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.
bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Troegs on 4/28/07. Pours a clear gold with a medium white head. Aroma is a classic IPA citrus and light pine scents. The intial taste is right on with the aroma, but quickly gives way to a thin lager aftertaste. Not my style, but still an extremely good brew. I would suggest this to lager fans rather than hop heads.
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