harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Thanks to Chaney for sending this in a monster box!
Poured to NB globe.
A: Good golden amber ale with beautiful white fluffy head (single finger) that dies out early on. Good scattered spots of laced foam.
S: Initially quite resiny. Bits of bubble gum, spice, grassy, very faint fine. Pretty decent balance, but a touch sweet.
T: Bitter-sweet. Plenty of hop flavor in here, a bit too much malt for a standard IPA. I can drink this, but I wouldn’t pay more than $2 for it. I guessing it cost more being a brewery release...
M: Medium body with matching carb. Dry finish.
D: I have had this twice now, both times I have been left unmoved.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2011 Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Chaney, another from DavoleBomb. Thanks guys!
A: This beer pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a half inch off off-white, foamy head that leaves some decent lacing upon the pint glass.
S: Hop and floral notes, subtle citrus.
T: Again, mostly floral with some citrus notes. Although the beer has a strong floral presence, it’s not overdone to the point of astringency, as was the case with Scratch 37.
M: Medium-bodied with a slightly soapy feel. Alcohol presence is there, with a bit of a sharp bite, notably in the finish.
D: I enjoyed this much more than Scratch 37, though this beer still has considerable room for improvement.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-02-2011 KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 3/8/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Out of the bottle, this has a cloudy caramel color with a flash of amber in the center and tangerine on the edges. Particulate yeast particles float throughout. A fluffy off-white head rests gently on top, fading to a ring and a light film.
There is caramelized grapefruit and some herbal hop presence, but the aroma is fairly understated. An unpleasant booziness surrounds the other aromas.
The toasted caramel malt flavor starts strong but does not last very long, leaving only the caramel sweetness to blend with the citrus hops. A candied citrus taste exists along with a boozy flavor. At 7.7%, I would expect this to be more hidden. This is mostly underwhelming.
Soft creaminess, light to medium carbonation, with a medium to full body.
I was not happy with how much booze poked through in an unpleasant way. Lots of alcohol and not much flavor is not a good combination. orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Served straight from the firkin into a standard pint at Troegs "Black firkin friday". This one is dry hopped with palisades hops.
A - Pours cloudy orange with a small, soft, one finger white head that leaves a good amount of lacing down the entire glass.
S - Strong grassy, citrus, hops in this one. Caramel sweet malt and a bit of dryness from the yeast help keep it balanced but this is all about the hops. A nice nose for sure.
T - Strong citrus hops up front giving way to a sweet caramel malt backbone with a strong hop bite finish. A bit of dryness throughout from the yeast keeps you coming back for more. I still want to try the base beer but if it is anything like this was it will be a very nice addition to the scratch series.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smooth with a strong hop bite in the finish.
D - Very high. A bit on the strong side but the flavors blend well together. I could drink this all day, in fact I tried, but I could only snag two since the line was so long. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2011
In short: A strange fruity IPA with a strange “moist/soggy” character. Meh.
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed approximately 7 months after the beer was bottled. Bottle from my BA buddy, thanks a lot Heath
The look: Cloudy dark blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is dank hops, ripe tropical fruits. Taste is crackery malts reminiscent of unsalted Premium Plus™, ripe tropical fruits, a side of fruit salad, wet tablecloth, hops resin. There was something very “soggy” about the flavors of this beer. Not what I was hoping for, disappointment here. This was a rather lame entry in the Troegs Scratch series that went as unnoticed as a model who posed for Playboy (assuming we all really buy Playboy for the articles).
(12oz bottle) clear medium amber, with a ring of white bubbles on the edges. Nose of oranges, juicy, creamy. Taste of bittersweet orange, a bit syrupy, honey and rather smooth in general. Good sweet balance. kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a light copper color topped with a medium sized off white head. Nice hop aroma, with grapefruit, pine and earthy notes. Flavor is similar, with pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit, with some caramel in the background. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a golden body with a white head and okay lacing. Prickly hoppy body. Pine, and citrus upfront, deeper in find light wood, pine, and a hint of cedar. Light tropical notes, punch, citrus, a medium bitterness. Nice offering. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
On tap Saturday December 11, 2010.
Pours a lightish copper color with a white bead that fades down into a small cap with a bit of lacing. The nose brings a moderate dose of citrus with oranges coking through and perhaps a bit of tangerine. There is also a slight bit of caramel malt lingering in the background.
The taste is composed mostly of a moderate amount of citrus hop flavor as well as slight caramel and pine notes. Slightly bitter with a medium body. Well made and easy to drink, but not nearly as good as the Citra of Brotherly Love.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-17-2010 chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
12oz bottle also provided by Sean so we could tick 36-38, poured into a perfect pint glass... Similar to the 37 this is an ugly ipa, light watery straw without good carbonation... The aroma is better, perhaps fresher, some light pine throughout, but not much beyond that. The taste is similar, light hops, ok, nothing to write home about. Skip this one as well.