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Lucky S.O.B. | Flying Dog Brewery

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rifugium on 03-15-2012

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 246
Photo of drtth
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear dark reddish amber or copper color with a 1/2" light tan head that recedes to leave some foam in a ring and a layer or the surface with a couple of thicker islands of foam. Sipping creates arches and small patches of leggy lacing.

The aromas include some light caramel, an almost grassy smell and a touch of citric pith in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and include some light caramel sweetness from the malt, a bit of grassy bitterness in the background along with that hint of citrus pith.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is light and persistent. The finish begins as the sweetness begins to fade allowing the grassy, tea like flavor to emerge while the bitterness still shows before they both fade away in the back of the palate.

This is a good beer that seems relatively representative of its style and that has an enjoyable flavor profile, but I don't think I want a second one and I probably won't seek it out too often the future, if only because there are styles I enjoy more. That said, if you are looking for a nice change of pace or something that doesn't show case only hops, this beer is one well worth considering.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish brown amber with a frothy tan head that quickly settles to a light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Bready toasty malt, toffee, slightly floral and fruity, and a little earthiness.

T: Mildly toasty bready malt, grassy, a bit floral, earthy, hints of dark fruit and spice, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not my favorite thing that Flying Dog has ever brewed, but it's not a bad mid March celebratory option.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark red body with small white head with some retention and lacing
S: sweet, roasted toffee notes with some earthy hop notes
T: sweet, roasted toffee notes with some vanilla undertones; earthy undertones
M: medium bodied; crisps and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination; nice red ale

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Photo of jdhilt
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger off-white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear red/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose, grassy malt and flavor is piney, grassy not much malt. Light bitter finish. $2.45 for a 12oz bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of therica
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

IPA version of an Irish Red Ale. Poured carefully into a pint glass.

A = gorgeous copper-rust, very clear, with some nice white head turning to active rimming and lacing.

S = this is the best part of this ale, a very hefty nose of excellent quality malts, and some hops florals.

T = a bit of a downer after the nose, it's a bit tinny and biting. After a while it starts to sort out as very dry grassy malts, both sour and bitter qualities. Some hops are evident. I'm not enjoying the taste very much, but i keep going back to the nose and the qualities are still enjoyable.

F = almost unpleasantly sour and bitter and very lingering on the palate.

O = overall it seems off-balanced. I suppose if I just wanted to sit for an hour and sniff the joyous scents I'd be happy. But I'm not happy with the taste, regardless of its stated style.

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Photo of mattparsons
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/light brown with a small quickly dissipating head. Sweet malt on the nose, not much else. Odd taste. Sweet malt flavor quickly gives way to leafy, semi-bitter hops. Finishes dry with an almost lager-like crispness. Low/medium carb with a weird lingering bitterness - probably too much for the style. Meh. Crushable enough, but not something I'd grab again.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 7/1/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark copper with a subtle haze; fluffy off-white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts. Lots of grains and fresh dough as well. The flavors are loaded with malts. Lots of caramel and toffee with some hints of cocoa as well. Solid sweetness to this one. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's light, fluffy and creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice Irish Red Ale. If you're a fan of malts or the style, then this is worth checking out. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impeccable pour that really shows you the flair of the red ale. Burnished with color and glimmering with hues. Red, orange, golds, copper. Just tan head of creamy foam that lasts. Nose is biscuit & caramel. Floral and hop spice with a citric tang. Drink is smooth and malty. Creamy full malt made brisk by hops. Floral takes the middle of this beer and permeates it gently while biscuity malt glides to the finish. Clean soft carbonation. Modest bitterness that flourishes. Leaves with a light slightly nutty aftertaste and orange zest. They said it was brewed with four leaf clovers but I drank all mine and none fell out.

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Photo of Act25
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could not rise to this, but I like it better than most BAs. Try 1.

A: Almost Marzen like, dark, brownish, ruby amber, white foam without enough lacework.

S: Again Marzen-like malt with lightly toasted malts, caramel, buttered dark bread.

T: Caramelized malts lead the way, like a Marzen. Balanced with spicebread, sweet and spice cupboard, and a bowl of white grapes, and it drinks clean, simple, and finishes dry enough.

F: Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

O: Solid Irish ale, sweeter and more malty than in Ireland, too sweet for me. True to style. Try 1.

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Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear red with a decent cap of creamy light tan head. There is adequate retention and there is pretty good soapy and slightly sticky lacing. The aroma is a little anemic with just faint whiffs of grain. There is a little more to the taste and it really has a nice dark grain flavor with a little sweetness. The body is lighter but not thin and has a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting off white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of piney hops, and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Piney, spicy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Very good session brew.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper/amber color, nice moderate foam head and good lace retention.
The smell has some sweetness; toasted malts, biscuit and dark fruit.
The taste has some crispness although it falls a little flat towards the end. Mostly toasted malt forward with some mild hops bitterness. Some sweetness, but overall pretty balanced. The mouthfeel is medium to light and slick.
A nice non complex ale that is easy to drink. A good change of pace.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not sure wher I got this one...Hop forward, but still plenty of malt. Tasty , slick , slippery. Was hoping for a bit more finish, but right in the wheelhouse for the style

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a dimpled mug from the 12 oz. glass. Sampled on January 31, 2016.

The pour is maroon-red mainly with a short-lived off-white head.

The aroma brings out a sweet malt and nutty sensation with vague earthy hops behind all of that.

Light to medium body.

Like the aroma, the malty toastiness is more prominent in the flavor with a modest sweetness and a low hop profile. But it ends clean.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is caramel malts, light fruit, a hint of hops and earthy. The flavor is caramel malts, fruit/berries, mild sweetness/sugar, a hint of earthiness and a mix of slight tartness and light bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks more amber than red. fair amount of head from an aggressive pour.
Smells like caramel malt, almost reminded me of a maibock
Taste is also predominantly malt and honey with some earthy and grassy notes on the finish
Feel is middle of the road, very drinkable- substantial but still sessionable
Overall enjoyed, wouldn't mind having another

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I thought Steadman was English... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear russet topped by a finger of glowing dirty white foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted caramel, dark greens, and a whiff of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, plenty of greenery around to spruce the place up (for once, pun not intended). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a meek, uninteresting, and bland Irish red. Doesn't deserve that awesome label.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in April 2015.

Appearance: Dark red with thin tan head.

Smell: Pleasant, with an earthy aroma as well as some malty sweetness and some hops. Smells almost like a lager.

Taste: Interesting taste. There is a strong hop flavor with some sweetness. Also some spice and earthy flavors. But the flavor is dominated by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

This is an interesting Irish red ale. It has a nice balance of hops, and the flavor is not overpowered by the alcohol.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (182A15)

This one gushed out of nowhere. Not bad, but open popping the lid it foamed up and over the bottle. It went straight from my fridge to the counter. So I don't know what the issue was.

A: Copper with the slightest tinge of ruby. A collar, but no lacing.
S: Interesting sugar character to it.
T: Different from an American Red Ale for sure. Weird kind of dryness to it. You can almost taste the clovers in it. The dryness kind of grows on you. Not bad on a hot day probably. Mostly a light malt to it.
M: Pretty straight forward carbonation.
O: I wish this beer the best of luck.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep red amber with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of toasted malt and caramel scents. The taste was very refreshing with those sweet toasted flavors coming through in the beginning before a crisp finish and clean aftertaste. Really liked this one for the season.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, deep, dark reddish/mahogany color with 2 full fingers of white-colored head that dissolved into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of toast malt up front, imparting notes of biscuits, soda bread, and English muffins. I also get notes of black pepper, a touch of coriander, and some floral notes of hay and clover. Finally, I get some aromas of honey and caramel.

Taste: Nice flavors of toasted malt up front, immediately followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness. There’s a pleasant touch of floral/slightly bitter hops at the finish. Really good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a delicious Irish-style red ale! Great flavors of malt and sweetness, wrapped up in a creamy beer. I’m definitely getting a six pack of this every year!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in standard ale glass

A: dark copper color; small head; no lacing
S: twiggy; bad yeast aroma detracts from the rating
T: earthy flavored red ale; hops on the bittering side; malt slightly carmelized; light complexity; astringent
M: mealy

It's ok, but I don't plan a return trip.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown...

Poured a mahogany brown colour... Creamy tan head poured quite thick then faded slowly to thin layer... very light carbonation... some decent wispy lacing...

Aroma - Nice strong caramel maltiness, some light fruitiness (figs and raisins), biscuity hints, light molasses hints, some nice nutty sweetness, light peppery hops, faint toasted bread notes...

Taste - Lots of caramel maltiness, some light spicy hops, light nutty sweetness, maybe a faint hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, some biscuitiness, some light prune and fig notes...

Feel - Nice and smooth... Medium bodied... Very, very quaffable - a nice session beer...

Overall - A decent bog standard Irish Red Ale... worth a try

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and grains. Taste is malts, caramel, some grains, smooth and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for a fine session or warm weather beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet toast, earth, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid toast and nut qualities all around.

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