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Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Dogtown Pale AleDogtown Pale Ale

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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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Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a moderate off-white head. Nice lacing.

Crisp, fresh citrus hops with orange and a touch of malt.

Sweet malt and balanced citrus hop character. Good flavour with a bitter, hoppy balance.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

A really good, hoppy and bitter pale ale. It is nearly an IPA and works really well for me.

dgilks, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Griffith, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Durge
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light amber color with a smooth full off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is obvious cat piss hops and some bready malt, but this is happily an obvious hop brew. The flavor is just as the aroma advertises, a beautiful grapefruit hop blended carefully with a bready sweetness that hints at malt and cotton candy. It's a touch aqueous but nicely carbonated. Very drinkable, refreshing and a great surprise as a pale ale. I can't believe the ratings aren't higher here on BA. I was so happily surprised by the personality, the hops, for a PA, but maybe most folks don't want that. It is more like a light IPA perhaps, which suits me just fine. Very nice and oh so sessionable!!

Durge, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Lare453, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

popery, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +6.4%

ZEB89, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of KarlHungus
2.35/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

KarlHungus, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a real nice orange gold colour with a very long lasting head. What really stands out with this beer is that the hop notes are very English and fruity. This is like all Lagunitas's very balanced and drinkable. A session beer that is not a IPA in disguise. Buy it by the six pack and enjoy.

canucklehead, Aug 09, 2004
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 twelveinches
4/5  rDev +6.4%

twelveinches, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jaxon53, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a large white head that had some staying power. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is full of citrus hops. Hints of grapefruit and orange. The malt is barely detectable. The flavor as well is dominated by the hops. It needed a little more influence from the malt to balance better. Bitterness however is still relatively mild. A lighter body with low carbonation lends a nice texture. A nice APA but it could be better balanced. It does give nice hop flavors but still keeping bitterness in check.

morimech, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

petermethot, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice ,attractive bright copperhued ale, with a large creamy,light tan head. Aroma is pleasant enough but quite subdued, hints of spicy hoppiness in the background. This is a quite balanced APA especially for the est coast. Has a substantial malty body with hops dashing in at the end. Good mouthfeel ,just about correct for the style. Nice easy to drink pale ale, would buy again if in the mood for something tasty and simple.

Reidrover, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of argock
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
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

thatoneguymike, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of GCBrewingCo
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
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

williamjbauer, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev +6.4%

jenray, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

LoveStout, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange-tinted amber color, head fades too quickly.

Aroma: Malty & sweet, with citrus hops lurking around the edge.

Flavor: Strong bitterness and sweet malt vie for dominance. Fruity, with spicy citrus hop flavor. Finish is dry and yeasty.

Body: Medium body.

Good, though fairly typical and archetypal, American pale ale.

allengarvin, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

emmasdad, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.