Scratch Beer 63 - 2012 (Danny's IPA) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 63 - 2012 (Danny's IPA)Scratch Beer 63 - 2012 (Danny's IPA)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Danny’s IPA was brewed to honor Danny Glover, our good friend who passed away earlier this year. Dubbed Danny’s IPA, this Black IPA is modeled after Danny’s favorite beer, Nugget Nectar. It clocks in at 7.0% ABV and 100 IBUs. Per John Trogner III, “If anyone says it’s not hoppy enough, punch them in the face.” Rotten grapefruit flavors from Columbus hops dominate Scratch #63. The dry-hopping rate is nearly one pound per barrel creating a dank, piney aroma that gives way to a grassy finish. This beer was dry hopped at a rate of 1.25 lbs. per barrel, more than two times the rate of Nugget Nectar. Tröegs Brewery will donate $10 from every case of Danny’s IPA sold out of the brewery in Hershey to the Gift of Life donation program.

Added by stakem on 04-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by TheNightwatchman:
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks to Stakem for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours black, with a finger of foamy mocha colored head. This maintains a rich ½ finger, leaving back a robust cascade of sticky lace behind. The aroma smells herbal and grassy, leaning more towards the danker side of things. This is undercut by the scent of bitter fruit, while a mix of cocoa sweetness and roasted coffee character fills out the back of the nose.

The taste is juicy grapefruit, grassy tones, herbal character, and then chocolate, toffee, and coffee flavors along the back. The dry finish here is bitter and resinous. Those herbal notes and an almost vegetal feel really give a big push in this as things warm up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp sharpness on the tongue that then gets more smooth and silky along the back. There is a fairly minimal alcohol presence here.

This was interesting. While there was no lack of bitterness, it’s those herbal flavors that really drive this and work fairly well with the acidity of the more roasted flavors here. A crisp feel and well hid ABV help keep this drinkable. It’s worth a look.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled on Friday, 4/27. In a goblet.

A: The black ale is appropriate, an inky black color that could easily pass for a stout. The opacity betrays a few brownish looks if you hit the angle right. A white head, lacing follows around the mouth of the glass.

S: The roasted malts set the tone, boldness that carries more than its fair share of hops. Those hops are citrusy, Nugget Nectar has a near twin with this one - Nugget adds fresh bite. The combination of roasted malts and sweet hops is very nice - similar to the first run of Dead Reckoning. Light green onions, similar to Scratch 62, also come through late in the nose.

T: Not a bad combination of flavors here. The roasted side is a little charred, sweetened up with chocolate. As Troegs appropriately notes, the roasted side isn't bitter - leaving that to the hops. And those hops are heavy, thick even. Citrus is abundant, a sweetness amongst the darker malts. The finish, as the hops fade and the malts diminish in strength, has an unusual element - can't quite put my finger on it. A little burnt, a little soy, a little vegetal; almost like everything is coming together for one final go-round.

M: The first glass - just okay. I am happy that subsequent glasses picked up. The hops, strongest near the finish, are citrusy and strong. I think that this one edges out 62 in terms of recent IPAs.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark black with slightly brown edges and a big, fluffy mocha head that never settles, always leaving a huge cap of foam. I can see the Nugget Nectar comparison, big and dank hop aromas with a substantial roasted malt and bitter chocolate backbone. Really hoppy. Taste is equally bitter and hoppy, with tons of pithy grapefruit rind, dark chocolate, espresso coffee beans, and pine resin. Surprisingly light and drinkable, despite the dark malt profile and decent ABV. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a touch over medium-bodied and good carbonation. Overall a pretty nice "Black IPA" that goes to an amazing cause. Honored to have tried it.

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1306th Review on BA
Bottle to Nonic pint
12 oz

Thanks to CPAbeer for this one.

App- Nice looking cola brown with some thicker density in the center. A bit of a crimson on the edges. Khaki 1/2 finger head with some nice sticky cling.

Smell- Smells like a brown ale to me with some slight hops and a bit of earthy grass. A bit of a peanut/walnut aroma. Just a bit small and seemingly low key.

Taste- Its okay but not earth shattering. Has more of that nutty flavor with a slighty thick malt note. The small amount of bitter doesnt add enough oooph to bring it up to more than a nice beer.

Mouth- A lighter body. Really a touch thin. Has a little bit of a medium creamy carbonation. Residual malts and roast.

Drink- These scratch beers are always an adventure. Fairly tasty, little off balance but good start for a Black IPA.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Pinocchios in Media. Pours black, nearly opaque, with a small, slowly settling tan head. Good lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma of roasty, slightly charred malt and bitter, citrusy grapefruit hops. Subtler pine notes.

Flavor follows the nose closely; charred taste blends nicely with citrus, grapefruit pith, pine resins. Good bitterness that doesn't overwhelm. A prototypical black Ipa.

Medium bodied with medium to slightly low carbonation and a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel; this is one of the best aspects of this beer, in my opinion. A very tasty and easy drinking take on the style.

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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served straight from a firkin at the brewery. This one was dry hopped with simcoe. A fitting tribute to a really good guy, RIP Danny.

A - Pours deep, dark brown bordering on black with a creamy one and a half finger tall khaki colored head leaving thin webs of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, pungent citric hops, dulled citric fruit, and some fresh cut pine. It really does smell like a darker nugget nectar.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roast quickly giving way to hints of fresh citric fruit and plenty of bitter citric hops. Unlike some examples I have had from the style, the dark side of this beer blends well with the hoppy side, leaving an easy drinking black ale. Finish is a mix of dark roast and lingering hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Big body with a really nice creamy feel with a decent amount of carbonation, growing still in the glass as most casks do. The booze is there but it never gets in the way, helping to make this one very easy to drink.

O - My first glass wasn't as good as the second. Second glass had more assertive hop presence and a little less roast, very nice balance. I have never liked this style but this one works fairly well. Another solid offering from the Scratch series.

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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pub glass. While pouring, the brew appears a clear brown. As it comes to rest in my glass it is black in color with more than a finger of khaki head sitting atop that is creamy and fluffy. As it slowly recedes, it leaves a wall of lacing effect on the glass. When held to the light, you can see some of that previous described more brown clarity around the edges.

Taking a smell of this brew, it is bright and hoppy with lots of citrus notes. Grapefruit is right upfront that blends into a minor floral note before becoming herbal and somewhat vegetative and weedy towards the back. The nose of this brew is all about the hops and hardly gives any indication to the dark roasted grain character you would expect based on the appearance.

Taking a sip, the brew is quite perplexing. At first the bitterness of the dark grain quality hits with flavors of fresh coffee and bitter chocolate that is somewhat earthy. However, with each additional sip, the brew goes right back into the focus of those hops with a bitter bite of something along the lines of pulp and an herbal to vegetable quality. Towards the back, the brew has a bit of a floral quality that does a pretty good job blending in and out of the roasted grain character. The dark roasted grain imparts a dryness to the finish which is enjoyable an not expected for the amount of hops you would expect to create a lasting oily cling.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable for 7% but it is integrated quite well. Black ipas are hit and miss for me. However, this one really seemed to work and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nicely done Troegs. Cheers to this dedication brew and to a righteous cause.

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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Simcoe dry-hopped cask offered on (or near) the release day.

A - Served with a deep, dark body that showed some mahogany highlights...two fingers worth of tan head that receded to a bubbly cap...patchy lacing was left behind

S - The roasted malts stood out and were pretty strong, even with the dry-hopping...when the hops did come through they provided a nice citrus blast with a mixture of bitter pine

T - Again, the roasted malts were stronger than the hops here...there were some nice roasty notes mixed in with chocolate and slight burnt coffee...the hops were almost stale in flavor...they had a real grassy/earthy flavor to them...not the bright citrus detected in the nose...the dark roasted malts and bitter hops made for a balanced finish

M - Medium bodied...smooth from the cask offering...balanced with a slight earthiness coming through

O - Well, this wasn't the best Black IPA I've had...the roasted aspect was nice, but I couldn't get into the hop characteristics...reminded me somewhat of Dead Reckoning, but I'd have one of those before this

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Scratch Beer 63 - 2012 (Danny's IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 51 ratings