Review #33 – Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities: Spiced Pear Ale 60/100
Flying dog have for a long time been one of my all time favourite breweries, but this beer enters into unchartered territories, it is one of those beers that has just gone a little bit too far. At what point does a beer lose its identity as a beer? I’d say at the point it stops tasting like a beer at all.
Out of the bottle and into the glass, this one pours a light straw colour with quite a moderate level of haze producing a nicely effervescent brilliant white head.
On the nose, there is an aroma of fresh, pine like hop oils, this is coupled with generous levels of spice, the kind you would find in a pumpkin pie and a generous dose of tinned pears.
On the palate, this is a beer which doesn’t really taste like a beer at all. There is a huge spice presence: cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace. This coupled with the flavour of sweet, syrupy tinned pears almost makes it feel like your having a dessert. It’s not a bad flavour, just not for me.