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Drafting Room 15th Anniversary Ale

Drafting Room 15th Anniversary Ale
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4123) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Scratch 20-2009 thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a fading white head over a hazed amber body. Aroma of floral and herbal hops; slightly dank. Taste is dank, resinous and piney hops. Light bubbles and a dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4303) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Hazy orange yellow pour. Soured hops on the nose with other natural hops. Taste has a fair mix of hops and solid flavor. Finish is dry and soapy. Decent finish for a well hopped beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Draft. A bit bitter with strong citrus. I would definetely have this again. Really good ...not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5484) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2009
12 oz scratch 20 bottle from Capones. Pours a murky amber with orange edges sitting underneath an average sized thick frothy off white head. Initial aroma was loaded with pineapple followed by citrus fruit, slight spice and caramel. Thicker bodied with fairly strong carbonation, or perhaps that’s just my lingering sore throat from my operatinon last week. Flavor is bitter through and through with lots of citrus with some grainy malts in the background. Solid and drinkable, worthy of drinking again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, grapefruit, light tropical fruit, light resin, and a hint of caramel malts. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, dense, creamy, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium bitter. Tastes of hops, grass, light pine, slight resin, and light caramel. Medium body. Lightly sticky, dry texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, light caramel, grass, finish is medium bitter and lightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2009
12 oz bottle as scratch 20. Pours a medium to deep hazy amber with a thin white had and spotty lace. Aroma somehow has a typical troegs hoppy smell- similar to a cross between the old ESB and the hopback just cranked up a bit more- spicy citrus, mint and anise, with a good smooth caramel and toffee malt base. Flavor is resinous with citrus hops, floral hops, mint pine and sap with medium crystal malts, some toffee, and orange mango fruitiness, and a clean full mouthfeel and moderate bitterness. Pretty good actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle of Scratch 20, plan to try on tap at TDR as well. Pours a lightly hazy deep amber with a bunch of golden orange notes and a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, sugar coated cereal grains, reminded me of Three Floyds Alpha King in aroma. From the hops I was getting a bunch orange, some other mixed citrus notes and a floral quality. Like how the citrusy character of the Apollo hops come together with the malt bill in this beer. Flavor was a bit stepped down from the aroma. Malts were caramel and lightly toasted. Some of the citrusy hop flavor was there. Bitterness was moderate for an IPA. Surprised at how the hop flavor and bitterness fade away quickly on this beer. Overall another very solid TDR anniversary beer from Troegs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dagimp (944) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Got a case from the brewery. Poured into a pint glass with 2-3 fingers of head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma was of citrusy hops with a little pine thrown in, a bit of sweetness too. Color is dark amber/brown, very nice. Taste is of grapefruit hops with a strong, sticky malt backbone. Good to note that the hops aren’t overpowering, perhaps even less so than Nugget Nectar. I very much liked this beer although it’s not quite as good as the above-mentioned Nugget Nectar. A very strong and hearty IPA for sure.

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