Archive for the ‘Flying Dog Brewery’ Category

Here’s another beer that I tried at Surf Taco. I found it to be a more appropriate choice than the other Mexican lagers.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “No requiere playa. That’s right; no beach required. Introducing Numero Uno Summer Cerveza, our just-released summer seasonal that begs for warm temps and long nights. Originally released as Agave Cerveza in the summer of 2014 as part of our Brewhouse Rarities program, it’s the artisanal answer to the easy-drinking, south-of-the-border slammers the younger versions of ourselves knew and loved. Flaked maize makes up one third of the malt bill and highlights the distinctive corn and cracker flavor traditionally found in Mexican lagers. Agave is added at the end of the boil and the lime peel post-fermentation to impart a distinct, zesty character and a crisp, clean finish. Your new Summer Cerveza clocks in at 4.9% ABV.”

Random: Route 1 traffic on Cinco De Mayo is insane because one of the only Mexican chains in the area is on that road.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very mild. It had some corn and grain and not much else. The taste had an agave note with lime and corn. There was a thought of citrus in this, but really not much to get from it. It reminded me of a more complex Corona (which I realize that I’ve never reviewed). The body was medium thickness for the style with moderate to high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with agave and corn. For the style, this was a decent beer, but nothing I would search out. With that being said, it’s a better option than many American lagers.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Since the beer scene has really taken off, it’s been so easy to find Flying Dog’s Brewhouse Rarities. This one sounded interesting, so I picked it up.

ABV: 7%

Style: English Brown Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) is a leguminous tree in the family Fabaceae indigenous to tropical Africa. The genus Tamarindus is a monotypic taxon, having only a single species. The tamarind tree produces pod-like fruit, which contain an edible pulp that is used in cuisines around the world. Other uses of the pulp include traditional medicine and metal polish. The wood can be used for woodworking, and Tamarind seed oil can be extracted from the seeds. Because of the tamarind’s many uses, cultivation has spread around the world in tropical and subtropical zones.”

Random: I got a rechargeable cordless screwdriver and it makes outdoor furniture projects so much easier.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left a bit of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and mahogany in color. It had just enough carbonation. The nose had a sour aspect to it with a lot of citrus peel. There was also some toasted malt and nuttiness that was an interesting contrast to the citrus. The taste, on the other hand, started off super malty. There was a lot of brown bread and toasted malt with some peanuts as well. The tamarind flavor was muted and didn’t pair well with the toasted malt. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and malty. A bottle of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer just wasn’t for me. I wouldn’t be opposed to trying another beer with tamarind, but maybe not one with a brown ale base.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val is not a big fan of anything peach flavored, but loves actual peaches. I think she bought this beer for me, although she had no interest in trying it. Let’s crack it open.

whitepeachsaison

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 1990, George founded the Flying Dog Brewpub in Aspen, Colorado. From that brewpub to a full-fledged Denver brewery (co-founded by George and his longtime friend and partner, Richard McIntyre**) in 1994, and then to our current state-of-the-art brewing facility in Frederick, Maryland, Flying Dog continues to make sense.”

Random: I haven’t bought a Flying Dog beer for myself in a long time.

The beer poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright yellow in color. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was strong with peach puree and white peppercorns. There was also some apricot as well. The taste had a touch of tartness, but was quickly followed up with peach flesh and white peppercorns. There was some yeast as well, but peach was the definitive flavor. It also had some wheat. The body was very light with a decent amount of carbonation, but could have used a bit more. It had a quick finish with peaches. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I liked this beer, but it didn’t strike me as a saison, more like a Berliner weisse. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again, but I’m glad that I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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.

coldpressporter

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.

gourdstandard

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.

hibiscusgrapefruitradler

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.

mintjulepale

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