Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
<i>12 oz bottle</i>
Thanks to CharlesDarwin for sending this as a bonus in a trade a few months ago. I got around to cracking it open when looking for a non stout in the cellar. Since this seemed to be one to drink fresh it was the first one I snagged. I was not disappointed. Troeg’s may not be on par with Three Floyds, Lost Abbey, or some of the other big stars but they aren’t far behind either. Much like Great Lakes their beers are often more hit than miss.
<b>Aroma / Appearance</b> - A white half funger head surged to the top of the pint glass before collapsing in on itself. A cloudy caramel golden body was the result. Hoppy in a way that grabs your attention it hinted at fresh honeycomb, recently cut grass, and citrus. This was an IPA that was spot on.
<b>Flavor / Palate</b> - Warm hops, caramel, and Nutella formed a perfect trio to greet the senses. The bitterness calmly makes it way towards the throat leaving behind a trail of hops. Balanced and not over the top this is a great lawn mower beer. If they have a regular release that is anything like this I’ll have to get my hands on it next summer.
Ungstrup (27681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A hazy orange beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with fruity notes of peaches and oranges. The flavor is sweet malty with fruity notes primarily of orange, leading to a dry bitter finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Pours up deep hazy gold with tall off white head. This bottle conditioned beer seems the faintest acidic in the nose with sweet malts and grapefruit hops coming together making the citrus grapefruit seemingly sweet. The taste feels thick with rich sweet maltiness coupled with assertive grapefruit hop bitterness creating a very nice yet bold balance of malt and hop notes. The hop bitterness peaks about midway as the solid sweet maltiness fades for a moment or two. Into the finish the malts become recharged and meet the hops on near equal terms. Very solid hoppy brew that ushers in a pulse of grapefruit aromatics with every sip.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of Storm. Comes as ’’Tröegs Scratch 12’’. Hazy yellow beer with loads of floating impurities and a dense, off-white head leaving laces. Fat hop aroma. Medium body with fairly fruity notes, citrus and a distinct bitter finish. 201008
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks hopdog! Pours hazy dark gold with a dense and lacy white head and a fair amount of white sediment. Caramel and grapefruit nose. Medium body, subdued carbonation. Lightly sweet toffee, nut and citrus taste. Pepper and pine-bittered finish.
Grovlam (4150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. [Tasting @ Papsoe 20-10-2008] Scratch Beer # 12. Average creamy off-white head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Light cloudy golden color. Aroma of grapefruit, apricot. Over the palate came chewy apricot, caramel, fruit. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and dry texture. Moderated bitter flavor with good counter sweetness. Lingering bitter floral and fruity finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled as Scratch 12. Pours a hazy, glowing orange color. A thick, spongy, eggshell colored head displays excellent retention, while dense, patchy rings of lace circle the glass. The aroma shows notes of oranges and lemons, along with dusty, lightly peppery hop profile, and perhaps a hint of kafir lime leaves. The malt background is lightly sweet and bready. Flavors mimic the nose almost exactly. Candied orange peel and earthy citrus leaves work well over the lightly glazed bready malts, while a spicy, peppery finish lends a sufficiently bitter kick. The balance is excellent. Likewise, the palate is delightfully even keeled. Substantial but not syrupy, well carbonated but not fizzy, the semi-dry mouthfeel is quite nice. Overall, I found this to be a unique and enjoyable IPA.
bp (757) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, scratch 12. Pours a cloudy light orange with a frothy white head, citrus aroma with just a little bit of the hops present, taste is hoppy, slightly bitter, some citrus, pine, pretty good stuff but I can’t get in to it as much as others have here.
BiddleBrau (829) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice brew only found at the DR. Well balanced with a nice hop profile with malt giving some support. Hazy golden with thin head. Nice aroma.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, scratch 12. Clear amber color with a large head. Aroma of citrus (lemon), pine and a little cat pee wrapped by the sugary malts. Bitter taste, with much more citrus and less pee. Fruity and bitter finish.