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 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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