1. Introducing the Respect Beer® Society. Upgrading your account to a Society membership entitles you to more than a dozen awesome perks, from discounts, to ad-free browsing, extended users stats, and much more. Join today.
  2. BEER FEST ALERT: Don't miss FUNK Boston: A Wild & Sour Beer Fest on June 14-15!

Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA) | Tröegs Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA)Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA)
BA SCORE
4.03/5
Exceptional
74 Ratings
Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA)Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
With 2011 coming to a close, we are in the mood for hops! Our brewers have been filling up the hop dosers and hopback with ridiculous amounts (and blends) of hops while learning to tame our new twin brewhouses. Scratch 55-2011, a Double IPA, has the subtlety of a hop sledgehammer. Yep, there’s a nice amount of color and sweetness from a massive blend of Munich and Crystal malts, but the playmaker here is a bevy of mouth-puckering hops that create a taste bud-numbing blend of pine and grapefruit that begin in your nose and linger long after your glass is empty. Tread gently beer lovers as this high-ABV level is masked by the big hop flavor.

82 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
74
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by LostInTheFlood:
Photo of LostInTheFlood
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap for a troegs event at the Fridge!!

A-Rich brown in color and darker then most double IPAs. Minimal bright white head that stuck around for awhile.

S-Very sharp citrus and some floral notes too! Smells like a fresh grapefruit...

T/M-Great!! Very smooth beer with some very good hoppy notes balanced by enough malt to make this a great overall beer! Very crushable in my opinion and hides its 8.6% very well.

Great double IPA shame it wont be back glad i had a pint though.

 482 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a nice amber color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some fresh pine needles and a bit of citrus plus a bit of bready malt in the background. Flavor has a good dose of hops and fairly-prominent malt presence. Not as hoppy or as great as Nugget Nectar. Medium body with a semi-dry finish and nice bitterness. PRetty good.

 396 characters

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of rct828
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this today on draft at the troegs tasting room, decided to take some bottles home for a more thorough review. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear amber color with 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth atop. The brew displays some pretty decent clarity when held to the light and more of an orange coloration as it is held tot he light. The cap retains with solid retention supported by constantly rising bubbles of carbonation.

The smell of this brew is hoppy with a mixture of herbal character, pine, catty quality, dank indications, fruit, rinds, minerals and solvent alcohol. Across the back is a sweetness that seems to come from a combination of fruity hops, alcohol and some accenting sweetness of the malt inclusion. Not a bad smelling brew, the mineral character I could do without though. Considering how fresh this is, I would expect a brighter hop-forward scent from this without the dirty mineral edges.

The taste is herbal with a hoppy bitterness that is rindy with a combination of herbal elements coming across like grapefruit pulp/zest and grass. There is a toasty malt inclusion that hardly provides any supporting sweetness but the flavor that is present helps to push forward a bit of a fruity appeal to this brew. There is a bit of mineral flavor included as well as sulfur. The alcohol is fairly evident in this even while it is cold. The finish includes a taste of dirty melon mixed with cheese that lasts inside the mouth well into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall it looks and feels good but the flavor and aroma leave room for improvement. I guess these folks are still working out the kinks from the move and new equipment. This brew leaves me wanting/expecting more considering these are the same folks who make the joyous brew that is nugget nectar. These guys know how to use hops, I cant wait until they get it right again. There is a familiar backend flavor to this that is reminding me of their scratch ipa project leading up to the release of perpetual. However this offering has a little bit more focus on toasty grain. Not bad but not something worth going out of your way for either.

 2,200 characters

Photo of mallison245
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bbeane
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my Duvel tulip... an agressive pour produces a huge cream colored head with great retention and lacing. Beer is a crisp dark amber/copper color

S- Citrusy... first whiff is slightly sweeter citrus, orange with some grapefruit notes. After some agitation, the grapefruit more or less takes over

T- Lots of grapefruit... very flavorful, but not intense. Very little sweetness with some spices evident

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- A pretty stellar offering IMO. I heard this Scratch edition was actually a botched batch of Hopback... the product of new more efficient brewing equipment. I hope they botch some more batches if they keep turning out like this

CHEERS

 693 characters

Photo of davidhilgen
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of gafferjohn
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1075th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
12 oz

Thanks to TroyG2352

App- A deep amber color with some yellow and brown highlights. I will say this is one dark DIPA. A great 3 finger head and took a long time to settle. Very clingy and had a great lace pattern.

Smell- A lot of hops in this glass and showed a bit of restriant in not going higher on the nose. A good bit of malty notes as well with some citrus rounding it out. Smelled more of damp orange peels vs grapefruits.

Taste- A very interesting mix of malts vs hops. Had a bit of a duality in the flavor. Couldn't put my finger on it. A light-medium bitter level with a tempered citrus level rounds out the layers on this one.

Mouth- A medium body with more of a dry citrus residual flavor and more a lingering medium carbonation level.

Drink- Overall, a bit on the malty side with small hop acids and bitter notes. Not always the profile I lean towards but I did like this one the more I sipped on it. Thanks again to Troy for the gift. Cheers!

 1,009 characters

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewery and again from a bottle a few days later.

A - Pours deep tarnished copper orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass. My pour from the bottle resulted in a huge 2-3 finger tall head...

S - Smells of juicy hops, pine resin, citric fruit rind, caramel sweetness, and some faint spice begins to creep in toward the end of the glass. As it warms, more and more booze creeps in.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of bitter citric hops that mix well with the sweet caramel malt, tropical fruits, and some warming booze. Finish is a little dry with a mix of sweetness and bitterness lingering on the pallet. All things considered it is fairly well balanced and easy to drink.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet, slightly bitter feel that clings to the pallet long after consumption.

O - I enjoyed this one. It never gets to the point of being great but it is fairly well balanced and pretty easy to drink. I think with a few minor tweaks it could really be great.

 1,071 characters

Photo of stump218
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CooperEllis
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into 8 oz tasting glass

Big fruit hops nose. Orange peel and lemon pith.

Dark coloring, brite copper penny. Big foamy offwhite head that leaves ample sticky lacing up the sides of the glass.

As this warms a strong malt backbone is there, very sweet. More to the brown sugar side. It's just a backbone, though, not forcing its presence at all.

Mouthfeel is a touch off. Very bitter at the end, but oily. This looks and drinks very crisp but it is lacking at the death.

I've enjoyed most of the Scratch series that I've had and this is no different.

(166th)

 568 characters

Photo of decadance
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Fubar1453
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep honey color with a sea foam off-white head.

S: Hops and pine needles with some citrus.

T: Tastes more like a pale ale than a DIPA, not very hoppy. Its very smooth and drinkable, but its not a DIPA.

M: Creamy, watery and sticky. A strange mixture.

O: A good beer that is mislabeled. I'd recommend trying it, but don't expect a hop bomb.

RXVII

 357 characters

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice

Appearance – A deep copper color which had a thin head upon being served. The head dissipated fast giving a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – Fresh piney aromas are the most potent and are prevalent throughout the nose. There is a bit of maltiness that is detected in the middle of the aroma followed up by citrusy hops toward the end.

Taste – While the pine is quite heavy throughout the aroma, it largely absent in the beginning of the taste. A bready maltiness is the first detected with an ever so slight brown sugar flavor. The hops then enter the picture, somewhat subtle at first, with mostly just pine, but then they come in and take over the show. Big flavors of pine mixed with some citrus and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel – The body is thick and chewy with a more subtle level of carbonation. A bit of oiliness comes into the mouthfeel toward the end, in some ways complementing the nice hop flavor that comes toward the end of the taste. Overall rather soothing and smooth for the style.

Overall – I rather enjoyed this double IPA. It had a nice hop kick with some good body and mouthfeel balance.

 1,153 characters

Photo of russwbeck
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber pour with more than two fingers of white head. Beautiful lacing and crazy retention. The head lasts a ridiculous amount of time after I poured it.

S: Wow, the aroma has big bitterness and big fruitiness. Pine mixes with a lot of grapefruit, but neither really take the forefront. Just a wonderful bouquet of hops.

T: The taste is a bit more fruity than the smell. Big hits of grapefruit and citrus followed by a huge bitterness. The balance of both sides of hops if really nice. Big fruits, big bitterness, really quite tasty.

MF: Medium body with a big hit of carbonation. Very dry finish and only hints of booze.

O: This was phenomenal. Get this out to your markets Troegs, you've hit the jackpot.

 717 characters

Photo of aorloski
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Canary Square for Troegs Tap takeover

A- nice golden hue, fluffy white head, nice lacing

S- smells of a nice east coast IPA, very piney and bitter nice floral notes of lemon zest are subdued

T - Pine up front, grapefruit in the back, a very nice pine resin and bitter beer great rendition of an east coast IPA

M - very nice carbonation allows this one to be crisp on the tongue

Overall - Very good beer, not anywhere close to the best DIPA I've ever had but it hides the alcohol extremely well and drinkability is HIGH

 533 characters

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of cosmo4u
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of yergermeister
5/5  rDev +24.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Scratch Beer 55 - 2011 (Double IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 74 ratings