Lucky SOB
Flying Dog Brewery

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Irish Red Ale
Ranked #178
Ranked #43,713
3.55 | pDev: 11.55%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Lucky SOBLucky SOB
Notes: 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.

Malts: Irish Pale, Caramel
Hops: Galaxy
Yeast: English Ale
IBU: 28
Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 300 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-Brewed with 4 leaf clovers. They're magically delicious.

A: Rustic orange-dark red coloring has tons of sticky macro bubbles clinging to the vessel walls. Pie crust like coloring on the small creamy head. Full lace band.

S: Smells like a cream ale at first, yeasty, are there really four leaf clovers in here, picking up some faint wet greenery that may suggest so. Or it could just be subliminal. Dark raisin caramel sweetness peeks through.

T: Sweet toasted caramel flavor, raisins, sweet figs, and toasty grains. Fruity with some toffee, glazed apple skins, crystal malts and sugary plums. A hint of fresh damp greenery.

M: Active carbonation on the mouthful, syrupy feel, with lots of residual sugars to make this body full. Spicy.

O: Overall decent Irish red with sweet and malty body. Moderate drinkability with a nice range of flavor.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I found this to be a tad sweeter on the malt profile than many Irish reds, which helps mask some of the blandness, and there is a slightly floral element that maybe from the four-leaf clover though really not sure if that would impart much flavor. Either way a good easy drinker for this time of year

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color. Medium carbonation with just below average body
Aroma is malt forward, grain,cracker and a little bit of a sour grain mash smell
Malt is dominate in the flavor followed by some grain and cracker. It did have a sour taste that seemed off a bit

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Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very dark brown in color, but when held up to a bright light it is clear and very dark red with a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense light beige head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of tea leaves and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having tea-like flavors with underlying notes of pale malts and hints of toffee. There is a light amount of bitterness and hints of earthiness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation, which also seems to lend a bit of smoothness.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style. I particularly liked the amount of carbonation in this beer—from the high quantity of rising bubbles, the dense head, and the smoothness of the mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours red with a hint of orange and a small off white head. Smells of sweet darker grain. Tastes of sweet grain with hints of fruitiness, not quite apple but hints of it. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, burnt amber color with a reddish tinge. Head had a reddish tinge as well. Not much retention as it faded to a cap quickly. Ok lacing.

S---Not much aroma. Malty?

T---Heavy on the maltiness. No necessarily my preference, but good for the style. Caramel& nuttiness.

F---Sticky & a bit cloying. Could've used some more hops to balance it out more.

O---Not really my cup of tea, but it's good for what it is. I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz ottle into a pint glass. best before 7/1/18, so plenty fresh enough.

reddish amber body with a small off white head. decent carbonation, and leaves some lacing.

aroma is malty and faintly funky vegetable.

a little bitey tasting, mildly bitter with a solid malt background. there is an underlying off putting vegetable taste which is non too pleasant to me.

mouth is between medium and full, finish slightly bitter.

overall, and i admit this isn't a big style for me, this beer just doesn't seem to have much going for it,

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Photo of Dewsby
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L) Pours a lovely, clear copper-rust hue with a creamy white head. Some lacing.

S) The smell is nutty, a smidge roasty, bready, and toffee-like. It is quite inviting.

T) Everything in the nose is on the tongue, with the addition of a slight floral and sappy bitterness. It is quite well balanced. I am detecting slight amounts of butter, but it may just be my mind playing tricks on me.

F) This brew has a nice body and a medium-high carbonation. It is very refreshing.

O) This is quite enjoyable for the style. Would pair great with any kind of savory pastry or roasted root veg. I wish it had a smidgen more butter though.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a deep amber brown with a smallish head. The aroma is dense, with a bit of roast character, and notes of caramel, coffee, walnut, sweet bread, chocolate, and butterscotch. The flavor is quite sweet, with notes of brown sugar, banana, walnut, chocolate, and a grain bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is quite full, with assertive carbonation. Overall this is a interesting beer - perhaps too sweet for the style, and the flavors do muddle together a bit, with some unwelcome grain bitterness at the finish, but the richness is rather pleasant.

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Photo of BeerMan247
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initially, the first sip reminded me very much of Guinness, so this beer is convincingly Irish. Although I am quite inexperienced with Irish Red Ales, I know that this beer is a pretty palatable version of one. Not too much of a smell, but the sip of this amber ale brought tastes of coffee barley and spices. I probably wouldn’t get one again, but I’m not too much of a Red ale guy anyway.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant copper amber under a 1.5" cream colored foam cap

S: nuts and malt with some mild spice

T: nutty with malt and tea. Kettle sugars in the middle give way to a drying, almost astringent finish

F: medium to medium low body and medium high carbonation

O: very drinkable beer with good flavors but the carbonation is too high and washes out some of the malt character

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a nice looking burnt amber color with a finger’s worth of sustaining white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. Light stringy lace. The aroma had a good blend of toast, caramel/toffee malts, leather, dried leaves and a light honey right before some earthy hop spice slid in for a fairly nice blend. The flavor leaned towards the sweet side and though the hop spice didn’t fully blend all of the way, I wasn’t worried so much about this one. As the aftertaste seemed to take the toast and malts towards that light hop spice decently. The feel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a fairly nice sessionability about it. Good carbonation and the ABV felt fine as well. Overall, pretty good Irish red ale.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

This being my first Irish red ale, I don't think I can add anything not already covered in the Bros' review. It was good and very enjoyable. Flirted with the line between thin and substantial.

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Photo of Beejay
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +9.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +19.2%
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 -3.4%
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 +9.9%
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 +10.1%
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 -0.3%
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 -3.1%
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 -1.7%
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 -2%
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 -0.6%
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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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 300 ratings