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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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BA SCORE
76
okay

638 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of fiedler84
3/5  rDev -9.9%

fiedler84, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of JosiahS
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

glass: tulip

a: Sort of a hazy, muddy brown with tinges of burnt orange. Yellow-ish fluffy 1-finger head sits atop.

s: from afar, i get whiffs of sweet chocolate. Digging in, a different story. There's lots of sweet date, brown sugar, acohol and cherry with overtones of citric hops.

t: Hops seem to take a slight lead, coming in with lots of lemon rind and a bit of pine but chasing is that deep malt base that carries all the aforementioned characteristics.

m: The mouthfeel seems hollow but in the best way possible. It's thick but airy in the mouth, medium carbonation.

o: eh, not liking this too much. Flying Dog always tries to steer clear of whats expected of a style but not in a way that i like.

JosiahS, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Dilbert65
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Dilbert65, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. K-9 Winter Ale, no Cruiser on my bottle.

A. A ncie amber color with a thick off white head that stays around and leaves a little lacing.

S. Some sweet malt aroma which quickly turns to some earthy wet grass.

T. It is not too complex a little caramel and I'm not getting any spicing but it finishes the lingering light bitterness of the hops followed by some warming from the alcohol.

M. It has a pretty light body.

O. It is a decent tasting beer just nothing to go out of your way for. It kinda reminds me of some wet hopped beers.

1Nrwyscotch, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having tried two of Flying Dog's seasonal beers, (Woody Creek Wit and the Dogtoberfest) they were hit and miss thus far. Lets see how their Winter Ale holds up.

A: Pours a deep amber, almost reddish color. Head and lacing are okay. Nice and clear. No sediment or haze to speak of.

S/T: The aroma is very subtle. Not a whole lot going on execpt for a bit of malt and fruityness. This has a macro brew taste. Maybe something along the lines of a stronger tasting Bass. Its just very watery and bland overall. The flavor is grainy with some caramel sweetness going on. Maybe a touch of fruit and hop bitterness in the finish. Its really hard to pick anything out when the flavors are this bland. Overall, a very mediocre Winter Ale.

M/D: Mouthfeel is probably one of the stronger points. Its a medium bodied beer and finishes very clean and crisp. Quite refreshing actually. Probably be a good session beer for the winter. I would drink another, but the lackluster flavors leave you wishing for more.

Not a bad beer from Flying Dog. Just needed more flavor character. I would buy it again, but it definetly isn't even close to a lot of other excellent winter seasonals out there.

OldSchoolGamer, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of hypnotoad1
3/5  rDev -9.9%

hypnotoad1, May 12, 2014
Photo of Trent
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Trent, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Lang44
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Lang44, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

GreenEggsHam1, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Shumista
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my pilsener glass. This is my first winter warmer.

A- Pours a dull medium dark brown, with a medium sized off white head.
S- Sweet roasted malts, some dark fruits.
T- Hm...not very good. A lot of roasted malts with a dry, bitter, somewhat spicy finish. It's not that bad, I just don't like it that much.
M- Medium bodied, highly carbonated, the alcohol content isn't particularly noticeable. Again, not bad, but I'm not feeling particularly warmed.
D- I could drink a few more, but I don't want to.

As this was my first winter warmer, I found it kind of hard to judge because I have nothing to compare it to. That said, I do know I didn't like it that much, I'm just not sure if I don't like this particular beer or the style in general.

Shumista, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of ahq514
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber color. Finger sized, slightly off white head. Seems to have a lot of carbonation. A couple clumps of lacing.

Tons of malt in this beer. Getting lots of sweet, toasty malt. Decent amount of caramel.

Similar to aroma, but with more hop presence. Sweet, caramel, nutty, toasty malt. A hint of earthy bitterness towards the finish. Very breadlike in its taste.

Medium body, less carbonation than I expected, more medium. Lingering toasty sweetness.

Overall not a bad winter warmer. There are probably a handful of other winter warmers I would grab first. That pretty much sums up how I feel about FD as a whole. They have good beers, but there are so many other beers out there I would rather drink.

ahq514, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of edskirk3
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle with Ralph Steadman artwork on the label. Stamped code: 086FX0S? It must be recent because it says Boulder, CO *and* Frederick, MD.

Into a pint glass it pours clear amber with cream-colored froth. I cam smell some grain husks and that's about it.

The taste is rather bland. Bran cereal with a touch of hop bitterness. A tad buttery, chewy. Borderline astringent aftertaste.

I can think of many Winter seasonals to drink before I even think of this beer.

edskirk3, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Bowers-Brew
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Bowers-Brew, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of daythree16
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
Photo of b1515152004
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

b1515152004, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Tolann
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a thick head that is foamy and sizzles out quickly. Dark in color and a clear reddish hue.

S - Toffee and sweet malt. Some caramel. I think as this is warming I'm also finding something like coffee as well.

T - Spicy and sweet. Some bitterness at the end and heavy dryness settles in your throat.

M - lighter and lively on the pallet. certainly feels like a 'warmer'.

D - This is a good example of the style. All I need now is a fire, some snow, a warm hat and mittens, and maybe some marshmallows to roast. This is a sipping beer; not necessarily one you'd drink a whole 6pack in a night.

Tolann, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of csrbv
4.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ran across a 6-pack of this at Wegmans.

Look: Poured a rich copper. Carbonation seemed a little low. Head was a thin kaki color; about 1 finger was left after things calmed down from the pour.

Smell: The aroma was robust with spicy malts and some dark pit fruits. There were also some faint hints of molasses and brown sugar. Basically all the spicy and sweet notes I usually expect in a top notch winter warmer. No booziness was noticeable in the nose.

Taste: Good – the taste was right on with the aroma. First was the spicy roasted malts followed by the sweeter dark fruits. The finish had smooth sugary notes with a hop bite right at the end. Aftertaste was an enjoyable earthy spice that lasted for a while.

This brew is reminiscent of a couple Christmas Ales that I have had, this is a very enjoyable winter beer.

csrbv, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BeerFink
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a deep dark cherry red color, with a thin off white head. The color is very nice, I had to admire it for a second longer. The smell is a little weak, but you can detect the malty presence, as well as some fruit. The taste was malty smooth with some nice roasted flavors. Pleasant hop finish, not too bitter - just enought to counter the malt. Unfortunately, there is not enough of this taste. There are no off flavors or anything disagreeable, but there just isn't the big flavor I'm used to in a strong ale. It goes down smooth and is pretty drinkable, though.

BeerFink, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of ballewblake
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a duvel tulip creating a D in the head :)

Dark black with a two finger off-white head on an aggressive pour. Head kills quick. Not getting much of anything on the smell. Tingles at the back of the tongue, feels a little spikey. Really light malts, few spices, nothing is really standing out. Taste is not offensive, very easy to drink, just not really inspiring. I'd drink it if was in the fridge, but there are a few other winter warmers I'd target before this little fella.

ballewblake, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of ryantupy
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a tasty beer that poured a very nice dark brownish amber with a small head that sticks to the glass on its way down. It smelled very toasty and malty with a hint of some hops in there as well. It was rather full-bodied and not overly carbonated which made it very smooth. It tasted of toasted malts and hints of bitter hops and caramel. A very easily enjoyable beer.

ryantupy, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of weller1js
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a reddish brown, moderately carbonated, lighter foam and lacing.

smell: light maltiness, with a pronounced sweet undertone.

taste: balanced on three parts, with a tangy hop flavor yet sweet, as well as with the bold maltiness.

drinkability: enjoyable to drink, has something to offer for everyone and appropriate for the season.

weller1js, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Indybeer
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep mahogony with no real head. Some sign of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt is about all you can detect, no noticable hop aroma. Moderatly carbonated, and you can taste the malt, and again no hopiness. Lacks any body, and finishes weakly, but it still tastes good. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this but wouldn't pass it up if offered.

Indybeer, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of NClifestyle
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog calls this a winter ale, but it's in the category of American strong ale. Hmmmm...
Pours up extremely dark amber, medium off-white creamy head, some of which stays with the beer throughout.
Smells of sweet malt, bread, not bad at all.
Tastes similar to smell, sweet malt and caramel start, segues into a piny/sharp hop bite before a malt/hop aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty smooth, some carbonation, medium, but pretty damn good.
I like this beer, moreso as a winter ale with the strong malt influence, moderate hop presence, and will buy it again.

cheers...

NClifestyle, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Kevin55
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Kevin55, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of dannycohen62
3/5  rDev -9.9%

dannycohen62, Dec 02, 2013
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.