Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Dogtown Pale AleDogtown Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

136 Reviews
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Reviews: 136
Hads: 338
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 6.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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: 338
Photo of hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint glass of the good stuff..
if you want a good hoppy pale, this is the good stuff for a westcoaster. not quite the alpha king, but it shall do. golden, mostly clear, big hop presence, pine and tangerines. bitter, but plays off of the sweetness well, reminding you that, yes, Lagunitas does have a hop cannon, but it has a softer side, too. The side that will woo you. Sweetly. Almost a session, dangerously so. All the flavor of one, but I'm sure with a bit more kick. Really nice beer that I often overlook in favor of the different thing, but a great fall-back. (566 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of mjaskula
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap - hazy golden-orange body with a medium white head. Retention is limited to some spotty lacing.

S - Not a lot going extra going on here. Average smell for a pale ale. Gentle caramel malt with some citrusy hops.

M - The body is light to medium and enhanced by a very fine and natural carbonation. It's quite creamy and smooth across the palate - almost velvety!

T - The rich caramel-laced malt returns in the flavor, laced with spicy and floral hops and backed by a firm bitterness that balances the sweetness and dries the bold withering finish. The end of this beer is very different from the beginning. Interesting for a beer that starts out so soft. Aftertaste is like liquid dandelions.

D - Quite drinkable. I would drink this over and over again. (759 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of enfield249
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (325 characters)

Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of WCBCFrank
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas pale ale pours amber gold in a pint glass, nice aroma of citrus and some pine.... Real tasty hopped up pale ale. Reminds me of a recent bottle of Sierra Nevada torpedo only a little bit less malt. Mighty fine addition to your fridge selection. Liked it so much, brewing up a clone batch for myself! (308 characters)

Photo of IrieJackalope
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic goblet. I've had my fair share of Lagunitas IPA, but never take the time to sit down with the standard Pale Ale. It's a golden clear liquid, a small white head with minimal lacing. The aroma, however, is fantastic. Call me crazy, but I'm getting hints of blueberry and citrus up the wahzoo. I can't get enough of this smell. The taste is slight disappointing, but not terribly. Hops are definitely presents, as is a fair amount of malt. I'm loving this beer, probably because of the smell, maybe just because its so damn drinkable, or maybe because I tend to give a whole bunch of A's here on BA. Either way, this is a winner in my book. (678 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance> Dark blonde. Clear, lively, no head.

Smell> Sweet. Wet hops. Delicious.

Taste>Excellent. Bitter start, full mouth of hops, acidic then mellowing into a sweet honey and resiny smooth hang. Really smooth.

Mouf> Easy refreshing.

Drinkability> Nice. Would definitely have again. (305 characters)

Photo of spencerw
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer. Pours a nice light copper color with a light 1 inch head that stuck around for a couple minutes.

Fairly dry, citrusy and very hoppy but balanced out with a nice bready, crackery malt.

Very drinkable. I will drink this one again for sure. (257 characters)

Photo of caskstrength
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of zoso493
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a nice, bright golden color that is really hazy for a regular pale ale. Has a smallish, foamy head that doesn't stick around too long or leave a lot of lacing.

Smell: This has a very pleasant smell of floral and citrusy hops. There's not a whole lot else in the nose, but the hops are very refreshing.

Taste: This is a really smooth and nice pale ale. The hops are more than adequately pronounced but it also still retains a nice, buttery malt backbone. Very nice and balanced PA that stays true to its hoppy roots.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and medium-bodied but retains a bit of a soapy aftertaste that is a little off-putting. Not a huge deal, but not something very desirable for me.

Drinkability: Drinkability is pretty high in this beer. It's nice and light, but hoppy and balanced at the same time. The low ABV also makes this is a seriously nice session beer.

Overall, I found this to be a very good beer and was surprised to see that it was only scoring a B on BA. This is a very drinkable beer that still retains a very good amount of flavor. I would definitely recommend this as a nice session beer and as a very nice example of an APA. (1,222 characters)

Photo of tdevo
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of natelocc787
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keep in mind this score is ranked only in the Pale Ale category. Grapefruity. Hoppy as heck. Small pale malt in the background with lemon and honey. Extremely drinkable and this the Pale Ale I compare all other American Pale Ales against. Fantastic- a non-craft drinker buddy of mine said it was fantastic and tasted like skittles. One of the best session craft beers that exists and my definition of a "lawnmower beer." (420 characters)

Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden-orange color with nice lacing (bartender pour did not allot any head).
Smells sweet & fruity, with a mild pine-hoppiness. Apple & orange dominate the fruit notes.
Fruity in flavor as well...tangerine, apple, honey. Deliciously mild, eliciting a dry yeast finish and snappy hop kick.
Goes down smooth and easy; a different take on the pale ale while being true to form. Would definitely order one of these again. (432 characters)

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here is a brand new one from Lagunitas. First time I have ever found this beer and I had to snatch it up. Here is my review:

A: Pours a golden honey color. Head dissipates rather quickly with almost no lacing.

S/T: The aroma is very fruity and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Taste is excellent for an American Pale Ale. Lots of hops, without the bitterness. Citrus, pine, and grapefruit with a slight sweetness from the malts. Easily one of the best tasting American Pale Ales I have had yet.

M/D: Light bodied with a decent carbonation level. Finish is slightly dry. Drinkability is up there. Extremely refreshing and very drinkable. Very sessionable.

Lagunitas does it again. After being disappointed by A Little Sumpin Sumpin, I think this beer more than makes up for that overrated beer. Could be my go to APA. Well worth checking out and leagues above most in the category. (900 characters)

Photo of Shango42
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type-bottle poured into pint glass.

A-Amber with a decent head of off white

S-Citrusy grapefruit and pomegranate, piney and hoppy, brown sugar.

T-Hops on the front, citrusy and piney (all in the nose). Sharp all the way through. Some caramel and brown sugar but the sweetness is burried by the hops. This isn't bad, just not one of Lagunitas better efforts. A little too one dimensional with not enough balance.

M-Warm and sharp on the tongue.

D-A decent Pale Ale that I could have a couple of, but nothing special. (528 characters)

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