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RATINGS: 1340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Ideal for the Lager drinker who prefers amber beers, the "Scratch" is a smooth, malt-accentuated lager. Brewed in the "Steam-Style" tradition, scratch is a so-called hybrid beer that is fermented at medium temperatures to develop some ale and lager characteristics.
Ingredients: Water; Malted barley; Malted wheat; Hops.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Orange-amber color. Nice head and decent carbonation. Visible particulates present. Aroma of caramel malts, clove spice, and vanilla. Initial flavor is somewhat stale and cardboard tasting, a consistent problem with the same variety pack from this brewer. However, the distributor indicated that the pack was delivered the day that I bought it. Go figure. Otherwise, flavor includes warm malt sweetness and a nice balance of moderate bitterness. Has the qualities of an English bitter. Very smooth palate.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
igneous1 (1509) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2003
no better way to describe its color than by its name..amber. no head to speak of, aroma is pretty malty...caramel and bread, but with a little citrusy hoppiness lingering in the background. hops are the first thing i notice in the flavor which moves into this caramel thing. there are quite a few things going on in this beer, which is interesting, but not much stands out..is it a lager? is it an ale? who is john galt?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Nice bark ruby brown color. Aroma of malt, mild hops, and I get roasted peanuts in there too(?). I guess a comparison to Anchor is inevitable given the style, and on that I'll say that this lacks some of the bite of Anchor but has a sweeter smoother finish. Not bad, I'll try it again.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Amber to brown color with a bubbly dark cream colored head. A simple sugar aroma coupled with a light floral hops. Light fruit (pear) and sugary malt flavors. A mildly fizzy feel. I notice a mild kraut aroma as it warms. Another amber that does nothing for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Caramel colored with adequate head that sticks around briefly. Nice lacing on glass. Malty aroma followed by a malty flavor. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Reminded me alot of Anchor Steam, but unique in its own way. Quite easy to drink, nothing complex, just an average amber ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Red in color, sweet in nose and pallate, could drink many. Another Dad send because he liked the label...yikes

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsquire (3721) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Redish amber color with little to no head. Thin sweetness with some nice bitterness. Not very interesting but easy drinking. And I do not like these labels at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2003
A nice appearance with a good copper color and nice off white head. Nose is mostly malt, but with some good spice mixed in. If only the flavor matched the aroma! It's similar, but MUCH weaker in potency (not that the nose was potent!). This needs strength, depth, and bite to be a really good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2003
Sweet flavor that has a slight hoppiness to it. Very clean with little aftertaste.


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