Lucky S.O.B. | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rifugium on 03-15-2012

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48
Ratings:
249
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
26.94%
 
 
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9
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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 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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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 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 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 Jason
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clean. That's the word that struck me about this one. Complete clarity visually. Clean flavor profile. Might strike some as thin. Slick sweetness with a lot of malt presence, but nothing too out there. Easy to drink. Not really all that inspiring, but a nice enough beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice fluffy light tan to light khaki head, three fingers tall, sitting on a nice red copper brown body. Nice and large, a booming red body, crystal clear, virtually no rising carbonation, looks very nice.

A nice faint sticky malt, and some spicy brown sugars. Faint English hitting bitter and hint of tea aromas. Pretty solid.

Palate comes with a bit subdued tea warmth. Malt thickness and caramel richness a bit watered and toned down. Comes almost crisp finish, which really enhances the toasty aromas of brown bread and blackened crust. Muted caramel and sugars, with big toasty and dry finish

Overall it's a doable red ale, but misses some of the malt thickness and sweetness I am expecting.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Flying Dog : Lucky SOB

LOOK: Reddish light amber, white foam and a bit of lacework. Has the look of a firey Irish red.

SMELL: Lightly toasted malts, caramel, buttery bread.

TASTE: Caramelized malts lead the way. Balacing the hearty malt profile is a mild herbal, coarse, leafy bitterness. Über clean, simple, and thoroughly enjoyable.

FEEL: Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

OVERALL: Solid all day Irish ale, compliments to the brewer on this one. Spot on.

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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 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 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 puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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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Photo of jzlyo
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 bubseymour
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an nice red amber and very clear pour with 1 finger head. Slightly fizzy and decent retention.

Smell - some malt and some metallic scents. Not off-putting but not the best.

Taste - Very mild and sessionable beer from Flying Dog whom is known for some harshness. Slightly sweet caramel and malty start with a crisp dry finish and slight hop bite, but very balanced. Good Irish Red style.

Mouthfeel is very respectable for the style.

Overall - Irish Red Ales usually aren't my favorite style, but this one is pleasant and an easy flavorful drinker. Recommended for a sampling by all.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Reddish amber with half a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Toasted bread, toffee and caramel. Hints of brown sugar and cocoa.

Taste
Toasted bread and biscuits. Toffee, caramel and dark candy sugars. Dusted cocoa, brown sugar and hazelnut. Light touches of honeydew and underlying noble grassiness. Has a really clean yeast character.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Overall
This has really surpassed my expectations. As a beer touting that it's brewed with 4-leaf clovers, I was a little skeptical. Forget the clovers, this is a damn good Irish Red!

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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 thecheapies
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rustic red color. Head fizzled out. Nice clarity.

Bitter metallic malts. Dry toast, stanky herbal hops, not much else.

Rugged flavors with great toastiness, light dry apple, middle bitterness, and backend sweetness with toffee notes. Refreshing.

Easy to slug. Mildly carbonated, swishy body and feel.

Nice red ale. Even after that boring nose. Recommended.

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Photo of 57md
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish copper with a finger of beige head that lingered a bit, particularly in the edges of the glass. The nose is malty. The flavor profile is driven by taste of amber malt and includes a trace of sweetness. There is also a hint of cloves in the flavor. The tingling dry bitterness on the finish is a pleasant way to end a decent, but not extraordinary drinking experience.

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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 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 hosehead83
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear amber in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, herbal hop note
Taste-Toasted malt, nice little kiss of hops, tangy spiciness(could this be the 4-leaf clovers that supposedly used in the brewing of this beer?) Who knows? That being said this ia a pleasant, drinkable Irish Red.

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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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