Thursday, November 24, 2011

Troegs Scratch 52- T2 Ale

I stopped in to the new Troegs Brewery (T2) to try Scratch 52- T2 Ale. The beer was served in two variations: filtered and unfiltered. In the picture above, the filtered is on the left and the unfiltered is on the right. Both beers poured an amber color with a frothy off-white colored head, but the unfiltered’s head hangs around a bit longer. The aroma consists of caramel, pine, spruce, and toffee, while the unfiltered version carries a hint of grapefruit. The taste is dry and bitter but does start off sweet with caramel and toasted toffee. The finish has pepper, pine, and a hint of lemon. The unfiltered has a lightly creamier mouth feel than the filtered version, which makes it not quite as bitter at first. While grapefruit was present in the filtered, it was much more prevalent in the unfiltered. The alcohol content is 6.9% ABV. I felt like this beer was similar and a slightly varied version of HopBack. However, the unfiltered version and its added grapefruit characteristics were excellent. If you go and can only order one version, I suggest ordering the unfiltered version.

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