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

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Brewed by:
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap on the day this was released on tap -serve chilled in a tulip. I also enjoyed a few bottles of this with friends at the dusty sheep and w/ Alex so i am familiar with the flavor now, but this is the initial tap review fresh from the brewery.

The color is a murky golden with an obvious unfiltered presence with pectin haziness from the mango with a thick white head the settles to a ring of fine beads. The aroma smells of fresh cut mango with sweet juicy and tropical odor and slightly grassy hop presence with lightly floral accent. The feel seems less bitter than it is described theoretically in ibus, but the mild fruity tanginess probably combined with the high carbonation is the culprit with light sweetness and moderately dry finish with slight alcohol.

The flavor has a moderately hopped first sip in the taste with mango up front followed by some piney and light grapefruit with other dank taste of hop oils with very slight toast in the malt and gentle citrus notes interwoven with mild mango fade and grassy bitter hop finish. There is really no honey in the taste but pretty lush with hop tropical goodness and flavor disguises the alcohol well. Verdict is a great Triple IPA since it is a relatively new style the most extreme of IPA's with Imperial hoppiness and a harmonious mango additon, well done Tröegs.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 06/30/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy, bright burnt orange color, with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Looks a lot like mago juice which looks pretty cool to me.

s - Smells of mango juice, juicy tropical fruits, fruity malts, pine hops, citrus hops, floral notes, grains, wheat. Nose is quite good; tons of nice mangos and sweet tropical fruits, with some good citrus hops as well.

t - Tastes of mangos, citrus hops, tropical fruits, sweet mango juice, sweet fruity malts, some grains, and bread. Less hops and more sweet mango juice. Good, though I like the nose better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste has no bitterness at all and I can't believe it is 11.3% ABV; doesn't feel like that at all. Smooth and easy to drink; great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very good DIPA. I liked the taste, and it has a lot of mango as promised, but the nose was even better, working in some nice oranges and citrus hops with it. Very easy to drink, would definitely like to have this one again. I had this right after the Victory Liberty Bell Ringer, which I liked a little more, but you can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of orangesol
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of stakem
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
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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Photo of IrishColonial
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rustico Alexandria

A: opaque, cloudy light orange, not much head, looks a bit flat

S: pretty boozy on the nose, along with a lot of pine and a bit of tropical fruit. Mostly mango but a bit of pineapple. Pretty harsh astringent quality overcomes the rest.

T: lots and lots of mango, pineapple, tropical fruits. Also, a distict booze taste that is warming as it goes down. Still enough hops to come through, great piney, resiny taste.

M: very thick and juicy, almost like drinking mango nectar. However, it somehow avoids that sticky syrupy viscosity that I don't particularly like. Very well done.

O: looks ugly, smells like mango juice w vodka and Pine Sol in it. However, the taste is very well balanced, mango and booze are very well integrated. The mouthfeel is perfect and saves the day. Drinks almost like a beer cocktail of mango nectar, a shot of vodka, and a really good tropical west coast ipa. Packs and punch and won't be for everyone but I say job well done.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
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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Photo of scottfrie
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
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 stephenjmoore
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pretty pumped this was still on tap, here we go.

A- Pours a pretty ugly, murky orangish-tan color, with a very sticky tan head. Some light shines through the top and bottom of the glass, but the rest of the body lets no light through.

S- Tons of mangoes, tropical fruits, herbaceous hops, lemon zest. Could almost pass as a fruit smoothie.

T- Huge on the mango and tropical fruit, still getting a lot of herbal hop qualities, big citrus. Ridiculously fruity, but hoppy fruity. This is big and bold, with the alcohol pretty well hidden with a little bit towards the end.

M- The feel is not great, probably due to the intense amount of ingredients. Somewhat thick and syrupy, with almost a "dirty" mouthfeel that you would find in juice with a hint of pulp. Does not take away much from this one, with the flavor and aroma being the stars.

O- It's an over-the-top beer, but that's okay every once in a while. The aroma and flavor is tough to beat and this one is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-06-28 at the brewery and again in a bottle on 2013-12-16 (see new note at bottom)

A - Very cloudy dark orange with 1-finger off-white head and mild lacing.

S - Mostly mango, pale malt, light herbal, Alcohol is disguised. If you like the smell of very, very ripe mango; you should like this.

T - Initially overly ripe mango and salted cashews, then grapefruit zest, pine and herbal/medicinal. Plenty of alcohol. There's a vegetal hop bud flavor complimenting the significant bitterness. It finishes bitter and reasonably dry.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Prickly, resinous, sharp.

O - I liked the smell more than the original release in 2012. Reminds me of a vodka and mango margarita (if there is such a thing) while eating nuts and sucking on a hop cone. Never had a beer like this. I can see that some will love it and some won't. I am curious to see how well this ages. I think it will be better as the hops mellow a bit and the malt/fruit sweetness becomes more predominant.

Note: Well, I had this again on 2013-12-16 and as suspected, it has aged beautifully. The mango flavor is much more pronounced as the malt sweetness has become more dominant than the hops (which are still significant). I really enjoyed it and have adjusted my ratings up a bit to reflect this.

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Photo of DIM
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: Murky looking straw color; served with a thin soapy head.

s: Huge and overwhelming. Lots of ripe mango, tons of grapefruit rind, plenty of not unwelcome heat, and a trace of caramel.

t: Wave after wave of fresh squeezed hoppy fruit. Sweet mango and pineapple up front followed by an almost abrasive blast of pithy, hugely bitter grapefruit rind. Plenty of raw alcohol as well, but it didn't seem out of place.

m: Big, thick, and chewy.

o: What a beast! I had an hour to drink 12 ounces and still had to hurry at the end. Good in small doses, I'm in no hurry to have another.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at Troegs

Discounting the four fingers of loose bubbly off-white froth and the dense stretchy lace, this looks like a glass of mango juice to have with your bacon and eggs. This is thick with no visibility.

Big inviting aroma of mango.

Huge solid semi-sweet malt foundation with real depth. Big juicy mango on top. Massive hop bite cuts and shreds the all the sweetness. Bit of belly warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium and just fine.

I see why Troegs revisited this Scratch. Here's hoping it becomes an annual event. After two pineapple and a mango featured beers last week that failed to meet expectations, this was a relief and a whole lot more. I really need to get out to Carlisle more regularly.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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 gillagorilla
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Max's had Scratch 97 on tap for Hop Fest and I told DrBier about how I was dying to try their Mango IPA, and the next day he brought me a bottle. Thanks man.

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: It looks like thick mango juice or a mango smoothie. It is the color of mango flesh. There are a lot of particulates as well. It really looks like you just juiced a mango and added some spirit to it.

S: You can really smell the mango here. It melds quite nicely with the standard ipa scents, and really dominates the citrus section. Mostly mango flavors here. There is also a bitter pith smell here, but it is almost the smell of alcohol as well.

T: WOW! For a second there, I thought I got some chunks of mango. There is a ton of mango flavors here. Ok, this is definitely unfiltered because I definitely got some mango pith/flesh there (I'm not eating, so I know it wasn't just food in my mouth). The booze is there but it is quite understated, and really only shows up at the beginning of each sip and in the back of the mouth with this bitterness of an aftertaste. The alcohol is the only part where you get any hint or taste of the malt bill. Weird aftertaste though. There is actually a bit of a peppery/spice taste.

M: It is quite carbonated and there is an initial burst of carbonation (almost like one big bubble) followed by a steady stream of prickly, coarse bubbles.

O: The only detriment to this beer is the booziness and odd aftertaste. You seem to really taste and notice the booziness the more you drink it. It really showcases the mango very well. This beer is weird in that as it drew closer to me finalizing my score and thus as I finished my beer, my opinion and scores seemed to dip.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a friend pick up a case when it was released from Troegs. Had the Al's of Hampden version of this last time it was brewed and it blew me away.

A: The beer pours into my Mad Elf glass a thick yellow color, much like a ground up fresh mango. About one finger of white head builds up, but gives way quickly. Bubbles work their way through the beer slowly. One of the most interesting looking IPAs I've seen. 4

S: The fresh mangoes definitely are the focus of the aroma, with a nice citrus character underneath. A slight piny character brings the whole beer together, but at times it seems to be slightly disjointed. There are a lot of fruits going on here, but they all work. 4

T: This is where the beer really shines, the taste, because all of those aromas are bolstered when they hit your tongue. The mangoes are there and in force, but play nicely with what seems to be hops straight off of the vine. The hops taste like the pellets smell when I drop them into my homebrew: full of citrus and pine. The backend has some resinous hops, slight fruit, and just a hint of the alcohol. 4.5

MF: The body is thick, with a lower than average amount of carbonation. You'd hardly know this was more than 11% ABV, which is a testament to all the big flavors working together. 4.5

O: This is the best Scratch beer that Troegs makes, hands down. To think it came from a homebrew competition is pretty insane, but whatever works! I hope they make this a yearly release. 4.5

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Photo of fmccormi
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this howler from the Syracuse Real Food Co-op—was absolutely delighted to see this on tap at the damn Co-op. I thought this stuff was going to be impossible to get my hands on . . . but I sure am glad I did. Straight pour from a 1L flip-top growler to a 15cl tasting flute, shared with Saul & Laura of Griffin Hill Brewing. What tremendous hosts and friends.

Appearance (2.5): This beer pours with a completely cloudy (opaque, frankly) orange body, with 2.5 fingers of fat-bubbled head, showing great retention in taking its sweet-ass time to die down, but with only modest lacing. It’s not super looking, with rather poor lacing for the style, but ah well. I personally don’t mind a cloudy DIPA, but this isn’t very attractive for the style.

Smell (4.75): Straight up sweet ruby red grapefruit, mango, and pineapple flood every pour of your face. Holy shit. Pale, bready malt tones exist somewhere in the nose, but they’re mostly just obliterated by the onslaught of hops and mango nectar.

Taste (4.5): MANGO, just pure fucking mango—mango juice, with a light carbonation and stuff, almost spicy butterness. Incredibly bitter, actually, with just straight up red grapefruit flesh and peel. Booze burns a bit on the tongue, which isn’t shocking for how damn big this beer is, but fortunately it mixes well with the oily, zesty hop and fruit character. Jeez Louise. Malts? Nah, just fruit, bitterness, and booze. And awesomeness.

Mouthfeel (3.75): Modest carbonation, complementing a viscous body with full- to heavy-weight feel, oily but sticky at the same time—it’s really just like pure mango nectar, but with booze heat and some light carbonation. Could be zingier, I suppose, in terms of carbonation, but it’s decent for such a big DIPA.

Overall (4.5): This is a fucking good DIPA with so, so much juicy mango and intense bitterness it’s not even funny. The booze is there, no question about that, but it blends into the hop bitterness with that burn. This beer is so, so damn tasty . . . I love it. I haven’t had a (D)IPA this big, intense, full-flavored, and bitter in a long, long time. So refreshing. Seek it out!

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled Thursday, July 4th. Super cloudy with a half a finger off bright white head. The aroma is packed with fresh mango and super citrusy hops. How someone cannot taste mango when drinking this beer is unbelievable to me. The amount of bitterness complements the fruit addition. The alcohol only becomes present as it warms to room temperature. A very dangerous beer at this ABV as this one goes down way too easy. A steal at $15.50 a growler

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Partial 64 oz. growler purchased from the brewery on 6/28/13 from a co-worker (thanks,!) un bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 7/2/13 over one hour.

A: 3.50 - straw golden-yellow coloration, murky even for an imperial IPA (can't see or read through at all), minimal white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, big-time alcohol legs!

S: 4.25 - on opening the growler initially, there was a huge mango aroma...on pouring into the glass, in addition to the mango, there is lots of overripe grapefruit and pineapple...also picking up alcohol notes consistent (but more subtle than expected for 11.3% ABV); little dank and herbal/spicy aroma distant in the background

T: 4.50 - the tropical and hop bitterness hit almost at once for me and lingers for a long time, alcohol notes also predominate, malt breadiness starts to kick in from the background

M: 4.50 - full, full-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 11.3% is definitely detetable; low-to-medium carbonation likely 2/2 to repeated keg opening-and-closing

O: 4.25 - having just recently been wickedly impressed with the triple-dry hopped Perpetual IPA, this one doesn't stand up because there are lots of qualities that I think are atypical for an imperial IPA - too murky, too boozy and too sweet; as I was thinking how to describe the style, I think that it comes closer to blond tropical American barleywine than a DIPA; I probably wouldn't purchase this again but certainly appreciated the drinking experience of another unique Scratch beer from one of the best mid-Atlantic breweries

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Photo of mikem0487
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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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Photo of templar316
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky with a tall head that rises strong and then fades. Pineapple is strong on the nose, with mango, blood orange and nothern notes. The flavor brings serious hops to the table: a citrus blast much stronger then the subtle character of the nose. Grapefruit, kiwi, orange, lemon, power... flower hops. A little mango sweetness to calm it down. This is a week old and a mind blowing beer. It's easy; too easy to drink as well. Don't miss it!

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Kayaker
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
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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Photo of BrianScottK
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first introduction to the "Scratch" series. Poured from a tap into a tulip glass. Very unique cloudy, orange color unlike any I've seen in recent memory. Lightly sweet on the fore with fruity notes, and a hint of honey. After it washes across your tongue the mango begins to stand out from the other fruits, but certainly not overly intense. A nice, "relatively" light hoppy finish. While you certainly can taste the alcohol in this one (at a blazing 11.3%), the beer is so well-balanced that it fits into the flavor-profile instead of detracting from it.

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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle fresh off the line at the brewery.

A - No idea. Drank it out of the bottle on the porch during a thunderstorm. I'm not classy.

S - Massive nose of citric hops, pine, and fruit. Hint of booziness.

T - Citrus on the back of the mouth leads to warm booziness and carbonation burn all the way down. Big mango aftertaste. Very well balanced for being so bold.

M - Medium bodied with a thick finish, reminds me of Nugget Nectar in that respect.

O - I never had the first version so I don't have a standard to compare it to. My first reaction was a fruitier version of Bells Hopslam. Not my favorite Troegs offering, but still among the best - I have yet to be steered wrong on a Troegs scratch. There was a reason this was voted back into production. I could see this fitting in well as a seasonal for them.

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Scratch Beer 98 - 2013 (Triple Mango IPA) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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