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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Earlier this year, we introduced an innovative device that would usher in a new era of dry-hopping technology at Tröegs Brewery -- the HopCyclone. This hopped-up Harvest Ale (which shares its namesake with the aforementioned device) begins with plenty of Columbus and Crystal hops for bittering. We then further intensify the hop aroma by adding an abundance of whole flower Mt. Hood hops to our hopback vessel. Finally, we apply a healthy dose of Galaxy and Motueka hops directly to the HopCyclone during dry-hopping to push this beer over the edge. The result is an aggressive IPA-style Harvest Ale with plenty of lip-smacking, juicy hop goodness and a tinge of dry spiciness due to the addition of a small percentage of rye malt. Experience a hop gust of epic proportions with Scratch #111 - HopCyclone Harvest Ale!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2013
12oz bottle pours with a deep gold body that supports an off white head of foam. The aroma has a mix of booze, resiny pine hops and a nice degree of malt sweetened citrus hops. This is a thick yummy aroma that doesn’t mess around. The taste bashes you with thick citrus hop flavor and malts and a fruity slightly bitter peach like note. It gets nice and resiny with pine hops to midway with a touch of booze around the edges. Really nice rich full hoppy goodness here. This doesn’t mince words, try it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2350) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bonus from a bomb trade with the eepeiest. Dark hazy gold color. Big pine and citrus flavors. Resiny sticky pine finish. Bit of a floral bitter back end to the sip. Aggressive.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1288) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber body with a tall and dense light tan head.
Aroma: Hints of doughy spicy rye, grapefruit and hints of sweet orange.
Taste: Bready malts into a mild grapefruit bitterness with hints of honeysuckle towards the finish.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: I don’t like the clash of the rye with the hops. It doesn’t work for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1112) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Hazy orange hue; handsome white head & lace with great retention. Floral, earthy hop aroma supplemented by malted grain.

Starts off like a malt-forward DIPA, sweetness and hops work in harmony. Caramelized sugars (wheaty?) make a brief appearance midway through. Hoppy bitterness at the end is kept in check. Really nice.

Lots of prickly carb initially, but mellows out as it sits. Refreshing, well balanced, interesting. I've only had a few of the Scratch beers and can safely say this is the best I've tried so far. Wish I had another to share.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a medium sized frosty off white head. Aroma of fresh hops, rye malt, and hints of grapefruit. Taste of hops, grapefruit, rye malt and a hint of bubble gum.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas floral hops, citrus, earthy, and some lighter fruitiness. Tastes of pine, tropical fruits, and some toastiness.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (1718) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2013
32oz growler from Spirits Crossroads. Pours a deep golden color with a finger of white head. Aroma of dank citrus hops, sweet tropical fruit, and light caramel malt. Taste of bitter grapefruit, sticky pine, citrus zest, and caramel malt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12 oz bottle. Lightly hazed brown with foam frosting. Nose is orange, green banana, strawberry, pine and toffee. Creamy hop juice with a warming buzz. Taste is grapefruit juice, pine, dried apricots and earth. Hard to beat fresh hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12oz bottle from my bday lunch at Capones. Poured a good looking thicker body of glowing orange underneath an average frothy off white head. Aroma of fresh citrus, earth, marmalade topped toast, lemons. Big fuller body with strong carbonation and a lingering bitter hop finish with a touch of spicyness. Flavor is similar to the aroma with citrus rinds, earth, spice, grapefruit and orange, dry toast, grain husks. This beer drinks pretty big for only 6.8%, not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (2845) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Growler at WF Bills. Poured clearish orange with light head and lace. Aroma is a bit rusty with citrus, bubblegum and galaxy coming through. Taste is the same with grass and piney hops rounding it out. Light to medium body. Bitter hoppy finish. Decent, but not great.


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