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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
THE BROS
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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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Photo of BeerManDan
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

BeerManDan, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of CrellMoset
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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?

CrellMoset, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

IronDjinn, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Dogbrick, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Bromine
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Bromine, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of tdevo
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

tdevo, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of mquinn919
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

mquinn919, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Mattias, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Kempski
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Kempski, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of BryanK
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

BryanK, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of bralston345
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

bralston345, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

LoveStout, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of wfcubsfan
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

wfcubsfan, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Ben4881
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Ben4881, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

BrewsCrewSA, May 07, 2010
Photo of Murph
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Murph, May 16, 2002
Photo of Onslow
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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...

Onslow, May 07, 2008
Photo of caskstrength
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

caskstrength, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of JDV
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of CWiggins
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

CWiggins, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale amber with a sizeable head that leaves huge tracks of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Mild aroma, faint malt and faint pine and grasy hops.

T - Pine hops and some hay with faint light maltiness. Aftertaste is slight grassiness and malt.

M - A bit harsh from caarbonation, medium bodied, pretty refereshing.

D - Good. It is a typical pale ale. Not too much stands out exepct that it is a bit better than most in teh net effect. I will live near Lagunitas next year, so I will likely paartake in their beers often - from what I have had so far, I look forward to it.

mrasskicktastic, May 02, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty average as far as looks goes. The body is a copper colored with tons of little carbonation bubbles. The head and lace are both nice with good retention. The lace is spread out but the head is frothy

Smell: It has a very hoppy aroma. Fruity melon and citrus esters.

Taste:I thought the taste was a little bitterer than a pale should be. The flavor is good it just got me a little off guard. A lot of grapefruit and floral tones.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy

Overall: As in most of their selections you have to be a hop head to really enjoy.

MTNboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.