Beer review — Flying Dog

Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale (4.7% alcohol) 355ml
This is ‘classic’ American pale ale – very malty; very hoppy. It’s a deep amber colour and its big, warm malty flavour is cut with bracing, pungent hops aroma, flavour and bitterness. Maintaining harmony can be a challenge when brewers pack this much into a beer. But doggy style seems just right.

Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter 355ml (8.7% alcohol)
Steadman’s label drawing of Thompson, captioned “OK! Let’s Party!!”, sets the tone for this big, strong, dark porter. Powerful dark-chocolate flavours, derived from roasted malt, drive the opulent, silk-smooth palate; alcohol lends a heady note; and an assertive, lingering hops bitterness counters the malt and alcohol sweetness.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2009

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