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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, and floral hops. Tastes of citrus, fruity, pine, and earthy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
12 oz bottle. Ruddy brown, barely clear, with an oatmeal head. Nose is grapefruit, musk, melon, pine and toffee. Resiny, medium to full body, tending to syrupy as it settles. Ends with a tingle but overall quite heavy. Taste is candied orange peel, more earthy than sweet, pine and grapefruit pith.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Served on-tap at the brewery. A - Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a big, foamy two finger tall white head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass. S - Smells of pungent citric hops, fresh fruit - mostly grapefruit and some mango - caramel malt and some pine resin. It is really well balanced from start to finish. T - Starts off with a strong citric hop bite slowly giving way to hints of fresh cut grapefruit, warm caramel and some sticky pine resin. FInish is still pretty bitter with a touch of sweetness, lingering on the palate long after the finish. Pretty similar to NN but a little more tame. M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, juicy feel from start to finish. The hops are stronger than they first appear to be. O - I really enjoyed this one. There are definitely a few similarities between this and Nugget Nectar but I wouldn’t say its a clone or anything. There is no doubt in my mind that Troegs is the undisputed king of the Amber Ale style. Get this while you can!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReggieDunlap (2924) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Pours a clear copper color with a thick tan head...nice lacing and retention. Aroma has doughy/earthy malts, a bit of citrus, and plenty of pine. Flavor has candied fruits and lots of earthy and piney notes. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a fruity/earthy bitter finish...dry.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerathon (945) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
BOOM...hop explosion. Don’t fear, there is a nice malty backbone there too. The citrus/floral hops in this are off the charts and they come through in both the nose and taste. Loved it!


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