Tröegs Scratch 106
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Continuing our Single Hop Pale Ale series using experimental hop varieties, we brewed Scratch #106 with a very worthy cause in mind. Ales for ALS™ is a nation-wide program to benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute (TDI), the world’s leader in ALS research. ALS (better known to the public as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with no known cure. Loftus Ranches, one of the Yakima Valley’s longest running hop farms, has developed a proprietary hop blend, which we used exclusively in Scratch #106. So raise a glass knowing that you’re helping a worthwhile cause, because Tröegs will donate a portion of all proceeds from sales of this beer to the ALS TDI. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Growler at BCTC courtesy of Trevor. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Soft sweet musk and bright citrus. Medium bodied, lightly sweet caramel and a bit of earthy hops. Very easy drinking, nice soft bitterness on the finish. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Served on-tap at the brewery. First things first, I am sticking with their initial description of this one being a single hop pale ale and not an IPA like the board at the brewery says.

A - Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a soapy one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass. Quite nice looking.

S - Smells of fresh cut grass, pine, mild caramel and toffee sweetness and some dulled tropical fruitiness. Rather mild initially but it starts to liven up as it warms up, becoming quite nice toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with a nice citric hop bite that fades away quickly leaving hints of pine resin, fresh cut grass and the caramel and toffee sweetness from the crystal malt. Finish is still pretty hoppy with a bit of sweetness mixed in, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium-Full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel from start to finish. It has plenty of flavors going on yet it is still easy to consume, very nice.

O - A solid all around single hop beer. I wouldn’t say any part of it is remarkable in any way but my glass disappeared rather quickly and I wouldn’t hesitate to get another. Cheers to a good cause!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (2815) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JUL 28, 2013
On tap 4 oz. sample/flight at the Troeg's tasting room in Hersheypark, PA. Clear, medium-dark red-copper with a small khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of bready malt, pine, citrus, light fruit and caramel. Taste of herbal hops, bready malt, peaches, citrus, apple and caramel. Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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