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Tröegs Scratch 49

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
O.G.: 17.5 ABV: 7.2% IBUs: 65 Malt: Pils, Wheat Fresh Hops: Citra Hops: Amarillo, Palisade, Nugget Yeast: House Ale Juju: Honey Codename: Fresh Hop Ale As the codename implies, the main flavor in Scratch #49 is 100 pounds of fresh Citra hops. This year’s Oregon hop harvest took place in mid-September and we received the freshest, wettest Citra hops right off the vine. Opening the boxes of fresh hops, we were blown away at the strength and color of this Oregonian green gold. Our hopback was not large enough to accommodate all the hops so we added them to the lauter tun and ran the hot wort through the hops. Pouring a cloudy gold-orange color, Scratch #49 yields an arresting blend of ripe peach aroma with just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness imparted by the honey. Kettle additions of Amarillo and Palisade hops nicely complement the fresh hops. As this beer is a celebration of hops at their freshest, drink this one as soon as possible for maximum enjoyment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours a cloudy gold with minimal head and absolutely no retention. Smell is very unique. Huge scent of mango sweetness and fresh cut grass. Taste doesn’t follow well. A bit of mango up front, but nothing like the smell would indicate. Quickly fades into a grassy earthy somewhat unpleasant bitterness. Finishes supremely bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is a tad on the light side, but not horrible. Carbonation good. Usually love Troegs, but this doesn’t do it for me. Flavors clash and it’s way out of balance. I was expecting much more after the terrific smell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottled. Poured cloudy medium golden with a short, spotty whitish head. The aroma picked up dank peach and perfumey hops over honey and lesser bready notes.. this really caught me off guard, but it grew on me..very, very, very green. The flavor was along those same lines.. lots of dank, green hoppage over honey and lesser bready malts.. this time some blended citrus joined the mix, along with a bit of weed.. tacky sugars (mostly honey), peaches, and catty notes on the finish. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. not overly bitter, but very fresh.. interesting stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Light gold pour with a white head. Nose is peach, hops, tropical fruits, and light grass. Great palate, honey, peach, fresh hops, and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2012
another watson1977 bonus bottle! labeled as Scratch Beer Series Bottling No. 49-FRESH HOP ALE

12oz’er poured into a pint glass. golden orange with a medium white head. aroma of citrus/floral hops with some peach and lemon. on the tongue i picked up on some honey and some pungent hops. good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Pours a slightly hazy yellowish gold with a soapy white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of lemon, mango and ripe banana with backing sweet grains and honey. Flavor is similar with ripe banana and mango with honey and sweet grains. Quite unique.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnbuck100 (288) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 I got a couple 6-packs from the brewery and after drinking this delicious IPA over a period of weeks, I never tire of it. If you like fresh hops, this IPA will blow you away. Indeed, it is the freshest, most green, green green hops flavor imaginable. A very light malt backbone, but not bitter in the slightest, just extremely fresh. I agree with the review that compared it to a just-cut-open pumpkin. I would add to that a green banana smell and flavor - a banana that has just barely ripened enough to eat, with just the slightest green flavor. The Troegs brothers are brewing the best IPAs on the east coast with their Scratch series IPAs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2011
12oz bottle shared at Dosbeerigos 29th Bday. This has to be one of the best smelling IPA’s ever. It was like that smell you get when your carving a pumpkin mixed in grapefruit. Flavor was very much on point as well, good hoppy character with a solid malt backing. Outstanding!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to orangesol. Cloudy pale golden/straw in color with a small white head. The aroma is not as big as I’d like it to be, but nice regardless. Grassy and citrusy hops, light fruits, and not much in the way of malt. The flavor also leaves a bit to be desired. Pale malt, grass, grapefruit, white grape, and an unusual cucumber vodka note with a bit of booze. Average-plus bitterness. Medium-bodied and just a tad boozy for the ABV. Not so impressed with Troegs on this one. Decent but not up to their standard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2011
(12oz bottle) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of weed, grass, mustiness, pineapple, and citrus. Flavor of dank, grass, pineapple, pine, citrus, and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Served directly from a Firkin at the Tasting room on the second to last day at the old location. I drank this one right after the regular version. A - Pours hazy orange/yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving concentric rings of lace down the glass. This one has so much hop oil in it that it is impossible to see through it. S - Smells of pungent citra hops, pine needles, fresh cut grass, mango, grapefruit, and dulled caramel malt. A little less malty than the regular version, which is a plus in my book. T - Starts off with a big dose of bitter citra hops that never really fade away. Hints of tropical fruits; mango, grapefruit, and oranges mostly; combine with some chewy malt to form the base for all those hops. The finish is a mix of citric hop bitterness and light dryness, lingering on the pallet for some time. M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, bitter, feel with hints of tropical fruits throughout, lingering on the pallet for some time. O - This version was a little better than the regular version. The nose was a little more pungent and the taste was a bit more balanced.

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