Old Scratch Amber Lager - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by Winter:
3.05/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Old Scratch pours a deep reddish-brown in color with a think light khaki head. The sweet malty nose lends itself to aromas of caramel, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium in body. Unlike the nose, the flavor is not sweet at all. An amber lager that does not do much to make a tremendous overall flavor impression, yet at the same time does not offend. Light on the malt and flavor in general. There's a little touch of alcohol in the finish. This isn't a beer to ponder really, it's just an average drinker.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2010 04:24:07 | More by Winter
More User Reviews:
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.