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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:
A Belgian-Style Table Beer.

(Beer added by: nrpellegrini on 06-22-2011)
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Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -15.5%

jenray, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.7%

superspak, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bmur112
3/5  rDev -15.5%

bmur112, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +12.7%

2dogbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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.

jbriggs7036, Oct 13, 2011
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.

Todd, Sep 23, 2011
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.

smakawhat, Sep 21, 2011
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.

weller1js, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of dtivp
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

dtivp, Sep 05, 2011
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.

obrendano, Aug 18, 2011
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.

saynogo, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

drabmuh, Aug 07, 2011
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.

bum732, Aug 04, 2011
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.

bubseymour, Aug 01, 2011
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.

jfmorey, Jul 28, 2011
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

vandemonian, Jul 26, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

DefenCorps, Jul 25, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

junjun1, Jul 22, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Hopfenpeter, Jul 21, 2011
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.

oline73, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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

THECPJ, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Daniellobo, Jul 13, 2011
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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.

smokeypeat, Jul 12, 2011
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.

ianjsullivan, Jul 09, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

chodinheaven, Jul 05, 2011
Table For Two from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.