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Scratch Beer #29 - 2010 by Troegs Brewing Company
Belgian IPA
7.70 % ABV


 
Review by younger35 on 08/26/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 3 8 2010
Received this brew from Stakem and StormKing47 in a trade. Belgium IPA's for me are either really good or awful. I've yet to find middle ground. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass while grilling and rocking out to old Ozzy.

Appearance- Pours a fairly beautiful shade or yellowish orange with a huge two finger bright white head (even with a gentle pour). A perfect cap and collar is maintained the entire drinking session along with ring upon ring of thick ass lacing.
Smell- Extremely (and surprisingly) fruity with a blast of pineapple, mango and passion fruit upfront. Almost tartly fruity smelling. A bit of a cracker base maltinesss with a fairly weak yeast presence. It's there but not hugely 'Belgium'. A bit of bubblegum and cotton candy sneak in as the beer warms too.
Taste- Starts with a light bit of fruitiness like the nose except definitely not as intense. More on the light grapefruit/cherry like thing. A touch of dirty yeast adds that Belgium aspect but it's pretty light and not overly noticeable. Almost a vanilla and caramel aspect as well. Definitely not sweet (thank the lord!) but those vanilla/caramel tones definitely linger and I don't get even the slightest hint in the nose.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a pretty aggressive bite of carbonation.
Drinkability- Not bad at all! I think I found that middle ground Belgium IPA but definitely on the better side of middle ground. The fruitiness is there and the Belgium is fairly subdued. Good for me, bad for the style. Not shabby either way. Thanks guys!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by BeerTruth on 07/16/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 2 8 14 2 7 0
Another Scratch brew from number1bum on BA.

Arrrgh...pours a very aggressive hazy burnt golden hue with a monstrous 3+ finger head. The big bubbled crown takes quite a while to die down, not a good start. Aroma is more hoppy than yeasty which is nice. Citrus, a touch of pepper, and light esters. An unfortunate metallic smell in the nose as well though, maybe that's the oak, but I don't like it there. Well, the oak definitely makes its presence known in the taste. Underneath the woodiness is a zesty orange peel base with a honey flavor that lingers. The Belgian-ness is held in check which I like, but the extreme carbonation is a huge deterrent. Way too strong on the tongue and a bit tough to swallow. Not bad, but could use a bit of tweaking for sure.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Guido4Life on 06/07/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 15 4 8 0
Fuck me running, this is a good motherfucking Belgian IPA. I got this in a BA trade from dashirey.

The beer pours into the glass a hazy golden-straw color with a massive white head.

Aroma is damn fucking good. I just realized this shit was barrel-aged, and that definitely makes sense to me now. My schnozz picks up bready malts and Belgian yeast, citrusy hops, and oak.

Down the ol' hatch it goes. Along with the pale malts, there are tropical fruit notes and an estery Belgian yeast presence. Bright citrusy hops, oak, and even maybe some vanilla as well.

Really smooth on the mouthfeel. Medium-bodied with active carbonation.

Well, fuck. I know I'm a Harrisburg homer sometimes, but I'll be damned if Tröegs isn't one of the best in the business. This one is tasty, drinkable, and even refreshing at 7.7% ABV. Solid shit.

Served In: Bottle

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