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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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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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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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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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Scratch Beer 111 - 2013 (HopCyclone Harvest Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 51 ratings