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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 39
Gots: 61 | 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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Reviews by Mongrel:
Photo of Mongrel
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby-brown with little to no head or lace.

First major impression is the smell, which is like cough syrup or a strong herbal lozenge. Potent, bright and herbal, with just a little dark fruitiness coming through.

Taste is very similar to the nose - strong herbs and spices up front, anise and clove chief among them. This mellows in the middle to include a lot of malty sweetness, including vanilla, figs and prunes. There's a little hop coolness at the end. This beer is - like I remembered it - pretty in your face. I do not remember the herb/spice component being so forward - it sort of drowns out any real pumpkin flavor. Not a completely balanced beer, but still intriguing. Perhaps some time in the cellar would even it out a bit.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a little tingle from the booze and hops. It seems a bit thin though.

Mongrel, Aug 29, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Weavah
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 +8.7%

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 Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 +12.5%

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 oberon
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The perfect beer for the day I guess.Poured roasted chesnut color with a tinge of amber,almost no head to speak of.Pumpkin pie spice and big sweet alcohol in the nose,a booze bomb.Spiced with an undelying sweet alcohol element that is omni present,the flavors are not bad with the spice being dominant,the alcohol gets even bigger as the beer warms.There are better imperial pumpkin ales out there that are not as hot,it's not awful though.

oberon, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +8.7%

csmartin6, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info

Flying Dog's beers seem to get better and better with each new one I try, so I was happy to find this new seasonal at Yorktown, Beverage, in my home town of Yorktown, NY.

Pours dark mahogany, moderate height on the medium tan head, leaves a trail of fine lacing here and there.

On the nose I pick up some cinnamon, some vanilla and a hint of some dark bread.

On the palate it’s more of the same, again, cinnamon, again vanilla, darker malts, some of the 9% rearing its head, yeah a wee bit boozy, but I tend to like boozy, and hey it is 9%. Tastes sort of like Double Bastard, infused with a hint and a half of fall spices and with less hops and less body. Not really getting much actual pumpkin flavor or character.

Billolick, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of reitzbrewing
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

reitzbrewing, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

KolbMarley, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of ryhn0
4/5  rDev +8.7%

ryhn0, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with no visible BB date. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. Time to get into the spirit of Halloween/Autumn with a pumpkin ale. As always, Ralph Steadman's label art is great.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep ruby-brown hue that appears almost black in the glass. Good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of spices and malt with notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, fruity malt, pumpkin, mild roasted grain, yeast esters, herbs and stewed leaves. A subtle, warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity malt, spice and pumpkin, with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, fruity malt, pumpkin, roasted grain, herbs, stewed leaves and subtle yeast esters. Slightly sweet, with a warming hint of alcohol in the background. A herbal bitterness upon swallowing; verging on harsh. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Could be a tad thicker/creamier for the strength. Rather astringent, followed by an aftertaste of bitter herbs, spices and fruity malt.

An interesting effort, though the spicing is a bit heavy-handed. Looks good, with a nicely rounded aroma of malt, pumpkin and spice. The flavour is OK but rather bitter, with a herbal quality making itself felt. Body is a little insubstantial for the ABV. This brew packs plenty of charisma but lacks balance. Worth trying, but probably not one that I'd grab again.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Cynic-ale, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

briandaube, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

WVbeergeek, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

SPRichard, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with a half-a-finger brown fluffy head.

S: Lots of pumpkin, allspice, and cinnamon. Overall, the squash dominates.

T: This beer is a spice keg. The spices start early and finish late. The earth pumpkin is almost lost in the background of strong cinnamon and allspice. Instead of hoppy flavors, there is spice that lingers on the tip and back of the tongue along with strong alcohol warmth.

M: Medium and dry.

O: The Fear is aptly named. Strong, dark, spicey, it chases you along the whole drink. The alcohol and pumpkin work well together on the finish.

ianjsullivan, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Fear is darker than night, very close to black but allowing some red and brown to peek through at the edges. It develops a small tan head that has pretty good retention and leaves some craggy islands floating on top, which in turn leave firm patches of lacing in moderation.
I'm enjoying the pumpkin on the nose; it's sturdy and fleshy with a very good level of spicing, enough to add a nice aroma without overpowering the rest. There's also what I assume is an intentional buttery note that adds to the pleasantness.
The flavor differs just a little, but not in a bad way. The main difference is the stronger presence of herbal and floral hops bitterness. It does kind of come out over the pumpkin and spicing, though the spices make their way out a bit more than the pumpkin does. There's a peek of alcohol into a lingering finish.
The body is medium, and pretty full at that. Crispness is light and constant, balancing nicely with an equally constant smoothness. Dryness pulls into the finish.

Brenden, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

wander4, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of imbuckeye
4/5  rDev +8.7%

imbuckeye, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of kgammell1
4/5  rDev +8.7%

kgammell1, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Mrfabulous49
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my bartender friends gave me a pint of this without telling me what it was. It tasted great and went down smooth as could be. A little bit of a burn in the mouth, but otherwise, a great drinking brew.

What I did notice halfway through my pint, was that I was starting to feel pretty fucked up. This was the giveaway that wasn't drinking a typical 'pumpkin spice' seasonal. I asked my friend what it was and told me it was The Fear, made by Flying Dog Brewery. So, I had another & it seriously kicked the shit out of me.

In summary, fantastic beer, but if you are driving, watch your intake because the ABV is twice your average seasonal. Or, have a designated driving and get ripped!

Mrfabulous49, Nov 19, 2013
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The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.