Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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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
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
259
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
55
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 259
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep red amber with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of toasted malt and caramel scents. The taste was very refreshing with those sweet toasted flavors coming through in the beginning before a crisp finish and clean aftertaste. Really liked this one for the season.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, deep, dark reddish/mahogany color with 2 full fingers of white-colored head that dissolved into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of toast malt up front, imparting notes of biscuits, soda bread, and English muffins. I also get notes of black pepper, a touch of coriander, and some floral notes of hay and clover. Finally, I get some aromas of honey and caramel.

Taste: Nice flavors of toasted malt up front, immediately followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness. There’s a pleasant touch of floral/slightly bitter hops at the finish. Really good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a delicious Irish-style red ale! Great flavors of malt and sweetness, wrapped up in a creamy beer. I’m definitely getting a six pack of this every year!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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 mdagnew
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
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 tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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 smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Zetcha7x
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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 57md
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Omnium
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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 DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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 ckollias
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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 ianjsullivan
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber, red with lots of carbonation.

S: Malty graininess, light caramel, toasty notes.

T: Smooth, malty, some caramel, cereal grain, graininess, green herbal edge, pepper, and hops.

M: Medium and dry.

O: A little more hoppy than other reds, but an enjoyable mix of flavors. Smooth and easy to drink, Lucky offers nice flavor without overkill.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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 bum732
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Very toasty malt, bread crust like. Hint of roast with soft floral notes.

L: Very burnt orange, bordering on red. Crystal clear, 1/16 inch creamy head with ok retention

T: Toasty malt with a prominent earthy hop flavor. Medium earthy bitterness with some grainy sweetness with additional prominent spicy hoppiness. Finishes semi-dry with graininess and a slight hop bite.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Really solid example of the style, a little more hoppy than usual. Not sure what the 4 leaf clovers contributed besides being a marketing ploy.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Jason
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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 hosehead83
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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 RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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 bubseymour
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +16.6%
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 wvsabbath
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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 CraftBeerTastic
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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 cps98
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real clover in the boil, really cool. I didn't get any clover (not that i'd be able to identify the taste of clover) from the beer but interesting for sure. Beer poured a nice deep reddish hue and super clean / clear. Really nice tight 2 finger head that remained for the entire drink. The first sip was really nice and smooth nothing overpowering anything else. The malt and hops played nicely with each other. I could drink this all day. Really nice carbonation and medium bodied.

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Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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