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Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Dogtown Pale AleDogtown Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-04-2001)
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Ratings: 333 | Reviews: 136 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Chris_Mac:
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Chris_Mac, Jun 27, 2013
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Photo of boston2bburg
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear golden amber color with a large, pillowy, off-white head that leaves fine stripes of lacing down the glass and sticks around the whole time.

The smell is the showcase for this one it would seem. Relentless citrusy, floral hops greet you at the pop of the cap. The pour releases them further; this beer by smell alone would pass for a DIPA.

Taste lets up a little bit but not much. Still plenty of cascade hops, some grapefruit, trace apricot. The epitomy of a west coast pale ale.

Not much separates this one from an IPA, except maybe a little more body and alcohol. Mouthfeel is overwhelmingly sharp and bitter, makes you pucker at the end, but if you were looking for balance, you picked up the wrong six-pack.

Drinkable enough for a hop head. I definitely wouldn't mind having this on hand all summer.

boston2bburg, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of Drunkenass
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, gold in color

Smell: citrus hops and light malt

Taste: citrus hops--orange and lemon, light toasted malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet start, slightly bitter middle--getting more bitter to the end, super clean.

Drinkability: Nicely blended APA that is very citrusy. I can tell it takes a lot of talent to get a brew to be this clean. Could session this one.

tigg924, May 03, 2010
Photo of locckdown
4/5  rDev +6.4%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

standardcherry, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Swonkie
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Swonkie, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A thin, pale, lagerish ale. Clear gold with good head and lace, mild aroma of malts and bread crust. Generally sweet bready, caramel malts lead the way here, with a very light trace of hops near the finish. Hops are so mild it's hard to believe this is a west coast pale. This is the kind of beer you could drink all night when you'd rather be paying attention to the conversation with your buddies than focusing on what you're drinking. I can't think of a pale ale as easy to drink as this, and that more than makes up for the "lightness" of the brew.

Thrasher, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stuff is still around? I haven't seen this beer for days. Far inferior to their new line of beers.

Average appearance, a little more copper than gold. Aroma lacking.

Taste, not quite a mess, but lacking any direction, were they trying for an American pale or British? Tastes like neither. Lacking hop quality. Far more to the malty side than any of their pale/ipas they make currently.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

williamjbauer, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really charged bottles, lots of medium-bubbled head. Slightly murky orange/amber, on the pale side. Some small chunks. Aromatic caramelly aroma -- nice. Carbonation medium, adds to drinkability. Nice hoppy profile, not too overbearing, but citrusy/fruity. Malts are on the non-descript side. A little too acidic for me, but it is reasonably balanced and with a bite. Smell of the big head adds to flavor.

ADR, Jun 03, 2002
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: With an upright semi-vigorous pour foaming white head isn't so big lacks the two finger ideal measurement but the lacing as it dwindles leaves behind a nice evenly dispersed ring over a golden amber hazed tone, nice looking pale ale. Aroma: Piney with honey bread tones at the edges the malt backbone is there in effect bringing a nice balance to each sniff. Taste: Fruity, bready edge from the bottle conditioned yeast sediment poured into my glass overall the piney hops ride a smooth refreshing wave of flavor down the ol' gullet, not too bad. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with a good mix of hops and malt creating a nice smooth ride no shock and awe here. Drinkability: Decent west coast pale ale but for pure drinkability hand me a SNPA before this one eh?

WVbeergeek, Dec 01, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas pale ale pours amber gold in a pint glass, nice aroma of citrus and some pine.... Real tasty hopped up pale ale. Reminds me of a recent bottle of Sierra Nevada torpedo only a little bit less malt. Mighty fine addition to your fridge selection. Liked it so much, brewing up a clone batch for myself!

WCBCFrank, Apr 14, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Jul 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

InfernoBoss, Nov 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Wezzle, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas- Dogtown Pale Ale

A- Bright clear orange with a small heavy lacing head.
S- Sweet caramel/ butterscotch malt with strong citrus hops.
T- Sweet pine and citrus hops with good sweet creamy caramel malt.
M- Thick malt with a good crisp slight bitter hop body and finish.

Overall- good solid crisp Pale Ale. Sessionable and a good 6er to pick up.

NJpadreFan, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Griffith, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

whatname, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

dertyd, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden-orange body rests lazily beneath a pillowy off-white head. Its retention is limited, however, and it drops shortly to just a big-bubbled collar and partial surface covering. Still, a simple swirl of the glass will bring back up some more creaminess; and it does leave some spotty lace. A gently sweet caramelish malt and soft citrusy hops greet you in the nose. The body is medium/full and enhanced by a very fine and natural carbonation. It's quite creamy and smooth across the palate - almost velvety! The rich caramel-laced malt returns in the flavor, laced with spicy and floral hops and backed by a firm bitterness that balances the sweetness and dries the bold finish (although there's some soft and round sweet malt at the start, it does eventually receed to leave the back of the throat bone-dry and ready for another taste). Very nice, and quite interesting. Somewhat unique in its maltiness and soft body; and the hops are definitely present but not overdone. Quite drinkable; and well worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of kdoc8
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired at the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. Pours out a golden color with a thin white head, and not much lacing. The smell isn't that strong or distinct - maybe a bit of fruity hops but that's it. The taste is a bit bland, some taste of yeast and aromatic hops, and it doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. I'd drink it again, but it wasn't that exciting.

kdoc8, Aug 06, 2007
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Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.