orangesol (968) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Took me awhile to write this one up but here it goes...Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours slightly hazy dark brown with a small half finger tall off white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of pungent hops, both piney and citric, and the more typical brown ale aromas of caramel, toffee and nuts. Very nice nose on this one.
T - Starts off with a big hop bite that never really fades away. A touch of citric fruit quickly gets enveloped by the piney hops, caramel and toffee sweetness and a light nutty flavor. Finish is pretty hoppy, lingering on the palate long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel from start to finish with little to no booze present.
O - One of the better Scratch Beers of recent times. I usually don’t like brown ales but this one was very flavorful and easy to drink. I wish it would have lasted a little longer so I could have a few more, alas it is all gone now.
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve had this a few times on draft at brewery. Long story short, it’s basically a brown IPA. Don’t typically go for this style but the hops adds a lot of depth to this brew that I haven’t gotten from other browns. Definitely worth a try. I’m probably bias in my rating, given my close proximity to the Troegs Brewery, but I admit it. I really look forward to these scratches every month or so and it seems like they roll out 2-3 at a time lately. Interesting take on a typically blah style for me.