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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 34
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: taylor714914 on 09-25-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

10-21-2012 18:36:29 | More by username
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-20-2012 22:18:37 | More by Stobin
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

10-20-2012 05:39:16 | More by jtierney89
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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

10-20-2012 03:52:37 | More by NoLeafClover44
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

10-19-2012 16:28:21 | More by st9647v3
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-19-2012 14:57:00 | More by ZenBiscuits
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New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +29.9%

Nice pumpkin pie smell with some pie crust , cinnamon, dark malts and some fruity alcohol fumes. I get spices right up front with some cinnamon, ginger, a tad of nutmeg. Very complex beer. It ends with a hoppy earthy bite. I also taste some alcohol and the dark fruity ester come out.

Its very spicy and the pumpkin takes a bit of the backseat but coming through with a vegetable bite that mixes in with the hops. You get a lot of tastes in this one. I also get a burnt malt porter taste as well. Its almost like a porter mixed pumpkin ale. The dark malts and earthy bitterness of a porter but not uite stout with the pumpkin pie spices and slight pumpkin taste.

An amazing take on the style very unique in comparison to most. With that being said its not the best but very complex and still an amazing beer.

10-18-2012 02:42:00 | More by thebrood1987
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-17-2012 16:23:23 | More by srw
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-17-2012 02:37:25 | More by ShemRahBoo
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger off-white head.

S- Brown sugar, pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, lots of spices.

T- Pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, burnt sugar, alcohol, some bitter earthy hops in the finish.

M- Medium body, fairly smooth.

O- A tasty pumpkin beer but the burnt flavor brings it down some. Worth trying and I will pick this up again.

10-15-2012 23:55:09 | More by larryi86
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-15-2012 15:32:13 | More by goblue3509
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Really excited to try this since I didn't catch it last year. Poured into a pub glass.

A - Kind of looks like a pumpkin porter just not as dark. Cola like in color with a mild red haze at the base. Head is an opaque color that seems to stick around for a bit with great lacing.

S - Well burnt sugars and alcohol heat are notable here. Not the best way to open up a brew but it does have mild spices and a sort of bittering vegital smell that is remnant of pumpkin.

T - Kind of all over the place I am getting burnt sugars, nutmeg and cinnamon, a decent hop bite and a sort of vegital taste that fades out sweet in the finish, which also houses some alcohol heat which is masked by mild hops. Not completely though but it's not terrible.

M - Well I have tasted beers with more heat around 9% so I gave it a bit of a break. After all it's called the fear and it's sort of a winter warmer so it supposed to have some burn.

Overall can't say it's the worst pumpkin beer I had but it kind of makes me regret buying two since I could have had another "Devious".

10-15-2012 00:36:13 | More by DrDemento456
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-14-2012 23:19:14 | More by tankg
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-14-2012 20:41:30 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-14-2012 05:21:19 | More by Rojada1988
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-14-2012 01:41:34 | More by NoProblem
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

Deep Cola colored brown with red highlights. Has a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Light notes of pumpkin meat, Cola, caramel and candy sugar.

A tad bit boozey. Cola and burnt sugars. Nutmeg, allspice and clove. Light notes of pumpkin meat. Bitter, earthy finish.

Medium bodied, crisp and creamy.

An rather poor attempt at a Pumpkin Stout/Porter. The booze is pretty apparent. The dark qualities are not rich enough. Meh.

10-13-2012 23:53:42 | More by justintcoons
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

10-13-2012 22:30:16 | More by TaylorK
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -9%

A: The beer is very dark brownish amber in color but is so dark that you need to hold this up to a bright light to see some color near the edges of the glass. It poured with a half finger high dense beige head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thick collar around the edge.
S: There are aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness—flavors of nutmeg seem to stand out in particular among the spices. There are lingering notes of alcohol through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This could have been a good pumpkin ale if it wasn't hindered by flavors of alcohol in the taste.

10-13-2012 02:41:53 | More by metter98
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

10-11-2012 23:28:36 | More by weaselchew
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

A: Pours a clear very dark amber to dark brown in color with some reddish highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the smell is which more mild than other beers in this style with the pumpkin barely even noticeable. There are faint aromas of spices (nutmeg and allspice) along with some light hints of alcohol as well.

T: Upfront the beer has light flavors of pumpkin with stronger flavors of spices - nutmeg and allspice really stand out. Slight hints of nuts are also present. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish that fade after some time. There is a light amount of alcohol present in the taste as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly coats the inside of your mouth from the carbonation.

O: I really wish that there was just a hint more pumpkin flavor/aroma and that the alcohol was a little more well hidden - I like the fact that there is very little sweetness to this pumpkin. Not the easiest to drink and I will likely skip this one next year. I would describe this more as a fall/autumn beer than a pumpkin beer.

10-11-2012 00:37:41 | More by dbrauneis
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-10-2012 19:02:51 | More by skaboom420
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -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.

10-10-2012 02:28:21 | More by Hopdaemon39
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

10-09-2012 17:47:01 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-08-2012 23:02:40 | More by AndrewMichael
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
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