Scratch Beer 52 - 2011 (T2 Ale) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
T2 Ale – is the beginning of a great adventure and a grand experiment. The first brew through the new brewhouse was designed to research yield and extraction rates, test our new boiler system and dial in the hop dosing system and hopback. The results? Our fermentable extraction rate was higher than expected meaning T2 Ale is a bit higher in alcohol than planned The hop dosing system and new boiling system were equally efficient creating an intense, lingering bitterness stronger than expected. Scratch #52 will be served two ways – filtered and unfiltered – so try them both. It was 100% naturally carbonated and we are excited to share this first brew with our customers.

Added by Tucquan on 11-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a darker and bold shade of honey amber, nice frothy oatmeal head, stays and stays, before leaving all sorts of froth, collar, sheeting and abundant lacing. Impressive looking brew.

Maple malts and minty hops infuse the nose.

Densely flavorful and tasty brew, maple maltyness, caramel sweetness, met with more mint hop notes, just as with the nose. As it warms the hops become more prominant with mint, and some earthyness coming to mind.

Medium body, adequate carbonation. Nicely balanced and highly enjoyable. Fine beer to enjoy on a winters nite.

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern--served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: big time pine and caramel

Taste: sweet caramel start, big time pine in the middle--the end is where the flavors combine

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet start bitter middle less bitter end, moderate carbonation

Overall: I could have a couple pints. Probably my favorite Troeg's amber. Abv is very sneaky on this one. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but very tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

The filtered version at the brewhouse.

A: The amber ale is appropriate, an auburn color that can't shake brown and orange colors. A beauty in the glass, sporting an offwhite head that laces in thick rings.

S: The ale brings out the best of an amber ale, both malts and hops coming through. The malts are bready, lightly toasted. The hops are citrusy.

T: Leafy citrus, not as leafy as last nights Homegrown though. Caramel and lightly toasted breads stand out. Hops are there, taking a little bit of time to emerge. As they do, a chalky citrus flavor comes through. The finish brings the hops with more gusto, leafy citrus that lingers long after a sip is gone. I think that I prefer the unfiltered version, it's a little meatier.

M: A well-balanced ale that was very enjoyable. Lively with a strong hop finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a nice copper color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some faint pine and citrus notes along with a bit of bready malt. Nothing too special there; a disappointment compared to HopBack and Nugget Nectar. The flavor falls a bit further off with some malt and not too much in the way of hops. Light-medium feel with some slight chewiness and a faint bitterness. Decent, though not to Troegs' normal level.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Scratch 52 (T2 Ale)

Pours brown, with slight off white head and some lacing. Aroma is of caramel, bread and light floral hops. In the taste, caramel malt, citrus, and a solid bitterness. Malt body is mildly nutty, and somewhat sweet. Finishes semi-dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat smooth. Overall, a nice red ale, in the Irish vein, but with more hops.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

Served on-tap in the Tasting room. I have had this beer quite a few times now, and since I prefer the unfiltered version best, this review will be for that one.

A - Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a big three finger tall off white head leaving thin streaks of lace down the glass. Yup, definitely an amber ale...

S - Smells just like hopback, probably because it is...Hints of bready caramel malt and citric hops, remaining bright yet restrained. Not too bad.

T - Starts off with a big dose of chewy caramel malt slowly giving way to the bright citric hop bitterness. The sweetness ticks back up once the bitterness dies down, combining with a touch of dryness to linger on the pallet throughout the finish. It is well balanced and easy to drink, pretty good.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, bitter, feel that is very easy to drink.

O - Considering this IS Hopback, supposedly the first batch brewed in the new facility, I knew I would like it going into it but I actually found myself liking this unfiltered version a tiny bit more than the regular old Hopback. Goof stuff none the less.

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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this growler of the unfiltered version. From the growler, this brew emerges a hazed color of amber to copper. A tan frothy yellowish stained cap displays decent retention. As it fades, spots of lace stick to the glass and it rests as a thin layer atop.

The smell is herbal and catty with some tropical fruit element, rinds and pulp from the hops. There is a sweetness of toasty grain included that is somewhat familiar with almost a rue aspect about it. There is a green yeasty tinge throughout which accents the fruity alcohol quality. As it warms, it picks up a scent of dirty cantaloupe.

The taste is herbal with the same dirty cantaloupe thatbid present on the back-end of the aroma. There is a fruity quality about this brew that is melon-like that fades into more of a veggie aspect. Some toasty malts are present mixed with minerals. The bitterness is modest and enjoyable countered by the grain inclusion. The aftertaste is a strange mix of cheese, catty quality and sulfur.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. There is a light alcohol impact in both flavor and warmth. Overall it isnt bad but it just didn't hit the mark for me. I wanted to like this but there is something going on in some of Troegs hoppy offerings that are off-putting to me.

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

Unfiltered version

A - Dark copper body with a two finger fell to a thin cap that left some nice lacing

S - The nose is reminiscent of's a very balanced nose that showcases citrus hops and strong caramel malts with some toasted malts as well

T - At first sip, the beer starts with a lot of bitterness...there is some sweet, citrus hops up front as well...the middle presents the strong caramel malt that was evident in the nose...there is also some bready notes that bring some balance to the beer...the ending of the beer brings some leafy hop flavors and bitter pine hops

M - Medium bodied...comes across thin at some points...long lasting bitterness

O - The best way to describe this beer is that it fits perfectly between Hopback and Nugget Nectar...the malt bill is strong, but the citrus hops provide some sweetness as well as some bitterness...they were offering both unfiltered and filtered versions at the brewery

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to do a side by side with the filtered and 'unspun' version -served chilled in a bavarian pint glass and allowed to warm slowly.

The backstory is this was the first brew on the new BrauKon system and it was an attempt to dial in Hopback amber which went off somehow. The color is almost identical yet the unfiltered/non centrifuged verison has a light amount of haziness. The bead is ultrafine and he lace clings in a thick web pattern. The smell is full on hop oils giving off a fragrance that is mostly citrus with some light floral notes and mild toasted grain esters. The feel is moderately full with a light bitterness up front that carries over into midtaste and finish with slight oily texture in the unfiltered and mild malt body with some light tea-like astringency and spice from the hops with subtle alcohol on the palate, the carbonation is moderate.

The flavor is to me halfway between nugget nectar and Hopback with some mild citrus tanginess and clean yeast flavor with mild toasted elements from the munich malt and there is a gentle grapefruit element contributed by the cascade which also blends to bring out a slight tangerine/red grapefruit note when combined with the malt and nugget hops which are almost spicy/piney at times. There is a nice balance for the level of alcohol in the beer and the unfiltered seems to bring out more hop character while the filtered contributes more to the crispness of the feel for me. You can see the difference albeit subtle in a bigger, more hop forward american ale at 70 ibus and 6.9 percent it is not a shy beer, but still hides its strength rather well. I prefer this to Hopback since it is a little more dry in feel with a more assertive hop character, but both versions are interesting to try I guess if I had to choose I would go with an unfiltered T2 for the more raw effect of the hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Unfiltered version on draft at T2 a month or two ago.

Cloudy dark copper with a large white head that leaves behind sample lace. Nugget Nectar like aroma, citrus with pale and caramel malt. This tastes a little bigger than the ABV would suggest and is definitely an imperial amber. Sweet balance of juicy citrus hops with caramel malt and some mint. Not overly bitter, sweet and smooth throughout. Liked it better than Hopback, but obviously no NN.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey in DC, served in a snifter. Beer is red and mostly clear with a thin lazy white head, low lacing low carbonation low retention.

Aroma is sweet and malty, mild grassiness and hops but not a hoppy aroma at all.

Beer is cloyingly sweet and hot somehow with a like syrupy body and a sticky finish, harsh overall and not a repeat.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-11-11 in Columbia, PA. This beer was savailable filtered and unflltered. This is a review of the unfiltered version

A - Moderately-hazy copper-amber with a 1.0 finger head and good lacing.

S - Mild. Slight apple cider and pale malt.

T - Hop bitterness and citrus at first and then a somewhat-simple-but-tasty and lightly-sweet-grape and roasted and caramel malt flavors. The caramel is more pronounced 24-hours after sitting in the growler than it was on-tap. It tails off to a reasonable level of bitterness; pretty dry but with nicely-balanced remnants of fruit-malt sweetness.

M - Medium body and very-light carbonation Smooth and creamy.

O - Quite tasty. Sits somewhere between their Hop Back Amber and Perpetual IPA.

~ 70 IBUs
Malt: Pils, Munich
Hops: Cascade, Nugget
Hopback: Whole Leaf Nugget

This is the first beer through the new brewhouse in Hershey, PA. They found the yield and extraction rates and hop dosing results were higher than expected. It is naturally carbonated.

In case you are wondering; T2 stands for "Troegs 2" since this is their second brewery. You hear the crew calling it this amongst themselves from time-to-time.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by Tröegs new brewery/tasting room on 25JAN12 and started with a pint of #52, for $5.00.

My tall pint glass was filled with a lovely brew. It was deep copper in color, with a touch of haziness. Carbo was plentiful, and the head was a creamy, light beige layer of foam with excellent lace left in its wake. The nose was very mild, as I had to strain to pick up anything (the brewhouse background aromas didn't help). There was a touch of toastiness, with a smidge of florality. 52 was quite smooth and creamy on the tongue, and the body was solidly medium.

Light sweetness hit the palate, with some toasty, biscuity caramel following suit. It presented a hint of apricot, as well as some minty, herbal notes. Lightly hoppy, it had more of a sweetly fruity finish. Solid. Zum Wohl!

3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Scratch Beer 52 - 2011 (T2 Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 29 ratings