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

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Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by stakem on 10-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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