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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10780) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
A: The beer pours an amber in color with a finger of off-white head. S: Not too much intensity left to the hop character. A bit of sweet pineapple aroma and some brown sugar and caramel malts. Light citrus notes in the background, as well as a light pine. T: The flavor leans toward the sweet side with plenty of bread and caramel. Bitter pine and light grass qualities. Not much of the tropical fruit/pineapple that I picked up on the nose. Also not quite as enjoyable as the nose. M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation. O: Hasn’t held up very well, unfortunately.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle... Lightly hazy orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Grapefruit, resin and earthy notes in the nose along with lots medium-roast malt(s). Very full-bodied with timid carbonation. Huge malt backbone with lots of caramel sweetness that is countered by an abundance of earthy hop bitterness; neither really reigns supreme = nice balance. Lengthy, mainly bitter finish. Kudos to doublesimcoe for the bottle!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Growler shared at Cigar City!! Amber pour. Lots of floral hops, some citrus and caramel malt. Juicy flavor with grapefuit peel, caramel and a dose of bittnerness. Ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2009
On tap at the Springfileld location. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, a little toasty, floral and skunky weed. Tastes of citrus (grapefruit), caramel, and I was getting some tropical fruitiness. Some lacing left on the glass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7828) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Draft at DRE. Pours deep coppery brown with 1-finger off-white head that clings well. Nose is huge resiny and feety hops, mango, caramel malt. Tastes caramel malty, piney, mengoey, canteloupy, and hoppy. A bit too mangoey for me, and reminds me a bit of Stone 11, I believe (the very mangoey one). Solid, but not as good as the prior DRE Anniversaries.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7124) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Old aroma of toffee cardboard old ass feet and weed. Amber pour thin head. Flavors of caramel toffee and cardboard old ass hops. Wow this is old. Can't rate? Won't rate? Will rate. Tick tick tick. Rating is based on perceived freshness. Thanks bvc for hoarding IPA for five years. Good work.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - 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.


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