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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 33
Gots: 33 | 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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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-13-2013 20:36:22 | More by djre4orm
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-07-2013 05:17:09 | More by megamass
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jmslade7

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-02-2013 04:01:28 | More by jmslade7
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puuj

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

05-22-2013 17:55:21 | More by puuj
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dan027

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-17-2013 02:43:19 | More by dan027
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Partridge

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-14-2013 13:48:44 | More by Partridge
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Erbo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-23-2013 00:26:47 | More by Erbo
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Hophead420

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-11-2013 05:20:00 | More by Hophead420
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-06-2013 18:36:58 | More by MarvinSnyder
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-06-2013 11:47:27 | More by LarryMyers
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CTJman

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-30-2013 17:24:20 | More by CTJman
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Rezknello

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

03-20-2013 23:57:09 | More by Rezknello
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Roberto11232

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

03-19-2013 03:10:05 | More by Roberto11232
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surfrogue1

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

03-14-2013 02:32:26 | More by surfrogue1
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Pencible

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque garnet with some off white head.
S: It smelled like pumpkin and clove and cinnamon, with some copper and cranberry and pie crust.
T: It tasted like clove and cranberries and copper, with some pumpkin. It had a dirty and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was not one of the better pumpkin ales. The scent and body were ok, but the taste wasn't ok. The finish was rough too, so it was not easy to drink. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:36:08 | More by Pencible
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic goblet showing a deepened, rusty amber coloring. It held a one finger head of cakey tan foam, showing nice retention, and leaving splotchy lacing down the walls of the glass. There was a chill haze, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared robust. The aroma gave big metallic malts, roasty caramels, baker’s yeast, and strong phenolic spice of clove and black pepper. Booze came with warmth, as did a light nutty moss and herbal hop bitterness. Our first impression was that the spice and chemically backbone really drowned out a lot of the other flavoring. As we sipped, aromatic metallics, toasted pale malts, brown sugar caramel roast, and saltiness started things off. These were all decimated through the center of the sip by chemical and clove of phenol, black pepper spice, and fusel booziness. These persisted through the finish, where they were added to by a bittering herbal hop quality, raw licorice, nutmeg, and powdered pumpkin spice. The aftertaste breathed of that phenolic fire, booze, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin spice, and herbal cone hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was nice and soft slurp, smack, cream, and froth to the sip, with thick coating left all around the mouth. There was a slight pucker, with little dryness or astringent to be had. The abv was fine, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the robustness of flavoring. While that central bite was certainly overpowering at times, at no point was the drinker bored. At first, things did feel one-dimensional, but with time and warmth the ending of the swallow flourished with a mix of bitters and spices. This made for an ultimately interesting drink. This beer does not land well within the stylistic guidelines, as much of anything pumpkin is lost, but it is definitely one of the more forward beers for Flying Dog.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 22:20:54 | More by TheBrewo
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

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02-14-2013 00:53:58 | More by DrFunkenstein
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-11-2013 02:12:06 | More by Lambocalrisien
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-10-2013 19:09:15 | More by AngusOg
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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abcramer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-06-2013 00:13:23 | More by abcramer
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-18-2013 03:14:41 | More by Jspriest
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance- Served a deep orange-brown color with a thin cream colored head. The head fades very fast to leave a whole lot of nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is on the more roasted and dry side overall. It is heaviest of a roasted malt and light roasted pumpkin smell. The nose has notes of a nutty nature as well as some spices of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste – The taste follows the nose of the brew very well. It begins heavy with a roasted malt and roasted pumpkin flavor. There is a light only a light level of sweetness upfront, but as the taste advances some sweeter brown sugar and caramel flavors come to the tongue. Initially in the taste there are some light nutty flavors which dwindle as the sweet flavors come to the tongue. Spices come to the taste more at the end as well. Nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon mix with the sweeter flavors and the roasted malt and pumpkin well to produce a rather balanced pumpkin flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creaminess is quite nice for the pumpkin and roasted flavors of the beer while the carbonation suits the spice and sweeter tastes that come to the tongue at the end.

Overall – A rather nice roasty at first and sweeter and balanced pumpkin flavor in this one. A good example of an imperial pumpkin brew and one to try if you have the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 00:19:30 | More by Darkmagus82
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.