Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Dead Rise Old Bay Summer AleDead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale
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Dead Rise Old Bay Summer AleDead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by oriolesfan4 on 05-06-2014

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best before day 258 (Sept 15) of 2014.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pilsner-colored blonde ale body with a decent white head.

Smell: Very yeasty, almost saison-esque. Slight pepper aroma from the Old Bay.

Taste: Not bad. The Old Bay is rather indistinguishable, apart from the strong peppery spice flavor it imparts. Definitely in the saison/farmhouse ale category. Tart, refreshing yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately flavorful and refreshing. No complaints here.

Overall: Not my favorite style (too farmhouse-y) but a decently executed beer. The theme is too gimmicky for me, though, even though I am a born and bred crab-loving Marylander. Old Bay is great on a lot of things, but doesn't belong on/in everything.

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3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours an extremely hazy golden color. There's about two fingers worth of white-colored head, lacking great retention but having a nice creaminess to compensate. A good ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: This really brings the Old Bay well. Zesty, salty, spicy...this is unmistakable. If you've reading this in Crisfield, Deale, Oakland, Riva, Denton, or Lexington Park, and you know what Old Bay is, there's nothing more for me to say. If you're reading this in Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York, and you don't know what Old Bay is, think celery salt meets paprika meets black pepper meets nice melange of many other spicy and savory things. There are also touches of lemon, sugar cookie, and wheat coming from the beer part of it. The Old Bay factor is there without being overpowering - it's not an all out INCREDIBLE aroma, but...c''s an Old Bay beer. Enough said.

T: This is a spicy beer, make no doubt. Old Bay opens it up, gradually exposing its lemony, wheaty foundation. I'm getting lots of celery salt, black pepper, and random herbs in particular. The finish is gently hoppy, but only gently.

For extra fun, sprinkle some more Old Bay into it. Be warned, it *will* throw the beer off balance, especially if you're reading this in Chicago or LA and you don't know what Old Bay is. All in all, it's not a fantastic beer, but it does exactly what it advertises.

M: Creamy and full bodied, it has a dry snap on the finish to give it good drinkability. Carbonation isn't super prevalent, but it isn't weak, either. It's quite drinkable as expected.

O: It's a weird beer, to be sure. BUT, it perfectly encapsulates Maryland in a glass - like Natty Boh, it's practically law to have this one while eating crabs. Everyone who can get this one readily should at least try it once.

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4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with plenty of carb.

S - Smell is old bay, pepper, hops of the floral kind.

T - super smooth and very yummy. This is a great summer beer, goes down easy and I can't wait to drink while eating blue crabs at the beach!

M - smooth and on the light side

O - BUY if you like summer and the eastern shore/shellfish!!

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Photo of Baltimorean_Brew
4.71/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer. I saw it as a Natty Boh IPA, which is a very high compliment for a beer. It runs smooth with a swoosh of a nice slightly hoppy taste with a smooth slight taste of old bay that is perfect. The aftertaste furthers the experience as well. I hope it survives the summer seasonal phase, but pick it up while you can!

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Titans77
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a bright yellow verging on a light copper that seems fairly hazy. Like a cloudy summer shandy, this beer has a white head that sticks around for quite a while. Looks appealing.

S - It tried to be old bay. It really tried. Some fruit aromas meddle with the old bay spices. The biscuity undertones also try to compete, but eventually fall flat. Smells like a citrus fruit coated in expired old bay. Leaves much to be desired.

T - What seems like an odd smell profile ends up translating fairly well on the palate. You are immediately hit with a citrus and bready malt that is akin to what you find in their Doggy Style Pale Ale. The old bay comes in during the finish. You get the slight spice after all of the citrus has run its course and it complements it very well.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. Complements the style very well. No alcohol presence, and the sharpness comes through with the old bay finish. Well done.

O - I enjoy this beer. I know tons of people that wont like this beer at all. It is a very Maryland/East Coast style taste. I hope Flying Dog releases this every summer as I could see it being a great beer for seafood and chicken dishes that I find myself enjoying over the summer months. Can't wait to have a crab feast with a six pack of this.

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4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (super fresh, but no date)

A: A hazy straw colored beer with a nice thick foamy head that is quite persistent and leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Peppery with floral hops that complement each other. The Old Bay is subtle and right there in the background, but comes across more in the pepper notes. I even sniffed from my Old Bay canister, just to make sure I was right on my smells.

T: Smooth and easy drinking. This is the embodiment of summer in Maryland for me. You get a hint of pepper/Old Bay in there that just makes you want to go out and order some crabs (or at least some kind of seafood). I realize that this is a herbed/spiced beer, but I was told that it basically a pale ale with Old Bay in it. So, if you consider this a pale ale also, then this is my favorite pale ale so far, and is up there for my favorite herbed/spiced beer, next to Midas Touch. It leaves just a bit of pepper and spice at the back of your throat that is perfect. Tomorrow, I will be ordering some crabs to finish off my six-pack. Definitely one of Flying Dog's best beers and I hope they keep this as a summer seasonal. Thanks, Old Bay for collaborating with them this year for your 75th Anniversary. I will say that I didn't have high hopes going into this, since it doesn't even sound that great. I love Old Bay, and have put it on many things (or have seen it put on many things). We like Old Bay on anything and everything, but sometimes they just come off as a gimmick, like I thought this was gonna be, but it really shined on its own merits and is a great beer.

M: Smooth, and just a hint watery, but it reminds me of the Bay for some reason (and that probably sounds gross/bad), but I mean it.

O: Just a great beer from Flying Dog. I don't usually buy a six-pack of beers unless I am going to a party or plan on aging them. I brought this to a party thinking that everyone there would want a bottle, but people only wanted to try it. So, I still have two bottles left.

p.s. For a little extra spice, I just added a bit of Old Bay to the end of my glass and gave it a big swirl. The Old Bay really sticks to the foam and stays at the top. However, it goes well with it and just amps up the already present flavors.

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Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 777 ratings