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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

335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Ballantyne's in Willoughby in a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow color, almost like straw, with a 1/4" whie head.

Has a floral, fruity smell with mild hops. The fruitiness is not quite grapefruitm but not as sweet as apricot or orange.

Starts spicy and peppery, with a nice bite at the tongue. The up-front bitterness turns sweeter, with a grapefruit taste that reveals a mild malt, as the beer finishes, before turning somewhat dry.

Medium bodied, with a dry clean finish.

As always, Lagunitas dies a nice job, outting together a tasty APA that is working as a great starter beer for the evening for me! Definitely try this if you can find it.

TheHoppiest, May 30, 2011
Photo of Applesauce1
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Westover Market in Arlington, VA.

Appearance: copper with a nice 3/4" off-white head

Smell: hoppy and piney
Taste: hoppy, some biscuit flavor
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: could do two in a night...hops are a little strong..so three may be a little too much

Overall, a very good beer...im becoming very reliant on west coast beers.

Applesauce1, Sep 19, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint glass of the good stuff..
if you want a good hoppy pale, this is the good stuff for a westcoaster. not quite the alpha king, but it shall do. golden, mostly clear, big hop presence, pine and tangerines. bitter, but plays off of the sweetness well, reminding you that, yes, Lagunitas does have a hop cannon, but it has a softer side, too. The side that will woo you. Sweetly. Almost a session, dangerously so. All the flavor of one, but I'm sure with a bit more kick. Really nice beer that I often overlook in favor of the different thing, but a great fall-back.

dragonWhale, Nov 01, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Attractive purple label with dog and beer blurbs.

A: Clear orange-yellow with quickly dissipating one-finger head but rings of lace appear with progress through the glass.

S: Citrus and floral hops aromas mix deliciously with a nice mixture of sweet and pale malts.

T: A really nice, balanced APA with exceptional mix of sweet malt and citrus hops flavors. A little dextriny or it would rate higher.

M: A little sticky but very easy to drink because of great level of carbonation. I think this aspect of presentation is critical with APAs, and it adds to why I think most APAs are better from the bottle -- they are often overfizzed when served on-tap.

D: Yet another excellent Lagunitas brew with great balance and exceptional drinkability.

argock, Mar 04, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a weak golden hue into a standard pint glass. Leaves far less head than I had hoped. There is a good amount of white lacing on the glass though. Smells citrusey, like grapefruit. Tastes the same way with a bit of caramel supporting the dominate hop flavors. It is bitter, like a lot of APAs, but its not overpoweringly so. A fairly balanced beer and a good take on a broad style. It has a very similar (although smaller) flavor profile to their Hop Stoopid IPA.

drunkboxer1, May 29, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newish tap @ Frasca Pizza in Chicago (only decent one).

Looked and smelled like a hoppy American Pale, nice pineapple hint in the aroma, but not overtly present.

Taste is fresh hops, pineapple/grapefruit combo, not overwhelming. Warm malt/grain comes through in the finish, and is perfectly welcome. Seems balanced, and not dull for the style.

I had two pints, a testament to the high drinkability of this ale...

emerge077, Mar 14, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours full amber with a good-sized cream color head. Lots of ring lacings.
Aroma is big floral hops.
Taste is medium grapefruit orange resious hops with agood amount of malt backing. Overall a bit on the sweet side. A little bready as well. Nice bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is good for the style.
Overall an easy drinker. Would guess the abv at 5.5%.

Spikester, Nov 18, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orange amber with a thin off-white head that stays.

The smell is of pine, orange and grapefruit. It has a biscuity, caramelly backing. It is on the mild side, but what's there is very good.

The taste is of orange, grapefruit and piney notes. Nicely hopped with a firm, biscuity/caramel sweetness backing it up. By the end, the sweetness gives way to a bittering, dry finish. Hoppy - doesn't quite make it to IPA, but as an APA, it's not intended to. On the hoppy side for the style, and nicely done.

It has a pretty chewy, medium, smooth body.

Very drinkable (though abv - which is well-hidden - rings in at 6.4%).

jwc215, Dec 11, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keep in mind this score is ranked only in the Pale Ale category. Grapefruity. Hoppy as heck. Small pale malt in the background with lemon and honey. Extremely drinkable and this the Pale Ale I compare all other American Pale Ales against. Fantastic- a non-craft drinker buddy of mine said it was fantastic and tasted like skittles. One of the best session craft beers that exists and my definition of a "lawnmower beer."

natelocc787, Oct 09, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. undated bottle: poured a slightly hazy, deep golden to light amber in color with quickly receding white-head.

Now this one packs a lot of aroma: pungent, tropical fruit aromas explode from the bottle and the pint glass.

The aroma is a nice harbinger of the flavor: a solid blast of bittersweet hop flavor that is almost abrasive. The refreshing flavor is very cleansing on the palate. The bitters linger and then subside to a soft malty aftertaste.

This medium bodied ale has an appropriate level of spritzy carbonation. As mentioned earlier, the mouthfeel is clean and coats the palate with sharp, bitter fruit and sweet malt.

This is an above average American style pale that fits the style well. At 6.1 ABV, this ale can be dangerously drinkable. Perfect for a hot and muggy July day.

jkrich, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Gatch
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flanny's in Tempe, AZ.

A: Golden copper with good head and lace.

S: Huge citrusy hops. Dry, piney, American hop deliciousness.

T: Same as the nose. Very hoppy for a Pale Ale. The hops are very oily and bitter, in a good way. A Pale for hop heads.

M: I keep thinking I'm biting into a grapefruit. Dry hops are fantastic. Not overpowering.

O: Solid Pale. Wish it were more balanced. Could be an IPA in a blind taste test. Great hop profile, though. Fruity, dry, West Coast hops.

Gatch, Mar 10, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden-orange color with nice lacing (bartender pour did not allot any head).
Smells sweet & fruity, with a mild pine-hoppiness. Apple & orange dominate the fruit notes.
Fruity in flavor as well...tangerine, apple, honey. Deliciously mild, eliciting a dry yeast finish and snappy hop kick.
Goes down smooth and easy; a different take on the pale ale while being true to form. Would definitely order one of these again.

Natural510, Sep 19, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy pale golden amber with a white and low head which worked well to lace the glass.

The aroma was caramel maltiness with a spicy hop aroma which also contained a nice citrus aspect.

The flavor was nicely done with a malt presence which contained a caramel malt component that was balanced with a slightly citrus and earthy to almost woodsy hop bittering and flavor. The bittering was low and in the background and well done to craft this beer.

The finish was dry with a lasting low citrus and earthy hop flavor coupled with a caramel impression into the afteraste. The body was medium and well done. A nice pale ale that doesn't push the enveloped yet created an interesting and highly drinkable concoction. If this were available more readily it would be the go to beer when I desired a more malty pale ale.

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 02, 2005
Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.