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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Scratch Beer 1 - 2007, a hybrid beer (California Common Beer), will be released on or about April 26. This is a beer we brewed on the back patio on more than one occasion. It became the inspiration for Tröegs Pale Ale. The simplest explanation of what makes a hybrid beer unique is the brewer is forcing a lager to do something it doesn’t want to do. Scratch 1 uses lager yeast fermented at a warmer temperature. The fermented malt gives an exaggerated fruity undertone to the beer which combines nicely with the citrus flavors of Cascade hops. Balancing out the taste are spicy, earthy flavors derived from Brewer’s Gold hops. Slightly aggressive hops in the front of the mouth give way to a clean, subtle grape-like finish.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (10547) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
A: The beer pours a very hazy golden orange color with a large white head. S: Butterscotch and cardboard are prominent, which is disappointing but not necessarily surprising. Toffee and caramel sweetness with a little bit of bready. Strangely, there is a strong Cracker Jack aroma. T: A very strange fruity flavor that I can’t quite describe. Cardboard oxidation, toffee, butterscotch, honey, and some more Of the Cracker Jack character. M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation. O: I was happy to try this just because of what it is in terms of the series, but it’s really not worth drinking.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle thanks to Derek!.. I’ve now managed to track down the first 25 of these! Poured hazy peach with a short, swirly cap of whitish head. The aroma picked up soft, buttery notes and pale malts with early-stage composted grass around.. sweet overall, and age definitely showed. The flavor found honey and bready malts at the core (again showing age, but pleasant).. dry black pepper, earthy notes, and a touch of grass around.. finished with a lemon-peppery twang over honeyed bread. Light-medium bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. sweet complexion, but it dried out on the edges.. past its prime, but still a tasty and interesting brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2009
Poured yellow with a white head. Aroma of fruit. Some fruit flavors. Light bodied. Little bit hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a pale golden body with a white head. Grainy malt body some light citrus and hints of grape juice. Lightly earthy with a hint of spice. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
7-27-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to DIM, we believe
Cloudy dull dirty yellow with a thin and short lived white film of a head. Smell is very doughy with a faint splash of citris - very faint. Flavor is light malt and mostly dough but there is that light citris backdrop there as well. Drinkable, but not superb.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Bottle in trade from a forgotten source. Possibly DIM? Thanks though!
Pours a nice hazy light orangish yellow color with a small white head. Smell is lightly hoppy and with sweet tea like maltiness. Taste is fruity with lightly bittering hops and a touch of a yeasty flavor. Unique tart and citrusy flavor with a touch too light sweetness. Pretty interesting beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Wow. I was expecting a boring beer here, but this was outstanding (especially for this style!). Aroma was fruity hops and pretty strong. Pour was murky light gold with a one finger white head. Taste was very sweet in the front. Sugar and fruit mostly. The hops balance the sweetness, but after the swallow the cheeks are almost numb. Don’t know why but there is a crisp aftertaste that tastes like Juicy Fruit gum. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
Murky golden-yellow in colour, lingering white coloured head, good lacing. The aroma is of light citrus, biscuits, very light sweetness, some bread and grass. The flavour is of biscuits and cookies, light citrus and some floral hops. Lightly bitter mouthfeel, light body, medium carbonation. Finishes lingering, light hop bitterness.

Plain, basic and light in the flavour and aroma but that said still refreshing.

355ml bottle obtained in a trade with kkearn, thanks Keith.
Opened on December 14, 2007.
Bottled January 2007.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
Pours gold with a large white lingering head. Smells of roses, earth, citrus, some strawberries, some hay and grass. Tastes of sweet citrus, touches of dry malt, some hints of grapefruit and blood oranges. Finishes dry. Very good session beer. I like that so many craft brewers are putting in the time to really attempt to nail down what a good every day beer should be capable of. Well done!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pours a hazy bright yellow/gold with a nice pure white head, some lace. Aroma is very citrusy, and lemony, has an earthy doughy lager yeast component, yet some fruity esters as well. Flavor is crisp and doughy, good malt backbone with a nice earhty and citrusy flavor- more lemon in the end- cascade, but also reminds me of Sarachi ace, with its lemony character. Finsih is crisp and clean- very refreshing- good morning beer.


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