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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18706) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a modest, white head. Holds a funky hop aroma with some spices and banana. Flavor is lightly tart, hoppy and has mild fruit notes. Medium in body with lively carbonation. Finishes crisp and refreshing. Very good beer.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of biscuit, yeast, citrus, earthiness and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, straw, lemon, yeast, light earthiness and a hint of pine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering lemon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2010
BCTC, draft. Cloudy light amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/pineapple, light bread, spicy. Taste is medium sweet, straw/orange, some bread, faint spicy. Light-medium body, light dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a hazy yellow body with medium white head. Aroma of herbs, pineapple, nuts, mango, and Belgian yeast. Flavor of Belgian yeast, pineapple, florals, and citrus with a moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11596) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper yellow/golden color, cloudy, and with a larger sized frothy white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of spiciness, some bananas, breadiness, floral, and some woodiness. Tastes of spiciness, bread, citrus, and fruiyt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10214) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Pouring from their booth at BCTC. Pours a hazy yellow gold wit a thin white head. Crisp hops, a touch of smoke and oak. Smooth, medium bodied, sweet malt and grain. Spiyc and yeast. Clean and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2010
hazy golden, white head. hoppy with Belgian yeast nose, some citrus bitterness. flavors, keep a yeasty approach with a hop spicy finish, thick palate, peppery citrus hops and a tad of caramel malts to top it off. Not bad, IPA’ish with plenty of Belgian yeasty flavors to go about.

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