Name of beer
Flying Dog Pale Ale
Flying Dog Brewery
Frederick, Maryland, USA
What the brewer says
“Style. As innate as its brother Cool, it can’t be learned. Buried deep beneath the relics of awkward trends and hip nostalgia, the truth remains – the moment you lay claim to having IT…it’s gone. But rest easy, young soldier. What you have in your hand is all the style you need.”
Let’s start with the brewer’s wording above. Frankly, it says nothing about the beer (ok, nobody says you have to) and risks screaming of style over substance. Opening the bottle, I hope that this isn’t the case for the beer itself.
But, before I get to that, I have to state from the start that I had a bit of a cold when I tried this, so I can’t say that my taste buds were definitely 100% and when I get the opportunity to try this again, I will revisit and update this post where necessary.
Don’t get me wrong; this is nice and I will definitely have it again. It just disappointed a little, because the aroma really got my mouth watering. A real hit of hops – and I love a hoppy beer – charmed my nose (God, that sounds pretentious).
True, though. I was hooked before I’d tasted it.
And yes, the initial taste landed hoppily on the front of my mouth. Sadly, it fell flat after a short, few seconds and the taste tailed off far too quickly, leaving little in the way of aftertaste.
It wasn’t an unpleasant flatness, just a little underwhelming, considering the aroma and initial taste.
So, in essence, I’d say it looks great, smells great, tastes gr…oh! Flying Dog Pale Ale, I shall return…
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I’m 44, I don’t (always) have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more