate but does finish with a light asprin like bitterness. Lingers a little in the aftertaste.

A nice simple AIPA. Good balance between the sweet malt and the hops. Enjoyable.

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Photo of DIM
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a slightly chill-hazed golden color. It poured with a smallish, lightly sticky head.

s: Lots of caramel with hints of sugar cookie. Plenty of prickly caramel that was a bit flowery.

t: Nice mix up front of tingly citrus and rough caramel. The finish adds lots of clove like, kind of flavorless bitterness.

m: Medium bodied and kind of slick.

o: Not my favorite scratch offering, I hope this isn't similar to the Perpetual IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer at the release day when the cask was tapped, but wanted to wait to try this in bottled form alongside Perpetual IPA so I did a side by side with tenderbranson69 -poured chilled into a 1/2 pint allowed to raise in temperature gradually

the color is almost a straw golden with very light haze and tight bead with 2 fingers of cream capping the IPA, the lace is sticky and clings in a film. The smell is bready at first with some yeast aroma which launches into a citrus high alpha hop aroma with strong noes of grapefruit with slight tropical accents and mild orange rind with a subtle tinge of alcohol esters. The feel is good but does have an element of creaminess from the yeast with very bitter entry that lasts well past mid glass with some juicy accents and somewhat rind-like astringency with lasting bitter finish and moderate carbonation -overall a semi-dry feel which is pretty full on the palate.

The taste is good but feeling as though there is some kind of issue with the blend of hops because at times it is very citrus flavored and there are others where more rind and spicy hop notes come forward. I would not say it seems disjointed, just doesn't flow as well as it could with some grassy edges of leafy herbal hops one second and a bready sweet malt and yeast the next. I like the hop flavors which are vibrant and agressive but in this side by side it is clearer to me that the yeast is a little too forward and you get let hop resin and juicy flavors from the bottle. Overall I liked this -a very good IPA, I can't really say I thought it was World class, but it was a good stride from the last scratch IPA and they didn't skimp on hops at alll in this-a unique blend, but I prefered this on draft and cask second before the bottle

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Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Via firkin at O'Reilly's in Harrisburg for IPA Day Celebration, 8/4/11.

A - Hazy golden amber/orange liquid with a finger's width of cloudy white froth on top that reduced to deposit swatches of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus hop character is evident right off the bat, delivering a smack of orange and grapefruit notes as well as sharper notes of fresh cut grass and leafy hops. There is also a touch of spicy yeast and sweet caramel malt.

T - Citra hops are apparent right away and offer, well, plenty of citrus fruit character, especially orange and grapefruit. Midway through, some more sharp notes of grassy and clingy, leafy hops enter the fold, providing more of a bite. Sweet caramel and slightly spicy yeast quell the bitterness some, but ultimately the hops linger on the tongue for a bit.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly chewy, robust cask mouthfeel and slight oily texture. Fairly dry finish with sharp bitterness that lingers for a while on the palate.

D - Yet another IPA offering in the Scratch series. This was very good, especially on cask, but I still have yet to be truly blown away by one of the Scratch IPAs (other than #35, which was a fresh hop ale... close enough to an IPA).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

huge thanks to matt for this one, gotta keep up with my scratch beers

nice golden amber, a touch hazy, with good visible carbonation. Nice two inch head slowly faded away to just a layer of lace on the top. Decent side lace on the glass as well, looks like a good IPA. Smell was very sweet and hoppy Lots of orange and tangerine, but a definate malty back was apparent and was obviously present. The taste is great, a nice light hoppy IPA. A touch sticky with a good bitter dry aftertaste. First flavors that come through are nice fresh citrus followed by a touch of sugar and a yeasty bread flavor that is lingering around in the back. Very well balanced. A nice smooth drink, good carbonation and easy drinker. This is a definate classic session IPA.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Creamy head 1/2 finger fades slowly semi clear golden orange nectar colored.

Nose fresh hops, light musty resin, citrus and orange peel light tropical fruit, some light malts.

Taste nice hops but not heavy bitter, citrus, orange peel, lots of mint, light fruit, light musty resin, light sweet malts, dry finish, fairly bitter little sticky, lots of lingering citrus malts.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb.

Overall nice but not great, nice hops, tons of mint, not too bitter. This got a better rating than 42, and I think it's cause most BAs have a pre-disposition and hard-on for all IPAs no matter how good they are, and less of a hankering for an interesting experimental dubbel with fruit that was much better IMO.

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Photo of augie
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of boralyl
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a half inch of fluffy white head. As the head fades it leaves some nice lacing. The beer is clear and light golden-orange in color.

S - The nose is very aromatic, the Citra hops stick out the most. There is also a little bit of orange and grainy scents.

M - Light-medium in body with good carbonation. The hops make this one pretty bitter and it sticks to the inside of your mouth.

T - The taste is predominately hops. Unfortunately the Citra isn't showcased as well here, I get a large bitterness up front with light citrus followed by some flowery hops. There is a little bit of a grainy flavor(the pils I presume) followed by some more bitterness and a little bit of alcohol heat.

Not my favorite of the scratch IPAs so far, but not the worst, I'd put it somewhere in the middle. They need to make their scratch #35 their seasonal or year round IPA. That beer was great.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewery release via firkin and also O'Reilly's via firkin during IPA Day.

A - Served with a muted, honey-golden body...two fingers worth of foamy white head...retention was that of a wispy cap and a full ring...nice lacing

S - The nose showcases the hops...they provide a bit of citrus aroma but they are more can tell they are going to be bitter...a slight graininess can be picked up too

T - The citrus that I mentioned from the nose is also brief on the palate...a bit of grapefruit is able to stand out...after that it's a lot of grassy, leafy, green hops...the grain stands out in the middle with the typical yeast strain coming out as well...the hops never quit though as the provide a bitterness throughout the entire beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth with a long lasting bitterness

O - This one didn't blow my socks off but it was better than a few of the previous IPA's...I'm ready for something different from the Scratch series

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Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Slatetank for the bottle. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a light golden color with less than a finger of slightly off-white head. The cap recedes fairly quick despite rising bubbles of carbonation that maintain a thin film across the top. When held to the light, some fine particulate is stuck floating throughout. A light swirl brings back nearly a half finger of head that again quickly dissolves leaving some spots of lacework on the glass.

The aroma of this brew initially has some bright citrus and fruity hop notes that come across a bit floral. As it warms up, some yeasty notes are evident mixed with a note of pear or cantaloupe that mixes with a touch of sulfur. Once warm, the brew picks up a bit of a stinky cheese aspect. Overall not bad but all of the last scratch IPA's in this recent experimentation have had a common underlying aspect that I find a bit off.

The taste is modestly bitter with some rind-like flavoring that turns a bit grassy and herbal through the middle. A flavor of pear skin or cantaloupe is evident throughout and into the aftertaste. Just like the aroma led on, there is a mild taste of stinky cheese and sulfur present in the taste. There is a mild toasty grain flavor present which persists into the aftertaste and provides a nice backing to the oily nature of the bitter hops. The alcohol is fairly evident for 7% abv. As the brew warms up, it gets a little solvent and quite warming down the back of the throat.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to light level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking but there is something going on with these last scratch IPAs that I am just not a fan of. Perhaps I am spoiled by Nugget nectar and expect an IPA coming from Troegs to be of equal or greater hoppiness. Regardless it is worth a try but I just don't feel like they nailed down a recipe to go into their normal lineup.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a clouded orange color with some golden hues. Thick white head retains with fluffy film and layers of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of citrus in the nose with grapefruit and orange. A little sweet with a note of bready caramel. Not terribly complex up front.

Bitter and juicy with a decent splash of hoppiness. Citrus driven by grapefruit, tangerine, and orange. Softer malt backbone with caramel and biscuit breadyness. Finishes bitter and juicy.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and juicy on the tongue. A decent enough IPA, but I definitely prefer Perpetual.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.81/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on cask at the Drafting Room. The firkin was pressurized the day before it was served. Can't get much fresher

A- pours a cloudy shade of yellow with a one finger white head. Eh, could look a little prettier

S- the smell is beautiful, full of insane citrus hops that assault my nose. Totally awesome

T- slightly bitter citrus hops. Not overwhelming at all, gives a little bit of a bite, and isn't too sweet. It's amazing

M- it's a little thick for my tastes, more of a DIPA thickness than a standard IPA

O- reminds me a lot of Hopslam. Totally, totally awesome beer, but I wonder how much of it is due to the way it was served to me

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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to pint glass. Case purchased at the brewery. Sampled 8/19/11. I don't usually review the same beer from different serving types but, I believe my experience from the bottle was somewhat redeeming.

A: A scant 1 finger head of off-white bubbles sits above an orange, glowing body, very hazy.

S: Light malty notes with a crusty bread and light caramel back bone. The hops are heavy featuring juicy, pithy grapefruit, orange and dank all the way around.

T: Moderately sweet upfront with a semi-dry, bitter finish. The unlisted ABV of 7% comes through a bit. In addition to the aromas, overly-ripe pineapple comes through on the palate as well.

M: Medium body, oily texture and fizzy carbonation with a bitter finish.

O: Not great, but much better than my experience on cask.

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Photo of orangesol
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a HOTD tulip.

A - Pours clear amber orange, with lots of carbonation bubbles rising all over the glass, a small one finger tall white head leaving streaky lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of caramel malt, grassy hops, chewy yeast, and some dulled citric rind. The sweetness is growing quickly in this one.

T - Starts off with a good bit of caramel sweetness that lingers through the finish. Once the initial sweetness dies down you get hints of the grassy hops, dulled citric fruit, and the chewy house yeast. The finish is a mix of caramel sweetness, grassy hop bitterness, and some more chewy yeast that combines to linger on the pallet for some time afterwards.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, chewy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - I have now had this one in three different serving styles and it remains good but not great and the cask versions were the best by far. The caramel sweetness only seems to be growing at the moment. I will have to drink these last few bottles pretty quick.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first beer I tried when I got to the brewery this past weekend. I knew that I wanted to have this one because I'll probably never have it again. The beer poured a light clear looking golden yellow color with a mediocre white head on top. The smell was pleasant, it had a generous amount of floral hop aromas coming off of it and some sweet malt aromas too. The taste of the beer gave off a good amount of pine and citrus with a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was rather light but refreshing at the same time. I feel that this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to BOknows for bringing back this little delicacy from a trip home. Thanks, Brett!

A: Pours a cloudy light orange golden color. About a half finger of white head quickly dissipates to a quarter finger. Nice sticky clumps of lacing slide down the sides of the glass into the brew. Good looking IPA here.

S: Delicious bouquet of pineapple, grapefruit, and hints of pine. Maybe just a dash of earthiness. Very light and refreshing on the nose. This is one of the best smelling IPAs I've encountered.

T: A nice creamy pineapple is readily apparent before the bittering of piny hops takes hold. This is a very light drinking IPA. The citrus notes temper the bitterness very nicely.

M: Well balanced, with the aftertaste being perhaps just a little too bitter considering the wonderful pineapple notes apparent on the nose and initial taste. Carbonation is spot on. Well-crafted.

O: This is a really good IPA from Troegs. I really enjoyed the pineapple forward nature of this one, and thought that it got dominated just a touch by the bitterness on the back end. Otherwise it is light and refreshing and another great entry to the Troegs pale collection. Great work!

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy golden body with a solid finger of creamy, off-white head. Some really nice lacing on this, nice looking beer. Lots of citrus in the nose, mainly orange and grapefruit. Also some bready malts if i put my nose to work. Taste is very much hop forward, some sweeter citrus up front with a bitter floralish finish. Medium bodied with great carbonation, perfect for the style.

Very good Scratch IPA, I would have to check my reviews but I think I rated this higher than all the other attempts at the style.

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Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey Stone night.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a light orange hue with a good one and a half finger head that leaves really nice side lacing and a good healthy foam blanket.

S - Very light citrus hops (pine/grapefruit) and malts. Unfortunately I dont get any tropical hops.

T - Like the nose, unfortunately I get no tropical notes. There are good grapefruit and pine hops though, and it is really, really tasty.

M - Just great. Sharp carbonation, crisp dry finish, yet still lightly juicy. Delicious brew.

O - Overall this was a really solid offering from Troegs. I would buy a bottle of this if given the chance.

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Scratch Beer 45 - 2011 (Experimental American IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 31 ratings