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

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Brewed by:
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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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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