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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
77
okay

661 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 38 | 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 buckyp
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

buckyp, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -9.9%

JAHMUR, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at winghearts burger joint in downtown pittsburgh. pours a slightly cloudy cherrywood red color with a dying head. smells fairly basic, malty and seasonal, a little sharp from the alcohol. flavor is slightly spiced, malt driven, and subtly hopped. its very dumbed down for a winter warmer, nothing over the top, which makes is very drinkable i suppose. overall it was a well made beer but fairly unremarkable in terms of excitement.

StonedTrippin, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of htrae2014
3/5  rDev -9.9%

htrae2014, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of TinaC
2/5  rDev -39.9%

TinaC, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of beerme626
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown/red

Smell: I can't smell much of anything, but that said, not much to smell here. A malty smell with a few spices.

Taste: Much more of a hoppy taste than I expected from their label on the box that suggested it was super malty. The spices give it an interesting twang, but it's difficult to pin down one flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little sharp on the tongue (reminiscent of IPAs?), which feels a little strange, but I like it.

Overall: A strange beer. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I like it. Might not buy it again (there are better Flying Dogs-- Raging Bitch, In Heat Wheat, etc) but definitely worth a try.

beerme626, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of voodoo
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

voodoo, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

bigeyedfish89, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Teddbeer
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer in a restaurant that I had been looking forward to trying for some time. The barmaid was having a bit of a time getting a good pour(turned out it was her first night on the job) We were patient, and our patience was, eventually rewarded.

I thought this beer was very good. Most reviews don't seem to agree so I'm guessing that the fact that my beers were drawn from the tap makes all the difference.

Teddbeer, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Polasiuss
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Polasiuss, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep amber color, clear, Not much foamy head and even less carbonation.
I'm not picking up in the nose mostly malts.
Taste is fairly sweet with hints of spices and nuts. Medium body and smooth.
Overall there was nothing really bad about the beer, nothing good either. Could use some retention and attenuation and a flavor boost.

micromaniac129, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of PintOHops
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Tulip

A - An amber colored brew with high clarity and moderate C02. It produced a 1-finger head that just sank seconds after pouring. No lacing left on my glass.

S - I don't really get much on the nose except for rind like hop characteristics, a touch of alcohol and maybe a hint of caramel. It smells very generic really. The alcohol gives off dark fruit like notes as well, kinda like plum.

T - The rind like hop character is there but less noticeable than what I expected. The flavors aren't balanced out to well to me. I get rind and herbal hop characters, along with bread and over ripened fruit like plum and fig, then alcohol and soft bitterness. It comes off as very muddy and unbalanced to me.

M - Smooth, chewy, viscous and full bodied with low carbonation.

O - Well, not much of a Winter Warmer to me. It tastes more like an old muddy DIPA that just sat around to long. I didn't like the unbalanced flavor profile, and the smell was very basic to me. Perhaps I got an old one, but I don't think so. Not that good to me. I'd drink it again but not buy it again, and I would recommend you try another Winter Warmer before this one.

PintOHops, Dec 24, 2011
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
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3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with no visible BB date. Picked up recently from my local beer specialist. I like the snowboarding dog on the label.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-brown hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of light tan foam with a fine consistency; after a few minutes this reduces to a decent surface layer. Aroma of sweet dark malt with notes of caramel, yeast and coriander.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Chocolatey overtones on the palate. Notes of caramel, dry yeast, coriander, faint chocolate syrup, candy sugar and stewed hops. Bitterness has a somewhat herbal quality. Mouthfeel is tingly and dry, but rather thin. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of sweet malt and bitter hops.

Hmmm - OK. A brown winter ale with a strange spicy note; coriander seems like an odd addition to a winter ale (if that's what it is). Smell/taste are a bit uneventful, and the body is watery. It's alright, but not amazing. Helps to confirm my opinion that american brown ales are not a style I like that much.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Chaney
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a very pretty, peaceful, transparently bubbly, amber color, with a huge solid white head the retained itself in and on the glass throughout the session.

S: Not much though was put into the nose side of the house on this one. I got a couple of puff of booze, candy sugar, and malt, but that's it. I had to really work for it!

T: Where were the spices? Where was the gingerbread, cinnamon, etc? This was just a bit vat of sugar and malt. Additionally, the back end didn't taste very fresh... more like dirty dish water actually.

M: Lots of lacing, thick and carbonated enough, but since the taste wasn't there, I honestly didn't care.

O: This wasn't quite a drain pour, but it was definitely a meh beer with a capitol M!

Chaney, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jak, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

brealbg, Dec 22, 2011
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 Epicbeertime
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Epicbeertime, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear brown hue with hints of red. Frothy, off-white, 2-finger head that leaves a persistent lace and a long trail all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of spices and hops.

T: Sweet flavor with a good malt backbone and a mild bitter finish. Mild hops in the background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This was a solid winter ale. Really smooth and went down way too easy.

ckollias, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of zimm421
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. Appears a dark amber to brown. Very clear with a tan head. Great lacing.

Nose is sweet with caramel and has a slight spiciness on the end. Taste is much more sweet and not balanced by any means. There's some nutiness here, and the spices come through in the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the carbonation almost seems to be missing. Overall, not too impressed. Had much better winters and won't be going back to this one again.

zimm421, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

ItsBeer4Me, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Tabni
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Tabni, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of AllenSmith
3/5  rDev -9.9%

AllenSmith, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -9.9%

djrn2, Dec 13, 2011
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.