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Ideal for the Lager drinker who prefers amber beers, the "Scratch" is a smooth, malt-accentuated lager. Brewed in the "Steam-Style" tradition, scratch is a so-called hybrid beer that is fermented at medium temperatures to develop some ale and lager characteristics.
Ingredients: Water; Malted barley; Malted wheat; Hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Wow, my first steam beer, without even trying...the label calls this an amber. Well I donít get very excited about ambers, so this turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Soft aroma of pound cake and circus peanut candy (very faint). Malty in a pseudo-Belgian fashion, with apricot and other light fruit coming into play. There are definitely ale characteristics present. Understated, earthy hops, and a light texture. Definitely the class of the Flying Dog sampler pack Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2002
Iím glad to be tasting another steam beer as theyíre pretty damn hard to find (this is only my fourth). The steaming definitely has imparted many malty ale characteristics making it more complex and sweet than most lagers. Iím almost certain I like this better than Anchor Steam because of this beerís smooth drinkability. Could use more aroma and the Flying Dog labels just donít work for me - too hard to read.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rhino (57) - USA - OCT 31, 2002

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMaster (68) - Denville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2002
I liked this amber lager. It is a refreshing change from those other watered down big brewer lagers out there. Got some malt and a good blend make this one of Flying Dogís better brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Medium abmber hue. SMall beige head. Aroma of fruit, pears, sweet malt, grain. Definately has ale characteristics. Juicy, sweet at first, medium to light bodied, caramel accents throughout. Nothin special here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Pretty malty. I really like Flying Dog because of the Ralph Steadman packaging, rather than the actual beer. Iím not a huge fan of steam beer, but this one is pretty good. Malty, somewhat roasty, without much in the way of hops. The initial sip is pretty powerful, especially if itís your first beer of the evening, but lacks a bit in the finish. Not necessarily a bad thing, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5645) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2002
I swear this smells like sausage pizza, so how could I NOT like it? Nice orange-red hue. Milky to the mouth with a surprising caramel/smoky malt. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5470) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2002
I expected a high grade Killianís when I saw íAmberí - pleasantly surprised. The aroma is that of a fruity belgian ale with a nice thick orange/amber appearance. Good mouthfeel to start off with but diminshes quickly. I bought a mixed six of this Flying Dog - hope all are this good. The Pink Floyd íThe Wallí labels have got to go though - can barely read the type of beer that it is!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
Orange amber color with little head or lace. the aroma is full of malt and the flavor is malty with a hint of hops in the middle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1148) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Just a smooth drinking lager with nice color. Easy to drink a sixer of this one. Good summer beer. One of my favís from the Flying Dog. Wish it was sold up here.

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