Brewhouse Rarities: Spiced Pear Ale
Flying Dog Brewery

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Fruit and Field Beer
3.48 | pDev: 8.05%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog goblet/tulip glass.

A two finger off white head is formed, quite fine and creamy looking, with an almost Belgian like lace to it as well. Body color is an orange amber, a touch cloudy but fairly clear for the most part, very little carbonation except the odd creeping bottle.

Aroma is pretty much as described and very delicious. Spiced pear indeed with a bit of juiced fruit, but the spice hits first with what seems to be a good amount of nutmeg like character. Kind of goes to a fruity lighter malted winter warmer with a pear spin on it. Quite nice.

Palate seems to just squeak out enough good qualities with a lacking body. Watery malt put with a big amount of nutmeg and clove filling the mid palate for a good balance on the slightly sweet pear flavor. Aftertaste gets a little clove like hot though a bit on the swallow, but still manages a tolerable balance between fruit sweetness and spice warmth. Even a small touch of booze but nothing large.

A fun take on a fruit brew, maybe even a touch of Belgian hiding in here, or winter warmer ? Fun to explore for sure.

Dec 12, 2015
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. The color is clear golden with a two-finger, bright white head and substantial lacing that did not dissipate. The smell features faint pear, spices, and a bready malt. The taste is far more spicy than sweet. It's also a lot more bitter than I anticipated. It's a crisp, refreshing ale with pleasant carbonation and the 6.8% ABV is certainly not overpowering. Perhaps this ale is better fresh but I'm just not tasting the pear as I had hoped to.

Nov 26, 2015
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soupyman10 from District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one cause as a local brewery, I do my best to try all their offerings. This one is really just fine; pours a crystal clear copper color, nice white head, good lacing. Nose is big and fruity, a touch of spice, I get a a good dose of pears in the nose as well. Some sweet malt, fruitiness. A touch of spice in the hops, although not a lot. A bit of earthiness in the back end. Body is a little thinner than I'd like. Suffers from the same issue as a number of FD brews - looks great, medium nose, then too-mild flavor.

Nov 14, 2015
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Ashannben from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The bottle label is a little lame compared to other flying dog beers. Smells like pear baby food in a good way. Smooth going down with a slightly spicy aftertaste. A good winter beer.

Nov 14, 2015
Brewhouse Rarities: Spiced Pear Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 26 ratings