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The Fear - Flying Dog Brewery

The FearThe Fear

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BA SCORE
83
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347 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%


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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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 23:53:42 | More by justintcoons
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metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 02:41:53 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 00:37:41 | More by dbrauneis
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 02:28:21 | More by Hopdaemon39
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at Max's in Baltimore. Love me some pumpkin beers.. but this one was just about average beer. I think the lack of carbonation kind of killed the overall appeal for me, I would be curious to try a non-cask version of this. Mouthfeel and body are a little off, the usual nutmeg and allspice and cinnamon tastes, but the alcohol is very prominent and just doesn't seem well balanced. Worthy of a try, but just average in my book when compared to the elites (Greater Pumpkin, Punkin, et al).

Serving type: cask

10-05-2012 18:43:29 | More by marlinsfan4
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jslice99

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown with about a half finger of white head.

S- Excellent smell. Smells strongly of pumpkin. I also pick up some cinnamon and nutmeg spices.

T- Cinnamon and nutmeg are the dominent flavors but i do get a taste of pumpkin towards the end.

M- Light to medium with some carbonation.

O- Overall this is a solid pumpkin ale, one of the best i've had. I would highly reccomend this.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 04:24:26 | More by jslice99
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with a half-a-finger brown fluffy head.

S: Lots of pumpkin, allspice, and cinnamon. Overall, the squash dominates.

T: This beer is a spice keg. The spices start early and finish late. The earth pumpkin is almost lost in the background of strong cinnamon and allspice. Instead of hoppy flavors, there is spice that lingers on the tip and back of the tongue along with strong alcohol warmth.

M: Medium and dry.

O: The Fear is aptly named. Strong, dark, spicey, it chases you along the whole drink. The alcohol and pumpkin work well together on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 17:07:50 | More by ianjsullivan
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MrOzNthePumpKings


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to give this one an overall of 3.8, but I rounded it up to 4.0 by default of the rating options. This one is real fun, I LOVE the description on the label about fear and Halloween, really makes for an exciting journey into my stomach. The main thing that stands out in, or maybe I should say Jumps out, of this Pumpkin Ale for me is the extreme spice received when washing it down. I personally enjoy it, and the slightly higher alcohol content helps make it something more special and provides a pre-winter warming bite to it. It has delightful mouth feel, very frothy and sort of thick, coats the inside of your mouth with all that autumn spice. I drank this with a Pumpkin whoopie Pie from Whole Foods and I tell you, the combination of the pumpkin dessert washed down by the Fear was so delightful I almost keeled over with joy! I think this is one of the BEST pumpkin beers to drink with pumpkin related desserts (cookies, pound cakes, pumpkin butter battered croissants)seriously, drink this one with your favorite pumpkin sweets!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 02:28:26 | More by MrOzNthePumpKings
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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info

Flying Dog's beers seem to get better and better with each new one I try, so I was happy to find this new seasonal at Yorktown, Beverage, in my home town of Yorktown, NY.

Pours dark mahogany, moderate height on the medium tan head, leaves a trail of fine lacing here and there.

On the nose I pick up some cinnamon, some vanilla and a hint of some dark bread.

On the palate it’s more of the same, again, cinnamon, again vanilla, darker malts, some of the 9% rearing its head, yeah a wee bit boozy, but I tend to like boozy, and hey it is 9%. Tastes sort of like Double Bastard, infused with a hint and a half of fall spices and with less hops and less body. Not really getting much actual pumpkin flavor or character.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:34:32 | More by Billolick
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown cola colored body with a bone white head.

S- Spices and malt. Some pumpkin smell, but mostly spices.

T- Pumpkin spices come through with a good malt backbone.

M- Smooth feel with some carbonation. Very drinkable.

O- Not a normal time for a pumpkin ale, but really enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:44:37 | More by stephenjmoore
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DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 16:28:28 | More by DapperGrowler
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DreamInOrange

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:41:31 | More by DreamInOrange
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maxk

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 18:03:09 | More by maxk
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 22:09:58 | More by mdfb79
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 01:47:15 | More by Rifugium
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mchodge13

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:52:43 | More by mchodge13
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jfmorey

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 18:49:25 | More by jfmorey
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droomyster

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 04:37:07 | More by droomyster
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 18:44:25 | More by Kegatron
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 14:21:33 | More by Arithmeticus
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 06:21:09 | More by 57md
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challenja

Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:34:34 | More by challenja
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tchaos

Florida

1.93/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:29:19 | More by tchaos
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:02:06 | More by stakem
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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."

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 14:59:19 | More by Thorpe429
The Fear from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.