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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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1,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,419
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 28
Gots: 64 | 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 kojevergas:
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2.42/5  rDev -29.2%

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. This was one of the bottles available in Flying Dog's sampler pack.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of slight soft cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear copper (NOT Amber!).

Sm: Biscuity yeast, cream, and amateurish barley. Smells like an all extract homebrew beer. The strength of the aroma is moderate.

T: And it tastes like a homebrew extract as well. Light caramelized malt doesn't add anything, but instead pollutes the balance. It's simply built and crappily so. The balance is off. The cream is understated, but may still be its best feature. A near watery finish; certainly a bland one.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with an artifical creamy undertone to it. Far from complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Fairly drinkable excepting the lackluster quality. Overpriced as part of the sampler pack. I won't have it again.

08-07-2011 22:56:56 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a nice clear amber with a big fluffy head thats sticks well down the glass,quite a dose of citruisy hop in the nose along with a toasted grain not I pick up a touch of caramel as well.Quite a hoppy flavor up front citruisy and piney,get like a brown suger flavor coming thru big late an in the finish.Hey a well rounded lager with enough hops to make it somewhat interesting,much better than I thought it would be

12-18-2004 00:21:28 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


3.9/5  rDev +14%

Appearance – A nice, semi-cloudy copper color with a moderate head that left some lacing on the glass.

Smell – Pungent, floral hops complimented the malt aroma and a hint of sugary sweetness.

Taste – The malts comes out bigger in the flavor, on par with the hops. The malt itself is lightly toasted and sweetened with a small amount of table sugar flavor. The hops are mostly floral. Some fruity hops came out in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel – Some nice, crisp carbonation and a bit of dryness from the hops makes this one a winner in the mouthfeel category.

Drinkability – This was very good and went down well. I will definitely buy again.

Comments – It’s tough to pull off the even hop/malt flavoring and retain smoothness, but Flying Dog did a good job of it here.

09-02-2003 00:24:50 | More by RoyalT
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-14-2014 02:09:55 | More by Turbo
Photo of ricke


2.9/5  rDev -15.2%

A: A dull dark amber color with a very small off-white head that settles kind of quickly leaving just minimal lacings.

S: Malts, a note of bread, comparably big caramel aromas and a fair amount of leafy and spicy hops. Overall, the smell is mild and not very interesting.

T: Sweet malts with some caramel character. Perhaps a note of fudge. Very mild peppery hop flavors. The finish has a gentle bitterness to it with some citric and leafy hop notes and a note of minerals. The taste is by and large mild and thin, but clean and rather refreshing.

M: Moderate body, well suited carbonation.

D: An ok beer, nothing more nothing less. It could really use more flavors and complexity, as for now, it comes out a bit thin. But still it's quite refreshing.

07-30-2009 21:53:12 | More by ricke
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.25/5  rDev -5%

11-27-2013 02:40:12 | More by MadScientist
Photo of wesbrownyeah


4.03/5  rDev +17.8%

Old Scrach Amber Lager...

A- A very clear amber color with decent head that falls to a nice rim around the glass. Pure amber look for the style very appealling look.

S- Sweet brown sugar with alcohol and malt are upfront with nice light floral hoppy scents mixed in as well.

T-M- Mild malts with nice floral hoppy notes dominate the beginning of this one. Then followed by excellent carmel flavors with spicey hints of earthy hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth like hoppy water with a thick feel in the back of the palate.

D- Put it this way if Amberbock or Yinglying tasted this good sales would be on the incline.

08-06-2009 04:48:12 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of Shakerman


4/5  rDev +17%

08-03-2012 03:00:56 | More by Shakerman
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Medium dark amber in color, mostly clear, with minimal off-white head. Minimal head retention and practically no lacing.

S: Malty character on the nose, with a secondary aroma of fig.

T&M: Taste is mostly dry and malty, which is a departure of what you might expect based on the initial aromas. Texture is relatively thin, just short of water, with very active fine carbonation. There is a light bittering but it doesn't really come through as hoppy. The finish is long and dry of malt.

D: The drinkability of this brew is about average. It seemed a little dry and a bit light in character, but overall wasn't too bad. I don't know that I would go seeking this one out but I wouldn't turn one down either.

04-24-2008 00:34:35 | More by SIRIUS2
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4/5  rDev +17%

03-22-2014 20:56:51 | More by fxs1951
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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a standard amber color. (There's even some lace!) Smells of pears (WTF?), and sweet malt. Taste isn't bad, just average. It tastes of malt and just enough hops to keep things from getting cloying.

This might not be the best amber out there, but it went down smooth. While I wouldn't go out of my way to buy, I wouldn't turn one down if offered...

03-06-2005 05:08:50 | More by skybluewater
Photo of blitz134


3.18/5  rDev -7%

Clear orange caramel color. Basically no head, only sporadic shite bubbles, no lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with a touch of biscuit. A bit of floral, sweet hops. Kinda ale-like but has that clean lager aroma of light malts. A little yeasty too. Smells alright really.

Okay taste. Unoffensive, but it doesn't really present enough to even attempt to be. Floral hops come through again over the light biscuit malts.

Weak mouthfeel. No coating of any flavor lingering. Carbonation level is okay again. This just really falls short here.

These are preatty easy to put down though since its a ligher brew with nothing really offensive to it. Not something I'd ever really pick up again, but this would have its merits as a crossover beer.

01-23-2007 04:58:56 | More by blitz134
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-13-2012 20:37:12 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

This was an OK beer. It was amber in color with a medium-sized white head. Not much aroma, just a little bit of caramel malt. The malt came through a little more in the taste, but was still understated. Little bit of hop finish. I had a couple of these, and wouldn't want any more.

01-25-2009 14:00:58 | More by lordofthewiens
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South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-31-2014 21:59:59 | More by SD-Alefan
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4.4/5  rDev +28.7%

08-22-2014 20:00:16 | More by Chlsyhawkins
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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%

Clear, red-ish/amber colour, decent head. Aroma has a touch of sulfur in it and a soft noble hop. Semi-malty, not overly sweet character with light caramel, some roasted, some fruity. Light astringency and leafy feel on the palate. Hops are not bitter but have an interesting almost citrus quality to them, followed by a dry, crisp snap. Finish is a bit dry too, some woody notes. Wait ... what's this buttery flavour doing in my lager?

Other than that ... this is a pretty decent and drinkable beer.

01-31-2002 21:55:53 | More by Todd
Photo of Beaver13


1.78/5  rDev -48%

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light amber with a medium white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready (slightly vegetal) malts.

The flavor is sweet vegetal caramel malts with a bit of a metallic twang at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.

Overall, this is barely one step above a macro. I didn't care for this at all.

08-05-2009 03:23:59 | More by Beaver13
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

08-09-2014 02:56:47 | More by funkyfritos
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

05-17-2013 01:31:27 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Rhode Island

2.8/5  rDev -18.1%

Pours a clear amber color with a magnificent, foamy tan head. Smells of light cereal grains, and a faint grassiness. Taste is rather thin. Light cereal grains, followed by a slightly metallic hop bitterness. Not much else to speak of. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a semi-dry finish. I would reach for a brooklyn lager or SA boston lager over this any day of the week.

02-13-2010 23:05:36 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Guden


3.68/5  rDev +7.6%

A- Pours very clear amber orange with little carbonation bubbles throughout. Half inch thick head which quickly recedes leaving just a little lacing. Nothing too impressive or bad.

S- Light caramel sweetness with a hint of sulfur and a wine like tinge of fruity alcohol. Pleasant but unexpected.

T- Nothing wrong here, just some simple maltiness with enough hops to bring it all around.

M- First sip is light and refreshing. The body and carbonation are at just the right levels. A bit filling further along but not overly so, it feels in some ways like a very mild version of a barleywine with a light syrupy quality.

D- This is a solid beer, its nothing extraordinary but something you can happily drink without any fuss. If I had to compare it I would say it is similar levels of sweetness and hops to Sam Adams with the same overall drinkability.

05-29-2011 02:23:10 | More by Guden
Photo of Jason


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with an dog theme artsy label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy light copper in colour with an off white lace that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Hops hit the nose as a touch of esters make their way through also.

Taste: Hoppy oil, almost a bit citrusy, on top then it fades and a rounded toasty malt flavour and an even leafy hop bitterness rides into the after taste. Alcohol is quite warming. Faint esters and a mild fruitiness are noticable.

Notes: A pretty good brew, very flavourful but seems to have some ale qualities and finishes like an ale also with stronger than normal alcohol qualities.

08-08-2002 08:08:44 | More by Jason
Photo of tigg924


3.03/5  rDev -11.4%

Appearance: amber in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate/high carbonation, clear

Smell: apple, sweet tea, and toasted malt

Taste: honey, apple, sweet tea, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium/light bodied, nice mix of bitter and sweet

Drinkability: An average amber. Drinkable enough that if I bought a six I would not be disappointed, but there is no need to rush out and get this again. The fruit/tea combo does not work for me.

07-02-2010 16:14:07 | More by tigg924
Photo of badbeer


2.95/5  rDev -13.7%

Obtained as part of a variety 12 pack.

Poured a dark amber color with a quickly dissapearing off white head. Aroma is malty, with only a hint of hops, has sort of a macro aroma is one way to put it. Taste is of caramel and a small hint of hops, not much there, seems to be lacking. Medium bodied, pretty smooth. Probably seems to be pretty good for a session but I would argue there are better candidates than this one.

04-05-2006 00:28:11 | More by badbeer
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Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
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