Beer 392/365 – Flying Dog In Heat Wheat

Flying Dog In Heat Wheat

Style: Hefeweizen

ABV: 4.7%

Purchased at: Seaside Deli – Ocean City Maryland

What makes this beer different: Tastes like a traditional hefe, but lighter in body and a little boozy

Will I be drinking this again: I bought a 6 pack, and it is an easy drinker for the summertime.

Grade: B

4/25/2011: Sorry! I know I was due for an update yesterday, but I am on vacation for a week before I start the new job. The weather has been high 70’s, and sunny as hell. So needless to say I have been outside a lot, golfing, drinking, grilling etc etc. A day late is better than never right?

Flying Dog In Heat Wheat must be filtered because it is pretty damn clear for a hefe. The nose is classic hefe, a lot of banana and a bit of clove. The flavor is similar; banana and clove with some trace of a spice I can’t put my finger on. The thing that kills this beer is the mouthfeel is very light, and the ABV actually is semi-noticable for a 4.7% abv beer. Overall its a decent beer for a hot summer day, but not a hefe I would go out of my way to find again.

Picture of the day: The fresh prince worked up a pretty hefty cab fare

Beer 310/365 – Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen

Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen

Style: Marzen / Oktoberfest

ABV: 5.3%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not much, its just pretty average.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not.

Grade: B

9/14/2010: Before doing my 365 I never trid any flying dog beer, but now that I have had a few I would probably have to put them in my top 10 favorite. Raging Bitch and Gonzo Imperial Porter are two of my favorite beers in their respective styles. I also love their artwork on their labels. So why not give Dogtoberfest a shot even though I know nothing about the beer.

The nose is grainy, and quite earthy. The flavor isn’t intrusive, but there just isn’t enough of it. Toasted malt, grainy, and a little hint of spice? Maybe from the hops? Hard to tell. Mouthfeel is actually very good, smooth and semi-full with nice carbonation. Not bad, but needs more flavor.

Picture of the day: Now excepting studants.

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Beer 271/365 – Flying Dog Raging Bitch

Flying Dog Raging Bitch

Style: Belgian IPA

ABV: 8.3%

Purchased at: Sent to me as an extra by Jared

What makes this beer different: This beer convinced me that I need to drink more Belgian IPA’s

Will I be drinking this again: Hell yeah, this beer is awesome. Almost perfect marriage between an American IPA and a Belgian Tripel.

Grade: A

8/6/2010: Is this seriously my first Belgian IPA so far? I know I have had a few in the past (Chouffe, Piraat, Wild Devil), but I don’t remember any of them really wowing me. I’m actually kind of surprised this isn’t a more popular style here in the states. The belgian yeast used really cuts of the “sharpness” that hops tend to give to regular American IPAs. Which would be appealing to people who like the flavor of hops, but not the bitterness.

The nose is full of the classic slightly funky belgian yeast, with some “vibrant” citrus hop characteristics. The flavor really took me by surprise as I wasn’t expecting much. The first thing you notice even before the flavor is the mouthfeel, so creamy and amazing. You get that zesty light citrus punch usually associated with a Tripel, with a handful of hops hitting you on the way down. I know I keep saying this, but it really is an almost perfect yin and yang of an American IPA and Belgian. There is a ton of flavor going on for a beer of this style, and I forgot to mention that the ABV is hidden very very well. Do yourself a favor and pick one of these up if you have never tried it. Thanks Jared!

Picture of the day: I think they ripped this comic off from one of my favorite and most underrated comedies ever, Grandma’s Boy. Still funny though.

Published in: on August 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm  Comments (3)  
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Beer 164-365 – Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Style: Baltic Porter

ABV: 7.8%

Purchased at: One of my winnings from the superbowl poll

What makes this beer different: Strong but very drinkable

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, this beer just jumped onto the top of my “favorite porter” list.

Grade: A

4/21/2010: Is this really my first beer from Maryland? I guess they really don’t have a lot of big time breweries down there so maybe this isn’t such a big surprise. On that note if you ever want to see what beers I have had from a certain state just click in the tag cloud along the right-hand column.

Huge head on the pour of this beer. I had to sit around for a few minutes for it to die down until I would pour out the entire beer. Gonzo has a lot more of a hop smell than I thought it would, with some chocolate there also. The taste is very complex for a porter, roasty, pine/citrus hops, a lot of chocolate. I am sure there are more little flavors going on, but those are the main ones that hit me. A lot of nice carbonation, almost “airy”. Finished pretty dry. Semi creamy mouthfeel, actually if I didn’t know this was a Porter I would have guessed it was a stout. Hides the semi-high ABV very well also. I liked this beer much more than I thought I would.

Picture of the day: 25 odd and funny album covers.

Published in: on April 21, 2010 at 9:42 am  Comments (10)  
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