Troegs Troegenator Double Bock

This was the next beer in the sampling. It was also a darker selection. I think that this brew has one of the coolest labels I’ve seen. The figure on the label reminds me of Zeus. I was looking at buying this shirt too, but the pale ale won out.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to the Troegs website, “During periods of fasting without solid foods, the Monastic brewers relied on the double bock; a stronger, richer beer to fulfill their basic nutritional needs. Known to them as ‘liquid bread,’ a double bock has a strong malt aroma and chewy rich body. Traditionally these brewers ended the name of their double bock with the suffix ‘ator,’ ex. Celabrator, Illuminator, Subliminator… In the spirit of the tradition we give you the Troegenator to provide warmth and richness through the early spring months. A double bock of epic proportions, beware, the Troegenator is deceiving smooth and delicious.”

Random: This is a beer that I’ve heard a lot about, but never got around to trying.

This poured with a one finger white head. The body is a caramel brown color and clear. There isn’t any visible carbonation. On the nose, there were lots of caramel, malts and even a hint of toffee. This seems like it’s going to have some complexity to it. On the taste, I get a lot of nuttiness and caramel malts. Also, some toffee as evident in the nose. The finish is quick and nutty. I just took a look at the ABV, and the booze did not make an appearance at all. Wow, this hides it really well. I’m impressed. This would make a great fall beer, as the nuttiness of it reminds me of the fall months. I would definitely have this again. I was surprised I liked this as much as I did.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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Troegs Scratch #34

I’m going to skip reviews on the samples of Scratch #33 and #35, since I brought a six-pack of each home (as well as a bomber of the GABF Gold Medal Winner, Flying Mouflan). So, I can do full reviews of those. Since I didn’t buy a six-pack of this, you can probably already guess how this review is going to go. It was also difficult to find info on this beer at all.

ABV: 7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: I literally could not find any information on this brew at all, even on Troegs’s website. It looks like they went from Scratch 33 to 35. So, the only trivia I could find is that this beer is bottle conditioned.

Random: I couldn’t tell what this beer after I tasted it. I had to go up and ask. Not usually a good sign.

This poured with a barely there white head with a yellow, clear body. There was no visible carbonation on the body. On the nose, I got some golden fruit (which should have been a clue it was a Belgian dubbel, but I guess I’m not that smart). The fruit was definitely apricots though. There was also a hint of booze on the nose. The nose was much of the same. There was some booze evident and apricots, dates, maybe even a hint of apple. The finish lingers with some booze and not a lot of fruit. This isn’t bad, but it’s not great either. I wouldn’t search this out.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Troegs Hopback Amber Ale

For those of you who read this, you know that I’m not the biggest fan on ambers. They’re okay, but I find them a little bit plain. There’s not much to them. So, this was a selection that I wasn’t thrilled about. But, I figured I’d give it a shot.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the Troegs website, “Tröegs Brewery’s Flagship beer, HopBack Amber Ale derives its name from a vessel in the brewhouse called a hopback. As the ‘wort’ is being transferred from the brewhouse to fermentation it passes through the hopback vessel. Packed full of fresh whole flower hops, the wort slowly circulates through this vessel extracting the essence of the aromatic hops. This vessel adds more time and more hop character that creates a fresh, spicy taste and rich caramel note that defines this signature ale.”

Random: This tasting area was awesome. $9 for 9 samples. Can’t beat that.

This poured with a one finger white head with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The body is a clear, warm, brown color. There isn’t a lot of visible carbonation. On the nose, I get some hops but also a hint of caramel malt. The taste was definitely maltier than the nose with a decent amount of hops. I think it could have been a little better balanced, but was still pretty boring. The carbonation was perfect for the brew. The finish lingered and is hoppier than expected. This was an okay brew, nothing that I would seek out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Troegs Pale Ale

This was the second beer of the tasting. I’ve had this beer before, when I really didn’t know a lot about beer. I remember enjoying the grapefruit flavor. So, I was definitely excited to try this again, now that I have a few other pale ales to compare it to.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the Troegs website, “Tröegs Pale Ale pairs nicely with Mediterranean foods, starches and anything with fresh herbs. The floral hop character also blends with cheesy dishes like pizza, pasta and dips.”

Random: I liked the brew so much that I bought the shirt at the brewery (it also helps that the shirt is pretty cool).

This poured with a one-finger white head that left mild lacing on the glass. The body is a straw yellow color with mild carbonation visible. On the nose, there is definitely grapefruit. Ahh, this is the brew that I remember. On the taste, I get the same grapefruit in the nose. The taste is almost floral. The mild carbonation complements the taste. This is a damn tasty brew. The finish also lingers with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. This is a great everyday beer and blows Yards’s Pale Ale out of the water. Definitely try this brew.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Dream Weaver Wheat

This was the first of many samplings (9 total) at Troegs Brewery in Harrisburg, PA. I got a chance to stop there and pick up Scratch #35 and have a few samples. This will be the first of the reviews from Troegs. Again, I only took a picture of the sampling tray, not each individual brew. I suck, I know. So, stock photos for these reviews. I also got featured on the Brew Club, so go check that out too. It’s a great site!

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the Troegs website, “Long toasty days, cool breezy nights and a splash of magic provide the inspiration for the Troegs brothers’ dreamiest  creation—Dreamweaver Wheat. Combining four wheat types with Munich and Pils malts, noble Saaz hops, and a yeast strain that imparts a spicy, peppery, clove taste with a slight hint of bananas, Dreamweaver Wheat is an unfiltered blast of spicy, mouthwatering joy.”

Random: I’m a huge fan of wheat beers and I’ve never had this brew before. Hmm…odd.

This poured with a one finger pure-white head. The body is a cloudy yellow color and cloudy. There is no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. Also, no lacing left on the glass. On the nose, lots of banana and a hint of citrus. Very inviting nose. On the first sip, the banana follows the nose. The brew also has medium carbonation which dances on the tongue. There are also some hints of spice, like clove, but nothing overwhelming. The finish is quick and unremarkable. This would be an easy Summer sipper. I would definitely pick up a 6 pack of this for next summer.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Samuel Adams Black Lager

Today was decently productive. I started packing for my road trip tomorrow, although I still have some packing to do. I’m totally stoked because I’m hitting Troegs Brewery on the way AND they just released their Wet Hop Ale. So, it should be on tap by the time I get there tomorrow. Expect some tasting notes and pictures on Monday or Tuesday. So, I’ll probably be offline for most of the weekend, but it should be a fun beer drinking weekend. I also managed to find a brewpub a mile from where I’m staying too. Totally excited.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Schwarzbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “The roots of the Schwarzbier lie in Thuringia and Saxony; the oldest known Schwarzbier is Braunschweiger Mumme (‘Brunswick Mum’) brewed since the Middle Ages (the first documented mention is from 1390) in Braunschweig. The earliest documented mention in Thuringia is of Köstritzer from 1543, a popular Schwarzbier still produced today. Present-day Eastern Germany has many unique varieties of this style from regional breweries. It is often served with dark, chunky breads with cream cheese. It also pairs well with marinated meats like brisket and is an excellent companion to German Sauerbraten.”

Random: I haven’t had German food in forever. I think I need to fix that and have a good German beer.

This poured with a three finger tan head with significant lacing. The head is super fluffy. The body is a dark brown (almost black, no surprise there). Again, no visible carbonation due the color. On the nose, lots of toasty malts. I think they used chocolate malts because when I went to brew my own beer, I took a sniff of them and this smells exactly like that. On the taste, it’s a lot of chocolate hints with some caramel. The finish lingers like crazy with malty goodness. There is also decent carbonation on the taste. The only complaint is that it’s not a really well-balanced beer. The Avery 17 was a better balanced beer. But, I would have this again if someone handed it to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Samuel Adams Irish Red

Yesterday was a normal day. Another rainy day in New Jersey. Nothing all that interesting to report, but just one of those days you want to come home and relax with a beer. This is another leftover from the Sam Adams variety pack. When I started drinking, Irish reds were my style of choice (think domestic, so nothing great). I don’t know why, probably because I’m partially Irish, or I thought they looked cool. This is the first “craft” Irish red that I’ve had (in quotes because of the current dilemma over whether Sam is still craft). I also got some brand new beer glasses (Rogue Dead Guy Pints and Rogue XS Goblets), so it’s been a good brew day.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Irish red ale, red ale, or Irish ale gains its slightly reddish color from the use of a small amount of roasted barley.The term red ale or red beer is used by brewers in countries other than Ireland; however, the name Irish Red is typically used when roasted material is used. In America the name can describe a darker amber ale, and some breweries may produce a ‘red’ beer that is a lager with caramel colouring.”

Random: I never had an Irish red when I was in Ireland.

This brew poured with a one finger white head. The body itself is a cloudy brownish-red. On the nose, some notes of caramel, although it’s not really a fragrant brew. There was a hint of hops in the nose as well, but you really have to search for them. There was no visible carbonation in the brew due to the cloudiness. On the taste, the first thing I got was the moderate carbonation. The hops make more of an appearance on taste. There is also a slight bitterness from the hops. There is also a hint of caramel and possibly toffee. This was a pretty good beer. Not one of the styles that I would seek out, but an easy drinker. The finish is quick and malty. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0