Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Poured clear medium golden with a healthy, sticky off-white head. The aroma picked up fresh, juicy grapefruit and floral hoppage over bready and biscuity malts.. some citrus meat down there too.. came across almost like a hoppy golden ale, but it was good regardless. The flavor found dry caramel malts and crusty bread notes at the core.. juicy grapefruit and dry peppery bitterness around.. very spicy through the finish.. tasty stuff. Medium-bodied and a tad sharp on the palate (partly due to tight carbonation, and some due to bitterness).. malts became tacky right before the swallow.. overall a solid, but not spectacular brew.
kramer (4564) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours a clear and bright copper body with a nice frothy white head that faded to a thin film. The nose is bursting with fresh Simcoe hops, very fruity and tropical smelling with a very light malt background, the hops really shine here. The flavor is similar, very hop forward with lots of bright Simcoe. Reminds me of a ’lite’ version of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe. Almost all hops with just a little bready and crackery maltiness on the finish. Interestingly, none of those negative ’catty’ notes that can sometimes come with these hops. Lighter bodied and very easy drinking with nice soft carbonation. A pretty delicious and fresh hoppy beer. If it weren’t for the slightly elevated ABV on this one I’d probably have finished the whole growler in one sitting.
jsmerig (1100) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a growler at the new Hershey facility. Pours a pale golden yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma is piney with a touch of caramel. The initial taste is bitter and dry start to finish. I find that as the beer sits in the glass and my taste buds go into shock, a bit of caramel maltiness comes through.
johnbuck100 (223) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this scratch beer on tap at the brewery, and brought home a couple growlers to try with friends. An extremely dry, crisp pale ale that I thoroughly enjoyed, especially as fresh as this beer is currently being served (no bottles, just available on tap at brewery). I was never a huge fan of Troegs standard pale ale, and I found this scratch version, with a bit more alcohol and beefed up hop flavor, to be superior.
orangesol (604) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on-tap at the Brewery.
A - Pours pale golden yellow with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving large streaks of lace down the entire glass. A very nice looking beer.
S - Smells of lightly toasted bready malt, a good amount of sticky Simcoe hops, some very faint citric fruit, and some fresh cut pine needles. The hops and grain seem to be in a never ending battle for who will control the nose of this one.
T - Starts off with a nice dose of citric Simcoe hops quickly giving way to the strong, slightly sweet, buiscuity malt. Hints of pine resin and light caramel malt sweetness try and creep in but this one is all hops and malt. Even with such strong flavors it remains fairly well balanced. The finish is pretty chewy with some lingering dryness/bitterness from the hops.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, slightly bitter, feel that clings to the pallet long after consumption. I don’t hate the feel but the over the top chewiness that develops over the course of the glass really dampens the intended hoppiness.
O - Not too bad. I drank this one right beside a regular pale ale and you can definitely taste the differences. I would argue that this is how their pale ale should always taste, but either way another solid offering from the scratch series.