'Tis Still the Season
A Review of Dogtoberfest by Flying Dog Brewing Co.
Posted on 11/5/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
Now that November is upon us, I know that many of you think that it is time to start moving towards those tasty porters, stouts, and winter warmers for your drinking pleasures. And while I am never one to pass up any reason to get my hands on a good stout, I think that we all may need reminding that we still have a couple of weeks to please our palates with another personal favorite of mine. Though they may be getting more and more scarce on the store shelves, there are still a few Oktoberfest offerings that are worthy of you taking for a spin. I was recently doing some grazing at my local store when my eyes locked onto a brightly and distinctly labeled bottle. Upon closer examination I discovered that what I was looking at was the Flying Dog Dogtoberfest. Flying Dog has never let me down before, so making this selection was an easy choice.

When poured in the glass, you instantly notice a much darker coloration than what a normal Oktoberfest offering brings. To me it seems to land somewhere between brown and red, with the term ''copper red'' coming to mind. I'm not even sure if that is a word or phrase or term, but that's what comes to mind when I look at it. It is crystal clear, which allows for easy viewing of some pretty consistent carbonation action that translates into a foamy head that laces fairly well throughout the session. When I went in for the first sniff, the sweet smell of light caramel greeted my nostrils. After warming a bit, a solid malty backbone maked itself known. Images of fresh baked biscuits started floating in my mind. And then in a strange but pleasing turn, there were a few fruity notes popping through from time to time. I couldn't help but keep thinking that I was getting very individual and distinct notes of grapefruit and apricot.

The first taste reassured me that I was drinking a Flying Dog offering. While all of the traditional Oktoberfest flavors were there, the Dogtoberfest brings a little something extra to the table. There is a definite hops profile to it that, while not traditional to the style, does make for a bit of an interesting twist. There are some very good layers of caramel, toasted bread, and even some toasted nuts that are very well balanced and quite tasty. The hops that were detected do a very good job of dancing between all these layers and making themselves known, but not to the point of distracting. All of these flavors, coupled with a great mouthfeel, and faint hops and caramel aftertaste make for what I would call a very interesting and tasty brew.

In true Flying Dog style, the Dogtoberfest is slightly twisted, and strangely delicious. I really think that this beer is a great offering for the hopheads out there who want a little more in their Oktoberfest offerings. The hops twist that is atypical for the style would still be pleasing to their hop centered palates. For the more general drinkers our there, the seasoned ones could still appreciate this one for its new twist on an old classic. The well balanced layers, along with the more than usual hop profile will definitely make for a good study. On the other hand, those new to the better beer world might want to steer clear of this one until they get a better grasp of the Oktoberfest style. But if you are feeling daring, let your conscience be your guide. Being a little daring probably won't kill you, but your palate might suffer a different fate. In any event, this one is still out there. If you see it, just remember that the season is still in swing, and that's a great excuse to get it in your glass.

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