Flying Dog Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,010
Ranked #12,725
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Very Good
Notes: Bloodline defies genre: Hops for the hop-heads. Fruit for the rest. This is the beer you buy to convert the guy who “doesn’t really like IPAs.” Sweet blood orange puree is added toward the end of fermentation to balance the citrusy sharpness of the hops and deliver a hard-charging ABV to keep the good times rolling.

Malts: Rye, Caramel
Hops: Northern Brewer, Citra, Galaxy
Yeast: American Ale
Special: Brewed with blood orange peel and puree
IBU: 40
Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 939 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DjPhillieB from Delaware

2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours beautifully! Amber and clear. Perfectly reminiscent of the orange label. Then there's the first sip. Slightly disappointing with very little appearance of blood orange except the finish. Definitely packs a punch with its 8% ABV but leaves something to be desired. Not too bitter and overall a good ale but I will stick to Flying Dog's other fantastic selections.

Mar 02, 2021
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Specializedchuck from Maryland

3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What was once one of my favorite beers to enjoy year around has turned into just another higher alcohol beer with a disappointing alcohol after taste. Looks =nice orange color smell=slight alcohol, taste=too much alcohol, feel = not heavy not so light. Bring back the 7.0 ABV..just an overall better batch. For 17.99 plus tax .09% in MD I think we all deserve better. Sadly I will not buy this beer again unless it is on sale for 11.99 a 12 pack.

Dec 11, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally worked up the courage yesterday for a game of craft beer roulette at Bob's Beer Cave (BBC) in Saint Mary's County, MD, formerly known as how in the hell do I get in there. Turns out there's a front door. Nice selection but what do I know nothing about craft beers. Still a novice looking for guidance.

Whatever. BBC sells singles. How cool is that? I have lousy taste in lots of things, including craft beers, so consequently I won't be stuck with five things I won't drink - yes I'm talking about you Fruit Fight in that pink flamingo can that looked so seductive. I perused the selections for close to 30 long minutes while the store dude looked on nervously. Not my fault I'm wearing a mask, blame the new normal. Finally settled on six bottles with weird pictures and even weirder names. So last night, I drank something called Flying Dog Blood Orange Ale. Twelve ounce bottle labelled with a really ugly mutt and a face only an owner could love. Seven percent alcohol - nice - about five percent more than I could handle, poured into a frozen mug. Good head, easily five, maybe six inches, - I don't know - I can't measure - thick and holding its own. Smelled good, so I went in before the head went flat. Tentatively took a small sip, noted that it's slightly bitter - IPA maybe, and it changed to slightly orange. Amusing, teases the tongue, pleasantly vacillating. Reminds me of an old boyfriend - he couldn't make up his mind either. Good times. Neither taste is overwhelming, just a nice refreshing compliment, casual, best drunk in a oversized orioles shirt and flip flops in an Adirondack chair watching the ballgame. Huh. Looks like a repeat. I'd give it a good solid four on the head, taste, and buzziness. It was a neither here, nor there, middle of the road beer.

May 17, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was quite a disappointing beer. “Enjoy by 6/2/20” date printed on bottle. Pours a slightly murky rusty amber-orange color with a little fluffy white head with a vigorous pour and minimal scant lingering lacing. Smells of some muddled faint hops, stronger malt, caramel, bread, a little vanilla. Tastes similarly, malt was very forward and dominated the flavor profile. The hops were so muted I had to check the date of the beer to see if it was old - apparently not. The balance was very off and the strong malt and bread reminded me more of an English ale or bitter. Even the orange was very faint and distant. Mild thin mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Not a bad beer but definitely didn’t feel like an IPA and I expected more from this solid brewery.

Apr 23, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, amber/orange appearance with an average size white head and good lacing. Orange leads the list of aromatic hops followed by a touch of grain. The flavor profile includes grapefruit and pine in addition to the orange. Maltiness is minimal. Aftertaste stays dry and bitter. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

Apr 22, 2020
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mschenk from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion this is a superior beer. There is just enough taste of blood orange to make it true to it's name. The aroma also has notes of orange as well as some maltiness. I could enjoy a few of these on a hot day (which today is)

Sep 05, 2019
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maddogruss from New Jersey

2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: pours light orange body with small white head with ok retention and lacing
S: not much of a smell; some earthiness
T: earthy, hoppy taste; very slight orange taste, but overwhelmed by the hops
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
O: ok mouthfeel and taste combo; I expected more orange taste, especially given such a sweet orange, but still a nice drinking beer, just not a good blood orange pale ale

Aug 17, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear amber with a nice head and good lacing.
Smell: Strong blood orange aroma. Grapefruit, some malt aroma.
Taste: Slightly caramel malt sweetness up front. Orange and grapefruit in the middle with a blood orange aftertaste. Peppery hops. Fairly dry overall. Nice and balanced.
Feel: Crisp, effervescent bubbles.
Overall: This is a really well-done beer, very fun to drink.

Apr 14, 2019
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Spellogue from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap was on nitro poured into pint mason jar in a Gastropub in Perrysburg,Ohio.
Lovely coppery orange clear beer under a persistent 1/4 inch ivory head. Lacing was so thick as to simply coat the glass for half of my draught leaving complex patterning of plaits and varying sized patterning to the last drop.
Scent of spicy orange peel and floral hops with an antiseptic twinge.
Very tasty. Hop bitterness and orangey sweetness up front balancing with honeyed, slightly bitter, bready maltiness.
Juicy finish to of rock candy, hops, and orange peel.
Medium body matches perfectly with the flavor profile. Delivering all flavor aspects quickly across the palate.
The nitro pour did a lot to make this beer shine. Hop/orange zest balance was artful in this fruit ipa.

Apr 02, 2019
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justme from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out revealing and slightly reddish golden brew. Had good body and flavor. Definitely tasted of Blood Orange, but well balanced. After all it’s an Ale, not a fruit salad. Would have liked it more with less hops. The bitterness seems gratuitous in this situation

Jan 01, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has a glowing, hazy golden color. Sudsy thick head with good retention and lacing, some floaters and other sediment are in the beer.

Aroma constitutes mostly oranges/orange peel and grapefruit with pine, other notes of mild tropical hops: like pineapple and mango. Caramel is also present, along with many other derivatives of orange.

Taste is mostly just oranges, blood oranges particularly. There is some mango and grapefruit, but the oranges dominate the palette and leave the rest out unfortunately. Feels lightly smooth.

Dec 14, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superb hazy, quite full on with sour blood oranges in the aroma and the taste is just as intensive although while keeping the ale character, not making it a Sour or a fruit beer... You can smell and taste the blood orange pulp full on though, and the way the incorporate it into the taste- or rather the feel? - is just phenomenal. Another great thing is that the 7% ABV gives it an ever so slight booziness that makes you think that the oranges actually fermented themselves...
I need to say that Flying Dog makes exceptional brews and this is no exception! I was totally satisfies with this beer, loved how orangey yet still a perfect ale it was. Recommended,

Nov 20, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: My friend Gregg
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received July 31, 2018
Consumed: Aug. 1, 2018
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Enjoy by Nov. 4, 2018 at 1:03 p.m. ET

Thanks, Gregg!

Was lucky enough to get two of these cans from Gregg, who picked them up from the East Coast. I’m a sucker from blood orange, so was looking forward to this one. Online description read, “Originally a small-batch release in the spring of 2013. Bloodline is brewed with blood orange peel and blood orange juice and hits the perfect balance between citrus sweetness and bitterness. Bloodline begins with huge grapefruit on the nose. Then, a delicate balance of citrus sweetness and bitterness. Try it with grilled light proteins, salads with fruity vinaigrettes, and fresh salsa.” Hops mentioned were Northern Brewer, Citra and Galaxy, with the malts labeled as rye and caramel.

Poured an amber clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass at differing speeds. Excellent spiderweb foamy lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled caramel malt, orange peel (becoming more blood orange peel later), hard orange candy, orange zest, nectarine and honey brown bread. More blood orange, especially orange juice, from the can. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted a little better than the nose. Not too much blood orange, which I could appreciate. Got blood orange peel, hard orange candy, orange zest, bitter nectarine skin, grapefruit, mango, orange juice, Citra, woody pine, peppery spice and herbal. Grew on me as it went down. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively-to-average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was very good overall. Grew on me as it went down. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+

Aug 09, 2018
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CHickman from New York

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More of a session IPA with blood orange in it, this is crisp, zesty and easy to drink. Nose is soft and timid, but complex enough to keep my attention. A solid offering on a nice hot summer night.

Aug 06, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From cervezasespeciales. 5 months after bb. In Teku glass. Reading Intro to Python Ch19. Soft, with orangey notes and maybe a bit metallic. Not unpleasant but boring, probably because of its age

Aug 04, 2018
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A slightly better than average IPA flavored with blood orange. There's just enough juicy sweet goodness to provide a balance for the grapefruit rind/lemony IPA lurking underneath.

Aug 03, 2018
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Ahypercube from California

4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I flew this lovely brew back home from Virginia because I wanted to review it in a comfortable space. It came in a mixed 12 pack with The Truth, Snake Dog, and Raging Bitch. It surprised me because I didn't expect the fruit IPA to be my favorite.

L: As always I have to give props to Steadman's riveting art. Every label is as refreshingly visceral and bold as the beers. Into a nonic pint, it poured with a sudsy white head and a golden orange body. Some very transparent sediment seems to be swirling amid the bubble streams.

S: Strong orange rind and pine punch the nose, followed by some softer tropical notes of pineapple and mango with a tangy juicy citrus presence that is distinctively blood orange. A hint of barley malt comes through, but not much.

T: Pungent citrus pith strikes first, washed down with juicy blood orange and grapefruit and tangerine, with a finish like you're munching on a stalk of fresh thyme. Malt presence minds its business on the sidelines.

F: Juicy and thick, but tart and crisp with a lingering clingy biterness. Little too much of the "I'm literally eating a plant" sticky feel on the finish, but maybe that's just the price of that hoppy bite.

O: Let's be clear, this is no sissy fruit beer. This is not a "Your girlfriend might actually like that IPA" kind of beer. This is a beer-lover's IPA that just happens to be flavored with real fruit.

Jul 23, 2018
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JamieSiebold from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stuff isn’t my favorite but I get in the mood for it at times. It’s great if you’re looking for a mildly hoppy ipa with a bit of sweetness. It’s not insanely bitter or boozey like a lot of ipa’s being created these days. Overall I would say it’s above average but not spectacular.

May 05, 2018
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BeerMan247 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traditional IPA Tate but not overwhelmingly hoppy like some others. As much as I loved the initial taste, there’s a strange aftertaste I found hard to get used to.

Apr 28, 2018
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Pours clear and amber with one finger of white foam and some slick lace.
The nose is fairly weak but does have good, juicy hop, caramel and bread malt aromas.
Taste is crisp and moderately bitter. The mild hops balance well with lightly sweet bread malt.
Mouth feel is crisp before turning frothy. Body is medium with high carbonation.
Very drinkable and good but seems more like amber ale to me.

Mar 17, 2018
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - good looking golden color with sticky lacing
Smell - Sweet and bitter orange citrus scents
taste - pretty bitter slight orange taste
feel - medium body with a fizzy carbonation
Overall - to bitter with not enough good taste

Mar 08, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle. Light orange with a decent amount of white head. Citrus smell. Juicy citrus taste with muted hops. Since some hop varieties are citrusy, I'm not entirely sure what is coming from the fruit and what is coming from the hops. Anyway, it's interesting and worth trying.

Jan 12, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a nice slightly orangey amber with a modest head, soon reducing to a very thin layer and leaves lacing as you drink it. Some blood orange scent in the nose....some blood orange taste in the mouth. Nice!

Dec 23, 2017
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Vader444 from Scotland

2.4/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Can poured into tulip glass.

I hate to knock a Flying Dog beer; they are the brewery that was my introduction to craft beer. However this is fairly bland stuff. The base beer is ok I guess but I’ve had much better blood orange IPAs from the likes of Beavertown that this is a real disappointment in comparison.

Dec 06, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/3/17...pours mostly copper with fizzy white foam, Sitting atop. Heavy citrus nose with a lemon orange blend. Pulpy citrus taste, firm bitter, rinds and grapefruit lead the close. Juicy. Kicks you at the end.

Dec 02, 2017
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