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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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1,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,426
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 28
Gots: 66 | 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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4/5  rDev +17%

jk3, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: mild amber shiny, trace head, mild patching

S: mild grain, malt nose

T: sweet caramel, light malt, mild bitter crisp finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry crisp mouth

O: Not Anchor Steam, but decent steam brew.
Solid session and gateway beer.


BeerLover99, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +17%

MerkurKing16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of koflaherty
4/5  rDev +17%

koflaherty, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +17%

Exiled, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +17%

bmur112, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of scratch69
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy amber color with a fingers worth of head. Small amount of lacing.

Smell- Hoppy with a bit of alcohol.

Taste- Malt and caramel to start, hops at the finish, and slightly boozy throughout.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Dry finish.

Overall- Not a bad beer but not one I would try again.

scratch69, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +17%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -12.3%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +17%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kmuthler
4/5  rDev +17%

kmuthler, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +17%

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

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No discernible date. 272B11 stamped into bottom of back label.

Appearance - Hazy amber body. One finger barely offwhite head with good stick and decent to low retention.

Smell - Mild apricot mostly hides the faint hoppiness and mild grassy malt.

Taste - Light grassy hop. Some metal. Faint bitterness and slightly fainter maltiness.

Mouthfeel - Some frothiness. Medium bodied. Somewhat astringent.

Overall Drinkability - Not a bad beer, but doesn't offer anything to get me to come back for more. Neither a session nor a tasting beer.

ZenAgnostic, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours as promised: a solidly amber brew, with good clarity and a filmy off-white head that forms when induced. Pleasantly fluid body and some fine but rather listless carbonation. Lacing is decent enough, especially given the less-than average head. Overall, not a bad look. Above average, if not by much.

Nose is slightly grainy, with some slight organic fruitiness, giving some esters of banana and peach skin. Touch of hoppiness to it as well, giving a fresh bite that cuts through the rest. It's subtle, but it has some pleasant complexities to it. Not bad at all.

Unfortunately, the complexities, subtle or otherwise, are lost on the palate. Here we have a rather thin and insipid tale of mild grain-infused water, giving a husky amber edge and very little else. By the end of the palate, almost everything has abandoned this wasteland in search of greener climes.

It's clean enough, and drinkable in a bland and fatalistic way. It doesn't inspire you to drink better beer, unfortunately—it makes you just resigned to the fact that this is what beer is going to be. It's kind of depressing.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" off-white head. Clear dark amber color, rather pretty. Smells richly of malt but I don't really pick anything else up. Taste also is rich malt, didn't change much as it warmed up, and was pretty light and clean. I'd say this sample is yummy, just not very complex.

MoreThanWine, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a amber orange and produced a one and a half finger high bubbly head, which dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.
The smell was surprisingly rich. Caramel and malt, peach and flowery hops.
The taste starts with the fruity notes. Peach and some apple flavors. Then malt and caramel flavors build the middle. A nice hop feel announces the finish and brings the necessary bitter balance to the end.
I really liked this beer, which was light to medium bodied and very drinkable. Good job!

Hopfenpeter, Oct 10, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass -

A - semi-transparent copper color with a fairly creamy, tan, 2 finger head that has decent retention.

S - sweet caramel malts and some banana esters. Maybe some floral hops aromas but they're hard to detect.

T - extremely malty taste with a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Rather muddy as there aren't any distinct flavors coming through.

M - medium bodied and highly carbonated. Smooth and wet.

D - this is my first experience with the style, so I can't compare it to others. It's a decent beer, but could be balanced much better.

blakelive784, Oct 02, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy deep red, one finger head that doesn't stay around for long.

S-Lots of malt, not much in the way of hops, and possibly some spices.

T-Lots of malt, some caramel as well. However the beer doesn't seemed to be well balanced, there is a lot of malt but not much in the way of hops.

M-Light to medium bodied but little carbonation.

O-Similar to how I remembered it. Nothing much out of the ordinary here.

rlee1390, Sep 30, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is only the second California Common I've had, with the first being Anchor Steam Beer. I feel like it's going to be impossible to not invoke comparisons when I review this beer.

Pours a copper color with a foamy head. The aroma is dominated by a sweet, malty smell, with some sour apple in there for good measure.

If I hadn't smelled this beer first, I would have been surprised at how sweet it tastes. I get malt and sour apple at first, with a slight amount of woody bitterness on the back end. The sweetness lingers on my tongue long after it has gone down. I like the taste just fine, but I do wish there was a stronger complementary bitter taste at the finish to offset the sweetness. I'm finding the beer to be increasingly cloying.

Overall, I thought this beer was OK but could also use some bittering. It lacks the dry woodiness that makes Anchor Steam Beer highly drinkable.

airforbes1, Sep 28, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly dissipated and left some lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel in the smell along with notes of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and toasted malts and has some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and goes down rather smoothly.

metter98, Sep 09, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A- golden amber in color. poured into a snifter. has a medium white head of about a finger. Decent retention and ok lacing.

S- Smells of malt with hints of a sweetness to it.

T- Malt up front though not a lot of it. Classic American Amber style of taste with hints of roasted caramel and a certain underlying sweetness.

M- Light. A lot lighter than I expected. Would have liked a little more weight to it.

O- Its a decent beer. Good for a early fall day as in it isnt to heavy and you could drink it even if it was somewhat still hot outside. Decent offering from Flying Dog.

Written as I tasted.

OutFox, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: red/amber, with some ruby notes when the light hits it; crystal clear, with carbonation bubbles periodically floating to the top; white/slightly taupe billowy head, about 1.5 fingers thick and very creamy; amazing head retention lasting throughout the drink

S: sweet caramel and roasted malts dominate the aroma

T: underwhelming in comparison to the smell; muted caramel and malty notes play backup to the overall watery, sweet beer flavor

M: watery, weak body; light and fairly lackluster; flavors slide around on the tongue, like oil

O: great appearance and better than average smell build up expectations; taste and mouthfeel are a huge let down; could definitely drink a few of these, sense it has the drinkability of water; I've had this before, and really liked it; perhaps this was just a bad bottle?

boudreaux, Sep 05, 2011
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2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle opened on 9/3/11 and poured into a pint glass. Served at 55 degrees.

Wanted to give this a try after trying and enjoying the stout and porter offered by the brewery.

A- Pours a rust color with a lot of carbonation. Not beer-carbonation, though; it looks more like a soda. Maybe a dark ginger ale... No lacing.

S- Malt and bread. Underwhelming.

T- Same thing. Very malty and bready.

M- Again, almost like a soda. Very drinkable for what it is.

O- I used to be a huge fan of amber beers but I've sort of outgrown them since. This beer isn't all that great, especially given what's written on the label: "Good people drink good beer"- Hunter S. Thompson.

I doubt I'll buy this again. Not really my style of cup of beer.

jm1229, Sep 04, 2011
Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.