Table For Two - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

51 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A Belgian-Style Table Beer.

(Beer added by: nrpellegrini on 06-22-2011)
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Reviews by nimrod979:
Photo of nimrod979
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a crystal clear golden color with almost no head to speak of. Just a small white rim around the top of the glass.

Aroma makes up some ground with some nice floral and fruity notes. Honey sweetness and bready.

Light in flavor. Floral notes and honey add sweetness. Reminds me of honeysuckle. Apples, citrus hops, bready, and hint of spice. All these flavors make it complex yet everything is so subtle that nothing is any dominant flavor.

It's very soft on the palate. A mild spicy bitterness on the back end. Clean, crisp and dry finish. Overall this beer is exactly what it was made to be. Easily drinkable and simple. Good session beer that would be good on a hot summer day. Too bad it's January.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Hazy, pale, thick white creamy head.

Smell: Clean, powdery gum, soft honey, bread.

Taste: Dry, tannic, apples, esters, bubble gum, herbal, fermented honey.

Flying Dog collaboration with The Brewer's Art in Maryland, brewed with the Westmalle yeast strain and local honey. An attempt at your basic easy drinking Belgian-style Pale Ale (aka - table beer). This one misses the mark a bit in the beginning. It's quite messy upfront and the gummy notes are overly dominant, but the beer shows promise as it warms; redeeming itself by allowing other flavors to unfold. The honey notes are subtle, but underline the beer nicely. A decent offering overall that eventually hits the mark at being a basic table beer.

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Cloudy amber orange with a decent sized head that has alright retention and does not leave much lacing. It has slow carbonation.

S: Honey, sweet malt, and Belgian yeast (there is some bread).

T: This beer has amazing drinkablity; it is very smooth. The malt and honey take over this Belgian pale ale. There is some bitterness and citrus from hops towards the end, but it is not as hoppy as normal American pale ales. It is well balanced though.

M: Medium bodied dry and smooth.

O: This beer has nice balanced flavor of malt and hops. It really is a fantastic session beer. It did not score high on appearance because the head wasn't as large as I was expecting from a Belgian pale ale, and it did not last as long as I expected. However, it really is a nice table beer that works well with food or by itself. It is a great collaboration between to Maryland breweries.

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a foamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back thin wisps in the center and smattering the sides with spotty lacing. The aroma smells grassy and spicy, with added notes of zesty citrus, musty earth, and a toasted sweet graininess, which all combine to give this some twang in the nostrils.

The taste is honeyed sweetness and toasted grains, with a softer fruit presence working itself in. A moderate citric bitterness adds a bit of assertiveness to the profile, as this end with some earthy must and spice on the finish. More grassy and herbal tones emerge from the hops and work into this as things warm up a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little lighter feeling, with a sprightly feeling effervescence to the carbonation that is firm feeling up front but then much creamier along the back.

Not bad at all. This was a decently flavored Belgian Pale with a lively crispness to the body that complimented the profiles well. I’m glad that I picked a bottle of this up.

Photo of bum732
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Slightly spicy and phenolic, slightly grassy, wildflower floral notes.

L: Slightly hazy golden yellow, creamy white head with 1/8 inch retention.

T: Fairly dry pils malt with a slightly spicy bitterness. Some phenolics persist throughout. Slight melon with lots of white pepper. Finishes very dry with hints of phenolic yeastiness.

M: Medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

Lots of white pepper spicy dryness. Lacks that complexity present in many Belgian examples, but pleasant enough.

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some fruits. Taste is good, fruity, honey, some malts, lots of flavor coming through. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality brew worth seeking out.

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jfmorey
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Busboys and Poets in DC

Poured a slightly yellowish clear amber with little head.

Aroma is lightly spicy.

Taste is full of Belgian yeast and citrus hops, very clean and refreshing (am I biased by the heat of this July DC day?).

Mouthfeel and carbonation is a bit light but overall the flavor is what I want from a Belbian.

Photo of vandemonian
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Table For Two is a collaboration between MD brewers Flying Dog and Brewer's Art. The category says Belgian pale ale but it seems more like a saison to me (sour fruit, dry and spicy).

A: Slightly cloudy yellow colour and a big 2 cm head that is maintained by high carbonation. 4.5

S: Yeasty with a hint of cloves. It may be from MD but it smells Belgian! 4

T: Slightly sour maltiness that comes across as a dry apple flavour. Of course there is yeastiness there too. The aftertaste is spicy cloves and tartness. Tastes like a saison to me. Maybe too much sour fruit, though. More than I expected. 4

M: Thick. 4.

O: I'd had enough after one glass. 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tullip glass. No dating is present.

Off the pour a somewhat off white head that is mostly foamy with some good compactness, sitting on a simple dull somewhat cloudy body. Effervescent bubbles of cola size sort of rise up, some leave the edges and rise quite fast.

Nose is a grainy malt, and some small candy like yeast, but small candy sweet sensation. Comforting, subdued, different. Maybe even a little grass like hop sense.

Taste is fairly decent. A mix of Belgian like malts with a grain punch that is chewy and some hop bittering sense giving to Belgian floral but mostly grass. There are some little hints though of sugar candy like Belgian sweetness that come out though but it is very tiny. Texture fits the profile of the classic style solidly, slightly creamy with some light bodied punch.

Overall everything in a Belgian Pale Ale seems to be here but toned down a notch but with a good grain background. Don't mind this, but I am not knocking down grandma to have this beer again.

Photo of sludgy
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden amber color with a finger of off white head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Mild with some Belgian spice. There is just a hint of sweetness from the malt and a mild citrus like note.

Taste: The Belgian spice is the dominant flavor here. There is some bready malt and a mildly bitter finish. Not too complex.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with tingly carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: This is a nice beer if you want to have two or three. Nice and mild and easy to drink. I'd like the flavor to be a little fuller.

Photo of bubseymour
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - murky witbeer like appearance. Cloudy orange/copper. Little head that dissappears quickly. Not very presentable appearance at all.

Smell - Extremely bready/ cracker like smells. That's about all I picked up.

Taste - Slightly tart/slightly mettalic/slightly cracker like. No real noticable flavors of note beyond that. As its warming slightly I'm picking up some of the Belgian yeast but very slight. Nothing bad but nothing good here either.

Mouthfeel - Watery.

Overall - Its an ok offering at best. Tastes nothing like a belgian pale ale to me. Tastes more similiar to their tire bite lager than anything resembling a Belgian Ale. If I were Flying Dog, this one I'd discontinue quickly and try something else. It doesn't offer anything new or interesting to the public worthwhile of production in any mass quantity.

Photo of smokeypeat
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a goblet this beer has a pleasant light copper color with a nice white head that faded quickly leaving minimal lacing. Smell has some characteristic bready yeast with some sweet floral hops. Taste was really solid, with a great balancing act going on between a nice sweet caramelly malt backbone with clean crisp floral hops balancing it out. The sweetness of the honey was a nice compliment to the yeast strain they used. I usually think of Belgian style beers as being heavier in nature (even the Belgian IPA style), but this felt like a great light summer session beer. Good carbonation levels for the style made this a great one to have by the pool after work. I can see myself reaching for this one often during the summer. It's got a light character like most summer styled beers but more flavor than most traditional pilsners or kolsch beers that you'll find. Flying Dog/Brewers Art came up with a really solid beer in a style you don't normally find. After this one, I'm interested to see what else they might be able to do together.

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sometimes wonder how I would get on without my local trader, tone77, and his ongoing deliveries of bottles to keep me from going CANCrazy. I may never know as he is coming by tonight for a pick-up and that often also entails a drop-off. I am waiting with bated breath.

From the bottle: "A Maryland collaboration for the ages"; "Belgian-style table beer"; "Beer brewed with honey".

In the meantime, I am emptying out my backlog of bottles, including this one. Whoa, Nellie, but this was one active beer in terms of its carbonation! I was initially heavy-handed on my pour and quickly realized the need to take my foot off of the gas. After things FINALLY settled down, I was faced with a finger of rocky, tawny head that hung around much longer than I would have liked, impeding my pour. Color was a hazy orangish-amber with lots of carbonation in evidence. Well, duh! Perhaps over-carbonated? Nose had a scent of orange peel or did they use orange-clover honey? Either way, it smelled good. Mouthfeel was a little thin but the honey was evident on the tongue along with a spiciness that was most likely yeast-driven. Finish was very dry, again probably due to the yeast and accounting for the extreme carbonation. I would definitely put this on the table if a bitch were coming over.

Photo of saynogo
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I paid $3.50 for a 12 oz. bottle at The Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD (it wasn't marked and I was surprised at the price when the cashier rung it up).

A - Very pale orange, modest head, lots of carbonation. It resembles a glass of ginger ale.

S - Herbal hops, peppery Belgian yeast phenols, no malt smell.

T - Pepper, floral sage, and slight tartness. The modest maltiness is just sufficient for balance. Nicely dry throughout.

M - Light and very carbonated, which is appropriate to the style. The carbonation could have been smoother.

O - This strikes me as more of a hoppy Saison than a Belgian Pale. Nice for an American Saison, but this 12 oz. bottle cost me as much as a bomber of Victory Helios, which I much prefer.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of 2dogbrew-- thanks Mr Russ!

Three finger head looked like it was going to be glorious... But after about 30 seconds it vanished, leaving only a little collar. After 2 sips, the collar followed suit and left me a Dear Jeff letter... Now it looks like apple juice in my glass and my 2 year old is eying it ravenously.

The nose is mainly bubblegum, apples/pears, a bit of earthy grassiness...
The flavor is aboutthe same, with a little sweet but grainy malt up front and a really dry finish that males me want a glass of water.

The body feels decent; some clingy oily residue with fizzy feel.

Overall-- not my favorite, but drinkable. It actually seems like it would pair with a meal much better than it stands on its own.

Photo of weller1js
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours slightly hazy, golden in color with a defined orange hue; well-carbonated with a thick, bubbly foam which dissipates into a similar foamy lacing.

smell: lightly balances between sweet belgian notes and crisp floral hops, with a light earthiness notable on the undertones.

taste: begins rather clean, yielding to bread-like maltiness, light on both yeast and Belgian velvety notes; hops present themselves throughout the middle and finish, fairly dry and even more bitter than at the outset, finishes and lingers bitter as well.

overall: for its intent as simply a table beer, all of the elements are present, nothing particularly unique, but very casually drinkable; some may be dissappointed due their higher expectations on a collaboration between FD and BA, but they achieved what they were going for.

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First day it came into Honeygo Wine &Spirits I picked it up.
Appearance is nice, hazy golden with a thin head that laces slightly. Smell is sweet and citrusy. There is a small honey aroma. Taste is smooth and clean. A small crisp bite to satisfy, followed by a sweet malt finish. Overall a great session beer, goes well with food too. Bring on summer.

Photo of March_of_99
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of jbriggs7036
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Table beer...good call.

A- Bright hazy autumn beer with honey color
S- Bitter apple or pear, slight honey and lemongrass taste
T- Grassy lemon/lemongrass. Old lime with fermented honey.
M- Needs less carbonation and certainly needs to be slightly warm
O- This beer has its place, somewhere between the trash can and beer that gets Coors light drinkers into craft. Im am a little offended by this beer...I love Brewers Art and FLying Dog usually, I can't believe the two of them together make this sub-par ale. Disappointed, but the hit the mark with "Table ale" they may have been successful if this is truley what they were going for.

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Table For Two from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.