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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

331 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
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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Haybeerman

Colorado

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
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Durge

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 19:15:37 | More by Durge
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popery

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-24-2013 07:26:48 | More by popery
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Lare453

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-24-2013 18:50:40 | More by Lare453
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 01:23:46 | More by KarlHungus
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 03:04:56 | More by canucklehead
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 14:52:33 | More by tigg924
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-24-2011 06:55:47 | More by twelveinches
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 19:51:25 | More by Reidrover
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-04-2013 19:57:10 | More by jaxon53
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-23-2014 14:23:48 | More by Griffith
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morimech

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 23:44:53 | More by morimech
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 23:02:22 | More by GCBrewingCo
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argock

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 03:58:06 | More by argock
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-19-2013 17:30:29 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-25-2013 23:30:42 | More by ZEB89
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jenray

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-27-2011 03:27:55 | More by jenray
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-07-2013 15:23:03 | More by williamjbauer
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-20-2013 17:44:25 | More by petermethot
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emmasdad

Colorado

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
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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

Lagunitas- Dogtown Pale Ale

A- Bright clear orange with a small heavy lacing head.
S- Sweet caramel/ butterscotch malt with strong citrus hops.
T- Sweet pine and citrus hops with good sweet creamy caramel malt.
M- Thick malt with a good crisp slight bitter hop body and finish.

Overall- good solid crisp Pale Ale. Sessionable and a good 6er to pick up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 23:08:14 | More by NJpadreFan
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beerguy101

California

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

Medium gold color, large white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, hoppy and slightly sweet. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are fruity and slightly sweet. Smooth and hoppy full flavor, full smooth mouthfeel. Nice floral hoppyness. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 03:32:05 | More by beerguy101
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 16:27:47 | More by IronDjinn
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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

Really charged bottles, lots of medium-bubbled head. Slightly murky orange/amber, on the pale side. Some small chunks. Aromatic caramelly aroma -- nice. Carbonation medium, adds to drinkability. Nice hoppy profile, not too overbearing, but citrusy/fruity. Malts are on the non-descript side. A little too acidic for me, but it is reasonably balanced and with a bite. Smell of the big head adds to flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 08:28:05 | More by ADR
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-25-2012 16:50:59 | More by beerpadawan
Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.