The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery
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1.93/5 rDev -47.6%
12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
A -- dark brown -- far darker than I anticipated. 2-finger tan head with moderate retention and sticky lacing
T -- bitter. ridiculously bitter, and not in a good way. To ape Patton Oswalt, a failure brew in a sadness bottle. I seriously hope that something had gone off, because no discernible flavor was evident beyond the overwhelming bitterness.
M -- moderate carbonation; relatively clean; reasonable balanced mouthfeel.
O -- rarely do I drain-pour something, but this met the bill. I let it rest and warm -- it didn't matter...I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin ales to begin with, but to date they have all been tolerable. This beer was definitely a Halloween trick...
11-01-2011 00:29:19 | More by tchaos
2.4/5 rDev -34.8%
12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass
A -- Blood red! Amazingly dark red, no head retention after a minute of warming. White froth that quickly dissipates.
T -- Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and roasted pumpkin seed. This beer is too bitter and lacks real flavor depth except nutmeg and overly cloved spice. This is crap for an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. I am really let down. Well it's Flying Dog so, I take that back.. ohhh snap..
M -- moderate carbonation; relatively clean; reasonable mouthfeel, lacking a nice thickness of top tier Imperial Pumpkin Ale's. This is quick fast, racy,cloved and dirty. A lingering back palate spice bite.
O -- This is a the worst Imperial Pumpkin Ale I have had and this is number 5, maybe I was spoiled by having Southern Tier, Schlafly, Weyerbacher, and Heavy Sea's. But a crap beer is a crap beer. When your expecting something spectacular and you get this, you get pissed. I am so glad I didn't buy a 6'r of this.
11-01-2011 01:34:34 | More by challenja
2.48/5 rDev -32.6%
Orange brown pour with a white head. The lacing and retention is great. Pumpkin, vanilla, spices, some roasted malty aroma. Sort of a weird smell. The taste is malty, roasted, sort of boozy. Really no hint of pumpkin or spiciness. Disjointed and like the smell is weird tasting. Light, carbonated well, just not balanced at all. The strange smell and flavor makes this difficult to drink. Disappointed in this.
10-22-2011 18:52:52 | More by russwbeck
2.6/5 rDev -29.3%
It's rare that I'm really disappointed with a pumpkin ale, but this one just doesn't work. The only thing going for it is its unusual appearance--a dark brown color with a beautiful red thrown in there too and a head that displays fairly poor retention. From there, things go down hill. The smell consists of roasted malt and pumpkin, with the malt distracting rather than complimenting the pumpkin. In the taste, the roasted malt, pumpkin, alcohol, and spices just don't work and leave a bittersweet mess. A cross between a porter and a pumpkin ale may have sounded good on paper, but I found this disappointing and one of the worst tasting pumpkin ales I've had despite the nice appearance and mouthfeel.
09-21-2013 00:45:09 | More by DeFaz
2.64/5 rDev -28.3%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color. Not quite stout-y looking, but darker than a lot of pumpkin ales I've encountered. The head is a creamy mocha shade, about one finger high. It's both soft-looking and well retaining, all while leaving a nice ring of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: The spice levels here are strong; lots of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove here. There's something vaguely medicinal here that I'm not sure of, though. Otherwise, touches of pumpkin, brown sugar, and caramel round out the decent aroma.
T: For about a second, it's opens up with a pleasant layer of spices. After that second, problems ensue: the flavors become quite minty to the point of being medicinal. Luckily, the aftertaste is pleasantly roasty. The combination of the minty middle and the alcohol presence sends this one spiraling down into mediocrity - and straight into the realm of crappiness.
M: The smooth body is a welcoming respite...until it dries up on the swallow, exposing some of the harsher flavors. Somewhat boozy, and also slightly overcarbonated.
O: This reminds me that while there are a few rock-solid beers from this brewery (like Raging Bitch), some of their other stuff is painfully mediocre. Like this - actually, no, it kind of sucks. Will not be buying again.
09-11-2013 23:23:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
2.68/5 rDev -27.2%
A 16-oz draft at Adega in Silver Spring.
If you look at my reviews, I tend to be much higher than the
mean (i.e., a large positive rdev).
Normally, I probably would not take the time to write a review
for a beer that I had a mediocre experience with.
However, this beer, as a "special seasonal" ale, should get
some extra attention.
You can read below, but the bottom line is that this is a mediocre ale, at best. There is nothing at all exceptional here.
A - Dark reddish brown with a small head and a good lacing.
S - Slight cinnamon, gingerbread smell
T - The slight spiciness comes through on the back of the
tongue with a good bitterness. But really, there is no
complexity in the taste here.
M - Mouthfeel is unnoticeable.
Really, for a seasonal ale, the reviewer's bar should be
fairly high. This just has nothing worth talking about.
10-19-2011 01:30:14 | More by mastodonj
2.78/5 rDev -24.5%
First, let me say that I'm not a fan of IPAs. What does this have to do with The Fear? You'll see.
Poured darker than most pumpkin ales. I like that. A decent head that didn't last but left some lacing.
Smelled really nice...the typical pumpkin pie spices that all the brewers use, but the malt aroma prevailed so that was a good thing. Got my expectations up, cause as you all know there are some shitty "pumpkin" beers out there this time of the year. Personally I usually have better luck with the Oktoberfests.
Anyway, I've always been a fan of the stuff Flying Dog puts out. The discontinued Horn Dog was one of my very favorites. So I def looked forward to tasting The Fear. Ever drink Cynar or some of those other Italian aperitifs like Campari? Do you like bitter? Than you'll love The Fear. And by the way, the 9 ABV is never noticeable thanks to the sea of bitter.
Otherwise stay clear. There are more friendly pumpkin beers out there.
09-27-2013 01:23:32 | More by theBubba
2.8/5 rDev -23.9%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany color with two fingers of off white head. The head fades to just a trace.
Smell: Pretty darn good. Malt and some spice, mainly some nutmeg. There are some dark fruit notes in there as well.
Taste: I really wish it was as good as the smell. Way too bitter. There is a pleasant malt sweetness with some spice that is getting run the f over by bitterness. Strong alcohol notes as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Not sure if this is a bad bottle or just doesn't taste good, but I'm not a fan.
10-27-2011 00:37:29 | More by oline73
2.9/5 rDev -21.2%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a darker pumpkin ale. Pours a dark brown with some light brown hues. There's a huge fluffy dark off-white head which sticks around and leaves sticky lacing. Nice looking beer. The aromas are somewhat faint, but still enjoyable and basically what you would expect from the style. Lots of caramel malts blended with some cinnamon spices. The flavors are very bitter. The hop bitterness is very noticeable. The flavors are very spicy. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Once again, very bitter and not sweet at all. Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy. The carbonation is there, making it a smooth drink. The alcohol isn't really noticeable and there's no booziness, just a harsh bitterness.
This isn't really the best Imperial Pumpkin Ale I've come across. Too bitter for the style, in my opinion. I was hoping for more, considering Flying Dog really excels with their bigger beers.
12-16-2012 20:50:36 | More by BB1313
2.91/5 rDev -20.9%
Poured a nice head with good lacing. The initial aroma was nice, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of pumpkin.
The first thing you will notice after drinking this beer is the dry bitterness, unfortunately the bitterness overshadows all the spices and pumpkin flavors. After a few sips the caramel malts and smokey flavors tend to dominate this beer, as the dry bitterness lingers on your tongue. At this point it is hard to taste any pumpkin. Despite the strong bitterness I do not notice any hop arromas.
I have recently tasted about 12 different pumpkin beers, and this is definitely one of my least favorites, I would probably not buy this beer again, and would definitely not recommend it to my friends.
One positive note is the high alcohol content, I am presently surprised with the nice buzz after only drinking one bottle.
The main aspects of this beer that I taste in order of dominance are
1. Dry Bitterness
2. Caramel malts
I have a nice buzz, so now I just need something else to rinse this taste out of my mouth
11-23-2013 16:41:32 | More by Joe_Mowery
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.