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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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83
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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 33
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of Barrchon
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Barrchon, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Actually got this right as it kicked, but the bottom of the barrel was still good. Poured a dark chestnut brown, hazy, with a large, rocky, tan head. Aroma of grains and pumpkin pie spice; quite earthy. Taste more of the spice than the pumpkin, with a good amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, and even a hint of basil, I thought. Thick with malts, and a bit earthy, with some bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel; chewy. Not too bad overall.

Rifugium, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -18.3%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev +9%

Paul68, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Donutos
4/5  rDev +9%

Donutos, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of KushBreakfast
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

KushBreakfast, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +9%

bmur112, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BrooBub
5/5  rDev +36.2%

BrooBub, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mchodge13
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

One of the better pumpkin beers I've tried this season. Pours a very dark brown with small beige foam. Picked up some usual pumpkin spices in the aroma(cloves I think) but got a whiff of banana-flavored bubble gum. Taste is a little spicy with hints of graham crackers. Packs a nice alcohol bite and has a tingly mouth-feel.

mchodge13, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of lpotter
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

lpotter, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jfmorey
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

On tap at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA

Very dark, almost opaque rudy-brown

Swell is all malt, black cherry

Taste is only fintly of pumpkin and spice; perhaps the reason for the generally low reviews? Just enough piney hops to balance the sweetness, with none of the metalic taste the is an issue for me in higher alcohol beers.

jfmorey, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of droomyster
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

A spice bomb of a beer that doesn't taste bad but is in desperate need of depth and subtlety. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head with good retention. Aromas are equal parts roasty, spicy, and pumpkin-packed. The taste, however, beats you over the head with spices. How much cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves can your mouth stand in a single sip? If it weren't for the redemptive roastiness and burst of black licorice that lingers on the immediate finish, I'd consider its flavor to be "below average." Fifteen minutes later, my mouth still tastes like I just smoked a pack of Djarum Blacks (clove cigs). As a non-smoker, I don't consider this an endearing quality.

droomyster, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby (but you really have to hold it up to the light), topped with a finger of light tan head. This settles into a smooth ½ finger of creamy froth, leaving back a rich cascade that descends into thick swathes of lace. The pumpkin jumps right out in the aroma, with a ripe fresh fleshiness that mingles with the festive airiness of the spices. Vanilla flavor adds some sweetness to this, while a touch of roast adds a little darkness to the nose. The alcohol has some tight warmth across the back and offers up a bit of extra sweetness and spice to the proceedings.

The taste is burnt sugars, green vegetal pumpkin, a flush of vanilla sweetness, and then some roast across the back, giving this a charred feel that hangs on the tongue. This is fairly spicy to start but things mellow a bit as this warms and the sweetness starts to rise some more. The finish is dry and warm with some lingering notes of roast and light spice. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with some sharpness up front that then expands out into the mouth with a firm palate filling creaminess. This is maybe feeling a little too carbonated in spots but does get softer underneath. This does have some beef to it and while it doesn’t completely handicap the feel, there is definitely some sharp warmth here that eventually emerges and is really felt in that already harsh finish.

This was a bit of a mixed bag. I liked the attempt at the complexity and size here but the more aggressive aspects of this (mainly the roast and alcohol) just got to be a bit wearing after a while. It’s not horrible by any means but definitely needs to be toned down a bit to ultimately be more enjoyable.

Kegatron, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: Thin head; good carbonation; dark cola color; not much lacing
S: nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel; inviting
T: very satisfying; alcohol and spices (nutmeg, allspice) prominent; hops are very strong, providing complexity

Some reviewers complain about the abundant hops, but I find that an asset in a pumpkin beer (a style I tend not to prefer). It's superior to Dog Fish Head's pumpkin, which is overly spiced.

Arithmeticus, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of 57md
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance is dark brown with an orange hue. There is the aroma of some spice, but there is not a very strong nose to this beer, which is surprising considering it is certainly a BIG beer. The upfront flavor is very bold and is accompanied by a pie spice finish. There is some hop bitterness on the back end as well. Unfortunately, I did not pick up any pumpkin in this beer. This beer is big and bold, however, it suffers because it is a pumpkin ale with no pumpkin taste.

57md, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of challenja
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass

A -- Blood red! Amazingly dark red, no head retention after a minute of warming. White froth that quickly dissipates.

T -- Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and roasted pumpkin seed. This beer is too bitter and lacks real flavor depth except nutmeg and overly cloved spice. This is crap for an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. I am really let down. Well it's Flying Dog so, I take that back.. ohhh snap..

M -- moderate carbonation; relatively clean; reasonable mouthfeel, lacking a nice thickness of top tier Imperial Pumpkin Ale's. This is quick fast, racy,cloved and dirty. A lingering back palate spice bite.

O -- This is a the worst Imperial Pumpkin Ale I have had and this is number 5, maybe I was spoiled by having Southern Tier, Schlafly, Weyerbacher, and Heavy Sea's. But a crap beer is a crap beer. When your expecting something spectacular and you get this, you get pissed. I am so glad I didn't buy a 6'r of this.

challenja, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of tchaos
1.93/5  rDev -47.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A -- dark brown -- far darker than I anticipated. 2-finger tan head with moderate retention and sticky lacing

T -- bitter. ridiculously bitter, and not in a good way. To ape Patton Oswalt, a failure brew in a sadness bottle. I seriously hope that something had gone off, because no discernible flavor was evident beyond the overwhelming bitterness.

M -- moderate carbonation; relatively clean; reasonable balanced mouthfeel.

O -- rarely do I drain-pour something, but this met the bill. I let it rest and warm -- it didn't matter...I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin ales to begin with, but to date they have all been tolerable. This beer was definitely a Halloween trick...

tchaos, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this after a recent discussion about pumpkin ales and how I wanted to try this one. Many thanks Heath!

Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears darker than anticipated reminiscent of a more fluid version of molasses. When held to the light, it displays perfect clarity and a deep ruby coloration. A finger of tan froth sits atop the brew and slowly recedes to a thin layering across the top. Fingers of lacing stretch up the sides of the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes pumpkin flesh initially that is sweet that gives way to the anticipated spiced quality. Cinnamon and nutmeg are present with an earthy and toasty quality of malt meets pumpkin flesh that displays a bit of greenness about it but doesn't get offensive or veggie like some takes on the style can. Maybe a light touch of clove or ginger brightens the spiced character up across the back. As the brew comes up to temperature, a scent somewhat like licorice is noted.

The taste includes toasty pumpkin flavor mixed with some malt flavoring that is a bit like toffee however it never really gets a chance to get sweet as it is immediately contrasted with a modest amount of herbal hoppy bitterness. A bold amount of spices like cinnamon and earthy nutmeg are at the forefront that persist through the profile and into the finish. Just like the aroma indicated, there is a depth to the spice that goes off in different direction almost like clove and ginger. This brew is bold not only with the spices but also the alcohol inclusion which quickly warms up the throat.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall a very big and bold take on the style. It flirts with disaster as far as being too spiced for my liking but it overall ends up being enjoyable because it is balanced. The aggressive spicing was needed to keep the bold character of this brew in check. While I really appreciate the opportunity to give this one a try, it wasn't easy to finish the full 12oz. It is something that you should try if you get the chance but I think it would be much more enjoyable if it was toned down just a bit.

stakem, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at Rustico's OktoBEERfest 2011. Served in a plastic pint. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a light tan head. Moderate lace. Nose brings forward some nice pumpkin spice and a bit of chocolate and roast. The flavor blends the pumpkin and porter characteristics quite well. A bit of booze, though not much. Medium body with good roast and spice. Well done; I like this pumpkin "sub-style."

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with a mild roast and some pumpkin / spice to it.

Beer is medium in body and mildly bitter at the back but the pumpkin flavor comes through well and clear. I enjoy the beer overall and for a pumpkin porter or whatever this is it is quite good. I enjoyed it and would have it again if I were thirsty and the only thing on tap. I'd prefer this to water in a pinch is what I'm saying.

drabmuh, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of oline73
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany color with two fingers of off white head. The head fades to just a trace.

Smell: Pretty darn good. Malt and some spice, mainly some nutmeg. There are some dark fruit notes in there as well.

Taste: I really wish it was as good as the smell. Way too bitter. There is a pleasant malt sweetness with some spice that is getting run the f over by bitterness. Strong alcohol notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not sure if this is a bad bottle or just doesn't taste good, but I'm not a fan.

oline73, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz bottle thanks to Finewinemike!

A- Pours a deep dark blood reddish brown with 1 finger of off white head. Splotchy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of fresh pumpkin, bready notes like pie crust, spices such as allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and a slight bit of alcohol in the finish.

T- Very bready and malty up front that brings out the sweet pumpkin and pie crust. As it finish's and goes down the throat you get lots of spices and a bit of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slight bitter coating finish.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Nearly black in color with brownish hues on the edge of the glass. Poured with a short beige foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap that drapes sheets of wet lacings on the glass. Thick, creamy, smooth feel. Sweet pumpkin aroma with a lightly roasted malt aroma beneath. Sweet pumpkin flavor up front and into the middle with a floral hop bitterness in tow that continues to grow to the finish. Hop bitterness gives way to a brief pumpkin sweetness at the finish that leaves a lingering hop bitterness. The imperial nature of this beer is very apparent from the middle to the end. This was damn good. A truly unique spin on pumpkin ale.

IronLover, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of cps98
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

This was selling out so fast locally I was intrigued to buy a six pack and give it a go. Not normally a pumpkin beer lover so…

A – Darkest pumpkin beer I’ve ever seen. Beautiful creamy off-white head that had good retention.

S – Malty sweetness along with cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg.

T – The spices (namely the all-spice) is in your face first. After that the sweet syrup from the malt starts to come through.

M – It was not overly smooth because of the spiciness but the carbonation was spot on.

O – A little too much up-front spice, not enough actual pumpkin flavor. Not a bad pumpkin beer.

cps98, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

A - Served with a dark amber colored body and an off white head...the head stood about one finger tall and was very bubbly...it retained nicely and left some decent lacing

S - Your typical pumpkin pie spices are apparent (clove, nutmeg, all spice)...there is a dash of vanilla throw in to sweeten it up...there is a trace of alcohol

T - The flavors actually started off with a lot of malt...this one was malt driven until the middle where it sweetened up again from caramel and vanilla...towards the end there is a huge spice presence...all the pumpkin pie spices are there and they are in full force...again a trace of alcohol is lingering

M - Medium bodied...smooth from the cask pour...lingering spice

O - This was a decent pumpkin ale...I'm glad to see Flying Dog branching out with a few new beers...the spices may have been too big and I could taste more alcohol than I'd like

thain709, Oct 24, 2011
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.