Thursday, February 25, 2010

Old Scratch Amber Lager - Flying Dog Brewery

Finished editing the video for Spotted Cow for next Monday's release.  I think it's one of our better episodes and all my hard work made me very thirsty.  While surveying the grocery shelves, my eyes got stuck on the beautiful artwork on Flying Dog Brewery's Mixed Pack - bold wild colors jumping every which way.

7 different beers come in this 12er.  Old Scratch Amber Lager immediately caught my eye in the mix.

The pour was great.  It had a nice head and left some lacing on the glass as it dissipated.  The color was a nice clear amber brown.  I was salivating.

I lifted the glass to my nose.  It had such a nice aroma - mild hops with a little citrus tang.  The anticipation builds.

Then the taste - I should have stopped at the smell.  The taste did not live up to the rich aromas that preceded it.  It had a mild, hop bitterness.  It was crisp, but that was it.  There wasn't much taste.  This beer is brewed at a medium temperature - which gives it some of the aromas of an ale, but leaves it with the crispness of a lager.  For me, this combination didn't work.

It felt really dry.  After the initial smell, I wanted something sweeter or more complex.  It had a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Flying dog describes Old Scratch Amber Lager as a "malty mellow" beer.  It's so mellow it's asleep.

Don't get me wrong.  This was not an awful beer.  I would drink another if it was sitting around.  However, given the hundreds of choices on the store shelves it's hard to imagine revisiting this one.

Luckily there was only one bottle of Old Scratch in the mixed pack.  Hopefully the other offerings will give me something to be a little more excited about.

BBA Rating: 5
Reviewer: James


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