Old Scratch Amber Lager | Flying Dog Brewery

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Old Scratch Amber LagerOld Scratch Amber Lager
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Old Scratch Amber LagerOld Scratch Amber Lager

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,537 |  Reviews: 762
Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 3 finger head leaving no lace and some in the periphery. Solid amber color.

S: Malt, barely and caramel.

T: More malt, caramel and barely. Finishes with a light hop taste.

M: mild to medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: Nice beer. Pretty refreshing, nice taste profile.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/2/12.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer was a pretty stand looking Amber Lager. The pour was pretty good, it had a nice looking head on it that had a little yellowish color too it. The look of the beer is pretty nice, lots of bubbles coming up from the glass and adding to the head. The smell of the beer is of hops and malts, lightly roasted aroma as well. The mouthfeel is on the heavier which is pretty nice for the style. I'm happy that it wasn't overly watered down. This is a good drinking beer, it can be enjoyed by many and the drinkability is good here.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +17%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best one of the Flying Dog mixed pack, It pours a beautiful deep red color and has a very thick body for the style which makes for a great mouthfeel. Tastes of caramel malts and is a really drinkable beer. This is a damn good one and I would try it again for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly dissipated and left some lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel in the smell along with notes of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and toasted malts and has some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and goes down rather smoothly.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable amber lager. I am typically not a fan of these beers because of their cloying sweetness with little complexity. Old scratch pours copper to golden like a pale ale. Smells malty caramelly, toasty, toffee, mildly herbal, nicely hopped. Taste is much like aroma. Slightly doughy, creamy, crisp and refreshing-moreso than most ambers. Clean finish. A very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.41/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. This was one of the bottles available in Flying Dog's sampler pack.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of slight soft cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear copper (NOT Amber!).

Sm: Biscuity yeast, cream, and amateurish barley. Smells like an all extract homebrew beer. The strength of the aroma is moderate.

T: And it tastes like a homebrew extract as well. Light caramelized malt doesn't add anything, but instead pollutes the balance. It's simply built and crappily so. The balance is off. The cream is understated, but may still be its best feature. A near watery finish; certainly a bland one.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with an artifical creamy undertone to it. Far from complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Fairly drinkable excepting the lackluster quality. Overpriced as part of the sampler pack. I won't have it again.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 11/26/2013. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, light fruitiness, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, light fruitiness, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malts, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber lager style. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper/red color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled mostly of malt.

T - It tasted of malt, hops and grasses. A slight bitterness.

M - This was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a pretty good beer. A nice flavor but nothing amazing.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a bg bubbled head that drops quickly and fails to leave any lace

Smell: Toasted malt aroma

Taste: After an initial touch of citrus up front, the caramel malt flavors take over big time; after the swallow, the caramel builds in depth and is complemented by a vague nutty, earthy quality from the hops; no lager twang

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Innocuous and highly drinkable; nice session beer

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a copper color beer with a small foamy head with not much retention but some surprisingly good lacing. Taste of pure malt with some subtle sweet nutty notes. Taste is slightly sweet with some very subtle notes of caramel and nuts. Light body with some low medium carbonation. No hops presence could be easily detected. Overall, this is was not too bad as a session al but not something I would go for very often since it did lack some character.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fying Dog's Old Scratch displays a crystal clear copper body with a reddish cast beneath a good-sized head of ivory foam that holds well and leaves some nice splashes of lace about the glass. The nose combines a delicately sweet and subtly caramelish, toasty maltiness with a nice touch of yeasty fruitiness. It's lightly crisp and then smooth in the mouth with a medium body and carbonation. The flavor reveals a richer maltiness than the nose suggests with some Munich or Vienna malts, and probably a good dose of crystal/caramel as well. Grassy and leafy hops become apparent towards the swallow along with a very nice fruitiness (strawberries, sweet apple, pear); and it finishes lightly sweet and lingering but never cloying - there's just enough bitterness there to keep it from going out of bounds. Well done!

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber with a big fluffy head thats sticks well down the glass,quite a dose of citruisy hop in the nose along with a toasted grain not I pick up a touch of caramel as well.Quite a hoppy flavor up front citruisy and piney,get like a brown suger flavor coming thru big late an in the finish.Hey a well rounded lager with enough hops to make it somewhat interesting,much better than I thought it would be

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Photo of nickfl
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - True reddish amber color and excellent clarity with one finger of off white foam.

S - Nice amber, caramel malt aroma. A little bit of toffee and bread, no hops to speak of.

T - Big caramel flavor with bready notes and some low key roasty, tobacco or coffee like flavors. Hop flavor kicks in briefly towards the end followed closely by mild, but mouth coating, bitterness and then a long lingering malt finish.

M - Nice thick body and moderately high carbonation.

D - Nice, sessionable beer. The malt character is quite nice and the hops are subdued but they come out when they need to. Overall no complaints, but I have to wonder why Beer Advocate classifies this as a steam beer because it does not really strike me as one

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