Archive for the ‘Flying Dog Brewery’ Category

What better selection of beer for the morning than a coffee beer? I don’t have much experience in cold-press coffee, but this beer sounded interesting to me. Flying Dog always puts out unique combinations in their beers and some really work and others aren’t as great, but that’s why they’re only available for a limited time. Let’s crack this one open.


ABV: 6%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer screams for desserts. Try re-creating your favorite raspberry caramel macchiatocchino with whipped cream and a dark chocolate drizzle by pairing this bad boy with a range of your favorite sweets.”

Random: This comes in at 15 IBUs.

The beer poured with half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was almost black with no visible carbonation. On the nose, I instantly picked up cold-pressed coffee and smoke. There was also some ash. The taste was, not surprisingly, filled with cold-pressed coffee. Smoke came through with some cocoa powder and dark chocolate. The ash characteristic was even more pronounced in the taste and was almost like sticking your face in an ashtray. The body was thick and there was very little carbonation. The finish lasted forever and had a lot of ash and coffee. A bottle of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer lacked a bit of depth for me and had too much ash to it. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


The other half and I have been binge watching “Quantico” today. It’s a bit challenging to keep track of the plot since it takes place in two different time frames, but I still enjoy watching it. I tend to like crime shows, so this one is right in my wheelhouse. Although, this season is a bit more confusing since it now involves the characters being in both CIA training and still in the FBI. Either way, it’s better watching it with a beer.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Nutty and semi-sweet cheeses like Gouda and Gruyere, roasted sweet potatoes or butternut squash, pork with sweet glazes…and Mom’s pumpkin pie.”

Random: Butternut squash bisque is one of my favorite soups.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark, cloudy mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of pumpkin with cinnamon, wood and vanilla. On the nose, there weren’t any IPA notes. The taste was also filled with pumpkin notes. I picked up ginger, cinnamon and vanilla. There was also some grass and dried grapefruit. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with cinnamon and vanilla. A bottle of this was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. Conceptually, I found this beer to be really interesting, but I got way more pumpkin notes than IPA. Despite that, I enjoyed it a lot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Radlers and goses are becoming the new go-to styles. Almost every brewery has their rendition of them and they’re sessionable and very easy drinking. They also have a lot of flavor and a touch of tartness that I really enjoy. In New Jersey, their Brewhouse Rarities beers are becoming more widely available, I don’t have issues picking them up. It also seems like since we’ve gotten some more rare breweries in distribution, the Flying Dog beers stay on the shelves a little longer, so I got a shot to pick this up.


ABV: 4.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A fresh chèvre will bring out the fruity tartness of this unique beer.”

Random: This came in at 10 IBUs.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and lemon yellow and had moderate carbonation visible. The nose had ruby-red grapefruit juice along with some flower petals and bready malt. The taste started with bready malts and then went into notes of hibiscus. After that, the ruby-red grapefruit juice came through with grapefruit pith and peel. It had a touch of a tartness as well. The body was light with a lot of carbonation, making it a really easy drinker. It had a quick and floral finish. A bottle of this was $1.85, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer. It was an easy drinker and had a lot of flavor. I would get this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of the things that I had in Ohio which I enjoyed was peppered white gravy. I used to not be a big fan of it, but since I found it at restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I started to get used to it. That type of gravy reminds me of the south, much like a mint julep, which this beer is based on.


ABV: 6%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “If you’re not drinking this during the decadence and depravity that is the Triple Crown, you’re doing it wrong.”

Random: I think that breweries are starting to jump on the bandwagon of making beers based on cocktails. So far, I’m enjoying the trend.

The brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow. There was a decent amount of carbonation visible through the body. The nose had a lot of mint leaves up front with a floral note right after that reminded me of honeysuckle. Based on the nose, I thought that I was really going to enjoy this beer, but the taste was like the noise on steroids. It started with intense spearmint extract and grain after. A toasted oak characteristic came after, but the mint muted any other flavors that were in there. It had a body that was very light to the point of being watery with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and I couldn’t get rid of the peppermint taste. I picked the bottle up for $2.08, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I just wasn’t a fan of this beer, perhaps because I’ve never had the cocktail before, so I lack a frame of reference?

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

More and more breweries are doing Habanero IPAs, but I find them to be hit or miss (see my review of Ballast Point’s version here). Flying Dog’s Brewhouse Rarity series is equally hit or miss, so let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jim and Pam. Forest and Jenny. Snoop and Mary Jane. For our brewers, that couple that makes us all weak in the knees is Mango and Habanero. The combination of sweet mango and bold Habanero pepper has always been a favorite in casks of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, which inspired one brewer in particular to pitch a Mango Habanero IPA for our Brewhouse Rarities series. Brewhouse Rarities Mango Habanero IPA was released in February 2014 and flew off the shelves faster than we could brew it. We’re no psychics, but we took that as a sign that you wanted more. And after running it as a tasting room throwback late last year, our imaginary crystal ball was clear that this Mango Habanero IPA was ready to graduate to our year-round roster. Giving it a name that invokes the feeling of conquering an invading tribe, we now bring you Fever Dream. Fever Dream showcases a beautiful trifecta of fruit, heat and tropical fruit-forward hops. The balance of spicy and sweet that has been expertly dialed in, with the heat factor falling into the category where you can enjoy a few pints, rather than just one. We recommend trying this with your favorite Thai foods and curry, or on it’s own if food isn’t your thing.”

Random: I prefer jalapeno peppers to Habanero. I find jalapeno peppers to have a more crisp, vegetal taste.

This beer poured with a thin, one finger, ecru head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange and hazy with a lot of floaties and moderate carbonation. The nose started with grapefruit, mango and then bam, huge spice hit from the hot peppers. The taste started with a mango sweetness and malt quickly followed up in the form of lightly toasted malt. As I swallowed, the spice hit in the back of the throat with an astringent booze note that was unpleasant. Despite this being an IPA, the malt note was too strong and I wish it had more citrus flesh. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with malt and capsaicin heat. A bottle of this was $1.79 ($.15 per ounce). I found this beer to have citrus notes that were too muted and I wasn’t a fan at all. I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

When I first got into beer, one of my go-to beers was Flying Dog Raging Bitch (read my review of it here). I loved the integration of the hop flavor with Belgian yeast and it’s a beer that I still have with relative frequency. Val found this variant of Raging Bitch for me at the local liquor store and I was curious to see if this beer was a similar experience.


ABV: 8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pineapple and mango dominate with subtle passionfruit and sticky sweet, yet crisply bitter, hop notes. Give this beer a whirl with spicy Mexican and you’ll never go back to a mango margarita again.”

Random: I’m watching “Hollywood Game Night” and they are playing a game where they have to crank a jack in the box that shoots out confetti.

This beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head. It took awhile to dissipated and left some lacing on the glass with a crown as well. The body was a dusky orange color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of bright citrus – specifically orange. Then, the tropical fruit came through next with notes of pineapple, papaya and mango. I didn’t get any malt on the nose. The taste was aggressively bitter with more grapefruit then orange. The tropical fruit came next and pineapple stood out to me. It also had a certain herbal note with sage and white pepper. Again, no malt came through. The alcohol was well-integrated and it had a thick body. There was lots of carbonation to balance out the flavor. It had a lengthy finish with tropical fruit and strong bitterness. A single bottle of this was $1.92, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Although I respect Flying Dog a lot, I find the description of this beer misleading. If you’re into a fruity drink with an umbrella, this beer is not going to be for you. I can come up with a bunch of fruit beers that are much more appropriate for that comparison. Despite that, I enjoy a beer that pushes the limits. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Rich, roasted malt meets juicy pineapple and toasted coconut, making this beer the perfect replacement for anything that comes with a tiny umbrella.”

Random: I am craving coconut now.

The beer poured with a thick, two finger, light brown head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The nose had coconut, like the type of coconut you buy in a bag at the supermarket to make macaroons. It had some roasted malt and cocoa as well. I didn’t pick up any pineapple. The taste started like the typical stout with roasted malts, light smoke, and coffee. After the beer warmed a bit, I picked up some toasted coconut. At the end of the sip, I picked up canned pineapple, but it didn’t offer a huge amount of sweetness, which I appreciated. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a quick, milk chocolate finish. A single bottle of the beer set me back $1.92 a bottle ($.16 per ounce). This beer was alright, but if you’re going to call it a tropical stout, I want more coconut and pineapple.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0