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Tröegs Scratch 40

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
For the end of this four-beer IPA series, we pulled out some hop warhorses—Cascade and Amarillo—and incorporated a new favorite—Citra—into the mix. Following a similar grain bill to Scratch #38 and #39, #40 is a hazy orange beer with an off-white head, and plenty of hops to spare. In fact, this could be a Troegs record as more than three pounds of hops

Bready Munich malts and ample dry-hopping with Citra and Cascade hops gives #40 a sweet and tropical citrus aroma, akin to a hoppy Orange Julius, while a huge Amarillo hop addition in the kettle provides a long, lingering bitterness.

This cycle of uber-hoppy beers has been a blast for us to brew and drink, and gives us plenty of beer for thought as we devise future hoppy concoctions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 3/8/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Scratch 40 pours a dark and murky tangerine color with plenty of yeast floating throughout. A rocky eggshell head fades rather quickly to a ring. Lots of citrusy hops, with some lightly toasted malt hit the nose. Mostly orange, with tangerine, apricot, and a little grapefruit to support. The flavor starts with a lightly sweet and toasted malt and quickly moves toward the juicy citrus hops. Orange actually controls the hops, with some apricot and tangerine next. Grapefruit leads in a harsh ending bitterness that actually brings a grassy flavor as well. The ending is a little off, but the rest of the flavor is solid. The mouthfeel starts juicy with the candied citrus fruits, but it dries out a little bit toward the end. Medium carbonation with a full-feeling body. Somewhat sticky. Overall the Scratch IPA’s have not blown me away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
In short: A yeasty and fruity moderately hoppy blonde ale. Ok
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed approximately 6 months after the beer release. Bottle from my BA buddy, thanks a lot Heath
The look: A very small white head over a cloudy peach color body topped a small off-white head
In long: Nose is quite fruity and appears to be a combination of fruity hops and fruity yeast esters. I notes peaches, bananas, apricots and the likes. Taste has a chewy bready pale malt backbone and all the above mentioned fruits (peaches, bananas, apricots and the likes). Again it was yeast-fruity and hop-fruity. Mild fruity bitterness. The beer was easy to drink, somewhat nourishing and somewhat refreshing. But ultimately it felt a bit too muddy, far from a crisp and crisp beer. I wanted to drink all the Troegs Scratch IPAs but I now realize it will be impossible and I am as disappointed as a dude whose deepest aspiration was to become a serial killer but got caught after his first murder.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Served from a firkin into a standard pint in the Troegs tasting room. Number four of four in the IPA scratch series. This one is dry hopped with Cascade hops. A - Pours sunkist orange with a thick one finger off-white head, dissipating to a light film, leaving light patches of sticky lacing down the glass. S - Not as strong as some of the other ones in the series. Much more of an earthy hop aroma this time. Nice hop aroma up front but it fades all too quickly leaving plenty of toasted caramel malt that blends almost too well with the hops. Not the best nose in the series, but not terrible either. T - Bitter citric hop bite up front from all the dry hopping giving way quickly to a mix of earthy hop bitterness and sweet caramel malt. Finish is grassy with plenty of lingering hoppy resin that clings to the pallet long after consumption. Alcohol creeps in more and more as it begins to warm up. Nowhere near as good as #39 but still a very nice IPA. M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth feel with a lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Just a touch too dry for my liking. D - Decently high. With the exception of the Citra hops I am not really a fan of the hops used in this one. I think they are way too earthy and they almost get lost in the strong malt core of the base beer. I look forward to trying the normal version but at the moment this is my least favorite of the four.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Draft at Johnny Brenda’s. Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color with copper edges and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind. Earthy hop aroma with lots of soily pine character along with very faint citrus and a prominent malt presence. Lots of resinous pine needle along with hints of grass, caramel and biscuit. Medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that lingers over the malt backbone into a long dry finish. Hints if grass, soil and pine but the hop profile is a bit one dimensional. Little to no sweetness to balance out the resinous dry flavor. Malt backbone is a bit stronger than I prefer with lotsnod toffee and caramel. Overall not a bad beer but sort of one note and not too interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
(12oz bottle) clearish orange with thick frothy yellow-tan head. Nose of sweet rhubarb, earthy, juicy citrus and honey. Taste is balanced towards the sweet side (a good thing for me), honey, creamy, orange peel. A really excellent IPA. Not super fragrant, but well balanced and drinkable overall. This could easily make its way into Troegs regular lineup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7880) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Pours hazy golden with a medium off white head. The aroma is peaches, light soap, citrus and caramel. The flavour is sweet caramel, citrus, peach and exotic fruit. Long fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear amber - white head Caramel, nutty, toasted, amber malts, grassy, knækbrød, ok - but light hoppy, fruity, medium malty, dried fruits. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits and hops. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and hops with notes of grape fruits. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 27, 2011
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is peachy and grapefruity hoppy. Peachy, dark malty and citrusy to grapefruity flavoured. Dry and toasted toffee malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34660) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 27, 2011
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin white head. The aroma has notes of malt, straw, and peaches. The flavor is sweet with malt, caramel, fruits, and hops, leading to a very bitter finish.

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