Apr 6, 2012

Flying Dog Under Dog Atlantic Lager

Under Dog photo

The latest addition to Flying Dog Brewing’s year-round offerings is their self-proclaimed Atlantic Lager — a beer brewed to combat those “…hot and humid East Coast summers.” And after enjoying this sample from the company, they certainly have a shot at doing just that.

Under Dog is a snappy Pale Lager that has a solid malt backbone and a surprising and welcome hop presence. The hop character isn’t on par with an IPA, but it does offer a bit more of a bite than your traditional lager, making for a beer that is refreshing and, at 4.7% ABV is quite inviting.


Under Dog pours a pale straw yellow in color with a smoothly falling white cap that remained as patchy surface lacing.


Grain, cereal, light biscuity malt, a touch lemony citrus and light grassy hops combine for a clean aroma.


The biscuity malt and grain get things started as the beer moves over the tongue to a decent hop character that has elements of lemony citrus and a welcome bitterness that lingers nicely in the dry finish. Crisp and snappy, the beer reinvigorates the palate with a lively mouthfeel and crisp, clean character. The level of hop bitterness isn’t on IPA levels, but it is a bit more forward than most lagers you will encounter. The lack of malt sweetness is a nice touch as well, making the beer that much more refreshing.


There’s just something about a solid lager that gets me excited — and reminds me that I need to find more quality beers of this style. Flying Dog definitely have one in the form of Under Dog. Crisp, biscuity and with a pronounced hop character, the beer is exactly what you need to replenish your soul through the hot Summer to come.

Rating: 3.5/5

This is a review of a promotional sample received from the brewery.

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