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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 33
Gots: 37 | 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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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-06-2013 22:28:59 | More by outoffocus
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-17-2012 02:37:25 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-18-2013 03:14:41 | More by Jspriest
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bigred89

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-04-2011 04:54:32 | More by bigred89
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

I've always been indifferent to Flying Dog and am not a big fan of their standard line-up. However, I tried a single bottle of this the other day and was totally blown away. I'll love to see a local brewery shine like this!

I poured into a snifter.

"Whatever THE FEAR is that consumes you, embrace it, along with this Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Only then will the true artist in you rise up."

A: The darkest pumpkin ale I've ever seen. I mean really.... wow! It looked dark brown coming out of the bottle, but once collected in the glass, it's maybe a shade or so lighter than pitch black. The head is marshmallowy and clingy.

S: Big pumpkin spice bomb with cinnamon taking the lead. I friggin love cinnamon! Of course, nutmeg and allspice are in there also.... in a very fresh, intense way.

T: The pumpkin coated alcohol attacks you first... and that booze is coat doubly with cinnamon. I also go some of Flying Dog's signature, Wild Dog series, profile in there as well.

M: Like I said, the cinnamon burns the palate and the booze is present, but it is of the candy-coated, Three Floyds-esque variety. The carbonation is light and the lacing is ridiculous.

O: If you ask me, this is of the best pumpkin ales on the market. No joke!

10-18-2011 22:17:03 | More by Chaney
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-15-2013 20:03:48 | More by jbaker67
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

09-02-2013 22:11:29 | More by IdrinkGas
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mcallister

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

A lovely shade of chestnut with a large tight wound tan head that holds long retention.

Aromas of basil, pumpkin pie, all spice, cinnamon, hints of corriander, black pepper, anise, earthy hops, nutmeg and maybe more. Very dry smelling.

Light in body and full of alcohol flavors. Very dry on the finish and earthy with that same anise that was in the aroma. Pumpkin, all spice, nutmeg, and some other herbal flavors. I like where they are trying to go but just too boozy. More viscosity could have helped.

10-13-2011 21:34:17 | More by mcallister
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

09-20-2012 04:56:03 | More by Gatordaddy
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-23-2013 13:29:19 | More by BeerForMuscle
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-30-2013 22:21:49 | More by JohnK17
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-15-2011 18:05:20 | More by IrishColonial
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KevMo84

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

05-30-2014 06:13:52 | More by KevMo84
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

10-31-2013 22:39:23 | More by 2dogbrew
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

10-19-2012 16:28:21 | More by st9647v3
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-01-2013 01:00:21 | More by Morey
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-09-2013 01:14:56 | More by bigfnjoe
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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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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-20-2014 14:34:39 | More by Howlader
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-25-2012 12:54:18 | More by Stinger80OH
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-31-2013 17:03:18 | More by vermilcj
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

01-05-2012 00:54:37 | More by Satchboogie
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dar482

New York

4.11/5  rDev +11.7%

The beer comes in a deep dark reddish brown with a tan light brown head.

The aroma is of sweet pumpkin and some brown sugar along with cinnamon, but tons of nutmeg and other spices. A good amount of sweetness and caramel malt in the back.

The flavor hits in front with wonderful melt of sweet juicy pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon and spice. It hits in front and then to a bit of the middle. It then punches with a rolling bitterness of woodiness, roots, or herbal tea. This combines with the spices and then counteracts the sweetness and pumpkin well.

The hoppiness and bitterness really separates this beers from other pumpkin ales. This is really bitter and for serious beer lovers that can take the bitterness in this.

10-09-2013 02:02:01 | More by dar482
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-08-2012 23:02:40 | More by AndrewMichael
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.