Lucky S.O.B. | Flying Dog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rifugium on 03-15-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
249
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
26.94%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
47
For Trade:
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with some trails of carbonation rising to the head. The aforementioned head is about two fingers high, off-white in shade, and rather frothy-looking. There's a bit of inconsistency to the texture that seemingly suggests it has (at least) a mild hop bite. Lacing down the glass is rather splotchy.

S: Hrmmm, at first this smells a bit chocolaty, but once it opens up a little, it becomes very earthy. VERY earthy. Not just from the hops, but from the malts as well. Subtle touches of herbaceous and caramel notes add to the experience some. In its own way, it's quite pleasant, albeit slightly mild.

T: A subtle wave of earthen hop bitterness hits the palate immediately. By no means is this a brutal hop bomb, but it helps give this beer a decent sweet/bitter balance. Problem is, there isn't much else to this apart from earthiness. That, and the malt notes seem a bit...funky. Not the good funk, either. For the record, I'm not picking up clovers in the taste.

M: In spite of its fullish body, it seems well-attenuated (translation: dry) enough for me to drink this easily. The carbonation stops just short of being sharp, and that too makes it chuggable.

O: Eh, it's pretty damn uneventful. This beer reminds me that while Flying Dog makes some great stuff on occasion (The Truth), they've also got a few stinkers in the line-up (hi there, K-9). Natch, this is closer to the latter. Or maybe I just don't like this style that much - I mean, there's little to differentiate this from *shudder* an ESB to me. This one isn't going to be repeat purchase.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in standard ale glass

A: dark copper color; small head; no lacing
S: twiggy; bad yeast aroma detracts from the rating
T: earthy flavored red ale; hops on the bittering side; malt slightly carmelized; light complexity; astringent
M: mealy

It's ok, but I don't plan a return trip.

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Photo of ckollias
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear amber hue with a thick white head that slowly dissipates down the slide of the glass leaving a good trail and ending in a large lace.

S: Not a huge nose here – some malt and mild caramel aroma.

T: Slightly tart and bitter malty flavor. Similar to the aroma no huge flavor comes through.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Sort of a bland amber ale. Nothing really stands out or will be rememberable.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of mdagnew
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown...

Poured a mahogany brown colour... Creamy tan head poured quite thick then faded slowly to thin layer... very light carbonation... some decent wispy lacing...

Aroma - Nice strong caramel maltiness, some light fruitiness (figs and raisins), biscuity hints, light molasses hints, some nice nutty sweetness, light peppery hops, faint toasted bread notes...

Taste - Lots of caramel maltiness, some light spicy hops, light nutty sweetness, maybe a faint hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, some biscuitiness, some light prune and fig notes...

Feel - Nice and smooth... Medium bodied... Very, very quaffable - a nice session beer...

Overall - A decent bog standard Irish Red Ale... worth a try

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -5.8%
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 Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Omnium
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours an amber color, about a finger head that disperses fast, moderate lacing.
S - Malts, some light spices and a little sour hint
T - Slightly tart, rye, malty and some herbs, dry hops.
M - Good carbonization, a little bitterness hangs on.
O - An average red ale, enough said.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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 stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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 UPMD_Bill
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks more 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 therica
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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 jdhilt
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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 CraftBeerTastic
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #257
Served On: 2/23/2013
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.5%
Date/ Code: 2013 Release

This was a 12oz bottle from a sixer found at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick.

Look: Very clear copper with a vortex of carbonation bubbles blasting up from the bottom. Head was a minimal coating of white film.

Smell: Big malts with not much of a hop profile. The aroma was similar to an English Pale Ale of sorts.

Taste: Started off with notes of spicy wet hay and a faint herbal hop, but quickly morphed into a dry lagery biscuit. Finish was more of the biscuit. I did start to notice some fruity notes after the beer warmed up a bit.

Not a bad Irish Red. The malt bill was certainly showcased here. I can't really speak to the clover though. I guess it's definitely a novel marketing concept.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Labeled as an Irish red brewed with four-leaf clovers. I don't really know if there is a flavor from four-leaf clovers and/or if it really came out in the beer. But also, if true, it must've been a pain in the ass collecting all those damn things in a quantity substantial enough for brewing. Unless they just tossed in a few for good luck, which seems more likely when you think about it. But anyway.

Decent beer here. Poured a clear golden brown with a fluffy white head that receded to a ringlet and left some nice lacing on the glass. Not really a deep red color or darker amber like other beers of the style. Light aroma of toasted malts, grains, caramel. The taste followed the aroma, lightly toasted, malty, light caramel, cereal grains. Light body, easily drinkable and enjoyable. Nothing extraordinary here, but quite sessionable overall.

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Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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 wvsabbath
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Ruby red with a burnt tan tint. Nice foamy 3 inch head and plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, very mild, maybe a little herbel butter note, earthy, cloves. Not much hop or sugar presence.

Taste - AS expected, big malt up front,toffee, caramel along with some clover flavor. Herbal and earthy, along with some fruits and a little sugar at the finish. Reminds me alot of a english pale ale.

Mouthfeel - Malts pretty much coat tounge and palate with buttery, toffee and caramel flavors. Some fruits and a little sugar sweeten tounge up. Finish is malty and a little dry.

Overall - Decent, a little weak but for a 5.5% beer, it drinks well and has enough flavor to enjoy. A little more hop kick would work really well with the clover, leafy flavors. Still good, a nice beer to drink a few off at one sitting.

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Photo of mattparsons
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 RyanK252
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Zetcha7x
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single poured into a standard pint

A-clear amber color with rising carbonation bubbles. A solid 2 fingers of off white head. Lacing through out.

S-nothing over the top. caramel malts, some earthy bread

T-pretty mild for Flying Dog, but an appropriate Irish style ale. malty, smooth, caramel

M-medium bodied, carbonation dies down as it warms, very smooth dry finish

O-I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. smooth, malty, easy to drink. nothing extraordinary but I would definitely reach for one of these again...maybe its the 4-leaf clovers?

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Kloby’s Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on 3/17/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a near finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a smooth creaminess that rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma smells fresh and leafy, with a good bit of buttered cracker pushing through, while sweeter toffee notes pull up the back.

The taste has a crisp green bite to it that is set against a smooth feeling malt backbone of caramel and buttered toast. This finishes with a light leafy bitterness that lingers some. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer feel up front that then firms up nicely on the tongue with a smooth crispness. This is easy drinking.

This wasn’t anything too earth shattering for an Irish Red Ale but it’s flavorful enough with a nice crisp bite to it that keeps this quenching on the palate. This was a good one to pair up with some barbecue here.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet toast, earth, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid toast and nut qualities all around.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and grains. Taste is malts, caramel, some grains, smooth and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for a fine session or warm weather beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was able to snag a bottle of this for a Buck at the House of 1,000 beers, very weird to see it this cheap since it was just brewed a month or two ago.

A - A very festive full inch of head atop of a very dark amber brown, which looks more like a brown ale but whatever.
S - Some caramel malt, fresh greens, and some hops in the mix. Slightly sour as well.
T - Huh it taste rather middle of the road. Starts off with lager yeasts, then the bitterness comes in like dandelion leaves (which I assume is the clovers) and it finishes with some sweet malts. Not that great.
M - Light to medium, somewhat fizzy (which could be why the taste is so light).

Overall I will pretty much try anything for a buck and even though I only had one bad Flying Dog brew (tire bite) this one is pretty close. I haven't had the Old Scratch in forever so maybe this uses the same recipe? Regardless it wasn't that great.

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