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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2007
From Secret Santa!! Pours a clear, straw gold, with a small white head. smells a little grainy, but nothing really offensive. had a nice little lemon citrus aroma too. The taste is a little bit spicy, definitely some sweet cinnamon in there, along with some grainy citrus. This was my first impression of this style, and i’m pretty pleased actually. Easy drinking and pretty refreshing. Nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Lighter golden color with a small white head. Aroma is a bit earthy with some light hops, grain, and maybe some light non-ripened fruit. Flavor has a lot of raw grain with some earthy hops, some light fruit. Not all that exciting, but good for the style. Refreshing summer beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Aroma is a bit earthy. Smells of a little spice, grain, corn, and a hint of hops. Poured golden in color with a medium-sized white head that lasted throughout. Very good to excellent lacing. A little hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly bitter and a tiny bit tart. Tastes of hops, grains, bread, corn, burning, and wood. Light body. Thinish sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Dry hoppy finish. Overall, lacking a bit in flavor, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6075) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, floral hops, toffee, and light bread. Taste of more dough, citrus, pine, and light tartness, with a dry, woody, bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11290) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2007
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grains, citrus, lightly fruity, and a trace of spices. Tastes of citrus, spicey, and very lightly fruit. Honey sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours a pale golden yellow body with nice head. Aroma is slightyl fruity, grainy, light citrus. Flavor is light and refreshing. Light citrus lingers on the palate with a subtle spice that hits the taste buds first and then backs down. This would make a nice session beer, if only it wasn’t a limited release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a medium foamy/lacing white head. Aroma of sweet grainy/corny malts, hints of citrus and some grassiness. Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, lemon, some faint lingering hop bitterness, grains and some hard pretzels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9905) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Medium gold pour with 2-finger white head. Aroma of citrus, wet hops, tangerine, and spicy peppery notes. The flavor is a bit tart with a heavy dry hoppy flavor, citrus, and some sour mashy notes. Finishes crisp but very tart and hoppy. This one is like a pils/Bopils hybrid, and I’d suspect that this one was the precursor of Troeg’s Sunshine Pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1044) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Obtained in BIF 30 from BA Wren, Tröegs Scratch Beer came in a plain labeled bottle, that indicated a bottling number of 1-2007. When poured, the beer looked clear pale, like a Pilsner, and had a three finger thick head. The aroma was mostly citric hoppy, and was very clean, with none of the diacetyl or sulfur hints common in Pilsner. The taste was a simple mix of sweet pale malt, and citric hops, with hops being the dominant taste. Very light and effervescent on the palette, yet there was enough body and a sour tang to keep from feeling watered down. Very drinkable little number.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1747) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Fairly clear appearance, golden yellow color. Grassy, musty aroma. Butterscotch, basil, and some metallic and perfume tones. Buttered popcorn taste is hard to deny, but not a spoiler. Quiet sweet corn with mild tones of vanilla, oregano, and a woody bitterness. Slight lactic sourness. Light-bodied, acidic palate. Fresh, lively, and right for the warmth, despite its flaws. Thanks Keith!

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