Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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82
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Lucky SOB Irish Red AleLucky SOB Irish Red Ale
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:
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.

Added by Rifugium on 03-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
264
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
56
For Trade:
1
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 smithj4
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jason
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Clear reddish amber, sufficient lacing on the glass. Malty, light caramel, toasted bread, grape skin, ripe plums and a hint of alcohol in the nose. Somewhat smooth, malty, biscuity, light caramel, apple skin, peppery hop bitterness, hint of alcohol, toasted grainy finish.

A fun quaff for the most part, was hoping for a bit more on the malty side or pushing the envelope in other ways.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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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3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
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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3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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