brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Capone’s. Does not have the Scratch series number on the label, but says "Belgian Style IPA". Pours a hazy golden orange with a big white pillowy head. Aroma has tons of citrusy hops, oranges, grapefruit, a hint of herbal sweetness and some yeast. Taste starts off with lots of citrusy hops, oranges and grapefruit. Pleasant hoppy bitterness starts of gentle, but blossoms as the citrus fades. Very dry, some yeast flavors in there as well. Lots of carbonation, but it works. Hoppy bitterness fades away cleanly in the finish, the last thing I taste is a bit of grapefruit peel. Hands down the best Troegs beer I’ve ever had. If they were shooting for Orval, they nailed it. They’d have to be fools to not add this to their regular lineup, as long as they can replicate it.
blipp (4784) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Hoppy floral aroma with some light pale malty notes and a light belgian yeasty notes. The flavor has some more piney notes, with floral hops also, a light malty sweetness and belgian yeasty notes. Nice.
arminjewell (4160) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy yellow/orange with nice fluffy white head, aroma is mostly citrus hops with a touch of the belgian yeast of banana and bubblegum. Taste is hoppy citrus with orange peel, grapefruit, and a touch of grassiness leading into the belgian yeast characters of banana, clove, and slight earth that finish a bit sweet but mostly bitter. Nice and balanced brew.
michael-pollack (4962) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Complex aroma of hops, Belgian yeast, light oak, slight coriander, slight Brett, and slight citrus. Poured yellow/gold/amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Very nice looking head. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of Belgian yeast, hops, light oak, slight vanilla, slight tropical fruit, slight Brett, slight white wine, slight bubblegum, and a hint of citrus. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Lively carbonation. Hops, Belgian yeast, slight oak, and slight citrus finish is dry.
Slipstream (1776) - USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 The label on the bottle called this the Scratch Series Belgian Style IPA. Big, rocky head on a gold body. Dry, sharp IPA that is lightly sour. Citrus, grapefruit, and a little peppery flavor. It seems more American than Belgian. Good brew, and thanks to Adrian for sharing a bottle of it.
DocLock (6800) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stealth sample at Frank Smith Beerapalooza 2010. Pours turbid gold with clingy white head. Nose is pale malt, funky yeast, hopcitrus. Tastes smooth, complex, with a nice Belgoan candi sugary malt matched by a solid hop backed citric profile. Very well done, and I think we may have discovered Troeg’s next regular offering, which I hope they call Candy Samples (and I applaud those who get the inside joke there).
kmantler (10) - USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at max’s in baltimore during american craft beer week. Good beer if you like barley wine beer. Smooth and not overpowering like many barleywines.
Nejhleader (1057) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cracked open a bottle to have foam oozing out the top, a cloudy yellow color, pours an bit of a foamy head. bit of a citrus hop aroma. Taste is complex. BItter hops, bit of spicy yeast, chewy body, dry aftertaste. Interesting brew.
smokeypeat (4) - Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Wow, I’m really glad I drove to PA to get this. Definitely the best scratch series Troegs I’ve had yet, and that’s saying something. Also, Best version of the Belgian IPA style I’ve had yet. Pours a dark yellow/light orange color with a nice head. Leaves an attractive lace on the glass. The citrusy/piney hops are there up-front and stay throughout but the belgian yeast gives a great counterpoint. I love the orange peel taste that is present as well. Here’s hoping this can become a seasonal. Troegs hit a home run with this one.
MeadMe (1089) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours a murky yellow hue with an insane tall foamy head. Crazy retention (too much to be honest) with a full smattering of lace all the way down the glass.
S: Nice aromas waft from the glass. Sweeter citrus....think orange and tangelo with notes of grass, and belgian yeast. Mild bubblegum and banana, but the sweet citrus is what rules here.
T: Really is a wonderful tasting beer. Loads of sweet orange pulp, with notes of green grass. There is a earthy, sort of gritty woody quality to it as well. The Belgian yeast is there but not too big. It plays well of the hops and the woody notes.
M: Medium in body, bold carbonation.
D: Tasty and Drinkable. The best scratch beer I have had in quite sometime.