Wednesday, April 25th 2012
UnderDog Atlantic Lager
(Flying Dog Brewery)
Flying Dog's first canned release is a brand new beer that the brewery just made public this year. A lighter, pale lager that is brewed with rye and wheat along with some noble hops, UnderDog is a good choice for a canned debut and should sell well over the summer. We're interested to see how this one tastes, if there is one place where many craft brewers dare tread its in the canned lager category. We'd like to see more brewers challenge the big boys but for many its just not financially sensible.
From the Flying Dog site:
"UnderDog is light and refreshing with crisp hop lage and pairs best with foods like simple salads, provolone and Monterey jack cheeses, seafood and light proteins.
What's an Atlantic Lager? A style created by our brewers. It's a light, crisp and refreshing beer with complex lager and hop character - perfect for our hot and humid East Coast summers. "
Here we go...
Pour – light straw color in appearance, extremely clean and clear with a nice thick, tight brainy like white head on top. Very commendable as far as look are concerned. It certainly has the makings of a good beer.
Aroma – some grassy and herbal notes along with faint hints of spicy, earthy and citrusy hops. A little cereal sweetness as well. Not overly aromatic but more so than many other lagers.
Taste – first sip is a mild rush of lemony citrus, graininess and a dry finish. Slightly sweet maltiness with a lasting tangy flavor. This is definitely one to put in the "refreshing" category as its easy drinking, light-bodied and the sharp, dry finish really is nice on a dry palate. Say what you will but this is tasting really good while its really cold.
Overall - crisp and clean with a sharp bite in the finish (not as painful as the bite occurring in the artwork below, see the can on the far left). You've got to hand it to Flying Dog for putting this one in cans. It should be a great summer brew and one that should appeal to the masses. So, if you've got some folks who are lager drinkers and aren't ready for anything else, see if they'll give this one a shot. It's certainly several steps up from some of those industrial cans filling a lot of summertime coolers.
Note - Ralph Steadman has been doing the artwork for Flying Dog's labels since 1996. Perhaps you recognize his unique artistic style from some of Hunter S. Thompson's book covers (Fear and Loathing Las Vegas perhaps) or any of the numerous other illustrations he's done over his 45 year career. You can read more about him and his relationship with Flying Dog HERE!
Posted by Russ
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