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New Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale

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397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,771
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 21.55%
Wants: 68
Gots: 274 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thartman on 09-17-2008

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Reviews: 397 | Hads: 1,771
Photo of stevoj
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wowzers. Complex and hoppy, but surprisingly easy to drink. Bountiful head, lots of sticky lacing, light malt aroma, hint of hops, taste brings hops out to the front, mildly bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel, slides right down.

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale orange in color and very hazy. Poured with a thick white foam with medium low retention. Medium hop aromas of citrus orange and earthy spice. Medium malt aromas with light crackery notes. Medium bodied with medium, tangy carbonation. Medium high spicy and earth resinous hop flavors with light notes of citrus orange. Medium malt aromas with light bready notes near the end. Spicy hop bite in the middle with medium high bitterness. Finished dryly with spicy hop flavors and light, lingering bitterness. Well balanced hop and malt aromas. Flavors lean toward the hoppy side for a pale ale with pleasant, slighty aggressive but also subtle hop characters. Crisp, refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle

A: Pours a deep golden honey color with lots of lively bubbly carbonation.One finger of creamy foamy white head lingers for awhile and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Aromas of floral and pine hops, with the scent of citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Also a slight note of sweet malts.

T: Flavors of citrus greet you initially, grapefruit, orange, lemon, and a little mango. In the middle you find a slight bit of sweet malt flavor and some herbal spice. Finishes with some nice floral pine hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderately high amount of carbonation. Crisp and slick goes down nice and easy.

O: A pleasantly easy drinking Pale Ale. A great go to when you want to kick back a few. The brew is well balanced in flavor but slightly hoppier then your standard Pale Ale. This is one of my favorite year-round's for it's style and would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear and fizzy star with a sizeable head. The aroma is mostly of pine, with a hint of citrus, classic west coast aroma. The flavor leads with dry grapefruit, followed by a healthy dose of pine. The mouthfeel begins thin and evens out into a slightly unctuous texture. Overall this is a veyr pleasing, slightly dank America pale. Should sell better than it does.

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Photo of jancona
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm usually not a fan of the APA, but I like this one. Poured from a bottle - beautiful and complex off-white foam. For the taste - the malt foundation is sweet with a touch of caramel and a hint of cider. A bright floral hop kicks in with a smooth finish.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful malt backbone balanced with refreshing hops. Notes of green apple, biscuits, and citrus. Lagunitas finally strikes a good balance with malts and hops, making this one of my favorite Lagunitas brews.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold with a 2” white to cream colored foam cap that dissipates over 4 minutes to a thick, lacy film. S: Big malty grainy aromas rise from the glass with some light caramel, floral and spice. T: A rich attack with malt, fruit, biscuit, faint nuts, and assertive bitterness. The palate has some citrus and also some herbal notes. Over all the flavors are well rounded. F: Very creamy, medium body and a very soft palate. O: A nice drinking, full flavored, refreshing beer.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Mustard-gold color and a rich creamy head
S- Crisp hops aroma. Herbal and spicy.
T- Flowery hops upfront, ends less bitter and refreshing with a note of pine.
F- Medium body, slightly sticky.
O- Hoppier than your regular APA, stands mere steps away from an IPA. Very good.

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Photo of CraigS119
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Don't be fooled by the "pale ale" moniker, this one's a bitter bomb. Exploding with chinook hops in the aroma and flavors (piney, spicy, resinousy, herbal, dank), with some Columbus-esque (citrus) playing second fiddle. Definitely one to seek for those looking for a powerful, lower-abv, bitter IPA experience. 73.4/100

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Photo of kevinlater
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle, bottled on july 6 2015. enjoyed on july 25 2015

a: n/a

s: sharp pink grapefruit and marijuana dankness with slight orange rind notes

t: strong bitter pink grapefruit and dank herbal pine. rounds out in the mid-palate with a more sweet orange flesh. quite the bitter finish

m: medium body, moderate carbonation

o: an unforgivingly hoppy pale ale, quite close to IPA territory. not for beginners, but absolutely delicious

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a "love of beer" goblet. Slightly darker than a Pilsner color, but certainly not copper or red. Lots of citrus in both the aroma and taste. Too much carbonation for feel. Might be better off with the regular Lagunitas IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If the "session IPA" is to replace the classic American pale ale in the future- Lagunitas is ahead of the curve with this dog of a low-bodied hop-bomb!

Its innocent enough austere is light gold, nearly emulating pilsner with a caramelized gaze. But with the taste looming, the nose is taken back by the IPA-like scent that squarely focuses on white grapefruit rind, under-ripened orange and a strong grassy and leafy quality. Its grain and caramel sweetness is supportive of the hop onslaught at first but that is all short lived.

The malt sweetness drops out of the middle palate, and leaves creamy malt textures to fend for their own- quickly dominated by the citrus, leaf and herbaceous hop flavor. Strong carbonation brings the vegetative flavors to life and gives the palate a good scrubbing heading into finish.

Closing with strong bitterness that stands tall in the absence of malt- dragging with it the character of citrus pith, grass, stem and leaf. Its chlorophyll bite hangs in the back of the throat and is slow to relinquish its grip. The rest of the flavors are fast-fleeting and leaves the palate clean, crisp and refreshed.

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Photo of TopherBreski
1.53/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Golden color with loads of carbonation. Decent hoppy aroma but I've seen a lot better. I typically like hoppy IPAs like Victory but this is way over hoppy and bitter.

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Photo of abastias
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Uniformly deep gold color with mixed bubble size sticky dull white foam.
S: Assertive floral, resiny hoppy aroma. Grapefruit juice. Bandaid. Alcohol is noticeable.
T: Peppery, pine resin, crackers.
M: Sticky medium viscosity.
O: Very attractive APA. Aroma and taste are classically hoppy.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me of SN Hop Hunter, something a little different in how the hops taste. On my palate it comes across as overly bitter. Hops had a vague sweet/fruity smell and taste but seemed muddled, neither citrus or pine or tropical..maybe a tad earthy. At 6.2% seems a little high for APA, again not sure what to make of this beer, borders on IPA but whatever, there are better APA/IPA out there.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's generally a good pale ale, but a step short of being great. It is straw-colored--possibly a little light, but completely within the realm of reasonable for a pale ale--and the flavor is bitter but, again, a little less aggressive or nuanced than I would probably desire in the ideal pale ale. To summarize, good--stellar, even. If in the mood for a pale ale, I would order it in a pub if it was one of only a few on tap, but probably not what I would choose given a variety of options or a purchase from a well-stocked store.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on March 23rd, 2015 (Julian Code stamped on bottleneck)
Reviewed on May 21st, 2015
Served in a Lagunitas Jar

Poured a clean gold body with a slight orange glow. The head was close to an inch and a half tall. It quickly collapsed and left a pleasing amount of sticky lacing.

Big notes of floral hops. Sweet citrus, think grapefruit, lemon peel, and even a bit of orange.

A nice blend of grapefruit, floral, and pine infused hops hit the tongue first. The bitterness quickly intensified until a weak presence of biscuity malts attempted to level things out. Semi dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Medium bodied.

Damn good beer!

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear golden color with white head. Floral notes, light fruits, and some other sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a floral note.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me of a session IPA. Very little malt character. Which is different from most Pale Ale's. This is a piney,hoppy, and slight tropical fruit Pale Ale.

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Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A finger and a half worth of of pale light khaki colored crisp slightly airy forth that displays decent retention... Once receded there is a full thick veil of lacing and a surprisingly thick collar... This one is 110% translucent... The color is a medium gold with vibrant orange undertones... A moderate bit of varying paced carbonation rises randomly throughout... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the session proceeds... The aroma is earthy and slightly dank... It's a strong all malt aroma dominated by bread crust and graham crackers... Perhaps some very faint hints of toffee and orange zest as well... The aroma was a good indicator of flavor... In addition to the strong malt base that was expected there is also a distinctive hoppiness and a slight metallic presence... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Dense and sits heavy on the tongue... Moderate carbonation... This one is a text book American Pale Ale... Nothing off putting, but nothing overly memorable either , just a rock solid offering which should come as no surprise from Lagunitas...

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light orange/ dark yellow with a white head that laces the glass. The smell was really nice with scents of grapefruit and lemon peel as well as some pine. The taste was good as well mixing the hops up front with a nice amount of malt to mellow out into a very clean finish. Very happy with this one.

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Photo of hoagzzz
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have not had this in about a year and a half. One month old bottle. Laggy does not make a bad brew imo, but this one is just ok. Very easy drinking for what it's worth.

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Photo of lushes22
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light amber color withe real light cloudiness. Mild fruit hoppy smell with hint of pine. Somewhat bland taste. Almost like a session ipa with a little malt on back. Average carb and a little dry. Wouldn't drink again unless options limited. Very average.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright bronze with steady pocked snow white head that trails. 4
Herbal, floral, orange zest nose - fresh! 4
Thread of apricot-filled filo pastry with icing sugar, then grapefruit, white pine, pineapple (natch), and lemon balm hops. 4.25
Pith finish and numbing pine linger.
Just past light, crisp, touch of oil, creamy. 4

Paler that expected and there's a sugared grapefruit thing on the nose that's tantalizing. That sugar carries over to be just the lightest malt load possible before all the light sides of C hops (no orange, pine resin, or dank) kick in. For all the sunshine here, there is a whack of chalky bitterness that hits a little harder than 47 IBUs.

Not sure what to make of this vs the IPA, which is roughly the same ABV and IBUs. Hop Stoopid Lite, some people have said; I could get down with that. It's also soft and way drinkable - the only way, in fact, that it actually resembles an APA. Might take this over the IPA, which could be the point. 4.25

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Photo of Capsfan90
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured one finger white head in a snifter, there was minimal lacing. Color was a bright pale straw color with a little cloudiness. Taste was smooth with a considerable amount of drinkability. Fairly good brew.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.