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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (15728) - Dublin, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11274) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/19/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Ticker Tasting

pale yellow with a slight haze, thin dense white head, drippy lace, light malt aroma with light earthyness, slightly sweet malt flavor, nice cereal character, balanced by earthy hops, light bitter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Bottle... Yellow lager with a small, creamy, white head. Spicy, white and black pepper nose. The balanced flavor yields pale grains, mild bitterness and light acidity along with a perfumey, lemon peel essence. Light to medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Finishes crisp and mostly clean. Not really a fan of this style, but thanks to mgumby10 for sharing the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9857) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9104) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2007
10-20% opacity. Golden yellow. Fresh, hoppy, yeast-forward nose, with some hay and soapy yeast notes. Flavor is lively, fresh, hay-like with heavy and assertive hops,. Some pilsner malts and some fresh hay-flavored hops. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blipp (8011) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle at campground brewdown. Pours gold with a white head. Pretty well oxidized at this point (obviously) with some faint sweet apple notes, and off yeasty notes as well. Honestly, for a 7 year old beer of this style, I expected way worse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle thanks to MrBendo: Pours a transparent pale golden with a thin, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh, wet, lightly citrusy hops and some mild pale malt sweetness along with light fruity esters. Body starts with a nice, light sweetness and fresh light flavor hoppy character toward a crisp, clean finish. Very drinkable and true to style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - 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!

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