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Scratch Beer 51 - 2011 (Fat Scratch Fever) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Tucquan on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by hoosierfan:
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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled yesterday at T2.

A: Golden and clear, I can see for miles and miles. Plenty of white head on the first few pours, lace abounds throughout the glass.

S: Delicious nose, plenty of citrus. Orange and grapefruit are plentiful, a sweet aroma that brings some pepper and heat along. A nice nose, one that needs to warm up to fully express itself.

T: Very oily, each sip brings a full mouthful of hops. The orange rind and grapefruit from the nose run rampant, the resiny oils coating my palate with each sip. For all the head generated, the body of the ale isn't very carbonated, further concentrating the oiliness. Pepper adds zest. The warmer the ale, the more alcoholic heat comes through. Not fusel and not a big detractor, just an observation. I liked the ale on tap but allowing it to warm at my pace makes all the difference.

M: A good IPA, plenty of oils to help the citrus last, as does the relative lack of carbonation. A good IPA.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ssznyter
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-brown/dark straw color in glass. Nice head. Bartender that served it to us had an even better appearance. Very good looking.
Smell: Hoppy and good. Definitely strong hoppy aroma though. Fresh hops and a good preview of the bite to come.
Taste: Good IPA. Definitely got my attention with a nice strong hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel: A little rough but just how a strong IPA should be. Carbonation was just right.
Overall: Good beer. Kind of wish it was more than just a scratch beer. Also, kind of wish I lived closer to the brewery so that good-looking red head could serve me more delicious beer like this.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery tasting room today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up considerable orange citrus, light pepper and a hint of leafy tobacco. So I expected this beer to be pretty nice, based on the nose, but this beer was so delicious, I was startled when I took my first sip. For a 5.5% abv. IPA, it's amazing how juicy this beer is, and how much flavor it delivers. There's a considerable amount of orange citrus, but this beer is so well balanced, with the considerable hoppy bitterness in the finish well balanced by just the right amount of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with long, dry, bitter finish. Alcohol is barely an after thought.

This is an all around excellent IPA, and considering the abv., I'm just amazed by the amount of flavor this beer delivers. Really wish this could be part of the regular line-up.

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4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Scratch 51 : Fat Scratch Fever
Ontap @ Fatheads

Pours a clear deep straw gold with white head and plenty of lace down the glass. Aroma of dank, resinous hops, and mild floral and pine notes. In the taste, a huge wall of bitterness, citrus, pine, earth tone flavor probably attributed to the use of the Troegs HopBack where the brew is run through a tun of hops. There is a mildly fruity fatheads yeast strain contributing to a balancing sweetness. Overall, a very tasty and bitter IPA. Solid.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass at Lizardville

A- Poured a clear orange color, lot of carbonation, and fluffy finger of head that left tons of chunky lace.

S- Big grapefruit, floral, fragrant aroma, and some pine

T- Grapefruit and floral/fragrant notes were present, very strong amount of bitterness to this beer that masked some of this flavor, the notes were all there but the bitterness overwhelmed some of the flavor.

M- Medium body, ultra dry

O- Great aroma on this beer, but the bitterness is what stands out on this beer. Head Hunter IPA is my favorite IPA so I had high expectations for this collaboration with Fat Heads, the bitterness takes over a little too much with this one. Not bad, glad I tried it.

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Photo of orangesol
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room.

A - Pours clear amber orange with a HUGE three finger tall white head leaving spotty webs of lacing down the glass. A very pretty beer to say the least.

S - Smells of bready malt, tropical fruits, grassy hops, and damp earth. I thought this one was a little dull at the beginning but it really ramped up once it warmed up a bit. Not too bad.

T - Starts off with some light grassy hop bitterness quickly giving way to a big dose of cereal grains, light tropical fruit, and some light spice. The finish is more chewy grains and light hop bitterness mixed with a light dryness, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time. With such a low ABV. this one is very easy to drink.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. Chewy, bitter, feel with some light dryness at the end of each sip.

O - I enjoyed this one. It is very easy to drink and the flavors are all there. I didn't get as much fruit / hops as others but there was still plenty there to enjoy. One of the better Scratch IPA's for sure.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the Troegs tasting room in Hershey last evening. Served in a sort of hybrid glass that is like a broad sort of bulbous pilsner glass. The brew appears a glowing golden orange color with brilliant clarity. 2 strong fingers of white fluff retains across the top very well. It produces a webbing of lacing all across the glass. Really a fantastic looking brew.

The smell is bright and juicy with a very appealing hop character. Tropical smelling initially that gives way to more fruity notes lightly like pineapple before turning a little grassy as it warms. The nose of this brew is all about the hops and it is very enjoyable. It takes the brew quite a bit of time to warm up before I notice any malt inclusion to the aroma. When it does come out it is very lightly bready and clean for the most part. Well done.

The taste includes just as much juicy hop character without being overly bitter. Lots of tropical, juicy hop flavoring is noted tasting mildly of pineapple with a slight touch of pine and a grassy character across the back. I'm really into the clean hop flavors in this offering. Only once it gets warm does a little bit of a cheesy grain aspect come forward mixed with a bit of a yeasty aspect that I cant quite put my finger on.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Really a solid offering here with the hops being front stage. It has a lot of hop flavor packed into this brew without getting oily, clingy or bitey. Very easy drinking and well rounded. I polished off the first glass without taking a single note about the experience so I ordered a second. Very nicely done.

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Photo of thain709
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a clear, orange body with lots of carbonation bubbles...a huge, three finger, white head was present...it became rocky as it fell and never went away...chunky lacing

S - The nose was balanced in a sense...there were floral notes, a lot of grain, and some bitterness

T - There is an apparent bitterness that is present throughout the entire beer...the hops are leafy in flavor and present slight citrus and floral flavors as well...there is a big grain presence and it does a nice job balancing things out for a bit, but the hops do a nice job in coming back at the end

M - Light bodied...crisp, very clean, lingering bitterness

O - This was a very enjoyable IPA...I loved how crisp it was...I could have done without the graininess and would have liked more citrus flavors coming out...good luck Fat Heads!

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap during the same occasion as the previous reviewer, enjoyed from a tall wheat glass chilled.

The appearance is great, very sunny reddish amber with excellent clarity and thick cream cap of almost 3 fingers. The bead is ultra fine and there are streams of fast rising bubbles moving upward. The lace forms on the glass in a spiral auger pattern. The smell of this is very dank, earthy, slightly floral and citrus with a noticeable grapefruit component. The feel is very highly carbonated adding to the spice and bittering aspect of the texture with moderate body and slight fullness in the middle with gentle sweet tinge as it finishes with some oily quality from the hops.

The taste has some bitter citrus rind flavor with mild grass and slight pepper from the hops with a malty quality that is not sweet, more or less a subtle bready munich-like backing with a light pilsner malt flavor which comes off as earthy with a pretty dominant hop profile giving the balance without any alcohol in the taste this has a slight astringency as it finishes semi-dry. The Fat Scratch collaboration is very drinkable, practically a sessionable IPA which is not that common, but I really found it easy to have two back to back, kudos on this hoppy product to Troeg's and Fatheads.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip at the new Troegs brewery. 9.5 ABV on the board.

Pours a clear, filtered golden color with a white head; nice retention and lacing. Strong hop aroma, tropical and oily with very light malt presence. Flavor is fairly sweet, grassy and tropical fruits throughout, with a sweet biscuit malt body. Well carbonated, medium thick body with a slick oily texture. As this warms the alcohol presence becomes stronger and detracts from my enjoyment. Nice beer, though Headhunter is preferred.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Tucquan
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-10-29 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear golden-orange with a 2.0-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S - Nectarine, pineapple, hop floral, mild grain. Very pleasant but not overpowering.

T - Just as tasty from the growler as it was on-tap at the brewery a couple of hours ago. Since the malt bill is like the Fat Head's Headhunter, you can taste the similarities but it has more of a hop sweetness than I expected. There's an appealling orange-nuttiness and plenty of grapefruit bitterness. It dries nicely. The aftertaste lingers quite awhile with a nice, bitter character, mildly buoyed with some fruit and grain sweetness..

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp yet smooth. Nicely prickly.

O - A really fine, light IPA. Too bad this is a one-time brew. Perhaps if it is popular at Fat Heads in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, something like it will be made again. Good stuff.

Note: I was at Troegs a week after this review and was surprised to see they had the ABV posted at 9.6% instead of the 5.5% they had posted when it first came out. I asked the bartender about it and he said they'd taken it into the lab recently and that's what it measured. I was wondering when I did my review how they packed so much flavor into 5.5%. Now I know; they didn't. I just sent in an update for the ABV for this listing.

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3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Fat Heads brewpub in OH. The menu notes: "This is a collaborative brew between Fat Heads and Troegs, brewed at Troegs on the brewing system Fat Heads purchased for the new production brewery. An IPA similar to Head Hunter with a different hop profile, some changes in the grain bill and not as agressively dry hopped. A nose of citrus, pine, bready malt & pepper. Resiny hop flavor, orange rind, grapefruit, a nice malt backbone and a big dry finish".

The beer is clear and golden colored, with some wispy foam on top. Sweet and citrusy aroma, I think its a stretch to compare it too strongly to Head Hunter though (which is brutally astringent even on the nose). This is much more balanced, with emphasis on hops as is proper.

This goes down very easily, but doesn't have any compelling characteristics to stand out from the wide field of IPAs that are out there. I still much prefer Head Hunter.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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