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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted light bread), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a hint of acetone. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, metallic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Slight chemical waft and metallic finish means no fun for Ernest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2003
A decent, mildly sweet lager with a pleasant, wheaty finish, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Not a bad beer, very similar to an Octoberfest. Some spices and a touch of citrus in the flavor, but it is not very memorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Nice beer was just OK. Amber in color, not much aroma, not much of anything. Not too rememberable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
The only thing true about this beer style was the "common" part--nothing interesting at all. Watery and not at all presenting the punch that a true steam beer should have. Yes, this is blah, and I’m glad I drank it at the end of the session so I wont remember the experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Lightly carbonated. Copper amber color. Mostly diminishing head. In my friend’s, Jskendzel, words this one was very "blah".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tourette (219) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Average, boring amber. Pretty smooth, but nothing special here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2002
supremly disappointed with all the flying dog beer i’ve had. show’s ya that having a sweet label means...nothing in the taste department.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Flying Dog is not exactly the name i think of when i think of a brewer, but sitting there on tha shelf with only a buck and change in my pocket...well, it was tonight’s dessert. The aroma is a very interesting mix of excess malt and something to the effect of apple. The Old Scratch Amber pours a bronze/copper red that is nearly crystal clear in light and reveals quite a lot of carbonation. The taste begins with a carbonated and acidic tickling of the tongue followed by an emourmous onslaught on maltiness as it goes down. It almost has those dark characteristics to its taste but blends in that carbonation well to avoid going too far into that category. The beer does have the effect of unleashing its flavors even more heavily as it warms up and this was a nice side effect given, as i said, that this was tonight’s dessert beer. The only drawbacks to the Old Scratch Amber are its fairly bland taste, though with the steam style it was different (but it lacked true kick) and its lackluster appearance in my mug. Its somewhere near an average amber, but i wouldnt be averse to trying it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Pours a copper-reddish color with a thin white head. The aroma is a bit malty, but pretty bland. The flavor seems confused with the most pleasant, somewhat malty flavor appearing about 5 seconds after swallowing. The overall character is pretty stale with ingredients that seem like they sat around for too long. It’s a novel idea to have a beer with both ale and lager characteristics, but I think I’d rather go one way or the other.

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