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Lucky S.O.B. - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

139 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

ShanePB, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Stinkypuss, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of rabiddawg
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

rabiddawg, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of bum732
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

bum732, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

thecheapies, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Jason, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Chugs13, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

hosehead83, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -13.3%

jk3, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of JayKay412
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

JayKay412, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

bacher468, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of funcooker78
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

funcooker78, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of montag30
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

montag30, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Lee_Hancock, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of bubseymour
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

bubseymour, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of MudDrinker
3/5  rDev -13.3%

MudDrinker, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

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

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

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Overall
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!

justintcoons, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

wvsabbath, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CraftBeerTastic, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Hockey_Fan, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +15.6%

bigred89, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Jspriest, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Lantern, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of shockrocker65
4/5  rDev +15.6%

shockrocker65, Jul 15, 2012
Lucky S.O.B. from Flying Dog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.