Old Scratch Amber Lager | Flying Dog Brewery

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Flying Dog mixed 12pk

a: Clear, dark golden body with a smallish cream colored head.

s: Mild aroma of caramel malt.

t: Mellow caramel malt sweetness upfront with a grassy, earthy hop finish.

m: Carbonation is a bit high. Crisp. Short finish. Nothing much to say here.

d: An ok lager. Simple, fairly approachable, but pretty ordinary. If you're looking for a simple lager, you could do better.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color. The head is minimal but a bit of lacing remains.

Smells pretty good. A bit floral and citrusy, with a hint of malt.

Tastes a bit tart and again citrusy. There's some smooth hops in there too. Very bright and smooth.

Mouthfeel is fine for the beer. Smooth without a strong carbonation.

Overall an excellent lager. I wish it were a little more easy to find; this would be a great beer to have as a regular option at restaurants and bars.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This lager poured a somewhat cloudy amber color with a small 1/4" head that dissipated rapidly. There is a lot of carbonation evident and faint traces of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is a bit yeasty, like bread dough being cooked. There is also a nice citrus, lemon-peel aroma.

Taste was sort of a thin malt character up front, a slight hop bite, and an orange-like sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was rather light but crisp and well carbonated, maybe overly so. Doesn't stick to the palate, feeling a little thin and watery.

Good drinkability, very smooth, good taste but I prefer a lager with a bit more body. Overall good and worth a try.

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Photo of Fatduck
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

They call it an amber lager, has the same hue as a red head in july. Little to no head, a bit of oily bubbles around the edge of my glass.

Pretty much what I expected, bit of mild hop aroma little flavor but a nice upfront clean bitterness. lends a nice crispness to the brew. Along with the carbonation being a little overdone, not the best brew for a cold winter day, but some where sunny and warm, and this would be a perfect brew.

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Photo of smedley
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber color, creamy off-white head, good lacing left behind

S - Caramel, roasted malts, hops, a slight alcohol smell

T - Caramel, malty, sweet start, dry finish

M - Carbonation was fairly low. Medium bodied, dry finish.

D - Drinkable beer. Not too bitter, nice flavor

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Photo of RAdragna
4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer at a Ruby Tuesday's in Bristol, Connecticut as an alternative to Yuengling b/c of no Yuengling in CT. Artwork very nice.

A: Pours a amber-copper color with a good ivory-white head.

S: Easy on the nose, nothing strong.

T: Toasty malts and grains are present. Sweet overall. Good dry finish.

M: For a lager, the taste and aftertaste reminded me more of an ale. It's suprisingly filling.

D: Good to have one or two, maybe three, but no more because of ale-like filling characteristic.

Good beer to try, but don't overindulge. It fills you up for a lager.

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Photo of BarleyMine
2.66/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark honey color with a fleeting head leaving a very thin line with little lacing. Smells of alcohol, malts and a slight hoppy floralness with a bit of a musty quality. The flavor is malty up front not unlike a malt liquor with little else going on aside from a slight sweetness. Light body with appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Firkin & Fox in Colonie, NY.

A: Body is clear reddish-copper with a 1-finger, foamy ivory-colored head. Left good rings of lace up top, less so on the way down.

S: Not too strong in the nose -- some caramel malt and grainy malt.

T: Caramel malt, a touch of fruit, some grain and/or toasted bread and then a slightly drying, earthy bitterness on the finish, which provides some bitter balance to offset the sweeter malt.

M: Light in heft, appropriate carbonation levels.

D: Very good. Not a terribly complex beer, but an easy-drinking lager with some flavor and balance. . . .

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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. Good 1/2 inch head, but poor retention and little to no lacing. Smells of hops and a strong lager smell. There is also only a hint of malt aroma. Fits the style pretty well. Smooth, crisp, average carbonation, and there it imparts a dry quality on the tongue. Hops are noticeable up front, but quickly disappear. There is a slight malt background, but mostly the lager flavor is dominant. Overall, a little weak and a little to high of carbonation, but otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This brew pours a full red amber color with a full light cream colored head. Lacings are light, but spiderwebbing was observed on the surface.

Smell: This aroma highlighted by malt and some sweet citrus overtures. Not bad...not good.

Taste: The flavor curve is a little sharp on onset and then tapers to a rather pleasant glow. Initial flavor is rather quick stab of hops. Toasty malt is present to temper the caramel sweetness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Flavor is a litt heavy during onset, and clears the palate fairly well. The strong flavor may or may not match well for guests. This is questionable for hosting a party...although the label screams for being included in a pool party.

Drinkability: Again, the heavy flavor makes this a beer that is a little filling. Taste is good but strong.


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Photo of WakeandBake
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes 9/13/08
A nice amber pour,with a solid one finger of off whiote head. Very nice aroma,of toasted/burnt malt,with a slight tinge of hops,and maybe a hint of berries. A big malt flavor of sweet,and toasted malt,rye bread.Light to medium body,appealing mouthfeel, with a kind of boozy finish. I deem this a solid offering,and will buy again.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.14/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Original Rating Date:
September 13, 2008

Pours a very nice neon red, very nice. A bit of aroma, not too much, but some caramel malt in there. Tastes waaay too dry for me to enjoy, there are some decent hops and some maple syrup and caramel, but this is just way too dry to work with those flavors. Won't buy this again.

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Photo of patobandito
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into Flying Dog's beers. Not a bad decision. Love the artwork on the labels. Anyway to the beer!

Pours a nice amber color with a small head that dissapated relatively quickly. No lacing. Smells of citrus with some malt tones. Tastes of citrus, with a bitter aftertaste, which is strange, as you cannot smell hops. Very smooth and light. Quite drinkable.

Overall, a great beer to wind down with after a day at work. Not heavy, but not too light. I look forward to trying more from Flying Dog in the near future.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, smooth, with a hint of citrus and a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is like a hoppy beer sans the hops. I enjoyed it, this is a decent one to knock a few back.

Partially through the beer and most of the citrus takes over, but it remains on the lighter side. The only thing I'm not totally digging is the bitterness afterward.

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Photo of william5586
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with a little head. Nice malty smell that was also apparent in the taste. Also had a bit of a sweetness to the taste.

Overall the brew is good but a little on the plain side. The drinkability is high. This been goes down very easily and would be a good session beer.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good beer, I happen to enjoy this one, it has a small hint of citrus in it, overall it was a little more bitter than what I like in an amber. I happen to like ambers almost as much as I like the good ol fashion White beers. I would try the other flying dog beers, I tend to like these as much.

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Photo of colts9016
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber color with a small tan head.
Smell: Malty with hints of yeast and caramel.
Taste: Toasted malts a hint of caramel and a bit bitter kinda powdery.
Mouthfeel: It is coating and medium body.
drinkability: is so so. I really didn't care for this beer. Finish is merely nonexistent.

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Photo of cvfish
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber color with a foamy white head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing

S - Malty and hoppy

T - A citrus and malt with a slight bitterness and the end

M - A light bodied, medium carbonated beer that doesn't sit heavy

D - Good drinkability due to the lightness

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Photo of MTNboy
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought this beer had more ale properties than a lager but all in all it is not a bad beer.
It has medium yellow amber body. There is a good lace and off-white head. Both have average staying power. The aroma has variety sweet fruity malt and hops tones and maybe a little roasted caramel. The smell kind of fooled me. The flavor is more bitter than the smell but that was good because it made it more balanced of citric and sweet. It is almost medium bodied and has some fizz bite.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

a: light amber color with decent head.

s: malt and carmel, hint of hops

t: malt, pine, citrus, nice bitterness

m&d: Medium bodied, Easy to drink due to nice amount of carbonation. Ok to have a few with out any problems

Decent Lager.


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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Deep amber color, beautifully clear. Poured a tan head with lo retention.

S-Smell predominantly of lightish toasty malts. Some earthy-like hops in the background.

T-Initially, a bitterness jumped right on me, leading to a light, toasty malt with hints of toasty toffee. Bitterness starts noticeable and fades. Finishes clean, very crisp tasting and refreshing.

M-Thin-medium body, feels borderline watery-thin in my mouth. Medium carbonation level.

D-High drinkability due to ease of consumption. It's light flavor and non-assertive bitterness keeps this one light and refreshing. Would be a good session beer, for a longer session.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer pours a amber color with red notes adn an off white head that promises to fade to lacing. the aroma presents a lot of caramel, and other maltiness. the taste presents a nice amount of roasted malt and lager taste with a medium hop finish. good co2 and a medium bodymake this a drinkable beer.

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Photo of baggio
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Amber with a decent sized beige head.

S: Malt, Caramel, Floral hops, Bread. Very malty nose!

T: Citric notes, Pine, Grain, Grass, Caramel. Nice bitterness for a lager!

M: Some malt upfront that ends with a good bitterness. Lots of carbonation.

A nice lager with more bitterness than i expected from it. This would make a good sessionbeer. Worth a try!

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Photo of daliandragon
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not a real big fan of this label, as a general rule I don't like giant insects drawn on things I'm about to put in my mouth. Oh well. Color is orange amber and the head puts up a decent fight on its retreat to a foamy cram colored cap. The nose is very sweet with a noticeable caramel note.

Kind of disappointing in the taste. There is a bit of caramel up front but it kind of subsides into grainy, watery confusion. There is some late bitterness and plenty of carbonation but this isn't really what I expect from an amber lager at all.

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable amber with a little more going on but nothing too complex or special.

Appeareance was better than some flying dog beers, lacing started off well but faded very quickly.

Smell is of malts mainly. Taste has something sweet in it that is identifiable afterwards in the nice also. Almost like a slightly roasted candy. Roasted Malts also are present.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation near perfect. Bitterness is well balanced throughout the mouth. Very pleasant overall taste. Drinkable enough but there is definately better beer to try although this is no dissapointment.

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Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 1,537 ratings.
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