Sea Salt Caramel Brown
Flying Dog Brewery

Sea Salt Caramel BrownSea Salt Caramel Brown
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #190
Ranked #18,387
3.91 | pDev: 9.21%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Very Good
Sea Salt Caramel BrownSea Salt Caramel Brown
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Photo of bluejacket74
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, best before 05/04/17. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a ruby red tinge, and also has about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells mostly like caramel along with some maple, vanilla, sea salt and dark breadiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but I don't think it's quite as sweet as it smells. There's caramel, vanilla, nutty, sea salt, dark bread and maple flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good brown ale, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. $2.59 for a single bottle.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep, rich mahogany with a caramel colored head.

malt, rasin, plumb, caramel, and salt in the nose.

big rich malt flavor rounded by salted caramel notes with pockets of raisin and plumb. Finishes dry with a wine like character.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/23/2017. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, maple, honey, vanilla, sea salt, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of nuttiness, cocoa, dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt, caramel/vanilla/salt, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, maple, honey, vanilla, sea salt, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of nuttiness, cocoa, dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, maple, honey, vanilla, sea salt, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/cocoa, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, caramel/vanilla/salt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and slightly saline/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a very good flavored American brown ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, caramel/vanilla/salt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, easy, and a bit crisp to drink. I expected this to be a lot sweeter and fuller bodied than it actually was. Very well balanced with hop bitterness. Nice malt complexity, flavors are well represented and not overwhelming. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, "Enjoy by 05/04/17"

Pours dark brown and murky, undeer a mocha mini cap, that leaves a slight film, thin collar and minor low sheeting and some bits of lacing.

Caramel malts on the nose

Waves of more caramel on the palate, perhaps a salt note in the back ground, as it warms, more caramel, some nuttyness, and malty goodness come forward....complex and quite tasty brown ale with some bells and whistles tossed in,,,well worth a try

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer beyond expectation! The dark clear beer produced a nice off white head. Good lacing. The nose promises malt, caramel maple and honey. Upon tasting, there is a great balance between hops and sweetness. The salt is noticeable in the back. Great feel of a very balanced brown, where the sweet and nutty notes don't take over. Overall a great job. For sure, will buy it again!!

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Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 5/4/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with nice clarity when you really look at it; fluffy off-white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of vanilla, caramel and maple. Some cocoa malts in the mix. The flavors seem to follow the nose. More vanilla, caramel and maple. It's on the sweeter side without being cloying or over the top. The sea salt is subtle but noticeable. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, creamy and smooth.

This is a very nice brown ale. The caramel, vanilla and sea salt are all balanced. Enjoyable stuff. It's a nice take on the style. Well done.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewery "Brewhouse Rarities Sea Salt Caramel Brown"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "...ENJOY BY:04.23.17" and sampled on 12.19.16
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Deep chestnut brown body and creamy tan head. Head retention and lacing are better than average.

Aroma: Clean. Not particularly bright. The caramel can be found, and perhaps the vanilla as well, over a cocoa-ish malt base.

Taste: The flavor is much fuller than the aroma suggests, and the caramel is certainly clear, although a bit artificial. The salt is present as well, although I'm not sure you'd notice it if you didn't know it was there. It helps to balance the malt, and it actually finishes a bit salty with a snap of alcohol from the 7.0% ABV. There's a dark-skinned fruitiness, and the vanilla is far more clearer than it is in the nose. It's rich, but not sweet, and just subtly tart beneath the salt and spritz of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body and smooth with a delicate bristle on the tongue.

Overall: Unfortunately the caramel extract is a bit distracting, as is the alcohol. Perhaps it's just the combination of the two that makes them stand out whereas had it been just one or the other it would have worked. It's still a good beer, and it's interesting, but it probably lacks a bit of repeat drinkability for most.

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Photo of GeeL
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

At first I thought this beer was an epic fail. I got it from a trade so don't have any financial obligation to drink it. Before I drain poured it, I thought I'd give a solid chance. As I broke down the components of a review and thought about it, I realized I really should do a review.

L: like a brown ale should. There is a nice colored head, and thick legs when swirling. Nice, inviting dark brown color.

S: I definitely get caramel and vanilla, though sort of an artificial quality to them.

T: I appreciate what they're trying to do, but the saltiness... I can't get my head around it. At 7% abv, the more I drink the better it gets, but still... the saltiness.

F: smooth, creamy, full bodied.

O: I don't think I'm finishing this beer.

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Photo of bnes09
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly pretty good. Authentic salt and caramel in nose and palate. Earthy overall malt and hop quality. Moderate body with a slight stick in the lips. Solid carbonation.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog goblet.

Dark mahogany brown body color, with a nice faint ruby hue on the edges and a bit of clarity towards the top of the head. Khaki colored head, light tan with a creamy top of two finger height. Settles to a flat top and fine bubbled appearance.

Muted and subtle nose. Light caramel but store candy Caramilk smelling. Minimal malt presence going as well, a fairly closed nose with a noticeable if small aroma. Small hint of cream rounds things out a bit.

Palate brings a real noticeable mouthfeel. Gooey if also somewhat slick mouthfeel which does emphasize the caramel flavors nicely. Muted malt flavors, barely any toast or dark notes but highly supportive. Creamy finish and almost spiked boozy egg nog like aftertaste, with lots of warming in the bit of the stomach. Salt character isn't showing up so much on the palate either.

Another neat beer in the one time FD arsenal, but lacks a lot just basic brown ale qualities. Nothing too crazy to get excited about but no faults at least.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Label says Enjoy By 04.23.17.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Straight caramel with a bit of toasted malt and a tinge of alcohol.

T- Roasty in the front and then the caramel sweetness sinks in and lingers into the finish and aftertaste. Not much else going on here.

M- Typical brown ale feel with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Pretty one-note and quite sweet so be prepared for a glass of sugary caramel before cracking this one. Decent for what it is, I guess.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer combination of salt in a caramel brown ale really works well. Lightly hopped, sweet and the salt really blend nicely in thks beer. 7% is a nice ABV range as well. I recommend this one. Very nicely crafted.

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Sea Salt Caramel Brown from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 43 ratings