Saturday, October 5, 2013

Flying Dog Brewery - UnderDog Atlantic Lager

Hey all, it's been awhile. I'm back for my yearly review.

I bring to you another one from a favorite brewery of mine, the Flying Dog Brewery out of Frederick, Maryland. These guys pay homage to the late gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, whom you may have heard of. Ralph Steadman, a british artist & close friend of Thompson's, has created the label artwork for Flying Dog since 1995. And might I say, he does a humdinger of a job on those labels.

This lager gives you the best of both worlds; the crisp hoppy taste & aroma of an ale yet the smooth feel and finish of a good lager thanks to a variety of hops and specialty malts. At 28 IBU's this lager is one of the darker lagers on the IBU scale yet it still holds a crisp and light taste.

You can give me the Pepsi challenge with this beer any day of the week and one thing I'm not going to guess is that it's a lager. The hoppy finish is something you would expect from a pale ale. This beer holds a refreshing taste yet it doesn't quite meet my category of tailgating beers. This is a beer that you can enjoy 2 or 10 of at the local pub; and at 4.7% AB, that's doable for a seasoned boozer. 

I picked a six-pack up for around 9 bucks at the local Giant Eagle, just make sure you check the expiration date when buying beer from those ninnies. 

If the thought of pouring an amber lager and an IPA together into a glass and drinking it sounds good to you, then well here you go.

good people drink good beer

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Curb Appeal: 10/10

Overall: 8.25/10

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