Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Dead Rise Old Bay Summer AleDead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Skillful in shallow waters, yet adept when it becomes deep and rough, Dead Rise boats were specifically crafted to navigate the unique waters of the Chesapeake. Our Dead Rise, a summer ale brewed with OLD BAY, was brewed to support True Blue, a groundbreaking initiative to support the Maryland Blue Crab industry.

Malt: Proprietary
Hop: Proprietary
Yeast: Proprietary
Brewed with Old Bay Seasoning and Lemon.
25 IBU

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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 780
Photo of monkist
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Flying Dog ever that I'm scoring down.
First up it had nice aromas but when taki g a sip I was shocked: tasteless and bitter. What is this?
Then the aroma somewhat disspated and the taste got a bit more intense. Has a lingering aftertaste of the "real" ale or perhPs even the lemons but it's not that pleasant.
Had it with food so it was okay, as I didn't pay too much attention to the taste.
Otherwise it would have been a bummer.
Sorry Flying Dog, but this is not your best shot...

This was my first impression, after it I let the beer warm up for a bit. Then i started feeling the Old Bay spices and I said hmm! interesting! Once the spices come into play, they give it a definite spicey taste that ki d of matches the ale and the bitterness is less outstanding, less noticeable. The spices then add a quite unique - though weird, but still unique - aroma and flavor at the same time that somehow feels very similar. At one point I felt that the blend of spices is very similar to bittering hops - so you almost don't notice that you're drinking a spice beer until the very end when the multitude of hot flavors hit you.

So there you have it. It is a quite complex and strange beer that is very unfamiliar yet complex. I believe it is worth giving a chance to it, giving it enough time and attention to appreciate its strangeness.

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Photo of RacerX5k
1/5  rDev -72.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Easy review. Two words. Don't bother. You know, I'm the idiot who did have this before but wasn't sure so this Sat AM I got it again. I love crabs, the water, the Chesapeake Bay and all things Eastern Shore. But this fucking stinks, I'd rate it a zero if I could. Truly, one of the worst beers I've ever had, Disgrace. Will email the brewery later, takes nerve to make this, Aroma and flavor non existant, is that good enough for a review?

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is pale straw, head is off white with fine bubbles and head depth off the initial pour of 1/2 inch, good lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light malt, biscuit, lemon, hints of spice but hard to differentiate.

Taste follows aroma with malt, biscuit, lemon then spice and bitterness. Spice presence is a blend of paprika, cumin, mustard, pepper. Spice flavor is a bit less than anticipated making you work to decipher it, i think the lemon helps balance the potential spice overload, but I think i would have liked more old bay flavor.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, moderate bitterness, and drying presence.

Overall a good spin on summer spiced ale, but I want more old bay. Where can I find Double Dead Rise?

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Photo of daliandragon
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The guy at the beer store was pushing it and I felt like I was insulting him if I didn't at least take a single. Big, impressive head is a nice start. Nose is a little eclectic, with bread notes and lemon and something else that I am guessing is Old Bay.

The bread notes and lemon remain but mild noble hops and that weird OB thing again strange it up. Aftertaste is all weird and vaguely spicy.

Cool and different for what it is. I don't eat crabs so not really my thing but definitely unique and probably great in the summer heat with a brew in one hand and a mallet in the other.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, mild spices. Taste is malts, citrus, spices are present but not overpowering, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth trying.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a hazy light amber with a nice head. Lacing. The head lasts a good long time. Some Old Bay and light malt in the nose. Definite Old Bay taste in the mouth. Nice take on Old Bay seasoning!

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

They had me at Old Bay, clear yellow gold but a half finger head dissipates quickly light lacing on the glass you can taste enough of the spices that you know it's something special but it isn't overpowering a great summertime beer

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a small snifter.

A: Golden/Amber colored with a decent haze. Rocky white head holds on at one finger and leaves a lot of sticky lacing in it's wake.

S: Dry, grainy malt base. Grassy hops. Orange rind. Distinct Old Bay seasoning adds a sharp note of clove/paprika/all spice et al.

T: Light and grainy malt body, touch of rye, floral and grassy hopping, orange rind. Then the Old Bay seasoning interjects sharply and romps all over everything.

M: Light, soft malt body. Airy and creamy. Sharp carbonation adds a deep crispness. Nice texture.

O: It's a well-brewed beer, but I'm not gonna sugar-coat it. This is a weird brew. The Old Bay seasoning does dominate after a few sips. It's definitely not something you'd want to buy by the six pack and drink stand-alone. Pairing with food is necessary, and to that end the options are many. Crab (obviously), sea food fry, perhaps a hot dog a la Rhode Island spicy weiners. I kinda want to steam rice in it too.

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Photo of payhota
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pale yellow color with nice foam head reminiscent of a crashing wave. Poured smooth and without haze.
Smell: Citrus smell as well as wheat characteristics, quite faint and not overpowering.
Taste: Great taste, citrus notes give an immediate kick along with more subtle hints of wheat and grass. Spices come in strong while tying the flavors together nicely and the aroma really does not give the flavor justice. The beer washes down with an almost salty aftertaste, reminiscent of a summer outing on the docks.
Feel: Crisp and well carbonated. Malt like finish and goes down a bit dry, leading you to want another sip.

Not my favorite type of beer but I was very impressed with the taste. Would pair extremely well with food and really embodies the feeling of a summer dusk. Not something I would drink one after another, but would be my go to drink for certain food pairings.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: good, but a little odd. Oceanic. I agree with the sentiment I've seen that this would be better paired with food.

Pale yellow, nice sudsy head with excellent retention and lacing, hazy.
Smells bright, citrusy, and briny. Oddly enough, there's a shellfish-like aroma.
Tastes grassy upfront. A little peppery. Maybe spicy. There's a wheat-like twang followed by a malty finish. A spiced bitterness builds as you drink it. Doesn't taste like Old Bay exactly, but I'm guessing that's where it's coming from.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

MDATE: July 8, 2017... OCCASION: at Gil and Becky’s shore house for the weekend, enjoying a beautiful day... GLASSWARE: Jersey Shore pint (paid for in Jenks tickets last year)...pours a light golden body with sparse effervescence from a growler... head is white, swirling, and quickly out of its juice... definite peppercorn, mustard, clove, ginger and allspice cocktail... the inhalation is enjoyable, if accurate... first sip is medium-bodied, lightly textured, but overall swift in its draw... the finish lingers with the weight of caramel and bread malts... the "old bay" makes for a ginger and allspice, while lemon and orange peel suggest a pale ale hides somewhere in here... applaud the idea to introduce these elements into a beer... willing to attempt a pairing with dogs, burgers and fries... as a stand alone, reasonable and not outside the realm of enjoyable....

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Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

This beer pours golden with a slight haze. It is topped with two inches of eggshell head that leaves a little lacing.

It has a light lemony aroma with hints of umami.

The tastes starts with that lemony ale flavor and is then infused with bitterness. The seasoning comes through in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel

I really don't get much from the Old Bay seasoning. It is reminiscent of Sam Adams Summer Ale. It is ok. I don't think that I will buy more than this single bottle though.

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Photo of hman43
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours light golden, almost yellow with a pillow head that is slightly off white.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus, lemon, and flowers.

Taste: It has lemon, citrus, floral, and a spicy flavor. It is tart especially with the carbonation.

Feel: It has a light body.

Overall, this is a refreshing, lemon and citrus like beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight wheat, hops, herbs (Old Bay), floral, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an Herbed / Spiced Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of Old Bay, wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, Old Bay dominates every aspect, decent appearance, and pleasant freshness.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden color with fluffy, white head. Aroma has elderflower and some fresh spices. Taste starts also spicy but quite subtle and well integrated. Finish has a good amount of hop bitterness with some grapefruit pith and resin. Medium body and soft carbonation. Overall it's a quite nice, easy drinking, spicy but fresh ale.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Skillful in shallow waters, yet adept when it becomes deep and rough, Dead Rise boats were specifically crafted to navigate the unique waterways of the Chesapeake. Our Dead Rise, a summer ale with OLD BAY, was brewed to support True Blue, a groundbreaking initiative to support the Maryland Blue Crab industry." Brewed in the style of a Spiced Ale brewed with Old Bay , available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) My bottle was a moderate gusher. Pours a pearl white head of a frothy foam consistency over a very mildly hazy golden straw yellow body with abundant, lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Pale and malted wheat malts with a moderate fruity sweetness, and the gentle touch of faint lemon drop. The delicate undertone of dry spices, notably nutmeg, allspice and paprika are a very subtle contribution to the aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with moderately sweetened wheat and pale malts, a softly fruity and grassy hop profile and an earthy spiced finish that challenges my expectations of how Old Bay impacts beer flavor. To be fair, I never gave those two going together much thought. The finish is notably spicy and peppery and reminiscent of pumpkin spice, like allspice, nutmeg and mace- however paprika and celery are also detected in the flavor. While a potent additive, the Old Bay isn't as sharp a contribution as I had expected, largely because the incredible volume of sodium does not carry over to the flavor, a fortunate omission for the sake of the style and this beer's drinkability in general. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly creamy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is short of medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy spiced bitterness. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A beer that pays homage in a sense and screams typecast Chesapeake Bay culture, the inclusion of Old Bay in a beer is what initially drew me to this ale. I was surprised by how tame the Old Bay spices panned out against a fairly pale ale, with the beer generating more of a late summer/early fall pumpkin spice impression without the saltiness we expect from Old Bay normally. I think including the salt could play nicely in a Gose version of a similar ale, but perhaps the flavors are not very distinctive enough to make this beer memorable, let alone a Gose. An interesting beer, however and probably worth sampling on draft or in a single bottle if you're passing by the bay area. 3.5

Flying Dog Brewery's
Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/30/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, lime, clove, nutmeg, black/red pepper, paprika, allspice, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and compelxity of pale malt, spices, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, lime, clove, nutmeg, black/red pepper, paprika, allspice, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy bitterness and peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, clove, nutmeg, black/red pepper, paprika, allspice, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, spices, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero alcohol warming as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is a very good spiced blonde ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, spices, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.6% abv

Appearance- Pours a light yellow with a tall foamy head. Medium clarity.

Smell- Citrus, and noticeable Old Bay spice

Taste- Sweet caramel/grainy rye malt with orange citrus. The citrus flavor builds, as the Old Bay spice notes fill in. This leaves an ample spiciness to the palate. The Old bay with perhaps a bit of pepper continues through to the finish and ends with a bitter hop bite.

Mouthfeel- Medium/light in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A great spice beer showcasing the famous Old Bay spice. Would pair excellent along side from fresh crab or any seafood for that matter.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow body, rocky velvety white head, sturdy 3D lace. Nose is heavy with celery salt, and in the background green peppercorn, which makes me think of a saison base, but a wheaty and banana-clove combo turns my thinking to a hefeweizen base. Quite complex, and surprisingly all works well together. Flavor is similar, mostly celery salt, pepper, and yeast, with a potpourri of spice and slightly drying and clean finish, hinting at pure salt. Light body, fine pinpricks of carbonation.
A unique spice to use, which worked well on the nose and provided a clean finish. It was too peppery at times, but overall worked pretty well.

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Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear golden yellow color with a 1 1/2" fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving lots of complex lacing and patches of foam around the glass. Sipping cleans the side of the glass and leaves behind a few scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas include a touch of citrus against a background of malt. The Old Bay spices are just strong enough to be noticable and to make a contribution but they don't dominate the other aromas.

The flavors include the citrus, some malt sweetness and the background created by the spices used in the Old Bay seasoning. The only bitterness shows in the back of the palate and is almost hard to notice. Over time the Old Bay seasoning takes on a slightly stronger presence on the palate.

The mouth feel is somewhere between light and medium bodied and slightly crisp with the light persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness starts to fade leaving the citrus and spices to linger a bit before they leave the show to that touch of bitterness which slowly fades leaving some dryness in the back of the palate. Over time there seems to be a cumulative effect of the spices that create a gentle sensation of warmth.

I thought this was an interesting beer and enjoyed the subdued presence of the Old Bay spices. Part of what I like is that the spices are not over done. The are noticeable but don't dominate. While I don't expect this to become a regular in my rotation I'd be fine having another but would prefer it as part of a seafood meal since I think it would be a nice summer complement to seafood. (Which I suspect was the goal of the brewers, i.e., to create something that goes with crab but doesn't steal the show.)

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Translucent, light yellow color with a white, fingernail head that receded quickly and left no lacing. Bready nose with minimal spices. Definitely don't recognize Old Bay and Old Bay isn't subtle. Taste is a bready summer lager with a lightly spiced finish where the Old Bay spices make a cameo. Light body and medium-light carbonation with no aftertastes.
It seemed like a bit of a novelty beer, and the novelty wasn't particularly strong in it. Old Bay was subtle at best. I don't mind odd beers, I just want to taste some of what is being advertised. This didn't do it for me.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.73/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty interesting beer. With all the super-hopped, or super-sour beers out there, who'd of thought that one that reminds you of crabs and old bay seasoning would be any good? Outstanding summer beer, especially for those of us from the mid-Atlantic.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma and flavor is spices, wheat, malts and kind of funky. Not bad, quite a bit of spices going on,pretty decent really, but kind of a novelty all together.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a light straw yellow body, two finger white head, fair retention, good lacing. Smells of bready cereal grain, mineral and a touch of spice. I wouldn't be able to pinpoint Old Bay as the source if this were blind, but there is definitely some spice in here. Flavour is similarly bready, cereal grain sweetness, minerals, again a touch of spice. A bit more of the spice comes out on the palate versus the aroma, and it is certainly a bit evocative of Old Bay. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, bready spices on the finish.

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Photo of OhmZoned
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyably smooth. There is a little heat to it as well but you cannot taste the Old Bay which I was happy about. Very drinkable and I would absolutely get this again.

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