Flying Dog Counter Culture

Posted: September 1, 2015 in American Amber/Red Ale, Flying Dog Brewery, Reviews

Here’s a beer that Val picked up for me. The label, as explained below, is a departure from the normal Flying Dog labels. It’s also their newest year-round brew.

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ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “No one has ever turned critics on their head, made the public scratch their heads, or got out of their own head by following the mainstream. The truly innovative embrace the unrest and live for the Counter Culture. Introducing the newest member of our year-round portfolio: A uniquely robust malt-forward ale our hop-centric brewers spent over two years developing. In that same light, the indelible Ralph Steadman supplied art that is, in many ways, counter to his renowned style of illustration. His replica of Leonard Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ was painted during a time when Ralph wholly immersed himself in Da Vinci’s style and work, and spent years – like our brewers, perfecting his work.”

Random: It makes me quite happy that the Brewhouse Rarities from Flying Dog are more readily available in my area. There have been some really good things coming from that series.

This beer poured with a two finger, off white head that dissipated slowly, but left no lacing. There was a slight crown left on the glass. The body was a clear, chestnut color with moderate carbonation. The nose had notes of a caramel malts and spice. The taste had marked spice with some sweet malt as well. The body was overly thin with very light carbonation. There was no booze to this beer either. It had a quick finish with spice and rye. This was $2.00 for the single bottle, which came to $.17 per ounce. This beer was only alright to me, without much complexity. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again. I could see how this would appeal to a broad audience though.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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