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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Got this beer through a few very generous BAs as extras/BIF loot-I’m going to credit BrewerDan23-who hooked me up with a 6er for this mostly. 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. A- Uniformly teanslucent, quite foggy golden yellow body. Pours with a massive 3 finger or so foamy whit head. This eventually subsides to 1/2 finger and leaves some traces of lacing down the glass. S- Wonderful-everything you could ask for and more in a Belgian IPA. Lots of perfume-like floral hops, a ton of lemony-citrus notes, a hint of peppery spice, a hint of bready yeast, and a hint of funk. The balance leans toward the hoppy end-but the hops don’t dominate so much that the other characters are undiscernable. T- Flavor is great but not quite as good as the nose. Dry floral hops throughout. A subtle funky slightly breayd yeast backbone upfront as well as a hint of lemon zest and peppery spice. The finish is fairly dry but hints of lemon zest, floral hops, and spice do linger on for awhile. M- Medium to highy tingly-champagne-like carbonation and a body that is fairly dry and light but with a nice smooth yeasty character. D- This is a wonderful, lovable Belgian IPA-and another great beer by Troegs-the only brewery yet to disappoint me. Great, hoppy, light, spicy, belgian, and drinkable as a brew of this style should be. Not my first fo 29-and luckily not my last-but my supply is sadly winding down. I have a few other recent of the scratch series that I will review soon. Troeds keeps proving to be by favorite brewing co. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-28-2010 04:02:02

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smokeypeat (4) - Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2010 does not count
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmantler (10) - USA - MAY 17, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle. Citrus and floral aroma. Hazy golden body with a quickly expanding, fluffy head. Very flavorful- hoppy, with citrus, floral and pine notes... dry aftertaste.. very refreshing...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2010
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.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11560) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
[BCTC 2010] Hazy golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, grass, citrus, vanilla, spices, orange, and light alcohol. Taste of grass, skunky hops, vanilla, wood, honey, toast, and a bitter, hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Originally reviewed: 11/4/10. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep gold that is extremely cloudy. A massive off-white head caps it off. This retains wonderfully, and leaves tons of sticky lace all over the glass. Globs of it. Scents of pineapple, yeast, orange, taffy, and a faint banana finish. Nice and fruity. The body is moderately-full. Good carbonation. Easy finish. The "Belgian" aspect of this beer doesn’t overpower, which is nice. This beer blends the two styles wonderfully. Nice bittering hops, lots of citrus flavors, and just hints of yeast and spice in the middle. The spices complement this beer well. This is probably the best of this style I have ever had. They should do another release of this beer. Good stuff.

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