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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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83
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470 Ratings
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 40
Gots: 64 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

freneticamnesic, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of MonicaC
1/5  rDev -72.7%

MonicaC, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Joe_Mowery
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
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 +7.4%
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
Photo of KatyC
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

KatyC, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Hypersomnia
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Hypersomnia, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of ConradKenney
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

ConradKenney, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of RandomExile
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: dark brown, opaque, thick fine tan head, sheets of lacing which disappear quickly
S: cocoa, malt, mint (!)
T: bitter, roasted coffee, malt, mint, woody toast finish
M: medium-full-bodied, alcohol well-blended and masked by carbonation
O: some odd disjointed notes, but drinkable, and excellent handling of such a high abv

RandomExile, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -18%

Ralphs66, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

bigfnjoe, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Necropsy
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Necropsy, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

outoffocus, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, crystal clear, toffee-brown coloring with a thin, sparse, very light tan surface coat of head. Great looking brew. Aromas of pumpkin, candied sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, bubblegum, and toasted grains. Very rich, but avoids any heaviness in the nose. Flavors are roast forward, with a rich, tangy caramel and toffee blend leading a roast pumpkin character and a healthy kick of booze. Very rich throughout, and there are hints of chocolate throughout the palate, as well. The spices fall a bit out of focus, allowing the rich, sweet, and heavy characteristics to run rampant on the tongue. Heavy, on a smooth, mid-body, with a tangy sweet and rich aftertaste. This one stays strong throughout, even into the slightly cloying, slightly boozy finish. Slight warming as you drink. Solid flavors, big beer.

GarthDanielson, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of lsummers
4/5  rDev +9.3%

lsummers, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Morey, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

2dogbrew, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Kirk, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of UHCougar12
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

UHCougar12, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

njnj2000, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Louski
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Louski, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

msanborn, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

LibraLady, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Fergyx825
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a very dark amber beer, with a little bit of head on the edges of the glass and on the surface of the beer. This is way darker than most pumpkin ales.

Smell: A rich smell of pumpkin and spices. This smells great. I'm really looking forward to tasting this beer.

Taste: At first you can really taste the spices of this beer, then it settles into the alcohol of the beer. This beer doesn't taste as it smells, but you can taste the spices of the beer and not so much the pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: a low carbonated beer, with some body to it. I really enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer.

Overall: This is pretty standard run of the mill pumpkin ale. It has some flavor to it, but the alcohol is obvious.

Fergyx825, Oct 27, 2013
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.