Flying Dog

FLYING DOG BREWERY

Flying Dog began brewing beers in 1990 and is currently operating out of Frederick, MD.  “Flying Dog stands for not only extraordinary beer, but also for standing tall, doing great things, and not letting anyone make you eat shit.”  They produce year-round ales as well as seasonal ales and imperial ales.  Their Raging Bitch Belgian IPA caused them some controversy; mainly because yuppies can’t stand profanity and certain artwork.  Don’t judge a book by its cover; drink the beer.

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Year-Round/Seasonals:

DOGGIE STYLE: 89 Points

Tastes good after some doggie style!

This pale ale has an IBU of 35 and is available year-round.

Brewer’s Description: “Perfect balance of smooth malt and crisp hops.”

My Description: This is a great pale ale that is delicious and enjoyable. The head was pretty weak for this style but it did leave some good lacing. The aroma is plentiful with the scent of hops that smelled of grapefruit and evergreens; this pale ale smells great. This tastes just like it supposed to, smooth & crisp with some bitterness and a slight taste of malt. This beer is medium bodied and carbonated just right for that easy drinking feel. This is your typical pale ale, nothing exciting, just refreshing. It is best served around 42°F and pairs nicely with fish & chips, burgers, or chili.

ABV: 5.5% Color: Dark Gold/Orange Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 6/10

HORN DOG (2011): 91 Points

Brings out the horn dog in you

Part of their Canis Major Series, this Barleywine has a limited release each year and is available in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Malty sweet with hints of brown fruits (i.e. figs, dates, raisins) and a warming alcohol tingle.”

My Description: I’m liking this barleywine, mainly because I was in the mood for something sweet. So, if you are looking for a more balanced or bitter barleywine, keep shopping. It has a good sized, tan colored head that lasts the whole way, which is impressive considering the ABV. The aroma smells of sweet malt, a touch of licorice, and some darker fruits like dates. It is a more medium bodied barleywine that is really smooth and definitely gets better as it warms up. Up front you will taste flavors of sweet malt accompanied by a touch of dark fruits. The alcohol is apparent but not intrusive, it’s more of a characteristic or flavor that fits well. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter, but it is still a barleywine that is on the sweet side. It is best served around 60°F and pairs nicely with blue cheese, fruit desserts, or a spicy chicken dish.

ABV: 10.2% Color: Caramel Brown Sweetness: 5.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

IN-HEAT WHEAT: 81 Points

In-Heat Anyone?

This hefeweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles. It has an IBU of 12 and it is recommended to serve this in a pilsner glass.

Brewer’s Description: “This German-Style Hefe is great with complementing (fruitiness) or contrasting (seafood spices like Old Bay) flavors. Brewer also notes that this will have huge banana and clove notes.

My Description: At first glance of this hefeweizen after I poured it, it almost looked filtered because there were barely any yeast sediment floating around. This does not alter the flavor but aesthetics do play a role in how you perceive flavor. Nevertheless, this beer has poor head retention with minimal lacing. The aroma contains minor spice and clove notes that are pleasing and expected. You will pick up on the spice and cloves and soon as this hits the tip of your tongue followed by more spice in the aftertaste accompanied by a little bubblegum type flavor. You can pick up on the banana very minimally considering that the brewer says the banana is huge. Not the best hefeweizen I’ve ever had but you will enjoy it nonetheless. It’s lighter bodied, smooth, and easy drinking. It would pair nicely with Gorgonzola dishes, chicken wings, or salads. A six pack will go for around $7-$9 dollars.

ABV: 4.7% Color: Very Light Caramel Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.3/10

K-9 CRUISER: 72 Points

Could have been better

This Winter Ale has an IBU of 30 and is available in the winter season in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Sweet malt base with roasted, nutty, and spicy flavors.”

My Description: I think Flying Dog forgot to add a few things to their description: “it is unnecessarily bitter, the hops taste horrible, and you will leave with a taste in your mouth reminiscent of just smoking a stale Mexican cigar. Enjoy.” That should have been added so I could have just put this back on the shelf. It’s got some good things going for it though like the aroma; it smells rather sweet with notes of dark fruit and a hint of spice. The head is decent in size but fades quickly leaving a few laces here and there. The taste is where this beer dissapoints. It is pretty good in the front of your mouth with notes of roasted malt, dark fruit and winter spices. It is medium bodied and carbonated accordingly to the style. But once you swallow, everything just gets messed up. There is this moderate bitterness that does not belong because it ruins the swallow. Not only is it bitter but the hops taste sharp and old. Then there is this alcohol taste that seems too prominent for a 7.4% beer. The flavors don’t work together and this could have been better with less hops and better preparation. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with winter ham or a burger. Save your fine cigars for a beer more worthy of the smoke.

ABV: 7.4% Color: Clear Brown/Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

NECKLACE OYSTER STOUT: 94 Points

I love oysters, nicely done!

This Oyster Stout has an IBU of 35 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Pearl Necklace is brewed with local Rappahannock River Oysters.”

My Description: Now this isn’t going to taste like an oyster per se but there are definitely some mineral/salty notes that remind you of eating a raw oyster; this addition to a traditional stout works only if the brewer’s know what they are doing. Fortunately this beer is made with care and quality ingredients. It has a big and bountiful, beige colored head that retains beautifully and produces some good lacing. The aroma is clean and expected with notes of roasted malts, dark malts, coffee, and a touch of mineral/saltiness. It is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The beer is creamy with flavor notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. You should also taste some salt at the tip of your tongue and lips that resembles salt water, this is the oyster part. There is also some lingering saltiness and slight bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a great representation of the style and I highly enjoyed it. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with raw oysters of course, fish & chips, or grilled white fish.

ABV: 5.5% Color: Black Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

RAGING BITCH: 92 Points

Usually I hate bitches.

Part of their Canis Major Series, this Belgian Style IPA has an IBU of 60. It is available year-round in limited releases in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Sweet malt body contrasted with pine and grapefruit hop flavors and exotic fruit yeast notes.”

My Description: This brew will give that IPA bitterness but accompanies it with some yeast flavors to shake it up a bit. It has a fluffy tan colored head that retains really well and produces some great lacing. This has a big citrus hop aroma that smells great. You will also pick up on fragrant notes of pepper, piney hops, and a hint of bubblegum. This beer is roughly medium bodied with a good carbonation level. The flavors work nicely together to give you an enjoyable experience. Up front, there will be subtle notes of clove and Belgian yeast which lead into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter with a hint of fruity sweetness. The finish is dry with little to no alcohol flavor. The lingering bitter taste could have been better but overall the beer is delicious. It is best served around 42°F and pairs nicely with jerk chicken, andouille sausage, or beef brisket.

ABV: 8.3%  Color: Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 7/10

UNDERDOG ATLANTIC LAGER: 84 Points

Underdog for a reason

This lager is available year-round on draft and in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Underdog is light and refreshing with crisp hop character.”

My Description: This lager will quench your thirst on that hot day but won’t necessarily satisfy your taste buds. It has a good sized, bright white head with an average retention level and some pretty good lacing. The aroma is nice and mild with fragrant notes of hops accompanied by an apparent bread-like smell.  It is roughly light/medium bodied with a medium carbonation level and a crisp finish. The flavors of malt in the beer are faint and there is a sharp bitter aftertaste that’s seems out of place.  Overall, it’s a good beer but it’s an underdog for a reason. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with burgers, pizza, or BBQ.

ABV: 4.7%  Color: Clear Gold  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

WOODY CREEK: 86 Points

Respectable Witbier

Respectable Witbier

This Belgian Style Witbier is released in the Summer seasons in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This unfiltered and traditionally spiced Wit beer is brewed with coriander and bitter orange peel.”

My Description: This Belgian Witbier is refreshing and welcoming on that hot summer day. It begins with a decent, white colored head that fades to a film and holds the whole way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma smells nice with notes of coriander, pepper spice, some citrus, and some malt. It is lighter bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The beer is rather thin and at some points felt watered down but the flavors did hold their own. There are notes of wheat malt, coriander, pepper spice, and some floralness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and clean. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken sandwiches, coconut shrimp, or sauteed snapper.

ABV: 4.7%  Color: Light Gold  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10