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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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is crisp and malty, rather typical, but with an undertone of spice. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Flavor is more hoppy than malty, decent but seems to lack the spice I picked up in the aroma. Texture is fairly smooth and a little fizzy. Not Flying Dog's best, but still a good party beer.

Cyberkedi, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of kiddynamite920
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light copper pour, head is big and bubbly. Whenever I see loosely packed bubbles like this I am cautious. Not too impressive looking. Has a funky adjunct aroma, that I can only link to Leinenkugel's beers. I smell alcohol and hops. No malt presence in this warmer. Bit of an upset. Flavor is all over the place, not sure what FD was going for here. A big hit of booze right up front, next is hops, and finally a very faint spice flavor. Almost has an effect of eating dry nutmeg, and then taking a shot of cheap whiskey. My experiences with Flying Dog have been very good prior to this. Very disappointing. Tastes like Leinenkugel's beers, just cheap and fake. Thin and fizzy. So much for mouthfeel. Feel like I downgraded after tasting so many good beers. First time I ever saw it on the shelves and usually FD delivers good beers. Yowzas.

kiddynamite920, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of cosmicevan
2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - Poured a clear reddish amber. Not much head and light carbonation.

S - Didn't smell too hot if at all.

T - Tastes mostly like alcohol and hops. Doesn't stand out as good or horrible. I'd expect a bit more from flying dog.

M - Bubbly with a bittery after-taste.

D - Not really my thing. I'm usually a big fan of Flying Dog, but this tastes a lot like what you'd find in a keg at a party when you aren't totally sure what's in the keg.

cosmicevan, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep copper with strong orange hues. 1-finger head, thin retention, no lacing.

Aroma is very faint. Malty sweetnees is all I'm getting.

Hits sweet and grows to a weak plum-raisin flavor. Caramel malt behind the fruit and a very slight roast presence. Finishes bitter and dry.

The feel is very, very good. Just thick enough to match the flavor profile.

Very nice effort from FD.

beer2day, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Katahdin
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours average, a bit carmel in color and the aroma does not set you up for the disapointment to follow. Heavy maltiness with earthen tastes make it seem stronger than it is. Kind of beats you up a bit going down and a strong bitter after taste lingers on the tongue. Not a real great interpretation of the style.

Katahdin, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of philbe311
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A little bit of a gusher with a very thick and fluffy ever so slightly tan head... A medium brown color with a faint orangish amber hue... 100% Translucent... Still with with virtually no carbonation, just a stray bubble ever now and again...

S - Caramel... Bready malts... A mix of holiday spices... A minor pine aroma... Green tea... Wet dog... Slightly grainy...

T - Caramel and toffee appear first and quickly disappear... Slightly medicinal and solventy finish and aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Dry... Slightly bitter, in a non-hoppy sort of manner...

D - Not a terrible brew, but average at best... Seems to really struggle in relation to style guidlines... Seems to be in a muddled territory between ESB and very weak Pale Ale... Wouldn't recommend and may actually turn down if offered another...

philbe311, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of farrago
2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't pour too aggressively or foam might fill half the glass, otherwise it's a good 2-3 fingers high of delicate bubbles and foam, starts to dimple across the surface, not much lacing but very good retention. Crystal clear brown to red brick or dirt color, more of a metallic orange at the rims, despite clarity few bubbles visible. Reticent nose, offers meager portions of toffee, malts, orange infused chocolate and then some hop spice, maybe some leafiness like lettuce or cabbage. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation swirls through the attack and momentarily distracts from the lack of flavor. Ginger spice, dried cocoa, malts and orange/lemon citrus try to dance with peat moss, pepper, straw and a nondescript bitter edge. Maybe pear or apple fruit. Consistent quality-wise with most products of this brewery.

farrago, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear, deep orange with a nice, off white head. Looks a little light for a winter warmer.

Bready aroma with c-hops, citrus undertone, pine, a hint of caramel.

Flavors of pale grain, green tea, has almost a soapy note that's not too attractive. A soapy note, a little on the raw side.

Kind of generic overall. I'm not sure that I get it. That's just life. Dance through it all.

brownbeer, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a over-sized pub glass.

A: Creamy off-white head that is nice and fluffy, leaves nice lacing. The color is a bit lighter than I had expected...it is a light amber brown in color.

S: Herbal hops and sweet chocolate malts.

T: Definitely getting a bigger than expected hop flavor in this, but there is a nice balance of hops and malt overall. Faint chocolate and possibly some burnt caramel.

M: Nice and crisp, good carbonation. Light/Medium body...

D: This is good stuff and a case would be more than welcome. Not really what I expected going in, but the overall hoppiness of the brew is welcome in my opinion.

ujsplace, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of phattysbox
2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled this brew from the Pony Bar in NYC.

Pours a deep brown color with a rather small head, lacing keep however throughout the glass.

Smell is non-existent. Strange since it is labeled as a winter warmer I was expecting some sort of spice. Just blah - nothing... Do I have a cold?

Taste: Heeellllooo.... Winter warmer??? Where are you? This brew is NOT a winter warmer, but rather a hoppy brown ale. resiny hops dominate throughout the brew followed by sticky malt profile. Diacetyl notes are clearly noticable in the beer and seems as if they did not give the yeast enough time to clear up by-products. Just a messy taste profile. Mouthfeel is on the full side and carbonation is decent.

Overall, this beer doesn't know what it is... Brown ale? American brown ale? Pale ale? Definitely not a winter warmer and shame on Flying Dog for labeling it as such.

I'll pass on this one... You should too...

phattysbox, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of bump8628
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Copper colored with an inch of thick head that has nice retention.

Aroma is, well, mild. Not a lot going on. Some herbal hops and maybe a touch of grainy, caramel sweetness.

Taste has a big helping of coarse hop bitterness that could be described as mostly herbal with some pine notes. There's some light caramel-type malt, but it's mostly masked by the rough bitterness. Finish is rather dry and clean.

Well, the bottle bills this thing as malty...pretty far from a malt-forward beer. It's more similar to an APA than anything else, but with a boosted ABV. Not necessarily a bad beer, but this does NOT say winter to me. Why go to all the trouble of brewing a seasonal and turn out such a mundane ale? Probably my least favorite Flying Dog beer yet, which is saying quite a bit.

bump8628, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog's K-9 Cruiser, poured on tap into a pint glass. A rich brown in color with a decent head and some lace.

Aroma is primarily malty with a hint of some fruit.

Flavor follows the nose with a very malty brew. Hops are there adding an earthy bitterness. Grapefruit and citrus flavors actually overpower the malt. Buttery diacetyl riddles the brew.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly smooth.

A drinkable winter warmer without a whole lot of frills or complexity.

Stinkypuss, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep amber, with nice clarity and mild carbonation. A rocky and firm amber tinged cap has great retention and leaves good lace. The beer's strong suit, to be honest.

S: Fairly standard APA fare. A caramel sweetness and citrus hop aroma balance out nicely.

T: Again, fairly standard APA fair. Sweet malts are very mild, but there nonetheless. Bitterness is low, but hop flavor still dominates. Grapefruit is predominant. Lemon is also along for the ride. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit flavor.

M: The body is slightly oily and a bit too fizzy.

D: This is an OK beer that really seems like a basic APA rather than a Winter Warmer. Good for what it is, but nothing special.

Rayek, Dec 10, 2009
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 bonsreeb85
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark copper with decently develpoing crown as it flows into my snifter.

Smells malt heavy. Lots of rolling sweetness on the palate. Fruity with notes of nuts, I would say english ingredients were used. Very smooth and malty, mildly sweet with a spicy and earthy kiss of hops on the clean finish.

Medium to medium full bodied and a nice rolling smoothness. A decent amount of c02 helps this one roll down without becomeing to heavy.

Definately one of the better malt forward WWs(not the best, but definately worth a try) this season, quite sessionable.

bonsreeb85, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
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
Photo of GordonQuid
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper with a wisp of white head and lace.

Smells of malts and honey with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is scottish in style but not enough to classify. Sweet malty caramel and dark fruity esters on burnt toast. Bitter in the finish and a bit cloying.

I wish Flying Dog would spend less money on there marketing and more money on their brewing.
This brew is not bad by any means; just could be alot better.

GordonQuid, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a case swap with some friends.

Poured into a pint glass a clear copper with lots of bubbliness, a half-finger of off-white head, cavernous lacing.

Smell is lightly fruity, some sweetly floral hops, toasty malt, a little flinty, a little mineral. I'm a novice with rye, but I smell what I associate with rye. It actually smells a lot like the Scottish ale I just brewed, not that that has significance to anyone but myself.

Starts with a cross of fruity & biscuity flavors, quickly turns pretty bitter & dries out, turns piney, woody. A teeny bit of honey & cherry flavor remain in the aftertaste. Further into the beer a kind of peppermint emerges very subtly -- it's like the malt & hops bump into each other & every once in a while create peppermint. Interesting, but I'm really not a fan of that huge dryness in the middle.

The mouthfeel starts smooth, then becomes sharp as the hops gain momentum, then flattens out & kind of deadens the tastebuds.

Drinkability = eh. Can't say I was real into it, the hops didn't add so much as flatten everything. Much better winter warmers out there.

OneDropSoup, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of njmoons
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not bad, but there are better Winter Warmers out there.

Apperance was nice, poured a reddish brown with a figer or so of foam. The head lasted for some time. Looked tasty

Aroma, ale yeast was present, along with some fruit, cherry and current.

Initially the taste is fruity with the cherry and current flavors coming through, a nice balanced hop flavor is clear throughout the taste (I would assume Northern Brewer or Bullion hops). The balance of the initial flavors is overshawdowed on the back in by strong ale yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel is normal, and the drinkability is somewhat lower than expected.

Avery Old Jubilation is a very similar beer in flavor, but much better in my opinion.

njmoons, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of GoalieRon33
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Looked nice, with a medium to dark brown tint. White head, that hung around for a while

s- smelled malty, a little strong. Sweet smelling.

t- some maltiness, with a little molasses mixed in. Almost a buttery taste, which from other reviews I have found is due to a by-product of the yeast. The buttery flavor does make it a little much.

m- medium body, somewhat light for what I expected considering the abv. I feel that it could use a little more carbonation

d- not an easy beer to drink. While I didn't hate it, I did get tired of it about 3/4 of the way through the beer.

GoalieRon33, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Flying Dog pint glass:

Appearance: Nice deep amber in color, big rocky head emerges off this one, nice head retention, lacing is soapy and follows this beer all the way down the glass.

Smell: Hints of bread like malts, some citrus and hop oil are also present here, a nice passionfruit overtakes this one and quickly hands off to a spicy malt backbone. Aromatic from the glass to say the least.

Taste: I think the balance on this one is actually perfect, some decent back and forth jabs of some caramel malt and some resinous hops, the bite from the hops leaves a citrus-like aftertaste, some grapefruit and orange. The maltiness holds up sturdy, very toasty. I also get some grassy and a bit of metallic aftertaste which isn't too bad.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, holds up balanced on the tongue, maltiness is rich and leaves a nice, bold richness in the mouth. Good bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability: After previous reviews, I thought this beer was going to be horrible, although I actually enjoyed it. I love that this beer has a decent hop profile, since it's nice to have a good, bitter hop profile in the cold weather. Not only that, but the balance with the malt is perfect in my opinion, just enough to keep me interested. I like Flying Dog's effort, and as this is not the best winter warmer out there, it's a notably good one, pick this up if you see it.

thespaceman, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a big, rocky head that leaves thick patterns of lace

Smell: Very unusual, almost sweaty aroma distracts from the the caramel, bitter chocolate and spruce elements

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a growing dark chocolate, spruce and burnt butterscotch character; the beer sweetens up considerably just before the swallow, though the diacetyl is off-putting; afterwards the spruce and butterscotch dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and and a slight warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Too many distractions going on here to make this one a keeper

brentk56, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahaffey's (and not impressed).

The beer pours an amber copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The beer doesn't look all that bad. On the nose I get almost nothing. I kept on going back to this beer and, well, nearly nothing. There is some light spice and bit of sweetness, but otherwise that's it. On the palate, this beer is no better. There is some very light underlying sweet malt with some spice, and there's some hoppiness in the finish, but this beer really doesn't have much flavor. It has a fairly dry finish, and has a pretty light mouthfeel. Drinkability would probably be OK, except there's really very little enjoyable about this beer. Really, not very impressed with this one.

John_M, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of magine
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a dark amber brew with off white head that settles to a lace island head. Some lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel, maple, yeasts.

Taste is malty; caramel (maple maybe) has a yeast presence as well. Can pick up the hops in the end as you drink. Is a tad bit light to the palate; a bit on the watery side. Has a carbonated mouthfeel and a dry finish. I expected more of a thicker bodied brew, in the flavor and the texture.

This brew isnt going to make you take notice in its bold flavor by any means. But this isnt a bad thing, it is very drinkable. A brew that goes down very easy and comes in at over 6% alcohol is pretty good, and a welcome thing in the cold nights of the winter season. Hey if you are sitting in the house and want to tie one on this will do the trick and tastes decent. Good brew that will not offend anyone.

magine, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of PapaEugene
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared this bottle with rvdoorn.

A: Amber color and a very lightbrown head.

S: Some maple syrup,cascade hops and slight alcohol.

T: Grains, maple syrup and grapefruit. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation and a thin body.

D: Too watery for my taste. Nice to try once.

PapaEugene, Nov 04, 2009
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.