Old Scratch Amber Lager | Flying Dog Brewery

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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 Oxymoron
1.29/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Elderly sore? Pours semi darker amber color with a few red highlights through out. Great clarity and with a little help on the pour left a pretty rocky white head. Limited retention and no lacing to speak of.

The nose is presentable but off. Some grainy aromas that have some sour or old malt characteristics. Some sweeter caramel malts and a nice hop presence. Kind of generic citrus and floral aroma. Some light oxidation/cardboard as well.

The taste is off as well. Actually I ended up dumping a little less than half of it. Off malt flavors with some caramel and sour grain flavors. There is a almost malt extract flavor where is has a slight plastic/veggie flavor. Definite oxidation notes. Limited positives but a nice hop balance with some citrus floral coming out.

What can I say, body is mid to light. Really this beer was pretty bad.

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Photo of ryrust5301
1.21/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another flying dog, sigh. Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle with a gross ass looking flying roach on it into a pint glass.

Appearance - clear dark red amber color with a tiny white head on top.

Smell - Pungent malt smell with a tiny bit of hopiness

Taste & Mouthfeel - Down the drain with this worthless attempt at beer. Had one taste and it was oily and sour malt. No it wasn't a bad bottle.

Drinkability - There is none. Maybe they threw a bunch of the flying roaches in while brewing. I usually don't like to judge a bottle by the label, but I mean come on. Get your act together and slap a real label on there. No one wants a flying roach on the bottle. Fire whoever came up with this idea!

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Photo of Portertime
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of Flying Dogs more flavorful brews. Not as thin as most, I was a bit impressed. Pours pale amber with a malty nose. Tall caramel malts attack my taste buds with the hops jumping up and down in the back. A bit of swishing and I finally see them and order them to the front for a decent, refreshing finish. I recommend for a not too sugary after dinner treat.

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Photo of trolinc
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: deep amber color decent amount of carbonation head was a solid finger depth

S: musky tones smell seemed to be a little bit floral and earthy

T:first off i taste a little bit of caramel flavor then a lil bit of roast malt action hop level quite low as an undertone

M: decently smooth taste or feel that hits your tastebuds upfront but latter feel is a bit jagged

D: i would say that it is a decent attempt at an amber lager but comes up a bit short isn't quite clear cut or defining in any category

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Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.49...
An aggressive pour resulted in a dark-amber, ruby-red color with a modest head that soon dissipated and left a very minimal amount of lacing...
Slight red-amber smell present along with grains and a decent balance of malts and hops along with slight caramel...
Taste strongly complements the aroma... Many of Flying Dog's brews are rather mediocore and this seemed to fit that judgment...
Very grainy, bread-and butter flavor with a slight tinge of caramel and toffee thrown into the mix...
Overall, this was a medium-bodied, average depiction of the style - nothing above and beyond, and wouldn't really go out of my way to recommend this one...

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Photo of callmemickey
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper/amber colored body, thin offwhite head.. moderate lacing..

S: Slightly floral/grassy hop charachter... some fruity esters as well

T: Hops up front before giving way to caramel and roasted malt flavors... slight fruit notes follow.. hops in the finish as well..

M: Light-medium body.. smooth.. crisp finish..

D: Pretty solid take on the american amber lager..

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Apperance-Poured an amberish copper color, with a decent head that dissapated quickly to ok lacing.

Smell- The smell is of grainy malts and light hops

Taste,Mouthfeel- A nice balance of hops and malts a tad reminacant of Yuengling lager.

Drinkability- Amber Ale is a good beer, quite drinkable and crisp.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber, head disappaited to large floating bubbles. Just a swirl of the glass regenerated the head, good lacing.
Smell included a good balance of hops, fruit, dough sweetness and maltiness.
Not thin, smooth.
My first Flying Dog beer. One of six different Flying Dog brews I bought in a variety pack that has me looking forward to the rest of them.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass and received a seethru but dark ruby/copper body with some nice head and a little lacing. I didn't notice too much in the nose area except a mild, grainy malt smell. Could've been my nose, not the beer. A soft, roasted flavor that is medium-bodied with touches of caramel and even some fruit. Went down very smooth and refreshing with a list hoppy backbite, so you know you're drinking a beer, not water. Very easy on the palate and definitely a session beer.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed as a California Common
Pours a light, orangey amber color with a decent off white head and excellent clarity. Aromas are full of biscuity, toasty malts. There's also quite a bit of fruity ester notes, some apple, and a hint of cocoa. Hop aroma comes across as grassy and almost vegetal, IBU far lower than style or Anchor Steam. On the palate, it is very clean with more lager like qualities, I'm going to have to say BJCP miscatagorized this beer. Hop flavor is quite prominent and bitterness isn't as soft as I'd expect for 19 IBUs. Toasty and light estery flavors continue through in the flavor. Overall, a really nice lager, a bit more body than other foreign examples.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Bright copper orange colored brew, plenty of visible carbonation. Somewhat thick off-white head that is quite bubbly and recedes quickly to a quarter inch thick layer atop the beer that slowly pops and bubbles over. Some tiny lacing down the sides.
S: Warming hops fill the nose, mostly floral and a hint of citrus and maybe pine. A bit of sweet caramel malts, too. Balanced but tiny.
T: Sweet malts and hops throughout. I'm pleased with the balancing flavors of this beer. The good parts of a pale ale and a lager combined.
M: The crispness of a lager and the tiny hop bite of a pale ale. Pretty good.
D: Quite nice. I liked this one and could have more.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a decent head and a little bit of carbonation.

Smell- Fairly subdued odor, some malty notes, not overly distinctive.

Taste- Crisp refreshing taste up front, hints of caramel, apple, and light bread, quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel- Good palate coverage, pretty decent for a lager.

Drinkability- A solid lager, well worth a shot.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Havn't had any ambers in a while. Seems I've been doing all the crazy stuff recently.

Remarkably crystal clear copper amber with a thin head. Lots of carbonation coming up from the etching bottom of my sam adams futuristic uber glass.

Toasty caramel and malty. Bright green grassy with a light metallic twang. Not a typical amber, but it's got a lot of character. Flavor is strong and drinkability is good.

Give this one a try. Buy a sixer and take it camping or something.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber 1 finger head faded to a wisp.

S- Sweet malts, not much else.

T- A touch of sweet malt up front which gets dominated by toasted malts in the finish.

M- Smooth, nice carbonation.

D- I could session it but, I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Good, not great, but good.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice brown-orange color. Head disappates quickly, not much for lacing. Smell is muted, but hints of bitterness and a slight metallic came through. Taste is well bodied with some bitterness and some mild floral flavors. Mouthfeel is refreshing and dry. Overall a pretty good drink.

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Photo of BeerTaster
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance deep amber in color two finger white head that left a little quick for my taste. Smell was of caramel and sweet malt. Taste was much the same as the smell bu with just a hint of bitterness in the finish to balance it out. Mouthfeel mediem body mediem carbonation. Drinkability had one at the bar at Ruby Tuesday and wanted another but my food came and I had to go.

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

Clearish copper pour with a little beige head. Smell at first is very metallic, but it subsides after resting 3-4 minutes. Turns into a caramelly malty, light yeast smell, that is substantially more appealing. Nice, smooth creamy malty amber flavor. Not too full bodied of a mouthfeel, but it has a nice flavor. This was a decent beer that I could have again, but didn't really strike me as one that I should.

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Photo of JackWeizen
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Color is amber, as named. Smells nice and malty with hints of roasted malts. Head is creamy and slow to fade. taste is crisp, with trace of coffee. Bitterness is there, but I'm not picking up much in terms of hop flavor or aroma. There is some lacing as I go down the glass. This beer is very tingly on the tongue. The roasted character lingers for awhile after each sip.

I could session this stuff. Much more character then most domestic lagers as far as flavor goes. A very straight forward "as advertised" kind of beer. Not spectacular, but far from mediocre.

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Photo of bboven
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark caramel color, very clear with a ring of head around the edges and no lacing.

Lots of caramel in the aroma and that's really about it.

Pretty unbalanced towards the malt with some astringency hanging around.

Highly carbonated and semi-drying.

The astringency in the beer really takes away from the overall impression.

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Photo of ccrida
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker, bronze with a large-bubbled off-white head that leaves light lace and quickly dissapates.

Smell is sour and grainy, like a wheat beer almost, with a hint of sugar.

Taste is just off, something about this one from the first sip was too much, like spiced cereal. Semi-sweet with a cloying, medicinal aftertaste that really lingers, yuk...have to dump this one!

MF is average.

Drinkability is low, I didn't finish this one because it just didn't work for me and life's too short. Don't think it was spoiled or anything, just a gross taste from whatever malt/esters/hop combo they picked. Wouldn't want to power though and chug this one either, insta-puke!

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Photo of FMetzger
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright amber color. Completely clear. Medium (1 finger) head retention after 5 minutes. Dissipated most of the rest after 10 minutes. Looks drinkable.
Smell: Malty nose. No real hop aroma at all.
Taste: Very similar to smell in that it is quite malty with no real hop presence. Slight astringency, but not distracting. This is a malty beer.
Mouthfeel: Soft, clean. Medium body, nothing shocking, which is nice when these beers can easily be too thin.
Drinkability: Superb. I would definitely drink another.

This style has not been my favorite in years past, but this beer could change my mind. I was pleasantly suprised when the hops did make an appearance, but would not have been too disappointed if they did not. Overall, this beer retained some sweetness through the finish and did not end up "tinny" or metallic tasting as some ambers and reds do at times. Really a very good beer.

Clean tasting and the hops only come through at the very end., and the type is completely indistinguishable. The malt is fantastic on this beer. Rich and complex

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Photo of BrewmasterNPB
2.26/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Old scratch had a very low hop profile, perhaps too low for style. I realize that an Amber Lager is suposed to have a low hop profile, but this one is a bit low for my liking. This is very malty, but so much so that it carries a very sweet flavor profile.

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Photo of tab021
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber color with fast dissipation of the head

S: nothing really. very light hop smell

T: hops with long long taste. kinda bitter for my liking

M: nothing exceptional. light with longer finish...

D: decent and worth a try in the mix pack, but not to get a six pack. probably the least favorite from an otherwise pretty good selection from flying dog

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Photo of jeffmonarch
2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice copper red color with light head.

S - Not much smell.

T - What's there? It's really crisp and has bite initially but as that subsides there's no flavor, at all.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Don't like it at all. It doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't taste at all.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a reddish orange colour. Creamy head poured small but quite thick then faded fairly quickly to wispy coating with thick edging... very sparse carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... some thin lacing...

Aroma - Fairly sweet caramel malts mixed quite a lot of nuttiness, metallic notes, vegetal hints... some prune, fig and orange fruitiness... toasted bread, some wet grass, light hints of grain alcohol..

Taste – Lots of toasted breadiness, caramel / toffee, peppery and grassy hop bitterness, roasted nutty sweetness, light fruits (oranges, apples, figs), again some vegetal notes, faint metallic hints, some dried fruit also...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light / medium bodied... a bit sickly to be very drinkable..

Overall - Probably my least favourite Flying Dog beer... maybe worth a try once...

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Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 26.6% out of 100 with 1,537 ratings
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