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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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very good

397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,771
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 21.55%
Wants: 68
Gots: 275 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thartman on 09-17-2008

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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
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4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I meant to pick this beer up a couple weeks ago and ended up picking up a six of hairy eyeball. I thought that I had reviewed that one and ended up that I hadn't. Good thing. So, let's see what their typical Pale Ale has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale golden color with a small <1/8" head of active small while bubbles that was fizzy really only during the pour and didn't retain. There doesn't appear to be any bubbles rising, so the beer looks rather lifeless after the pour. There is no lacing left after drinking the beer, so it is good that the beer is clear, but kindof sucks that it doesn't come across better than this.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of American hops that was more citrusy at first and then faded back into something with more floral and some earthy notes. There is a little bit of sweet caramel in here as well as some very subtle toasty notes, but the malt part of the profile is pretty reserved.

Taste: The hops are the predominant part of the flavor profile as you would expect and they lead the way completely to the finish. There are a few sweet toasty malt accents that show up here and there, but they are reserved. The overall body is medium to slightly thin with a bit low of carbonation, but it is much more present in the mouthfeel that the appearance alluded to. The finish is owned by the hops, but not so much that the beer is hard to drink. There is firm bitterness in there, but it is playing well enough with the water that it is not out of balance at any point.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good Pale Ale. It is definitely not an Imperial beer, and overall about my only "beef" with it is that the carbonation didn't stick. It is in the taste, but is still low for what I would like. Otherwise, this is a really good beer. The balance is hoppy, but overall it doesn't go outside the beer's capability. All of this said, I can say that this is one of the better Pale Ales out there. This particular bottle has a bit low of carbonation for what I feel it should. I do not regret picking up a six-pack of this beer.

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More User Reviews:
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 oberon
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Turbo
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of brownbeer
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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2/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sasoares
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

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