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Scratch Beer 49 - 2011 (Fresh Hop Ale)
- Tröegs Brewing Company
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Tröegs Brewing Company
Style | ABV
Limited (brewed once).
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.
As the codename implies, the main flavor in Scratch #49 is 100 pounds of fresh Citra hops. This year’s Oregon hop harvest took place in mid-September and we received the freshest, wettest Citra hops right off the vine. Opening the boxes of fresh hops, we were blown away at the strength and color of this Oregonian green gold. Our hopback was not large enough to accommodate all the hops so we added them to the lauter tun and ran the hot wort through the hops. Pouring a cloudy gold-orange color, Scratch #49 yields an arresting blend of ripe peach aroma with just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness imparted by the honey. Kettle additions of Amarillo and Palisade hops nicely complement the fresh hops. As this beer is a celebration of hops at their freshest, drink this one as soon as possible for maximum enjoyment.
(Beer added by: Tucquan on 10-07-2011)
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Picked up two six packs and a draft of this while at the Harrisburg farewell party.
Pours a hazy golden lemon with touches of straw and hay thrown in. On the pour I decided to use my Brooklyn brewery sniffer and poured straight on trying to entice a nice head. When I was done a crisp bone white head about one finger thick laid on the top of this sunny ale.
Hmm there are a lot of hops here but they are reminding me more of vegetable stalks an leaves versus the sticky sweet cones. Lots of bitter notes like pine and and burnt tree sap. Some light biscuit
notes and a touch of honey like sweetness linger through all the punchy hops.
Man, I love Troegs and I support everything they do bit this one is falling short in my opinion. Right off the start there is a huge vegetable spike followed by a wave of unbalanced bitterness that comes off harsh. There are some positive notes I do like though and that's the malt, which is like having fresh Italian bread. Some sweetness rounds out the bitterness but all and all this is just really harsh. Last year when they did the fresh hop beer (35?) I was doing backflips over it and I know it's bad to try and compare this year to last but I can't help myself.
Flavor aside, the carbonation is perfect an pickles your taste Ida on every sip. Nice and dry...which when it comes to IPA's I love it.
I wish I had more time to try the cask version becuase I bet that was much better. All in all though this one wasn't my favorite, and that's just my opinion. Thanks Troegs for many great years in Harrisburg and I know you guys will kill it at Hershey!
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2011 23:03:51 |
More by Bmoyer0301
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Had this on 2011-10-07 in Columbia, PA
A - Hazy gold with a 1.5-finger white head that fades quickly very good lacing
S - Peaches and more peaches with a little hop floral, malt and honey.
T - Initially, lots of peach, undefined lemon/orange/grapefruit citrus, then honey followed by the starfruit citrus and tangelo flavor and some zesty bitterness. The long-lasting aftertaste is citric, bitter, astringent and mildly sour. I notice the alcohol more from the bottle than I did on-tap. It definitely scrubs the tastebuds.
M - Medium body and carbonation. A little resinous and prickly.
O - I like the assertive flavors of the starfruit citrus and cutting bitterness after what starts as sweetish-peach. It's quite the contrast. It was as good from the bottle as on-tap; not surprisingly since it was just bottled today.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2011 21:13:29 |
More by Tucquan
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A little late on this review...but I had this on release day.
A - Served with a cloudy, yellow body that had some orange highlights...the head was a thick one finger and receded to bubbles...nice lacing though
S - There is a huge peach aroma that I can't get enough of...other citrus aromas of mango and pineapple can be picked up too...there is a bitter backbone
T - All of that citrus carries over to the palate...the peach notes are huge, but the other citrus flavors (mango and pineapple) aren't overshadowed...a bitterness creeps in towards the end, but the addition of the honey helps to balance things out...I can't pick up the honey right off the bat, but I think it's playing off all the other sweet flavors going on
M - Medium bodied...chewy, peach juice, mild bitterness
O - This was a tasty fresh hop...I don't remember last years version, but the Citra hops in this one did the trick...I loved the peach flavors in the beer
Serving type: on-tap
11-19-2011 16:42:27 |
More by thain709
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
on tap at khyber in philly
Pours a hazed golden color with a thick, frothy white head. Retains really nicely, leaving plenty of waves of lacing on the glass.
Piny hops with citrus notes in the nose. Sizable amount of sweetness with apricot and tropical notes. Some biscuit malts with soft caramel.
Bitter and juicy up front. Distinct tropical notes with apricot and pineapple. Biscuit malts with light touches of caramel. Finishes bitter and dry.
Medium body, decent carbonation, pretty creamy and smooth on the tongue. A solid wet hop beer, and I liked the tropical hop notes.
Serving type: on-tap
10-20-2011 04:28:50 |
More by xnicknj
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Served directly from a Firkin at the Tasting room on the second to last day at the old location. I drank this one right after the regular version.
A - Pours hazy orange/yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving concentric rings of lace down the glass. This one has so much hop oil in it that it is impossible to see through it.
S - Smells of pungent citra hops, pine needles, fresh cut grass, mango, grapefruit, and dulled caramel malt. A little less malty than the regular version, which is a plus in my book.
T - Starts off with a big dose of bitter citra hops that never really fade away. Hints of tropical fruits; mango, grapefruit, and oranges mostly; combine with some chewy malt to form the base for all those hops. The finish is a mix of citric hop bitterness and light dryness, lingering on the pallet for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, bitter, feel with hints of tropical fruits throughout, lingering on the pallet for some time.
O - This version was a little better than the regular version. The nose was a little more pungent and the taste was a bit more balanced.
Serving type: cask
10-19-2011 20:18:38 |
More by orangesol
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - Pours a muddled dark yellow/light gold. Not an appetizing color. Solid finger of head that lingers slightly before all but disappearing. Faint lacing.
S - At first this beer smells awesome! You think it'll be tremendous but on the back end you get a whiff of something that isn't right. I was very excited about the use of fresh hops and while you can certainly sense them, they aren't the only thing there.
T - I was very surprised that this beer didn't taste better with the advertisement of the fresh hops. Maybe I was making out this ingredient to be more than it is but a lot of West Coast breweries seem to swear by it. Some bitterness but it's not really backed up with a strong/enjoyable flavor. Definitely not as hoppy as I would want or expect.
M - Some carbonation. Tingles a little bit but in a good way. Doesn't linger on the tongue long but does have some aftertaste.
O - I wanted more from this beer and was kinda let down. If it was just labeled as a ho-hum IPA I would have liked it a little more.
Serving type: growler
10-11-2011 01:41:40 |
More by DanJan
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap @ the Tröegs Brewing Company (Harrisburg, PA) on 10/7/11. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a hazed copper, with a thin frothy covering of bright-white head. This retains with some creamy bunching around the edges of the glass, leaving back thick swathes of foamy lace down the sides. The aroma is flowery, leafy, and herbal on the edges, with a sharp combo of fresh grapefruit and pine in the nostrils. The sharpness is tamed a bit by notes sweet tropical fruit (pineapple and orange are really sticking out) and soft doughy grains from the malt. This is decent but seems to be lacking some pop.
The taste initially has a lot of bright feeling fruit character, with zesty grapefruit and pineapple leading the pack. A honeyed sweetness hangs in the background a bit, doing its best to offer up some balance. The resins in this though are STRONG, cutting across the tongue and lingering with a lot of dry strength in the finish along with equally heady notes of bitter rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a sharp and prickly carbonation up front that then progressively smoothes out a bit as this moves out into the mouth. There some light warmth from the alcohol and while it’s overall not too bad, it does add just a bit too much extra aggressiveness to the more assertive aspects of those hops.
Well if you like your IPAs extra juicy, you’ll probably dig on the luscious and fresh feeling fruit flavors that those Citra hops brought to this. Unfortunately, there was also a whole lot of dry resinous character that was along for the ride as well, that when coupled with that higher ABV really added an aggressiveness to the flavor profile that was a little hard to shake at times. This was a solid beer for my final pint here at the Harrisburg tasting room. It’s definitely left an impression anyway.
Serving type: on-tap
10-07-2011 19:29:56 |
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