Scratch #84, a Belgian Pale Ale, is yet another wedding beer. Brewed for one of our very own brewers, we figure if it’s good enough for his wedding, then you know it’s going to be good! The Belgian Pale malt and Westmalle yeast brings out the ale’s “Belgian” traits, while the largely American hop bill elicits a variety of notes ranging from citrus to spicy to herbal and intensifies its bitterness and aroma. Slightly dry and brimming with plenty of orange character, we simply couldn’t resist Americanizing this classic Belgian style and experimenting with some unique flavors… and that’s what the whole Scratch Beer series is about!
orangesol (678) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Playing a bit of catch up on this one. Reviewed from notes.
Served on-tap in the Tasting room.
A - Pours golden yellow with a big, pillowy two finger tall white head leaving spider webs of lace down most of the glass.
S - Smells of the typical Westmalle yeast, mildly toasted grain, bubble gum, clove; everything you would expect from a belgian pale ale. The extra hops are a bit slow to show themselves but when they do it really helps to round it out.
T - Taste is remarkably similar to the nose. Starts off with a quick citric hop punch quickly giving way to some toasty caramel malt, spicy yeast, bubble gum and fresh herbs. The hops really help to keep things balanced initially, as it warms the belgian characteristics start to take over, bringing the overall drinkability down a notch.
M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. The typical Belgian feel is dumbed down by the added hop bitterness, making it even easier to drink, at least for me.
O - A very nice example of a hybrid belgian pale. It almost tastes like Dreamweaver with the Hopback hop profile. Glad I could try this one, it was gone pretty fast, and for good reason.
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