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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Scratch Beer 1 - 2007, a hybrid beer (California Common Beer), will be released on or about April 26. This is a beer we brewed on the back patio on more than one occasion. It became the inspiration for Tröegs Pale Ale. The simplest explanation of what makes a hybrid beer unique is the brewer is forcing a lager to do something it doesn’t want to do. Scratch 1 uses lager yeast fermented at a warmer temperature. The fermented malt gives an exaggerated fruity undertone to the beer which combines nicely with the citrus flavors of Cascade hops. Balancing out the taste are spicy, earthy flavors derived from Brewer’s Gold hops. Slightly aggressive hops in the front of the mouth give way to a clean, subtle grape-like finish.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
Pours gold with a large white lingering head. Smells of roses, earth, citrus, some strawberries, some hay and grass. Tastes of sweet citrus, touches of dry malt, some hints of grapefruit and blood oranges. Finishes dry. Very good session beer. I like that so many craft brewers are putting in the time to really attempt to nail down what a good every day beer should be capable of. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pours a hazy bright yellow/gold with a nice pure white head, some lace. Aroma is very citrusy, and lemony, has an earthy doughy lager yeast component, yet some fruity esters as well. Flavor is crisp and doughy, good malt backbone with a nice earhty and citrusy flavor- more lemon in the end- cascade, but also reminds me of Sarachi ace, with its lemony character. Finsih is crisp and clean- very refreshing- good morning beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Poured a hazed yellow with a white head. Lemony citrus aroma with a sweet malt base. Lemon and toasted malt flavor. Bitter comes in quick and goes for a very long and dry finish. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Bottling No. 1-2007

2/12/2008: Tröegs Scratch 1 (California Common) pours a cloudy lemon yellow color with a foamy white head. The aroma has a blend of subtle honey malt, citrus/fruit, and lightly spicy hops. The flavor has a nice blend of pale malt/cereal grain character, light esters (fruit flavor reminds me vaguely of kiwi and/or honeydew mellon with a touch of cucumber or something...), yeast, and some bitter citrus and earthy hops that grab at the throat. The lingering flavor is quite floral and perfume-like with the Cascade hop flavor coming through as well. The body is medium-light with a smooth and crisp palate. IT is easy to drink and quite refreshing. This is a nice example of a California Common beer (which is more of a method than a style, in my opinion). Good? = Yes. Worth trying once? = Yes. Worth the $3.50/bottle price tag? = Not really.

12 fl. oz. bottle (5% ABV) from hopdog. Thanks Steve! Rating #31 for this beer...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Poured gold with a bubbly white head. Aroma of fruit and hops. Good hops bite that mellowed with some fruit flavors. Some citrus in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoubleBubble (107) - Mescal Lakes (wherever that is), Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a hazy golden color, with a small white frothy head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma of light malt, some light hops, and a touch of citrus. Flavors of light esters, light herbal malt, and earthy flavors. Light beer, with no lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2008
12 oz. bottle via trade with AlexDeLarge - Pours a hazy light golden color with a one finger thick white head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is light malt and herbal hops. Flavor is mostly herbal and light citrus hops. Light body. A decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! Pours a hazy golden color; fluffy, textured white head with good retention and patchy lacing. Light, grainy and grape-infused aroma; very soft. Medium mouthfeel, showing sugar and citrus upfront; some soft, tea-like grains at mid-palate; balanced and drinkable. Medium, sugar and grainy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2007
10-20% opacity. Golden yellow. Fresh, hoppy, yeast-forward nose, with some hay and soapy yeast notes. Flavor is lively, fresh, hay-like with heavy and assertive hops,. Some pilsner malts and some fresh hay-flavored hops. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Troegs 10th anniversary: Aroma is clean malts with a citurs backround. much like the flavor. crisp palate, that showcases the malts and citrus hops of this beer. light-medium body, very nice summertime sipping beer.

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