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K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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K-9 Cruiser Winter AleK-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

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643 Ratings

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-30-2001)
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

ryhn0, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cool label, I like the notion of crazed dogs skiing recklessly.

Light brownish pour with a red hue to it, uneventful formation of head, aroma was well, warming, mildly hoppy, but not much else going on.

Easy sipper, just like a winter warmer should be I guess, but hardly inducing excitement in any fashion. Hops kept out of the taste, smoothness and warmth are in. Caramel, mild spice, brown sugar. Offputting bitterness in a warmer a few seconds after you tell yourself its smooth. Huh?

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The look is good with a bright rusty amber color with reddish hues, good carbonation and a 1/2" deep tan colored head that had very little retention.

Smells like Cinnemon toast crunch cereal with sweet and sour fruits, toffee, astringent alcohol and pine-needles.

The malt is large and in charge, very toastie malt with extra butter, a smooth, creamy malt for sure. The malt flavor is only overshadowed by a big bitterness from the hops and alcohol, the ABV is not really high but it tastes like rubbing alcohol should. There's a decent herbal, earthy and semi-spicey effect. The aftertaste is much like the sour yeast flavor of a lager.

This one is full-bodied, thick and smooth feeling but still packa a nice bite.

This is a strange brew for sure, taste like a big Brown ale with spices. It would be decent if it wasn't for the bitter-alcohol like flavor.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 07, 2008
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, paper label with dog themed art typical of the brewery.

Color: deep brown with hues of red. One finger of off-white head made of tiny bubbles; some lacing.

Smell: decent bouquet with vanilla and white chocolate notes, delicate and inviting.

Taste: not exceptionally deep or complex, some vanilla, chocolate, and light coffee flavors; slightly metallic and sour.

Mouth: while this beer is well carbonated the mouthfeel is sharp and unpleasant on the palate.

Drinkabililty: sour/metallic aftertaste along with very parching effect compromise the drinkability of this beer.

Bcant, Jan 14, 2006
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

MarvinTheMarzen, Jan 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

fiedler84, Feb 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

jcoulighan, Feb 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

aztraz, Nov 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

broller, Jan 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

timjim1327, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured amber with a head that was gone in a flash. Smelled of malt and maybe hint of caramel. Taste was pretty blah IMO. Was malty but with no real strong or obvious flavors. Mouthfeel was one of poor carbonation and nothing of note. I find this to be a beer of poor quality that doesn't induce me to finish even the first.
Not recommended for this BA.

cpn920, Dec 31, 2008
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

cantfindme, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

ryanflc, Jul 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby-brown into a pint glass. Huge three-finger head that fades leaving a giant cap of foam in the center of the glass and lace all down the sides.

The smell at first is very inviting. Reminiscent of apple pie and spices like cinnamon and allspice. Then a soapy aroma creeps in. Taste is sweet at first with more some apple pie flavors going on, but it has a bad metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is very, very carbonated. This isn't my favorite style to begin with, but even judging within the style, the drinkability is not great.

daythree16, Nov 06, 2008
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

civicm87, Jan 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber/ruby hue with a half finger foamy head. There was poor retention and lacing.

The smell was sweet molasses/dark corn syrup.

The flavor was upfront heavy sweetness but dissipated into a slight hop bite at the finish.

The mouthfeel was average. Started off full but finished on the light side.

A tasty ale, however it lacks the spice I look for in a winter offering. Just the right level ABV.

plaid75, Jun 01, 2006
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Hacksaw99, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a twelve ounce glass of this at the amsterdam ale house on the upper west side of manhattan. It was one of three or four winter ales on draft at that time and I'm not sure what the appeal is of these beers. The base beer is often very interesting but is ruined (in my opinion) by the spices.

Color is a dark, reddish brown. Aroma is malty but also cinnamon and cloves. Flavor, again, spices and malt. Not the most wintery of winter beers but definitely in the category.

david18, Jan 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Rhettroactive, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Daniel9913, Jan 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

ItsBeer4Me, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

CanisMajor, May 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Brownish red with yellow tinge at the edges. Big, bubbly head that left the sides of the glass clean.

S - Caramel malts with a bitter touch, can actually smell some alcohol in this. Supposed to be very malty and that's exactly what I smell.

T - Roasted malts, caramel, little burnt bitter taste at the end. Touch of chocolate.

M - Medium bodied, low on carbonation for something that bubbled that much.

D - Not good enough to drink a ton of, and the bitterness starts to feedback too much.

Real average brew that earns the ultimate average grade in all categories.

AgentZero, Nov 30, 2009
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.