Mint Julep Ale
Flying Dog Brewery

Mint Julep AleMint Julep Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
77
Avg:
3.33 | pDev: 19.82%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
84
From:
Flying Dog Brewery
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
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Reviews by qchic:
Photo of qchic
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oy, I'm amazed that this got bottled. I realized I was taking a gamble with this one and the highlight was the appearance. Lots of green apple in the aroma and flavor, and at least the mint is subtle. Reminds me of a bad whiskey drink that sat out all night. I'm gonna finish it, though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewery "Mint Julep Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "FOR OPTIMAL FRESHNESS ENJOY BY: 09.15.16" on 05.01.16

Seeing as how next week brings Kentucky Derby Day I thought I'd better try this one out. It looks good, displaying a clear golden body beneath a full head of fluffy bright white foam, and the head is surprisingly longstanding (the lacing is just average or slightly above. It also smells good, I get a little bit of the mint at arms length, and there's some nice golden malt in there as well. The honeysuckle wasn't obvious to me until I looked at the label, and even then not really until I took a sip, but the combination gives the mint a more natural 'authenticity'. As for the Bourbon, I don't really get it until the finish, and that's OK because I think it might have been too much if everything came across upfront; and as it stands, the progression of flavors (mint first, mint/honeysuckle, honeysuckle/Bourbon, then Bourbon) helps it to flow and keeps it interesting. Mint lingers in the finish along with the Bourbon flavor, and it's rather refreshing. I wasn't expecting much from this but now I've really been turned. I think this'll make a great spring or summer beer, and I'm looking forward to more. Unique and really well done!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.95/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It may be retired, but the backlog (especially bottles) here at Chez Woody knows no bounds. Plus, it is New Beer Sunday (Week 598), so it gives me a reason to participate.

From the bottle: "Nate and Erin, our resident cocktail mongers, love a good classic. And we believe that innovation - alongside healthy dashes of decadence and depravity - comes from within. Needless to say, this Brewhouse Rarities pitch was a ringer. Saddle up and sip on our dark horse."

A strong pour following the Pop! of the cap got me just under three fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus, all madly scrambling for a sip. Nose smelled like fresh mint, straight out of my neighbor's garden. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, thanks to a lot of sparkling carbonation and a nice effervescence. It was a very clean-tasting ale, more like a lager, rally allowing the gentle mintiness and mild honeysuckle to shine through. This was wonderfully refreshing after a morning spent hosing off the front patio at Chez Woody. Located on a major thoroughfare, the soot and grime from years of exhaust needed rinsed off and away & so the neighbor & I had at it before the sun really got a chance to bake us. Finish was clean, crisp, minty, semi-sweet and very refreshing. I kept thinking that it was a lager. Unretire this one, put it in a CAN & you have a winner.

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Photo of razorsdescent
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schoolboy
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now here is something you don't see every day - a nice light ale that is very intriguing.

It is a pretty blonde with very little fizz. It has a fresh smell, with just a hint of that mint coming through.

The taste is pretty much what you might expect from a great blonde, PLUS an added bonus of interesting sweet things and a bit of mint. That is quite special - it makes this an exceptional blonde. The aftertaste reveals even more of that cool mint, sweet fruity uniqueness.

This is a really cool blonde and is highly recommended.

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Photo of cwmayer
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer... good for summer, sitting out in the sun ahead of the Kentucky Derby. Definitely taste mint, but not overpowering. Right amount of carbonation. Beer is hazy. Minimal head. I like it.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of soupyman10
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of endincolorado
3.89/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
2.1/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-Dated 09.15.16. Consumed 06.24.16.

A: Light orange, good clarity reveals a steady and fast paced rush of carbonation. Off white, creamy head is 0.5 inches and well retaining with very little window dressing.

S: Strong scents of honeysuckle and mint as advertised with some natural sweet tea hints. Light bourbon wiff, barrel wood, sweet malts and minty tea scents best sums this up. Good strength, very unique, props.

T: Light watery bourbon and natural tea leaves with mint on the open. Spicy with some lime and herbaceous notes. Nice strength, again as with nose, very unique with the mint being very noticeable, but also very well balanced with respect to the rest of the drink. Malt sweetness with some fruitiness perhaps from the yeast, apple, grapes, honeysuckle bourbon and wine like flair. Chardonay barrel notes, butterscotch sweetness and minty tea leaves on the finish.

M: Soft light to medium body mouthful, lightly creamer like texture, good carbonation crisp.

O: Props for a unique flavor and well balanced effort, the mint really highlights here with good results, fresh, with some fruity yeastiness that reminds me somewhat of a belgian style beer. Cleanly brewed and worth a try.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog goblet glass.

Muted dark lemon yellow body, slightly hinting to peach orange color as well, with a bit of a cloudy appearance. Head creation is minimal at about a white finger of head. Dissolves to a thick sized collar though, and thin puck.

Aroma is quite a bit of a mess here. Smells of vomit and bile, with faint hints of grass and lawnmower cut aromas. Slight minty character with a spicy tone to it, but quite buried. Not a good first impression but I've had worse.

This is a pretty bizarre brew. First sip brings are large amount of biscuit malt notes, mixing in with a little bit of spicy hop. Finishes with lots of cookie dough flavors. Slight minty finish that manages to linger on the swallow as well. Moderately wet body, and a mint cookie like biscuit sweet flavor that really lingers.

Not what I was expecting at all, this is drinkable but very weird. The mint angle is pretty solid on the finish, but it's one of those all over the place brews.

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weezarc
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of justintcoons
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Blonde with 2+ fingers of loose off-white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Nose
sprite, lemon, and honeysuckle with touches of mint.

Taste
Mint throughout. Caramel, doughy bread, and honeysuckle. Flavors of Sprite and lemon zest. Light earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, oily, and smooth.

Overall
I can see the mint julep influence but it certainly falls short of expectations.

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Photo of BB1313
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 9/15/16. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a light pale golden with solid transparency; small eggshell white head that quickly fades leaving some retention and not much lacing. The aromas are full of mint and bubblegum. I feel like I'm picking up some subtle Belgian yeast notes. The flavors seem to follow the nose. The mint shines, but is still balanced and subtle. Some spices in the mix. It does have some faint bourbon notes as well. Malts are there. It's slightly earthy and not sweet. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a unique brew. It starts off weird and rough around the edges, but everything quickly comes together. At first I didn't think I was liking it, but it quickly grew on me. It's enjoyable stuff, I like it.

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Photo of scott2269
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HattedClassic
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a bubbly white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is an okay clear yellow gold that is okay but It's an overall okay look but nothing really interesting.

The smell is disappointing but certainly has potential. It has a nice strong mint smell to it and and some hints of some other spice or herb that gives a bit of perfumey herbal note.

The taste is the same as the smell but the notes work better. The mint comes out very well and it's more of the natural mint leaf note rather than the more colder mint notes that are usually found. No real bitterness and not much else there to write about.

The feel is middling. the carbonation is fairly light and tingling. The feel is not interesting. It's bit thick like cardboard.

Overall, a beer with quite a bit of potential but the execution falls fairly short.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisMon02
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tried this on a whim. Sometimes whims are stupid. Yellow color. Little head that quickly disappears leaving zero lacing. Smells of sweet malt and weak mint. Taste is a weird combo of mint and sweet melon. Watery mouthfeel. Again, sometimes whims are stupid...

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Mint Julep Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 84 ratings