Flamingo Dreams - Nitro | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 43

#84 ranked Fruit and Field Beer | 4.70% ABV

Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Notes: Rotating availibility. Blonde ale with raspberries and blackcurrants added. Super smooth & refreshing subtle zing from berry notes with a striking pink color.

Ingredients: rocky mountain water, malted barley, hops, raspberries, blackcurrants, yeast.

11 IBU
BA SCORE
84
Very Good
Flamingo Dreams - NitroFlamingo Dreams - Nitro
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 43
Photo of Dmart1223
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fruit beer to remember. A complete package: looks 80s pink with a pink meringue-like head and tastes like a creamy, tart raspberry jam, minus some of the sweetness. I wish it smelled as good as it looked, but I wouldn't want anything else to change.

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Photo of DrBeergood
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very cool brew. There's a few things that make it cool. Where to start?

L: Nitro surge. It's completely awesome. This is a blonde ale with raspberry added. There's a widget built into the can. The smooth nitro head is pink and the rest of the brew is an interesting shade of red. Comes in a 13.9oz can, perfect to pour into your authentic Guinness gravity pint glasses. 5/5

S: Smells like Raspberry. There aren't many nitros on the market, maybe

T: Sweet raspberries. There's a couple of raspberry/berry ales on the market. Like Jacki-Os razzwheat, Founders Rubaes, Leinenkugels Berry Weiss, New Holland's Passion Blaster, Alaskan RasWheat... If you've had them you know what you're getting into.

What none of the previously mentioned beers have is nitro nitrogenation. The taste itself is an important consideration. And it's well. But there's also the weight and feel of the beer to consider, which brings us to...

F: Lighty and airy. 4.7% ABV isn't the neccesarily the strongest beers can be. This leaves flavor and chuggability. Unfortunately, the sweetness builds to a crescendo after 2 cans, so you can't depend on it to deliver much more than a quick buzz. Then again, I'm a heavyweight and I'd need 12 cans of Flamingo Dreams to reach my destination anyway.

The nitro is great though, so I have to give it a positive rating. That said, I recommend trying Left Hand brew whenever available. There are many patents surrounding nitro beer technology and I cannot stress enough how rare it is to have a widget in your can. Plus, Colorado is a good state for craft brew.

O: Variety is the spice of life. Will you drink nothing but Flamingo Dreams every day for the rest of your life? No.

Will 4 cans of Flamingo Dreams be a positive contribution to your night? Yes.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 9/3/19"; drank 6/21/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy blood red appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice, pink nitro head; thick, frothy lace.

Raspberry & honeyed wheat notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Raspberry & cream flavors.

Not real challenging, but pleasant & easy to drink. Hot summer night beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. poured a very dark red color with an inch of creammy nitro head that the expected retention and lacing of nitro beers.

The aroma was all raspberries, no hint of grain or hop. Similar on the tongue, but the berries weren't as bright.

The body left something to be desired, seems that all carbonation went out the can or out the head., Very flat across the palate.

Drinkability was good, but not great, mostly due to the carbonation. Overall, a nice brew, especially for us raspberry lovers. Would love to try this on CO2.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i had no idea i was getting into a pink beer when this poured, i ordered in haste and thought to my self, "oh gawd" before i actually tasted this, and as pretty as this neon pink color is, its not what i necessarily felt like drinking with my burger, that said, its better than expected overall, i think the piquant currants are a nice balancing point to the sweeter raspberries here, it almost gives this a light lacto soured vibe. the fruit part is as tasty as it is pretty both are evident and there is harmony there. the issue is that its more juice than beer, even with this creamy nitro situation, i can hardly taste any grain at all, and even though there isa good amount going on with the flavors overall, malt really isnt part of it. same is true with both the hops and the yeast, which, last i checked, is all the beer elements aside from water. in any event, its not overly sweet to finish, has a richer feel, and looks sexy as heck in the glass, so i cant hate on this, plus, its better than most of its peers, but you really have to be in the mood for it, which is to say not really in the mood for a beer. the quality is there, i just dont love the recipe. is it just me or has left hand been verging on gimmicky with some stuff lately?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand Brewing Co. "Flamingo Dreams - Nitro"
13.65 fl. oz can without production codes or freshness dating

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what do we have here? "Blonde ale with raspberries and blackcurrants added"? Not bad. It's poured a bright pink-ruby body beneath a short head of densely creamy pink foam. I definitely get the flamingo connection now. It looks good. The aroma displays raspberry but that's about it. The flavor is lightly tart, quite fruity, and moderately sweet. I like the balance. Too much more sweetness would lead towards dessert beer territory, and too much more tartness would throw off the balance it has against the sweetness. I also think it's a pretty good comparison to the natural tart and sweet that you get from berries, and I should also note that I'm finding the black currants here although I missed them in the aroma. It's not bitter, but it shouldn't be, and I think it's got a great balance to it. In the mouth it's creamy and smooth with a medium to medium-light body. I'm not sure how the nitro helps it, but at the same time I don't think they produce this with a standard CO2 carbonation either. I feel like I'd like a little zestiness on the tongue but it's not my beer so what can I say? Maybe they've gone with the nitro so that it softens the acidity a little? In any case it's a nice, pleasant and relaxing fruity sipper. Nicely done.

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Photo of Lucular
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on nitro. Looks gorgeous and the aroma and taste are exactly what I expected from the description - slightly tart berries with just enough of a malt backbone. Not complex but it's a fruited blonde ale, and a very good one at that.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz nitro can. Poured out a dark pink color with a small, large pillowy pink head of foam. It smelled of berries and cream. Sweet berry taste with some mild tart notes.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The nitro makes the feel of this beer match the high quality of its look. The berry taste is not overly sweet which definitely helps its thirst quenching properties. An enjoyable summer beer.

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Photo of laketang
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive dark berry hue with a real nice pink, pillow head and great retention and lacing. Fresh scents of fresh picked berries, fruity with bread yeast smells.
berry compote tastes with a nice hop bitterness level and the nitro provides some effective mouthfeel. Creamy, rich and not overly carbonated, dry finish.
Good job on this as it is exactly like I expected, very crushable and thirst quenching.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a bright Ruby red color with a tinge of pink with a creamy pink head. This beer looks sexy af tbqh.

The aroma brings notes of raspberries, blackberries, lemon zest, and crackery malt.

The flavor brings a ton of raspberries, tart lemon, and grass before a wave of cracker malt.

The nitro feel is a bit odd for the style, but it's creamy as hell and has just enough dryness to keep your face in the glass.

Overall, what the hell. I bought this beer as a gag. A nitro fruit beer? No way it's going to be good. But I love this shit. I don't care. Fight me. It's delicious.

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Photo of karma_initiative
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat like a gose. The creaminess offered by the nitro can doesn't serve this one well in my opinion, it imparts a wateriness to an already delicate flavor profile. Flavorwise not too bad - a bit metallic, and I'm not really sure if that comes from the can or the vat (or something else), but not necessarily unpleasant. It does overshadow the raspberry, currant, cranberry flavors for me. I would personally like to see this with a higher and tighter carbonation and more prevalent fruit flavors over the auxiliary ones. Gave this a 4.75 out of 5 on appearance though, which is world class!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous ruby pink with a classic nitro head in violent powder pink. The aroma is straight up fruit, with loads of raspberry, with flesh and skin, with a touch of blackberry and black currant. The flavor is a good blend of tart and smooth, with loads of raspberry, and an easy going, mixed berry finish. The mouthfeel is utterly silky and decadent. Overall a well done beer in a different style. I love the nitro beers, please bring on more nitro!

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Photo of whynot44
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy ruby red with hints of purple with a foamy pink head that retains fairly well producing some interesting lacing.
The aroma is red raspberry with some cracker notes.
The taste is black currant up front with raspberry coming in second with hints of grass and crackers, slightly sweet with a tart dry finish.
Overall reasonably refreshing, interesting brew. This one is kind of a matter of taste, for those who like the black currant/red raspberry flavor it's a winner, Others may feel differently.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark and opaque purple in color. It poured with a finger high creamy pink head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of raspberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional notes of blackcurrants to go along with the flavors of raspberries. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The raspberries don't contribute any tartness.
O: I really enjoyed the smooth and creamy mouthfeel of this beer, which made it very enjoyable to drink. The lighter-bodied nature of this beer made the mouthfeel very reminiscent of a Guinness Draught.

Serving type: nitro-can

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13.65 ounce nitro can into signature pint glass, best before 9/21/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/orange, light pink/purple color with a 1 finger dense and creamy pink head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick creamy lacing clings down the glass. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, black currant, fruit skin/seed, lemon, peach, pear, melon, red apple, red grape, cracker, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of raspberries, black currants, fruity yeast, pale malts, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, black currant, fruit skin/seed, lemon, peach, pear, melon, red apple, red grape, cracker, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light fruit tang/tartness; and mild herbal, floral, grassy, spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, black currant, fruit skin/seed, lemon, peach, pear, melon, red apple, red grape, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, black currants, fruity yeast, pale malts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering fruit tang/tartness. Light carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/grainy, fairly acidic/tangy/tannic, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is an excellent fruited blonde ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, black currants, fruity yeast, pale malts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink with the very soft/silky nitro, and mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome balance between juicy/jammy fruit, fruity yeast, and bready malts; with mild earthy hop presence/balance. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style style example. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

13.65 fl oz (403.68 ml) can emptied upside down,
A large, creamy light pink head forms over a reddish body. It has great retention and leaves loads of lacing.
Very smooth and creamy but light body.
Fruity aroma and flavor with raspberries and hints of other berries.

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Photo of brenn79
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can- Pours dark ruby red to orange with a thick usual frothy creamy white head. Aroma is berry pie, creamy, frothy, fruity. The taste is very similar, fruity, creamy, clean and super drinkable.

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Flamingo Dreams - Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 43 ratings