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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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 hollywood_15063
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of JWU
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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 +6.3%
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 jdhasse
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of oline73
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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 -6.5%
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 jagada
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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 mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Ecolello87
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of justintcoons
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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 TimoP
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bdel34
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Magoosh
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +11%
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 bigfnjoe
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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