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Tröegs Scratch 55

Tröegs Scratch 55
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
OG: 18.8
ABV: 8.6%
IBU’s: 82
Malt: Pils, Munich, Crystal
Hops: Nugget, Simcoe, Cascade
Yeast: House Ale Yeast
Codename: Double IPA

With 2011 coming to a close, we are in the mood for hops! Our brewers have been filling up the hop dosers and hopback with ridiculous amounts (and blends) of hops while learning to tame our new twin brewhouses.

Scratch 55-2011, a Double IPA, has the subtlety of a hop sledgehammer. Yep, there’s a nice amount of color and sweetness from a massive blend of Munich and Crystal malts, but the playmaker here is a bevy of mouth-puckering hops that create a taste bud-numbing blend of pine and grapefruit that begin in your nose and linger long after your glass is empty.

Tread gently beer lovers as this high-ABV level is masked by the big hop flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Draft at Churchkey, courtesy of staff, thanks! Clear golden amber color, massive tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of fresh pine boughs and meadows. Taste is smooth pine resin and balanced caramel. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (4222) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Amber body. Nice clarity. Large white head. Good retention and lacing. S: Assertive hop profile. Pine and grapefruit dominate. Floral notes and soft malt is also noticeable. T: Flavor is a bit of a let down. Flavors are muted notes of pine, resin, grapefruit and oranges. M: Medium-full body. Smooth carbonation. Moderate bitterness in the finish. O: A nice, nugget nectar like IPA. Lacking the pop that nn has though. Another solid Troegs Scratch IPA offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2012
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, malt, pine, resin, citrus, and grapefruit. Poured amber in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus, and hop oil. Medium body. Sticky, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, heavily bitter, malt, hop, pine, resin finish is sticky and dry. 8.6%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Tap. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is fragrant floral, fruity and grapefruit hops, biscuit malt and fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, supporting malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
This poured a lgihter amber color with a white head. Aroma was lots and lots of citrus, light pine and some grainy and caramel malt. Flavor was fairly bitter, nice hops taste, and balanced by some malt sweetness. Definitely not my favorite DIPA, but it was still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnbuck100 (287) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
12 oz bottle from brewery. Very resiny with loads of hops masking a slight alcohol burn finishing with a somewhat sticky sweet hop bomb, with a bitter end. The hophead in me causes me to bow in reverence but the alcohol presence detracts from the overall taste. Any enjoyable DIPA, but I in my humble opinion, hopslam or maharajah is better. However, considering last night I was at a party where the host served Yuengling "Premium" Beer, who am I to get picky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12 oz bottle. Clear copper with a creamy beige head. Nose is orange, dough, toffee and pine; getting catty. Thick and resiny with the head akin to marshmallow topping. Carb adds a sharp, lingering bite. Taste is caramel, pine, orange and grapefruit peel. Big hops, bitter, spicy and a bit hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottled. Poured a healthy shade of medium orange with a dense, well-retained off-white head. The aroma picked up juicy orange, grapefruit, and grassy hoppage over soft caramel and bready notes.. quite spicy and hoppy, but the sweet malts stuck on the back of the nose. The flavor found tangy pine resin, juicy grapefruit, and black peppery notes throughout.. sweet caramel, bread, and a touch of vanilla supported.. finished with lots of fresh resiny bitterness and an aftershock of citrus. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and spicy on the palate.. very fresh.. not the best flow through the mouth.. overall quite solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5801) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper body with a nice frothy light beige head that had pretty nice retention. The nose is very hoppy and bright with lots of citrus and some pine resin notes. There’s a touch of the dark crystal malt peeking thru, but not enough to be overly distracting. Very bitter and biting up front, a mouthfull of hops in every sip. The malt is a little heavier than my preference for the style, but it’s mostly due to the crystal malt. It especially comes out late in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full and sticky with moderate fizzy carbonation. The hops almost leave a film of resiny goodness on your teeth. Pretty solid overall, a good bit shy of Nugget Nectar though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4956) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Tap. Pours deep, clear amber with an average, creamy off-white head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is earthy and floral hops, caramel, straw, and light toast. Flavor is light malt, heavy hops, and light esters; slightly sweet, dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

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