Supertramp - Tart Cherry Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Supertramp - Tart Cherry AleSupertramp - Tart Cherry Ale

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jhartley on 01-16-2015

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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by irrevjim:
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3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of glass_house
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
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 ThisWangsChung
1.89/5  rDev -39.8%
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 Jason
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Jeffreysan
4.07/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, golden/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into almost no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes and biscuits. There’s also quite a bit of caramel and fruity, sour cherries.

Taste: Very nice! Tons of toasted malt up front, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness, some black pepper and a hint of chocolate. The beer finishes with lots of fruity, semi-tart cherries. Quite tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and very effervescent as there is quite a lot of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very tasty, very drinkable, very satisfying, very enjoyable fruit beer. Malty, sweet, tart and fruity, with lots of fruit to let you know it’s a fruit beer, but lots of malt to remind you that it’s a beer, first and foremost. This would be a great summer beer!

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.37/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.09/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zachpaschal
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +23.6%
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 Bierleichen
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeyDubs
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mongrel
3.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dexterk1
3.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of werehereforthebeer
2.2/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks can be deceiving. It's one for the eyes only.

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Photo of gillagorilla
2.11/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog chalice (196B15, but this just came out so it's fresh)

A: Looks like a golden rosé, with an effervescent head that really just leaves a collar and no lacing.
S: Earthen with a decent tinge of tartness and cherries.
T: Blech! There is nearly no cherry hear. It is all earthen with a weird kind of funk to it. There is nothing redeemable about this beer.
M: A bit aggressive on the carbonation. Quite bubbly.
O: I wish this was a Brewhouse Rarity, but they probably got this from their previous Sour Cherry Ale that was a Brewhouse Rarity. A bad beer has now taken a seasonal spot. This'll probably make some great pancakes.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MDHopster
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

disclaimer, not my usual style. While I like Belgium brews and sours, this is a fruit beer as billed. Decent golden with small white head, fruity nose and flavor, thin mouthfeel. Not overly sweet or fruity but lacking substance. Cherry flavor is muddled, somewhat citrus like.

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Photo of emerge077
2.7/5  rDev -14%
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 sneth019
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fourstringer
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable date.

A: Rose-colored body with nice clarity. Attractive, clean white head with average retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Faintly tart, somewhat vinous. Sweet cherry. Slightly grainy with some cracker, bread. Overall, nose is quite light.

T: Very mild tartness opens with a watered-down cherry essence. A bit of malt and corn arise, leading into a semi-dry finish. Lingering tang on the palate. No alcohol presence of note.

M: Moderate carbonation with a slight prickliness. Very light body.

O: Feels like a hybrid of a rose and a domestic lager. Flavors are very subdued and seem almost dilute. However, I could see this being refreshing on a hot summer day.


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Photo of Smakawhat
2.41/5  rDev -23.2%
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 enelson
3.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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