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Table For Two - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

51 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
Beer added by: nrpellegrini on 06-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A Belgian-Style Table Beer.
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Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of sludgy
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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 ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of obrendano
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

literally all around good on this one

A - beer is a sunny gold, head is blinding white. head doesn't exactly stick around long, but is initially fluffy and semi dense.

S - spicy light citrus and decent malt nose. a little leafy as well

T - huge dry biscuity malt flavor, and just the slightest hint of pungent Belgian yeast, followed by a brush of hops and cracker finish. well balanced, but a little subdued for what I was expecting. tinkering with some stronger hops could make this come alive

M - no real plusses or minuses, mouthfeel is that of a middle of the road homebrew ale. slightly sticky and medium bodied.

O - despite it being a little less than challenging than it is made out to be, this is a good one and would make a great drink for pretty much any meal I can think of.

Photo of junjun1
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew poured from a bottle into a pint glass...

Somewhat clear beer, that pours a deep golden color, with a small head, kinda white, that slowly fades.

Smells a bit...bready, clear maltiness...

Tastes good, cracker maltiness, with a light hoppiness and a slight spicy yeasty ester that rounds this one out...

Nicely carbonated and light...

A fine beer, a really nice lowish abv offering, and a decent enough beer that deserves a chance.

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

Slightly cloudy amber color with lots of visible carbonation and a big fluffy white head that sticks to the glass and has good retention. Belgian yeast and honey come through in the nose as well as a small amount of barley malt.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth up front and then carbonated and drier in the back end. It bookends a less noticeable sweet honey-like taste and really nice, crisp hop bitterness from some citrus hops. It leaves a small barley malt aftertaste in the mouth, but it isn't unpleasant. I'm impressed by the bite from the hops, and the balance of the sweetness. The drinkability is off the charts, and is another reason why this beer is very successful. Overall, this is a pretty good collaboration between two respectable Maryland breweries.

Photo of jfmorey
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice, slightly cloudy deep gold and a creamy white head about a finger high. Good retention and good lacing.
The smell speaks of yeast mostly, maybe some fruit like lemon.
Tasting this beer the yeast dominates the palette throughout the tasting. Some malty notes and lemon mingles with a slight hop finish.
Very nice take on a seasonal brew, very refreshing summer beer. I am glad I tried this one.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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 nrpellegrini
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good sessionable take on a Belgium ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Perfunctory if custom Ralph Steadman illustrated label, with the image of two dogns sharing goblets next to a table. Notes collaboration, main characteristic, and a barely legible bottling code. Shows 5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour with a finger of frothy foam, moderate retention, fair surface memory and good lacing.

S - Soft nose… Lightly yeasty, with a fruity touch, and a sweet hint of honey.

T - Palate follows the nose in sync with a soft malty sense, fruity note woven around the yeast and a light touch of honey in the soft sweet finish.

M - Light to light-medium body, and carbonation, which turns a bit shy in the finish. Smooth flow.

O - Quite quaffable. Hitting the mark rather well for a sessionable take on an easy Belgium brew. Probably good as an entry social quality craft brew.

Notes: Nice collaboration. Unusual to get together and do a Belgium take on a session beer. Calling this a "collaboration for the ages" is quite a stretch but this is a quality brew.

Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
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 smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a six pack I picked up at State Line.

Pouring a brilliant, clear light orange with a dense,off-white head with great retention and moderate lacing, this is a visually appealing beer. The nose is great as well. Bright, spicy yeast character with white pepper and clove working well with an earthy, minty herbal hop backbone, this beer smells refreshing. Not much yeast aroma per se, though the yeast expression is pretty strong and phenolic. This beer has some honey malt character with a little doughy aromas as well. Solid stuff.

The palate opens light with a little honey and dough along with a rather noticeable yeast spiciness. The spice character is fresh and sharp, with a blend of a mild coriander-like astringency, white pepper and a clove note as well. Moderately saison-like in its rustic nature, there's a clean farmhouse-like character that's found in some saisons that don't have Brett in them. The malt backbone is simple and clean, and never gets in the way of the yeast expression. The hops appear toward the end, with a mildly spicy and herbal mint character. Drying on the finish, this beer is light in body and a little high in carbonation, totally appropriate. My only quibble is that the body is just a touch watery, but apart from that, this is a fantastic table beer. And the fact that you can get a sixer of this for less than a bottle of Dupont's Avril, it's a no-brainer. Highly recommended.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of saynogo
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dyan for this one.

A light haze to this golden color with a fluffy white head. Some banana and pepper along with lots of yeast. Sweet, pale malt with a little bit of straw and grass. The banana is fairly pronounced and gives the beer a nice sweetness. Some bready malt and a hint of citrus peel. The straw and grass are there as well. Just a hint of pepper and maybe some yeast.

Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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.

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