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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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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-30-2001

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Stevens Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale.

A: Clear dark red-brown with two-finger, off-white, rocky head that lasted more than a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Dark fruit and caramel. Spices and metal.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Caramel and spice. Sort of nutty. Mild overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Metallic feel. Kind of dry.

O: This beer looks fantastic, but the nose and taste are a bit off, and then there's that metallic taste and feel. Overall, I would call it a tie between this and Benedict's Winter Ale.

Photo of cates1tg
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of HopsYeast
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

a-pours a deep brown copper color with a 1 finger creamy pale head that holds for quite some time and leaves nice amounts of lacing. has a somewhat cloudy body that leans more towards clear.

s-spices with some strong maltiness. hops stick out with some orange peel and the aroma of bread with the strong smell of alcohol start to finish. it has a sour smell to it that almost seems to be competing with the hops.

t-kinda bland with nothing major sticking out at first. then the hops hit and remain. spices like clove sticking out. maltiness and a somewhat bright acidic flavor. it finishes quite sour like some kind of sour flavored fruit candy.

m-this is the only really enjoyable aspect of this beer for me. has a nice lower level of carbonation, with a rich creamy body. it goes down rather easy as well.

o-too bad the mouthfeel doesnt have nice flavors to go along with it. this is just an average beer. it isnt downright awful, but it isnt anything exceptional either.

Photo of jgebauer110
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of xpdrinker
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Barrchon
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Hobokenbeerluvr
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an amber color with a tight off-white cap. Some mild lace. The aroma is of earthy hops, sweet caramel, candi sugar, spice and some cherries. On the palate, toffee and candi sugar carry through the middle before some tart cherry, spice and earthy hops come through in the finish. Medium body, adequate carbonation. A pretty nondescript beer, that falls around average.

Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12 oz bottle a dark copper color with a one finger head that quickly dissolves into a light lace. Moderate but lively carbonation. The aroma is of toasty, nutty malt. 1st sip brings a reprise of the aroma...toasty, nutty malt with a hint of dark chocolate. It starts off sweet, but quickly becomes dry in the middle with a very dry, bitter finish consisting of slight hop note & alcohol. Mouthfeel is solid. Overall, a pleasant, but not outstanding winter warmer.

Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a nice, hazy brown. Great foamy tan head and lacing. Some bubbles. Matly, metallic scent to it.

Very tame maltiness. There's a good touch of caramel and mild sweetness, in general. It's light and it's easy. Interesting smoothness to it. It's refreshing, but it's kind of bland. Nothing there that jumps out, but it's an easy to drink ale. I like some parts, and am indifferent toward other.

Photo of mikechance
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A --- Nice reddish orange --- not much of a head

S --- earthy floralness, yeast, raisin

T --- not much of anything. Kind of malty, maybe a faint hint of clove

M --- light body and little carbination

O --- I'm a little disaapointed. I was expecting it to big one way or another. It's tame and not very memorable.

Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: red shiny body, trace head, zero lacing

S: mild spicy, nutty, caramel, malt

T: same as nose, but light bitter semi-crisp finish

M: light bubby body, semi-crisp

O: Love this style, but not this offering.
Ok, Winter Ale but not worth getting again.


Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear medium amber, with a creamy tan head building about one finger high. Dissipates fast into good lacing.
The smell is rather disappointing, and I do not detect much but some faint malt.
The taste produced some earthy malt notes and some grassy hops. Not much else I detect.
Never the less it is a refreshing drinkable beer, but not what I expect of a Winterwarmer!

Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep ruby red, clear not much head either.

S-Some malt and spices, a nuttiness is there, not much else though.

T-Spices, some nuts and roasted malt. not much bitterness but sweet.

M-Light to medium bodied with little carbonation.

O-Although it tasted alright everything else about this beer was off base, a little flat, and not much there in the nose.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish amber, almost mahogany. Very small head.

S - Very spicy smell, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg with a dash of fruit. Good amount of sweet malt.

T - Taste starts a bit sweet, again fruit, before fading into some hoppy bitterness and finishing with a touch of that cinnamon spice again. Finish has just a touch of that metallicy taste.

M - Lot of carbonation in this one, but smooth.

Overall - It was pretty good. Again, a bit of metallic taste, but I thought overall, it was a decently put together beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, never seen this before in the Southland, so I picked up a bottle, always up for a new winter warmer,

A: Pours a dark amber to red, good clarity with a medium off-white head. Good head retention and leaves some thick lace.

S: Light notes of wood and malt, but I'm struggling to find much. Disappointing since this can be the best part of many winter beers.

T: The flavour brings it back. Nice notes of toffee like malt, some nuttiness, hazelnuts come to mind. Lightly fruity, but in most ways a straightforward malty English style beer.

M: Medium-bodied, a soft but crisp at the same time carbonation character if you get my drift. Thins out towards the end, feels like a 4% beer there. Mild aftertaste.

O: All in all a good winter beer. A bit more complexity would have be nice, but I enjoyed this effort. To me like a lighter Avery Old Jubilation. Worth a single bottle pickup for sure.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #79
Served On: 10/25/2011
Glassware: Shaker Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.4%
Date/ Code: 051A12

Ran across a 6-pack of this way in the back of the cooler at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick.

Look: Poured a crystal clear rich copper. Carbonation seemed a little low. Head was a thick 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: Ok – 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 the Wild Goose - Snow Goose. Seeing how Flying Dog use to brew the Wild Goose brand, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is virtually the same exact beer. Regardless, this is a very enjoyable winter warmer.

Photo of bubseymour
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark purple/brown color with 1 finger head that quickly disappears. Looks really boozy in appearance if appearance could appear to be boozy.

Smell - malty...like Flying Dog's lager style

Taste - Doesn't really work too well here. Some bitterness and some "off" flavorings and some spice. Not much worthwhile in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and ok.

Overall - Very mediocre to not-very-good beer. Not highly recommended and barely drinkable.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber color. The nose offers a bit of light coffee nose with touches special yeast and oats. The body appears extremely complex and the flavors are sometimes too many present and affect the consistency of the drink. In the mouth, and spices - especially cloves - but they are directly offset by the bitterness of the roasted malt and a citrus aftertaste.

The body is more or less the balance of flavors - which sometimes tend in the brewery, to go in any direction - but we feel that this balance is right and it is undoubtedly one of best beers of the brewery.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
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?

K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.