Scratch Beer 111 - 2013 (HopCyclone Harvest Ale) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Earlier this year, we introduced an innovative device that would usher in a new era of dry-hopping technology at Tröegs Brewery -- the HopCyclone. This hopped-up Harvest Ale (which shares its namesake with the aforementioned device) begins with plenty of Columbus and Crystal hops for bittering. We then further intensify the hop aroma by adding an abundance of whole flower Mt. Hood hops to our hopback vessel. Finally, we apply a healthy dose of Galaxy and Motueka hops directly to the HopCyclone during dry-hopping to push this beer over the edge. The result is an aggressive IPA-style Harvest Ale with plenty of lip-smacking, juicy hop goodness and a tinge of dry spiciness due to the addition of a small percentage of rye malt. Experience a hop gust of epic proportions with Scratch #111 - HopCyclone Harvest Ale!

87 IBU

Added by orangesol on 08-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 51
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to get this cool find at ACME Bar and Pizza on Monroe Ave, in Rochester, NY.

Pours a brilliant dark orange. A very similar color to a tiger. Awesome! Fully formed head, with lacing like tree rings throughout the drinking session.

Smells incredible. Earthy, dank hop aromas abound.

Tastes like one of the best harvest ales I've ever had. So resinous, bitter, and dank. Tons of earthy pine, dark grapefruit, fresh cut grass, pineapple juice, orange pulp. So much hop flavor just packed into this one. I could drink this all day. Had two pours of it.

Great mouthfeel- sticky, like honey, full bodied, great carbonation.

A big surprise. I loved this one. Would love to see it again someday.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer was served a golden color with a one finger of foamy white foam on the surface of the brew. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a wonderful level for streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was a nice blend of tropical and citrus fruits with a nice hop profile. The tropical fruits are of pineapple, melon, and mango while the sweeter citrus is of tangerine and orange. The hop aromas have a lot going on with a good dose of grapefruit citrus, some pine and a nice blend of grass and some floral notes. There is a bit of a biscuit aroma in there as well, rounding out the aroma and producing a rather sweet and hoppy, but balanced smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice sweeter tropical fruit nature blended with a little bit of a bready flavor. Straight from the start there is a nice hop presence with a grassy and pine hop present upfront. A little bit of yeast is there from the start as well, fading quickly from the taste as it advances. The grapefruit and pine remain relatively constant throughout the taste and are later joined by some floral and grapefruit hop flavors. The bready nature of the beer picks up a slight bit at the end with the fruit losing a little bit of strength. The combination of flavors, in the end, leaves a nice smooth semi-sweet flavor with a great blend of hop flavors to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The average body is great for an easy drinking feel, while the lower carbonation helps create a smooth feel that matched the flavors at the end of the taste very well.

Overall – This was a very tasty IPA and one I hope Troegs recreates at some time. If you have a chance, I would definitely recommend trying this one. Very flavorful and very smooth.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange amber color with a thick, frothy white head and a lacing ring that is massive and frothy. Very frothy looking.

S - Citrus, tropical fruit, light resin (I'm guessing the cold temp right now is masking some of the nose).

T - Resiny tropical fruit: oranges, citrus, grapefruit, lightly herbal, and some spice round out the flavor. Sweet and tropical up front and resiny, piney bitter on the backside and some light caramel malt underneath that surfaces more so towards the middle. Coats the mouth with resiny hops and the bitter bite lingers for a good long while.

M - Full medium body with a slight creaminess.

O - Definitely gets better as the beer warms...Troegs has a winner here. The score would be higher if the aroma matched the intensity of the taste. Add this one to your rotation, Troegs.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into my Sam Smith's pint glass.

A- Transparent golden-orange color, some amber. Big and fluffy off-white head, bubbly. Lots of sticky web lacing. Lasting retention.

S- Piney hops to start. The fruits are more pineapple and mango than citrus. There is some malt sweetness and alcohol as the beer warms. Floral too.

T- Piney and fruity again. Malts come on as it warms. The alcohol aroma does not come on strong in flavor, that's good.

M- Full body, viscosity. Resinous and sturdy. There is great balance between the hops and sweets ( alcohol and malts). Finishes with flavors and a touch of hop bite.

O- I'm finishing up the growler as I I liked it a lot. Well blended, all the properties are there, nothing is too obvious.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks StormKing47!

A: Pours a glowing citrus amber with a greasy off-white head that slowly faded into a thick and well retained film. Soapy, spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Citrus nose with a hint of herbal spice and leafy green-ness.
T: Rye mlats come through next to burn caramel and toasted grains. The hops are herbal, bitter, and leafy with a hint of pine and maybe kiwi.
M: Medium-full body, greasy mouthfeel with slick carbonation. Fairly balanced.
O: Pretty good balance between hops and rye. Enjoyable. Thanks again, Josh!

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a standard Troegs pint glass. The brew appears a lightly hazed orange copper color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained tan head. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades. When held to the light, some yellow is seen around the edges.

The smell is absolutely sticky with resinous hops. A tropical appeal blends to dank, grassy, citrus, herbal and a bit vegetative to lightly yeasty component. A mild fruity to perfume-like alcohol note is lasting across the back.

The taste is bitter with grassy, piney, herbal and vegetative qualities. Some solvent alcohol almost feels like perfume mid-palate. There is some pleasant fruity character that is mildly like pulp/zest and almost more like dirty cantaloupe or some other strange melon flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not bad and worth trying but im not the biggest fan of the vegetative aspect. Straight out of the gate, this was very promising but the more I drank, the less I liked it. I wish I knew what that weird dirty cantaloupe flavor was... because I have noticed it in many different hoppy offerings from Troegs now.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect Pint glass. Comes out darker than straw yellow, so I guess a pale orange would be the color. Good clarity to it. There is a thick white head with various sized bubbles, really great lacing to it.

Smell is good, it's just not very strong. Caramel and pale malts. There's some melon, mango and a few other mild tropical fruit tones. Nice hop notes, crystal and columbus according to the label, good universal hop variety.

Taste is a slight step up. I like it better because in addition to the sweetness its a little more bitter and therefore more balanced to the taste buds. Caramel and weak toffee tones. After that, there's plenty of citrus (which I couldn't pick up as much in the smell), pine, and again a few tropical fruit tones like melon, mango, and pineapple. Really well balanced the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is good, a light medium feel. Pretty smooth and a good carbonation level. I like the balance here. Starts off sweet and smooth and it leaves a dry bitter lingering finish. A really well balanced beer that I wouldn't mind seeing the Troeg brothers brewing regularly, this one is great and would be a wonderful fall seasonal, especially early on.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-09-04 at the brewery

A - Amber-orange with a 2-finger white head and very good lacing.

S - Peach, mango, pine, a grassy spice overtone that is new to me, mild malt, hop floral. Rich and inviting.

T - Much like the smell suggests. Stone fruit and tropical citrus up front followed by grassy hops, some pale malt with a light touch of caramel, a nice blast of hop cone oils, light spice, creeping and increasing bitterness. It's a flavor bomb. A bit too grassy to push it into the top tier for me but very fine nevertheless.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Crisp at first but with some clinging resins. Dries nicely.

O - I really enjoyed this brew and the use of the new hop cyclone!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Medium-pale amber body, with very good transparency. Fizzy white head that stays around with some stickiness.

S-Nice piney hop aroma with hints of citrus, notes of spicy hops with some grassiness and some earthiness.

T- Piney hop flavor with hints of citrus. Malt backbone has a nice toasted quality with some noticeable earthiness from the rye.

M- Medium bodied, medium transparency, very drinkable.

O- A very solid beer that is perfect for the start of fall. Not a hop-bomb, but hops are there and the rye addition makes this one slightly different than the tons of IPAs out there.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery, afterwards from a growler, and 6 weeks later in bottle.
The pour color is equal parts orange and mustard with a fine haze to blend the hues. Thick, bubbly lacing holds onto my IPA glass after an ample head falls. The creamy rim holds on tight, keeping a sudsy cap in place throughout the glass session, fed by fine carbonation.
The aroma is a bitter hoppy blast up the nose. It's dominated by wet pine forest and its earthen floor. Mango finds its way through, along with a hint of pineapple.
A cold gulp is bright and buzzy, with a tart bitter ending. Some of the tropical fruit flavors come through, both as it warms and in the aftertaste that is fed by its length on the tongue. Dank resin is fairly potent, though. There isn't as much room as I'd like for malt; it would be in better balance if rounded by a grainy chew as well as some more citrus-sweetness to add to its weak caramel essence. A bit of that need is addressed with warming, but an angular tang then shoots through, as well.
The mouthfeel is superior with a body slightly heavier than medium. Oily slickness makes it easy to drink, and it holds onto the tongue long to allow some sweetness and minor flavors to lend a degree of needed balance. A bit of orange peel is detectable between sips lower down in the glass...unless that's just my wish making it so. But I do believe it's the way it coats and lingers that allows extra subtleties to unfurl. Carbonation balance is just right.
This is a beer that's a treat to taste over time with changing temperature and exposure to air. It's an education in evolution. The only downside is that there isn't a temp that seems to suit it just right. More aroma and flavor balance emerges with warming, but it then feels a little thin and loses its brightness to too much unopposed bitterness. But don't drink it too cold, because there's excessive pine-hop then, and lack of depth, even though it's refreshing.

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Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a firkin dry hopped with Columbus hops during the Full Moon Firkins event.

A - Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy one finger tall white head leaving spotty webs of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pine resin, tropical fruit, fresh cut grass, a bit of caramel malt sweetness and some light earthiness. The hops are strong from the start but it gets more balanced as it warms to room temperature.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of grassy hop bitterness slowly giving way to the pithy tropical fruit, sticky pine resin and some balancing caramel malt sweetness. Finish is surprisingly clean with only a little bit of lingering hop bitterness. The cask really helps to balance out the flavors and adds the typical smooth feel, making it very easy to consume.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel with a bit of backing sweetness. The feel is great and the booze is non existent.

O - This one really worked for me. The hops remained strong throughout and the smooth feel from the cask made it super easy to drink. I look forward to trying this one on draft when it comes out in the coming weeks.

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Scratch Beer 111 - 2013 (HopCyclone Harvest Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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