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Tröegs Scratch 18

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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We started with the same grain bill as Scratch #12 (IPA) and substituted 25% rye for the base malt giving Scratch #18 a creamy mouth feel and a full-bodied taste. Mount Hood and Chinook hops are combined here for flavoring and aroma, and Warrior hops are used for overall bitterness. The rye plays off the Mount Hood hops, with both ingredients releasing an herbal, spicy flavor.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to Rich! Poured near-clear medium orange with a medium, well-retained cap of whitish head. The aroma picked up biscuity malts topped by resiny pine and floral character.. smelled like it had a touch of oxidation to it, but that didn’t hurt it much. The flavor had the same biscuity malts along with some caramel at the core.. grainy, resiny hoppage surrounded in the form of pine and grapefruit meat plus added peppery rye that stuck on the finish. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate, and grainy as mentioned.. balance was alright, but it was kind of sharp at times.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Cloudy yellow with a small head. Aroma of citrus hops and some green grassy hops. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Well balanced. Not a great IPA, a bit sweet and mellow. Good brew otherwise.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5938) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium off white head. The aroma is fruity citrus, floral, toasty, caramel, and rye. The flavor was moderately sweet with a decent balance between the bready caramel malt and the citrus and pine hops. The rye is present in each taste. Medium bodied bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8239) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Cloudy amber. Rye is very distinct in the nose. Some dried orange peel, caramel, toffee, the Warrior hops are caustic, toasty, bready, corn-like and husky. Creamy and thick. Syrupy and frothy. Husky rye and toasted grains, some dried citrus... little bit of barkdust flavor at times. Stale bread and soggy wood come to mind. Not one of their best beers. Not anything like how I like IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11666) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2009
(2nd Shenandoah Throwdown, 12oz bottle, thanks Dickinsonbeer) Small beige head atop cloudy light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, catty/pineapple/grapefruit, some bread/caramel, light rye/spice. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/pineapple, light bread/rye. Medium body, some resin/stickiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy of alexsdad06. Pours a hazy amber with a nice white head. Smells of citrus, earth, ginger. Tastes of pine resin, citrus, some caramel. Mildly oily bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Scratch 18-2009 thanks to JP174. Pours with a small, barely off-white head. Hazed golden to orange body below. Aroma isn’t to hoppy, slightly herbal and orange citrusy, but mainly malty with dry pear, and dough. Orange blossoms. Taste has some hoppy and orangy bitterness. Slightly spicy and doughy malt bill. Good stuff. Medium carbonation. Not as hoppy as I would have hoped, but makes for a good, strong pale ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10145) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a large, fizzy, white head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, straw, cereal), heavy hop (flowers, citrus, pine), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of apple, pear, and pineapple. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2009
12oz bottle from Capone’s, Norristown, PA. Cloudy pour, nicely frothy body and some visible sediment. Seems earthy, real. Nose is very nice, with sharp and grassy hops playing around nicely with the rye, graced by a light citrus. Love the fact that they downplay the rye a bit, as it’s still very much a refreshing IPA, simply with a different bitterness profile. Solid mouthfeel, very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2885) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Cloudy straw yellow color with some visible carbonation and floaties. Nice frothy white head that lasts for some time. Very good lacing. Aroma of hops, earthy, some pine. Flavor is unique-some hoppy bitterness up front with citrus undertones. Some dry rye on the backend. Decent beer.


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