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Brewery: Flying Dog
City – State – Country: Frederick, MD USA
Style: Farmhouse IPA
Release/Date: 2012 bottle
Reviewed By: Morey
INFORMATION: A fairly new addition to the year round line-up from Flying Dog. Brewed with a Saison yeast and “secret blend of several hops”. It’s meant to be a hybrid of two styles… a Saison and an IPA. Flying Dog uses a “modified Julian calender” to date their beer. There’s a code on the bottom right hand corner of the label, and this one is supposedly passed it’s prime by the 213th day of the year in 2012.
APPEARANCE: Poured a cloudy orange color with over 3 fingers of fluffy off-white colored head. Very effervescent looking immediately after the pour. Holding it up to the light reveals some yellow hues and plenty of carbonation. The head was still about a finger tall after almost 15 minutes of drinking. There’s a good amount of lacing on the glass too.
AROMA: Orange Zest, Sour Funk, Lemonheads, Musty, Morning Dew, and some other Spices as well.
TASTE: Nice sour orange flavor up front. There’s a subtle hop bitterness that follows, but it’s milder than I expected and relatively short lived. I’m getting some grassy flavors about midway as well. A lemon flavor surfaces towards the back-end. The finish is sour and dry, with a nice lingering bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Judging by the bubbles in my glass, I was expecting it to be higher.
MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: More Saison than IPA without question. But that’s not to say that the hops go unnoticed. It’s also way more funky and tart than I would have thought. The alcohol content is hidden extremely well. I would release this in the Spring if it were up to me, but it’s definitely one of the better beers from Flying Dog, and perfect for warm weather consumption. Recommended.
Score: 4.00 out of 5