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Lucky S.O.B. - Flying Dog Brewery

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138 Ratings

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 03-15-2012)
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3.94/5  rDev +13.9%

Flying Dog : Lucky SOB

LOOK: Reddish light amber, white foam and a bit of lacework. Has the look of a firey Irish red.

SMELL: Lightly toasted malts, caramel, buttery bread.

TASTE: Caramelized malts lead the way. Balacing the hearty malt profile is a mild herbal, coarse, leafy bitterness. Über clean, simple, and thoroughly enjoyable.

FEEL: Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

OVERALL: Solid all day Irish ale, compliments to the brewer on this one. Spot on.

03-14-2013 01:49:13 | More by Stinkypuss
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-14-2013 01:42:40 | More by rabiddawg
Photo of bum732


3.81/5  rDev +10.1%

S: Very toasty malt, bread crust like. Hint of roast with soft floral notes.

L: Very burnt orange, bordering on red. Crystal clear, 1/16 inch creamy head with ok retention

T: Toasty malt with a prominent earthy hop flavor. Medium earthy bitterness with some grainy sweetness with additional prominent spicy hoppiness. Finishes semi-dry with graininess and a slight hop bite.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Really solid example of the style, a little more hoppy than usual. Not sure what the 4 leaf clovers contributed besides being a marketing ploy.

03-12-2013 02:57:26 | More by bum732
Photo of thecheapies


3.66/5  rDev +5.8%

Rustic red color. Head fizzled out. Nice clarity.

Bitter metallic malts. Dry toast, stanky herbal hops, not much else.

Rugged flavors with great toastiness, light dry apple, middle bitterness, and backend sweetness with toffee notes. Refreshing.

Easy to slug. Mildly carbonated, swishy body and feel.

Nice red ale. Even after that boring nose. Recommended.

03-12-2013 02:52:37 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Jason


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Clear reddish amber, sufficient lacing on the glass. Malty, light caramel, toasted bread, grape skin, ripe plums and a hint of alcohol in the nose. Somewhat smooth, malty, biscuity, light caramel, apple skin, peppery hop bitterness, hint of alcohol, toasted grainy finish.

A fun quaff for the most part, was hoping for a bit more on the malty side or pushing the envelope in other ways.

03-11-2013 02:24:00 | More by Jason
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-10-2013 20:01:11 | More by Chugs13
Photo of hosehead83


3.91/5  rDev +13%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear amber in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, herbal hop note
Taste-Toasted malt, nice little kiss of hops, tangy spiciness(could this be the 4-leaf clovers that supposedly used in the brewing of this beer?) Who knows? That being said this ia a pleasant, drinkable Irish Red.

03-10-2013 17:17:43 | More by hosehead83
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New York

3/5  rDev -13.3%

03-10-2013 00:20:56 | More by jk3
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

03-09-2013 22:20:31 | More by JayKay412
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

03-09-2013 18:32:01 | More by bacher468
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

03-08-2013 13:27:52 | More by funcooker78
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

03-07-2013 05:57:06 | More by montag30
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-06-2013 23:26:05 | More by Lee_Hancock
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3.66/5  rDev +5.8%

Clean. That's the word that struck me about this one. Complete clarity visually. Clean flavor profile. Might strike some as thin. Slick sweetness with a lot of malt presence, but nothing too out there. Easy to drink. Not really all that inspiring, but a nice enough beer.

03-05-2013 06:12:51 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of bubseymour


3.89/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours an nice red amber and very clear pour with 1 finger head. Slightly fizzy and decent retention.

Smell - some malt and some metallic scents. Not off-putting but not the best.

Taste - Very mild and sessionable beer from Flying Dog whom is known for some harshness. Slightly sweet caramel and malty start with a crisp dry finish and slight hop bite, but very balanced. Good Irish Red style.

Mouthfeel is very respectable for the style.

Overall - Irish Red Ales usually aren't my favorite style, but this one is pleasant and an easy flavorful drinker. Recommended for a sampling by all.

03-04-2013 23:35:54 | More by bubseymour
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

02-28-2013 04:27:52 | More by MudDrinker
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4.21/5  rDev +21.7%

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Reddish amber with half a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Toasted bread, toffee and caramel. Hints of brown sugar and cocoa.

Toasted bread and biscuits. Toffee, caramel and dark candy sugars. Dusted cocoa, brown sugar and hazelnut. Light touches of honeydew and underlying noble grassiness. Has a really clean yeast character.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

This has really surpassed my expectations. As a beer touting that it's brewed with 4-leaf clovers, I was a little skeptical. Forget the clovers, this is a damn good Irish Red!

02-27-2013 21:07:18 | More by justintcoons
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +2%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Ruby red with a burnt tan tint. Nice foamy 3 inch head and plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, very mild, maybe a little herbel butter note, earthy, cloves. Not much hop or sugar presence.

Taste - AS expected, big malt up front,toffee, caramel along with some clover flavor. Herbal and earthy, along with some fruits and a little sugar at the finish. Reminds me alot of a english pale ale.

Mouthfeel - Malts pretty much coat tounge and palate with buttery, toffee and caramel flavors. Some fruits and a little sugar sweeten tounge up. Finish is malty and a little dry.

Overall - Decent, a little weak but for a 5.5% beer, it drinks well and has enough flavor to enjoy. A little more hop kick would work really well with the clover, leafy flavors. Still good, a nice beer to drink a few off at one sitting.

02-27-2013 00:22:12 | More by wvsabbath
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Ba Review #257
Served On: 2/23/2013
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.5%
Date/ Code: 2013 Release

This was a 12oz bottle from a sixer found at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick.

Look: Very clear copper with a vortex of carbonation bubbles blasting up from the bottom. Head was a minimal coating of white film.

Smell: Big malts with not much of a hop profile. The aroma was similar to an English Pale Ale of sorts.

Taste: Started off with notes of spicy wet hay and a faint herbal hop, but quickly morphed into a dry lagery biscuit. Finish was more of the biscuit. I did start to notice some fruity notes after the beer warmed up a bit.

Not a bad Irish Red. The malt bill was certainly showcased here. I can't really speak to the clover though. I guess it's definitely a novel marketing concept.

02-24-2013 18:04:27 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

02-09-2013 18:02:58 | More by Hockey_Fan
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

02-09-2013 12:15:23 | More by bigred89
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

01-18-2013 03:09:21 | More by Jspriest
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-31-2012 18:51:38 | More by Lantern
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

07-15-2012 04:32:53 | More by shockrocker65
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-14-2012 18:45:09 | More by rolltide8425
Lucky S.O.B. from Flying Dog Brewery
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