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Sour Cherry Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Sour Cherry Ale
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80
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%


Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cps98 on 05-03-2012)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass at Bad Apple.

A draft-only cherry B-Weiss landing at one of my Chi-Town haunts? Right on. This stuff pours a clear rose topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose is a a study in black cherry, mostly sweet but with a twinge of almost tannic-like tartness in the background. The taste follows pretty closely, though things are just beginning to appear artificial, medicinal. Luckily, it stops there, but it's enough to notice. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky finish. Overall, an okay beer, but there's hardly any tartness or even any wheat character whatsoever, making me wonder how anyone could mistake this for a good Berliner. I'd have another, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 19:07:07 | More by TMoney2591
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pour is hazed light ruby red grapefruit with thin white ring. Nose is faint, light cherry and a hint dusty. Taste is much of the same, cherry and light sawdust note with hig carb and light but present sourness. A touch syrupy for a Berliner and lacks depth of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 14:08:26 | More by cpetrone84
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codysjb

Florida

2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flying Dog Sour Cherry
Had on tap at the blind tiger
A: No head, red rose color.
S: Artificial cherries
T: Watery and some cherry taste. Not amazing more like cherry cough syrup but not as syrupy.
M: There’s a lot of syrup and cherry not all that much hops or natural flavor.
O: not great, very contrived … 2.5 or 3 ish

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 16:20:03 | More by codysjb
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft into a tulip at the Drafting Room

A- pours a cloudy shade of red with a one finger white head that sticks around for a little bit. Eh

S- light cherry aroma in the nose

T- sweet cherries, along with some very mild tartness

M- body is paper thin, as expected

O- it's not bad, but not nearly tart enough, even for a Berliner weisse

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 23:55:42 | More by bigfnjoe
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A simple and straightforward refresher. Pours ruby red with a small pink head that soon dissipates to a thin band. Lacing is minimal. Aroma of sweet and sour cherries, lemon, light funk, hay and grass.

Tasty and just what the doctor ordered after a long day in the summer heat. Sessionable strength and weight; crisp feel,
Tangy cherries, lemony acidity, mild sweet and sour flavors. A touch of the musty funkiness and horseblanket character you look for in a Berliner.

Body is light with fizzy carbonation and a soda like feel overall, which isn't exactly to style but makes for a quenching drink. Nothing profound but definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 12:37:38 | More by tobelerone
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darkstar12

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap into a pint glass at Overwood, Old Town Alexandria, VA

A: cloudy ruby red color, thin 1-finger head that didnt last long, no lacing at all

S: as advertised, overwhelming sour cherries

T: again strong taste of sour cherries and not much else, but very well done. No aftertaste at all.

M: Extremely thin, basically reminded me of carbonated water

O: It's definitely an easy-to-drink summer beer (given it really doesn't taste like a beer), and very unique. Can't see having a bunch of these, but for 1 or 2 of something different on a summer night, worth having.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 13:48:45 | More by darkstar12
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the brewpub in Frederick, MD.

The beer appears a light shade of ruby red with a small, pink head. The nose brings a mild lactic presence along with, you guessed it folks, sour cherries. Lightly tart, with a nice showing from the cherries. A creamy mouthfeel and mildly acetic in the finish. A touch of funk in there as well. A bit unrefined, but this beer has potential. I found this to be rather bland, though not bad a first attempt in this genre. Cheers to Flying Dog for branching out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 00:06:57 | More by Huhzubendah
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills

A - light reddish amber, a bit pink; no head

S - faint cherry, oddly sour, lactic

T - cherry, tart, sweet, odd corn flake-like finish

M - tart, crisp, medium bodied

This doesn't have the same sour, mouth puckering affect that many other Berliner's have but this isn't bad. It has decent flavor and solid drinkability. It's worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 00:42:06 | More by tdm168
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Titans77

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dogs first attempt at a sour. On tap at Roasthouse Pub in Frederick MD.

A - Grapefruit juice red/pink. Looks like a cherry based sour.

S - Cherry forward with a wheaty sour background. Smells delicious but rather straightforward.

T - A cherry sour. In the most bland and possible way to describe it. Pretty tasty for my palate, but nothing extraordinary imo.

M - The highlight of the brew. A sour indeed. Rather crisp and refreshing. Hoes down easier than most sours. Almost scary. I can drink this like a pale ale. Not a sipper in my opinion. Nice change of pace.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 00:55:07 | More by Titans77
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drinkslinger028

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Always Rons on tap,this was what we here in the hills of fredneck and hagersbush have been waiting for! this beer is the first "sour" they have done even tho its not sour but a bit tart they hit the style right on the nose. great job! too much carbonation is my only gripe

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 07:46:40 | More by drinkslinger028
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cps98

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night at the brewery. It’s part of their Brewhouse Rarities series and the first sour beer Flying Dog has made. Based on a Berliner Weissbier they added cherries, both sour and sweet, for flavoring.

A – Poured into a tasting glass really nice light red / pink hue. The beer has a healthy tight 1 finger bright white head that dissipates quickly to a nice ring of bubbles around the glass. The beer does have a slight haze.
S – Lots of wheat and a really nice pronounced cherry aroma are up front.

T – I got lots of cherry during the first half of the beer but by the second half it was a little muted. I am not sure if that was the lactic acid playing with my taste buds or what. Really nice acidity bite to the beer but not overwhelming at all. I went back for a second pour cause the first was really good!

M – Nice acidic bite from the acid, really nice and dry finish to the beer. Really good carbonation which I think works really well with sour beers.

O – I wanted more, wish it was bigger batch and put into some bottles. Keep up the good work and hopefully there will be more sours coming out of Flying Dog in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 13:56:38 | More by cps98
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