The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery
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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
2.64/5 rDev -28.3%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color. Not quite stout-y looking, but darker than a lot of pumpkin ales I've encountered. The head is a creamy mocha shade, about one finger high. It's both soft-looking and well retaining, all while leaving a nice ring of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: The spice levels here are strong; lots of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove here. There's something vaguely medicinal here that I'm not sure of, though. Otherwise, touches of pumpkin, brown sugar, and caramel round out the decent aroma.
T: For about a second, it's opens up with a pleasant layer of spices. After that second, problems ensue: the flavors become quite minty to the point of being medicinal. Luckily, the aftertaste is pleasantly roasty. The combination of the minty middle and the alcohol presence sends this one spiraling down into mediocrity - and straight into the realm of crappiness.
M: The smooth body is a welcoming respite...until it dries up on the swallow, exposing some of the harsher flavors. Somewhat boozy, and also slightly overcarbonated.
O: This reminds me that while there are a few rock-solid beers from this brewery (like Raging Bitch), some of their other stuff is painfully mediocre. Like this - actually, no, it kind of sucks. Will not be buying again.
09-11-2013 23:23:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.76/5 rDev +2.2%
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
09-08-2013 21:57:05 | More by ksimons
3.59/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
09-06-2013 01:49:52 | More by sleazo
4.76/5 rDev +29.3%
Pumpkin beers are one of my very favorite styles, second only to a good west coast or Imperial IPA. There are so many great pumpkin beers out there; Some very mild and not really pumpkiny at all. Some are way overdone to the point where we must ask ourselves if they are beer at all or are they liquefied pumpkin pie? And then there is The Fear: A perfectly balanced pumpkin ale that is deceptively smooth and delightfully drinkable despite the 9% ABV. The traditional pumpkin and spices are definitely all there, but subtle enough to allow the taste of an American Strong ale to come through. Bravo to Flying Dog for making a truly fantastic fall seasonal!
09-01-2013 03:59:58 | More by Chrisbaggz
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
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