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RATINGS: 1311   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Not bad, went down easy with a nice finish. Malty and hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedTickBeer (39) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Really drinkable. Sweet, cremy, a little bit fruity. Nice steam beer. I havent hated any of these guysí beer yet. This is no exception.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2002

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2002
Light amber with a haze of flecks. Quickly reducing dense off white foam. Slow and steady carbonation. Weak aroma of grain husks and juicy citrus. Soft and supple. Tastes very much like an ale. Mix of husky malts and citrus notes. Not very hoppy or malty but balanced well. Mushy, light carbonation. Gentle juicy sweetness. Overall just strange tasting for a lager. Finishes with a touch of natural caramel. OK.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2495) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2002
I didnít realize this was a steam beer when I tried it, but now it makes sense - as this beer had a malty profile that stayed palatable after it had warmed significantly (I kinda nursed this beer, as it didnít make me want to drink it that badly). Amber color, small head. Slightly buttery, vegetal aroma. Nice clean and rich caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Amber color, with a hoppy, yeasty aroma. Lots of malt with a crisp hops finish. Not too exciting, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2002
The label is worth the price. Very malty and very reminscient of their barley wine. Great aroma and a decent taste (extremely sweet), but i donít think this could become one that i go back to constantly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2002
Amber complexion, somewhat malty, lots of head. Decent beer. Nothing bad , but nothing special here either

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2002
In a world of brew makers that donít pay too much attention to what their beer smells like, Old Scratch at least gives you something to smell. A rich, caramelly roasted malt aroma greets the olfactory senses at initial sip. Very attractive beer aesthetically; fine brussels lace, off-white head with a beautifully reddish brown hue. I am not a huge fan of malty beers, but this one is very drinkable without making you feel like youíre drowning in a vat of Brachs caramels. A medium bite from a good dose of alcohol completes the picture. Smooth enough to be a session beer, but the malt would probably get to you after awhile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2002
I am perhaps unobjectively pleased to learn that this is not just an íAmerican Amberí, itís a California Common/Steam. Light on the aroma, but what is there is balanced and pleasant enough, being malty and hoppy. Brilliantly clear copper color, very slight effervescence and no real head to speak of. Caramel malt flavors are quite prevalent here, sweetness as well. Hops are there, starting about midway and following through to the finish, but this beer is decidedly sweet, less bitter. Some graininess in the finish, more malty caramel flavors as well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. This isnít a real Steam beer, IMHO, Amber Lager, definitely, but there is a difference. I like the tingly finish, but overall, a bit too sweet for me to rate it highly.

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