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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Scratch Beer Series - #29 O.G.: 16.8 Plato Alcohol by Volume: 7.7% Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 80 Malt: Pilsner Yeast: Westmalle Hops: Bravo, German Northern Brewer Codename: NBPA JuJu: Cane Sugar Incredibly-hopped, lovingly-aged, and ravenously-carbonated, Scratch #29-2010 is a true brewery collaboration with cast of characters involved in recipe formulation, barrel-aging, dry-hopping, bottle-conditioning and finally, taste-testing. Scratch #29 started off innocently enough as a Pale Ale fermented with Westmalle yeast. After fermentation, the beer was aged for twelve days in virgin Pennsylvania Oak barrels supplied by Keystone Coopers. And then the fun began. Even after brief wood-aging the oak’s intensity overwhelmed the Bravo and German Northern Brewer hops used in the boil. But have no fear, a two-week dry-hop with Willamette and Hersbrucker hops dulled the oak and transformed this beer. Bottled-conditioned for three weeks before release, Scratch #29 imparts an intense spicy flavor with grassy notes from the Hersbrucker hops. Hints of orange and a slight alcohol burn come through with the high carbonation leaving “pins on your tongue” in the finish. * (Not Belgian Pale Ale. We are not Belgian, nor do we claim to be.)

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Tap at Johnny Brendas. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of great Belgian yeast spicy and hoppy notes, citrusy American hops and breadt malt. Flavor of perfume, floral, citrusy, fruity belgian yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Bottled as "Belgian Style IPA". Poured hazy straw golden with lively rising carbonation and a sticky cap of white head. The aroma picked up peppery clove and sweet banana notes with backing of vanilla and bready character.. fresh earth and floral notes emerged as it warmed up, with catty hops and oak right on the back.. there was A LOT going on here, and I dug it. The flavor found a lot more of the same.. lightly sour lemon rind, orange zest, and oak opened, with banana sweetness settling onto the core.. very assertive spicy yeast, floral and catty bitterness, plus alcohol warmth on the back end and through the finish.. fresh hops and bright yeast left a long impression. Medium-bodied and very well carbonated on the palate.. assertive and engaging with a whole bunch of different stuff coming together well. I’ll gladly have another!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2010
12oz bottle from Capone’s. Does not have the Scratch series number on the label, but says "Belgian Style IPA". Pours a hazy golden orange with a big white pillowy head. Aroma has tons of citrusy hops, oranges, grapefruit, a hint of herbal sweetness and some yeast. Taste starts off with lots of citrusy hops, oranges and grapefruit. Pleasant hoppy bitterness starts of gentle, but blossoms as the citrus fades. Very dry, some yeast flavors in there as well. Lots of carbonation, but it works. Hoppy bitterness fades away cleanly in the finish, the last thing I taste is a bit of grapefruit peel. Hands down the best Troegs beer I’ve ever had. If they were shooting for Orval, they nailed it. They’d have to be fools to not add this to their regular lineup, as long as they can replicate it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8668) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Hoppy floral aroma with some light pale malty notes and a light belgian yeasty notes. The flavor has some more piney notes, with floral hops also, a light malty sweetness and belgian yeasty notes. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9494) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Pours hazy yellow/orange with nice fluffy white head, aroma is mostly citrus hops with a touch of the belgian yeast of banana and bubblegum. Taste is hoppy citrus with orange peel, grapefruit, and a touch of grassiness leading into the belgian yeast characters of banana, clove, and slight earth that finish a bit sweet but mostly bitter. Nice and balanced brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Complex aroma of hops, Belgian yeast, light oak, slight coriander, slight Brett, and slight citrus. Poured yellow/gold/amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Very nice looking head. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of Belgian yeast, hops, light oak, slight vanilla, slight tropical fruit, slight Brett, slight white wine, slight bubblegum, and a hint of citrus. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Lively carbonation. Hops, Belgian yeast, slight oak, and slight citrus finish is dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2546) - USA - MAY 30, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 The label on the bottle called this the Scratch Series Belgian Style IPA. Big, rocky head on a gold body. Dry, sharp IPA that is lightly sour. Citrus, grapefruit, and a little peppery flavor. It seems more American than Belgian. Good brew, and thanks to Adrian for sharing a bottle of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10301) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Stealth sample at Frank Smith Beerapalooza 2010. Pours turbid gold with clingy white head. Nose is pale malt, funky yeast, hopcitrus. Tastes smooth, complex, with a nice Belgoan candi sugary malt matched by a solid hop backed citric profile. Very well done, and I think we may have discovered Troeg’s next regular offering, which I hope they call Candy Samples (and I applaud those who get the inside joke there).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmantler (10) - USA - MAY 17, 2010
Tried at max’s in baltimore during american craft beer week. Good beer if you like barley wine beer. Smooth and not overpowering like many barleywines.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1511) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010
cracked open a bottle to have foam oozing out the top, a cloudy yellow color, pours an bit of a foamy head. bit of a citrus hop aroma. Taste is complex. BItter hops, bit of spicy yeast, chewy body, dry aftertaste. Interesting brew.

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