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Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Dogtown Pale AleDogtown Pale Ale

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331 Ratings
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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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Photo of Onslow


3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had for Birthday at Flying Saucer in Houston ... A very smooth pale ... wonderfully balanced ... golden honey tan coloured beverage ... man, very drinkable ... a nice sweeter pale... thanks Kristen.. this capped off the evening quite well, a decent american pale ale...

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 17:04:03 | More by Onslow
Photo of ibrewaletx


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber color that poured with a small head, maybe 1.5 fingers. It didn't last too long but laced good. It smelled NW hops distinctly from the first whif. This seemed to have more of a sweet taste than I would expect, not malty sweet - just slightly sweet in the after taste.
Overall for me was slightly below average as this sweetness didn't go too well for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 00:03:50 | More by ibrewaletx
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a medium amber with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers off white and leaves good lace.

The smell is good piney with a twist of line and juniper.

The taste follows quite interesting, and refreshing shot of piney hops and a good malt back bone.

The mouthfeel is ok close to medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, I'm glad I tried it. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 20:36:17 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of boston2bburg


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear golden amber color with a large, pillowy, off-white head that leaves fine stripes of lacing down the glass and sticks around the whole time.

The smell is the showcase for this one it would seem. Relentless citrusy, floral hops greet you at the pop of the cap. The pour releases them further; this beer by smell alone would pass for a DIPA.

Taste lets up a little bit but not much. Still plenty of cascade hops, some grapefruit, trace apricot. The epitomy of a west coast pale ale.

Not much separates this one from an IPA, except maybe a little more body and alcohol. Mouthfeel is overwhelmingly sharp and bitter, makes you pucker at the end, but if you were looking for balance, you picked up the wrong six-pack.

Drinkable enough for a hop head. I definitely wouldn't mind having this on hand all summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 03:27:04 | More by boston2bburg
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright clear amber orange. Head dwindles to a coating and then hangs around like a film for the entire pint.

Spicy hops and a balanced malt presence.

Big NW taste, as far as APA's go. Fruity hop presence, with the slightest bitter pinecone flavor. Earthy and floral. A real nice Pale Ale.

Drinkability is there, for sure. Real nice and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 03:28:51 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of argock


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
Photo of JDV


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 23:05:40 | More by JDV
Photo of kdoc8


2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired at the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. Pours out a golden color with a thin white head, and not much lacing. The smell isn't that strong or distinct - maybe a bit of fruity hops but that's it. The taste is a bit bland, some taste of yeast and aromatic hops, and it doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. I'd drink it again, but it wasn't that exciting.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 00:54:36 | More by kdoc8
Photo of choyhosoi


3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this one because I have heard good things about the brand. The color poured had a nice copper look to it. The smell of this beer is just as it should be no big surprises just a hop scent to it. The taste at first is smooth then those hops hit you so expect them. This is one for those who like hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 04:29:45 | More by choyhosoi
Photo of jasonjlewis


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent ale with decent head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is alright, but not great. Smell is malty, mainly caramel malts, with a faint hop backround. There is almost a biscuity smell.

Taste is decent. In between english and american pale ale styles. Malty backbone balanced with a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent as well. This beer is easy to drink. It would make for a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 08:24:34 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale amber with a sizeable head that leaves huge tracks of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Mild aroma, faint malt and faint pine and grasy hops.

T - Pine hops and some hay with faint light maltiness. Aftertaste is slight grassiness and malt.

M - A bit harsh from caarbonation, medium bodied, pretty refereshing.

D - Good. It is a typical pale ale. Not too much stands out exepct that it is a bit better than most in teh net effect. I will live near Lagunitas next year, so I will likely paartake in their beers often - from what I have had so far, I look forward to it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2007 02:16:04 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of beeragent


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear gold, forming a thick 1 inch head, leaving light rings of lace on the glass. Nice floral hop aroma. The taste is sweet citrusy hop flavor. Light mouthfeel. Overall, a very smooth, non-complex, clean pale ale. Very sessionable. The flavor is straitforward, and easy to enjoy. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 07:43:51 | More by beeragent
Photo of emerge077


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newish tap @ Frasca Pizza in Chicago (only decent one).

Looked and smelled like a hoppy American Pale, nice pineapple hint in the aroma, but not overtly present.

Taste is fresh hops, pineapple/grapefruit combo, not overwhelming. Warm malt/grain comes through in the finish, and is perfectly welcome. Seems balanced, and not dull for the style.

I had two pints, a testament to the high drinkability of this ale...

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2007 02:21:22 | More by emerge077
Photo of stephendr


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

12 oz. bottle- color of clear copper , with a frothy off white head - nose is faint , hopps , pepper – taste of chocolate malt , vanilla , woody notes , and - body creamy silky , and lightly carbonated – aftertaste of chocolate malt , and slight hopps – I did not get much of a nose I am wondering if this was a old bottle??

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 06:26:03 | More by stephendr
Photo of rkuhnel


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

Bottle. Poured a rich golden yellow with a nice foamy head and good lacing. Big nose of citrus hops and malts. Mouthfeel rich and goes down easy with a nice bitter finish. Good flavors that are simple and straight-forward. I would call this a far better than average APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 23:36:22 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of BeerSox


2.98/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 07:29:54 | More by BeerSox
Photo of EPICAC


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a fluffy, one-inch, off-white head that thins to a film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Hops dominate the aroma, predominantly grapefruit/citrus. There are some malty caramel notes.

Taste: Toasty malts, high citric tartness, with a nice grassy and citric hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, some hop oiliness.

Drinkability: Definitely tasty and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 06:54:30 | More by EPICAC
Photo of

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. True gold in color, faintly hazy. Large ivory colored head. Scent was honey, lemon-orange hops, with a subtle, bread-like malt. In taste, malt dominates in a biscuity/cracker like flavor. There are enough hops to provide balance, and these are of the pine/grass variety. There is a flicker of sulfur which popped up in the middle when I was down to about 1/4 of a glass, but it wasn't much of a flaw. Hops are probably most noticeable in the finish, where they team up with some pepper. Mouthfeel is light, with medium carbonation. Very refreshing and easy to drink, I will have more.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 19:50:49 | More by
Photo of pjwilson


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: uhhh... No head and a little clear for me eyeballs taste, a bit tooo filtered. light amber color.

smell: light resiny hops and decent malt backbone. looking promising.

taste: ok i've had this before and it tasted much hoppier. This has gotta be a six month old sample. If you get this fresh, it's pretty much a hop bomb. That said, as it is now it's still pretty good. The malts have taken to the forefront and luckly they have some girth. Overall very bland though. Trying to find something here and coming up short. This beer is more like a bitter, than a pale ale...imo.

mouthfeel: pretty light. it is a very low alcohol beer.

It's hard to find good or bad things to say about this beer. If you find a really fresh sample(say...any shitkicker bar in Downtown Petaluma....there's a few), you will find yourself a nice little hoppy session beer. With even a bit of age the hops are gone and it's pretty much a half way decent bland marzen like ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 00:24:19 | More by pjwilson
Photo of FuzzyGuy84


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber color - orange with a hint of red. Mildly cloudy, but a consistant look throughout. Medium white head. A little dark for a Pale Ale, certainly unique.

S - Strong citrus and malt smell, with a little bit of hoppiness.

T - Very sweet and citrusy, with a lot of malt on the tongue. In no way bad but not what I usually think of when I drink a Pale Ale.

M - Thin despite cloudy apperance. Light carbonation on the back of the tongue, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Not great.

D - This is a competant beer that is just not for me. Somewhat drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2006 22:46:12 | More by FuzzyGuy84
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange-copper with a decently-sized, bubbly white head.

Smells appropriately hoppy, but perhaps a touch vegetal along with the brighter citric fruits.

The palate shows clean malt, with a touch of caramel, and proper bitterness at the fore coupled with a quick burst of carbonation. Malt and hops both linger into the medium finish before a mildly bitter mouthfeel closes things out.

As far as APAs go, this is a quality, serviceable entry, light enough to refresh but flavorful enough to satisfy.

As a style, I've been ignoring APAs recently, in favor of bolder and more flavorful offerings. I now feel somewhat bad about this, and I'll be making an effort to return to my roots, so to speak, and indulge in a nice, easy, refreshing, drinkable, flavorful APA when it's called for.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 11:07:57 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of jwff


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a burning orange with yellow borders, looks good enough. Not much in the way of head but enough carbonation dresses it up nicely. Smell is mild hops and apple sweetness. I think there is some brown sugar in there too. Taste is right around there with the smell, and very balanced. The hops stay from start to finish and the appley flavor sticks around throughout as well. I was trying to think of what this beer reminded me of and it's really like Salvator Doppelbock's younger brother, but with a little bit more hops. There is a pleasant cinnamon grittiness that sits on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is a little more watery than I'd like, but I guess I shouldn't expect all beers to be high abv sludge beasts. Drinkability is good, but the beer is a little too sweet to warrant anything higher than a 4. I'd get this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 23:19:00 | More by jwff
Photo of Reidrover


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
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly little carbonation - a vigorous finish to the pour only resulted in a one finger head that died off immediately. No crown or lacing at all. The beer itself is a clear golden color that looks terribly inviting.

Smell is pleasantly fruity with a hint of new mown grass. Rather restrained but in style for a Pale Ale.

Taste is a bit on the weak side - a pleasant enough malt base with mild hints of toasted grain, honey and tangerine but no real hops to add a finish to the drink

Good enough mouthfeel especially considering the lack of carbonation. Light bodied, no cloying aftertastes, just a wee bit of hop flavor but no real bitterness, a nice finish to each sip

Overall quite drinkable when watching a game, to go with a buger or in the backyard on a summer day... No real hop presence (they must have saved it all for the IPA) but for a light, flavorful PA it's quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 03:01:07 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of assurbanipaul


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear light amber with a medium head that disappears quickly. Nose is light, clean hops with a touch of malt.

Taste is mostly floral hops but not overwhelming, balaned by a medium toasty malt base. Good biscuity flavors, seems to switch back and forth between hop and malt. Nice buttery flavors and a dry spiciness also come through. Slight honey flavor without the accompanying sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium, a very smooth and well-balanced pale ale. Above average for the style. I could definitely session this.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 03:57:40 | More by assurbanipaul
Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.