Scratch Beer 97 - 2013 (Black Rye IPA) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Earlier in May, Tröegs hosted fellow 2012 GABF winners to brew a special collaborative beer for Philly Beer Week to commemorate each brewery’s success at the festival. Brewers Matt Moninger of The Church (Large Brewpub of the Year) and Jason Oliver of Devils Backbone (Small Brewpub of the Year) joined our own Andrew Dickson, Tim Mayhew, and Matt Hobbs to brew a session-strength Black Rye IPA using peppercorns, three varieties of rye malt, and plenty of American hops. Hand-crafted by three decorated breweries with a combined weight of six gold, three silver, and six bronze GABF medals (in 2012 alone!), Scratch #97 has enough precious metal linked to it to make even Michael Phelps tremble in his speedo… or at the very least prompt Mr. T to exclaim, “I pity the fool who don’t try this Scratch Beer!”

80 IBU

Added by orangesol on 06-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Not pitch black. You can see through it at the bottom.

S: Rye and malts with roasted notes.

T: Strong flavors for the percentage with dark flavors and lots of roasted almost burnt malts. However, there is a weird flavor in their that I can't place.

M: Even coarseness with a bit of smoothness.

O: Pretty good.

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Tap at the brewery tasting room.

Big creamy head, dark almost black hint of brown light.

Nose fresh dark malts, cereal grains, light spicy rye, light earthy spicy hops, hint of dark roast like.

Taste starts with earthy hops, little herbal, fair bitterness, chewy hops even with touch of pine, then into spicy rye. Dark malts slightly creamy with faint roast but not too roasty, little caramel sweetness. Sticky syrupy finish, long earthy spicy hop bitterness, light spicy rye, and bit of dark malts lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, plenty of nice carb.

Overall not bad, nice rye, despite being a black ipa which is not my fav style, the roast and earthy spicy hops aren't too bad blended.

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A: Pours a dark black and a thick two finger head. Head is light, carbonation is chunky, and chunky lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malts.

T: More roasted malts but definitely a taste of Rye enhances the flavor. Subtle hop bitterness on the finish - more earthy.

M: Not thick for a dark brew. Head is a bit too light like a soda although its retention is good.

O: Nice brew.

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Scratch Beer 97 - 2013 (Black Rye IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 59 ratings