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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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1,445 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 30
Gots: 74 | 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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Photo of Reidrover
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ok bought in the 12 oz brown bottle..usual nasty Steadman label.
Quite an attractive beer when poured into my pint mug..dark copper/amber colour with a good sized creme coloured head..some lacing after head goes.
Smell while ok was pretty average mostly malts.
Nice taste sweet malts followed by some woody tasting hops.
quite smooth in mouthfeel.
highly drinkable beer..its an easy quaffer.

Reidrover, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of pezoids
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a very bright copper/amber color and was topped off with a thin head of foam that left small lacing on the glass. The aroma gave off something like sweet bananas and sweet caramel malt.The flavor is semi-sweet with caramel notes and is very pleasant on the whole. This is a medium bodied beer with some interesting flavors and a decent malt body. Bitter clean in the finish. A very pleasant and flavorful lager beer.

pezoids, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amberish-copper with a nice full creamy tan head, nice active carbonation, and leaves lace rings. Toasted malt and woody hop aroma. Nice balanced flavor of toasted malt and woody hops. Medium bodied and smooth with a lightly bitter finish.

Per FD website: Original Gravity: 13.3Plato, Specific Gravity: 1.053, Alcohol by Volume: 5.4%

RBorsato, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of mntlover
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a head that quickly falls to a thin layer of foam. Lots of bubbles rising to the top. Smells caramel malt and citrusy hops. Tastes ok sweet and tart nothing really jumps out and grabs you. Light to medium brew that tingles the tounge with carbonation adding a little bite to the hops. Not a bad beer but not one I would seek out in the future either.

mntlover, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Solid clearish amber color, gained a medium off-white head that fades fast to a skim on top and ink blot lacing. Smell is faint of sweet malts, a touch of dulled citrus, melon husk and grape skins. Taste has a grainy, somewhat raw and strangly textured malts, semi sweet, dulled citrus, and lightly roasted, dry, crispy, mildly flavored, not in a watery way, more of weakened effort then anyhthing. Feel is about medium with a very average drinkability. Plain, a bit boring, an average amber.

tavernjef, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of sabrills70
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper color with a semi thin head that stayed with the whole glass. Better than average lace. Aroma is not powerful. Slightly malty, less hops, a tad of fruit and citrus. Its taste is malty with slight fruit, and light hops. Could stand to be a bit more hoppy, but not too much. This is a medium bodied lager, not very complex but tasty and very drinkable. A card playing kind of a brew. This would be a good choice to introduce to a AB drinker to try and show them the world of beer beyond Bud.

sabrills70, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of hungryghost
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color, medium short lived head. Slight lacing around remaining beer in glasss.
Light aroma, floral hopiness, faint citrus.
Taste a sweet, roasted malt, the hops are not a bittering hops.
Fair amount of carbonation remains throughout most of this one. Not too sticky.
This is a smooth, medium bodied, easy to drink brew.

hungryghost, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very deep and rich copper colored brew, this Amber was impressive from the very get go. The head poured out respectably, and dissipated rather soon. While I am not the biggest fan of neither lagers nor ambers, this is an intriguing brew with complexity. I feel like I am drinking an ale or even an Alt of some kind when I am sampling this one. Well worth it should you be able to hunt it down.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Interesting lager with some ale qualities as well.

Pours a nice deep copper color. Good fluffy off white head with sticky lacing. The scents are dry brownie. Some musty grass and a bit of hop citrus.

The flavors have some hop citrus that has a good crisp quality. It is not bitter. There is a buttery and caramel oil taste which adds to the balance. Also a minor cola flavor near the finish. The malt does take over the hops in the finish. Pretty good.

The mouthfeel is a little oily and tangy for me. It is smooth and this is a refreshing lager. Very nice medium bodied beer. I would drink another despite the tangy mouthfeel.

Rumrunner, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This tasted a lot like the the Dunkles I had at Gordon Biersch, but it's a bit better as it has more flavor. It's basically your typical dark lager flavors with just a little more character, probably coming from the steam-style brewing. Of course, that's why Anchor Steam is good for a lager, so it's no surprise.

aracauna, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is copper, with a decent bit of head. The smell is a slight, floral hop. The taste is fairly hoppy, with a bit of a sweet malt backing. The mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more.

When I had my first one, I had my doubts, but this 2nd bottle that I've reviewed seems to be a lot better. Not a bad representation of such a unique beer, and another rare Flying Dog I'd seek out again.

beergeek279, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RoyalT, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:When poured into my glass, this beer had a small sized tan head that contained fine sized bubbles that fully dissipated.The body was clear with no carbonation.The hue was amber and the nose was lightly hoppy and malty and fruity.The flavor was bitter with a lingering aftertaste.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth and light-medium bodied.This beer tasted more like a Pale Ale in my opinion.

hotstuff, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color. Head is off white and foamy. Aroma is fruity and slightly sweet. A medium bodied "steam" beer. Malts are very smooth and sweet, nutty and soft. Hops are a touch citrusy. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber tone with a full inch of foam sitting on top of the body leaving scattered webs of lacing around my pint. Aroma has some zesty lemony tones along with a mild sweetness and caramel malt tones to it very nice aroma pleasant and appeasing to the senses. Flavor has a bit of an alcohol edge to it then a wave of hop bitterness blended with a sharp sweetness created from the malt and mild fruit tones also arise in the finish. Crisp with a nice hop profile that does compare to Anchor Steam on tap however the bottles never seem to travel well from San Fran but I can compare this to the draught version. Mouthfeel from a light to medium bodied beer is slightly syrupy texture with a sharp carbonation to tickle the palate nice. Drinkability not dying for another could easily consume this amber lager purely due to the fact that it does have a really nice flavor profile.

WVbeergeek, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of aaronh
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium amber color with a light cream colored head. 1/2" head quickly fades to a thin layer of foam but leaves a fair amount of lacing behind as you quaff. Mild aroma is lightly sweet with some grassy undertones. Taste is fruity and rather light, with a mild amount of caramel being swept up by some lemon grass hop flavors. Fairly clean finish, but there is a lingering battle between sweetness and bitterness on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, as with over 5% I'd expect a bit of body. Drinkability is OK, but the dichotomy of flavor in the aftertaste wears on me a bit. Almost poured 2 bottles into my larger 1L glass. Glad I didn't, as 12 ounces is enough of this for one night.

aaronh, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours as the name that it was given, a nice amber color. It gave off a thick head, which left a sticky lace to the end of the glass. Very nice! The aroma was mostly malt and some caramel tones are noted. Nothing overpowering with the aroma. The taste was very nice, a straight shot of malt with the caramel notes mixed in giving it a bit of sweetness to the flavor but the hops came in at the end to give it a slightly bitter finish. Over all a nice brew, light body and very drinkable this is the first from the flying dog that I enjoyed!

Stubbie1, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours just as it's name calls for, "amber". There is little head, but a nice thin lace. The aroma is of a traditional lager, but with the addition of caramel malts giving it a amber color and aroma. I'm not a particular fan of lager beer due to the fact that most are so simplistic in make up. They hardly ever meander from the regular. The taste is good. I like the amber lagers better than a plain. I guess it must be that there is some malt character although it's still not much. The mouthfeel is good; a low bodied beer. A real booser's beer. A clean finish marks the end of this beer. Not bad, as far as lagers are concerned.

WesWes, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper color with a foamy off-white colored head that soon settles into a good amount of lace. Nose is toasted malts and caramel with a touch of fresh bread. Taste is sweet malts followed by notes of doughy yeasts and some citrusy hop oils. A smooth and easy-drinking brew. Not a bad choice for a session beer. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

Morris729, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Scratch: an amber lager from Flying Dog, and one that is not to bad.

Nice looking beer, deep amber, with an off white head, that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is extremely malty, nice and hearty.

The taste is more than decent, nice malt sweetness, with caramel tastes, not to much of a hop kick.

Nice brew, easy enough to drink, and a fine taste.

jackndan, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber, with a small head the quickly receded. Leaves bits of lace on the glass. The aroma of roasted malt is present, but no real hop aroma. You can taste the malt and it has a subtle hint of hops with a smooth finish Good carbonation. This is a good session beer

Indybeer, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of Loki
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in an American Pint glass from a rotational offering at 4th Street Filling Station in Winston Salem, NC.

Presented a deep amber with a faint head. I didn't watch them pour this beer so I don't know if it was the beer or the pour. The beer left ribbons of lacing throughout the sample with two 1" wide strips on each side that looked to be caused by some residual.

Smelled of roasted malt, carmel, and some floral hops. Nose was much more present via draft.

Tasted of roasted malt, hints of carmel, and a smooth hop finish. Very balanced, very crisp, and very clean. The draft had a little more body, and a biscuity taste via draft. Just a little more drinkability.

I rated the taste from both the bottle and the draft the same, however I think the draft tasted a little better but not enough to take it to a 4.5.

This good amber gets better on draft, but that is what you would expect. A great session beer and a great offering from Flying Dog.

Loki, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with a thin soapy head. A faint, distant smell of fresh fruit and some hops, tough to detect. Very thin body, some hops and fruit to be noted, has a decent warming feeling. Just a thin and bland beer, not too many qualities, not one of the better Flying Dog brews.

GeoffRizzo, May 12, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color, perfectly clear. Nice head, but fades quickly. Hops and caramel malt tickle the nose. Taste is subdued, malty on the finish. Mouthfeel is much more interesting - carbonation hitting here and there all over the tongue. Very drinkable, but boring.

jlervine, May 04, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a real surprise. The pour created a cloudy amber look with a head that couldn't make it up to a finger even with much coaxing and teasing. The tan head retreated quickly and became a thin film that left small bits of lace. The nose was heavily malty with nary a trace of hops. Lots of grainy richness and bready notes. Yeasty. Not sweet, but not bitter either. Fairly dry tasting throughout with a substantial body that is not filling. Substantial residual tan oily residue.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 30, 2003
Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.