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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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621 Ratings

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-25-2011 02:16:43 | More by Barrchon
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-24-2011 00:09:47 | More by Hobokenbeerluvr
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 22:01:49 | More by ColForbinBC
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-22-2011 04:06:50 | More by jrutigs
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-22-2011 02:22:27 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-22-2011 02:00:30 | More by Burt
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 22:05:20 | More by CJfromPhilly
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:29:07 | More by Amalak
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2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 23:36:28 | More by mikechance
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New York

4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-18-2011 18:07:34 | More by goalie33
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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.


Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 16:48:37 | More by BeerLover99
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3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:52:59 | More by Hopfenpeter
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-15-2011 03:53:04 | More by mcphish22
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3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 16:51:34 | More by rlee1390
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3.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 22:37:45 | More by BeerBuckeye
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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 03:36:51 | More by Halcyondays
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 15:59:40 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:26:19 | More by bubseymour
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3.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 21:35:51 | More by ThaCreep
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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?

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 16:35:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice deep dark red color with a light tan head on top. The head fades into a thin ring around the glass. The smell of the beer has a spiciness to it and some malts that come through. The taste of the beer is also a little spicy and has a warming flavor to it. The mouthfeel is smooth, semi-thick and lightly carbonated. Overall I think this beer is a pretty nice Winter Warmer. I'd like to try it again in the future to see if my tastes have changed at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 15:49:34 | More by Knapp85
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich and roasted ale.

Dark amber with a touch of orange in the tulip glass. Warm malty aroma. Long flavor evolution from sweet through varieties of toasted malt to the bitterish finish. Hops are not very aggressive. Plenty of caramel and a hard candy taste. Better as it warms a little. Nutmeg and burnt sugar.

Something a little coarse about this beer. There are so many great Christmas and winter beers this is one of the less interesting. Still, quite drinkable for a switch and plenty of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 04:37:10 | More by mactrail
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle into a pint glass on 5.24.11., this appears a clear brownish red under a thin but well sustained head. Aroma is that of dark roasted malt with a deep note of chocolate licorice and crisp floral hops. Deep toasted malt dominates the palate here, for the most part, with a well suited carbonation that lets the flavor dominate. Notes of sweet dark cocoa and toasted nut come through to me and there's a subtle hop bitterness throughout that restrains the malt feel to a favorable level. Overall, this is one of the more boozy "winter warmers" I've ever tried but as the brew nears closer to room temperature from the fridge climate, the alcohol feel truly does seem to subside and a nice caramel note begins to break through on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:25:45 | More by albertjr21
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New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I received 12 bottles for a party awhile ago.

I have been making this my third bottle of the evening. The flavors were understated, and I didn't taste anything that makes it seem like a holiday brew. After aging this beer (unintentionally), I finally taste additional seasoning.

The coloring is fine and the lacing looks good. With the pour, I have two fingers of moderate head.

The taste has bittered with time, but I finally get the winter flavors coming through.

Just like most Flying Dog beers, this is nothing special. I recommend it as an entry level winter ale for those that haven't embraced strong flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:36:53 | More by ummswimmin
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle -> tulip glass

Pours copper/bronze color and has a fairly thick head with good retention and some lacing. Smells of deeply roasted sweet malts with some caramel-like malted scents. Tasting it, I pick up some chocolate flavors that compliment some of the roasty-sweetness fairly nicely and some very faint hops add bitterness and keep the alcohol from entering in too strongly from the equation. You don't really taste the alcohol, but you do notice its warmth and it bites a bit along with the light hops. It makes an impact on your mouth, and I'd be wrong to call this brew "smooth." It's forceful which sort of makes it hard to appreciate the texture of this one. Overall, it makes for an okay winter ale, but misses out on some of the fun "wintery" things that one tends to look for in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:06:03 | More by clarkkr
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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