MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #1600 from Liquor Barn, Louisville, KY. Pours orange brown with a medium creamy beige head. Lots of hops in the aroma: grapefruit and light pine. Flavor is sweet malts and of course, the big hop bite. I like it and it is, to me, easily Flying Dogís best beer.
heemer77 (5242) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2007 New rating, I previously had this as Wild Dog. My notes were pretty much the same. However, this one had a little more up front grapefruit. Nicely done.
Purchased my bottle in Paducah, KY on my return trip from the Nooga. Bottle number 1506. Pours a dark and hazy amber. A thin and persistent tan colored head. The aroma is sweet caramel and some hay. There is also grapefruit, peanuts and some pine. The taste is awesome. Notes of caramel, oak and vanilla. There is also bread crust, muted grapefruit and a little bit of pine. I love the malt backbone here. I imagine that the few months of aging probably smoothed out this big boy. I am very impressed. Flying Dog should consider making this a regular offering, but with a lower price tag.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #2824 Thanks to MAP for the bottle. Poured into a Trappist glass. Clear orange reddish color, thick head clings well to the glass. Wonderful aromas, tropical fruit, vanilla cookies, some citrus. Full smooth creamy body with low carbonation and a syrupy coating mouthfeel. Very Barlywine/Imperial IPA like in flavors. Rich fruity malt with loads of piney citrusy hops. Some caramel and vanilla notes, peaches, grapefruit and other notes of tropical fruit. Finish is a delicate bitterness and lingering notes of fruit and hops. Iím impressed with this brew and the only brew from Flying Dog Iíve ever enjoyed as much. They should make this level of beer more often. Thanks Mark!
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this beer. It remeinds me alot of DogFish 90. Good malt backbone, floral and pine hopps. Appearance is great with good lacing, copper color and slightly hazy. A good frothy off white head to boot. Aroma is nice with a significant pine hoppy aroma. Good blance in the finish from an initial sl sweet taste. All in all a good beer.
jgb9348 (5472) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy dark copper body with a large tan off-white head. Aroma of pure hops (dry hopped well), some caramel and a bunch of malt. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong hop flavours, a bunch of malt and some sweet caramel notes are noticeable. Aftertaste malty and yeastie-very full-bodied; Overall a decent beer-not perfect or great, but good to try this rarity. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 09-January-2005.
tobias (206) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle champagne corked: pours a hazy burnt orange color with a creamy off white head. the aroma is of carmel and citrus, with some apricot/peach. there is a strong malt flavor up front with a balancing citrusy/piney bitterness. this is a really good beer.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Auburn jello murk. Massive cascade of foam races up the sides of the glass after the pour creating an impressive sized crown of big bubbly outlet cover white. It sits at length before slowly diminshing to a hefty skim. A storm of lace nearly blankets the entire top of the glass with gooey curtains of foam. Beautiful.
Aroma has a supurbly delicate nature to its heft with a lovely array of tangerine skins, pineapple pulp, lemon skins, and orange pith. Those citrus tones keep a good amount of the action going while a semi coating of sprucey pine and bold caramel decorate the back. Very fresh, very soft, and very juicy, all while keeping an adequate amount of bulkyness.
Taste is also quite soft, fresh, and yeilding with a mild orangey tone of multi-layered hops and a moderately present caramel pitch. Fluffy and full of citrus parchment along the sides of the palate. Partial leafyness is aquired within the hop character with a general agreement between orange skins, grapefruit skins, and tangerine pith. But I tend to think and taste oranges here. Big and juicy. The chewy caramel backing smoothes out letting a fittingly, late enduced, spruce coating emerge from the back. Gets much sweeter on the tooth as it sits, gaining a sugary hop juice candy echoing the orange/grapefruit/tangerine with a bit more squeeze in a souring slant late in the finish. Leaves a generous heep of hopified orange soaked spruce across the entire palate after each sip and seemingly begins to build a home on your palate. This really grew on me. The build up of hops got better and better as I went. Very nice.
Feel is just over medium with a certain beefynees to its hold and character. Balanced more to towards the hop end, which I didnít mind as its overall softness and juicyness made for what Iíve come to like out of a Double IPA. One things for sure, it certainly turns your mouth to an orange-like cotton candy over time. Beautifully present, leafy, and citrufied juice layered hop housing from start to finish. Donít forget the caramel chaser. Which actually doesnít do much good as the orangey stuff just drives right through it like a snow plow through a dainty 3 inch snowfall. Wild dog is a big hop juice induced dreamsicle. Coming across with an orangey barleywine-like attitude that masquerades its aggressiveness very well. Itís Polite, but not letting go once youíve engaged in its friendly game of bitterness and sweet citrus.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Nice deep coppery ruddy brown. Nice citrusy aroma. Big malty sweet mouth and maybe hints of pears and carmel. Decent and appropriate bitter bite to finish. Some peppery alcohol warming. Body is nice and not thin. Well done.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Provided by rajendra. Thanks Raj!
Pours a lightly hazy deep copper. Huge, dense, deep ivory head. Intense lacing, big and chunky. Aroma is lots of citrusy bitterness. A strong biting grapefruit smell wafting up from the foam.
Taste is HOPS. Lots of big, citrusy hops. However, the big fruity maltiness cuts through from time to time to remind you this beer is 10% ABV. A slight rough alcohol burn that fades as you make your way through the glass. Long hoppy burn as it goes down the gullet. Mouth is surprisingly creamy and smooth for such an assertive beer. Bitter citrus aftertaste, like orange rind. Full bodied and bold. Oh so tasty. In the words of RCM, "Good God Almighty! Yes indeed!"
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy orange, off white head. grapefuity and pear aroma with roasted malt and hard candy. smooth mouthfeel. caramelized malty flavours with roasted carrot and orange, leafy, pithy bitter finish. tasty.