Backyard Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Backyard AleBackyard Ale

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13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 43
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 6.03%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drabmuh on 06-03-2011

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 43
Photo of potownbill
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Great looking beer! Pours a clear amber orange, with a strong orange tint when held up to the light. Very thick creamy white head on the pour, with good head retention.
Smell: Some smokiness, some alcohol coming off, but not overpowering
Taste: Dominant taste is a smokiness, with some sweet malt. Primarily a barbeque smokiness, with a hint of burnt rubber. Not an unpleasant taste, but not very complex.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, good creamy texture.
Overall: The smokiness dominates the flavor, but it is not overpowering. I just think this is a one-dimensional beer. Nice to look at, not that great to drink. (617 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a clear, golden brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Toffee, dark bread, and a bit of sweet smoke.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with some toffee. Some light smoke and meaty notes in the middle and a finish of caramel, sweet, peaty smoke, and a lingering, acrid bitterness.

M - A medium light body, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is an odd beer, it doesn't have much in common with the traditional German smoked beers, but manages to do pretty well... Until the finish. There is a sharp, acrid bitterness that turns the smoke harsh in the aftertaste, if this wasn't present it would be a pretty good beer, but the harshness is hard to ignore. (754 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a amber with slight golden hue body. nice lacing.

S: sweet caramel malts, slight mesquite note. very clean aroma.

T: sweet caramel malts and breads, mesquite and smokiness throughout with a slight burning sensation to the finish. earthy hops as well but these are mild

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think the beer is well made for what it is rying to be. It captures enough of the smokiness to make this amber ale different without going overboard or being a full rauchbier which some people may not enjoy. (548 characters)

Photo of orangedive
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

A - Pours a nice burgundy color with little to no head. 60% opaque.

S - tons of smokiness, some caramel, some sweetness.

T - initially, the taste is okay, but as it warms, it gets better. There's not a whole lot of hops. It is more malty and sweet. There is definitely smoke and meat flavors coming out. Kind of like smoke wafting off of a grill, which is what they are going for, I guess. Would be better to eat some food with this. This is not a session beer.

M - not bad. Smooth enough. Not thin but not chewy. Can't taste too much alcohol.

O - this beer seems like it would be a good pairing beer, but I am not too impressed with it on its own. (697 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a half finger of creamy off white head. The head sticks around pretty well and leaves a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Slightly smokey and sweet from the malt. I'm getting just a hint of hops and some dark fruit.

Taste: Smokey up front, but this still has a fairly light flavor. Some fruity notes along with yeast and mild hope. The smoke sticks around through the finish with a dark fruit note and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: As the name suggests, this would be a very nice barbecue beer. Not too heavy given the abv, I'd have another given the chance. (740 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper-orange hue with a thin, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace leaving no trail down the glass.

S: Smoked caramel and bacon aromas present here.

T: Similar to the smell there is a definite smoked caramel flavor here. Lots of complex spices here including a bacon taste.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. Nothing I would grab again but it was worth a try. (483 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-amber with a thin tan head

S-adjunct amber grains with just a hint of smokiness. Very fain

T-comes in with a taste of caramel and a taste of bon fire smoke. It's a very creamy and subtle taste. It has a biscuity flavor to it. The after-taste is matching with a bit more sweetness, maybe even some cocoa. It has a touch of bitterness too.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this is more of an introduction to smoke beers. It's maybe the most faint smoke beer I've ever had, which is amazing because it's one of the strongest ive had too. As an amber ale, it's still just okay, (599 characters)

Photo of junjun1
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer poured from a bottle (purchased at Westridge Liquors, rt. 40 in Frederick) into a pint glass...

A: Light amber, clear color, small off-white colored head...

S: Slight smoke, not like a rauchbier, but more subtle, some light earthy hopping, and a good dose of caramel malt...

T: Malty, malty, malty. Tons of malt up front, sweet caramel malt, with a light biscuity flavor, and a slight hit of smokiness...

M: Lightly carbed, could use a touch more...

D: A really okay beer. Not great, but an easy drinker for sure. Would absolutely pair well with some smoked or roasted meats, which I will try at some point. Cheers. (636 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Slight smokiness, very toasty malt, some caramel malts.

L: Fairly clear burnt orange, off-white head that dissipates quickly.

T: Toastly, slightly sweet malt with a mild smokiness at the end. Medium spicy bitterness leads to a slight drying of the palate with a bit of smoke.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Meh, mild smoke, not much else to offer. (361 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a deep opaque copper with a big white head.
The aroma is peat-smoked malts alcohol. Slightly fruity.
Taste is smoky with a touch of sweetness to it. Dried fruit flavors come to the surface.
Very smooth and ceamy. Soft carbonation and medium mouthfeel. I've tried this on draft and found it to be a better drinking experience from the bottle while grilling some meat. This beer pairs well with grilled meats but otherwise doesn't stand up on it's own. (464 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice clear copper color, but no head generation at all despite aggressive pour. Some lacing on glass.

Some citris and slight orange notes. Not nearly as pronounced as some of the other Flying Dog Beers. Not picking up any smoky scents.

Taste - Fairly smooth, with crisp finish, but I don't care for the hickory smoke/beef jerky hints.

Mouthfeel - It does have a pleasant rich/buttery mouthfeel. Probably from the high ABV.

Overall - Big fan of Bryan Voltagio's cooking and restaurant Volt in Frederick is fabulous. This beer doesn't stand alone very well and is not an easy drinker for summer. Perhaps I should have saved it to sample with a BBQ sandwich or ribs as recommened. I could see how it would pair with that style of cooking since the smoked flavors are very mild and in the backround of this beer and could enhance the flavor of food. Not very sessionable and not a beer to sit with after mowing the yard as its not very refreshing. Definitely something that should not a continued line by Flying Dog unless done in small batches for sale at local BBQ restaurants or eateries. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking forward to taste this beer since it was announced.
The beer poured a slightly foggy old penny copper gold. Very attractive color. The head builds about two fingers thick and has some retention, if undisturbed ( hard to do sincevthe beer is so inviting ). After it dissipates it leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smelling the beer, you would think you are near a smokehouse. Yet not overpowering snaky notes, some honey, caramel and maybe some roasted malts.
Taking the first sip takes you right into beer heaven. Up front you have the gentle, yet decisive smokey flavors, met in the middle with a blend of fruit, caramel, honey and malt.
At the finish some fine hop selection balances this beer to perfection.
What a beer! If it would not be so pricy, I would make that my daily "nectar"!
Certainly a must have for the beer advocate! (846 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with cherry wood-smoked malt, collaboration with Volt Chef Brian Voltaggio.

Beer is amber to copper with a mild haze and a lazy with no lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is strong with smoke and wood, smells pretty nice.

Beer is thin in body with a strong dry smoke finish. As far as smoke beers go this is a good one. I enjoy the mild sweetness up front with a dry smoky finish. It gets a little harsh at the end with the more you drink but I'd have it again. Would make a great cooking solvent. (506 characters)

Backyard Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.