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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 34
Gots: 51 | 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 sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of DapperGrowler
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on tap.

A: The beer was a dark amber color (not quite brown) with a good head and decent carbonation.

S: The beer had slight pumpkin smell with some spice (nutmeg, cinnamon)

M: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt

O: This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. It is a solid fall beer.

DapperGrowler, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of DreamInOrange
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown nearly opaque but not quite as dark as a stout. Very little visible carbonation but can be seem bubbling at the top. Small off-white head with decent clinging. Smells strongly of nutmeg, spice, and caramel, not overly noticeable pumpkin smell. This is more of a fall spice beer than typical pumpkin ales. Definitely a warming spiced flavor that reminds me of a spiced pumpkin coffee drink more than pie. Strong but not overly boozy alcohol. This is a nice alternative to other pumpkin beers. I would go back to this next fall.

DreamInOrange, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev +8.7%

DSlim71, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Brickwall316
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Brickwall316, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

Satchboogie, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of christopheraknox
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

christopheraknox, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of bespin15
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bespin15, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of maxk
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An undated bottle from a limited Autumn release, a part of the Wild Dog Series. Poured into a contoured pint glass.

A rich looking brown liquid with a creamy, light tan colored head. A good amount of lacing to this one.

Smells heavily of pumpkin and spice. There is cinnamon, all spice and a little bit of nutmeg, fairly common pumpkin pie spices. There's a bit of vanilla and brown sugar tying everything together.

There are bits of pumpkin and spice initially. The pumpkin is both sweet, but also tastes fresh and vegatable-esque, with some interesting bitterness. There's also a brown sugar sweetness. Bourbon warmth and mouth feel cut through all of the flavors. The spices seem to add a tiny bit of astringency. The body isn't quite as big as it seems it should be, the beer feels a little watery as it goes down.

An interesting pumpkin beer, lots of spice and a multi-dimensional pumpkin flavor. The spices and sweetness are good. Not my favorite, not entirely suited to my tastes but I still appreciate some of the complexities here.

maxk, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of MsRif
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mcphish22, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +8.7%

IrishColonial, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of bigred89
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of n00blar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

n00blar, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/22/11 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Served in a 4 oz. taster glass.

a - Pours a dark brown mahogany color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, bready malts.

t - Tastes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, bready malts, light wheat. A lot more cinnamon than the nose, which I like a lot. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good pumpkin ale, and was really easy to drink for 9% ABV. Loads of cinnamon in the taste, would definitely order it again sometime.

mdfb79, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.7%

nmann08, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of FlyRyan
5/5  rDev +35.9%

FlyRyan, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Beer4Baltimore, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Barrchon
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Barrchon, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -18.5%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Paul68, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Donutos
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Donutos, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of KushBreakfast
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

KushBreakfast, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

bmur112, Nov 15, 2011
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.