Flying Dog Spiced Pear Ale (Brewhouse Rarities)

Posted: April 3, 2016 in Flying Dog Brewery, Fruit/Vegetable Beer, Reviews

I haven’t had a beer from Flying Dog since November. Val really wanted to try it, so she gave a few sips to try. This is one of the more interesting beers that I’ve seen from them lately.

spicedpearale

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Each year, at least one our Brewhouse Rarities highlights local agriculture. Enter Spiced Pear Ale. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice were added to the boil, vanilla beans to the whirlpool, and fresh pear juice during conditioning to give it a spicy, cider-like character that highlights delicate pear notes. And at 6.8% ABV, it’s perfect for your fall fruit fix.”

Random: I wish more breweries would do a pear beer. I love the flavor of pears and I think they pair well with spices.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The body was a clear, amber color with light carbonation. The nose had notes of clove, allspice and pear juice. I didn’t pick up the cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla, so I was hoping for that in the taste. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of it in the taste either. The taste started with a skunky note and did have pear in it, but it didn’t taste like fresh pear juice, almost like musty pear juice. There was spice to it, which consisted of cinnamon and clove, but wasn’t nearly strong enough to take away from the off putting flavors. What surprised me was that I picked up some booze as well, which gave it astringent. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a very quick finish with musty pear and spice. I was so excited to try this beer (as was Val), but it was just difficult to drink and the execution wasn’t there.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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