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Drafting Room 15th Anniversary Ale
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Scratch #20 has been dubbed Apollo Imperial Ale because of our experimentation with a new hop variety. Apollo hops are high alpha acid with an intense aroma. Married with other high alpha hops, with almost two pounds of hops added per barrel produced, AIA has an intense staying power in the back of the throat. After a long discussion between Chris, John and the brewers, they dubbed this hop flavor stinky grapefruit with a hint of perfume. The dark color might lead you to believe the some malt may shine through; but no, the hops are the true player in this ale. Scratch #20 serves a dual purpose since it will also appear as The Drafting Room’s Anniversary Ale for 2009. We brewed a bit more to serve the brewery and The Drafting Room, but get it while when you see it.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2009
( 12oz bottle labeled Tröegs Scratch 20 thanks to bu11zeye) Pours cloudy orange with oily bubbles. Nose of tropica hops, bready and yeast. Taste oily grapefruit, esters, fruity with a nice linger. This is well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle: Poured a hazy orange amber with a nice head. The aroma was pine and citrus. The flavor was pine, hops, flowers, citrus, and bitters. Overall, a fine fine IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (795) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Thanks to FooFaa for throwing this want in with my growler for growling. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a two finger white head that trailed of to a nice lace. The body of the brew was a cloudy apricot in color. I got a nice citrus hoppy aroma from the glass as I put it to my lips. Sweet malts then followed by a nice citrus bitter with a slight pine flavor in the finish. A great medium feel in my mouth with great carbonation This is a great brew and an easy to drink DIPA. Finished the glass with no problem and left wanting for more. Great job Tröegs another fine scratch brew

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Growler. Pours gold with a creamy head. Huge nose of pine, citrus, some caramel. Pine, caramel, citrus some apricot, bitter finish. Dry full round mouthfeel. Good, big sticky IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trancecyclist (42) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Not quite retired at The Drafting Room in Spring House. Served in a 14oz goblet on tap. This IPA has a distinctive reddish color to it, and a nearly fruity component to the hop flavor. Not much head but a fine taste and hop presence--115 IBUs according to their description. Get it while there’s still some left.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2009
( 12oz bottle, labeled Tröegs Scratch 20 ) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, resin, orange, and caramel. Flavor of hops (grapefruit, earth, pine) and caramel malt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4772) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2009
scratch 20 bottle thanks to bu11zeye. amber with a crteam head. nose is sticky grapefruits. nice thickness with a great flavor of grapefruity hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Thanks to Rich for the bottle (as Scratch 20). Poured clear reddish-orange with a creamy, well-retained cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up fresh, bright oranges and floral notes over a sweet caramel and bready base.. a pinch of peppery warmth on the back of the nose. The flavor found pale malts, honey, and a bit of caramel surrounded by spicy and heavy bitterness (oranges, peppery pine, and perfume rocked it hard).. peppery and bitter well beyond the finish.. quite well balanced. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.. bitterness was a touch scratchy, which worked well.. I liked this one much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle via trade thanks to KnightRider on BA, labeled as "Troegs Scratch 20." Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one-finger off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops - the description of "stinky grapefruit" fits it well - and just a hint of caramel malt. Flavor is lots of grapefruity and floral hops, resin, and some caramel malt. Age has apparently not harmed this beer much - it’s still very good and hoppy. Body is medium and palate is resinous with prickly carbonation. Another good one from Troegs, makes me proud of my hometown brewers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Big thanks to machfive55. Murky orange pour, think unfiltered apple cider, with moderate beige head, sticky lacing. Strong grapefruit hops aroma, a bit of ginger as well. On the flavor, the citric, piney hops aromatics merge and harmonize with the malt’s cider and light caramel flavors. On the finish, there’s a blend of floral, fruity, and musty elements that linger over the lasting hops bitterness. I like it, but I would understand if someone didn’t go in for the mustiness. Crisp. lively palate, medium body. A fine IPA.


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