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RATINGS: 1344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsquire (4167) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1024) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
boto (2111) - 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.

   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...

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diablokev (165) - 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.

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