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Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Dogtown Pale AleDogtown Pale Ale

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136 Reviews
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Reviews: 136
Hads: 339
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 136 | Hads: 339
Photo of KarlHungus
2.38/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of pine resin and rotten grapefruit. It is quite unpleasant. The taste is all rotten grapefruit, and very hard to stomach. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is just plane bad. I don't think it is infected, but I have a hard time believing this is the way someone wanted it to taste. (448 characters)

Photo of Offa
2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an ok, very standard, boring West Coast pale ale, but better than some.

It's light copper with a red-brown hint, smallish off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin top and some decent lace.

The aroma is standard, boring grapefruit and crackers with just some hints of bread and caramel to be a little more interesting.

The taste is similar, mostly just boring grapefruit pulp and crackers with the barest hints of caramel, bread, and juice. It's somewhat bland, very simple, utterly uninteresting, and has too much grapefruit-pulp bitterness. (553 characters)

Photo of kdoc8
2.68/5  rDev -28%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of enfield249
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Gold, cloudy, with a white head of foam that starts with 3 fingers, but faded to a thin layer that lasted the rest of the way down.

S - Herbal hops, slight malt.

T - Herbal and floral hop flavor, slightly sweet.

M - Decent amount of hop bitterness, fairly cloying on the tongue.

D - Very good taste, and a nice drinkable pale ale. (338 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear light amber color with a thin off white head that quickly fizzes to a razor thin cap. The lacing almost doesn't exist.

Toasty malts with a little bit of light cream. Piney hops are in the foreground. The aroma is relatively light for an American Pale Ale.

Sweet cracker like malts with a somewhat tame hop bitterness. A little bit of diacetyl can be tasted in the middle. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish has less hop bitterness and more grain than others in this style.

Somewhat of a boring American Pale Ale. It actually seems closer to an English India Pale Ale, or even an English Pale Ale. There are better APAs out there, such as Sierra Nevada. (720 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/1/2007 (12oz bottle):

Pours a big off-yellow head, quickly diminishing. Clearish brown yellow body, average. Sweet aroma, but unlike typical maltiness. More of a sweet candy sugar aroma. Inhaling & swirling brings out some dry hop aroma. Malty, somewhat tempered by the hops taste. Hoppy sweet, but not too dry aftertaste. (334 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of choyhosoi
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this one because I have heard good things about the brand. The color poured had a nice copper look to it. The smell of this beer is just as it should be no big surprises just a hop scent to it. The taste at first is smooth then those hops hit you so expect them. This is one for those who like hoppy beers. (314 characters)

Photo of surfmeister
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber/orange consistent with type, weak head.
Smell: hop nose aggressive, sweet malt.
Taste: Did not measure up to smells' promise. Something missing, a bit watery
Mouthfeel: Full feel like most other pale ales
Drinkability: easy drinking, smooth
Overall: anyone who makes a pale ale is compared with SN, and this one loses badly, no reason to reach for it with SN being so readily available. (410 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I remember drinking tons of this stuff back in the late nineties when I resided not all that far from the brewery. Poured a nice golden color with a little white head. Aromas of light hops, malt and apricots. On the palate, this one is light bodied and carbonated, with flavors of hops and sweet malt. (301 characters)

Photo of elniko
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Nice deep golden amber, half finger of head with nice lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Strong hop smell on nose. Smells like what I expect out of pale ale.

T & M: Smooth at first but the hops hit the tongue and are definitely noted on the after-taste. Nice mouthful, beer really stays with you after sip. I'm not blown away by this brew but there is nothing objectionable either.

D: I could drink a few of those, not my favorite pale ale but a very solid brew. As far as Lagunitas goes I do prefer their IPA to the pale ale. (565 characters)

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber color - orange with a hint of red. Mildly cloudy, but a consistant look throughout. Medium white head. A little dark for a Pale Ale, certainly unique.

S - Strong citrus and malt smell, with a little bit of hoppiness.

T - Very sweet and citrusy, with a lot of malt on the tongue. In no way bad but not what I usually think of when I drink a Pale Ale.

M - Thin despite cloudy apperance. Light carbonation on the back of the tongue, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Not great.

D - This is a competant beer that is just not for me. Somewhat drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than one. (611 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color when poured was a golden yellow with an orange hue. The aroma of piney hops was all that I could smell. It was almost like smelling a mild version of an IPA. The taste was more bitter than I exspected from a Pale Ale. It had an IPA flavor, aromoa and taste. Although after awhile I could taste a hint of sweet citrus, but to much hops for this PA. (357 characters)

Photo of tdevo
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light, large bubble head that dissipated almost immediately after pouring into the glass with no lacing. Clear, light amber in color.

Smell: Faint, herbal hoppy aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel: Light bitter mouthfeel with a short finish and soft carbonation

Drinkability: I was really disappointed in this beer as I've been looking to find some of Laguniata's products for quite some time and was expecting something special. (431 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: A bright, clear, gold-bodied beer with a nice one-and-a-half finger head that fades quickly, leaving axial rings of lacing. Carbonation is light and bubbly. A little too pale.

Aroma: Biscuity malt and some light, herbal hoppiness, but little else. I like my pale ales a little more pungent than this.

Taste: A very grainy, light malt profile - definitely the dominant flavor in this one. Most of the hop notes are grassy and earthy, although there's a definite tart hop kick present, particularly in the finish. Very little bitterness in this one - it's a sweet pale ale, almost more of an ESB.

Mouthfeel: Medium bubble profile and a little thin bodied. The carbonation itself is big and foamy. A refreshing-feeling beer.

Drinkability: Decent. The sweetness is odd, but not cloying. It's sort of one-dimensional, but that dimension is perfectly drinkable.

A very average pale ale. I don't regret trying it, but I likely won't be buying it again. Am I the only one who thinks it's more ESB-like? (1,071 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. Pours a dark gold/amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Aroma is lightly hoppy and citrusy. The flavor is decent but not really breaking new ground. Floral hops, citrus and a little malt. I did like the finish, which was nicely nutty throughout. Beyond that though this is middle of the road stuff. (347 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and a small citrus. In the taste, dry gingerbread like malt, a small citrus and a hint of pine. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread like malt and pine hop in the aftertaste. Kind of English for a pale, but decent. (343 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another new offering from Lagunitas to be found up here in Cowtown, and as far as I know exclusive to Kensington Wine Market.

Came in a hefty-priced six pack, blue label, Dogtown is in hard to see small lettering above the Pale Ale. Pours out of its 12 oz. brown bottle a slightly chill-hazed light copper hue, a small dash of off-white head that fades quickly to a ring. The nose is gorgeous, an inviting medly of grapefruit rind and citrus blossoms, a chewy nutty malt can be discerned with a bit of difficulty behind it, the hops definitely hold the upper hand on the aroma. The flavour itself is a bit more balanced, and a bit more sudued than what is anticipated by the smell. Caramel notes start off the malt, some floral hops kick in after the middle, and it finishes off with mild grapefruit, all the time seeming watered-down and subdued. And things started out so well... The mouthfeel is also on the watery side, not holding this ale up at all. Average at best for a pale ale, it looks good and smells good, but as the old bar cliche goes, once you start talking to it there isn't much else of appeal left, so it depends on how desperate you are whether you want to bring this stuff home with you or not. Especially regarding the price of a 6 of this in these parts, I'd totally stick to the better local examples of this style. (1,346 characters)

Photo of Ben4881
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dogtown Pale Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Appearance:
The Dogtown Pale Ale is a transparent golden yellow color with hints of orange when held up to the light. A modest white head forms and quickly recedes to a small layer of bubbles with a few snowflake patterns. A healthy amount of lacing remains after the head fades. However, as the level lowers, the lacing becomes spotty.

Smell:
The fragrance is balanced between malt and hops. The floral hop aroma is definitely the stronger fragrance. A slight sweet malt scent is also detectable. The smell is not particularly strong.

Taste:
Floral, organic hop flavor hits the palette up front. Then the flavor turns bitter in a hurry. The bitterness does not cease and leaves little room for any malt flavor. Dryness and bitterness make the finish and stick around for the aftertaste. Dogtown has a single note flavor with limited complexity and balance.

Mouthfeel:
Fairly light body with notable, but not overwhelming, carbonation. Similar to a weak handshake, it's tough to realize it's there.

Drinkability:
The light body makes this beer an easy drink. However, the lack of balance and complexity present in the taste means I will only be having one. (1,205 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had for Birthday at Flying Saucer in Houston ... A very smooth pale ... wonderfully balanced ... golden honey tan coloured beverage ... man, very drinkable ... a nice sweeter pale... thanks Kristen.. this capped off the evening quite well, a decent american pale ale... (269 characters)

Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looks great, stands up elegant and coppery, with a half inch of lemon meringue-colored head. Pours neat and smooth, appearance lends a lot to likeability here

S - Hoppy beers like this, I find, generally have a great bouquet of scents. Floral, hoppy and welcoming. Again, it's non-flavor aspects lend a lot to how much I'm enjoying this.

T - I'm not a big fan of hoppy ales, but I'll try to remain objective. It's bitter up front, definitely, but it's mellow at the same time, kinda hard to explain. Grains, biscuit notes but is well-balanced by the hop profile. Enjoyable.

M - Peppery, phenolic, so it stings a little on the palate. It's manageable, but it's not exactly a stout in terms of mouthfeel in my opinion. Watery, thin, pervasive; it dominates and commands the senses.

D - It's a decent beer, and I'd likely have a few more, but I wouldn't describe it as my favorite. Not quite a Dundee Pale Ale. (916 characters)

Photo of Murph
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Smell is of strong hops. Taste starts off with some strong hops but then fades quickly into a light malt flavor before disappearing completely. Slightly creamy and slick and decently drinkable. Not a brew that I am going to go back to many times. The flavor is rather thin and the beer as a whole is not very developed. (369 characters)

Photo of CWiggins
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woof, woof! Lagunitas is fairly new to the Triangle region of North Carolina, having shown up here within the past two months. A local distributor provided a six-pack for my co-worker and I for trial purposes. I must say, I'm glad he did. Pale ales are not a style I seek out, and I may well have missed this fine brew.

It pours a light amber with bright yellow highlights, with a short-lived, eggshell-white head. The smell is tilted towards the hop side, but a bit of malt and sweet citrus is certainly noticeable. Citrus and tropical fruit attack the taste buds on the first gulp. Malts are mild in the center, and then the bitter, bitter hops dominates the finish. It's a very dry pale ale, literally making me smack my chops after swallowing. Big in flavor, low in presence.

This is quite a powerful pale ale, and the fruit flavors are a nice touch. Worth trying. (870 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber color. nice white head. Balanced hop, malt smell, with a small clove scent reminiscent of a hefeweizen which really threw me for a loop. Taste was fairly nice and simple with a decent hop presence, sweetness, and above average carbonation. A good pale but not as good as I hoped. (292 characters)

Photo of caskstrength
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm going to use this review to vent a little on Lagunitas.

I like the brewery. Hoppy, juicy, higher ABV in general. But they're a bit of a one trick pony.

Put Hop Stoopid, sumpin sumpin, Sumpin' Extra, Undercover Shutdown Ale, Brown Shugga, Imperial Red, Hairy Eyeball, (and others) in a blind tasting against each other and good luck picking them out. You'll likely end up with two categories:

1) hoppy with not much malt
2) hoppy with much malt

Not much else to distinguish their offerings to my palate.

This beer is a bit lighter than typical for Lagunitas. But not worth seeking out if you've had their other similarly flavored offerings.

I wish they'd focus their offerings a bit more, but whatever. I'll still keep drinking. (741 characters)

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Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.