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RATINGS: 1330   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Excellent. Malty aroma mixed with slight hoppiness. Very balanced malt flavors. Strong caramel flavor. Tastes more like an ale to me and the body is very heavy. Just the way I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2003 RE-RATE: Timdanchanta notified me that I gave this one the shaft. He's right - it's better than a 3.4. I really like the fact that it has the characteristics of both a more sophisticated lager and a solid ale.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2003
Clear amber color, not too much head which dissapated rather quickly. I agree that this tastes like some form of a hybrid beer. Lager body, with some of the tartness and bitterness of an ale. I'm not quite sure how the brewer is calling this a "Steam Style" beer. Nothing about this reminds me of a steam beer. I'm guessing that the label art sells the beer. The art is quite good, but the beer is mediocre.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
No flakes,clear amber; Malty, wet wood nose. Slightly tart, on the thin side with slight caramel. Not very lagerlike and not as clean as (fresh) Anchor. OK but underwhelming "hybrid" beer, and why does everyone like Ralph Steadman so much? The stoner's Ronald Searle I say...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2003
This definitely trends more towards an ale in taste an a lager in body. The flavor reminded me of Dogwood Pale Ale. I enjoyed it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diablokev (152) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2003
The aroma is a bit yeasty light hoppy. The appearance is a honey like amber with a thin off white head. The flavor is light hoppy with a hint of a yeasty aftertaste. The beer is clean and smooth. Overall anothe ok brew from the brewery.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Amber color with a nice head. sharp and tangy aroma. Flavor is somewhat lacking. A bit watery and finishing quickly. Decent if a bit watery texture.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
This is my favorite of the steam style. Although I see nothing that great about the style. Kind of a middle ground between a lager and an ale. Anchor invented the style but its well copied here. Overall a good beer especially for the style.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Nice red-orange color. Interesting flavor that finishes with a nasty taste in the front of the mouth-whatever taste buds those are. Not amazing but not bad, at first, but as the beer goes on, I feel like not finishing it, just like the in-heat wheat

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BillKismet (3343) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Orangish red appearance with a head that fades into a ring and a mildewy aroma of stagnant hops and steam. Very bland tasting, the flavor has been steam-rolled out of this beer--what remains is a flat, lifeless pablum, drinkable but with a taste like rubber water why bother?


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