Drafting Room 15th Anniversary Ale

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Scratch #20 has been dubbed Apollo Imperial Ale because of our experimentation with a new hop variety. Apollo hops are high alpha acid with an intense aroma. Married with other high alpha hops, with almost two pounds of hops added per barrel produced, AIA has an intense staying power in the back of the throat. After a long discussion between Chris, John and the brewers, they dubbed this hop flavor stinky grapefruit with a hint of perfume. The dark color might lead you to believe the some malt may shine through; but no, the hops are the true player in this ale. Scratch #20 serves a dual purpose since it will also appear as The Drafting Room’s Anniversary Ale for 2009. We brewed a bit more to serve the brewery and The Drafting Room, but get it while when you see it.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (7380) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to Rciesla for sharing. Light brown pour with light white head. IPA is overtaken by its hop character and grapefruit notes. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours an orange amber body with an white head. Citrus, chewy pine, hints of grapefruit. Pine y with a light etoh warming. Nice Brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
12 oz bottle served in a tulip glass. A Small amount of white head quickly dissipates, but leaves a very nice lacing. Nose is grapefruit, hops, light caramel, and floral perfume. Taste is a quick burst of the sweet caramel, which is quickly overpowered by piney hops. The taste then finishes with a floral perfume, and ultimately, an earthy bitter. Talk about a multi-stage brew! This probably ranks as one of my favorite IPAs that I’ve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Pours a clear coppery amber with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of tangy citrus and floral hops. Taste of light grapefruit, perfume, and hints of tropical fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle, as Scratch 20, from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours orange-brown, capped with a modest sized cream colored head. Hop-forward aroma, with notes of grapefruit and earth, with a little caramel in the background. Caramel malt hits the palate for an instant, then is overcome by the hops, with grapefruit, pine, and earth the dominant flavors. Earthy hop resins cling to the palate for a slightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10983) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle... Lightly hazy orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Grapefruit, resin and earthy notes in the nose along with lots medium-roast malt(s). Very full-bodied with timid carbonation. Huge malt backbone with lots of caramel sweetness that is countered by an abundance of earthy hop bitterness; neither really reigns supreme = nice balance. Lengthy, mainly bitter finish. Kudos to doublesimcoe for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Draft at DRE. Pours deep coppery brown with 1-finger off-white head that clings well. Nose is huge resiny and feety hops, mango, caramel malt. Tastes caramel malty, piney, mengoey, canteloupy, and hoppy. A bit too mangoey for me, and reminds me a bit of Stone 11, I believe (the very mangoey one). Solid, but not as good as the prior DRE Anniversaries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nejhleader (1536) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Pretty nice brew, has a strong citrus aroma, taste is similiar a strong citrus presence a bit sour some floral hops to go along with it, good body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 12oz. Thanks to the very generous FooFaa. Weird, plastic-like resiny cat aroma. Dank. A hint of rough caramels. Unique. Planty. Pours a well-hazed dark copper, with a white rim. Ugh. This is rough. The flavor is rather icky. A sticky, wet, slightly rotting plant flavor. Gummy, but not good. Carries an incredibly coarse, rough "green" character. Dusty. A bit soapy. This has a really coarse and unpleasant hop profile. Not particularly successful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Poured amber in color, with an off white head. Citrus-hoppy aroma, and the taste followed suit. Very nice hop flavor, with enough malt balance, and a bit of spice to liven it up. I very much enjoyed this ale.

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