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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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1,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,462
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 78 | 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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1/5  rDev -70.8%

robbieb13, Jan 22, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.8%

Book, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of edwardkersh
1/5  rDev -70.8%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ShrLSU
1.15/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 ozs of horror with a flying roach on the side.

Appearance - dark red amber with very little head

Smell - A lot of malt with a touch of hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel - WTF? I don't even really know how to describe this. Very oily and nasty. Not at all amber like. If i were to drink airport toilet water, this is what i would equate it to.

Drinkability - If you're in the desert and you come upon an oasis with a running refridgerator (bear with me here) and it was stocked with nothing but ice cold flying roach beer....I'd choose death. The rest of these beers in my fridge will be thrown away or given to a homless person on the street.

ShrLSU, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
1.18/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another flying dog, sigh. Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle with a gross ass looking flying roach on it into a pint glass.

Appearance - clear dark red amber color with a tiny white head on top.

Smell - Pungent malt smell with a tiny bit of hopiness

Taste & Mouthfeel - Down the drain with this worthless attempt at beer. Had one taste and it was oily and sour malt. No it wasn't a bad bottle.

Drinkability - There is none. Maybe they threw a bunch of the flying roaches in while brewing. I usually don't like to judge a bottle by the label, but I mean come on. Get your act together and slap a real label on there. No one wants a flying roach on the bottle. Fire whoever came up with this idea!

ryrust5301, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of BGsWo22
1.25/5  rDev -63.5%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Oxymoron
1.25/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Elderly sore? Pours semi darker amber color with a few red highlights through out. Great clarity and with a little help on the pour left a pretty rocky white head. Limited retention and no lacing to speak of.

The nose is presentable but off. Some grainy aromas that have some sour or old malt characteristics. Some sweeter caramel malts and a nice hop presence. Kind of generic citrus and floral aroma. Some light oxidation/cardboard as well.

The taste is off as well. Actually I ended up dumping a little less than half of it. Off malt flavors with some caramel and sour grain flavors. There is a almost malt extract flavor where is has a slight plastic/veggie flavor. Definite oxidation notes. Limited positives but a nice hop balance with some citrus floral coming out.

What can I say, body is mid to light. Really this beer was pretty bad.

Oxymoron, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Bigben0328
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

Bigben0328, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of kensuthe
1.6/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Brown 12oz bottle with the usual Flying Dog artwork on the label. Poured into a pint glass. Dark amber with a lacy white head about a finger and a half thick.

Smell: Solid, aromatic malt with a light undertone of hops. Slight bitter citrus smell as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A small tinge of hops and malt at the beginning, followed by a heavy, sour malt taste with a bitter, saccharine aftertaste. It was oily in the mouth, and then dried the mouth and produced an unpleasant burning sensation on the tounge after swallowing.

Drinkability: The initial flavor isn't bad, but the sourness and bitterness turn this into an unappealing chore to drink. The feeling that it leaves in the mouth and the throat isn't a good thing, and the flavor of it makes it sit heavy in the stomach. It's not the worst beer I've ever had by a long shot, but I expected more from it.

kensuthe, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of FriedGold2112
1.75/5  rDev -48.8%

FriedGold2112, May 03, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
1.78/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Beaver13, Aug 05, 2009
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1.88/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Bubbly and bold amber red. Very nice color for a lager.
S: Maybe not so good... some astringent apple like scent. That's what I got... it must overpower any other smell.
T: Lacking in flavor until it fades to a lingering bitterness. Poor showing here.
M: Sits pretty good. A little bubbly but solidly average.

Overall that taste is just terrible. It doesn't taste good and then fade to lingering bitterness it just tastes like nothing and then fades to bitter. A poor showing. I'm excited to review their IPA or pale ale which were both excellent. It is odd to have this one be so much worse. Pass on this beer as it is lacking where it really counts.

Now I see I am 45% of a deviation from the mean which is really a lot. I wonder if I didn't get a bad bottle or so. I have the beer sitting right next to me so it is what it is I suppose.

Jamesthebrit, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of JackTheRipper
1.9/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Clear amber in color. Zero head or lacing.
S: Thin malty smell. No character whatsoever.
T: A barely there maltiness. Very thin taste. Slight bready taste as this one warms a bit.
M: Crisp and clean. Carbonation and alcohol in good levels.
T: This beer has no soul. Very cool label but nothing but water in the bottle. Not recommended.

JackTheRipper, May 20, 2004
Photo of DogFood11
1.93/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know man. This is a pretty boring brew even for a typically watered style of steam beer or california common. I think this is a style problem more than it is this beer. It pours a copper/amber color. the head is apologetic but it does have a ring lacing with each pull. Malts make up the jist of this beer, hints of caramel, hops are an afterthought, a very odd woody taste approaches the end of this brew that is annoying as hell...never had much success with this brewery and this is another example....overall very forgettable. Very mild in every category. better than the BMC? not really.

DogFood11, Aug 29, 2005
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

squezey, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of avaldivia
2/5  rDev -41.5%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

Ispeakforthetrees, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Guitars_and_beer
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Guitars_and_beer, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of bigdog3838
2/5  rDev -41.5%

bigdog3838, Aug 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

tmars13, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Rozyravens
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Rozyravens, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of mckenziac
2.05/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber color. Has a smallish, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells grainy and sweet with strong notes of caramel malts.

Taste: Mildly hoppy up front. Transitions to sweet and grainy at the end. The finish is sort of sickly sweet with a grainy lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery and over-carbonated.

Overall: A poorly constructed amber lager. Flying Dog has always been hit-and-miss with me and this is definitely a miss.

mckenziac, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Vendetta
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Original Rating Date:
September 13, 2008

Pours a very nice neon red, very nice. A bit of aroma, not too much, but some caramel malt in there. Tastes waaay too dry for me to enjoy, there are some decent hops and some maple syrup and caramel, but this is just way too dry to work with those flavors. Won't buy this again.

Vendetta, Dec 14, 2008
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2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- copper/amber color. weak head.

Smell- Mostly malty in the nose with some grainyness.

Taste- Much like the smell... malty at first. And a grainyness that I dislike.

Mouthfeel- Fairly smooth, again- finishes grainy.

Drinkability- Overall a subpar beer that isn't worth seeking out again, but maybe I'll try it again someday.

lpayette, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of RobotLovesBeer
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

RobotLovesBeer, Jul 24, 2012
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Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,462 ratings.