Scratch Beer 106 - 2013 (Single Hop Pale Ale - Ales For ALS) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Continuing our Single Hop Pale Ale series using experimental hop varieties, we brewed Scratch #106 with a very worthy cause in mind. Ales for ALS™ is a nation-wide program to benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute (TDI), the world’s leader in ALS research. ALS (better known to the public as Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with no known cure. Loftus Ranches, one of the Yakima Valley's longest running hop farms, has developed a proprietary hop blend, which we used exclusively in Scratch #106. So raise a glass knowing that you’re helping a worthwhile cause, because Tröegs will donate a portion of all proceeds from sales of this beer to the ALS TDI. Cheers!

56 IBU

Added by orangesol on 07-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at troegs. The brew pours a clear orange color with white spotty lace that sticks to the glass.

The smell includes a surprising amount of sulfur. Some herbs, cheese and grass also come into play. As it warms up, it gets lightly fruity with some rind element.

The flavor is more focused with bitter and rindy hop charater accented with citrus grass and herbs. A clean toasty malt backing sits underneath.

While the nose suggested this was going to be a trainwreck, the flavor brought it back together. It is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite smooth and easy drinking, just the nose seems out of place on this. Still worth a shot to try if you get the chance...which by now is probably too late considering how fast Scratch beers dissolve.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into an IPA glass

Light yellow, slightly golden. Completely transparent with bubbles continuously rising from the bottom of the glass. Moderate head with light retention.
Smells strongly of tar. Also notes of blue cheese, grass, and pollen.
The taste is spicy upfront, but with swallow mellows quickly. Flavors of honey grace the tongue initially, followed by strong grassy notes.
Medium bodied overall, with moderate carbonation. I don't think more would have hurt.
Overall not the most exciting beer by any means, or palatable for me due to the tar-like nose. Though it was nice to try this special hop variety in this single hopped beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap in the tasting room, enjoyed over 20 minutes.

A slightly hazy copper-amber glows in the bulb of the glass--largely translucent. Sudsy head with rather good retention and patchy lacing. Fine rising carbonation feeds the head for almost an entire glassful.
The scent of tarry pine is strong and embracing. There's a bitter cheesy funk that emerges from underneath mangoes, honeydew, and orange with standing and warmth. It's a little off kilter in the nose as many single-hopped brews can be and is more pleasant cold. The malts don't quite keep in in balance.
The taste begins with a thin, almost acidity bitter edge that washes away fast into rather subdued grass with a malty caramel chew. The taste of pitch is reunited with the forward nose about a third of the way through each gulp and holds on the rest of the way. Caramel sweetness finds its way through in the aftertaste--waiting until the hop abates. All this complexity is actually more enjoyable when kept tight at low temperatures recently poured, as opposed to aerated and warmed.
The mouthfeel is oily-slick all the way as soon as the initial bump of carbonation passes. It's a bit more sharply metallic in the lingual gutters than I'd like, but still quaffable.
This showcase of a hop doesn't earn a rave review, but I have no objections to such a creation with its cahritable inspiration.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery. First things first, I am sticking with their initial description of this one being a single hop pale ale and not an IPA like the board at the brewery says.

A - Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a soapy one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass. Quite nice looking.

S - Smells of fresh cut grass, pine, mild caramel and toffee sweetness and some dulled tropical fruitiness. Rather mild initially but it starts to liven up as it warms up, becoming quite nice toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with a nice citric hop bite that fades away quickly leaving hints of pine resin, fresh cut grass and the caramel and toffee sweetness from the crystal malt. Finish is still pretty hoppy with a bit of sweetness mixed in, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium-Full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel from start to finish. It has plenty of flavors going on yet it is still easy to consume, very nice.

O - A solid all around single hop beer. I wouldn't say any part of it is remarkable in any way but my glass disappeared rather quickly and I wouldn't hesitate to get another. Cheers to a good cause!!!

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Scratch Beer 106 - 2013 (Single Hop Pale Ale - Ales For ALS) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 10 ratings