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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: 341
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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: 341
Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Final beer of the night, on tap, at the Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph.

Pours light amber, some white foam. Pine nose, there, but not, lighter in intensity. A hop bitter throughout, nothing unusual to report. Strong, alternatively sweet and bitter.

For whatever reason I am frequently underwhelmed by Laguntitas offerings This i no exception. Eh.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-09-10 at McCleary's Pub in Marietta, PA

A - Slightly hazy, gold with 1-finger white head

S - Fragrant with pine, orange and floral.

T - Similar to the smells with mild biscut, caramel, pine, citrus and medium bitterness that fades fairly quickly.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. Mildly oily.

D - Easy session beer because it is light on the pallet. Good but not great flavors. I like some of their other brews better.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber orange color with a thick and rocky head, good lace. Pronounced citrus hop notes in the aroma as well as toasted malt. Taste begins with caramel malt flavor that segues into a sweet berry-like fruit flavor, finally fading to a mild citrus hop. Mouthfeel is quite nice, though a pity its not a bit more creamy. This style is not a particular favorite, but I liked this beer very much. Its definately worth a try.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Risqué BBQ in Chicago. Served in a standard pint, the beer is copper with a chill haze and an off-white head.

Nice nose of pine, caramel and grains.

Well hopped, its bitter and refreshing. The beer has both citrus and pine notes. Could pass for an IPA for many brewers. Nice malt backbone adds balance and a trace of sweetness.

The mouth is pleasantly oily and coating. Great session beer and a good example of the new style APA.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper clear brew, an offwhite rather small head leaving little lacing.

The smell is citric, lemon and orange, some hay in the background.

Tasting upfront of brown bread, the lemon and grape-fruit marmalade, a tart bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, rather refreshing and a smooth dryness.

A clean solid APA.

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Photo of Offa
2.39/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twisty 12 oz brown. A lot of blah blah like our homebrewed blah, but no real useful information like a date or abv. My label has a blue background, white oval.
Aroma: Deep malt smell with mild hops. It seems upside down for style, but surprisingly inviting. Hops are floral, no grapefruit notes (surprising).
Appearance: Clear golden glass with a good finger of mostly large bubbled head that looks like it should last. Left tide marks.
Flavor: Noble hops flavors come through nicely. A bit of clove orange taste with a twist of lemon rind, presumably hop driven. Good balance, still think it’s a bit heavy on the caramel malt side for an APA, but a nice change of pace from HOP HOP HOP west coast beers. It is a touch grainy, but as a positive more than a negative. A bit more citric flavors came out toward the bottom of the glass.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with strong carbonation. It’s a bit fizzy; not too bad with a fairly clean dry finish.
Overall Impression: Started with mild impressions but this really stands up as a decent APA. It does have a fairly homebrewed taste and a hint of rainwater organic flavor. Solid brew.

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Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of piney hops with some sweet malt

T - The bitter hops are the main flavor the malt doesn't come through very much

M - This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation

D - This beer is pretty easy to drink the taste isn't bad I just would have like the malt to balance it out a little more its still worth a try

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Photo of hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of JDV
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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?

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Photo of BeerSox
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of marc77
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is definitely better than the average American pale. The hop bitterness is more than the norm, and the hop flavor and aroma is quite complex-- a pleasantly citrusy and floral experience. The body and mouthfeel are typical for an APA, but what sets this very tasty brew apart is the hop bitterness and hop flavor/aroma profile. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a rich light copper color in appearance. Has a very nice slightly off-white self retaining head. Very fluffy and soft. Decent amount of light penetration.

S- A nice balance of caramel malts and spicy hops. The scent even seems to have a bit of a citrusy tone to it from the hops, Somewhat reminiscent to black pepper. It blends well with an added sweet and malty backbone.

T- Rich and malty at first before settling into a spicy and bitter hop finish. Has a nice butteryness from the malts. The hops are more flavorful rather than overly bitter. While there is a nice bitterness at the end the hops impart a fruity spiciness/pepperiness to the finish.

M- Has a medium to light mouth feel to it. medium carbonation. Leaves a bold richness coating you're tongue.

O- This is a very delicious pale ale. The thing that impressed me the most about this beer was how well it retained it's head down to the very ends. Besides the nice appearance the other thing that impressed me was the fact the they were able to but such an impressive balance between the hop and malt profiles while keeping each unique in it's own way. The buteryness from the malts really blended well with the spicy taste imparted from the hops making this pale ale not only delicious but interesting as well. Although I usually find pale ales in general to be milder in style compared to the rest this one is actually flavorful and intense enough were I wouldn't buy it ever to really session. Rather I would definitely choose to drink this pale ale with a nice dinner or as a sipper with some h'orderves. Truly a pale ale worth trying.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, almost pumpkin ornage in color. Thin bubbly off-white head. Average retention but good lacing.

S - Strong torpical hop aroma. Pineapple, a little mango, and a little grapefruit. Fait sweetness back up the hoppiness.

T - Light pale malt sweetness up front quickly overcome by a fruity citrus blast. More of the citrus fruit flavor comes through than there was in the nose. Lots of grapefruit, a little lemon, and still some hints of pineapple. There is an earthy component in the finish that isnt that great.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather dry. A good APA, but not a great one. Defeinitely a good session beer.

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