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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 33
Gots: 49 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

razorsdescent, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Rob3408
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the best pumpkin/fall seasonal beer that I have had! From the first sip to the last sip it was filled with flavor: sweet pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger), and malty goodness.

Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of amber, off-white foam (hard to tell though with dim lights).

Smell: Grandma's pumpkin pie.

Taste: Big spiciness accentuated by the high abv with a complementing sweetness from the pumpkin to mellow it out through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a syrupy feel in your mouth. Goes well with some time between your sips making it perfect for an evening in. Alcohol is certainly present (although that's something I enjoy about big beers.

Overall: Like I said this is my favorite pumpkin beer. If you don't like big flavors this may not be your beer but it is now my go to fall beer.

Serving Type: Keg line (in Scotland if that makes a difference).

Rob3408, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of KHarz
4/5  rDev +8.7%

KHarz, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Ozzie1111
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Ozzie1111, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of epyon396
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

epyon396, Jan 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Rmbr2, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Schmoog, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Griggsy, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +8.7%

vermilcj, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of ryker47
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

ryker47, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of jgreenward
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

jgreenward, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jodybrutal, Dec 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

bcapon, Dec 06, 2013
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3.44/5  rDev -6.5%

Dilbert65, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

NonicPanic, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
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

Treyliff, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mjw1200, Dec 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

pinkysup, Nov 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Hearneator, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Mattyb79, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of freneticamnesic
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

freneticamnesic, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of MonicaC
1/5  rDev -72.8%

MonicaC, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Joe_Mowery
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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
3. Smokeyness
4. Cinnamon/clove
5. Nutmeg
6. Pumpkin

I have a nice buzz, so now I just need something else to rinse this taste out of my mouth

Joe_Mowery, Nov 23, 2013
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
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.