Scratch Beer 75 - 2012 (English IPA) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An exercise in balance and humility, the English IPA has always demonstrated a more reserved demeanor than its American counterpart. Displaying more mellow earthy, fruity tones rather than pungent citrus or pine, this latest Scratch IPA utilizes a variety of English-style hops and give the aroma and flavor more of an understated bitterness, resulting in a balanced finish. Fruity, earthy and nutty. Scratch #75 may possibly be what the beer squirrels dream about.

Added by stakem on 08-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13
Photo of thain709
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly glowing golden body with some orange tint...a fluffy white head stands about two fingers tall...slowly falls to a spotty cap and doesn't leave too much behind

S - Overall the nose is light, but you can detect some herbal notes, grassy hops, and sweet caramel

T - Again, there isn't too much going on here...the hops are herbal and grassy...they comes across as medicinal at points and they don't have their expected can also find caramel notes lingering well as some toasted bread notes

M - Medium bodied...adequate carbonation, herbal, grassy, semi-sweet

O - I know this is a short review, but there really wasn't anything to write about...I like IPA's and English IPA's are usually a little maltier, but I didn't particularly care for this one...just nothing really going on here

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Photo of orangesol
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took me awhile to write this one up but here it goes...Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours pale orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of....very little? Some earthy hops, chewy caramel and some light booze creeps in as it sits in the glass. Not sure what is going on here, there is definitely a little something "off" with this one.

T - As with the nose, the taste is fairly dull. Starts off with some light earthy hop bite quickly giving way to hints of biscuity malt, toffee and caramel. Finish is a little dry, not lingering on the palate for very long after consumption.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, lightly hoppy feel.

O - I tried to like this one but I just can't. The flavors are decent but that one "off" flavor/aroma really messes with me when I try and drink this one. I must say I expected a little more from this one.

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Photo of Chaney
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this yesterday at the brewery after taking my wife to ride roller coasters for a few hours.

A: Poured a bright orange color, with substantial chill haze and a slight, sticky white head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: Man, I didn't get anything really. Maybe a slight whiff of citrus and a bit of booze.

T: I wouldn't say that citrus was the main star here... more like melted orange popsicle. Seriously, I didn't get much of anything else. I know that this was supposed to be understated overall, I just wish there was a bit more interesting here.

M: I thought it was too sweet and a bit hot. However, it ultimately had a fresh quality that I kinda liked. Lots of lacing here.

O: Maybe it's that I'm not a bit fan of this style, but I think I know good beer. I think Troegs is capable of better.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scratch Beer 75 - 2012 (English IPA)
Tröegs Brewing Company
Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV: 6.00 %

LOOK: Poured from a branded growler into a pint glass. Looks a pale orange color with a soapy, slightly off white head and some lacing.

SMELL: Aromas of citrus, toffee and pine. Earthy, hoppy aroma with some bread like notes emerging as well.

TASTE: Well balanced brew with a lot of resinous hops coming through upfront with a solid malt backbone of sweet honey and toffee like notes. There is a prevailing bitterness and some pine and herbal touches. Leafy hops, even some woodsy notes from the cask aging process. The finish of the brew coming off earthy and slightly dry. A small amount of citrus and mild hop bite.

FEEL: Medium bodied, a good level of carbonation, slightly dry with hop oils coating the mouth.

OVERALL: A tasty English IPA I am glad I got to try. Moderate complexity, and very, very fresh. Certainly a fine beer with good hop profile.

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Photo of stakem
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served via a gravity fed firkin at the Troegs tasting room. The brew pours a golden copper to orange color with a white finger of head. The cap holds with decent retention. As it fades, it leaves a webby curtain of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is quite focused on malt with a scent of caramel almost with a hint of vanilla mixed with herbal spiced hops that is faint in the background. It gets more herbal as it warms with an increasing alcohol bite. Quite clean smelling with no yeast aspect other than a mild fruity ester.

The taste is buttery toffee mostly with a light herbal inclusion. Some vanilla seems to be there midpalate which is strange but not surprising since it was evident in the aroma as well. It displays a strange combination of butter, malt and hop flabor but not bad. Its mildly grassy but unfortunately dominated by the buttery flavors with toffee.

This is a medium to fuller feeling brew with a light level of carbonation from the cask delivery. I appreciate Troegs going in a different direction with an IPA but this one was interesting. Id love to see them experiment with an English IPA run of scratch brews but that buttery quality gotta go.

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Scratch Beer 75 - 2012 (English IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.39 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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