Old Scratch Amber Lager - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by BeerYoss:
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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3.71/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from the Boston, MA brewery.
A: This beer pours a beautiful reddish-orange and amber that is slightly opaque. Its appearance gives the impression that it is a thick, heavy beer. It forms a nice head that is long lasting for a lager and bubbles nicely from the bottom of the glass. The head clings to the side of the glass as you drink, which is uncommon for a lager of this smoothness. Overall the appearance is rich and deep and the beer begs to be drank.
S: Old Scratch has a fairly crisp and pleasant smell that is rich of hops. There are fruity hints but nothing overpowering and it smells fairly typical for a lager. There is certainly nothing unpleasant in the smell.
T: Tasty, clean and smooth with lots of toasted malt. There are also subtle flavors to this beer. It smells more hoppy than it tastes, but there is a hint of bitterness. There is a rosy quality to the nose which is very pleasant and there are also hints of fruit, notably green apple. There are also flavors of caramel. It has a crisp and sharp bite that is absent from many other amber lagers. There is very little aftertaste, but what is there is reminiscent slightly of a yeasty wine with some bitterness.
M: Probably what I will remember most about this beer is its mouthfeel. There is very little carbonation, and I expected more from a lager. Additionally it is exceptionally smooth - it feels more like a stout with its thick, silky texture. These are not bad things but it is somewhat uncharacteristic of an amber lager and so it only ranks average here.
O: A great beer that I would certainly buy again. It is a different type of amber lager and is worth a buy - delicious, smooth and looks wonderful in a glass in front of you.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 22:54:43 | More by jsausley
Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.