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Stray Dog Lager - Brewmaster Jack

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 51
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gfreed on 04-18-2012

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 51
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours a light copper color. The aroma is soft. The Lager yeast is very mellow. A bit of pale and amber malt. Flavor lacks the quenching lager essence I desired. Not enough flavor from the yeast. A bit of bread and biscuit and cooked grain. Light bodied. Boring.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber colour, decent head.

Aromas of dark fruit; raisin and light cherry. Slightly toasty malt. A little souring fruit.

Ever so slightly tart fruit on the taste. Blackened toast, and the usual savory lager taste.

Overall very unique, smooth and lightly acidic lager.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hey, its a light brown lager! Thin lingering head and very clear beer. The smell is mild, but pressed to sniff it is a bit sour, probably the low point of this beer. The taste is very low on hops and pushes forward the caramelized malt flavors. It's got a pretty good mouth feel, the right amount of carbonation. It finishes slightly sour, mostly clean.

This is a simple recipe, slightly unconventional, lager, done mostly right. Unfortunately, it lacks that extra level of complexity. I would kick up the early hop additions to match the sour, which is possibly related to an imperfect mash pH.

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- 12oz bottle poured to a pint glass with a mid-amber body. A white head rises up to about one finger with a frothy-foamy texture. Head retention is decent as a medium ring remains after the cap falls. Spotty, minimal lacing.

S- Biscuit, toasted and cracked grainy malts account for much of the aroma. Light lager yeast tones as well as light fruit and a hint of Noble hops.

T- Gains a fair amount of new character here as the hops and yeast seem to open up. Malts still a large player with biscuit, toasted Pilsner, grainy and slight caramel notes. Balancing that out are notes of cooking herbs, lemon zest, spicy and grassy hops, pale fruits and yeast spice.

MF- Body is fairly dry but does not lack substance. The texture is both creamy and foamy but not fizzy as the high end carbonation soothes the palate. Slight bitterness in the end.

On the surface it might feel a bit simple at first but each sip brings on more and more unique flavors. A great body for 4.5% and certainly flavorful.

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Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I do enjoy a nice well done lager.

Pours a nice looking slight creamy fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, little lacing, very clear honey orange tan color.

Nose decent lager aromas, little sweetness with a touch of a honey malt character, hint of toasty pilsner malt notes, touch of cracker sweetness, as well as some mild grassy slight herbal hops, a little cut grass, touch herbal U.K. like hops, and a touch of a candy like toasty reddish malt. The more it warms a touch of minerality and a faint touch of a possible sulfur note.

Taste starts with more malts, a toasty pilsner malt note, grainy and mild crackery, little sweetness, hint of toasty reddish malt as well. Then into hops, grassy and herbal again, little fresh cut grass, herbal tea notes, etc. Then as it goes a little minerality comes through, and very very faint sulfury note I think, but that could be the combination of the hops and minerals. Mild honey malt sweetness I think, with a little lager softness but not a lot of crispness. Finish is dry but not that dry, little sticky note, bit more bitterness but never really gets very bitter, touch of almost spicy like hop eventually.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, little lager softness and touch crisp.

Overall not bad, hard to really do a lager well, every single thing shows through. This is pretty well done, a touch of minerality that seems to lead to a very faint sulfur, hops are OK but not my fav style, nice bitterness, could have been a bit more crisp as well, but still pretty nice and drinkable.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear, amber body with a 2 finger white head that reduces to a layer of foam. Some lacing.

S- Smells raw, bready, spices, some fruity banana, crisp and citrus.

T- A fruity/spiciness upfront, banana, citrus, and cloves/cinnamon almost like a hefeweizen. This is followed by a bready, biscuity malt flavor. Some hop balance.

M- Crisp, light, refreshing. would be an awesome summer beer.

This is an excellently executed lager.. Crisp and tasty, easy to drink. Recommendable.

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Photo of TheBeerShop
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light in color, nearly blonde. Head is apx. one and 1/2 fingers thick.

Aroma: Softly floral, not overwhelming. Slightly malty with a hint of a biscuit note.

Taste: Crisp, and clean, with a slight citrus after.

Serving type: bottle

Notes: A good local brewed beer, nice to have in the summer.

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Photo of horshack7
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Well it's more towards the amber side rather than the red side. The head is around one finger thick.

Aroma: Light toffee in the nose, malts are more towards the bready end with a light buttery biscuit note. Hops are on the floral end with wisps of citrus.

Taste: Crispy up front, doughy, toffee bits, floral hops with a bit of dryness. Vey small twinges of citrus towards the back.

Notes: It's drinkable, tasty and not too bad and even a slight dry finish. Cheers.

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Photo of Scotter443
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep copper. No haze. Head is one finger thick, dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell - Very mild noble hop aroma with some fruit characteristics.

Taste -Whoa! Not what I was expecting. Pleasant but not overpowering malt flavor up front. Very minimal hop characteristics. Finishes with a bite similar to an Octoberfest style.

Mouthfeel - Easy to drink. I’m digging the “sessionability” of it. Carbonation magnifies the flavor but is just short of being too much. Goes down smooth.

This beer has been popping up all over Northampton, and for good reason. I’ve heard it described as a “mocktoberfest,” and I’d say that’s accurate. It has good balance and is eminently drinkable – not too heavy but not too light either, with plenty of body and flavor and a significant but enjoyable amount of carbonation.

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Photo of gfreed
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The good news about the current beer boom is that there's no shortage of beer. The bad news is that there's no shortage of swill, either. However, I'll endure my share of crap if every now and then I get to stumble on a great bottle like this. Buoyant and optimistic; aroma and taste of lemons and pears; bubbles, bubbles, who's got the bubbles? They're everywhere, and combined with the low ABV and the malty stiffener this makes for a great summer beer. Where's my lawnmower? Worth a stealth visit to Mitt Romney territory (that is, Belmont, MA) to get a bottle.

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Stray Dog Lager from Brewmaster Jack
82 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.