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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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We’re excited to announce the release Scratch #76 – Special HOPS today! Special HOPS is an Imperial Red Ale brewed especially for the HydroWorx Underwater Marathon event to be held on Sunday, September 9 to benefit The Eagle Fund. Just like the highly-trained military units used for unconventional, often high-risk missions, Special HOPS is bold, aggressive and sure to sabotage your senses and bombard your palate with hop bitterness.

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3.2
Travlr (25188) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle courtesy of watson1977, thanks! Clear dark amber color, large fluffy white head. Aroma of caramel and pine. Taste is pine resin and brown sugar.

3.7
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Draft. Clear dark amber body, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some orange, bread, light pine, lime. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some grape, orange, light bread. Smooth medium body, some resin.

3.7
BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Tap. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is pine, resin, and spruce hops with biscuit and cookie malt and fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and medium bitterness, sweet malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

2.4
crossovert (13078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Looks like bottle is a few months old. Hops are faded, yeasty notes, old malt.

3.6
hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, and floral hops. Tastes of citrus, fruity, pine, and earthy.

4.2
DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Pours hazy mahogany with frothy off-white head. Nose is heavy resiny hops, vinous fruit, tangerine. Tastes rich, astringent, resiny hoppy, with finishing tangerine, pineapple, and vinous fruit. This one is up there at, O estimate 100 IBUs, and is complex and delicious.

3.4
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
355mL thanks to watson1977. Pours a very deep black tea, medium tan head. Medium tan head. Spotty lace. Nose is cheesy, sticky strawberry candies, spicy tea leaves. Taste is cheesy, tannic, spicy. Palate is tea tannic, a bit spicy. Small booziness.

3.4
nimbleprop (8442) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2012
On tap at Birch and Barley. Pours a deep amber with some cloudy white head. Nose is tropical fruit, a little bubblegum, some pine tar, lemon. Next to the DC Brau For Others, this didn’t stand up. Flavor is malty, sweet, some orange, some grapefruit. Full bodied, bitter finish. Good, but far from transcendent.

3.7
sonnycheeba (6126) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Tap. Pours clear brown/copper with thin, creamy off-white head; decent retention and some lacing. Aroma is figs, earthy and grassy hops, caramel and bread malts, pine, spice, and dates. Flavor is balanced sweet malts and hops (light bitterness) with some fruit esters towards the end; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.6
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Big thanks to drunkdietictian. Big hop flavors, malty and strong, good hop flavors


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