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Backyard Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Backyard AleBackyard Ale

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81
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 06-03-2011)
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Reviews by nimrod979:
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nimrod979

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

09-13-2011 00:40:00 | More by nimrod979
More User Reviews:
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RPMazzi

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12%

12-23-2011 23:38:00 | More by RPMazzi
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

09-05-2012 23:22:39 | More by SPRichard
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bum732

Lesotho

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

09-21-2011 03:26:44 | More by bum732
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-09-2014 01:55:06 | More by buzzy
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aprilianewman

Maryland

5/5  rDev +40.1%

01-03-2012 03:50:14 | More by aprilianewman
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12%

07-21-2012 14:44:54 | More by mendvicdog
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oline73

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

10-06-2012 20:04:11 | More by oline73
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hef

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -23%

04-13-2013 15:27:13 | More by hef
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yuenglingade

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-05-2013 00:43:38 | More by yuenglingade
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

08-17-2011 01:02:37 | More by bubseymour
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potownbill

New York

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

04-11-2013 19:56:37 | More by potownbill
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jmslade7

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -23%

06-02-2013 03:39:33 | More by jmslade7
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%

03-08-2013 00:51:59 | More by AngusOg
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ckollias

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

09-01-2012 04:49:01 | More by ckollias
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -9%

10-01-2013 18:57:05 | More by ROGUE16
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12%

07-22-2012 19:37:58 | More by nmann08
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bigred89

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-21-2013 22:28:25 | More by bigred89
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cowineaux

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-03-2012 20:30:28 | More by cowineaux
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16%

02-09-2014 19:54:29 | More by taylor714914
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5%

03-23-2013 00:22:51 | More by harrisjohnson
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orangedive

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

10-13-2012 01:20:20 | More by orangedive
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cps98

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16%

04-04-2013 15:50:06 | More by cps98
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christopheraknox

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12%

12-31-2011 00:57:52 | More by christopheraknox
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bmur112

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-17-2013 11:00:03 | More by bmur112
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Backyard Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.