Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)
Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)
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American IPA
3.92 | pDev: 13.52%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)
Notes: So, just how fresh is our Fresh Hop Ale? Well, first we begin with 400 pounds of fresh, whole flower hops from B.T. Loftus Ranches in Yakima, WA. These hops are hand-picked right from the vine, placed into boxes, and immediately shipped to our brewery. Once they arrive, we pack a double dose of these glorious green, sticky cones into our hopback vessel until it is bursting at the seams. This equates to two pounds of hops per barrel! Due to the volatile nature of recently harvested hops, we must use them immediately in order to capture the bold aromas and flavors released by the hop oils. The payoff is a fresh, flavorful ale dripping with the essence of oily hop goodness.

56 IBU
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of eschmitt777
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Amber/yellow tinged color, one finger of white head dissipates slowly, with plentiful white lacing left on the glass

S- Lots of delicious smelling hops with a little malt on the back end

T- Follows the smell with great citra hop taste upfront and a sweet malty middle with another shot of hops in the dry finish, no telling of the 7.7% abv

M- Well bodied and crisp with medium carbonation best describes it and this beer was served straight from my cellar at 51*F

O- I really enjoyed this beer, and sadly was my one and only. My first thought was of the Perpetual IPA I had on tap at Troeg's last week only with slightly more citra hops, especially on the nose

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Photo of corby112
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger pillowy, white foam head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Dank floral hop aroma with a subtle pale malt presence.  Fresh juicy hops with resinous pine and citrus peel countered by bready yeast and biscuity makt.  Some grapefruit and pineapple countering grassy hops and pine needles.

Medium bodied with a blast of juicy, sticky hops up front that linger over the pale malts into a dry finish.  Sticky, dry and bitter with resinous pine and grassy spruce tip notes.  This is countered by citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as a decent pale malt backbone.  Some grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel followed by bread, biscuit and graham cracker.  Decent hoppy beer that's well balanced and easy to drink.  Nothing too out of the ordinary but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pour is a very pale yellow that I can't quite see through, but doesn't appear to be murky. Maybe I need bifocals. Nose isn't the best part of the beer - grapefruity, but I need to bury my nose to ID.

Scratch Beer #78 is what I've come to expect from this series - pretty good. There's a ton of grapefruit, a strong sweet malt tweet, & at the end a nice bitter twang. The only true note of interest is a touch of mango coming in sideways.

Standard IPA that doesn't get its head above the crowd, despite the fresh hopping. Troegs: if you're going to continue this series, get creative, please? Pretty good IPA.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass, it has a rich golden color body with a 2' sticky white head that lays down to a thin lace.
The smell is of citrus fruit, mostly grafefruit.
The taste has a grapefruit flavor up front, then the pineness of the hops gets the back of the tongue. It isn't a hop bomb, but has a nice balance of hop and really shows the flavor of the hops.
The mouth feel is good and overall i really enjoyed this beer. If you like hop beers, you should try this one.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours out of the bottle a glowing yellow color with a nicely size white head. The head laces beautifully as it recedes, but could benefit from a little bit better retention. The body is crystal clear. 4

S: The aroma is of, wait for it, hops, but also strongly of grapefruit and citrus. Really big fruit here, mostly of the tropical variety. More resinous than piney I'd say, but there's still some piny-ness there. There is a slightly metallic aroma sneaking its way in as well. 4

T: The taste has more big, dry hops that linger on the palate forever. The base of the beer, however, seems to be the fruit, which compliments the hop resins very nicely. The taste starts off light and fruity, before you're bombarded by the resins and some pine. The fruits fight to take back the balance, and they succeed. Grapefruit and oranges, as on the smell. The finish is dry. Luckily, the metal I smelled doesn't make an appearance in the taste. 4

MF: Light body with the perfect amount of carbonation, making this a crisp, easy drinker. The dry finish keeps you coming back for more. 4.5

O: This was my favorite scratch beer since the Double IPA (55, I think). I was really impressed and drank my 6pack heartily. 4

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-strong citrus, pine, light floral,notes

T-malt, grapefruit, pine, slight floral, moderate bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent IPA with some good flavors, easy drinking

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Photo of JWU
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- cloudy gold, with a pinky's worth of egg shell head that didn't stick around much at all. No lacing down the glass.

S- A pale but sweet malt body with big notes of peach and pineapple. A hint of earthiness and mint.

T- Certainly a showcase of hop flavor over bitterness. The malt bill reminds me of a toned down Nugget Nectar, bready but sweet. Hops are very juicy and oily. Pineapple, peach, lemon, with a hint of an earthy, minty kick on the end.

M- Medium with a light carbonation. The minty kick on the end comes off a bit metallic on the palette.

O- Certainly didn't punch me in the mouth with hops like I thought it would, but tasty none the less.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely hazy golden orange body, topped by two fingers of dense white foam. Long thin lace follows.

Aroma is fresh juicy citrus: orange, mango, apricot.

Caramely malt sweetness squishes down the tongue, forced ahead by squigee carrying juicy fruits which engulf the mouth. Bitterness builds and bites at the swallow. Fruit and bitter intermingle and linger in he afterglow.

Light-medium mouthfeel is big enough to carry everything along, and small enough to stay out of the way.

Once again, Troegs delivers a fall treat.

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Photo of oline73
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with a quarter finger of white head that sticks around while you drink your beer.

Smell: Quite mild. I'm getting some bready malt along with a hint of hop bitterness, but not a ton going on here.

Taste: Some citrus fruit along with sweet malt. I'm getting some hops, but they aren't overly strong. The malt taste is bready with a fruity undertone. The finish is sweet and malty underneath with bitter hops on top.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with carbonation that is foamy and smooth. The finish is rather dry.

Overall: I didn't think this IPA was very aggressive, perhaps a bit safe. The carbonation level was just perfect and I still enjoyed the beer overall.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Nugget Nectar pint glass.

A - Pours a golden color with just a halo of white head. Just slightly hazy with lots of carbonation flowing through the body. Some lacing clings to the glass.

S - Smells of powerful citrus and dank hops. Fresh cut grass and some grainy bread as well. Tart lemon spice gives it some characteristics of a pale wheat ale.

T - Follows the nose closely. Lemon, pepper, and floral hops. I would think there was wheat in this beer. Sweet flavors mostly with just a faint bitterness.

M - Lively carbonation and a medium-light body.

O - This beer is very different from what I am used to in fresh hop ales. It is very lemony and peppery as a pale wheat would be. Some hops come through in the flavor, although the majority are in the nose. I would like to kick back on a few of these on a hot day, but it isn't my idea of a great IPA. Troegs should stick to Perpetual.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy golden body with a frothy white head.

S- Nice piney hop aroma, smells like fresh hop resin. Slight citrus note along with a slight sweet sugary honey aroma. Hops definitely come through the most.

T- Bitter fresh hops come through with a punch of pine. A malt backbone is present to balance it out, but the hops are at the forefront.

M- A little smoother and a lower carbonation level that most IPAs. The hops have some bite, but overall the mouthfeel is nice and pleasant.

O- An enjoyable offering. A change of pace from the year round IPAs and something to look forward to during harvest season.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Amber with low carbonation and excellent clarity.

Grapefruit juice, papaya, bread and caramel.

The hops don't seem to be popping like I had hoped. Grapefruit juice, papaya and some strange (but good) strawberry banana flavors. Very bready malts with hints of caramel.

Light-medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing.

Incredibly mellow and easy drinking Fresh Hop Ale, especially at 7.7%. But again, the hops don't seem to be kicking as much as they should.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a bright golden hued body with nice clarity...there were a few carbonation bubbles running to the top...they were forming and keeping a fluffy white head that was one finger tall...some lacing was left

S - Very fresh and fruity...tropical fruits were showing themselves off with orange and mango leading the way...there wasn't too much of a malt backbone present in the nose, which was okay

T - Again, the flavors open with a big punch of fresh fruit...the fresh hops really exert themselves in the beginning of the beer when it's cold...the orange and mango flavors are still the front runners in the fruit the beer warms a graininess comes doesn't get in the way, it just adds some character to the palate...the bitterness is kept at a minimum and the fresh fruity flavored hops have a chance to keep your palate entertained

M - Medium bodied...smooth, not too bitter, some fruity sweetness

O - This has been the best fresh hop beer I've consumed this year...compared to last year's version though, I would choose that one (#49) over this one...I will still get my fill while I can!

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Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint, golden orange pourwith a 2 inch white head, decent lacing. The aroma is piney, citrusy. The hops are piney, grassy, grapefruit, lingering bitter finish. The body is medium, easy drinking, pleasantly bitter. A solid IPA, not as resinous as I was expecting.

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Photo of Hindsight
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy burnt orange with one finger of off white head. Left a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Very floral and hop forward

T - This is where this beer excelled for me. The taste is very complex - Up front, it is bitter citrus and some pine. It finishes with sweet fruits (mango, peach) and caramel notes on the back end.

M - Left a little to be desired, just average. Medium carbonation.

O - Can't wait to have another.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, Fall 2012 release
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a pale yellow orange color. Half finger bright white head. Leaves some minimal lacing. No alcohol feet.

S: Get some cat pee smells for sure. Some citrus fruits. Some resinous pine hop smells. Can't get away from that cat pee here.

T: That pine and cat pee bitterness in the tip of the tongue. Lots of citrus and pine flavors. It tastes better than it smells. I do taste a little booze from this one, after having two other wet hop beers that seemed lighter. There is a minimal malt bill to match this hop bomb. Dry lingering bitter finish.

M: A big light leading to medium bodied.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a classic style mug

A: Golden honey color, but is totally translucent with a thin white head and lots of bubbles evenly floating up even almost a minute after the pour, but maybe i missed on this one. This looks a lot more like a lager then an IPA

S: The is very floral lots of hops to start, but I do detect citrus and maybe even a hint of pine.

T: This is actually really hard to describe the best I can do is it follows the nose, but it is very light so the hops seem way more floral then hoppy. It is a little bitter but it doesn't last for too long. I guess this seems to me like a light IPA.

M: Very light pretty smooth not bad, but nothing special.

O: I got this as an extra so I can't really disappointed, but I don't think I would try to get it again. Its just way too light for me i don't even think I can consider it an IPA, but maybe I'm just a hophead.

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Photo of ToddT
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L- Hazy pale orange with a medium off white head, head quickly settles to a ring a leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Citrus hops and caramel malt are most forward, a bit of spice shows up as it warms, but the aroma is somewhat subdued.

T- Big note of citrus hops right away, mostly grapefruit and orange zest. Caramel malt mellows thing out and leads into the finish which has a lingering note of grassy hops, not overly bitter more floral.

F- Medium in body and carbonation, very clean finish not much in the way of oily build up at the finish. Impressive considering the amount of fresh hops in this.

O- Nice beer, not overly bitter, sweet, nor oily. It has a nice balance to it, a bit on the high side at 7.7% ABV, too bad it is only going to be brewed once.

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Photo of dungledauf
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Pour into pint glass from 12oz. bottle

Appearance: Pale yellow, cloudy, medium lacing retained until finished, slight carbonation

Smell: Strong spicy hop smell. Unsure of what hops were used.

Taste: Fresh, spicy, peppery with a lingering bitterness. The malt backbone comes through as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: Medium-body with a crisp finish. Warming alcohol all the way down

Overall: I enjoyed this one. Nice to try a different beer with a hop that is not used everyday. You will feel the alcohol content after two of these.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Stakem for hooking me up with a bottle of this latest Scratch.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of rich and sudsy bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, which coats the sides of the glass with a rich sticky smattering of lace. The aroma smells of fresh herbs and raw earth, with a touch of lemon and some light ripe fruity notes. A semi-sweet graininess adds some tanginess to this across the back. That earthiness is rather sharp here in the nose.

The taste is bitter rind, gritty earth, grassy herbal textures, light fruit and some sweetness on the edges. This finishes dry, bitter and earthy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture in the mouth that has just a touch of crispness running down the center. Just a bit of warmth is present in the overall feel here.

I just couldn’t get on board with this one. I didn’t get a lot of pine, grapefruit or even tropical fruit and the whole thing just came off as grassy and raw with an unpleasant lingering bitterness. Maybe this didn’t translate well to the bottle or something. Anyway, this was a disappointment for me.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-13 in Hershey, PA at the brewery

A - Mildly hazy yellow-orange with a 1.5 finger white head and moderate lacing.

S - Rich, dank, citrus, tropical, crushed hop bud. Plenty of aroma.

T - Big blast of hop bud flavor, then citrus, light malt, tropical , touch of honey and moderate trailing bitterness. The aftertaste is herbal and spicy with some cutting citrus and a bit of pine. Grapefruit zest finishes it off.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy, oily and somewhat prickly.

O - A really fine brew. Somewhat-like their collaboration with Fat Head's called Fat Scratch Fever. Very glad to have this fresh, and on the day when Troegs won best mid-size brewery at the 2012 GABF. This beer is an example of why they are winners. Good stuff.

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Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Brewery.

A - Pours hazy amber yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty rings of lace down parts of the glass. A very pretty beer.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, pine resin, fresh cut grass and some lightly toasted grain. The hops are intense initially, the malt comes forward later, leaving this one fairly balanced toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with a big, oily citric hop bite slowly giving way to hints of sticky pine resin, lightly toasted sweet caramel malt, fresh grass and some dulled spicyness. Finish is very dry thanks to those oily hops, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very hoppy, dry feel from start to finish. Very smooth for an IPA. The alcohol is very well hidden, if the board wasn't right in front of me I would have no clue this is 7.7%

O - I really like this one. I have had all of the fresh hop scratch beers and this may be the best of the bunch. It tastes like Perpetual IPA with an extra kick of fresh citra hops. I will get as much as I can, I suggest you do the same!

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a matching Troegs pint glass. The brew appears a hazed color of light yellow. A finger of white froth appears atop and fades leaving patches of webby lace clinging to the glass. Rising bubbles maintain a thin film atop and a light swirl revives about a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with a bit of a vegetative aspect that the more I smell it, it starts to come across like cantaloupe. There is a minor spicy quality present that fades to a bit of herbal aspect. More smells make this brew come off somewhat grassy. The grain presents itself reminiscent of pilsner with that classic dirty feet quality that is also mildly cheesy.

The taste runs the gauntlet of hop flavoring before the bitterness sets in. Fresh hop flavors are vegetative first that blend into a bit of that previously described cantaloupe and melon flavoring. That wet hop flavor is present with a grassiness and it really doesn't boast that typical tropical aspect that is so distinctive in what I expect for a citra-based hoppy brew. The more I sip on this brew, the more the malt comes forward with a residual sweetness that is bready and a bit cheesy like the previously described pilsner feet aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation. For a wet hop ale, it fits the bill and displays some nice flavoring. I was anxious to get bottles of this after having it on tap, but as I sit here and swig away, I am not as impressed as my initial impression. I don't know if the wet hop harvest was just not that good this year or what. Nearly every wet hop offering I have had doesn't really come off any more fresh or impressive than its normal hop counterparts.

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Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 66 ratings