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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (795) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Thanks DIM Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that disappeared to a thin lace. The body of the brew was a hazy apricot color. Aromas are citrus fruit with a slight pepper spice to it, and of course rye bread. The flavor of the brew is rye dominant but with enough balance of the malts to bring some sweetness to the plate. This brew has a medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation for your tongue. One of the better Rye beers I have had this year very balanced in my book. That fact alone makes this brew very drinkable. Another great scratch brew from Tröegs.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Growler from the brewery. Pours a hazy amber-orange color with an average foamy off-white head that leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma is orange, grapefruit, and pine. Flavor is an orange citrus balanced by a malty sweetness and ending with a grapefruity finish. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Another excellent IPA from the Trogner Brothers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle. Pours a murky orange body with a spotty white head. Pine and rye seeds, some malt. Nice aromatics a bit bready. Citrus and floral notes with a strong earthy bitterness a bit soapy. Mild etoh warming but well masked by hops and rye. Interesting stuff, i really enjoyed the rye and hop character without a big malt profile to ruin the beer. Had to come back and add a note has a very nice honey character that happened half way through the glass, very delicious stuff +1.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10409) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle shared alexsdad06. Poured a hazy golden color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasted and had excellent lacing. Medium to heavy complex hop aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew and standout for style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
12oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours hazy orange golden, capped with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of orange, rye, white pepper, and caramel malt. Caramel hits the palate for an instant, then is overcome by rye, orange, and bread. Rye lingers on the palate for a lengthy finish. Medium bodied and very smooth on the palate. Another nice Scratch beer from Troegs.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Big thanks to machfive55. Hazy gold-amber, three-finger off-white head, retained for several minutes before to a film and a generous, sticky lacing. Initial aroma is musty yeast. This fades to be replaced by crisp, lightly caramelized malts. Flavor balanced a pronounced hops bitterness with a bready malt backbone. Not so much bittersweet as bitter and resinous, tea like. An India brown ale in taste, despite the lighter color. Some minor fruit notes include citrus and apricot. Nothing is off. Very solid beer. Medium body, zesty mouthfeel with a good hops burn.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3896) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
12 oz bottle shared at jcwattsruggers. Poured an ugly murky brown with a small foamy off white head. Aroma is rather sweet caramel, toffee, hint of rye, old grassy hops, and honeycombs. Initial flavor has a touch of rye along with grains and bread along with bitterness and a medium touch of sweetness. Medium full body with perfect carbonation, lingering aftertaste that borders bitter and sweet perfectly. This one is really nice and I just wonder how awesome it would have been fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours a light orange with lots of carbonation, a big and dense head and wonderfully hoppy aromas. These aren’t your brusque and aggressive hops, but rather a fruit basket of citrus and floral hops. There is just a touch of something a little odd in the nose, however. I’m wondering if it is from the rye. Flavor is a shaper hops... pine and citrus with just the right amount of malt to balance it out. This is an odd experience since the hops in the nose don’t seem to match the hops that hit the palate, but it is still very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2009
machfive55 rocks! And nice amber color. White grapefruit on the nose. Flavor is hoppy and light malts. Easy drinking, nice IPA...but doesn’t stand out as amazing. still a well crafted.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2009
Growler fresh from the brewery. Pours amber with fluffy white head and leaves a nice lacing. Citrus and sweet floral hop aroma, with hints of the graun present. Flavor followed suit, with additional rye and honey noticeable. Different and good.


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