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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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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to stormking47 for this bottle that arrived as an extra a few days ago. 12 oz. bottle.

Been a while since I had anything from Troegs. Pour is red on the spectrum with plenty of fizzaz. Nose bring out pine, orange, with a heavy dose of malts I always think of a 'red malts'. I wonder what variety they are.

Scratch Beer #76 certainly bangs the category nail on the head. <Insert standard description of an amber ale here>. Really. PIney hops, heavy sweet malts, orange gives it a touch of different. Not tough to drink.

Pretty standard for an amber, not bad, but not much to write Congress about. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This looks like a big amber ale. Amber pour, fittingly enough, with a nicely sized white head. Only a little bit of light gets through, as this is a cross between hazy and clear. The lacing is as sticky as it gets, coating the side of my Mad Elf glass.

S: The aroma is a cross between a typical, malty amber ale and a big citrusy IPA. Some piney hops rest in the background. The palate is readied for an assault of hops my this smell.

T: And the assault is there. The beer doesn't start hoppy, you're welcomed by the maltiness and slight fruit I'd expect from an amber ale. The difference is towards the backend and at the finish. Citrus blends with one of the most resinous tastes I've ever encountered with a beer and finishes with a dry hop explosion. I'm really impressed by the taste, the issue is the flavors don't really work all that well together. The middle of the beer, while containing an awesome amount of hops, is a strange combination of malt and hop resins that just don't work in my opinion.

MF: Thicker body than I expected with a perfect amount of carbonation. I've found Troegs to always get the body of their beers spot on. The dry finish rests on the palate forever. I found the beer to be decently drinkable, but the portions of the taste I said I disliked wore on me after a while.

O: I liked this beer, but Troegs has done better things with hops. I'm not typically a fan of amber ales, and I think that is coming into play here. Good beer, not worth tracking down. Probably will give some of this 6pack away.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a classic style mug

A: Ruby red amber color with an off white head, but not quite tan is about of 1cm. This looks like a red for sure.

S: Very malty sort of over powers everything else, i don't really know what else to add.

T: Follows the nose very malty upfront. I don't drink reds that often so i don't really know the style, but I like it and usually malt is turns me away.

M: A little oily but it goes down smooth

O: I don't drink reds often but I like this one a lot got it as an extra and I'm glad but definitely not my regular beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a matching Troegs pint glass. the brew appears a perfectly clear color of mahogany with more than a finger of yellowish stained tan froth across the top. As the cap fades, it leaves a full wall of webby lace sticking to the glassware. A light swirl effortlessly revives about a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is fruity with a bit of dirty melon aspect coupled with almost a vegetative hop quality. There is a toasty sweet caramel grain inclusion that helps transition to a mixture of herbal components and mild alcohol esters. The more I smell this brew, the more it comes across with quite a bit of caramelized grain mixed with almost a minty hop aspect.

The taste is fruity with hops that are almost floral at times as they blend with the toasty caramel grain quality. More sips bring out a bit of bready grain that is at times faintly musty. The hops present a flavor that is mildly vegetative and almost reminiscent of cantaloupe. The aftertaste is quite bitter with a bit of pine like resins coupled with more herbal and musty flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I dont know if it is the hops or the yeast, but something about this just doesn't quite sit right with me as it warmed up. It isn't bad by any stretch, just has a strange flavor mid palate that lasts long into the aftertaste.

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3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1702nd Review on BA
Bottle to Speiglau glass

App- At first pour this comes out like a darker DIPA. Darkest orange there is then it does cross my mind. Maybe it's not a DIPA. Yep. Amber. A nice two finger head that is whites. Fades to a nice cling.

Smell- This was a good balanced aromatic beer. A good base of the amber comes out and then is balanced by some citrusy hops.

Taste- The amber on this one is very small. I enjoyed this beer. It wasn't as malt forward as I was thinking, the balance is there and the citrus like the nose comes out a bit more.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. The residual amber is there more so on this one. A bit more malt on the finish.

Drink- It was a good beer. Had a good amount of balance and good flavors. Troegs does some good stuff on the scratch series beers.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, malt, caramel, light pine

T-malt, caramel, grapefruit, moderate bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent amber ale, would prefer more hop character, but overall good drinking

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stmgl01 for the awesome extra! 12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. No bottle date.

A- Pours a fairly dark but slightly translucent reddish brown slightly amber color with a very thin off-white yellowish brown head that recedes quickly to almost nothing. Decent carbonation.

S- Citrus fruits- melons, papaya, a bit of grapefruit, some floral notes with a decent light caramel malt background. Average to slightly above average aroma strength, decent fruit smell but a bit too malty in the background. Would have liked the fruits to be pronounced a little bit more, but overall not bad.

T- Citrusy, lightly bready malts mixed with a light fruity hop presence of melons, light grapefruit, etc.. Overall not bad but bit too much malts that didn't balance the best in my opinion with the citrus hops.

M- Slightly juicy, a bit bubbly from the carbonation, abv a little bit present on the finish.

O- This was a decent beer, but nothing fantastic. Definitely not as good as Nugget Nectar, which is good but still a little bit over-rated in my opinion. This was a decent drinking beer, but probably not something that I would drink again anytime soon. Enjoyed trying it though.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a semi-clear amber body and a pillowy, white head...the head was two fingers tall and slowly fell to a full cap...there was chunky lacing left behind

S - Fresh grapefruit and other bitter fruit rind came through at first...quickly taken over by a strong and solid caramel backbone

T - Strong fruit flavors come out with first sip...the hops add the fruitiness along with a nice bite...grapefruit still reigns supreme with a little lemon and orange rind coming in behind...there is still a strong malt presence...a few toasted notes come out, but the sweet caramel plays a bigger role...it comes out more as the beer warms

M - Medium bodied...bitter, syrupy, lingering sweetness

O - I wanted to like this one as it was for a good cause, but I found myself comparing to Nugget Nectar...I mean how couldn't you? In the end, I found it to taste like "old" Nugget Nectar and I didn't want more than one

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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A- a clear ruby with a finger off tan head, head sticks around a little bit and leaves very nice lacing.

S- Earthy and piney hops dominate. Pine needles, hemp, and bit of mint. There is some grapefruit, but it's certainly not dominant. A bit of deep roasty/caramel malt is there as well.

T- Hops dominate largely here as well, and follow the nose. Very earthy. There is a base of roasty/dark caramel sweetness, but it really gets overpowered by the hop bill, and backend bitterness that really stick around. As I let it warm the malts came out a bit more, and this really started to shine and get pretty darn good.

M- A very nice combination of creaminess with a light to medium carbonation, and dryness on the backend from the hops.

O- Very nice, but again, could use more of the Red Ale characteristics to shine through.

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby in the glass, topped with a finger of thick off-white head. This maintains a smooth ½ finger, which drenches the sides of the glass with robust sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral, piney, spicy and green with bitter grapefruit. This is undercut by a sweet caramel twang that has a bit of a light toastiness to it.

The taste is juicy grapefruit bitterness that spreads resins; spice and a light herbal feel out into the profile. The hops are nicely balanced by smooth notes of sweet toffee and toasted grains. This is dry, resinous, spicy and bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with some sharpnes on the tongue and the rest of the feel being more of a smooth creaminess that flows relatively easy in the mouth. Alcohol warmth is present here and really draws some of the more aggressive aspects of those hops out.

This was actually a pretty well crafted Imperial Red in the flavor departments (more of a ripe tropical and herbal feel emerged as this warmed and helped add a little more smoothness) but the alcohol, which honestly felt more than 7-8% at times held this back in spots for me. I’m still glad that I grabbed a bottle though. It was worth checking out.

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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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