Scratch Beer 98 - 2013 (Triple Mango IPA) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BrianScottK on 06-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 24
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2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into SN hop glass. Thanks to StormKing47.

A: The first half of the bottle poured rather clear, but then suddenly mid-stream this beer turned into a thick, opaque, pumpkin orange. This looks like thick mango juice in a glass. Minimal off-white head to fuzzy collar.
S: Definitely boozy. Booze actually dominates. Malty backbone is right there next to sweet tropical fruit hops. Did I mention this beer is boozy?
T: The flavors are a hot mess of a concoction. Hops are powerful but all over the place. If you told me this was supposed to taste like mangos, I’d probably tell you it tasted like mint, herbal, cat piss, tangerine, and bitter piney hop resin, caramel and tons of booze, but not mangos. The finish is bitter and unpolished.
M: Extremely viscous and thick for a dipa, redeemingly smooth low carbonation, and a hot boozy mouthfeel.
O: Disappointingly messing and boozy. Perhaps if I was drinking this beer the week it was made it would be a bit better, but there’s just too much going on and way too much alcohol for this to be enjoyable.

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Photo of stakem
2.86/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Draft offering of the newest batch on tap at Als/Pizza Boy before it was even available at Troegs...hmmm. Served in a snifter, the brew has a very murky look like clouded fresh squeezed orange juice. A thin white cap rests atop and fades to nothing really fast leaving strings of off-white lace and spots on the glass.

The aroma is like the hop dust thats leftover in a bag along with an earthy to grassy and herbal character with plenty of solvent alcohol noted that stings the nose when deep whiffs are taken. Only a trace amount of fruit is present that is mildly tropical and has some more grass/herbal quality about it. If it wasnt for the advertisement of mango as an ingredient, I dont think anyone would know it is there, the hops and alcohol dominate.

The way this brew tastes is exactly the same as when you get shafted with the last pour from a firkin that was dry hopped with crushed pellets. It is dusty almost chalky with hop resin. Some herbal and dank to catty hops are somewhat grassy like the aroma indicated with the most mild fruity note you can imagine. A huge alcohol kick thats borderline numbing to the tongue is the last kick in the pants this brew gives you. As it warms up, the aftertaste is strikingly similar to soap.

This is as full bodied a brew as you could ever imagine a hoppy offering being. It is jam packed with what feels like hop dust and dirty mango pith. It has a very soft amount of carbonation. Quite a boozy monster that I cant really say that im a fan of. This brew is obviously quite polar in opinion from one person to the next. I just cant believe how many people think this was a success. Call it morbid curiosity but even after having it on tap and not liking it, I sought out bottles once it was released praying my draft experience was an anomaly...nope, the brew is still a chalky hop tonic mess.

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2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, presumably the 2013 bottling. Included as an extra by Gunch43. Thanks John. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/13/2013.

Pours a hazy dark orange colour, with a little bit of sediment. Had to do the shoulder pour to keep most of it in the bottle. Comes with a nice half centimeter white head, receding over time into a thin collar. The beer itself, looking from atop, looks like I have a jar of peach preserves or something in front of me. Looks great.

Smell is mostly mango, with a good bit of maltiness. I don't get too much hoppiness here nor do I suspect that there is going to be much here. Anyway its mostly mango, a little bit of sweet syrup or toffee. Not too complicated.

Drinking this is a bit of a chore. I can taste the booze immediately. Not much mango, a good bit of bready maltiness. Really no hops to be found here, except just alcohol heat.

At least this is a somewhat fuller bodied IPA. Smooth, creamy and resinous. Good carbonation. But really, the alcohol burn on the backend and going down is just too overwhelming. I am not enjoying this one very much right now.

Now that I checked the beer up on BA, it looks old. Added 6/21/2013. I don't know the bottling, but that makes it almost 4 months old. I'm not surprised that I don't get much in way of flavours- just a bunch of maltiness and booze. Oh well, it is what it is. If you still have the bottles from this one now, you might as well get rid of it.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Kayaker
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my 70th Troeg beer. One of these was Scratch 58 which was the original Mango IPA. That was a great beer and I really looked forward to this years release. What a disappointment for me. I don't know what it is but this years Mango IPA has a very unpleasant taste. Some folks seem to love it but not me. Dogfish Head 120 is similar in ABV and IBU but iris a much nicer tasting beer. You cannot really taste the mango. All I get is a bitterness/ sour that lasts too long.

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3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into ale glass. No bottled date or enjoy by date.

A-Extremely hazy body, straw orange in color. Minimal head when poured and minimal lacing while I drink it.

S-Huge punch of tropical fruit. Very floral and not surprising the mango is the main component of the nose. Very pleasant overall.

T-The taste is a huge disappoint compared to the fantastic nose. Very acidic with citrus notes on the palate. Citrus notes up front than comes the acidity and the messy bitterness. The finish and after taste is extremely unpleasant. Very hot from the heavy alcohol presence. The 11% plus abv is not hidden well in the after taste and lingers wayyy to long.

M-Has a nice medium/full body. Finish is on the very sweet side with the fusel alcohols making the finish slippery on the tongue and very unenjoyable overall.

O-Very underwhelming. The nose is beautiful but the taste is unbearable. Could not even finish my glass due to the acidic nature of the taste mixed with the high alcohol flavor.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Budinetz
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured in tap at The Mint Gastropub in a Tulip glass

A- pours an Apricot orange, cloudy, goopy, mess with a soapy head. Great lacing, and fair head retention.

S- aromas of Mango are definitely evident, with hints of grapefruit citrus hoppyness.

T- Lots of hop flavor with a warmth that does not overwhelm the brew. Flavors of citrusy, grapefruit, with a hint of mango. I'm actually surprised that the mango does not overpower the beer since it is so prevalent in the aroma. Very nicely done!

M- Feels a bit gritty, yet smooth on the tongue, very low carbonation, and a bit of warmth from the 11.3% abv. Not enough warmth that it takes over

O- an interesting hoppy, fruity, high octane beer. Very acidic and gave me quite a buzz. After 3/4 of this the warmth does become a bit alcoholic. Quite the palate killer, since I couldn't taste anything for a good 20 minutes following this brew. Definitely different and definitely delicious though...would drink another...a few weeks apart

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Photo of Kegatron
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Big thanks go to Stakem for grabbing me a bottle of this. Pours a hazed apricot color with a robust sudsy white head. Retention and lacing are good. This smells of juicy mango with a fresh bitter citrus presence and some sharp feeling pine notes. Sweet grains adds some twang. The taste is similar, with a tangy blend of tropical mango and sweet bready notes. Strong bitter citric hops are fairly aggressive here, as is a strong resinous character that really lingers. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a pretty lively feeling carbonation. Maybe a little too sharp in spots. That high alcohol is felt here, adding an assertive warmth to this that gets to be a big too much at times. Things could be worse for an 11%+ beer though. This is OK. The mango flavor is welcome but the aggressive combo of the hops and high ABV really cuts down on the overall drinkability of this. I’m still glad that I finally got to try this though.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass from a growler transported back from Chocolatetown, U.S.A. -- thanks Birdmarg741, for the delivery, and for the report that this creature is more balanced and drinkable after it stands for a couple of days.

Looks like peach nectar. Deep, murky haze with an ephemeral head. Nice soft glow, but more of a retained cap would be nice.

Smells as would expect--mango with its unripe pine enhanced by all the hops. Pineapple and peach, too. And just-hammered bronze. Could use more spice than the rather limp thyme--some came out wrapped up in smoke when I let it warm on second tasting at the brewery. Booze isn't as strong in the nose as it is in the mouth, though the overall smell is winey.

Thick peach and mango are in the first bite if this animal. Then spice follows, with a rush of unrelenting bitterness. In conjunction with golden fruit acids, the bitter and burn are out of balance. It's tannic-drying from all the hop residua in an intriguing way. But I'm dying for some bread to chew on to even it out. It's a bit better warm, more sweetness, allspice, and a little banana to round out the bitterness. Smokiness comes along with the spice at higher temperature. For what it's worth, a nice fruit salsa will save the day.

A creamy start is buzzed by a dose of carbonation and ethanol burn--mid tongue, and down the back. What this hop juice does to the mouth is even more potent and destructive than the ballistic taste. The feel, after hop oils slide by, is near to the oxalate of dieffenbachia or raw rhubarb. Saltine crackers, for me, are a necessary antidote. I gave it another chance on tap at the brewery--the oxalate burn is even stronger, and along with the pepperiness, only a load of heavy starch (like the nice bacon-buttered baked potato served on the porch there) would quell it.

I know this beer gets a ton of love for being a ton of bricks. And I certainly respect the creative effort. But a big explosion of tastes and buccal barrages does not a masterpiece make. It may be impressive to experience the power of this missile, but (for those of you old enough to get the reference) it misses the target like a SCUD. Sorry.

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Photo of orangesol
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours super cloudy orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a small ring around the outer edge, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass. Looks like a glass of pulpy OJ.

S - Smells of fresh, juicy mangos with some intense citric hops, pine, mild caramel sweetness and some light booze. More fruity this time around.

T - Starts off with a big citric hop bite followed closely by the fresh mango's. Hints of caramel, pine resin and warm booze help round things out. Not really sure where this chalky feel is coming from (maybe the fruit or hops?) but it really starts to distract me from the main flavors. Finish is really bitter with a touch of booze, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter, chalky feel really does a number on the palate.

O - Fairly similar to the first version. Nose is a little fruiter this time around, taste is a little off-putting but still decent enough. I hope they can get the label problem figured out soon so we can all stop having to hear people crying about this one not being out yet.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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Scratch Beer 98 - 2013 (Triple Mango IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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