Table For Two - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

29 Reviews
THE BROS
71
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 6.67%
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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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 51
Photo of weller1js
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden orange with a one finger white head that fades quickly, light lacing.

Aroma of yeast, malt and spice.

Taste of yeast , bready sweet malts, spice, a slight hint of lemon and citrus hops. I didn't pick up any honey flavor which surprised me since the beer was brewed with honey.

Mouth Feel was light body, thin, with moderate carbonation, some crispness, with a slick slightly bitter finish.

Overall this is a nice beer to drink in quantity at a sporting event or party. Easy drinking and low ABV. It was a good colaboration, however, I wouldn't call it one for the ages. (594 characters)

Photo of obrendano
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of saynogo
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. Overall a decent beer but I've had much better from both of these breweries.

Beer is yellow with a thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing but low carbonation, head has low retention.

Aroma is the worst part of this beer, it is grainy and harsh with a mild yeastiness to it. not a turn on.

Beer is medium to light in body, a little grainy on the finish but compared to the aroma it is fine. The forward is mildly malty but not so much, the overall beer is fine. Mild yeast in the midpalate. I won't have this again. (551 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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 (655 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,431 characters)

Photo of junjun1
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: saison yeast, malts,

taste: spice, malts, yeast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: refreshing belgian pale ale / saison. enjoyed it on this warm summers day.

Cheers,
The CPJ (277 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of smokeypeat
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (352 characters)

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Table For Two from Flying Dog Brewery
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