callmemickey (4543) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Dark brown, verging on black in complexion. Medium tan head, good retention and nice lacing. Assertive pine, roast, and grapefruit. Hints of grass and milk chocolate. A nice balance for a black IPA. The flavor profile is just as complex, but a bit mellow for my liking. Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, ample bitterness, nice clean biting finish. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2012
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Nose is pink grapefruit, caramel. maraschino cherry and pine. Creamy medium body with a tingle. Taste is cat, toffee, pine and lemon pith; then cocoa and iced and coffee. Dark notes accentuate the bitter hops but also add some richness. Might not have picked this up if i remembered it was a black IPA but turned out to be quite good. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Courtesy of northernbrewsgoosegossage12 (36) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate and pine with a hint of grapefruit. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small soapy beige head. The flavor starts with a very quick dose of chocolate. The finish comes on quickly with heavy pine. Overall, it’s heavy enough on the piney hops that it probably resembles a "Black IPA" more so than a hoppy Porter.
I enjoyed this beer a lot. Starting out at first sit it took some getting used to. But after the glass was empty I had a much better respect for it. If you happen to be passing by Hershey PA stop by Troegs and get a tall boy of this one!
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Very good IPA. The malts/hop balance was solid, but the hops are great. Enjoyed the earthy tones and slight grapefruitiness taste.
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Served straight from a firkin at the brewery. This one was dry hopped with simcoe. A fitting tribute to a really good guy, RIP Danny.
A - Pours deep, dark brown bordering on black with a creamy one and a half finger tall khaki colored head leaving thin webs of lace down most of the glass.
S - Smells of dark roasted malt, pungent citric hops, dulled citric fruit, and some fresh cut pine. It really does smell like a darker nugget nectar.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roast quickly giving way to hints of fresh citric fruit and plenty of bitter citric hops. Unlike some examples I have had from the style, the dark side of this beer blends well with the hoppy side, leaving an easy drinking black ale. Finish is a mix of dark roast and lingering hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.
M - Big body with a really nice creamy feel with a decent amount of carbonation, growing still in the glass as most casks do. The booze is there but it never gets in the way, helping to make this one very easy to drink.
O - My first glass wasn’t as good as the second. Second glass had more assertive hop presence and a little less roast, very nice balance. I have never liked this style but this one works fairly well. Another solid offering from the Scratch series.