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Rarity Red | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Kegatron on 06-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Cabbage_pants1
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: served in a ten ounce goblet... Rather short head which dissipates quite quickly with a color so deep and amber red... looks like its going to be intense... Nice looking brew...

Smell: was almost reminiscent of a rye deep smell hinted toward some intangible spice and the inevitable bitterness to come...

Taste: initially effervescent with a super bitter midrange dissolving into a resinous mouth coating funk... good stuff!

Mouthfeel: initially sharp, due to the effervescence, but the blade of carbon dioxide and hops mellows into a rather sumptuous overall feel as deep as the the color implies.


Overall: I dig its intensity... Deep as the color would suggest very forgiving in its biterness one of the best things I have sampled from flying dog in a long time! Awesome stuff! If you have the chance drink it!

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - amber with a soft, off white head that has good retention

S - toasted malt, citrus, spicy, floral

T - floral, citrus, caramel, bitter, bready

M - medium bodied, smooth, good carbonation

This is a nice, rather hoppy amber ale. There's nice balance and nice drinkability. There really isn't too much to set this apart from a number of other amber ales, but I could easily work through a six pack of this one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep red color with a brown-ish head. In the aroma mellow hops of grapefruit and mango. In the taste, a small caramel roasted malt and a dry mango hop. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hop and citrus like aftertaste. A nice hop presence and a good balance, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/09/12 notes. On tap at Meridian Pint in DC for their Drink Local event.

a - Pours a clear, deep amber red color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of dark fruits, citrus hops, sweet fruity malts, toasted malts. Very nice fruit and citrus hop combo in the nose; I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of more citrus hops, caramel malts, sweet fruity malts, pine hops, toasted malts. More hops than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great amber ale; aside from Kuhnhenn's Anneliese Ale this is one of the better amber ales I've had lately. Nice and hoppy, would love to have it again.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Meridian Pint (Washington, D.C.) on 6/9/12. Served in a pint glass. This is the newest entry in the Flying Dog Rarities series. A 6.7% American Amber Ale.

Pours a clear dark copper, with a ½ finger or so of foamy bright-white head. This retains well with a thin creaminess that skims the surface, leaving back some robust patchy lacing. The aroma is fresh and floral in the nose, with green citrus, sweet malt flavors, and light roasted accents that really deliver a rich tanginess in the nostrils.

The taste is caramel, toast, and a combination of green citrus and then maybe a touch of sweet tropical character that all combine to impart a sticky and burnt twang to the profile. This quickly gives way however to a rather assertive bitterness that spreads outward and finishes this fairly hard with leafy pith and a dry resinous feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller; with a lively crispness to the carbonation that becomes more of a smooth creaminess as it works its way out. There’s a little alcohol warmth here but it mainly just helps pop that aggressiveness from the hops and roast.

I liked this. It tastes bigger than it is, with assertive flavors that are more along the lines of an Imperial Red Ale but the dialed down alcohol and smooth body make this much more drinkable ala a more traditional American Amber. This is definitely one for those that like this style on the hoppy and roasted side. Call me a fan.

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Rarity Red from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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