Scratch Beer 76 - 2012 (Special HOPS) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 76 - 2012 (Special HOPS)Scratch Beer 76 - 2012 (Special HOPS)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’re excited to announce the release Scratch #76 – Special HOPS today! Special HOPS is an Imperial Red Ale brewed especially for the HydroWorx Underwater Marathon event to be held on Sunday, September 9 to benefit The Eagle Fund. Just like the highly-trained military units used for unconventional, often high-risk missions, Special HOPS is bold, aggressive and sure to sabotage your senses and bombard your palate with hop bitterness.

Added by Tucquan on 09-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 21
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of muletrane
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

8 days old I believe. Thanks to my boss for the gift!!!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Beautiful amber color. 1 finger of creamy off white almost tan head. Some nice lacing as well.

S: Lots of fruity notes with a touch of sweet caramel.

T: A great balance between the fruitiness and the caramel maltiness. Finishes with some piney bitterness. Not a real dry bitterness.

M: Perfect mouthfeel! Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation and lingering flavor.

Overall this a GREAT amber ale! Troegs really knows how to make this style! Well done!

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of RnRManifesto
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Troegs Nugget Nectar pint glass. Nugget Nectar? Hmmm, very fitting.

Scratch 76 (Special HOPS) is basically Nugget Nectar dialed down, and I love what they did with it. With less than half the IBUs of NN, but all of the flavor, this is an incredible beer.

Pours a deep amber/red color with over a finger of beige head that sticks around a while. Great sheets of lacing remain on the sides of the glass and a small amount of head sticks around throughout.

Smell is citrus, grapefruit and maybe orange. Sweet with some malt backbone. Caramel. Love the smell of this. Smells a lot like Nugget Nectar.

Taste is juicy, with citrus twang, hop bitterness and malt goodness all together in perfect harmony. Absolutely great. Reminds me so much of Nugget Nectar, but as I said, toned down just a bit.

If you are anywhere close to the Troegs brewery, you should pick this up. It's really hitting the spot since Nugget Nectar is long gone and won't be back for another 4 or 5 months. Absolutely fantastic.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a sampler and since I dug it so much, I ordered a full glass. 9/8/12

Being a military guy, I really appreciate the even in which this beer was honored.

Served in an Imperial Pint.

A: Poured an pumpkin/crimson color with a very cloudy disposition overall, and a massive foamy off-white foamy head.

S: Hoppy, and with a red velvet cake batter-like quality, and with a VERY intense whole leaf hop scent.

T: Grapefruit infused into a malty, toffee-like tunnel. This was a tongue bruiser, for sure, but the red, amber, velvety soup gave the inner hophead in me lots to feed off of.

M: Infinitely bitter, like a pine cone and grapefruit dipped into a dark chocolate-raspberry vat of goodness. Ridiculous lacing!

O: Troegs is still the king of the American Amber/Red category...

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4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Anthony's served on tap chilled in a large tumbler style sampler rocks glass.

The color is deep crimson with light haze and moderately full beige cap which has great retention and sticks with some lacing on the glass. The smell is very interesting with piney hops and slight tropical aroma and perhaps a light ruby red grapefruit essence in the mix. The feel is good with balance of malt and light toasted grain anchoring the mild pepper and moderately bitter hop textures with medium carbonation and relatively low alcohol presence with subtle astringency and mild yeast creaminess with just enough sweetness for an amber.

The flavor is great! I expected some kind of hops from the nose, but there is plenty to leave a lingering flavor after the first swallow. The malt has a nice toasted flavor which comes off as almost roasted or nutty with light caramel sweetness to round out the blend of piney and lightly citrus hop tinged tastes. The flavor is moderately full and is almost a dead ringer for Nugget Nectar in some ways - probably the hops utilized. I really liked this prequel and recommend this to anyone who likes either Hopback or Nugget Nectar.

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4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a big, foamy two finger tall white head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, fresh fruit - mostly grapefruit and some mango - caramel malt and some pine resin. It is really well balanced from start to finish.

T - Starts off with a strong citric hop bite slowly giving way to hints of fresh cut grapefruit, warm caramel and some sticky pine resin. FInish is still pretty bitter with a touch of sweetness, lingering on the palate long after the finish. Pretty similar to NN but a little more tame.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, juicy feel from start to finish. The hops are stronger than they first appear to be.

O - I really enjoyed this one. There are definitely a few similarities between this and Nugget Nectar but I wouldn't say its a clone or anything. There is no doubt in my mind that Troegs is the undisputed king of the Amber Ale style. Get this while you can!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a red colored beer with a one finger tan head. The head has only a light level of retention, but when it fades it leaves a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet and hop fruit aroma. The sweet fruits are largely orange and tropical in nature with the hoppy being largely of a grapefruit like smell. With these fruit aromas are other aromas of a pine and earthy hop as well as a very light caramel smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready base with large amount of sweet caramel and citrus as well as a moderate showing of citrus hop. The grapefruit citrus hop present in the beginning grows stronger in intensity as the taste moves on. It is joined by some hop flavors that were detected in the nose. A pine taste comes to the tongue followed by a more earthy taste at the end, which when combined with the other hp and sweeter flavors leaves a persisting hop, yet rather balanced taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the smoother side with a carbonation level that is about average. It suits the flavors rather well and makes it rather easy drinking.

Overall – If you can find this one be sure to give it a go. It drinks very easy and has wonderful flavor transitions. Delicious and quite tasty.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber body, decent clarity, topped by three rocky fingers of oatmeal colored froth.

Aroma of oranges, mango, and pine is strong, clear and inviting.

Thick rich caramel foundation on the tongue. Quickly engulfed by juicy fruits in the mango/ orange family. Burst of pine. Big bitter bite, which lingers on and on.

Firm medium mouthfeel.

Troegs creates an imperial red with a lot more malt forward then Nugget Nectar, and it works. Sample while you can.

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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-09-07 in Columbia, PA. It was just released today.

A - Pretty clear ruby-caramel with a 1-finger firm tan head and very good sheet lacing.

S - Rich malt, citrus, touch of pine, hop floral. Not real strong but quite nice.

T - Rich, dark munich malt. Citrus, some caramel and pine with a good dollop of citrus zest bitterness (IBU = 40). Dries nicely. The aftertaste is a well-balanced mix of lingering roasted malt, hop cone flavor and bitterness. The perceived bitterness is higher than the 40 IBUs would indicate. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Thick/syrupy (in a good way - not cloying), lightly prickly and resinous. Chewy; almost oatmeal-stout like. I really enjoy this feel.

O - I enjoyed my solo pint at the brewery earlier today and so I brought a couple of 12 oz bottles home. Just cracked one open after a nice hike. It tasted the same as it did in the brewery and if anything, it had a stronger aroma; probably because the brewing and food aromas in the brewery partially-masked the smell of this beer. Good stuff.

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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hudson St. Stackhouse during BBW.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, as I pick up considerable orange citrus, along with tropical fruit and a hint of underlying pine and spice. This beer smells pretty nice. The flavor profile is every bit as good; while there is a consdierable sweet malt backbone to this beer, there's more than enough hoppy bitterness as well to counter it. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and the finish is long, bitter and still quite smooth. There's a hint of alcohol at the very end, which is the only thing that mars the quality of this beer (in a very small way).

Really liked this one. There was a lovely juicy hop flavor that was very attractive.

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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an inch of light tan head that has good legs and leaves some nice lacing. The beer is clear with a medium to dark red hue.

S - The aroma starts off with a nice citrus, followed by a mix of caramel and grapefruit. The citrus however is the stand out.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - The taste starts out with a blast of citrus followed up by some toffee and caramel. There is a little bit of grapefruit before a big citrus finish. The perceived bitterness seems much higher than the advertised 40IBU, however it's not overly bitter. It is really well rounded.

This is a great beer. It's different enough in all categories from their Nugget Nectar offering to stand out on it's own.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottled beer that I got to purchase at the brewery a couple of days ago.

The clear amber reddish beer pours out into a shaker pint glass with a 1" off white head that persists well and leaves modest lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas include some tropical fruit, some citric and orange zest, with some pine way in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the citric zest and tropical fruit as well as some definite hop bitterness. Blending in with all that there's some nice malt sweetness that servers as a nice counterpoint to the bitterness. The finish is fairly long and ends in some dry bitterness that invites another sip.

On the whole a really nice beer that makes me glad I have most of the six pack left but that also makes me sad since the Scratch Series from Troeg's are typically one-off beers.

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