RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Earlier this year, we introduced an innovative device that would usher in a new era of dry-hopping technology at Tröegs Brewery -- the HopCyclone. This hopped-up Harvest Ale (which shares its namesake with the aforementioned device) begins with plenty of Columbus and Crystal hops for bittering. We then further intensify the hop aroma by adding an abundance of whole flower Mt. Hood hops to our hopback vessel. Finally, we apply a healthy dose of Galaxy and Motueka hops directly to the HopCyclone during dry-hopping to push this beer over the edge. The result is an aggressive IPA-style Harvest Ale with plenty of lip-smacking, juicy hop goodness and a tinge of dry spiciness due to the addition of a small percentage of rye malt. Experience a hop gust of epic proportions with Scratch #111 - HopCyclone Harvest Ale!

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Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 29, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-17-13- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer was served a golden color with a one finger of foamy white foam on the surface of the brew. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a wonderful level for streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma was a nice blend of tropical and citrus fruits with a nice hop profile. The tropical fruits are of pineapple, melon, and mango while the sweeter citrus is of tangerine and orange. The hop aromas have a lot going on with a good dose of grapefruit citrus, some pine and a nice blend of grass and some floral notes. There is a bit of a biscuit aroma in there as well, rounding out the aroma and producing a rather sweet and hoppy, but balanced smell overall. Taste – The taste begins with a nice sweeter tropical fruit nature blended with a little bit of a bready flavor. Straight from the start there is a nice hop presence with a grassy and pine hop present upfront. A little bit of yeast is there from the start as well, fading quickly from the taste as it advances. The grapefruit and pine remain relatively constant throughout the taste and are later joined by some floral and grapefruit hop flavors. The bready nature of the beer picks up a slight bit at the end with the fruit losing a little bit of strength. The combination of flavors, in the end, leaves a nice smooth semi-sweet flavor with a great blend of hop flavors to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The average body is great for an easy drinking feel, while the lower carbonation helps create a smooth feel that matched the flavors at the end of the taste very well. Overall – This was a very tasty IPA and one I hope Troegs recreates at some time. If you have a chance, I would definitely recommend trying this one. Very flavorful and very smooth.

Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2013
12oz bottle pours with a deep gold body that supports an off white head of foam. The aroma has a mix of booze, resiny pine hops and a nice degree of malt sweetened citrus hops. This is a thick yummy aroma that doesn’t mess around. The taste bashes you with thick citrus hop flavor and malts and a fruity slightly bitter peach like note. It gets nice and resiny with pine hops to midway with a touch of booze around the edges. Really nice rich full hoppy goodness here. This doesn’t mince words, try it.

jrob21 (3688) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bonus from a bomb trade with the eepeiest. Dark hazy gold color. Big pine and citrus flavors. Resiny sticky pine finish. Bit of a floral bitter back end to the sip. Aggressive.

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber body with a tall and dense light tan head.
Aroma: Hints of doughy spicy rye, grapefruit and hints of sweet orange.
Taste: Bready malts into a mild grapefruit bitterness with hints of honeysuckle towards the finish.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: I don’t like the clash of the rye with the hops. It doesn’t work for me.

brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Hazy orange hue; handsome white head & lace with great retention. Floral, earthy hop aroma supplemented by malted grain.

Starts off like a malt-forward DIPA, sweetness and hops work in harmony. Caramelized sugars (wheaty?) make a brief appearance midway through. Hoppy bitterness at the end is kept in check. Really nice.

Lots of prickly carb initially, but mellows out as it sits. Refreshing, well balanced, interesting. I've only had a few of the Scratch beers and can safely say this is the best I've tried so far. Wish I had another to share.

adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - OCT 7, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a medium sized frosty off white head. Aroma of fresh hops, rye malt, and hints of grapefruit. Taste of hops, grapefruit, rye malt and a hint of bubble gum.

hopdog (12512) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas floral hops, citrus, earthy, and some lighter fruitiness. Tastes of pine, tropical fruits, and some toastiness.

Ed5388 (3480) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2013
32oz growler from Spirits Crossroads. Pours a deep golden color with a finger of white head. Aroma of dank citrus hops, sweet tropical fruit, and light caramel malt. Taste of bitter grapefruit, sticky pine, citrus zest, and caramel malt.

TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12 oz bottle. Lightly hazed brown with foam frosting. Nose is orange, green banana, strawberry, pine and toffee. Creamy hop juice with a warming buzz. Taste is grapefruit juice, pine, dried apricots and earth. Hard to beat fresh hops.

dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12oz bottle from my bday lunch at Capones. Poured a good looking thicker body of glowing orange underneath an average frothy off white head. Aroma of fresh citrus, earth, marmalade topped toast, lemons. Big fuller body with strong carbonation and a lingering bitter hop finish with a touch of spicyness. Flavor is similar to the aroma with citrus rinds, earth, spice, grapefruit and orange, dry toast, grain husks. This beer drinks pretty big for only 6.8%, not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

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