Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Lucky SOB Irish Red AleLucky SOB Irish Red Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale Brewed with Four-Leaf Clovers.

While karma's biting you in the ass, it's kissing his. A profit of prosperity, he's the guy you love to hate. And just when you think his fate's on the brink, that bastard's life falls right back into place.

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Photo of Beejay
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Happy St. Patty's day!

A: A deep brown with red highlights. and little to no head.

S: Slightly fruit with a touch of caramel, light toffee in the finish.

T: Sweet and bready with nice nutty and toffee notes. Mild earthy finish, and a touch of floral hops.

M: Medium light in body, with higher carbonation.

O: Overall very enjoyable, and the flavor is on point.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Top o' the mornin' to yinz on St. Patrick's Day, 2017! I recently acquired this bottle at the FGBS here in Lancaster, PA & set it aside specifically for today.

From the bottle: "Ale Brewed with Four-Leaf Clovers."; "While karma's biting you in the ass, it's kissing his. A profit of prosperity, he's the guy you love to hate. And just when you think his fate's on the brink, that bastard's life falls right back into place."

I Pop!ped the cap & let fly since it was a celebration. I watched in horrified fascination as the foam roase to the lip of glass and somehow miraculously stopped. It then settled into two-plus fingers of foamy, tawny head that seemed determined to fall away to wisps. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet, but since I was satiated with hops, I carried on smartly. I'm not sure, nut I think that I may have been able to smell those four-leaf clovers! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was bready with a light caramel sweetness. Finish was sweet, no getting around it, but it was certainly within spec for the style. I was left with a strong caramel taste underlain by breadiness. It was a nice beer for this holiday, but it just was not going to be my cuppa tea.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany, dark red in color. Tawny think head. Kind of sticks around.
Smelled faint. Sweet plum sort of. Penny type smell.
Taste is similar. Semi dark malt. Metallic. Maybe from clovers? Grassy. Slight bakers chocolate
Medium fill. Slightly dry.

Flying dog never disappoints.

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Photo of got2
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale is pretty tasty brew. It's also particularly fragrant, smelling faintly of honey and passionfruit. There's not much of a head, though that depends to a large extent on how you happen to pour. The color is a coppery-red and has vaguely floral notes.

The alcohol content is 5.5 percent, so be careful because it's a bit deceptive and can sneak up on you if you're not paying attention.

It goes without saying that since we're talking about a Flying Dog beer that it's going to have an interesting label, and Lucky SOB does nothing to pushing that trend.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red, with a quickly dissipating head that completely dies off, making it look like red wine.

Caramely and wheaty malts, with a bit of red grape come off the nose.

Taste is sweet, bready malts, caramel, raisin, and grapes.

Tingly, crisp, and semi-dry.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/1/2016. Pours crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, light plum/apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, light plum/apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Low levels of diacetyl are noticeable, but not out of line for the style. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Irish red ale! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable and well done style example.

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Photo of drtth
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear dark reddish amber or copper color with a 1/2" light tan head that recedes to leave some foam in a ring and a layer or the surface with a couple of thicker islands of foam. Sipping creates arches and small patches of leggy lacing.

The aromas include some light caramel, an almost grassy smell and a touch of citric pith in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and include some light caramel sweetness from the malt, a bit of grassy bitterness in the background along with that hint of citrus pith.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is light and persistent. The finish begins as the sweetness begins to fade allowing the grassy, tea like flavor to emerge while the bitterness still shows before they both fade away in the back of the palate.

This is a good beer that seems relatively representative of its style and that has an enjoyable flavor profile, but I don't think I want a second one and I probably won't seek it out too often the future, if only because there are styles I enjoy more. That said, if you are looking for a nice change of pace or something that doesn't show case only hops, this beer is one well worth considering.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish brown amber with a frothy tan head that quickly settles to a light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Bready toasty malt, toffee, slightly floral and fruity, and a little earthiness.

T: Mildly toasty bready malt, grassy, a bit floral, earthy, hints of dark fruit and spice, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not my favorite thing that Flying Dog has ever brewed, but it's not a bad mid March celebratory option.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark red body with small white head with some retention and lacing
S: sweet, roasted toffee notes with some earthy hop notes
T: sweet, roasted toffee notes with some vanilla undertones; earthy undertones
M: medium bodied; crisps and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination; nice red ale

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Photo of jdhilt
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger off-white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear red/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose, grassy malt and flavor is piney, grassy not much malt. Light bitter finish. $2.45 for a 12oz bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of therica
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

IPA version of an Irish Red Ale. Poured carefully into a pint glass.

A = gorgeous copper-rust, very clear, with some nice white head turning to active rimming and lacing.

S = this is the best part of this ale, a very hefty nose of excellent quality malts, and some hops florals.

T = a bit of a downer after the nose, it's a bit tinny and biting. After a while it starts to sort out as very dry grassy malts, both sour and bitter qualities. Some hops are evident. I'm not enjoying the taste very much, but i keep going back to the nose and the qualities are still enjoyable.

F = almost unpleasantly sour and bitter and very lingering on the palate.

O = overall it seems off-balanced. I suppose if I just wanted to sit for an hour and sniff the joyous scents I'd be happy. But I'm not happy with the taste, regardless of its stated style.

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Photo of mattparsons
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/light brown with a small quickly dissipating head. Sweet malt on the nose, not much else. Odd taste. Sweet malt flavor quickly gives way to leafy, semi-bitter hops. Finishes dry with an almost lager-like crispness. Low/medium carb with a weird lingering bitterness - probably too much for the style. Meh. Crushable enough, but not something I'd grab again.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 7/1/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark copper with a subtle haze; fluffy off-white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts. Lots of grains and fresh dough as well. The flavors are loaded with malts. Lots of caramel and toffee with some hints of cocoa as well. Solid sweetness to this one. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's light, fluffy and creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice Irish Red Ale. If you're a fan of malts or the style, then this is worth checking out. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impeccable pour that really shows you the flair of the red ale. Burnished with color and glimmering with hues. Red, orange, golds, copper. Just tan head of creamy foam that lasts. Nose is biscuit & caramel. Floral and hop spice with a citric tang. Drink is smooth and malty. Creamy full malt made brisk by hops. Floral takes the middle of this beer and permeates it gently while biscuity malt glides to the finish. Clean soft carbonation. Modest bitterness that flourishes. Leaves with a light slightly nutty aftertaste and orange zest. They said it was brewed with four leaf clovers but I drank all mine and none fell out.

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Photo of Act25
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could not rise to this, but I like it better than most BAs. Try 1.

A: Almost Marzen like, dark, brownish, ruby amber, white foam without enough lacework.

S: Again Marzen-like malt with lightly toasted malts, caramel, buttered dark bread.

T: Caramelized malts lead the way, like a Marzen. Balanced with spicebread, sweet and spice cupboard, and a bowl of white grapes, and it drinks clean, simple, and finishes dry enough.

F: Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

O: Solid Irish ale, sweeter and more malty than in Ireland, too sweet for me. True to style. Try 1.

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Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear red with a decent cap of creamy light tan head. There is adequate retention and there is pretty good soapy and slightly sticky lacing. The aroma is a little anemic with just faint whiffs of grain. There is a little more to the taste and it really has a nice dark grain flavor with a little sweetness. The body is lighter but not thin and has a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting off white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of piney hops, and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Piney, spicy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Very good session brew.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper/amber color, nice moderate foam head and good lace retention.
The smell has some sweetness; toasted malts, biscuit and dark fruit.
The taste has some crispness although it falls a little flat towards the end. Mostly toasted malt forward with some mild hops bitterness. Some sweetness, but overall pretty balanced. The mouthfeel is medium to light and slick.
A nice non complex ale that is easy to drink. A good change of pace.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not sure wher I got this one...Hop forward, but still plenty of malt. Tasty , slick , slippery. Was hoping for a bit more finish, but right in the wheelhouse for the style

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a dimpled mug from the 12 oz. glass. Sampled on January 31, 2016.

The pour is maroon-red mainly with a short-lived off-white head.

The aroma brings out a sweet malt and nutty sensation with vague earthy hops behind all of that.

Light to medium body.

Like the aroma, the malty toastiness is more prominent in the flavor with a modest sweetness and a low hop profile. But it ends clean.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is caramel malts, light fruit, a hint of hops and earthy. The flavor is caramel malts, fruit/berries, mild sweetness/sugar, a hint of earthiness and a mix of slight tartness and light bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks more dark amber than red. fair amount of head from an aggressive pour.
Smells like caramel malt, almost reminded me of a maibock
Taste is also predominantly malt and honey with some earthy and grassy notes on the finish
Feel is middle of the road, very drinkable- substantial but still sessionable
Overall enjoyed, wouldn't mind having another

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I thought Steadman was English... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear russet topped by a finger of glowing dirty white foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted caramel, dark greens, and a whiff of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, plenty of greenery around to spruce the place up (for once, pun not intended). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a meek, uninteresting, and bland Irish red. Doesn't deserve that awesome label.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in April 2015.

Appearance: Dark red with thin tan head.

Smell: Pleasant, with an earthy aroma as well as some malty sweetness and some hops. Smells almost like a lager.

Taste: Interesting taste. There is a strong hop flavor with some sweetness. Also some spice and earthy flavors. But the flavor is dominated by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

This is an interesting Irish red ale. It has a nice balance of hops, and the flavor is not overpowered by the alcohol.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (182A15)

This one gushed out of nowhere. Not bad, but open popping the lid it foamed up and over the bottle. It went straight from my fridge to the counter. So I don't know what the issue was.

A: Copper with the slightest tinge of ruby. A collar, but no lacing.
S: Interesting sugar character to it.
T: Different from an American Red Ale for sure. Weird kind of dryness to it. You can almost taste the clovers in it. The dryness kind of grows on you. Not bad on a hot day probably. Mostly a light malt to it.
M: Pretty straight forward carbonation.
O: I wish this beer the best of luck.

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