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Tröegs Scratch 29

Tröegs Scratch 29
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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Scratch Beer Series - #29 O.G.: 16.8 Plato Alcohol by Volume: 7.7% Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 80 Malt: Pilsner Yeast: Westmalle Hops: Bravo, German Northern Brewer Codename: NBPA JuJu: Cane Sugar Incredibly-hopped, lovingly-aged, and ravenously-carbonated, Scratch #29-2010 is a true brewery collaboration with cast of characters involved in recipe formulation, barrel-aging, dry-hopping, bottle-conditioning and finally, taste-testing. Scratch #29 started off innocently enough as a Pale Ale fermented with Westmalle yeast. After fermentation, the beer was aged for twelve days in virgin Pennsylvania Oak barrels supplied by Keystone Coopers. And then the fun began. Even after brief wood-aging the oak’s intensity overwhelmed the Bravo and German Northern Brewer hops used in the boil. But have no fear, a two-week dry-hop with Willamette and Hersbrucker hops dulled the oak and transformed this beer. Bottled-conditioned for three weeks before release, Scratch #29 imparts an intense spicy flavor with grassy notes from the Hersbrucker hops. Hints of orange and a slight alcohol burn come through with the high carbonation leaving “pins on your tongue” in the finish. * (Not Belgian Pale Ale. We are not Belgian, nor do we claim to be.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours a copper body with a large white head 3 fingers thick with great retention. Mild dusty citrus fruit tones a hint of spruce and earth notes. A dry bitter hop tone with mild spices and warming. Dusty herbal, pear, spruce and a dry mineral warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden-yellow, topped with a huge off-white head. Very appealing aroma, earthy, somewhat citric hops at the forefront, with yeast providing nice balance. Citrus hits the palate first, and is joined by pine, yeast, candi sugar, and some woody character. Pine, wood, and slight herbal notes stick around for a rather long finish. Really enjoyable and easy to drink. I’d love to try this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11. Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma of hops and must as well as some farmhouse. Flavor of some grain, strong hop profile, musty, farmhouse and a nice bitter and pleasant tartness. Mouthfeel is light-medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, very enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2010
In short: A thick, yeasty and fruity blonde IPA
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed relatively fresh about 2 to 3 months after the beer release
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a long-lasting small white head
In long: Fruity nose of tropical fruits and citrus. From the nose you can tell that this is not quite a typical American IPA. The fruity aromas are not quite what you get from an IPA with fruity hops signature, nor are they what you get from Belgium yeast esters. Halfway between the two. Taste is more or less the same. Most of the flavors I noted were fruit-related. From fresh tropical fruits and citrus to sweet dried fruits. Light notes of pine-tree and grass. Body is a bit thick for the style but with its flavor spectrum the beer remains very refreshing. Another beer I’d like to drink on a regular basis. I love beer, I drink beer everywhere. But I just read that experts say that drinking beer in the toilet while taking a dump is a sign of alcoholism. Wow! that really surprises me. I had no idea there were experts on this particular subject matter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
This one was an extra from the minnows BIF on BA. Pours hazy, murky yellow with a frothy white head that then dissapates. Nose is pineapple, tropical fruit, slight funk, grass, dryness, white whine character, and sour fruit. Flavor is similar with some fruit up front, funk in the middle, and dry, vinous finish. Medium-bodied and lots of carbonation to go around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle shared by Shane, thanks! Poured a hazy gold with a white head that lasted throughout the beer and laced a bit. The nose was full of nice citrus hops. While one note, the aroma was nice. The flavor had the same nice citrus note throughout with a bit of a sweet bread and cereal backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 24, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy straw yellow color with a nice, big white head. S: Lots of yeast character is noticeable right away. A fair amount of spice, primarily coriander, along with some nice floral notes and a good grapefruit and grass hop aroma. T: The hops are not all that pungent, mostly grassy with a little bit of citrus rind and maybe a hint of pine. Lots of Belgian yeast esters and spice flavors, though. M: The body is light-medium with a lively carbonation. D: This sort of reminded me of one of the Bruery’s pilot batches of Mischief. A good beer, but with a little tweaking, I think the recipe could be very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Thanks to grownfool for the trade - Very cloudy orange, with a big fluffy white head. Very sweet, yeasty aroma, with a touch of pine. Flavor is also sweet and yeasty, lots of banana and bubblegum, plus a touch of earthy, piney hop. Not bad stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Sample at the Hawai’i Admission Day tasting from a bottle thanks to grownfool. Hazy yellow, whitish cover, big foam. Aroma is yeasty, spicy. Taste is spicy esters, yeast, light fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Hazed yellow with creamy white head and lace. Belgian yeast, straw, and light resin. Sour malt with a hint of sweet. A light medium bitter finish with a hint of abv. Light medium bodied and fizzy.

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