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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%


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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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue, two-finger off-white foamy head retains long after the pour, leaving behind some nice lacing.

S- big malty aromas of sweet bread and some fig, some toasted notes in there as well that simulate an aroma of pie crust. Pumpkin spices are well balanced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger

T- the big malty notes follow the aroma with lots of sweet bread and dark fruits, the sweetness continues and becomes a bit cloying, pumpkin spice notes are there, but overpowered by the sweetness

M- Heavy and thick body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and ends with a velvety finish, just a bit of alcohol warmth at the end

O- This one nearly hit on all cylinders, but the overpowering sweetness made this one difficult to finish. Other than that, everything else was on point

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:00:28 | More by Treyliff
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this after a recent discussion about pumpkin ales and how I wanted to try this one. Many thanks Heath!

Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears darker than anticipated reminiscent of a more fluid version of molasses. When held to the light, it displays perfect clarity and a deep ruby coloration. A finger of tan froth sits atop the brew and slowly recedes to a thin layering across the top. Fingers of lacing stretch up the sides of the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes pumpkin flesh initially that is sweet that gives way to the anticipated spiced quality. Cinnamon and nutmeg are present with an earthy and toasty quality of malt meets pumpkin flesh that displays a bit of greenness about it but doesn't get offensive or veggie like some takes on the style can. Maybe a light touch of clove or ginger brightens the spiced character up across the back. As the brew comes up to temperature, a scent somewhat like licorice is noted.

The taste includes toasty pumpkin flavor mixed with some malt flavoring that is a bit like toffee however it never really gets a chance to get sweet as it is immediately contrasted with a modest amount of herbal hoppy bitterness. A bold amount of spices like cinnamon and earthy nutmeg are at the forefront that persist through the profile and into the finish. Just like the aroma indicated, there is a depth to the spice that goes off in different direction almost like clove and ginger. This brew is bold not only with the spices but also the alcohol inclusion which quickly warms up the throat.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall a very big and bold take on the style. It flirts with disaster as far as being too spiced for my liking but it overall ends up being enjoyable because it is balanced. The aggressive spicing was needed to keep the bold character of this brew in check. While I really appreciate the opportunity to give this one a try, it wasn't easy to finish the full 12oz. It is something that you should try if you get the chance but I think it would be much more enjoyable if it was toned down just a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:02:06 | More by stakem
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larryi86

Delaware

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger off-white head.

S- Brown sugar, pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, lots of spices.

T- Pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, burnt sugar, alcohol, some bitter earthy hops in the finish.

M- Medium body, fairly smooth.

O- A tasty pumpkin beer but the burnt flavor brings it down some. Worth trying and I will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 23:55:09 | More by larryi86
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maxk

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An undated bottle from a limited Autumn release, a part of the Wild Dog Series. Poured into a contoured pint glass.

A rich looking brown liquid with a creamy, light tan colored head. A good amount of lacing to this one.

Smells heavily of pumpkin and spice. There is cinnamon, all spice and a little bit of nutmeg, fairly common pumpkin pie spices. There's a bit of vanilla and brown sugar tying everything together.

There are bits of pumpkin and spice initially. The pumpkin is both sweet, but also tastes fresh and vegatable-esque, with some interesting bitterness. There's also a brown sugar sweetness. Bourbon warmth and mouth feel cut through all of the flavors. The spices seem to add a tiny bit of astringency. The body isn't quite as big as it seems it should be, the beer feels a little watery as it goes down.

An interesting pumpkin beer, lots of spice and a multi-dimensional pumpkin flavor. The spices and sweetness are good. Not my favorite, not entirely suited to my tastes but I still appreciate some of the complexities here.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 18:03:09 | More by maxk
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:34:32 | More by Billolick
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a tulip glass a ruby-hued brown color with an initial fingers worth of eggshell-white head that fades quickly to a ring. Lacing is pretty good for the style and abv.

Pumpkin and allspice are the dominant notes in the nose, with a nice dose of brown sugar, some cinnamon and sweet, bready malt.

Some nice pumpkin flavor hits the palette at first, but competes with the spices (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon) and notes of caramel, brown sugar and almost a little toffee flavor. Some underlying sweetness hits the middle of the tongue with some biscuity malt before this beer finishes off with a nice, and quite unexpected, hop bite on the back end. There are definitely beers that taste more like pumpkin than this, but this is a nice medley of flavors. There's a small amount of heat in the throat, but not much. The hops linger, along with a spicy pumpkin pie crust taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard for the style. Medium bodied with the carbonation of a typical brown ale (on the high side of low, or the low side of medium). Pretty easy drinking for the 9% abv.

Not my favorite pumpkin ale out there, but this just might earn a spot in the top 5. This brew doesn't knock you over the head with pumpkin flavor, but how well Flying Dog managed to execute all the other flavors (especially the nice hop bite in the finish) makes this definitely worth at least a try. It's like someone mixed a pumpkin ale with a harvest ale and then added some more hops. Which isn't a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:28:24 | More by cjoc83
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An imperial pumpkin...these are becoming popular. The beer is a rich brown with a thin tan head...soapy. Clear. The smell is of pie spice and booze. Malt comes out in a big way...slightly roasted, and a little breads. No pumpkin in the smell. In the taste, however, there are pumpkin favors, nestled within a serious alcohol warming, big spice bite, and malty sweetness. Full and thick in body, huge booziness. Long and spicy finish. Great pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:40:22 | More by Suds
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep tarnished penny color, almost brown head is a finger and a half off an aggressive pour. Head falls to cap some lace left behind. Seems a little dark for pumpkin must be the extra malt.

Aroma is malty only hints of pumpkin, some pumpkin spice and light alcohol esters. Seems kind of tame for a regular pumpkin might less an impy one. Nose isn't bad just figured it would be more powerful.

Taste is big on malt to start bready notes nice body then the pumpkin appears light in taste also, but liking the heavier malt as most pumpkins seem lighter then this. The spice kicks in with malt and lasts through out the finish. Light alcohol noted n the finish but does not distract. Taste much bigger then the nose and I am liking the heavier body on this one makes for a malty treat.

Mouthfeel is big medium defiantly bigger then most pumpkins and I and enjoying that tonight on a crisp fall night. Carbonation is about average and does not distract at all.

Overall after smelling this one thought eh average but after sipping on it found myself enjoying the fullness of it. Not sure why the nose is not bigger might pick more of these up for a heavier pumpkin brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:59:15 | More by mntlover
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kevinv

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with some brown/red-ish hues when held to the light. Only a slight head which quickly dissipated. Seems to be fairly common with most of the heavier Flying Dog stuff that I've tried.

S: I had the beer a little too cold when I first poured it - this one becomes much better as it warms. Lots of spice in the smell, mainly nutmeg and cinnamon. That distinct pumpkin smell comes through nicely as well. No presence of alcohol which is pretty surprising given it's 9.0% ABV.

T: The taste is largely spices with a light presence of booze coming through. The pumpkin seems to come through on the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. Mildly bitter and not overly sweet. Actually tastes/smells like a real pumpkin pie and doesn't seem artificial at all. The taste is quite big here.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a mild carbonation. I would have like it to be a little heavier.

O: Overall, this really is one of the better pumpkin ales that I've had. Pumpkin ales aren't among my favorite styles, but I will definitely buy some more of these if I come across them.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 17:57:12 | More by kevinv
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown cola colored body with a bone white head.

S- Spices and malt. Some pumpkin smell, but mostly spices.

T- Pumpkin spices come through with a good malt backbone.

M- Smooth feel with some carbonation. Very drinkable.

O- Not a normal time for a pumpkin ale, but really enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:44:37 | More by stephenjmoore
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC. Served in a Flying Dog pint glass.

The beer is a very dark mahogany brown with copper hues. About 1 finger's width of tan medium head that laced all the way down.

The smell is of many different spices. Notably what I believed to be coriander being the strongest scent. A nice doughy and bready malt leveled out the spice scents.

A plethora of spices take charge of this beer almost like a harvest ale. There is a slight hint of pumpkin that is really hidden behind the strong spices.

Mouthfeel was medium to heavy with good carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was good. I think it could have used more pumpkin to be called a pumpkin ale, but it was tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 19:43:46 | More by begforme4484
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: dark brown, kind of clear (insofar as a dark beer isn't clear by nature). Sustaining head with real good lacing
S: notes of pumpkin spice (shocking) - nutmeg, allspice, but also a nuttiness
T: slightly bitter nut up front combined with a sweet ginger taste, which is probably a combo of the alcohol and spices. Alcohol makes a presence throughout, although its bite comes closer to end. Mellows a little in the middle as the sugars gain hold.
M: the end is a little alcohol and resin and is a little if a turn off from the rest of the taste
O: I think this would be better toned down a notch on the alcohol. There are good spice flavors on top of a brown ale back that I enjoy. The ending dropped the rating a notch.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 00:37:35 | More by cjgiant
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't say I was hugely impressed with this beer on tap when I had it at Frisco's, but when I saw it on cask at Max's, I just couldn't resist.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with minimal head retention and very little lacing. The nose is spice filled, with considerable clove, allspice and nutmeg. The flavor profile replicaates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, and once again I'm impressed by the amount of spice in the beer. The cask condition tones it down somewhat, but this is still a clove and vanilla driven seasonal from FD. Mouthfeel is fairly soft with the low carbonation, and the alcohol seems a bit more noticeable as well. Nevertheless, this is an spice infused, interesting interpretation of a pumpkin ale, though a little bit goes a long way. I'm thinking one and done with this one.

Serving type: cask

10-23-2011 19:14:06 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Finewinemike!

A- Pours a deep dark blood reddish brown with 1 finger of off white head. Splotchy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of fresh pumpkin, bready notes like pie crust, spices such as allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and a slight bit of alcohol in the finish.

T- Very bready and malty up front that brings out the sweet pumpkin and pie crust. As it finish's and goes down the throat you get lots of spices and a bit of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slight bitter coating finish.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:08:17 | More by Arenbeer
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico's OktoBEERfest 2011. Served in a plastic pint. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a light tan head. Moderate lace. Nose brings forward some nice pumpkin spice and a bit of chocolate and roast. The flavor blends the pumpkin and porter characteristics quite well. A bit of booze, though not much. Medium body with good roast and spice. Well done; I like this pumpkin "sub-style."

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 14:59:19 | More by Thorpe429
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Actually got this right as it kicked, but the bottom of the barrel was still good. Poured a dark chestnut brown, hazy, with a large, rocky, tan head. Aroma of grains and pumpkin pie spice; quite earthy. Taste more of the spice than the pumpkin, with a good amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, and even a hint of basil, I thought. Thick with malts, and a bit earthy, with some bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel; chewy. Not too bad overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 01:47:15 | More by Rifugium
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jfmorey

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA

Very dark, almost opaque rudy-brown

Swell is all malt, black cherry

Taste is only fintly of pumpkin and spice; perhaps the reason for the generally low reviews? Just enough piney hops to balance the sweetness, with none of the metalic taste the is an issue for me in higher alcohol beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 18:49:25 | More by jfmorey
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MrOzNthePumpKings


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to give this one an overall of 3.8, but I rounded it up to 4.0 by default of the rating options. This one is real fun, I LOVE the description on the label about fear and Halloween, really makes for an exciting journey into my stomach. The main thing that stands out in, or maybe I should say Jumps out, of this Pumpkin Ale for me is the extreme spice received when washing it down. I personally enjoy it, and the slightly higher alcohol content helps make it something more special and provides a pre-winter warming bite to it. It has delightful mouth feel, very frothy and sort of thick, coats the inside of your mouth with all that autumn spice. I drank this with a Pumpkin whoopie Pie from Whole Foods and I tell you, the combination of the pumpkin dessert washed down by the Fear was so delightful I almost keeled over with joy! I think this is one of the BEST pumpkin beers to drink with pumpkin related desserts (cookies, pound cakes, pumpkin butter battered croissants)seriously, drink this one with your favorite pumpkin sweets!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 02:28:26 | More by MrOzNthePumpKings
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Mrfabulous49

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 18:41:29 | More by Mrfabulous49
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mchodge13

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better pumpkin beers I've tried this season. Pours a very dark brown with small beige foam. Picked up some usual pumpkin spices in the aroma(cloves I think) but got a whiff of banana-flavored bubble gum. Taste is a little spicy with hints of graham crackers. Packs a nice alcohol bite and has a tingly mouth-feel.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:52:43 | More by mchodge13
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance- Served a deep orange-brown color with a thin cream colored head. The head fades very fast to leave a whole lot of nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is on the more roasted and dry side overall. It is heaviest of a roasted malt and light roasted pumpkin smell. The nose has notes of a nutty nature as well as some spices of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste – The taste follows the nose of the brew very well. It begins heavy with a roasted malt and roasted pumpkin flavor. There is a light only a light level of sweetness upfront, but as the taste advances some sweeter brown sugar and caramel flavors come to the tongue. Initially in the taste there are some light nutty flavors which dwindle as the sweet flavors come to the tongue. Spices come to the taste more at the end as well. Nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon mix with the sweeter flavors and the roasted malt and pumpkin well to produce a rather balanced pumpkin flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creaminess is quite nice for the pumpkin and roasted flavors of the beer while the carbonation suits the spice and sweeter tastes that come to the tongue at the end.

Overall – A rather nice roasty at first and sweeter and balanced pumpkin flavor in this one. A good example of an imperial pumpkin brew and one to try if you have the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 00:19:30 | More by Darkmagus82
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am excited to have found this one. The beer poured a deep clear chestnut, mahogany color and builds about a finger high, tan head which has good retention and leaves lacing on the glass.
The smell reveals lots of spice, nutmeg, coriander and malt.
Tasting the beer the front is certainly marked by all the spices. In the middle actually a little pumpkin flavor works its way through along with caramel and brown sugar. At the end the alcohol is certainly making its mark, along with some flavors almost expected from whisky barrels.
A really great fall beer with a lot of character. I am glad I had a chance to taste it!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:34:24 | More by Hopfenpeter
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color with brownish hues on the edge of the glass. Poured with a short beige foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap that drapes sheets of wet lacings on the glass. Thick, creamy, smooth feel. Sweet pumpkin aroma with a lightly roasted malt aroma beneath. Sweet pumpkin flavor up front and into the middle with a floral hop bitterness in tow that continues to grow to the finish. Hop bitterness gives way to a brief pumpkin sweetness at the finish that leaves a lingering hop bitterness. The imperial nature of this beer is very apparent from the middle to the end. This was damn good. A truly unique spin on pumpkin ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 17:47:07 | More by IronLover
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DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on tap.

A: The beer was a dark amber color (not quite brown) with a good head and decent carbonation.

S: The beer had slight pumpkin smell with some spice (nutmeg, cinnamon)

M: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt

O: This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. It is a solid fall beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 16:28:28 | More by DapperGrowler
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a deep mahogany brown, tannish head, fine, about an inch, slow dissipation.

Smells of sweet to tangy pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Tastes of mildly toasted pumpkin with some nutty hop bitterness. Brown sugar and nutmeg spice as well. Hint of smokiness.

Medium to full body with mild prickly carbonation on the tongue.

A different approach to a pumpkin ale, works pretty well. Sweet like some pumpkin ales, but the smokey and bitter notes take it somewhere else. I like this pretty good and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 21:46:23 | More by Cylinsier
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.