Old Scratch Amber Lager - Flying Dog Brewery

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Old Scratch Amber LagerOld Scratch Amber Lager

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1,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 31
Gots: 80 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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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.

Photo of patobandito
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into Flying Dog's beers. Not a bad decision. Love the artwork on the labels. Anyway to the beer!

Pours a nice amber color with a small head that dissapated relatively quickly. No lacing. Smells of citrus with some malt tones. Tastes of citrus, with a bitter aftertaste, which is strange, as you cannot smell hops. Very smooth and light. Quite drinkable.

Overall, a great beer to wind down with after a day at work. Not heavy, but not too light. I look forward to trying more from Flying Dog in the near future.

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, smooth, with a hint of citrus and a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is like a hoppy beer sans the hops. I enjoyed it, this is a decent one to knock a few back.

Partially through the beer and most of the citrus takes over, but it remains on the lighter side. The only thing I'm not totally digging is the bitterness afterward.

Photo of william5586
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with a little head. Nice malty smell that was also apparent in the taste. Also had a bit of a sweetness to the taste.

Overall the brew is good but a little on the plain side. The drinkability is high. This been goes down very easily and would be a good session beer.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good beer, I happen to enjoy this one, it has a small hint of citrus in it, overall it was a little more bitter than what I like in an amber. I happen to like ambers almost as much as I like the good ol fashion White beers. I would try the other flying dog beers, I tend to like these as much.

Photo of colts9016
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber color with a small tan head.
Smell: Malty with hints of yeast and caramel.
Taste: Toasted malts a hint of caramel and a bit bitter kinda powdery.
Mouthfeel: It is coating and medium body.
drinkability: is so so. I really didn't care for this beer. Finish is merely nonexistent.

Photo of cvfish
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber color with a foamy white head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing

S - Malty and hoppy

T - A citrus and malt with a slight bitterness and the end

M - A light bodied, medium carbonated beer that doesn't sit heavy

D - Good drinkability due to the lightness

Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought this beer had more ale properties than a lager but all in all it is not a bad beer.
It has medium yellow amber body. There is a good lace and off-white head. Both have average staying power. The aroma has variety sweet fruity malt and hops tones and maybe a little roasted caramel. The smell kind of fooled me. The flavor is more bitter than the smell but that was good because it made it more balanced of citric and sweet. It is almost medium bodied and has some fizz bite.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

a: light amber color with decent head.

s: malt and carmel, hint of hops

t: malt, pine, citrus, nice bitterness

m&d: Medium bodied, Easy to drink due to nice amount of carbonation. Ok to have a few with out any problems

Decent Lager.


Photo of CHSLBrew
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Deep amber color, beautifully clear. Poured a tan head with lo retention.

S-Smell predominantly of lightish toasty malts. Some earthy-like hops in the background.

T-Initially, a bitterness jumped right on me, leading to a light, toasty malt with hints of toasty toffee. Bitterness starts noticeable and fades. Finishes clean, very crisp tasting and refreshing.

M-Thin-medium body, feels borderline watery-thin in my mouth. Medium carbonation level.

D-High drinkability due to ease of consumption. It's light flavor and non-assertive bitterness keeps this one light and refreshing. Would be a good session beer, for a longer session.

Photo of almychristopher
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer pours a amber color with red notes adn an off white head that promises to fade to lacing. the aroma presents a lot of caramel, and other maltiness. the taste presents a nice amount of roasted malt and lager taste with a medium hop finish. good co2 and a medium bodymake this a drinkable beer.

Photo of baggio
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Amber with a decent sized beige head.

S: Malt, Caramel, Floral hops, Bread. Very malty nose!

T: Citric notes, Pine, Grain, Grass, Caramel. Nice bitterness for a lager!

M: Some malt upfront that ends with a good bitterness. Lots of carbonation.

A nice lager with more bitterness than i expected from it. This would make a good sessionbeer. Worth a try!

Photo of daliandragon
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not a real big fan of this label, as a general rule I don't like giant insects drawn on things I'm about to put in my mouth. Oh well. Color is orange amber and the head puts up a decent fight on its retreat to a foamy cram colored cap. The nose is very sweet with a noticeable caramel note.

Kind of disappointing in the taste. There is a bit of caramel up front but it kind of subsides into grainy, watery confusion. There is some late bitterness and plenty of carbonation but this isn't really what I expect from an amber lager at all.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable amber with a little more going on but nothing too complex or special.

Appeareance was better than some flying dog beers, lacing started off well but faded very quickly.

Smell is of malts mainly. Taste has something sweet in it that is identifiable afterwards in the nice also. Almost like a slightly roasted candy. Roasted Malts also are present.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation near perfect. Bitterness is well balanced throughout the mouth. Very pleasant overall taste. Drinkable enough but there is definately better beer to try although this is no dissapointment.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured was had a reddish hue ot this medium dark amber, with very little foam that disapated immediatley. The smell of mild roasted malts, with a hint of candy filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. But, the taste of roasted malts and a hint of butterschoch, was to bitter for my taste. A very good ale, made unpleasant because of an over powering bitter feel in the mouth and palate. Not what I expected for this amber ale.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle > 16 oz. SA Boston Lager glass

This one is a two-toned orange amber, lighter look on the bottom, with a reddish amber near the top. It's got plenty of big bubbles creating a lively, 1/2" deep, off-white head that dissipates really fast and is gone nearly as quick.

The nose is dominated by a sweet butterscotch malted barley scent. Citric zest and herbal dark wheat in the background along with subtle cinnemon. Mostly though....Malt!

The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe, it's a very simple semi-sweet malt flavor that dominates, the Red lager flavor is upfront, with only subtle spicey and bitter lager yeast notes. A decent herbal zing from the hops rides in at the end.

The feel is medium bodied, crisp at first then becoming slick and oily. The malt really mellows out the feel here.

This is a pretty tame offering from flying

Photo of TMinton22
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber color and clear with creamy light-tan head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Fresh baked bread, nutty malt aromas with some toffee.

Taste: Pale malt flavors. Some roasted nuttiness and burnt caramel. A small part of bitter citrus from hops. Finishes a bit bitter.

Drinkability: Sweet and bitter in balance and it is smooth and easy to drink. Could drink a few of these in a row.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best one of the Flying Dog mixed pack, It pours a beautiful deep red color and has a very thick body for the style which makes for a great mouthfeel. Tastes of caramel malts and is a really drinkable beer. This is a damn good one and I would try it again for sure.

Photo of ectomorph
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Business lunches with beer rule. on tap at Taco Mac in Chattanooga.

A - Medium amber in color with a very light head that fades to nothing fast.

S - Malty breads up front with some light floral citrus hops at the end.

T - A little watery, but the maltiness shines through here. Not much hop presence to speak of in the taste.

M - Again, watery with little carbonation.

D - Once is enough. Amber lagers aren't my thing....

Photo of Squelch
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear Red with a thin tan head that disappears quickly

Smell: No noticable aroma. Hmmmm

Taste: Lager with tons of aromatic/biscuit malt. Not to my liking

Mouthfeel: Best part of this beer. Nice.

Drinkability: Wouldn't pass one up but wouldn't go out of my way to seek one either.

Photo of RodBurg
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovin the Steadman artwork on these bottles. Poured a nice dark amber into a pint glass. Small off white head that didn't stick around and left no lacing.

Very bready malt smells coming off this one. Also picking up caramel, toasted nuts, grass, and floral hops. More complex than I had imagined it being.

Palate follows the aromas pretty well. Sweet, nutty malt and caramel to start then ends with a nice carbonation sting and a bready malt flavor mingling with grassy hops. Goes down quite smooth. I could drink a lot of these.

All in all, a very solid, complex and drinkable amber lager. I dug it.

Photo of JohnW
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark amber, but crystal clear, no great head, though started fairly dense, but did not last. Aroma was rich, maltly and fairly sweet, some spices, though only a hint of bitterness from any hops.

Fairly heavy texture, rich and smooth, more sweetness from the toasted malts at first, with hints of dried fruit, but a touch of dark bitterness in the finish making a good balance. Long lasting flavours linger and very pleasant after taste.

I enjoyed this beer a lot, very tasty and satisfying, though I would not class it as a 'session' beer, maybe a shade too rich and heavy for me want more than a couple.

B'ham UK Sept 2008

Photo of tugdriver7
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the better Flying Dog varieties. Beautiful medium amber color, soft carbonation and decent head with nice lacing. All malt in the nose. Taste is the same, smooth caramel malt with a hops bitterness that borders on a bit too bitter. Drinkability suffers a bit from the aftertaste.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just an ordinary amber beer.

Nothing special about this one, don't get me wrong its a good beer but nothing stuck out. I just poured it, drank it, and moved on to the next flying dog. Decent malts, not to much spice, smooth beer. There are better ones out there so I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of enfield249
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear red gold color. No head, tinny bubbles along the edge.

S - Malty sweet smelling, slightly grainy.

T - Sweet, slightly roasty, finishes with a lager flavor.

M - Thin to medium, lots of sparkle from the carbonation.

D - Very good lager. Not to over powering, very drinkable.

Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.