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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 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle .. . Pours a sunset gold .. good soild head, light lacing .. . light sap, pine, peach skin, and sticky honey .. . light mouth, a bit to light really .. . a decent iipa .. . . swan cookies?

   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 (5247) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Bottle shared at a small RB/BA tasting... Poured pale, golden with a white head and nice lacing. Really balanced with moderate bitterness. Some danny hop tones, citrus and pine with candied malts for balance and a light tea leaf sweetness. Really nice.

   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
12 oz bottle. Cloudy yellow brown with a lacy white head. Nose is vanilla pudding, roses, white pepper and lemon. Thick and chalky but nicely countered by a citrus tang and prickly carb. Taste is lemon pith, peel and peach. Bitter doughy finish with quinine. An odd one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
pours a clear yellow/honey color with a medium white head...decent lacing. aroma has some light maltiness and mild notes of peach and honeydew...slightly reminiscent of the smell of a pumpkin while carving it. flavor is definitely peachy and the honey is notable but not overly sweet or sticky...very fruity and refreshing while still maintaining some bitter dryness. mouthfeel is light and lively and the finish is citrusy with a hint of spice dry and...lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Super fresh 12oz. bottle. Labeled as Scratch 49 - Wet Hop Ale. The body is a cloudy, dusky, golden-orange amber color with a small head of smooth, cream tinted foam. The head quickly settles to a thin film with a solid ring at the edge, leaving semi-hard, rounded flares of lacing on the glass. Aromas are very fruity and citrus driven, suggesting of orange creamsicle, sweet pineapple, peaches, and even some pear. It’s not dank or grassy at all, like many fresh hop brews are. There is a really fresh, Juicyfruit-like, tropical quality to the nose. Clean wheaty malt and wisps of honey provide a subtle backdrop so the fruit can shine. Flavors are well balanced, again centered on citrus hops, with dried pineapple and sweet tangelo most prominent. Malt suggests of honey glazed light wheat bread. It’s pretty yeasty too, for a pale ale. Sweet bread dough runs throughout. The mouthfeel is a bit under carbonated, making the body seem a bit heftier than it probably is. Still, it’s entirely drinkable and sufficiently dry. Overall, I found this to be a really unique, interesting brew. I rarely like beers with honey in them, but this one is an exception.

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