Supertramp - Tart Cherry Ale
Flying Dog Brewery

Supertramp - Tart Cherry AleSupertramp - Tart Cherry Ale
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #907
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
74
Ranked #46,796
Avg:
3.16 | pDev: 16.46%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
129
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Flying Dog Brewery
 
Maryland, United States
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Spring
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SCORE
74
Okay
Supertramp - Tart Cherry AleSupertramp - Tart Cherry Ale
Notes: Debuting (and stretching its legs) in spring 2015, three years of R&D went into the recipe for Supertramp. It was inspired by two previous Brewhouse Rarities releases: Sour Cherry Ale and Black Lager with Cherries.
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 129
Reviews by BigMike:
Photo of BigMike
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.89/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with slight pinkish hints. Its head is two fingers high and eggshell in shade. The retention is crap, the texture is fizzy like soda, and no hints of lacing stick to the glass. (3)

Smell: This doesn't smell like a tart cherry ale - it smells like a bad macro lager. Huge amounts of earth (thanks, gillagorilla!) and diacetyl dominate, with lesser hints of caramel sweetness and rotten eggs coming through. No hints of cherry whatsoever. Yep, the nose sucks. (2)

Taste: Unlike the nose suggested, I do pick up a faint hint of cherry at first. But not enough. The finish is laden with diacetyl, cotton candy, and cooked veggies. It's way too sweet in general - not in a good way, either. Blech, how did the same brewery that made stuff like The Truth and Horn Dog let this stinker out of the stable? (1.75)

Mouthfeel: It has a sweet, sugary body, which the aggressive carbonation never quite scrubs it off the palate. The unpleasant flavors tend to linger on the palate, killing what might have been something drinkable and refreshing. (1.75)

Overall: This tastes just like a macro lager, with a slight hint of cherry. And not even a decent macro like Yuengling, rather something bad like Corona. I finished this, but barely. Stay the hell away from this one. (1.75)

1.89/5: You're bloody well right to say this blows

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Photo of glass_house
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Looks like watered down cranberry ginger ale.

Smells like watered down cranberry ginger ale garnished with a maraschino cherry.

Tastes like watered down cranberry ginger ale garnished with a maraschino cherry and a couple drops of lemon juice.

Feels like watered down cranberry ginger ale garnished with a maraschino cherry, a couple drops of lemon juice and a splash of Zima.

Overall, I couldn't classify it as terrible. It's the Kate Moss of fruit beers. In a bad way. Much too thin and watery to support the barely-detectable flavors that are there. At the risk of sounding sexist, this may be perfect for that lady in your life who wants a beer that tastes like a slightly tart cherry wine cooler. I actually didn't hate it, there's just not much substance to like. I could see myself slamming a couple by the pool in mid-July.

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Photo of Jason
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Thin white lace, clear golden rose hue. Smells of a cracker and mild cherry jam. Crisp and light bodied, a little bread with some cherry flavor and a mild tartness. A bit thin and weak about there is enough flavor to get by, just no depth. Refreshing though not noteworthy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flying Dog "Supertramp" Tart Cherry Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "196A15"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Flying Dog's Supertramp is a straightforward, gently fruity and mildly tart ale. The cherry flavor is clear in that you won't confuse it as another fruit, but far from overdone; and the tartness is just enough to balance the malt sweetness up front (there's hardly any bitterness to it) and then quickly dry it going into the finish. It's medium-light in body with a delicate but effervescent carbonation that combines with the mild tartness to leave it remarkably refreshing. If there's a drawback it'd be that it's fairly one-sided, but as a refreshing and easy to drink spring or summer ale I'm not so sure that complexity is required anyway.

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Photo of victory4me
1/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is absolutely terrible. Undrinkable.
I have absolutely no idea what they are trying to do here.
This made me angry and sad. :(

After 800+ ratings/reviews, my first 1/5 rating.

Bad.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

look; pale golden, short head disappears instantly, central eruption of big carbonation with a`few bubbles on the outside
smell; raspberry/cherry, a little wheat
taste, cherry, raspberry, honey, a hint of sour, sweet roll malt
feel; pretty good, medium carbonation
overall; it's not tart, it's a cherry light ale, disappointed about that but a`drinkable fruity light ale

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Photo of emerge077
2.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

...and shitty beer night continues.

Random single, label is printed "197A15" and the bottom of the bottle says " 0175 B1 1453". Pours with a plop into a tumbler glass. Body is transparent orange, very little foam that rapidly breaks apart, and no lace.

Smells vaguely of cherry and wet grain husks.

Taste is bland and insipid, again vague cherry and a little buttery Diacetyl on the back end. Flabby, watery feel. Overall the verdict is not good. This is barely tart, with little in the way of fruit flavor to call itself a fruit beer.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of razorsdescent
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.84/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Nose of faint cherry, sweet malt, hay, slight perfume floral note. Taste bland artificial watered down cherry juice, slight tartness, malts, graininess, light body. Blah!

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Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hey, a tart cherry ale named the same as a great rock band. How bad could it be? I wish mine were colder - I warmed it up a bit and that's not a great idea with this.

So it is a little red - cherries. The head is first rate. The aroma is fresh cherries. Surprise. The taste has a very low hop and yeast profile and a high .... cherry (and malt) profile. Not much "Beer" taste. It's sweet and tart, but delicately so on both fronts. It's a tasty drink. The aftertaste is a clean fruity, slightly sour feeling.

This is a bit of a wimpy drink but refreshing. I wouldn't buy it again for myself but maybe for a wimpy drinker!

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Photo of Budlum
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Bert's
Fairly clear medium golden color with a huge frothy white head and lots of carb bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Light bready caramel malt and a bit of pomegranate and cherry aromas on the nose. The flavor is cherry wine cooler meets pale ale but without the hops. Medium body, moderate carbonation. This needs something. More hops, tart cherry, something!

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Photo of enelson
3.34/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Smakawhat
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Crystal bright clear, with a reddish bronze body. Some big cola carbonation but not a lot, rising to a fizzy forming white off pinkish head. Manages about two fingers and dissolves with some snapping carbonation, although a bit slowly. Settles to a thin collar, and mild puck like top. Kind of looking forgettable.

Aroma is not really that great. Cheap candy cough drop cherry but also a bit of vegetative quality. Hints of mild bile like sourness as well, but not a real pleasant bouquet going on here.

Weak bodied on the palate with a very watery distinction, and a messed up flavor. Watery and fizzy cola like body, with a strange cherry quality and an odd sweetness. Tart this is not. Gaseous finish, mixing with an almost hot feeling that almost mimics boozy quality, which is kind of odd for such a low abv beer. A big soda like sweetness just wont go away, and a strange cheap black pepper quality that lingers.

It's neither tart nor dense, and the aroma is pretty bad. This one unfortunately just doesn't cut it, even for a fruit beer. Drinkable, but so is Cherry Coke some would say as well I guess.

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Photo of craigdb
2.16/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Cherry Kool-aid mixed with Coors Lite.
Flying Dog has put out some goods beers, but this isn't one of them.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imperialking
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours very clear with a small white head. The look is like a pink sparkling wine.

Smell: Light aroma of cherry and sugar

Taste: Tart cherries, but somewhat light in the taste. Much better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: At the least I would say medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is not a silky and smooth as I would have hoped for, but adequate nonetheless

Overall: Definitely not the worst cherry fruit beer I've had, but lacking some qualities. I probably gave this a more favorable rating because I really like cherries. I can taste what they were trying to do here. Oh yeah...and I lovethe name!

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Photo of Keffa
3.82/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
2.74/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a white head. The smell is sweet with bready to cereal grains and slight cherry essence. The taste is sweet grain and little to nothing else. A light body and moderately carbonated offering. On its own, its kinda meh and a let down. As a post lawn mowing beer maybe it would be more enjoyable. The name however is kinda deceiving as its not tart nor includes much cherry...almost seems like an ajunct lager to put it bluntly. Regardless, thank you Heath for the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of bnes09
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mildly tart with faint hints of cherry. Finishes dry and flat.

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Supertramp - Tart Cherry Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 129 ratings