The Fourth Beer of Christmas went to the dogs … Flying Dog Brewery.
Anyway, back to beer. So I was a little concerned about this brew
but I forged ahead anyway and poured my glass for the photo. It was a
nice light brown (or deep gold, depending on your arrangement of cone cells).
I had a second bottle ready to refresh the head on the beer as I took
the pictures. The last two nights, the head quickly wasted away to
nothing. The photo in this post was the 5th photo I took. And I took
it after stopping to stare at the beer for a second, slightly amazed by
the head retention.
Then it was time to tip the glass.
Just as quickly as her comment last night, tonight Aubrey said, “Soooo much better than the last one.” And I agreed.
The beer had a medium body and a fruity flavor that was more citrus
than apple. Which is good news because I do like citrus. The dose of
hops (Northern Brewer and Cascade) comes through strong including a
bitter finish. I took several drinks and tried to get a handle on my
feelings for the aftertaste. Definitely bitter, and definitely
strong. But unlike last night’s un-Holy (Grail) aftertaste, I enjoyed
tonight’s aftertaste and found myself pausing after every drink to savor
The best beer I’ve ever had? No. My favorite beer so far during
this Twelve Beers of Christmas? Yes. I know we’re only four beers in
and there are some strong contenders in the days ahead. But this one
will grace my refrigerator again.
Brewer: Flying Dog Brewery
Location: Frederick, MD
Style: American Pale Ale
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Interesting Note: I laughed and laughed when I went to their website.
There’s a link for “Free Shit.” And their 20th Anniversary beer is
named “Raging Bitch.” When I have more time, I’ll go back and look
through the site more thoroughly.