Flying Dog Oaked Chipotle Ale

I was excited to see that Flying Dog came out with a heat series. My love of chile beers are well documented in the blog, so let’s get to it.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: Chile Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Your grill is begging you for some winter action, so brush off the snow and give it what it wants. You’ll thank us once you try your favorite grilled meats with this complex smoky and spicy beer. There’s something about spice that lures us in. Some sweat. Others tear up. Most reach for the water…and the antacids. With our new Heat Series, we want to elicit another feeling: Drinking up and saying ‘ahhh.'”

Random: The kittens have discovered squirrels. They fascinate Simcoe.

The beer poured with less than a half a finger of tan head that dissipated almost instantly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with reddish highlights. There was no carbonation visible and it was clear. The nose was medium-spiced chipotle peppers. I didn’t pick up the oak at all. I did pick up an earthy note from the chicory. The taste started with a lot of earthiness, most likely from the chicory. It had dark and roasted malts and a touch of smoke up front. Then, the heat hit with chipotles right as I was going to swallow it. I didn’t pick up oak or vanilla on this, but what came through after a few sips was slightly sweet, nutty malt. The body was medium thick with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with just enough heat. The single bottle was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce, which was a great value for the flavor of this beer. I loved this beer. It gave me exactly what I was looking for in a chile beer.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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