New Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,680
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 61
Gots: 229 | FT: 0
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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 by JMad:
Photo of JMad
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a mug...

Pours a golden orange color with a frothy white head that left a lot of lacing. The aroma is awesome, I could smell fruity bubblegum, creamy vanilla and grapefruit and sugar. It tastes bitter at first with lots of lemon, tangerine and grapefruit, it has a wave of sweetness and a piney aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied with lots of soft carbonation and a dry hoppy finish. This pale ale can hang with the best in my opinion.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always love getting my hands on some new Lagunitas stuff.Poured into a nonic a dull light to medium golend with a thinner but well retained white head.Great aromas the hop profile really stricks out,pine with citric notes mixed with a lightly sweet caramel/biscuit malt base.The flavors dont hit home as much as I ecpected,the caramel malt notes show thru upfront with the citric,piney hop notes finishing but its a little lighter than expected.Mouthfeel is a tad thin but the beer is quaffable.

Photo of brownbeer
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with a thin white head.

I'm greeted by floral hops on the nose with citrus, and doughy malts not far behind.

Grapefruit/citrus flavors blend with the pale malt sweetness. Still, it's hop driven for the most part.

Not the tip-top, but flavorful, sessionable, and respectable.

Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow with a medium frothy white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is biscuity malts and grassy, slightly metallic, hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with a pretty big grassy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK pale ale with good bitterness. The biscuit malt and grassy hops aren't my thing though.

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

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info to be gleaned.

Pours clear, lighter amber, with a golden hue. Very loose off white head, shows some retention, before ging to a larger bubble film, collar and bits of again looser lacing.

Hops on the nose, on the musty, leafy and herbal side.

Pronounced hop presence is the lead dog here. Bitter and dry, somebody else said this one seemed more British in style and I agree. Tastes like a well hoped Brit IPA, doesnt have that citric/grapefruit assault of more West Coast style IPAs...anyway, of course I like, but I'm not in love. Servicable, sessionable, works fine in a pinch, just wouldnt call it a "go to" IPA.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. I get a of different things in the aroma. At first I get a lot of orange and some biscuit malt, but then it opens up and I get a lot of fruit - pineapple, pine, papaya and some cattiness. The flavor is not as complex. I get some pine and biscuit malt as well as some papaya and pineapple. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on Julian date 110 (April 20, 2011).

Appearance: Slightly burnished gold with nice stark white head and light lacing rings.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine hop aroma, with some grainy malts.

Taste: Expected Lagunitas hop taste of grapefruit, tangerine and pine atop a bed of grainy, toasted, slightly sour malts. Ends with a decent level of spicy bitterness, with some more pine.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, nice dry finish.

Overall: Well balanced APA with the signature Lagunitas hops making their presence known. Still trying to decide if it is a positive or negative that most Lagunitas beers have a somewhat similar taste profile, but when they taste so good, I guess the answer should be obvious.

Photo of ironlung
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW nice to have a great beer from Lagunitas. Alot of their stuff is funky to me, so when I saw this brew I only picked up a single.

A: Crystal-clear amber. Little head that went bye bye very quickly. No lacing.

S: Smells a bit malty at first, then the citrus comes thru in a big fashion. Total orange peel.

T: Oh man this is a great pale ale. Reminds me of Bear Republic's XP. I really like this stuff!!!

M: Refreshing. Every thing is exactly where it belongs.

D: My hat's off to Lagunitas! This pale ale runs circles around their ipa. A definate winner. I'm going to pick up more whenever I see it!

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

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a clear goldne color with an inch or so of white head. average head retention.

smells of pungent dank resinous citrus and pine hops. resembles the smell of really good marajuana a little. just an ever so hint of caramel malt.

this one definatly smells and tastes like an ipa, but thats not really a problem for me. a nice assertive hop character for an ipa. grapefruit citrus, pine, and slightly grassy hops. mostly hop forward, but you do get a little bit of a caramel malt backing. finishs with some really nice hop flavors and lingering bittereness.

the carbonation feels good, medium bodied beer.

drinks really easy, a very nice session beer. i could see myself buying this again. this has the hop content of an ipa, but like i said thats not a problem for me, and i dont see it being a problem for most people on here. a good beer, 4s across the board.

Photo of ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Windmill Farms
San Diego, CA

Slightly hazed golden color. Tight, nearly white head. Consistent lacing down the glass.

I really love aromas like this one--it's much more akin to a San Diego style IPA than a simple pale. It's pungent and full of citrus, while also leafy and a touch grassy. Quite impressive.

Pungent and biting grapefruit flavor along with a leafy and earthy hop bill--relatively bitter for a pale ale, which is fine by me. Well balanced by a hefty, bready malt backbone.

Medium bodied. Easy to drink. Lovely on a hot day.

A delicious pale ale--though at this ABV and with this much hop presence, it's really much closer to an IPA, in my opinion. Whatever they call it, it doesn't matter--this is tasty beer, especially perfect on a summer afternoon.

Photo of moundbz
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

super tropical smell, nice smooth bitter.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale ale right up there with the gold standard, SN. Good copper orange appearance, great amarillo? hop aroma. Bountiful.

Taste is phenomenal. Way better than their ipa or maximus ipa. Rather than being overly bitter, they stuff a bunch of dry hopping I suspect, because this is so citrusy hop, but with a lighter body. Perfect. So drinkable. This is the standard for a pale ale.

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Clear light amber with a 1 finger with head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - Nice floral and pine and citrus hops bouquet. Not overpowering, but very solid nose.

T - Hops hops and more hops, but subtle and delicious with a nice caramel malt and bready body. Great APA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - One great APA glad it is back and better than ever.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to retry this beers "New" Dogtown version, I have to say I love Lagunitas and all things Petaluma, CA (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals). Had a great time living in Cali when I was a youth, summer of 2001 and I turned 20 I was living in SoCal...this is the type of beer I fell in love with out there that got me this into beer. A perfect west coast pale ale, really pours a glowing orange copper hue with a bright white head forming thick and rising above the rim of my glass. Fine intricate lacing left behind as the head slowly dwindles down, this beer just showed up at my local I may have to clear them out. Look aroma wise it can't get better than this citrus peels with hints of orange, grapefruit, and apricot with even a touch of mild pineapple or something tropical. I know these guys use hop concentrate or hop oils but it's working this beer is so hoppy. Hoppier than their IPA think Hop Stoopid light, that's how they should market this, still a substantial amount of alcohol going on at 6.2% abv it's still effortless to drink besides dealing with a barrage of hop burps that it may induce. Flavor hits with a well rounded bitterness and biscuit pale malts with some herbal spiciness coming through again citrus peels and hops burn your nares with hop burps. Mouthfeel is coated with a slick layer of hop oils streaking across the palate, carbonation is moderate but carries the light to medium bodied pale ale so well. A true classic in my book, you just can't get these same flavors in anyother pale ale out there espcecially any pale in the 6.2 range, which could be a light IPA.

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

A: this has the powerful weed/citrusy hop aroma of an IPA, or even a DIPA. ABV is more like an IPA too, and partly hidden (although there is some harshness in the mouthfeel). The aromas seems clean even though it has some herbal/earthy elements in it and is reminiscent of skunky weed ... uh, from what I've heard.

T: plenty of hops in the flavor too, and they impart a clear impression of grapefruit in the aftertaste. The beer has a little sweetness upfront, and orange seems to be the predominant citrus flavor until the finish.

M: Medium body with a hint of syrup; medium carbonation; some warming and harshness from the alcohol (and hops?).

O: I would like to try this side-by-side with a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (a favorite) -- I think the flavor profile is similar but less aggressive. At any rate, this is probably the most highly hopped APA I've ever had and would pass in a blind taste test as an IPA.

(revisited in June 2013 with a, most likely, 2013 bottle).

Photo of Doughbodyboy
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours a nice full bodied golden color. the head has been sticking around for a good amount of time. it is a creamy off white. the smell is more of an ipa than a pale ale but i am likeing it a bunch. there is the slight malt with a strong hop overtone. the taste isn't as sweet as some pale ales but it has something different that i really enjoy. it is like the little brother to the Lagunitas imperial red ale. there is a sense of grapefruit tingles the tounge. there is freshness that reminds me of the smell givin off from a fresh tomato plant. the mouthfeel is bubbly with some thickness as it moves through. overall i really enjoy this take on the style and will go back to this one plenty of times.

Photo of apbarwood
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A warm golden color with a dense head of white foam that lasted forever supported by a strong carbonation. Lots of citrus in the aroma highlighting a bouquet of clean, fresh hops with a hint of malt holding it together. The hops are almost overpowering at first but fade quickly and leave a biscuity, malt center that finishes softly with a dry, pine and grapefruit on the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and quite enjoyable all around. I'd say this beer is good but a little bit out of balance as far as the flavor goes. The interplay between malt and hop was less than seamless but in general it was worth drinking though Lagunitas has made better beers along the same lines as this one.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A simple golden colored brew that is perfectly clear and bubbly. The head on the other hand is less than with a not very showy cream colored froth that seems to evaporate.

Mmmm the nose is delectable. Sweet roasted grains with a squeeze of fresh grapefruit hops. An awesome smell that I'd put among the top in this style. I can't wait to take a sip after sniffing this.

The taste is a slight let down from the glorious nose. The malts fade to the back and a slightly over bittered hop takes over. Normally I'm all for IBU's but this tastes and feels a little like a tart sour lemon. Not in a good way either. It's flavor isn't bad, just a mild disappointment from the nose.

Mouthfeel is mild with a steady carbonation and before mentioned bitterness that I find style appropriate. It could use a little more malts to balance things out or more of a hop flavor but all that said it's a very drinkable beer. Nothing memorable.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. If the neck is accurate bottled Sept 26th 2012.

A: Pours a golden amber with just a touch of haze. A white 1 1/2 finger head gets a little rocky as it dissipates leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Can immediately get a decent hop character with loads of citrus fruitiness. However there is a solid amount of malt back. Great earthy character when it all blends together.

T: This brew starts off with a bit of toasty malt then the hops take over. Solid bitterness to the hops but I fear some of their fruitiness may have been lost. Pretty well balanced though.

M: Fairly light body but retains a somewhat full feeling in the mouth. Average carbonation, just a touch of stickiness. An easy drinker.

Overall first time having this beer and am impressed, Lagunitas makes some good hoppy beers. Would love to try another one fresher.

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. The "old", apparently stomach-decimating Dogtown was a decent pale ale, so let's see what the makeover brings us.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with a few fingers of thick, creamy, and puffy off-white head, which stands above the lip of the glass in its sturdiness, slowly melting away to leave a few minor rings of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, sweet (ok, and a wee bit tart) grapefruit - those monstrous Texan varieties - muddled tropical fruit, and a bakery-ready biscuity malt - very much like a slightly pulled-back version of Hop Stoopid, so, wickedly appealing. The taste is still zingy grapefruit, but more of a bitter sort than in the aroma, bready, somewhat crackery caramel malt, and further astringent piney, leafy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a peppy frothiness throughout, the body perhaps a little thin, but maybe I'm just expecting IPA malt heaviness, given the other characteristics of this beer - however, the overall effect is smooth. It finishes dry and hoppy, the fruit and pine essences following through with gusto.

Definitely in the luscious no-mans' land between an APA and a West Coast IPA. I found it went down very quickly, maybe because I was trying to determine which way it was leaning for each quaff, but mostly, it just tastes great. The only drawback, which I guess is locale-specific? 20 bucks for a sixer on this side of the 49th.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a land of hop forward, citrussy pales these days, here is a FINE representation of the emerging style. Great Beer enjoyed on tap at the Fireside Lodge Bed & Breakfast in S. Lake Tahoe.

Smell and taste match perfectly.

Big grapefruit rind, tangerines, and some of the lighter colored tropical fruits. This is all backed by a earthy breadiness. Slim on the malt bill which is appreciated. Spectacular for a Pale. Aroma and taste as good or better than many readily available IPAs on the market.

Mouthfeel is a bit light but very refreshing. The carbonation is spot on and the finish is dry & crisp, leaving the scene without a trace. Very hop forward pale, more like a IPA light.

This is my new session beer! Love it. One thought that came to mind was that this is just like a toned down version of Lagunitas Sucks.

Well done Lagunitas!

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas- New Dogtown Pale Ale

A- Light copper with a big frothy white head. Good ringed lacing.
S- sweet toffee/ caramel malt with a light sugary lemon orange rind hop.
T- Light sweet sugary grapefruit/ orange hoppiness with scoops of sugar and a mild caramel malt.
M- Very sugary citrus hops slight dry bitterness but mostly sweetened. Good thick malty backbone.

Overall- Light crisp and easily sessionable. 1 of my new goto Pale Ales.

Photo of tastybeer
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review is long overdue...

Beautifully crystal clear beer. Super clingy lace and clumpy foam head. Aroma is brisk, flowery, fruity, slightly spicy, clean, and crisp. Orange is big, soapy floral, lilac possibly, doughy malt, crisp grains, light caramel, perhaps butterscotch, all very well arranged. Taste is softy sweet, fruity, piney, brightly bitter, and generally delectable. Flavors include lemon, orange, general hoppy resin, fresh crackery grains, and flowers. Just plain well done. Mouthfeel is slick, smooth, and perfectly carbonated.

This is one of my favorite pale ales.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a bright, clear amber with an off-white, 2-finger head. Great retention. Strong lacing coats the glass.

Smell - Spicy, with citrus hop predominately, and a bit of sweet malt in the background.

Taste - A great balance of citrus hop and light, sweet caramel malt hit before a bit of bread character creeps in midway through. Peppery spice bites at the palate near the finish, and melds with the citrus to create an awesome uppercut to the taste buds, with the flavor lingering deep into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, and the carbonation adds a nice bite toward the finish. Goes down smooth.

Overall - This one comes through with great balance, and passes with flying colors. Unique. Maybe my favorite year-round pale ale on the market today.

Photo of Magpie14
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: close to crisp gold color with tangerine hues. Quickly thin foamy head with some notable lacing. The head is bright white in color

S: pleasant citrus smell of oranges, grapefruits, and a few squeezes of lemon and a handful of pine needles. Some sticky caramel smells

T: surprising thinness abreast with the hop flavors. Each sip the hops give a mild burst of citrus and pine and then fizz away, minimal malt presence. Some bitterness dries on the palate with delicate sugary tangerines, oranges, and clean floral notes towards the finish. I can barely gather a distribution of biscuit, toasty, caramelized maltiness in the mix. In other words, It has a backbone but it is a bit frail. Don't get me wrong, I don't like a overpowering malt presence in my APA's or IPA's etc...but it has to cradle the flavors and this one does good. Otherwise, it is rather refreshing and has a nice smack of hops for a APA

M: smooth and slick with a ample dose of bubbles. Body is light to mild and very easy down the hatch

D: just a very solid pale ale, plain and simple

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,680 ratings.