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Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Dogtown Pale AleDogtown Pale Ale

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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
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 Redrover


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

05-14-2009 16:37:15 | More by Redrover
Photo of jdense


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge in La Grande.

Golden Orange body under small white head, but with nice lacing. Floral aroma of hops in the nose with some malty sweetness. A very nice balance of hops, bread, and enough sweetness to make this a rather drinkable brew. Not much in the way of mouthfeel, but quite tasty and drinkable. Frankly, I prefer this to their primary IPA as I think this has more of a hop presence and better balance.

05-06-2009 14:01:57 | More by jdense
Photo of atpben


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

I gotta say I love the beers from Lagunitas and this one is no exception. Pours a nice dark amber color. Aroma is full of pine, light grapefruit, fruity and some caramel. Fruity in the taste with light citrus and sweet in the middle but ends up nicely with the perfect amount of bitterness when it ends. Very drinakble and a good default pale ale to go to. Another good beer from a great brewery.

04-20-2009 21:14:00 | More by atpben
Photo of michaelgrant1983

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

I decided to give this brand a shot yesterday and I'm pleased with my choice.
A: Nice light copper color with a good head on the beer as well.
S: Flowery, more so in my opinion than an IPA.
T: Stronger hops than most APA's that I've had in the past, but very good. The finish is not overpowering at all. Great flavor and smooth on the end.
D: Easy session beer or just to relax with on a nice warm day. Very refreshing.
Over all I really like this brew and definitely recommend it to anyone to give it a shot.

04-19-2009 14:56:44 | More by michaelgrant1983
Photo of Mdog


4/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Gold, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Hits first with a blast of pine, then more citrusy.

Taste: Nice dry citrus, pithy grapefruit. Feels a little light on body but that's fine for an APA.

Drinkability: Nice quaffable pale ale, good for a nice hop kick without being too strong.

This is a pretty good pale ale, on the bitter side and not too heavy so could be sessionable. Seems like it would be a good summer beer.

03-28-2009 21:22:21 | More by Mdog
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

03-04-2009 23:08:14 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.95/5  rDev -21.5%

Reviewed 3/1/2007 (12oz bottle):

Pours a big off-yellow head, quickly diminishing. Clearish brown yellow body, average. Sweet aroma, but unlike typical maltiness. More of a sweet candy sugar aroma. Inhaling & swirling brings out some dry hop aroma. Malty, somewhat tempered by the hops taste. Hoppy sweet, but not too dry aftertaste.

02-06-2009 02:11:23 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of jjanega08


4/5  rDev +6.4%

A= a nice orange color with a respectable head on it and decent lacing
S= grapefruit hops up front but if you do your searchin you can find some chocxolaty malt deep in the nose
T= grapefruit and lemons. Very citrusy and delicious
M= average all around
D= high

01-11-2009 16:26:27 | More by jjanega08
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

pours a clear marigold hue with a buttercream colored two finger bubbly and porous head that quickly fades to a half finger that just won't leave. eventually it dissipates leaving some sticky lacing.

aroma is citrus hops with a bit of citrus hopping. And a touch more citrus hops just to shake things up. There may be a hint of pale malt in there, and probably a bit of pine hopping, but on the whole, smells like a white grapefruit.

taste is grapefruit up front, giving way to a bit of orange, a bit of pine, and some biscuit malt is hidden in there as well. citrus dominates the bitter hopping, entirely void of any floral notes. The caramel and biscuit malting comes through lightly, enough to prevent it from being a complete hop bomb. a clean bitter pine finish is pleasant.

moutfeel is great, with ample carbonation and a smooth feel. A bit on the thick and syrupy side for an APA, but the carbonation and bitterness makes it work. Not overly sweet or sticky... a decent brew.

All in all, deliciously grapefruity. Seems almost too hoppy for the style, and the aroma is so overtly grapefruit that it's hard to figure out what's really going on. If you like hops of the citrus variety, this brew's for you. If you like a solid balanced pale, this ain't it. For what it is, it's great... for the style, it's okay. Know what you're getting into and it's delicious.

01-07-2009 22:58:05 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of Wasatch


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, slight malt, nice notes of citrus/pines, nice bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice American Pale Ale, way to go Lagunitas.

12-23-2008 02:13:00 | More by Wasatch
Photo of morimech


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

12-11-2008 23:44:53 | More by morimech
Photo of jwc215


4.1/5  rDev +9%

Pours bright orange amber with a thin off-white head that stays.

The smell is of pine, orange and grapefruit. It has a biscuity, caramelly backing. It is on the mild side, but what's there is very good.

The taste is of orange, grapefruit and piney notes. Nicely hopped with a firm, biscuity/caramel sweetness backing it up. By the end, the sweetness gives way to a bittering, dry finish. Hoppy - doesn't quite make it to IPA, but as an APA, it's not intended to. On the hoppy side for the style, and nicely done.

It has a pretty chewy, medium, smooth body.

Very drinkable (though abv - which is well-hidden - rings in at 6.4%).

12-11-2008 01:19:56 | More by jwc215
Photo of Spikester


4.1/5  rDev +9%

Pours full amber with a good-sized cream color head. Lots of ring lacings.
Aroma is big floral hops.
Taste is medium grapefruit orange resious hops with agood amount of malt backing. Overall a bit on the sweet side. A little bready as well. Nice bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is good for the style.
Overall an easy drinker. Would guess the abv at 5.5%.

11-18-2008 07:55:22 | More by Spikester
Photo of KarlHungus


2.35/5  rDev -37.5%

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.

11-15-2008 01:23:46 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of mjryan


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

This beer is a clean, light amber with a big head and nice lacing. Smells like grapefruits and pineapples with some caramel malt as well. Taste is very hoppy with a good, caramel sweetness for balance. Bitterness is there but not aggressive. The carbonation level was on the low end of medium and the body was slighty oily. Overall a really good APA that could be considered an IPA do to its strength and hoppy character. Rocemmended.

10-22-2008 21:11:15 | More by mjryan
Photo of ckeegan04


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

09-20-2008 16:05:45 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Applesauce1


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

I picked this up at the Westover Market in Arlington, VA.

Appearance: copper with a nice 3/4" off-white head

Smell: hoppy and piney
Taste: hoppy, some biscuit flavor
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: could do two in a night...hops are a little strong..so three may be a little too much

Overall, a very good beer...im becoming very reliant on west coast beers.

09-19-2008 00:59:19 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of Offa


2.35/5  rDev -37.5%

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.

09-17-2008 18:45:53 | More by Offa
Photo of drunkmonk

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Light amber, nice thick eggshell head and light lacing. Light powdery citric hop aromas with caramel malt undertones. Nice pine and citrus hops smack the tongue upfront. Not expecting this from subdued aromas. Malts come thru in the middle. Some pineapple tropical fruit flavors left behind. Really nice easy drinking American pale ale that packs enough flavor to consider. Good stuff.

09-05-2008 23:54:21 | More by drunkmonk
Photo of armock

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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

07-20-2008 22:17:01 | More by armock
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Woof, woof! Lagunitas is fairly new to the Triangle region of North Carolina, having shown up here within the past two months. A local distributor provided a six-pack for my co-worker and I for trial purposes. I must say, I'm glad he did. Pale ales are not a style I seek out, and I may well have missed this fine brew.

It pours a light amber with bright yellow highlights, with a short-lived, eggshell-white head. The smell is tilted towards the hop side, but a bit of malt and sweet citrus is certainly noticeable. Citrus and tropical fruit attack the taste buds on the first gulp. Malts are mild in the center, and then the bitter, bitter hops dominates the finish. It's a very dry pale ale, literally making me smack my chops after swallowing. Big in flavor, low in presence.

This is quite a powerful pale ale, and the fruit flavors are a nice touch. Worth trying.

07-15-2008 02:17:52 | More by CWiggins
Photo of Ben4881


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Dogtown Pale Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

The Dogtown Pale Ale is a transparent golden yellow color with hints of orange when held up to the light. A modest white head forms and quickly recedes to a small layer of bubbles with a few snowflake patterns. A healthy amount of lacing remains after the head fades. However, as the level lowers, the lacing becomes spotty.

The fragrance is balanced between malt and hops. The floral hop aroma is definitely the stronger fragrance. A slight sweet malt scent is also detectable. The smell is not particularly strong.

Floral, organic hop flavor hits the palette up front. Then the flavor turns bitter in a hurry. The bitterness does not cease and leaves little room for any malt flavor. Dryness and bitterness make the finish and stick around for the aftertaste. Dogtown has a single note flavor with limited complexity and balance.

Fairly light body with notable, but not overwhelming, carbonation. Similar to a weak handshake, it's tough to realize it's there.

The light body makes this beer an easy drink. However, the lack of balance and complexity present in the taste means I will only be having one.

07-03-2008 05:22:45 | More by Ben4881
Photo of CrellMoset


3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

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?

06-26-2008 02:18:37 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Resinous and citric hops. Toasty, nutty malt. Smells like an IPA, smells good.

Gold hue, good clarity, good head with moderate retention.

Attack starts with light toasty malt and light hops. A crisp and soft sweetness develops. Hop flavor deepens to the full citric pine character. The carbonation hits harder than the flavor. Hop bitterness grows on the midpalate.

The Verdict:
A hoppy Pale Ale with flavors that never grew to their full potential or settled on a harmonious balance. Not one of my favorites, but it is tasty. I'd surely get it on tap at a restaurant if I saw it.

06-18-2008 01:42:45 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of elniko


3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Nice deep golden amber, half finger of head with nice lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Strong hop smell on nose. Smells like what I expect out of pale ale.

T & M: Smooth at first but the hops hit the tongue and are definitely noted on the after-taste. Nice mouthful, beer really stays with you after sip. I'm not blown away by this brew but there is nothing objectionable either.

D: I could drink a few of those, not my favorite pale ale but a very solid brew. As far as Lagunitas goes I do prefer their IPA to the pale ale.

06-10-2008 02:04:30 | More by elniko
Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.