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Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Dogtown Pale AleDogtown Pale Ale

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very good

331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%

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 SpaldingSmails

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Excellent clear amber color, descent head, although retention was fairly lacking. A bit aggressive with alcohol and hops - expected from Lagunitas. Certain bite from the hops hits strong, but fades quickly. Fairly pleasant finish. Although the hop flavor is a bit more potent for this style, it is still fairly balanced. Mouthfeel excellent. Luckily I'm a hophead. Typical for this excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:15:27 | More by SpaldingSmails
Photo of MTNboy


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:16:50 | More by MTNboy
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 12:41:04 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of AleWatcher


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss is a budding craft beer guy, so I gave him a can of Daisy Cutter with the directions: this is quite probably my favorite beer that I can buy anytime-- let me know what you think.
I got a message a few hours later that he loved it. He was saddened that he couldn't run out and buy it (as we live 40 miles SW of Chicago), but he went to a local Binnys and asked what they had that was "most similar" to Daisy Cutter... He was lead to a 6 pack of this beer... And he brought one in for me the next day to try it.

This is quite a bit more bitter, abrasive, and prickly than I remember. This beer has a dry malt note up front-- like water crackers, with a piney, earthy, and lightly citrusy hop bill.
The flavor follows that nose and delivers an intense bitter punch on the finish. Dry malt, grassy and earthy hops notes in the middle, with lemony grapefruit hops at the finish. The lingering bitterness is filled with notes of pine.

This looks almost like a BMC lager.

The body is nice-- prickly and tongue-scrubbing feel with enough heft to the body to work, but not too much to be overdone. The carbonation level is a tad high, but in a way it adds to that prickly/fizzy sensation.

Overall-- not bad. I LOVE pale ales... so I look forward to drinking all of them that I can... This is not bad, but I'd like a little more balance and a bit more of a focused hop approach. I would rather just buy Lagunitas IPA instead of this one. Of course, I must add that this is nowhere near Daisy Cutter.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:46:42 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of Haybeerman


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger pillowy off-white head with excellent retention to a bumpy cap. Decanted lazily. Laced in small wavy patches.

S: Lemon, citrus and pine. A hint of crackery malt.

T: Big citrus punch up front. Lemongrass and pine. A bit resiny in the middle but clears nicely in the transition to the finish that's bitter and slightly grassy. Crackery malt character comes through as the beer warms a little.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little resiny and dry but still smooth drinking.

O: Sessionable pale ale if looking for one with ample hop character and moderate ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 21:42:22 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer on cask at Higgins in Portland Oregon.

Poured a hazy pale straw gold with a small white head.

Aroma of floral hops, citrus and pine.

Taste of grapefruit, pine, hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel was light body, crisp with a nice bitterness.

Overall a nice pale ale, nothing exceptional.

Serving type: cask

08-20-2011 00:01:39 | More by dtivp
Photo of jkrich


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 22:50:58 | More by jkrich
Photo of emmasdad


3.13/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 21:42:42 | More by emmasdad
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden-copper color. Tremendous lacing throughout the session.

Uh oh, has that Simcoe cat piss smell that west coast pales/IPAs are known for and made popular by Stone..

Taste is a relief from the smell. Quit bitter, excellent hop presense with a nice crispy malt backbone with some burnt undertones.

Great mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on. Fairly thick for a pale. Excellent.

To me, this is the little brother to the Lagunitas IPA. But rather, the little brother who is a bad ass and get's all the girls. I'd honestly reach for this over the IPA. The IPA isn't quite hoppy enough. This is hoppier than the IPA!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 04:44:59 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of mattalive


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall i was expecting a bolder tasting beer a little more hoppy and bitter than i was expecting. I was hoping for a home run with this one but got a ground rule double. Appearance after poring it from a bottle into my tall beer glass was more gold than amber with a slightly bitter smeel mixed with some sweeter spices, not bad. The taste was where i shrugged my shoulders, not bad but not lasting either(could be a good thing).After throwing a couple back drinkability was good at best. I wouldn't go out of my way for this pale ale. Lagunitas can do better.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 06:02:50 | More by mattalive
Photo of Elimination


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One overlooked beer in my opinion.

A very nice looking bright yellow/orange, very clear but upon further inspection I notice very very tiny bits in suspension

Smell is slight lemon, pine, a bit of honey, very citrus forward.

Taste is a pretty bright citrus, a little bit of pine tea, some grassy notes with a earthy yeast background I notice from a lot of lagunitas brews (wyeast 1968 right?) Hides the 6.1 abv quite well, feels like a lot less

Light mouthfeel, has a good amount of sharp carb, a bit of sting, smooth drinking.

A very classic pale ale, that has a semi similar hop and grain profile to snpa, yet the yeast choice makes it a different beast. A nice alternative to some other cheaper pale ales, and a good into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:04:04 | More by Elimination
Photo of BeerManDan


3.13/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 00:22:45 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden orange that tops with a quickly evaporating lily pad worth of bubbly carbonation. The beer is faintly cloudied.

Smell: sweet malts takeover my nostrils while some healthy sour hops take a backseat. Hints of sugar and pineapple.

Taste: Starts bitter finishes sweet. Malts overpower the hops. This beer isn't as well balanced or as powerful as the Lagunitas IPA. It Leaves a pale aftertaste. More bright in character than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and punchy. Doesn't dissolve on the tongue.

Drinkability: It taste decent. It finishes well and it's refreshing. I wouldn't turn one down but if making a purchase I'd go for the only slightly stronger alcohol content Lagunitas IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 06:40:59 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt and citrus hop scent. It's light with a good deal of hop character. The taste is decent. It has a crisp, pale malt flavor; light and easy drinking. The hops are present and contribute a mild bitterness and excellent citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid APA. It's my least favorite Lagunitas beer, but it would satisfy most inexperienced beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:10:56 | More by WesWes
Photo of Chizoad


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mild pale ale that nonetheless is fairly good.

Nice but light looking body and a good sized head. Citrus nose mainly.

Light hopping being backed by light malts. Mostly pine flavors in contrast to the nose which I found a little odd.

Consistently, a light body and bright carbonation to go with the flavor. Goes down easy. I prefer their IPA which should be easily available at the same price, but this one might be a little more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 21:41:26 | More by Chizoad
Photo of hosehead83


4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold in color, with an inviting head of dimpled white foam.
Aroma-Nice boquet of piney, citrussy hops.
Taste-Fresh hop flavors in abundance, sugared grapefruit, piney, grapefruit-rind bitterness hop bite. Tasty, snappy, and full of flavor. An excellent pale ale and a great match for nachos or zesty guacamole. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 17:46:50 | More by hosehead83
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.Pours a golden clear color with a decent white heading that sticks around a bit.Good lacing.

Smell is mostly of grapefruit. Strong fruity aromas with the first whiff then a soggy bread aroma follows up with the second whiff.Strong pungent hoppy finish.

Taste is mostly the same as the nose.Nice bready malts and yeast fill the tastebuds but does lose itself somewhere in the middle of the tasting. Then picks up with a strong citrus hop finish.

Mouth is light bodied with a slippery buttery mouthfeel.Rich malty crispiness.

A good pale ale but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 16:15:10 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 18:59:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of mjaskula

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in pint glass. The beer is clear and bright golden. A vigorous pour left a medium white head thins to a film and leaves plenty of thick lace.

Aroma is sweet honey and citrus hops and green apple. Flavor is crisp and clean with not much outside of mild hop bitterness. Hop flavors are grapefruit and green apple. Carbonation is fine and the mouthfeel is only a slight bit thin.

Overall it's an easy drinking beer perfect for a summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:20:19 | More by mjaskula
Photo of philbertk


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Dog Town Pale Ale--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.20% ABV--35 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Mild lace head. Clear bright thin dark gold color. Mild hop fruit bisquit front. Cloying subtle mild dry sweet caramel fruit hint mild bisquit body. Crisp clean refreshing mild balanced hop spice end. Sampled 6/26/2007.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 05:42:16 | More by philbertk
Photo of JMad


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The bear had a thin white heads that left the building early. Left just a little lacing, poured a nice light copper color.
The caramel smelling malt overpowers asny other scent that could be detected.
Tastes sweet and malty, bitterness comes around way after you take a quaff.
Feels very smooth and silky, goes down easy.
I really would like a little more hops from this pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 23:07:55 | More by JMad
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with decent clarity and some bubbles in the start. Head dissipates and leaves no lacing.

All citric hops, which isn't a bad thing. Hard to find the malt.

Grapefruit, some toasted malt, a little biscuit. Little fruit, and long in the finish. Decent, but not very interesting. Without the hops, this would be lacking.

Medium body, some prickly carbonation. OK

Overall, pretty decent, but lacks depth and complexity to make it a great one. Very one sided. I liked it, but just ok.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 13:03:50 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of enfield249


2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 01:03:12 | More by enfield249
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a copperish yellow color withgood carbonation and a nice white head

S: Floral hops, some sweetness

T: Floral hops with a sweetness to it. Perhaps I tasted some caramel or toasted malt, grains

M: Sordove sweet and crisp but thin on the mouthfeel but thats not bad leaving it easy to drink

D: Pretty easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:47:21 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of BrewsCrewSA


3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 00:09:41 | More by BrewsCrewSA
Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.