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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 39
Gots: 59 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

doc17325, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Stinger80OH, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Roose13
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Was really shocked at how dark it was. A pretty deep brown.

S: Brown sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin spices.

T: A little bit roasted, almost like a burnt pumpkin pie. A little bitter and hoppy as well, a definite surprise.

M: Carbonated, medium body.

Overall: Great pumpkin beer! Was thoroughly surprised with this. Creative, bold and something I expected from Flying Dog.

Roose13, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a deep mahogany brown, tannish head, fine, about an inch, slow dissipation.

Smells of sweet to tangy pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Tastes of mildly toasted pumpkin with some nutty hop bitterness. Brown sugar and nutmeg spice as well. Hint of smokiness.

Medium to full body with mild prickly carbonation on the tongue.

A different approach to a pumpkin ale, works pretty well. Sweet like some pumpkin ales, but the smokey and bitter notes take it somewhere else. I like this pretty good and would have it again.

Cylinsier, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +8.7%

csmartin6, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of BCash
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

BCash, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of keanlacrosse
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

keanlacrosse, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Hessian257, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of username
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

username, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Stobin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Stobin, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jtierney89, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

NoLeafClover44, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

st9647v3, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ZenBiscuits, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of thebrood1987
4.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

thebrood1987, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

srw, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ShemRahBoo, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of larryi86
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

larryi86, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

goblue3509, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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".

DrDemento456, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of tankg
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

tankg, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Rojada1988, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of NoProblem
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

NoProblem, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

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

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

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

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and creamy.

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

justintcoons, Oct 14, 2012
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.