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Drafting Room 15th Anniversary Ale

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Drafting Room 15th Anniversary Ale
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
12 oz bottle served in a tulip glass. A Small amount of white head quickly dissipates, but leaves a very nice lacing. Nose is grapefruit, hops, light caramel, and floral perfume. Taste is a quick burst of the sweet caramel, which is quickly overpowered by piney hops. The taste then finishes with a floral perfume, and ultimately, an earthy bitter. Talk about a multi-stage brew! This probably ranks as one of my favorite IPAs that I’ve tried.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (529) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2009
12 oz Bottle. hazy orange body with medium head... grapefruit aroma and flavor... fruity, hoppy without being too bitter... nice earthy balance

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.

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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2010
This delicious impy IPA pours a clear and beautiful amber color with a rich and thick off-white head. The head gives way to some nice lacing left around the glass. The nose is full of hops, pine, citrus, but is balanced nicely with some sweet malts and some yeasty/bready notes. The body is fairly smooth and drinkable, and the flavors are delicious. I got a nice smack in the face with some piney, citrusy and floral hops toward the back end of the flavors and into the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Pours a clear coppery amber with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of tangy citrus and floral hops. Taste of light grapefruit, perfume, and hints of tropical fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours an orange amber body with an white head. Citrus, chewy pine, hints of grapefruit. Pine y with a light etoh warming. Nice Brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3256) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
bottle. pours a dark amber orange with a fluffy medium offwhite head. leaves some spotty lace on the glass. aroma of pineapple, melon, caramel, grapefruit, and a little booze. flavor is a big smack of pine up front, with some grapefruit, tangerines, and some bready, nutty, caramel malt backing. nice body. This was pretty damn good. Like a doughy caramel with a some spruce and pineapple. I know that doesn’t sound very good, but it worked. this was a great beer. awesome balance as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2778) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 @ drafting room exton... aka TDR #15 A: rich amber body with a finger and one half width head... moderate retention and superb lacing S: rich ruby red grapefruit, slight skunk like floral aroma, perfumey, some pine and resin... very nice aromatic character especially as the beer warmed T: carries on where the nose left off.. rich, bold hop burst of grapefruit and pine tones... not overwhelmingly bitter, but a very nice hop presence rides atop a soft, subtle malt body M: near ideal carbonation, light-medium body, crisp finish O: a great beverage, enjoyed one outside and had no problem putting down.. refreshing


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