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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 34
Gots: 38 | 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 endincolorado:
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4.19/5  rDev +13.9%

A- Deep brown with ruby highlights and a nice pale-tan head that settles slowly and leaves behind a satisfying lace. Uniquely dark for the style.

S- Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, a little allspice coupled with a nice, bready malt.

T- Nice and toasty for the style, with spices complementing, but not overwhelming the flavor.

M- Mouthfeel is nice and creamy; also refreshingly satisfying. Carbonation is just right.

Overall, I'm glad to have picked up a six-pack of this stuff. I wasn't even aware of this beer until tonight, and though I turned down a few other pumpkin ales (there are a lot nowadays) in favor of this label, I'm glad I chose this one.

10-05-2013 00:20:11 | More by endincolorado
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

10-31-2012 21:17:47 | More by oberon
Photo of csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-23-2012 03:02:26 | More by csmartin6
Photo of megamass

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-07-2013 05:17:09 | More by megamass
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

09-27-2012 23:34:32 | More by Billolick
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-06-2013 19:12:37 | More by KolbMarley
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-09-2014 03:00:31 | More by ryhn0
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

11-10-2013 01:47:15 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-13-2013 07:16:05 | More by Cynic-ale
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-22-2013 22:13:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-25-2012 21:54:05 | More by SPRichard
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

09-30-2012 17:07:50 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-14-2012 20:41:30 | More by acurtis
Photo of Brenden


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

10-26-2012 16:09:42 | More by Brenden
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-09-2012 19:57:40 | More by wander4
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-03-2012 21:35:16 | More by imbuckeye
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

11-19-2013 18:41:29 | More by Mrfabulous49
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-18-2014 14:43:46 | More by Griffith
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-07-2013 23:38:23 | More by drinking12many
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

A nice slightly bitter "IPA" as in imperial pumpkin ale! Nice molasses color and similar smell and taste. No real hints of pumpkin to me but if i had to drink a beer, i would enjoy this one.

08-24-2014 00:11:56 | More by faulkster4
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-05-2013 23:49:58 | More by socon67
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz bottle into a Lost Abbey teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger light brown cream colored head with average retention. Beer is clear dark brown. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sparse with decent cling. Solid.

Nose is very mellow. Nutty with a hint of pumpkin, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Average.

Opens pumpkin spice, chocolate, roasted malt, and cocoa. Some cinnamon and nutmeg along with loads of brown sugar sweetness and spice at the middle. End is more brown sugar and holiday spice sweetness with a nutty aftertaste. Pretty tasty.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and accented going down. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Nice.

A solid beer overall. I tend to prefer the darker pumpkin beers and this one fits the bill pretty well. Worth trying.

11-25-2012 22:43:05 | More by SpeedwayJim
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-21-2012 21:37:16 | More by Hessian257
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Had on tap in a tulip- clear, dark ruby mahogany color with less than a finger of head that took a long time to form. Leaves stunning silky sheets of lacing.

Smell is unimpressive- boozy more than anything, also a little pumpkin and clove.

Taste is not particularly interesting- pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, booze. It's all right but nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel is nice- velvety full bodied, light soft carbonation, a little chewy. Good but nothing amazing.

10-10-2012 02:28:21 | More by Hopdaemon39
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New York

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-09-2013 23:37:13 | More by Ralphs66
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The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
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