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 GilaMinumBeer
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized weizen glass.

A: Color is Amber with Golden Highlights, crisp, clean, and clear. Deep rich cream colored head dissipates to about one finger and then slows dramatically leaving a clotted, clumped formation of lacing on the glass

S: A little musty, a little hoppy, with a medium malt aroma in the finish.

T: Deep rich malt flavor, with a slight grassy hop flavor arriving late and a tinge of bitterness at the very end.

M: Medium bodied, very slightly cloying.

D: Overall an enjoyable, but not remarkable beer. Good balance in flavors but not dry enough for my taste. Light enough to be quaffable. I would drink this again if I found it on a beer menu but I doubt I would seek it out specifically.

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Photo of peabody
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out very clear orange/tan with not much head. Just a small amount of lacing here but it does coat the side of the pint glass.
Smell is malty sweet with lots of yeast.
Taste is sweet and warm with just a tad of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is dingy but fun. I mean you have all these sweet warm bubbles tickling the end of the tounge.
The drinkability is pretty good here and I could see myself drinking lots of these at a time. There are better abmer lagers out there though.

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

Appearance: The pour is amber-orange with an inch of tan head that fades to a thin layer covering most of the body.

Smell: The nose has fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and hops.

Taste: Toasted malts come out right away, followed by bready grains, fruit, caramel malts, and earthy, herbal hops. The hop bitterness is quite limited compared to Anchor Steam.

Mouthfeel: Light to almost medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation and dry feel.

Drinkability: This brew isn't anything spectacular. I'll take Anchor Steam over this in a heartbeat. Snake Dog IPA (the other Flying Dog in my mixed six-pack along with Road Dog) is a better Flying Dog option.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a golden amber with a bubbly off white head and dissipates to a thin film quickly without much lace. The smell is sweet with munich and toasty amber malts. The taste mimicks the smell as well with the toasty maltiness and a little bitterness is aparent without much hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated. Overall, a moderately drinkable beer but not exactly amazing.

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Photo of jackorain
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I bought this and drank this I did not know it was classified a steam beer. That being said, I'm not sure it paticulary fits with that style. It really does seem more like and decent amber lager.

A-nice dark amber color. Tan head, farily quick disaption leaving a thin ring and slight lace. As expected from an "amber lager"

S-I don't get much here. A little faint bicuit malt and faint yeast, mild citrus hop.

T-biscuit/bready malt, very faint citrus hop, almost lemon peelish. A slight twang on the finish

M-light body strong carbination, sort of macro lagerlike

D-I could toss back a couple at a party for sure as macternative.

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Photo of bjohnson
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a perfectly clear amber color with a nice half finger white frothy head. Retention of a skim on top with a nice bubbly rim around the edges.
S: Good caramel malt notes with a tosted grain background. Slightly sweet with a slight sweet presence.
T/M: Light body with a buttery essence. Slick through the mouth. Toasted grain with a grassy hop presence. A bit too light for me--not many characteristics in the flavors, just sort of bland. Somewhat watery. Slight bitterness in the finish with a dryer aftertaste coupled with grassy hop and toasted grain background.
D: Tastes a bit like a hopped up bud. Not many dominant flavors in there--they all sort of blend together. Not sure about this offering from Flying Dog--I'd pass if had the chance again.

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Photo of Budlum
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This lager (?) pours with a thin amount of tan head that quickly dissolves into the beer. The body is a deep brown color displaying light carbonation.

This beer presents a nice malty sweetness to the nose with smooth, brown sugar smells. There is an almost prune-like sweetness as well. A light, smoky scent finishes the malty rush.

A smooth flavor profile is started by a balanced and sweet malt rush. The main malt presence presents some toaste barley flavors. Hops are nicely represented and provide and almost salty bitterness. The finish starts hoppy but immediately washes out with a bland and watered-down toasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is lacking as this beer just feels watered down in all aspects.

Drinkability is pretty good. This beer isn't overly tasty but a satisfying brew none the less. A lager? Most likely not.

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Photo of wavz
4.65/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice Copper Straw color with a quickly disappearing head.

S- Malty with a slight hint of caramel and hops just in the distance.

T- Big malt inital taste with just a bit of bitterness on the end. Almost reminds me of a Mibock.

M- Smooth and tasty with a hint of sweet and dry at the end.

D- I love the balance of this beer, malty with a hoppy bitter finish.


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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep golden color with a nice head that lasted for a while. The smell was slightly sweet and very malty. The taste is malty but balanced with a hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is full and slightly creamy. I think this is a very drinkable beer and goes down very easy.

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3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/2" off-white head that falls quickly to a cap. Light lacing. True bright amber colored beer with huge bubbles rising through it.

S - Sweet malt and dull fruit. Very subdued.

T - Grainy malt. Light, light caramel. Clean, mild bitter finish. Very mild overall.

M - Medium body with mid level carbonation. Lightly sweet in the finish, but not as much as I expected.

D - Decent drinkability. Interesting beer that I think could be improved.

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

12oz brown bottle

Old Scratch Amber Lager was amber in color with an off-white head. The head quickly dissipated to almost nothing, leaving no lacing at all. The aroma was fairly light, crystal malt with some hops in the backround. Taste was much the same with the hops being a little more noticeable. It had a fairly dry finish with a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel was thin with a medium carbontion level. Drinkablitly is decent.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. Rich amber color. Head was light brown, but very tiny (maybe 1/4"). Lacing disappeared almost instantly, along with the head. Nice blend of malt & hops. Almost nutty taste. Slight aftertaste. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Code 253A06
Pours with a frothy, amber-tinged, tan colored head that is initially about two fingers thick. The beer is a brilliantly clear, dark amber color. The aroma has a soft, raisin & sweet plum like, fruitiness to it, some notes of caramelized malt sugars and a lightly toasted bready quality. All in all it is a soft aroma that is predominantly malt focused, though there is a touch of hop character here as well.

The beer is quite dry up front, yet manages to finish with a solid fruit character without much sweetness. The fruit notes remind me of raisins, sweet plums and a touch of apple. There is a toasty bread like note up front that sort of morphs into a cracker character by the end of a sip. There is also a malty caramelized note here, yet, like I said, this beer tends toward the dry side of the spectrum. There is some herbal hop character here as well as a bitterness that flows throughout the flavor profile. The hop character though is fairly muted, though it is on the same level as the rest of the flavors in this beer. It is quite light on the palate, but, luckily, it does not become watery.

This is a fairly light beer, which is a bit boring to my palate, though it is not nearly as bland as there Tire Bite beer. This beer is well made and I don't detect much in the of flaws, but that doesn't mean I would want to drink a pint of this brew given other tastier choices.

Purchased: 58 Degrees, Tucson AZ

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. The color is a medium dark amber, lots of gold tone to it and a smallish carbonation. The head is small, no lace.

The smell is faint, little malt dome hops, not enough to go on.

the taste is beer like. Light roasted malt is good, mellow hops are ok.

The Mouthfeel is ok medium body is good but could use better carbonation.

The drinkability is ok. Nothing special, I would not buy this again, It is ok, not bad just not good enough to replace better beers in the line up. MK

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.59/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After being poured, the beer is a beautiful clear amber. The head is white, but had little retention.

The smell was faint, but smelled of nuts.

The taste is overwhelming. Its taste was very sweet, a strong taste of berries or bubblegum and other fruits.

It has a medium to light body, with a definite but not upsetting aftertaste.

Old Scratch has a decent taste, but not one that I would want to enjoy over and over again.

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Photo of dgherm
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured nice dark amber color. Little head which dissapated quickly.Lacing barely exsistent. Slightly fruity odor. Tasted somewhat fruity as well with a mild bitterness to finish. Tad bit watery mouthfeel with low carbonation. Easy to knock back a few at a time. Artwork on bottle is great.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing transparent amber with a 1 finger light beige head that quickly fades. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuits, caramel, brown sugar, light wheat, and honey.
Taste is of the same aromas. Sweet honey, brown sugar baked biscuits.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, and crisp sugar cookies sprinkled with brown sugar.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma shows a largely malty character of some complexity. Somewhat grainy, sweet and fruity. Quality of it leans towards lager.
Very fizzy head that leaves very quickly. Brilliantly clear. Amber of orangish/gold/brown.
Rather balanced beer. Slight sweet malt up front with touch of fruitiness. Mildly bitter in middle and only a slight dryness on the finish. The hop qualities increase as this warms.
Feel has a mix of richness and wateriness, if that's possible. Hangs heavy on the tongue yet washes down like water. Hmmmm. A bit a slickness on the tongue too. Moderate level of carbonation that's fairly soft. What are those animals on the bottle label (dogbugs?).
This is alright. I could easily drink this again, but wouldn't go out my way to find it. Probably would do alright with food.

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

A: Rich, clean, golden amber. Very low carbonation, head fell fast. Only a small beige ring remains.

S: Slightly roasted. Grainy, melon.

T: Lightly fruity, raspberries, slight caramel notes in the aftertaste. Very boring.

M: Thin with a fuzzy carbonation.

D: Meh. Pass.

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Photo of jettjon
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark red with some brown, no bubbles. No head, just wisps of foam that fade away quickly. Lacing is decent, however. Nose is primarily sweet malt. Taste is very sweet malt with some hops in the background. There’s some hints of caramel-toasted barley. Good representation of the typical amber ale flavor. Mouth is semi-creamy, not bad, wet and smooth. Drinkability is OK overall, a good summer chillin’ beer.

Overall: Not a bad amber ale. A bit sweet for my tastes, it would benefit from some hop balance. Poor head, but good mouthfeel… this one is really a personal preference thing. After trying it twice, I probably won’t try it again.

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

Thanks to Chonyr for this one.

Deep amber colour, very nice. Head and lacings scant, only mildly carbonated.

Bready with hint of caramel. Flowers, grass, and mild spicy tang.

Much like the aroma. Sweet bready taste with hint of caramel intially, then ends in mild spicy and grassy bitterness.

Relatively light in body, has just enough substance to be satisfying. Nice balance between clean malt and hop flavours. Could use a touch more sparkle or carbonation.

This is a nice beer, and easy to drink. Would be easy to finish a 6 pack on a hot summer day. Would be good for a serious drinking session or to serve as a crossover beer. If this was readily available and i felt like having a few on a hot night i'd look for this again sometime.

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Photo of Poser
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly red tint with a thick head. Some lacing.
S: Bitter hops come through strong.
T: It's a little citrusy with some sweet malts. It then fades to a hops aftertaste.
M/D: Seems a little off for a lager, but it's a great beer overall. I consider this one of the better brews offered by Flying Dog Brewery.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear red copper with a moderate head and slight lacing.

Smell is very malty with a hint of fruit.

Taste is caramel malt, touch of fruit and nut. Buttery diacetyl flavor is a distraction. Finish has a touch of herbal hop that adds bitterness and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

An inoffensive beer. Flavors are balanced and mild. Seems a little thin on flavor and mouthfeel, but still drinkable as a session brew.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This looks to be one of the better amber ale's i've seen. It pours very nicely into a pint glass. Nice amber color w/ a white puffy head that disperses into a ring. The smell is a light hop scent. It tastes fine, w/ a wheatish caramel flavor. It is average to good, I almost went 3.5 on this one. It has a slight bitter aftertaste which was nice, it was crisp. I liked this better than the other flying dog brews that I picked up in a sampler pack and wish there was more than 2 in there of this kind.

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Photo of bashiba
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear amber with minimal head.

Smell had a very light grainy malt quality.

Taste has a slightly sour malt flavor. Very grainy and has a slight corn taste as well. Very light bit of hops in the end. Pretty boring.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Overall I can drink it, but pretty bland.

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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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