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Natural Selection - Genus 3Natural Selection - Genus 3

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stock Ale with caramel and brown fruit notes, mingling with roast, chocolate and toast.

Added by Prfctchckn on 10-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 52
Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Some (many?) bemoan all of the Snow Days this winter, but I say "Embrace the Madness!" I have a plethora of backlog, especially in terms of bottles, here at Chez Woody and if I am to be confined to quarters, let it be with beer. In fact, I am carrying on smartly with Collaboration Ale Afternoon as an inspiration to others who may be in a similar predicament.

From the bottle: "A collaborative ale by Flying Dog Brewery and Evolution Craft Brewing Company"; "Genus 3.Secondary dry hop"; "Natural Selection is one of the cornerstones of modern biology and now, Maryland craft beer."; "The collaboration began with Genus One, a stock ale and the origin of species. Genus Tow was brewed and aged in cherry wood barrels by Evolution Craft Brewing Company. Genus Three, the final common descent and what you now hold in your hands, was brewed and dry-hopped with a ground-breaking amount of Galaxy hops by Flying Dog."; "'Good People Drink Good Beer' - Hunter S. Thompson".

Once more, I employed a gentle pour as I have no idea how long this beer has been aging in my kitchen. The resulting skim of wisps was to be expected, but I remain a fan of the servers' trick and now I had a finger of foamy, light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was a hazy copper (SRM = >17, < 22) with ruby highlights. Nose smelled boozy, like Scotch. Lots of alcohol heat along with a malty sweetness. I really wonder how some of these beers might fare in the distillation process. Mouthfeel was medium, perhaps thinner than I might have expected, and the heat was immediate on the tongue. Flavors of dried, dark fruit were dominant along with leather and a slight lemon zestiness. Man, no wonder I set this aside. It was like a day's worth of drinking all by itself. I might not have selected this naturally, but I am a sucker for Flying Dog's Ralph Steadman art, plus I am always intrigued by these collaboration beers. Finish was dry, hot actually, with a maple syrup sweetness that lingered. Phew! I felt as though I had grown a prehensile tail and I was ready to begin swinging from the treetops. Wow.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

A nice creamy two finger light tan to creamy off white beige head is shown and settles very slowly. Body is a bit of a brackish murky brown with some dark orange edges but mostly pretty muddy looking.

Nice hop angle, kind of juicy and tropical a bit. Good hints of mango, faint caramel sensing background and a little cream but very tiny, comes off like an American Barleywine.

The palate feels a bit light bodied for an old ale, not much coating. However much of the bouquet is reflected. A juicy tropical rush and a little good note of pine resin that airs on the finish. Slight metallic twinge though, and sort of a big grapefruit juice flavor.

The mouthfeel really needs some work, but it's also hard to rate this one to style since it doesn't really remind me of Old Ale, but has some weakened but excellent Barleywine like characteristics. It's overall alright.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brown, pretty much straight brown. Opaque with a nice creamy head with good lacing.
S: not much, little clay or wet cardboard
T/M: a little thin on taste, starts out a little like a brown ale, with earthy, tending towards molasses (but not much) on the malt end. The bitterness isn't too strong but hits early: light pine, resiny. Carbonation tingles a little to combine with the bitterness to form a lighter play and feel in the mouth.
O: was hoping for a little more malt taste, really. The bitterness isn't overwhelming but does seem to dominate the flavor profile to me. The overall effect is a slightly bland taste, in the end.

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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a muddy brown with copper edges. There was over a finger of off-white head that retained for a long time and left some lacing behind on the glass. The nose has distinct hop notes along with something else that is slightly sweet and fruity. Caramel malt is upfront in this offering, but the real feature is the distinctly bitter hop profile on the finish.

This offer is quite tasty, but I am not sure that it should be considered an old ale. It is a touch light in the body for an old ale. Also, the hop punch (which I definitely enjoyed) is not at all in character with the style. Maybe I'd rate it higher as a strong ale, but this just lacked some basic qualities of the old ale style.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: very dark amber; really nice, creamy head; good carbonation; great lacing
S: complex hoppy aroma; dark, musky, and appetizing
T: very rich, complex IPA-style beer; it's all in the hops in a big way; nicely complementing the booze (7.6%); dry hopping makes a very vibrant beer with subtly tapering aftertaste
M: rich, creamy

An outstanding IPA. Get it while you can.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 04/28/14. 7.6% abv, 35 IBU.

Served in a tulip glass. Genus 3 is a natural rust color; ruddy brick, and hazy like a wheat beer. The tan-colored head that develops is very thick, creamy, and shows great retention and will stick on the sides of the glass, showing off the hopped nature of this beer right away.

The aroma is a splendid mix of characteristics, from the Galaxy hops to the cherry wood barrels, you get a diverse smell each and every time you lift the glass to your lips. It has notes of peppercorn, fruitcake, butterscotch, lemon, and leafy herbs.

The palate shows off the dry-hopping better than the aroma, with a long lasting lightly bitter finish. The taste is a compilation of chestnut, bready malt, chocolate, beans, ripe plums, and grassy hops. Very well-balanced, and shows off the qualities of both the hops and the base beer quite well. The carbonation is perfect, with a solid medium body and a gentle, smooth texture from the carbonation and body combination. This beer would probably do just as well off a firkin as well.

This is not an "Old Ale." Neither of the brewers call it that, but "Stock Ale" doesn't seem to be a style category on the site yet. This project/collaboration was created by two Maryland brewers (Flying Dog and Evolution) so that they could design a beer that would work well on it's own, or under the specialty treatment of each of the brewers individually. Flying Dog's specialty seems to be dry-hopping, and I must say that this worked out well for them. I am excited to try Evolutions barrel-aged version.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish brown. Nice, frothy head.
Smell: Sweet grapefruit. Like (sour) blue raspberry candy.
Taste: Grapefruit.

This is certainly a contender for my favorite Flying Dog brew. The smell is excellent. It's almost like a Sour Straw blue raspberry taste, but very grapefruit as well. The taste is beyond good. It's a tangy, grapefruit delight. This is my favorite hop attribute. Hopefully this review isn't misleading. It's not a fruity beer at all. It just has a hop content that makes both smell and taste very, very flavorful. I would absolutely get this again.

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Photo of thezach
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat rich with a lasting rich head and creamy body. Mildly sweet with a balancing bitterness and a touch of roast or toast in there. The nose screams sweet gummy tropical fruits from the use of Galaxy hops. I detect a note of dark raisiny malt as it warms as well.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I think it gets more complex as it warms, but I cannot tell if the mouthfeel is too rich and creamy, or astonishingly rich and creamy in a good way. Worth a shot, but not one that I will go back to. I think it is mostly the galaxy, as I feel the second iteration (Genus 2, aged on cherry wood) would have mellowed the flavors nicely and worked well with the beer.

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Photo of Homebrewpat
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Tulip.

Pours a very murky, muddy brown with a two fingers of light brown head. Fades to a film over the beer. Leaves spotty lacing all over the glass

Very malt smelling beer with slight hints of dark fruit, oak, cherry, sweet licorice.

Taste is sweet malty dark fruit on the front palate, mouth coating maltyness midpalate, and a sweet clean finish likely from the dry hopping. Hopping comes through more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a nice beer that has some complexity that comes through as it warms. Reminds me of a wheat wine the more I sip. I wouldn't seek it out but if i see it i would buy another one for the cost


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Natural Selection - Genus 3 from Flying Dog Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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