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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerathon (960) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7502) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (426) - Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Reddish, crimson, amber goodness on the bottle pour into snifter...slight head and fairly active carbonation...nose of pine and malty sweetness..1st scratch offering..looking forward to sampling..mouthfeel is grapefruit, tangerine and citrus goodness with a bitter kick to the taste buds..very fresh and resinous..reminds me of a good hybrid mixture of nugget nectar and Yakima glory..enjoyable..worth seeking...

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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (286) - Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Tap pour - pours scarlet copper, clear, with big fluffy white head. Big hoppy aromas on the nose. Taste is piny hops, nice malt backbone, big bitter finish. Tingly. Really awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phillies08Champs (661) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours a medium rown with big orange hew.Nose is sweet malty aldehydes and ketone’s, first sip is juicy fruit flavors , sweet malty flavorsm followed by balanced bitterness, tastes more boozy than 7.5. finish is nice.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2273) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3438) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - 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.


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