Fever Dream
Flying Dog Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #3,767
Ranked #21,879
3.86 | pDev: 8.81%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
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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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AirlessGOOSE from Connecticut

3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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Jelitikasez from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Cavanaghty from Maine

4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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
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RyanK252 from California

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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metter98 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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Lucular from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Biggtriksta from New York

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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
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Raime from Greenland

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

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
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allengarvin from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pretty gold color with a small white head.
Sweet fruit and pepper aroma. Enough pepper that it tickled my nose.
Mango taste. Some melon. And a not too subtle habanero.
This worked well together. Nice fruity taste without being overly sweet. Nice pepper bite without overwhelming my taste buds.

Jul 27, 2016
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fever dream: pours a hazy, ruddy orange color with a finger get and a half of fluffy honeycombed head. Aroma is very sweet, much mango and caramel, honey and cocktail fruit syrup. Really very bright and beautiful. Sweet and fruity flavor upfront; pineapple, mango, with some bitterness on the finish that is almost completely masked by heat from the Habaneros. The first Ale I've had with heat that I would call refreshing

Jul 09, 2016
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this ale is pretty average across the board. It's hazy copper colored, like a lot of others. It smells like an IPA. I really cannot detect mango, pepper, or any fruit at all in the nose. My sense of smell may simply be lacking. The taste is solid - like a decent IPA. I taste no mango, and there is just a smidgen of heat going down. The mild heat is not a bad thing, as too much heat can just taste out of place and ruin the whole flavor. Carbonation is decent.

It's a fine ale - just not something I would put on my Must Get Again list.

Jul 04, 2016
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For those looking for a habanero IPA without as much kick as Habanero sculpin, this may be it. Pours a dark copper with a two finger head that eventually dissipates. Aroma is fresh, but I'm not picking up a ton of mango. Taste is initially sweet and then heats up a tad toward the end. A solid IPA that neither the mango or habanero overpowers.

Jul 02, 2016
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PatricLind from Sweden

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks good, amber. Smells mango for sure. Feels like a stable IPA. After three sips the chili climbs up in the throught.
Interesting to have tried, good work. Maybe not my favorite stile though.

Jun 18, 2016
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atr2605 from New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice golden straw, soft copper color with an off white foamy head with excellent retention and lacing
S-lots of mango, pineapple, honey, hint of pine
T-not as much fruit on the palate, pine bitterness throughout, with the tropical fruit and mango coming in the finish, and a subtle heat from the habanero. excellent balance
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-very well crafted hot pepper beer that would stand on its own as a solid IPA, and is made all the better with the addition of the mango and peppers

Jun 11, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed amber orange color with a 1" foamy ivory head that slowly recedes to an island of thin foam on the surface of the liquid while leaving a a few bits of lacing here and there on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some arches and scattered patches of leggy lacing.

The aromas include mango and other tropical fruits. In the background there's some citric zest and I'm finding some very light notes of the habanero pepper, which surprises me as I didn't expect to notice it among the other aromas.

The flavors include the mango, some grapefruit zest and bitterness along with some earthy flavors. There's a light caramel sweetness from the malt backbone. The heat from the habanero is quite mild and well integrated with the other flavors.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and lightly crisp with a light, prickly. persistent carbonation. The finish begins as sweetness and tropical fruit flavors begin to fade leaving some mild heat and bitterness at the end before becoming dry and inviting the next sip. Also as should be the case with chili spiced food, the heat grows slowly over time as more and more of the beer is finished.

I'm enjoying this beer and would like to have another. Fortunately this is relatively easy to find here in SE PA and i expect this beer will become an occasional change of pace to liven up my regular rotation every once in a while (I should confess that one of my favorite salsas is a bottled Mango Habanero Salsa.)

Jun 06, 2016
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McThulhu from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my expectations were too high going in (thanks Ballast Point...), because I was underwhelmed with this beer, but for the wrong reasons.

Perfect look and smell, let me be clear. A nice DARK amber with perfect head on top. The smell was rich with mango and hops, one of the better beers I've ever smelled.

But upon tasting I was left waiting to greet flavors that never arrived. There were the usual suspects of an IPA, but the Mango and Habañero were truant.

My mistake was easy to diagnose: impatience. Chill this beer. Or better yet, buy it from a store that refrigerates it.

Furthermore, this beer is NOT trying to ride the coattails of the Almighty Sculpin. It is looking for an understated balance of not only fruitiness and heat, but also the bitter dryness and piney freshness of the American IPA. Flying Dog is a veteran outfit, and have proven time and again they know how to brew an IPA. And they're proud of it, and don't want to cover up their pride and joy with trendy heat or sweet, punching you right in the face with it. YOU come FIND it. Let it toy with you.

May 29, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/10/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango/habanero, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango/habanero, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, that lightly increases through the glass. Light lingering pepper heat as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly sticky/bready/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming other than the peppers after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruit/spiced IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango/habanero, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the restrained pepper heat and spice. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 30, 2016
Fever Dream from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 197 ratings