RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Big hop bite and a bitterness that lingers into the finish. Nicely balanced by the malt backbone. Very nicely done. League of Strange Beer Drinkers approved! RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Dark gold to copper pour with a thin off-white head. Floral, citrusy hop aroma. Lots of malt in the flavor, and also hints of light dried fruits. Good hop bitterness to balance out the maltiness. A very fine brew. SpringsLicker (3617) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Thanks to Goldtwins for this one.
This is one of Flying dogs better efforts.
Big, bold and hoppy, this starts with a deep gold pour that provides plenty of malt and hop aroma. Some sweetness and alcohol, but overall not too shabby. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 I could smell the hops from the minute I unlodged the cork (and I do mean unlodge since it required a corkscrew). Dark golden and slightly hazy appearance. The smell is very promising. Hops are similar to 90 minute but more smoothed out by the malt. The malt is initially good in being able to carry the hop but then gets carried away and becomes cloyingly sweet. Each sip confirms this. Aroma and initial taste are good, but the sweetness on the finish is overdone.
re-rate march ’07 12oz bottle - much more balanced. Big hops and big sweet fruity malt. Well done. Terminus (3679) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2005
bottle #94-shared with whaleman-thanks to my secret santa for sending this brew my way. pours a rich cpooer hue with a small off-white rocky head. resiny, piney sugary hop aroma. flavors were very hoppy-resiny and piney with a touch of sweetness. high bitterness. pretty straight forward but effective. easily the best FD beer so far. I wish they would make something like this as a regular. THis beer is kinda like double bastard with a dose more hops. a very nice ASA.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Copper body with a ruby tone and a thick and foamy off-white head. Very fresh, big hoppy nose with notes of grapefruit, mango, juniper and a fruity malt and crystal malt underbelly. Very hoppy, resinous flavor with lots of fresh evergreen qualities. Toasty malt background. This is a hop monster. Screams DIPA all the way. Whatever the style designation, Flying Dog hit the nail squarely on the head with this one. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2005
750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a hazy glowing amber-copper with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lace in my glass. Fresh hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous sticky pineapple and grapefruit flavors , has a full thick, sticky and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that finishes with a lingering hop bitterness, nice. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 I’m usually not crazy for the Flying Dog brews, but this one stands out among their products. Big, hoppy, rich, almost vinous flavors. A nice burgundy color and a good head with lovely lace. Really their best I’ve had.
Beaver (1791) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Bottle # 1981. Pours a hazy copper with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Its aroma is sweet and spicy malts with some pepper and some fruitiness (maybe pear or apple) and some candy like sugar and a small hint of floral hops. More of a barley wine aroma than a DIPA.
The flavor is sweet caramel and sugary malts with some melon fruitiness initially. It is followed by a strong hop bitterness that leaves a lingering oily aftertaste. There is a smoky alcohol present as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.
Overall, one of Flying Dog’s better beers, but I thought the sweetness and bitterness was a little harsh and unbalanced; the sugary melon and hop bitterness just didn’t blend well to me - it was tough to finish. I kept thinking of Young’s Old Nick as I drank this. I got it for $8.50 on sale, which is too pricey for me to get again.
caramel/golden color with a hint of red. aroma is initially piney hops, with a buttery aroma coming on quickly. nose may even be a bit vegetal. flavoris a nice mixture of piney hopsand moderately sticky caramel. flavor is medium to full-bodied with a subtle alcohol burn. i’m really enjoying the pininess of this beer...it’s not quite yulesmith or hog heaven pininess, but it’s still pretty damn good.