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Old Scratch Amber Lager - Flying Dog Brewery

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Old Scratch Amber LagerOld Scratch Amber Lager

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,388 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,388
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 24
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by demcorhip:
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chonyr for this one.

Appearance
Deep amber colour, very nice. Head and lacings scant, only mildly carbonated.

Aroma
Bready with hint of caramel. Flowers, grass, and mild spicy tang.

Taste
Much like the aroma. Sweet bready taste with hint of caramel intially, then ends in mild spicy and grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Relatively light in body, has just enough substance to be satisfying. Nice balance between clean malt and hop flavours. Could use a touch more sparkle or carbonation.

Drinkability
This is a nice beer, and easy to drink. Would be easy to finish a 6 pack on a hot summer day. Would be good for a serious drinking session or to serve as a crossover beer. If this was readily available and i felt like having a few on a hot night i'd look for this again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 16:10:09 | More by demcorhip
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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.

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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.

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Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.