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Old Scratch Amber Lager - Flying Dog Brewery

Old Scratch Amber LagerOld Scratch Amber Lager

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,338 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1338
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%


Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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kcrosson492

Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A relatively plain lager. Nice, amber color. Smell is pretty unappealing. Taste is plain, comparable to more main-stream lagers such as Yeungling or Sam Adams. Flying Dog is an excellent brewery, specifically in regards to ale, but this lager falls relatively short of what I've come to expect.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:38:09 | More by kcrosson492
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - poor was nice, caramel in color

S - Smell was lacking something, knew a watery beer was to come.

T - Taste as expected, lack luster , little to no body, flat tasting.

M - Mouthfeel was waxy-watery.

O - As a lover of ambers I was not impressed. Taste was not there, not enough body - this one just missed the mark.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:34:01 | More by gonzo000
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an attractive honey-amber color with half-finger of off-white foam. Head quickly recedes to a sudsy film that helps lend a soft, smooth mouthfeel.

The nose is comprised of slightly sweet, bready malts and a hint of vanilla. Perhaps a little hint of cool noble hops.

The taste delivers on that sweet, bready vibe from the nose, along with a nice complement of vanilla and perhaps other spices. It's somehow reminiscent of cinnamon raisin breakfast bread, but in a very subtle way. There's also a little tinge of lemon to everything, which keeps things clean.

The body on this beer is medium, if that, but the mouthfeel is big, round and smooth. Like silky smooth - pretty nice actually

Overall, a solid example of the style. Far from an intense beer, but more flavorful than your typical amber lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 00:54:45 | More by Mongrel
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steveh

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received a couple of these in a mix sixpack as payment for some freelance work. I know I've had Old Scratch in the past, but never reviewed it so...

Based on the label's Julian code, I'm surmising this was bottled in October of last year; not terribly old. Maryland brewery for this batch.

A -- Clear, deep copper with orange highlights and a firm, sticky light tan head.

S -- Toffee and biscuit up front with spicy hops and fruit esters back.

T -- Toffee and cookie characters up front, fruit esters in the middle, and spicy, bitter hops in the finish. The cookie and ester flavors linger through the aftertaste along with an earthiness that could be malt or hop characters.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a medium to lightly robust body.

O -- This is a complex and enjoyable beer, but it has so much of a warm-fermented profile that I find it odd to be labeled a lager. I honestly remembered it as an Ale from tastings in the past, and the flavors make me understand why it left that impression.

Looking for a good Amber Ale? This could be your beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 21:45:21 | More by steveh
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kaplunk02

Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: poured a clear amber with a short off-white head that disappeared quickly

S: I didn't notice a very strong aroma but definitely a bit bready and hoppy with some grassy notes. Something a little sweet in there too. Maybe honey.

T: Tasted of cereal and hops

M: Very smooth and crisp on the tongue like a lager should be.

O: A pretty good Amber Lager. Not too crazy with the flavors but a solid brew from Flying Dog.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 02:07:52 | More by kaplunk02
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upton7418

Virginia

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a snifter

A - no doubt an Amber lager copper color and very clear. good head upon pour that dissipates quickly. minimal lacing.

S - starts with a bread malt smell that unveils a light floral scent as it warms not very complex but there.

T - very bready with a light hop bite. nothing spectacular to note and very similar to Yuengling.

M - light carbonation and sweet.

O - the beer is ok but tastes similar to commercially available Amber lagers. not very complex but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 12:29:13 | More by upton7418
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Theheroguy

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Flying dog is a brewery which tends to produce consistently excellent beers, I still have many more beers in the lineup to try but in the past they've very rarely disappointed me. Old scratch is a medium to dark caramel color. It smells sweet and taste accordingly. It is noticeably more hopped than your average amber lager keeping that sweetness in check. The beer is crisp and perfectly carbonated. The finish is short and hoppy. Easy drinking and delicious check it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:27:23 | More by Theheroguy
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pleasant ruby amber hue. Short quickly fading paper white head. Lots of effervescance.

S - masked hop scents. Lite rye whiskey and malt soda.

T - sweet but biting. Sharp but lite in aroma and body

M - fizzy but dry

O - fine but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 00:53:50 | More by jeranbrews
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Huffs

New York

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a sam adams glass, nice off white head developed, though retention and lacing were mild. Appearance was a nice clear to copper color with a mild aroma with light notes of malt and toffee. Tasted of caramel and toffee, sweet with a medium to light mouth feel. Aftertast was sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 23:37:34 | More by Huffs
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into shaker pint glass; lovely glowing orange-amber with a nice big white head that comes up and fades like soda, leaving a topping of clear foam on the top fed by bubbles.
Smell is quintessential lager; soft, bready malt with a hint of sweetness and a slight crisp pinch of generic hops at the end.
Taste is the same, and tasty; bready malt with a hint of cracker moving into crisp hops with a hint of bitterness to balance the malt left over in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium-light and smooth.
Overall, nothing mindblowing but a tasty drinkable lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 04:34:08 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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bnes09

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber ale. Weakish soda like head. Poor retention and a few lace spots.

Slightly roasted aroma with hints of apple.

Malty, sweet flavor. Hint of caramel and apple. Minimal hop flavor.

Medium body. Coarse texture. High carbonation.

Middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:59:53 | More by bnes09
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tabhill

New York

2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - big cream colored head left lots of lacing but the head didn't last very long. Beer was a beautiful translucent dark copper color but not much carbonation bubbling up.

S - very light sweet honey nose, seems almost weak

T - starts out with a nice malty sweetnes but quickly fades leaving you wondering where the rest of the beer went.

M - very light on the palate leaving a residual film on your tongue

O - bought the beer to use to poach some salmon, which turned out great, but not impressed with the drinkability

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:31:57 | More by tabhill
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FinchSCF

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a honey gold with a slight amber tint. Head just short of an inch rolls down to some spotted, hazy lacing. Clear body with mild carbonation bubbling to the top

S - Sweet and yeasty. Light flowery scent, sweet honey notes. Not a lot going on scent-wise, but it's pleasing.

T - Very light in flavor. Slight hop bitterness but that goes quickly. Some of the honey taste from the smell but that dies out quickly as well. Finishes out malty but goes off the tongue fast, leaving a slightly metallic taste behind.

M - Smooth-drinking, which is probably the best aspect of this beer. Maybe a hair too much carbonation but it is still close to what I'd expect and want from an amber lager.

O - Not something that stands out and not an example of this style that made me feel it stacks up well to it's competition. There's just not much that sticks out about it. It is a very easy drinker and something that would be enjoyable on a hot summer day and would be a good choice for company that's maybe not big into micros.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 19:21:41 | More by FinchSCF
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Ryan_Graham

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color. Not picking up much of an odor. Taste is okay. Not much complexity. Smooth at first, good initial flavor but has no aftertaste. I'd like for it to have a little more depth as far as taste is concerned. It tastes watered down. Overall it's an okay beer. Better than domestics but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 04:18:57 | More by Ryan_Graham
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utopiajane

New York

2.34/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a true amber color. Almost no nose and no head. While it didn’t boast of anything up front I did notice a little floral hops character, some bitterness. No lacing. Light carbonation. The body of this beer was weak and unbalanced. It had a flat, fruity sweet quality that really detracted form the essence of the malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 12:08:04 | More by utopiajane
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BeerYoss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into the complimentary Flying Dog 'wine' glass that came with the case.

Appearance - pours with a high and firm head, the pillow settles down but never fully dissipates. Redish-coppery color. Looks crisp but full. Lacing clings to the glass the whole way down.

Smell - Hoppy, sweet and citrus smell

Taste - Citrus of the hops and some other flavors that I can't particularly finger but typical lager flavors, yet full and crisp. Take a deep sip of the beer.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation comes on strong. It is light and refreshing but all the flavors and feels are unmistakably 'there'. There is a bit of a lingering 'oily-ness' but not overwhelming.

Overall - Haven't had a lager for awhile but this is a good brew. I would recommend. I imagine this would go very well with food. But it is highly drinkable on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:07:44 | More by BeerYoss
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Maltdog

New York

4.63/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easy drinking-went down smoothly.
Perfect to accompany food-complimented flavors perfectly !
This went well with both normal food, but was quite refreshing with spicy food.
My companion thought it was eminently drinkable; attractive flavor and color, with balanced body.
"Food friendly" and thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 16:16:10 | More by Maltdog
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Almost ale-like. Keeps a fine/very thin head.
Smell: Subtle sniffs of maple syrup, honey, and egg.
Taste: Subtle sips of maple syrup, honey, and egg.
Mouthfeel: Smooth. Improves as it warms.

I suppose if you were in the mood for a lager, this is not a bad option. Both the taste and smell is subtle, but it mixes well in the final swallow. As my hand warmed the glass, it did seem to make the whole experience a bit more enjoyable. A decent drink, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:35:25 | More by TeamMathis
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lilmissbeer

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yum! The first thing I noticed about this beer was it's great smell! It has a really refreshing taste without being totally seltzer-y. Awesome mouthfeel and aftertaste. A great beer to accompany a meal (I'm having some berries, chocolate and almonds with mine, and it complements them well). It was hard to resist chugging!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 19:24:21 | More by lilmissbeer
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Sparkling amber half a finger of yellowish head. doesn't linger

Aroma- CIder, some egg/sulphur, a slight touch of carmel and some real light florals.

Taste- Light toffee flavor at the front some light bready-ness and baked goods mixed in. The Hop bitterness is a bit vegetal and the whole taste stops somewhat abruptly. It gets better though as it warms.

Mouthfeel quite a bit of Carbonation LIghter to medium bodied with a dry finish. It finishes like a lager for sure.

overall- maybe amber lagers are just not my thing, i would do a black lager or a lager. If i wanted "Amber" I would just have a brown ale. That being said I could see myself having a few of these in an airport bar. at 5.5 abv they would get the job done for a short flight. I could also see them mixing well with dry snack mixes and and potato chips.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 17:08:27 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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habitual_calculus


2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Looks nice, not much head/lacing, a fairly dark brown lager color, compared to say, Red Oak's Red Oak.

Smell: The smell was good, more complicated than other lager's I've had but nothing I could really note.

Taste: Things take a left turn here. Although the main body of flavor wasn't bad, pretty standard lager, there is an after-taste or spice I can't put my finger on, but it really turned me off. I just came from some purity law style lagers (Red Oak Hummin' Bird and Red Oak) and I couldn't bring myself to finish more than half this one.

Mouthfeel: Forgotten with the bad taste.

Overall: Not as good as other offerings I've had from Flying Dog

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 21:29:39 | More by habitual_calculus
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear red-brown with one-and-a-half-finger, white, creamy foamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Lightly sweetened bread and toast. Some fruity notes. Mild.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: About average amber lager. Looks really nice though.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 02:52:38 | More by SolipsismalCat
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Into a pilsener (also had in a pint glass, nothing changed):

A: clear amber colored body and gave a small white head appeared and barely lasted fifteen seconds before dieing altogether into the body. No lacing was left behind.

S: caramel up front with some light inviting fruits, citrus

T: the same aromas with a slightly dry aftertaste.

M: light to medium with some light harshness on the tongue. It had a bitter finish and is fairly drinkable.

O: pretty good for the most part, just not a standout, and I will have no problem finishing the rest of the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 00:42:13 | More by BeerKangaroo
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PADIV


3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours a semi transparent Amber color. A small htan head that dissipates quickly leaving a film on top with little lacing.

Smell – A malty, caramel smell that is quite pleasant and inviting for a taste.

Taste – Solid tasting of malt with a slight hint of fruit. The taste is pleasant and has a small "bite" of bitterness at the finish. After the first couple of sips the flavor kept me wanting more.

Mouthfeel – Average feel with a light creaminess. A soft feel as expected.

Overall- A slightly sweet taste with a nicely roasted malt flavor. A beer that is worth putting in the rotation. Light on the lager scale.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 23:20:08 | More by PADIV
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber brew with red highlights showing through. Upon pouring there is a two finger off-white head that fades rather fast. Upon fading it leave a light amount of lacing and a persistent film on the top of the brew.

Smell – A strong sweet smell of caramel and molasses are mixed with some fruit aromas of orange and apple. The overall sweet aroma has notes of roasted malt and a light biscuit smell. It has quite a wonderful smell.

Taste – The taste begins with sweeter and breadier tastes. The sweet are mainly caramel in nature with the bready taste being of a lightly toasted flavor. As the taste advances more sweetness comes to the tongue. Flavors of the light fruits detected in the nose (apple and a little bit of orange) come to the tongue. These sweet flavors linger on to the end of the taste, but are balanced out by an upsurge of roasted flavors that come at the finish of the taste. Some lightly bitter hop flavors of an earthy and floral nature work their way into the taste at the end as well and with the rest of the flavors leave a nicely hopped sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both the body and carbonation suit the sweet and lightly hopped and roasted flavors nicely and maintain the brew as an easy drinker.

Overall –A nice blend of roast, sweet and hop make this beer a good easy drinker with a nice smooth flavor and taste transitions. Rather tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:47:10 | More by Darkmagus82
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Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.