Fever Dream
Flying Dog Brewery

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
IPA - American
3.85 | pDev: 8.83%
Oct 25, 2019
Feb 15, 2014
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Notes: Jim and Pam. Forest and Jenny. Snoop and Mary Jane. For our brewers, that couple that makes us all weak in the knees is Mango and Habanero.

The combination of sweet mango and bold habanero pepper has always been a favorite in casks of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, which inspired one brewer in particular to pitch a Mango Habanero IPA for our Brewhouse Rarities series.

Brewhouse Rarities Mango Habanero IPA was released in February 2014 and flew off the shelves faster than we could brew it. We’re no psychics, but we took that as a sign that you wanted more. And after running it as a tasting room throwback late last year, our imaginary crystal ball was clear that this Mango Habanero IPA was ready to graduate to our year-round roster. Giving it a name that invokes the feeling of conquering an invading tribe, we now bring you Fever Dream.

Fever Dream showcases a beautiful trifecta of fruit, heat and tropical fruit-forward hops. The balance of spicy and sweet that has been expertly dialed in, with the heat factor falling into the category where you can enjoy a few pints, rather than just one. We recommend trying this with your favorite Thai foods and curry, or on it’s own if food isn’t your thing.
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Photo of AirlessGOOSE
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by AirlessGOOSE from Connecticut

Smell is wonderful when opening the bottle - I get a really good combinations of hops and mango. It pours well, with a slightly darker copper color.

Drinking it is really an experience - you get good mango and hop vibes up front, but then the habanero kicks in on the way down. To me, I taste all the spice of the pepper and less of the flavor. It's not necessarily the most pleasant thing in my experience, but if you enjoy the kick of peppers you'll love it. I wish there was more mango and less spice, or if they were blended slightly better, but it's overall a cool feeling.

I think Fever Dream is an apt description for this IPA - it's something different, and it hits you from out of left field. Something I'll finish a six-pack of, but probably won't go out of my way to get it again.

Oct 25, 2019
3.69 by BarrelAgedG from California on Oct 09, 2019
4.19 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Sep 28, 2019
4.22 by chiefz1 from New York on Jan 28, 2018
3.59 by Raphaellima from Ohio on Jan 17, 2018
Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

It is the occasion of Merry New Christmas (Eve) Beer Sunday (Week 670) & this continues today's festivities that I anticipate lasting well into the morrow! I really had no idea that I had so many Flying Dog beers in abeyance until I got started, but this is working out nicely.

From the bottle: "You're running through a field of flowers, sprinting at a pace you haven't seen since high school. There are voices in the background. Your seventh grade biology teacher telling you he'll see you after class. The flowers morph into Tom Selleck's mustache. He just wants to know if you want a straw with your smoothie."

Ha ha! My daily substitute teaching assignment had me hard by Save-A-Lot Food Store on Thursday & so I actually bought some mangoes to eat this weekend. One seemed like a nice accompaniment to this beer, so I sliced it open & peeled it before I Pop!ped the cap. A gentle pour was followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise two-plus fingers of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head with moderate retention that left a ton of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the tropical sweetness of mango with an underlying spicy heat that could be smelled without much provocation. Mouthfeel was medium. The spicy heat of the habaneros did not get me as intensely as it did in this beer's first iteration as a Brewhouse Rarity, but I was still grateful for the sweet, sticky mango that I was eating as its accompaniment. The fresh mango enhanced the experience exponentially & I would highly recommend it as a tasty treat to go with this beer. Slowly, the heat continued to build to the point that my sinuses cleared, but not so intensely as to have me begging for mercy as with Safeword. I know that my pepper-loving friends would scoff at my low tolerance fro such things, but for me, a little goes a long way. This was not bad, nor was it overly hot, but after a 12-fl. oz. bottle, I was feeling satiated. Finish was dry as you should expect any beer involving spices to be. I might rate it higher as an Herbed/Spiced Beer, so YMMV.

Dec 24, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a mug: color is copper, head is brighter white, presents with fine bubbles and dense frothy top; heady top lingers very well with good lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is a bit neutral with some malt and light hops, not much spicy or sweeter aromas.

taste is where beer let's you know what is behind it: flavor is slightly malty, then quickly overtaken by habanero heat which lingers and then some moderate mango like flavor.

Mouthfeel is moderate but the habanero heat is what lingers and presents some spicy presence on the tongue, cheeks and lips.

Overall, a very good spicy beer - hops are present and malt is balanced but the habanero and mango present nicely as well.

Dec 09, 2017
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beefy little critter pours a
brilliant deep amber color with a very nice head of white foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and presents nice sudsy lacing. Nose of
heavy peppery spice, subtle mango and orange notes, and subtle pine
with sweet caramel malts. Flavors follow the nose with mango and habanero
dancing heavily about a frail caramel malt backbone that strains to provide balance
to the heat of the peppers that finishes with a light pine and herbal hops that appears
and then is overtaken by the peppers. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium carbonation,
and a plentiful warming pepper note.

While it is a nice brew in some ways I would suggest taking this one down with jalapeno or
chipotle peppers and adding a touch more malt. While it is not my cup of ale it is a good wake
up call to your taste buds. An interesting hybrid that gets warmer and spicier with warmth.


Oct 28, 2017
Photo of Jelitikasez
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jelitikasez from Missouri

Really enjoyed this. The habanero was warming. Slight mango sweetness in the background for balance, allowing me to still taste the actual beer. Always a plus in my book. A really great "once in a while" beer.

Aug 19, 2017
3.73 by malprep from Pennsylvania on Aug 13, 2017
3.57 by CreightonSM from New York on Aug 11, 2017
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
by Cavanaghty from Maine

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly darker golden color with a thin off white head.

Smell: Citrus and pine notes with some light mango.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of citrus and sweeter mango with a spicy kick of habanero to on the aftertaste.

Overall: was not what I expected! Good beer!!

Jul 16, 2017
Photo of RyanK252
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Habanero comes right out, backed with tropical fruit, slightly dank herbal notes, pine, citrus, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit, mango, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine, a bit of pine, slight dank herbal notes, bready malt, caramel sweetness, and a nice touch of heat from the habanero.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice warmth from the habanero.

O: Nice balance of IPA and peppery heat. Tasty!

Jul 16, 2017
3.5 by deac83 from Texas on Jun 25, 2017
4 by Lukass from Ohio on Jun 11, 2017
Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet, fruity mangos are preset in the nose along with hints of other tropical fruit hops.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of mangos and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Light flavors of habanero start to creep in in the finish and lend heat that lingers into the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The combination of mango and tropical fruit hops seems to go really well. I liked how the habanero wasn't too strong and added just amount the right amount of heat. It was a lot drinkable compared to chili beers.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 10, 2017
4.27 by smithj4 from New York on Jun 10, 2017
3.67 by sisterofba from Maryland on Jun 06, 2017
Photo of Lucular
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Lucular from Maryland

You can really taste the mango juice and I would have guessed this is a blonde ale base, not an IPA. The slight heat from the habanero does a great job balancing out the sweetness from the mango.

Jun 05, 2017
3.94 by oberon from North Carolina on Jun 02, 2017
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ocelot2500 from Maryland

Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruits and caramel malts.

Tastes of the tropical hops layered over a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine. Pine notes add in before some mango. Malts add caramel sweetness and back the fruits. Heat comes on the backend in a small, pleasant amount. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done IPA that features the mango and habanero well.

May 21, 2017
4.16 by Yeldarb92 from Ohio on May 21, 2017
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pat61 from Minnesota

L: pours slightly hazy amber with slowly rising bubbles under a 1/2" head that reduces only slightly to a thick, hazy film.

S: Light spice and a trace of dankness scent restrained fruit and pepper aromas.

T: mango and light malt lead the charge with initially restrained habenero flavors that bring a slight heat wave that passes quickly. The heat builds as you drink it but it stays pleasant and never gets out of bounds. The mango, habenero and malt flavors are fairly evenly balanced. The sweetness from the mango softens the habenero heat while the habenero keeps the mango from being cloying.

F: The beer has a medium body and carbonation.

O: This is a refreshing, flavorful beer.

Mar 30, 2017
3.69 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Feb 03, 2017
Photo of Biggtriksta
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Biggtriksta from New York

L: Poured a pretty amber color with a decent sized head. There's a fair amount of sediment floating around the glass. This beer is semi-cloudy with some light passing through.

S: Strong hop and malt aroma. Not much in the way of spiciness from the habaneros. Smells very piney.

T: Better than I had expected. Most of this beer is hops and malts. The heat kicks in very subtly towards the back of the mouth, which I appreciate. Piney, slightly citrusy. Overall, not terrible.

F: Medium body beer with most of the heat coming at the back at. The front to middle contain mostly hop flavors. A little bit of carbonation in there. The beer is leaving some decent lacing so the carbonation is definitely present.

O: It's better than I expected. This would go really well with some Mexican food (obviously). I'm glad that it is not overly spicy as I have had some beers with too much pepper heat and it tends to ruin them.

Jan 14, 2017
3.61 by Colin32 from Pennsylvania on Jan 13, 2017
4 by AllanPatchin1016 from Ohio on Nov 16, 2016
Photo of Raime
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Raime from Korea (North)

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Brew pours a moderate copper with a super dense frothy white head that starts leaving immediate stick as you get into the brew. Some murk and floaty characters are very much apparently. Light still penetrates though you don't get a clear line on the other side.

Smell - Mostly catty hops. Y'know the smell I'm trying to get at here. Some weak malts without any mango that I can detect nor any noticeable pepper heat or scents.

Taste - Super juicy catty hoppiness gallor though not to the extent that they come off piss like. Again the malts are prevalent but it's tough to distinguish the specific flavors. The mango does come through just a touch in the taste but the pepper flavors are virtually nonexistent. There is a relatively low level of noticeable heat as you continue into the beer.

Feel - Probably the best part of the brew. The feel is pretty thick with a thick pillowy head that sits nicely upon the tongue. The flavors develop even more as it sits around and the heat build a bit just enough for a slight tingle but it's far from as hot as it should be for being a habanero beer. The heat goes away for the most part on the swallow.

Overall - As an IPA it's pretty good on its own but if you're expecting something like a habanero sculpin it leaves a lot to be desired. Good beer for the most part but I don't think id pick it up again seeing as there are better pepper alternatives available.

Nov 04, 2016
Photo of Mitchster
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Mitchster from Michigan

Pours out to a hazy peach, lots of flittering debris in the bottle. Forms a very nice tall light yellow head with amazing retention and solid solid lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is very nice. Definitely mango and mango character from the choice of hops, luscious tropical fruit hop nose. A little bit of pineapple. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, finishing dry, with a pleasant lingering warmth from the habanero. Bitterness is medium-firm. No off flavors.

This is a pretty good beer, but I wish it had a bit more sweetness to offset the heat and to give more jammy character to the mango. It is quite warm and dry so 1 is enough, but for IPA drinkers who want some heat, this is a very very well done beer.

Oct 24, 2016
3.52 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Oct 17, 2016
Photo of jlindros
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Bottled 8/10/16

Pours a mild fizzy foamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly decent sticky lacing, very hazy sediment filled chunky pale orange color.

Nose sweet malt, copper amber malt, candy caramel, honey notes, a spicy chewy hop, little citrus fruity, mild pepper in the background.

Taste brings some sweet malts, candy like malts, caramel, amber malts, kinda like an aged ipa although it's not that old, toasted sweet malt, very faint pepper heat and no habanero flavor, hops are spicy and chewy, little earthy, little citrus fruity, fair bitterness and just a bit of pepper heat, and a faint booze. Finish little sticky sweet, lingering amber malts, little more pepper heat and hint of bitterness.

Mouth is med to little fuller bod, nice carb, touch pepper heat and touch booze.

Overall a huge let down, hops are mediocre, malts don't go well with an ipa, pepper heat is ok but there's no habanero flavor.

Oct 09, 2016
3.83 by Jscharff06 from New York on Oct 02, 2016
Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by allengarvin from Texas

A: Light amber colored, small head
S: No hint of any chiles, but there is a pleasant fruity, lightly malt scent.
T: Taste is the polar opposite of the aroma: strong hoppiness (how come there's no hoppy aroma?), together with decent bitterness and moderate malt. I'm still not getting any chile flavor at all. It's well-disguised if it's here, and it's certainly not habaneuro level. Slightly fruity as well. A better IPA than Flying Dog's usual offerings.
M: moderately effervescent, decent body.
O: I found this a decent IPA, but I am unable to find any chile-ness whatsoever.

Sep 21, 2016
3.71 by einman from Minnesota on Sep 19, 2016
4.25 by cjohns73 from Delaware on Sep 16, 2016
4 by Furley80 from Pennsylvania on Sep 14, 2016
4.03 by Acuity from Michigan on Sep 08, 2016
3.62 by clager from Michigan on Aug 26, 2016
3.82 by EnthusedAboutBeer from New Jersey on Aug 16, 2016
3.5 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Aug 13, 2016
Fever Dream from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 197 ratings