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Tröegs Scratch 76

Tröegs Scratch 76
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
We’re excited to announce the release Scratch #76 – Special HOPS today! Special HOPS is an Imperial Red Ale brewed especially for the HydroWorx Underwater Marathon event to be held on Sunday, September 9 to benefit The Eagle Fund. Just like the highly-trained military units used for unconventional, often high-risk missions, Special HOPS is bold, aggressive and sure to sabotage your senses and bombard your palate with hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4817) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Tap. Pours clear brown/copper with thin, creamy off-white head; decent retention and some lacing. Aroma is figs, earthy and grassy hops, caramel and bread malts, pine, spice, and dates. Flavor is balanced sweet malts and hops (light bitterness) with some fruit esters towards the end; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Tap. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is pine, resin, and spruce hops with biscuit and cookie malt and fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and medium bitterness, sweet malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7006) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2012
On tap at Birch and Barley. Pours a deep amber with some cloudy white head. Nose is tropical fruit, a little bubblegum, some pine tar, lemon. Next to the DC Brau For Others, this didn’t stand up. Flavor is malty, sweet, some orange, some grapefruit. Full bodied, bitter finish. Good, but far from transcendent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9365) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Pours hazy mahogany with frothy off-white head. Nose is heavy resiny hops, vinous fruit, tangerine. Tastes rich, astringent, resiny hoppy, with finishing tangerine, pineapple, and vinous fruit. This one is up there at, O estimate 100 IBUs, and is complex and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2283) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Tap. Creamy light tan head with some big bubbles, dark coppery amber that’s mostly clear. Too much caramel on the aroma, noticeable alcohol, hops do come in: touch dank, cheesy, and musty. Flavor is soapy, some woodiness, and tea flavors. Caramel as well. Quite messy. Medium to heavier dense body. Did I get a bad sample?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12858) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Draft. Clear dark amber body, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some orange, bread, light pine, lime. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some grape, orange, light bread. Smooth medium body, some resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (4148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Medium amber body, moderate off-white head, streaky lacing. Nose is grapefruit, tropical fruit, and resin. Flavor is similar, but a bit more harmonious in blending the distinct hop characteristics. Light caramel malt base shines through. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, nice assertive bitterness throughout, nice bit in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5193) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2012
12oz bottle in a plastic cup. Pours amber/brown with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts plus a lot of citrusy hops. Flavor the same, with a good amount of hops to balance out the complex malt character. Average texture. A pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (698) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Pours a clear red with a 1-finger foamy tan head. Smells of grapefruit, resin, herbs, hay. Taste is bitter and mildly sweet - hoppy, citrus, spruce - with a light malt note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2012
I thought clone of early nugget nectar with the hops meshing with the malty finish but my friends say it reminds them of sierra nevada hoptimum and I have to agree. Flavor profile is so similar. Nice malty backbone and I enjoy the fresh citrus hops. Another scratch beer from Troegs That I wish became a mainstay.

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