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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.)

Cakes' rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cakes (414) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2010
12 oz. Bottle. Almost a flavor and aroma of perfume. Not real impressed with this. Tastes like a rough home brew. What were they trying to do here?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4867) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Backlog of ratings. Thanks to someone at one of bu11zeye’s tastings. The look is cloudy, belgian, fruits, and slight hops. The look is golden in color with a white colored head. The taste is fruits, light hops, spice, and grass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Cloudy gold with a large white head. Aroma is of candy sugar, grass, light grapefruit and perfume. Taste is of candy sugar and bitter floral notes.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/13/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Tröegs Scratch 29 pours a hazy golden tangerine color with a sea color thick white head. The head fades to a thin film after a few minutes, with webs of lace clinging to the glass. Tons of bubble gum jumps into the nose, with lemon zest, and some pepper support a pale malt presence. The flavor starts out with a peppery light biscuit malt flavor. Some lemon zest kicks in before a candy bubble gum and cotton candy sweetness overwhelms the tongue. Some tart grapefruit bitterness is accompanied by more pepper to finish out the sip. Finishes with the bitterness gradually increasing. Overall a great feel -- creamy, smooth, with a firm level of carbonation. Maybe the carbonation could be tighter though, the fizzy nature of the beer almost gets in the way of the flavor. The finish leaves my mouth feeling oily. I liked this a lot, even with the presumably faded hop presence. Trying this fresh would have been an interesting comparison. Should they choose to make it again, I would happily purchase it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. I preferred this one more on tap. A - Color is a cloudy pale copper color with a HUGE fluffy white head consisting of lots of medium sized bubbles that will not go down at all leaving clumps of lacing down the entire glass. S - A strong belgian yeast aroma greets you right off the bat. Hints of tropical fruits flavors from the hops as well as an almost spicy, herbal aroma. T - Right off the bat a slight biscuity flavor from the belgian yeast. Just like the nose, hints of citrus fruits with a spicy aftertaste from the hops. A combination of the two lingers on the pallet for a short time afterwards. As it warms up a bit the hop flavors come out a little more but they still play second fiddle to the strong yeast presence. M - Light to medium body and flavor. High carbonation that dances on the pallet throughout the duration of the glass. D - While I liked this one very much I just don’t think I could sit down and drink more than one at a time. None the less a very good addition to the scratch series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2011
bottle from a trade, pours hazy yellow with a tall white head. Aroma is full of fruity lemon and peppery yeast like a saison, very pleasant nose. Flavor is very light bodied with a crisp carbonation bringing bright citrus and lemon peel forward with pale grains and some sweet cereal notes. Really interesting beer bordering between an IPA and a saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - APR 14, 2011
Draft at RnH for Troegs Night with Linh, Streets, and Brendan. Pours a hazy orange body with white lacing. Aroma is sweet citrus and belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is pleasant with notes of belgian spice, yeast, and sweet citrus hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours pale with a nice white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings down a good dose of light tropical and citrus hops as well as some nice Belgian yeast and pale malt. The taste brings forward some more light hops and a bit of lemon as well as spice and yeast. Very nice body with great carbonation. A very nice example of the style. Troegs knows its way around hops. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-24-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a tulip. 4.0 A: Hazy golden yellow color, almost like a hefe. Four fingers of creamy pillowy yellow tinted head. Really good retention and lots of lacing. This was a pain in the ass to pour, haha. 4.0 S: Hops are earthy and slightly citrusy with some orange and mango. However, surprisingly, the hops aren’t the main attraction. Pepper and clove yeastiness stands out. Earthy musty oakiness even more so. Neutral malt. 4.0 T: Oakiness is heavy in the taste. There’s also a heavy earthy spiciness reminiscent of rye. Pepper is there again, but the clove has died out. Moderate bitterness. Herbal hops with some general indistinguishable fruitiness. 4.0 M: Lighter body with an abundance of spritzy carbonation. Okay all around. 4.0 D: Again Troegs makes a quality Scratch. Overall well rounded with no flaws. Good earthy flavor would warrant another, if I had one. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-23-2010 02:03:11

   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

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