Flying Dog Brewery

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New England IPA
Ranked #2,117
Ranked #36,010
3.68 | pDev: 7.88%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Very Good
Notes: For Beer Nerds: Malts - Oats; Hops - Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic; IBU - 35; Special - Unfiltered for your pleasure.

So juicy, brah. So good once it hits your lips!
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Photo of dbl_delta
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can "Enjoy by 02/26/20" into pint glass. Pours a very hazy amber with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is super-juicy (orange, mango, and a touch of grapefruit) with a discordant bitterness to it - gives the impression of being almost chemical in nature. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but adequate. Finish has more of that odd bitterness. I like hops as much as the next guy, but that's not what's going on here.

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Photo of kagee
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This Thunderpeel I found at a convenience store I hardly ever visit, and for some reason this offering from Flying Dog came in under my radar. I live within 40 miles of the brewery and hardly ever miss some of their mass-marketed offerings. The brew is definitely hazy, with an unfiltered look to it, and has a fairly strong head with a medium pour. The smell is definitely orange/tangerine and I have to say I smell what would be called Hi-C fruit punch in the mix. The taste is very juice-forward with some malt dryness trying to push through. It's IPA character is very muted. I was expecting a drier finish and also found this to have different overall character when warmed up to around 50F instead of the usual 38-44F. There is more complexity when sipped rather than downed to quench a thirst for a hazy IPA.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours super hazy golden orange amber with a frothy eggshell white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Almost over ripe tropical and stone fruit, juicy citrus, a int of blueberry, floral and grassy notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Big juicy citrus, lots of orange with lemon lime and a little grapefruit, tropical and stone fruit, apricot, peach, mango, passion fruit, and papaya, a hint of blueberry, light floral, grassy, and herbal notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat soft on the palate.

O: I feel like if they dried this one out a little bit with lighter malt and a touch less sweetness it would be even better. As it stands, still a pretty solid offering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It’s been pretty well establishes that the Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra combination is the universal cheat code for creating hoppy beer. This no-fail arrangement has saved many mediocre beers from despair with amazing results. The aggressive Flying Dog Brewery puts this notion to the test.

Deep honey and kissed with a burnt orange hue, the reasonably hazy Thunderpeel New England styled IPA kicks off with a scent of citronella, caramelized malts, granola and sweet fruit punch. With the malts leading the early taste, caramel and honey lean into a nutty, lightly toasty and crusted sweetness.

As the ale shifts from a malty focus to something more bitter, its citrus perfume tan slates to a bold tangerine, red grapefruit, mango and apricot medley, all of the slightly over ripened variety. Juicy and deep in its sweetness, the ale eventually succumbs to the hop bitterness that registers on the late palate with fresh spruce, citrus peel, hemp and gin-like botanicals.

Medium bodied but edging toward fullness, the bitter beer retains a slim malty sweet balance to brace against the sharper, grassier resins and the spicy aspect of vodka that trails into a medium-long aftertaste of curaçao liquor.

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Photo of Act25
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I rate this a bit higher than my fave ba-ers.
a/ hazed as promised, almost apple sauce, with lasting head that kicks a bit o lace
s/ tropical fruits with orange/citrus, pleasant but faint.
t/ Follows aroma but adds fruit sauce of apricot, peach, mango and orange. Malts of fresh bread and crackers. Hoppy grass, low bitterness.
f/ Creamy juicy, scores highest on feel. smooth and lucious - again saucy.
o/ one of the fruit sauciest ipas ever.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 8/26/2019 from a 12oz can labeled 'enjoy by' 11/8/19. Nice, hazy look, with lacing throughout, but very little aroma for what I assume is a citrus offering. Predominant taste was mandarin oranges, with a juniper, piney finish. I wouldn't buy a full 6-pack, but would like to try this again in the future on tap.

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Photo of reedap1
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this beer on tap at Ron's Schoolhouse Grill in Exton PA. Cloudy orange color with grapefruit bitter upfront on first taste. It was a typical IPA for me that had nothing special and was not as smooth as I would have liked. Good, glad I tried it but probably would opt for another IPA if given the choice.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 11.65 (Including tax and deposit)/six pack of 12 oz cans ($ 0.162/oz) at Oneonta Beer Depot, Oneonta, NY. Reviewed 8/6/19.
Stamped on can bottom “ENJOY BY 11/8/19.” Stored on shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.5.
First pour – Light yellow, hazy.
Body – Light yellow, murky.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.5 cm, aggressive center pour.), white, medium density, average retention. Head retraction leaves an irregular three to eight mm crown and a thin partial cap. A small amount of three-dimensional lacing remains on the glass.
Lacing – None. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Lemons.
Flavor – 3.5 – Darned little – a hint of lemon and that’s about it. Still, at least it’s not repugnant. Bitterness is barely detectable. No alcohol taste or aroma (6.2 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, smoother than water but not much, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Good aroma and appearance, weak flavor and next-to-no-bitterness.

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Photo of Bgmac
4.67/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On Tap for the first one, from a can for the second one. A good all around juicy IPA. Decent fruity tropical notes and nice bitterness. Hops are not overpowering in this one. My daughter said it smells like orange juice. Both tap and can were identical in flavor and look. Both left a nice lace all the way to the end despite lack of initial head. A little more citrus/fruity then hops IMO. Just like I like it.

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Photo of Direwolf25
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A classic, better than average unfiltered (hazy) IPA. Pours thick, with thin head. Opaque, almost orange look. Notes of orange peel (duh), passion fruit, mango. Only slightly bitter. Very...even...not-too-dry mouthfeel. A very surprising offering from a brewery I’d all but given up on. Well done, FD!

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Photo of MikeWard
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass at Hucklebucks, Pottsville PA last night. Best by 9/24/19, so plenty fresh.

Looks pretty good, dull hazy yellow body. Big foamy white head which persists in some form throughout, leaving nice lacing.

There is a light citrus aroma, primarily orange.

Flavors are mostly muted. decent malt background, light citrus taste. Any hop bitterness is not quite as strong as I would like. but it's an easy drinker.

Mouth around medium, finish a light citrus wash.

Overall, a decent session type beer, would have liked a slightly larger hop presence, but would have again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

All right, here's the dilly-o, yo! The approved pic reads "Unfiltered IPA" & my CAN reads "Hazy IPA" so I have submitted a change request to make it a NEIPA & I plan to CANduct my review as if it were such, just as all previous reviewers have done. 8=O It ain't easy leading The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Hazy IPA".

I Crack!ed the vent & for the first time in a long while, performed an inverted Glug. I did this because if it truly is a "hazy", "unfiltered" AIPA (read NEIPA), then I wanted to give it every opportunity to come through. It evinced a pseudo-cascade, eventually forming two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head, slowly falling away to wisps, but leaving glorious lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Hmm. Nose was very citrusy, but more towards orange/tangerine than the standard grapefruit. There was also a light pepperiness which I found interesting. Yeast-driven, perhaps? Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness. The taste was odd with a curious admixture of orange/tangerine. vanilla and a slight woodiness. I do not mean to be funny, but this reminded me A LOT of a Creamsicle/Dreamsicle! 8=O I am sure that they were not aiming for that, but there it was. Finish was more semi-sweet than semi-dry, but I am unwilling to argue that particular point. It was an oddball that they need to either tweak or retire. In its current iteration, it is not going to be in great demand. YMMV.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some malts. Taste is of oranges, light malts in the background, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, I was expecting something juicy and hazy, which this is not, but it's a highly refreshing beer that disappeared quickly.

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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 7/26/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing light golden with the slightest amount of clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that falls slowly leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some hints of tropical fruits along with some mild hints of citrus in the background. Some apricot, peach, mango and orange. Lots of fresh bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More apricot, peach and mango. More hints of orange. Lots of fresh grass. More bread and crackers. Moderate to low bitterness. It's slightly sweet, but nothing crazy. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy, sharp, smooth and easy to drink.

This is an alright IPA. It's really not anything too crazy, but it's not bad.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks nice on the pour (head has some legs), but isn't exactly the "hazy" IPA it purports to be. Not going to say its "crystal clear" (it's not) as the other review states, but it's definitely not hazy. The name also suggests a citrus addition, but I don't sense that either. Nice balance of hops and malt; neither dominatinates, but neither makes an overwhelming impression, either. This is pleasant enough, but overall a bit of a letdown and doesn't really deliver on what it promises.

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Photo of Lucular
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

"Unfiltered IPA bomb of citra, galaxy and mosaic."

Pours perfectly clear with a moderate white head. Does not appear to be unfiltered. This is crystal clear! Hmm.

Otherwise, smells and tastes about how I would expect a Flying Dog NEIPA attempt to turn out. Not objectionable but not a whole lot of anything going on. Some malt flavor, some citrusy flavor. Meh.

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