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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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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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Griffith

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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Griggsy

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-05-2014 14:19:29 | More by Griggsy
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-31-2013 17:03:18 | More by vermilcj
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ryker47

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

12-31-2013 02:03:55 | More by ryker47
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jgreenward

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-24-2013 03:48:01 | More by jgreenward
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jodybrutal

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-18-2013 01:41:47 | More by jodybrutal
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bcapon

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-06-2013 03:19:48 | More by bcapon
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Dilbert65

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-06-2013 02:02:21 | More by Dilbert65
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-05-2013 04:33:52 | More by NonicPanic
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue, two-finger off-white foamy head retains long after the pour, leaving behind some nice lacing.

S- big malty aromas of sweet bread and some fig, some toasted notes in there as well that simulate an aroma of pie crust. Pumpkin spices are well balanced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger

T- the big malty notes follow the aroma with lots of sweet bread and dark fruits, the sweetness continues and becomes a bit cloying, pumpkin spice notes are there, but overpowered by the sweetness

M- Heavy and thick body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and ends with a velvety finish, just a bit of alcohol warmth at the end

O- This one nearly hit on all cylinders, but the overpowering sweetness made this one difficult to finish. Other than that, everything else was on point

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:00:28 | More by Treyliff
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mjw1200

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-01-2013 21:28:48 | More by mjw1200
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pinkysup

New York

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-29-2013 21:19:01 | More by pinkysup
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Hearneator

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

11-28-2013 17:50:06 | More by Hearneator
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-28-2013 01:47:07 | More by Mattyb79
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freneticamnesic

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

11-24-2013 12:13:08 | More by freneticamnesic
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MonicaC

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72.8%

11-24-2013 04:24:42 | More by MonicaC
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Joe_Mowery

Maryland

2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 16:41:32 | More by Joe_Mowery
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Mrfabulous49

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 18:41:29 | More by Mrfabulous49
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KatyC

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-16-2013 01:38:30 | More by KatyC
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Hypersomnia

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-15-2013 02:49:51 | More by Hypersomnia
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ConradKenney

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

11-14-2013 20:07:51 | More by ConradKenney
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.24/5  rDev -12%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 05:31:48 | More by RandomExile
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:47:15 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Ralphs66

New York

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-09-2013 23:37:13 | More by Ralphs66
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-09-2013 01:14:56 | More by bigfnjoe
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.