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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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391 Reviews
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Reviews: 391
Hads: 1,723
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 63
Gots: 253 | 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: 391 | Hads: 1,723
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of LennyOvies
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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 (319 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 (445 characters)

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (234 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
1.53/5  rDev -61.8%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of abastias
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of kpoole25
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of dtumminelliob
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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

Eyes
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.

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

Mouth
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.

Notes
Damn good beer! (684 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (170 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (161 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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... (1,106 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.29/5  rDev +7%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of lushes22
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 (970 characters)

Photo of Capsfan90
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (209 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale slighty cloudy with tons of lace.. A/T pale cracker malt, noticeable pine spice hop, Pilsner mixed with a IPA is the best way to describe it.. Sweet floral aroma is very nice aswell.. Thin lager like body with a heavy hop bitterness and dry cracker malt.. But being a pale ale and not a IPA I think it makes for a great pale ale. (334 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deeper gold, slightly cloudy. There is a nice cap a foamy white head that holds on and leaves some sticky lacing. The aroma is lighter and tropical fruity and floral. The taste has that same quality with a little woody hops added in and a nice lighter caramelly body. The body isn't too heavy and it has a nice light carbonation tingle on the finish. (358 characters)

Photo of DrunkenNoodleStyle
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Comes off hoppy. Thick head when poured into a pint glass, nice lacing. Wouldn't of guessed it to be a Pale Ale. Tastes of an IPA. That or I've drank too many IPAs tonight before trying this.I dig it. With Lagunitas it seems you can't go wrong with any of their offerings. Curious to see how the Bros to rate it. (312 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a good level of retention, leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a doughy and bready smell mixed with a moderately strong aroma of a light fruit nature of citrus and peach. These smells are rounded out by a bit of a floral and citrus hop smell, which add a nice balance to the other aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of bready tastes and a little sweeter fruit and caramel flavor. The fruit is of a tropical and citrus base with mango and tangerine there as well as a bit of a more orange taste. Along with these tastes there is a lighter level of hop upfront again being of a citrus nature of bitter grapefruit. The grapefruit grows stronger as the taste advances and is joined by other flavors of a floral nature. With even more caramel coming to the tongue at the end and mixing nicely with the hop and bread, one is left with a very smooth and pleasant flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side for a pale ale of 6.2 % abv. For the smooth flavors of fruit, hop and malt the feel is quite nice and makes for an easy but flavorful drinker.

Overall – This is a very enjoyable brew to drink with tons of flavor but still easy drinking for the pale ale style of the brew. Rather well done overall. (1,559 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint glass 11/23/2014.

A- Clear straw yellow with one finger white head, average in terms of substance and froth; good retention and nice lacing. [3.5]

S- Bready malts, grassy hops, a bit of caramel; nothing too complicated. [3.5]

F- Biscuits, caramel, grassy hop bitterness. A bit of toffee sweetness as well. [3.5]

M- Medium bodied, a bit higher in carbonation than I am used to, but crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Easy to hydrate with this one. [4]

O- A fairly decent APA, nothing that is mind blowing or different but it fits the archetypes of an easy to drink, mildly bitter APA. [3.5]

Final score: 3.55 (688 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad brew, it is well crafted. It is probably my least favorite Lagunitas brew though. Compared to their other excellent offerings, this one just comes off a little too bland for me.

Would drink again if it was all that was available, but not what I would seek out. (271 characters)

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.