The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 38
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: taylor714914 on 09-25-2011

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Ratings: 481 | Reviews: 116
Photo of BB1313
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of russwbeck
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of ksimons
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a very dark brown with two fingers worth of light tan head

S-pumpkin spices and a bit of roast

T-more roasted malt in the taste with pumpkin spices and a bit of chocolate sweetness in the finish

M-medium body, creamy, moderate carbonation, roasted finish

Overall a nice variation of the typical pumpkin beers with the roasted malt

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of pumpkin spice, but not overwhelming as most
Head large (5.5 cm), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good - complete rings with stalactites and tiny bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins lightly sweet and spicy with some hints of malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly syurpy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a very dark brown color body with a tan head that disappears quickly. The smell is all about the spices, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and brown sugar. The taste is up front strong of spices with a smokeyness to it. It has a little bit of pumpkin flavor, but finishes with a hop bitterness.
The mouth feel is kinda heavy but well carbonated and overall i would put this in the top 10 of pumpkin beers.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tall pilsner glass, color is amber to dark brown, head is light tan and presented 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring with some lacing.

Smell is some light roast, caramel and hints of spices, some nutmeg, clove and cinnamon are most obvious.

Taste is an malt upfront, caramel and light roast, quickly followed by strong spice character, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon (though light). some of the flavoring is a bit harsh, not sure if this is the heavy handed spice profile. alcohol strength is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel is a bit strong on the tongue, spices lingering, could use some sweeter or maltier balance.

Overall, a bit harsh in the flavors and mouthfeel but the smell is pleasant, especially as it warms. Strength of the brew is hidden well, though

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the darkest pumpkin beer i've seen that hasnt called itself a pumpkin stout. Deep 100 year old rusted brass hue with a big sticky off white head. Pumpkin, licorice, allspice,nutmeg, cinnamon an cocoa powder on the nose.

Surprisingly light for 9% abv but still on the heavy side of being medium bodied. Lots of spice with a big roasted malt profile and a nice pumpkin flavor to it. Unfortunately the spice really dominates this beer to the point of lingering in the mouth. The nice roastiness of the malt however compliments the pumpkin pretty well. A bit of a sloppy beer but a pretty good effort and i complement the brewery for using this years fresh pumpkins. Could use some work but drinkable and overall tasty enough.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Very dark brown, with light bubbles on the body and a off white head that's roughly a quarter inch off the body.

Smell: Freakig potent pumpkin scent heavy nutmeg. Comes and goes not heavy stickiness but very good to inhale.

Taste: can you say pie Ina glass because that's what it tastes like, slightly creamy and heavy pumpkins and cinnamon. It's sweet with malts and brown sugar how can you go wrong.

Mouth: Sticky and smooth.

Overall: incredible purchase and best one of the night here at TJ Finleys, thank you for offering this gem. Salud!

Photo of sleazo
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A_Pours a deep brown with a one finger creamy head. Retention is low and lacing is minimal.

S_Roasted pumpkin, brown sugar and cinammon dominate the aroma. As it warms clove and bit of ginger come through.

T_Caramel sweetness with a bit of the aforementioned spices hit first. The sweetness lingers mixed with a nice bitterness comes through next which nicely balances it out The alcohol comes through in the aftertaste as its' astringency dries out the mouth.

M_A bit sticky but with enough carbonation to push through it. Medium bodied for the style

O_A good but not great pumpkin beer. Still can't be the king.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: Thin head; good carbonation; dark cola color; not much lacing
S: nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel; inviting
T: very satisfying; alcohol and spices (nutmeg, allspice) prominent; hops are very strong, providing complexity

Some reviewers complain about the abundant hops, but I find that an asset in a pumpkin beer (a style I tend not to prefer). It's superior to Dog Fish Head's pumpkin, which is overly spiced.

Photo of IronLover
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +9%

Poured from an ice cold bottle into a glass.

Its very dark as imperial ales mostly are in most cases. There is carbonation but its tough to see being so dark. There was a small head even with an aggressive pour.

I get a fresh and fruity smell, not an aggressive pumpkin smell.

The mouth feel is thick and I'm getting an strong sour note.

I'm getting a light pumpkin taste, its good but it has a strong sour note. It has fresh fruity notes and over all its a good brew. I would still like to see the pumpkin flavor jacked up a notch.

Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

10/24/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. At first blush I was smitten but less than half way through the heavy texture started to interfere w/the subtle spiciness.

As a big So. Tier Pumpking fan I feel I've committed some weird form of adultery.

Moral of the story is what may appear to be fresh, new & exciting often is not. Maybe I'm just getting old.

Photo of droomyster
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A spice bomb of a beer that doesn't taste bad but is in desperate need of depth and subtlety. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head with good retention. Aromas are equal parts roasty, spicy, and pumpkin-packed. The taste, however, beats you over the head with spices. How much cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves can your mouth stand in a single sip? If it weren't for the redemptive roastiness and burst of black licorice that lingers on the immediate finish, I'd consider its flavor to be "below average." Fifteen minutes later, my mouth still tastes like I just smoked a pack of Djarum Blacks (clove cigs). As a non-smoker, I don't consider this an endearing quality.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a dark brown color with a nice one finger head. Decent carbonation and lacing. Very dark for a Pumpkin ale. Nose is a lot of spice- pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Lacking in complexity and depth for me. Taste is the same- it's decent, just not great- too heavy on the spices, and a little dry and thin as well. There's way too much allspice in this for me- I just couldn't get past that. Feel was better- medium body, but a little too dry and earthy for me. Overall, this was decent, but I wasn't knocked out by it. Glad I got to try it though.

Photo of Bierleichen
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Cinnamon taste but a decent beer

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.97/5  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!

Photo of taylor714914
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite excited to see this right next to secret stash!
Great appearance with a dark ruby brown color. A thin head sits on top of this gorgeous beer. It smells of sweet malts, pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The first sip blows me away. It reminds me of pumking with less sweetness and more rich maltiness. As I work my way through the glass, the beer warms showing more pumpkin flavor along with the subtle spices. Nice balance between the pumpkin, malts, and light spice. Overall I found this to be an excellent beer, like a darker pumking perfect for enjoying on a cool fall evening outside around the campfire.

Photo of DeFaz
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

A: Pours a very dark brown in color, almost black, a nice finger off tan head at the top with a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malts and caramel, some vanilla as well, little bit of pumpkin on the tail end but nothing prominent.

T: The character of taste on this one is somewhat like the nose just spicy on the tail end and lots more pumpkin coming through as well, lots of roasted malts.

M: Medium/ heavy bodied, a pretty decent amount of carbonation.

O: Very different from other pumpkin beers because the flavors are not to much on the pumpkin side, not a bad beer at all, I have had better from this brewery though.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaquely very dark brown, almost black in color, with ruby-brown highlights. Silky aged ivory head on top with amazing retention and rings of lacing. Pumpkin pie and cinnamon come to mind when smelling, as well as other aromas of nutmeg, allspice and other sweet spices. Pleasant.

Big and bold taste, the first thing that actually hits you is a bitterness remeniscent of a mixture of hops and coffee. After that come some pumpkin tastes that try to struggle through, but are overpowered by the alcohol and dark roasted malts. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the beer, not being over boozy even at 9%, but it does seem to detract from some very pleasant pumpkin tastes. Spices like the cinnamon and allspice work their way through as well, but are muted compared to the pleasant aroma. Still obviously a pumpkin ale however, just an imperial one with very tasty competing flavors. Pumpkin and bitterness both linger in the aftertaste, after a creamy but prickly mouthfeel.

All that said, I still really enjoyed this beer. Its big and bold, and even though the pumpkin doesn't shine through, it does add a layer of complexity to an already complex beer. I would buy this again.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into goblet.

A - Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. About a finger of almond head tops it off. Shows good lacing.

S - Roasted malts, nutmeg, and some pumpkin. It has molasses and toasted characters similar to a big stout with additional pumpkin pie spices.

T - Starts sweet, but mellow. Some toasted malts follow with a big cinnamon spice finish. Char on the aftertaste adds an interesting dynamic. Very nice. A nice change of pace from all of the cloyingly sweet pumpkin ales out there.

M - Very smooth carbonation with a medium-thick body. No alcohol presence. Velvety feel.

O - This dark pumpkin is hard to compare to most others in the style. The roasty char character pairs wonderfully with the pumpkin and spices. This is a great imperial pumpkin I will seek out again.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
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