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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnbuck100 (291) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Draft from the new Hershey Brewery. Aroma of citrus, fruit and resin. Cloudy, golden body with medium head, nice lacing. Flavor begins with the citra hops, along with hints of pineapple. Flavor is well balanced with wheat, malts and honey. Hints of bitter throughout the tasting experience with a stronger finish. A very complex beer, I could see myself noticing more flavors each time I try it. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle. Well-rounded pine and citrus hop aromas with some delicate spice notes. Cloudy orange with a thin white head. Nice and juicy with low bitterness. Very nicely balanced fruit and malt. Full bodied with the perfect snap of mild astringency in the middle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (2268) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle thanks to watson1977. Very interesting brew. Very hazy gold with slight orange hue. Pretty decent dose of Citra in the nose. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, sweet malt. Flavor is like pineapple juice with a splash of grapefruit. There is that solid catty Citra bitterness, but well tamed. Slightly sticky malt towards the end. Lingering Citra grapefruit bitterness and mango. There are some noticeable alcohol components, but they tend to lend to the overall picture. Very solid "harvest" brew.

   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 (3669) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1493) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2011
12oz bottle purchased at the general store located at the new Hershey, PA brewery. The nose is a mix of floral and citrus. Pours a gold yellow with minimal white head. Taste is bright and citrusy sweet that quickly turns sharply bitter. After a few sips the bitter mellows out and what’s left is a nice blend of bitter and malty. Fresh describes this very well.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12752) - 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.

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