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Tröegs Scratch 31

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Scratch 31, the brothers and the brewers decided to revisit one of our favorite sweet spots – IPA – and have some fun with hop flavors. Dubbed ‘Citra of Brotherly Love’ in honor of Philly Beer week, Scratch #31 has generous amounts of Apollo, Cascade and Citra hops. This is our first use of Citra hops, which is known for an intense grapefruit aroma and flavor.

While showcasing the intense Citra flavor we added additional bitterness with Apollo and Chinook hops as well. Scratch #31 went through a bed of Chinook hops in the hopback and was dry-hopped with Cascade and Citra hops.

Scratch #31 will be showcased at events throughout Philly Beer Week. Also, be on the lookout for Scratch #31 in firkins and pins, which were aged in new wine barrels for about a week before kegging.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours translucent pale amber, topped with a generous off white head. Nose is somewhat subdued, with grapefruit the predominant aroma, and white pepper, earthy hops and caramel in the background. Caramel hits the palate for an instant and is rapidly overcome by grapefruit and pine. Resinous hops cling to the palate and stick around for a lengthy finish. Medium bodied, very smooth and easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle, thanks Justin. Pours out a cloudy copper color with a small trace of a white head. Aroma is light citrus, mainly grapefruit and some light caramel, not as intense as I usually like IPA’s aromas. Taste is complex, nice grapefruit hops, a slight tropical fruit note and a nice biting hop finish, with a slight tell of some warming alcohol notes. Definitely a solid IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
(12oz bottle via trade with BA StormKing47) clearish medium yellow with a lsating head of white bubbles. Nose of juicy citrus, candied fruit, orange, and mango. Taste candied orange, lightly bitter, nice melon/malt profile. Abundant carbonation with soft velvety herbal finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy light caramel color with a small cream colored head. Aroma of light citrus, caramel, malt and hops. Taste of citrus notes, bready malts, hops, grains and slight bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Strangest issue, this comes across on taste and smell as a soft cheese. It’s smooth like a cask ale when drinking from a bottle pour. Lighter than most of the IPAs I prefer in color, as is the kick. WIth the "new" hop they are using still doesn’t give me a need to drink more of this... unique, yes, long term favorite... no.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of nuts, pine, citrus, and some urinal cake. Flavor of grapefruit, spruce, pineapple, caramel malt, and nuts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, golden orange in color with sweet grape and caramel aromas, bitter orange, lemon and butterscotch flavors

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2130) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of steelersfan. Thanks Jen. Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a medium sized white head that soon recedes to a 1/8 inch and holds. The aroma is moderate with sweet malts, caramel and some citrus. The flavor is hops forward with a big piney hops presence beautifully balanced by caramel malts, biscuit and minerals. The palate is a bit uneven starting out thin but building to a full malty conclusion, the carbonation is lively and prickly. Finishes long and bitersweet. Overall: A very sessionable brew, very tasty, well done Troegs crew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Poured amber-orange in color with a an off-white head that held pretty consistent through the drink, nice lacing. Nose was hoppy with citrus and tropical fruit tones, grass, tangerines. Mouthfeel was dry and not too thick, medium carbonation. There was a balance of sweet and bitter than you don’t often find. The nose and taste were in concert, with a little more sugar on the tongue than the nose. Solid effort. Alcohol is above average, but didn’t present itself. Maybe worth sharpening up and adding to the permanent list.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5681) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops with some grassy hops and biscuity malts. The flavor is pine and orange hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.


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