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Backyard Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Backyard AleBackyard Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
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:
Photo of nimrod979
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RPMazzi
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of SPRichard
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of bum732
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of aprilianewman
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of hef
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of yuenglingade
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bubseymour
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Greek6977
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of potownbill
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of jmslade7
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of cowineaux
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of taylor714914
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of orangedive
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of cps98
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of christopheraknox
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Backyard Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.