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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
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471 Ratings
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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 40
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taylor714914 on 09-25-2011)
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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +9%

A: deep dark brown body, less than opaque edges; fat foam head a couple of fingers high left some lace down the glass

S: dark brown chewy pumpkin bread, molasses and spice

T: rich brown malts and slightly vegetal but mostly sweet pumpkin; spicy edges and molasses sugars; hearty dark bread quality, fruitiness of candied fig and date

M: medium-weight, warming and smooth, slight prickle on the palate; roasty brown aftertaste

O: better than I expected - the brown ale was well-suited to the pumpkin bread flavors and spice; rich and warming seasonal treat

Greywulfken, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%

A: Darker than blood/rich mahogany. Light, creamy tan head, and consistent lacing. Very fearsome looking like blood dripping from a werewolf's canine. (4.75/5).

S: Toasted bread. Cinnamon, ginger, and allspice (4/5).

M: Slightly syrupy, full bodied. Low-moderate carbonation with a spicy finish, very well-attenuated finish (4.25/5).

T: Pumpkin puree with lots of warming cinnamon and ground clove. Dark espresso-extract like malt flavor. Lots of roasted chocolate malts as well. Slightly sweet ginger and pine hopping, resinous caramel. Walnut bitterness. Bitter and roast malt forward (4/5).

orcrist_cleaver, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Weavah
4/5  rDev +9%

First of all, let me just say that I can't stand Pumpkin beers. I typically find them to be over sweet, fake tasting, and otherwise vile.
However, Flying Dog has done a marvelous job here.

A: Dark copper brown. Great creamy head, with minimal lacing.
S: On the nose a big hit of nutmeg, and a faint bit of sweet potato .
T: Nut meg, and clove are the spices I'm picking up. The pumpkin here is faint. You get it right up front then it fades away. And it taste like raw pumpkin smells...more earthy then aggressively sweet. A lot of good malt and caramel on the finish, with a good hop bite.
M: Sticky, and smooth.
O: This is not just a good pumpkin beer, this is a great imperial. If you gave this to me with no pretext I would think it was just a really good imperial IPA.

Weavah, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Deep, dark brown.

S: Lots of pumpkin spice, but of a darker earthy flavor. A bit musty with clover, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Mostly of spices and a strong brown ale. Warms up nicely, like a nice pumpkin pie, but a bit scarce on the pumpkin.

M: Smooth with just a nice bit of carbonation to move those spices around.

O: Good stuff. One of the better ones that I've had. My third of the year, but my first full bottle (the second was the Schlafly Pumpkin and the first was Pumking).

gillagorilla, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +9%

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep dark amber orange colour... Creamy head poured small but quite thick and foamy then faded to wispy covering... barely any carbonation... any lacing fades very quickly...

Aroma - Lots of pumpkin pie notes along with dark malt loaf, nutmeg and clove spiciness, spicy fruits (oranges, dates), lots of dark molasses sweetness, light pepperiness, allspice, some caramel...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aromas... again lots of rich pumpkin pie and malty bread notes mixed with nutmeg and allspice, cinnamon, some burnt toffee hints, honey notes, brown sugar, some faint peppery hop hints..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry at first then smooths out... medium bodied... pretty drinkable for a 9% beer as the alcohol is very well hidden but i wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle as it would become way too sickly...

Overall - A pretty good pumpkin beer and much better than i expected... recommended

mdagnew, Today at 12:48 PM
Photo of Kdowney1
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Kdowney1, Yesterday at 02:18 AM
Photo of earlholman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

earlholman, Thursday at 08:09 PM
Photo of WMD-1002
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

WMD-1002, Monday at 10:08 PM
Photo of thedoubler55
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

A: Pours a very dark brown in color, almost black, a nice finger off tan head at the top with a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malts and caramel, some vanilla as well, little bit of pumpkin on the tail end but nothing prominent.

T: The character of taste on this one is somewhat like the nose just spicy on the tail end and lots more pumpkin coming through as well, lots of roasted malts.

M: Medium/ heavy bodied, a pretty decent amount of carbonation.

O: Very different from other pumpkin beers because the flavors are not to much on the pumpkin side, not a bad beer at all, I have had better from this brewery though.

thedoubler55, Monday at 07:24 PM
Photo of Burkbom23
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Burkbom23, Monday at 12:12 PM
Photo of kevdude
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

kevdude, Sunday at 06:41 PM
Photo of fosters9
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

fosters9, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of SPChurilla
4/5  rDev +9%

SPChurilla, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

newbeeraday, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of pumpkin spice, but not overwhelming as most
Head large (5.5 cm), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good - complete rings with stalactites and tiny bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins lightly sweet and spicy with some hints of malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly syurpy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

Ozzylizard, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Fievel
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Fievel, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of bluehende
4/5  rDev +9%

bluehende, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of CDGoin
1/5  rDev -72.8%

How to describe the worse thing I have ever tired.. How about someone threw up a pumpkin pie on a pine tree.. ? I don't mean to be rude.. But it was literally the worst beer I have ever had. If you like Pumpkin and you like VERY Hoppy IPAs.. then I guess you might like this obination. If you lean towards liking more malty beers, and not a big fan of pumpkin stay far.. far.. far away. As you should Fear it.

CDGoin, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of mitch3114
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

mitch3114, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

RavenForBeer, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of kkazemi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

kkazemi, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.40):
Another fairly enjoyable Flying Dog effort that was by no means the brewery's best beer but a good one nonetheless, particularly because it was such a big, well flavoured beer that was very nice to sit and sip away at. Perhaps the alcohol content could have been better hidden but it didn't take much away from the taste and it was well worth trying without truly exciting.

flyingpig, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of Salud24
4/5  rDev +9%

Salud24, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of Devman171
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Devman171, Nov 02, 2014
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The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.