Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager



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RATINGS: 1346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2003
This definitely trends more towards an ale in taste an a lager in body. The flavor reminded me of Dogwood Pale Ale. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diablokev (179) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2003
The aroma is a bit yeasty light hoppy. The appearance is a honey like amber with a thin off white head. The flavor is light hoppy with a hint of a yeasty aftertaste. The beer is clean and smooth. Overall anothe ok brew from the brewery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Panzuriel (2076) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Amber color with a nice head. sharp and tangy aroma. Flavor is somewhat lacking. A bit watery and finishing quickly. Decent if a bit watery texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2892) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
This is my favorite of the steam style. Although I see nothing that great about the style. Kind of a middle ground between a lager and an ale. Anchor invented the style but its well copied here. Overall a good beer especially for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dwyerpg (5879) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Nice red-orange color. Interesting flavor that finishes with a nasty taste in the front of the mouth-whatever taste buds those are. Not amazing but not bad, at first, but as the beer goes on, I feel like not finishing it, just like the in-heat wheat

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BillKismet (3949) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Orangish red appearance with a head that fades into a ring and a mildewy aroma of stagnant hops and steam. Very bland tasting, the flavor has been steam-rolled out of this beer--what remains is a flat, lifeless pablum, drinkable but with a taste like rubber water why bother?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Once again art lures me into buying a bad beer. Well, not bad but not good either. This was a bizarre amber (I'm not familiar with the "California Common" labeling) that trades any and all hops for water - on top of all this you've got a very pervasive malt presence that does little more than sit around trying to be productive, but only lets you know what isn't there rather than what is. I can list a hundred things this beer is lacking, but little it has. This is not what beer should do. I'm not a lager drinker so this isn't tailored to me anyhow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Watery. Looks like it would taste awesome, nice head and beautiful amber color. Sadly, this is not the case.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Not much to offer in means of flavor. Good carbonation, mmmmmm fizzy. Overall pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2003 quite pale for an amber. Nice white head. Faint hops aroma. Starts like a lager, finishes with a hint of citrus and very light hops. I'm not sure why it's classified as a California Common--the Flying Dog site calls it a Klsch, which seems more like it (I upgraded my ratings when I saw that, because it 'fits' that style). This would be a good "step-up" beer for American Lager drinkers.

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