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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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4.16/5  rDev +3%
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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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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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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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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3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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