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Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Dead Rise Old Bay Summer AleDead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

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513 Ratings

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 30
Gots: 136 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Ratings: 513 | Reviews: 60
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3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I guess this beer has a cult following of crazy Old Bay aficionados, but seriously my local Beer Express has sold through a small palate of this stuff in a couple weeks they are down to one last case. I wanted to jump on a whole case, but I decided to pick up a sixer at Market District first.

First off it looks great in my glass, this stuff wreaks of Old Bay once you pry the cap off things get real. Hazed golden apricot hue in the body with a white billowing head great textures going on in the glass, fine even lacing left behind. By the way, I've seen Untappd pictures where the coat the brim of the glass with Old Bay...not even going there.

Smells fantastic, great citrus spice combo infused with Old Bay this beer begs for crab legs as a pairing, or if you have access a whole crab/lobster boil. You get an herbal, peppercorn, citrus combo with each sniff, I have my nose almost buried in this stuff. Big thumbs up on the aroma, let's see how she actually tastes.

Flavor becomes more perfume and too spiced on the palate with the initial sip. I love Old Bay as a spice, I don't limit it to seafood you can spice anything with it steaks, chicken, burgers it just works. I was expecting something like a gose with more salty character from the Old Bay, I don't even know if there's salt in Old Bay but I assume there is. As I continue to imbibe on this stuff, I realize it needs some food pairing. I had some left over chicken breast, and homemade fried rice...so I did some rehashed chicken fried rice with Cholula. Old Bay was used as a seasoning on these chicken breasts. For me it's night and day with food so much better as a compliment to something that stimulates your umami taste buds on the palate. It's a nice base unfiltered golden ale, refreshing with spice. Not much complexity just lingering bitter aspects of the Old Bay additions, peppercorns apparent mild citric notes, muddled powdered yeast and bitterness from the spices.

Mouthfeel, the spices leave the palate feeling like you walked into the room after someone sprayed way too much perfume. A harsh bitter spice, lighter bodied ale actually comes off much more refreshing with the food pairing. Carbonation dead on moderate feels pretty natural here.

Overall, I guess somebody had to use Old Bay in a beer this one is Dead Rise from Flying Dog and the bottle says it's licensed by McCormick to use Old Bay, and the proceeds benefit True Blue a group that supports the Maryland Blue Crab industry. Overall, not wowed and not feeling bad about trying this, it's just making me want to get some all you can eat crab legs.

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12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden/yellow color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer. Looks like a MBC beer. Not really attractive.

Aroma: Doesn’t smell like a MBC beer though! Strong aromas of Old Bay seasoning, with strong notes of cayenne, bay leaf, black pepper, coriander, as well as aromas of lemon, lemon zest, dill, seafood. Honestly, this beer smells like a crab bake! Mouthwateringly good!

Taste: Very interesting flavors. I get some toasted malt and wheat up front, immediately followed by the flavors of Old Bay seasoning, such as cayenne, bay leaf, black pepper, coriander, as well as aromas of lemon, lemon zest, dill, and crab boil. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very interesting beer. It totally tastes like the Old Bay seasoning mix and boiled crabs! I bet it would go perfect with some crab cakes, a crab boil/bake, some peel and eat shrimp, shrimp and grits and grilled seafood.

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Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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