New Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale

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Reviews: 387
Hads: 1,695
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 61
Gots: 239 | 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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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 dmcbeerington
1.57/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer has A rating. For this reason, I bought 6 bottles. Guess what I hate this beer very much. Although it looks very good with golden color, it smell and taste horrible. Maybe it is just me, but I don't like this kinda of beer.

A. Good looking.

S. It has rather special smelling, not a normal beer kinda of smell. Personally, I don't like this smell.

T. Horrible. This beer is too hard to drink. It left very bitter taste afterward. I can't taste any sweetness from this better. It has some strange taste first, then the rest is bitterness. Seriously, I can't finish a whole bottle.

M. Feel like drinking water, but it taste strange. Some people like this beer because of this, but not me.

O. Don't consider this beer if you are new to beer drinking. It is very hard to drink and tastes horrible. (807 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -35.7%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of midaszero
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy straw copper with thin white head and okay lacing

S - woody hops

T - Citrus hops with some malt on the backend that leaves a little citrus aftertaste

M - Medium body with medium carbonation that gives an odd feeling

D - It is unbalanced which makes it hard to enjoy. Hops need to be mellowed out a bit. (315 characters)

Photo of MysticRuler
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean golden color. Light to medium body. Hoppy bitterness followed by sourness and an assertive astringency and a woodiness that comes as a surprise. Was expecting a bit more, it seems like they are just trying to fill a category here. Not a terrible brew but not one that I would like to quaff very often. (315 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
2.72/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear light bubbly copper with thin tan head with little retention and no lacing. Citrusy hop aroma. Very citrusy hop flavor with hints of pale malts and traces of alcohol. Poor bitter profile in aftertaste. Thin body with medium-high carbonation.

Let me be clear, this is not a bad beer. However, it's similarity to the IPA makes me wonder why bother with the pale ale if I can get great hops in the IPA? It's realy not what I want in a pale ale especially when their IPA is so good. (485 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pilsener glass. Purchased at Willow Park in Regina.

Dark yellow (but not quite golden) and a little hazy. Bright white head is 1/2 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a few islands and a ring around the edge.

Aroma is all hops. Citrusy through and through.

Zero complexity here. Citrus hops with a bitter grapefruit finish. No balance either.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Ho-hum. Let's assault our palate with hops. Could be quite nice if we actually had atleast a trace of malt. (548 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy orange honey with a small white cap

S: Fruity and floral with some crackers

T : Light crackery malts give way to apricot, grass, lemons and dish detergent and ends with an aggressive and lingering hop bitterness thats pretty obnoxious.

M: Light to medium bodied, finishes dry, over carbonated.

O : Overall worth a try. it would not be my first choice but I might drink it again if I see it. (412 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a neat golden color with a pillowy white head that sticks around a good while. Carbonation and lacing both heavy.

Aroma: Smells of pine, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, grassiness and some toast.

Taste: There's something off about this. The grapefruit in the nose is really, really dominant. It's very bitter for an American pale ale. It's OK but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: It's pleasant on the palate; body is just right for this style. The bitter grapefruit taste makes it less enjoyable, though.

Overall: I know this stuff is beloved but I'm kind of lukewarm on it. It's very average. The dominant flavors don't appeal to me, which is kind of a deal-breaker. (714 characters)

Photo of dave39
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose is really a pungent grapefruit. Not bad, but just different. Grapefruit is overwhelming.

Taste is a little off. The lack of balance shows through in the after taste. Definitely a notch below others I have reviewed.

I can session with up to 6%, but this is not a sessionable beer for me because of the extreme bitterness at the end. The palate is punished, and not in a good way.

So, it's not sessionable, and not an occasion beer, so I don't see it getting any space in my fridge anytime soon. It's really a notch below the Sculpin and Stone's Ruination IPA, imo. It's not even in the same universe as the Enjoy By. (623 characters)

Photo of priestsyrinx
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first beer review!

12oz bottle poured into a glass.

A - This beer has a clear golden straw color. Pours to a nice 1-1/2 finger head. Carbonation is very active throughout. Just a bit of lacing going down the glass, and it retains a thin head.

S - Smells very hoppy, but not very bitter. The scent wears off quickly, though.

T - Fairly straightforward. A bit bitter on the front end, but that goes away fast. I taste a slightly sweet, butterly flavor on the back end. Overall, a nice tasting beer, but not as refined as, say, SNPA.

M - Tingles the tongue a bit. It's fairly light, yet pretty full bodied.

O - Good beer. It's not great, but I suggest trying it atleast once. It has a high ABV for a APA (6.2%). It's very drinkable, and has nice flavors in there. I'd say it's just about average as far as APAs go. (821 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lagunitas Pale Ale--New Dogtown. 2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV--35 IBU's? Pale Ale. 6-Pack $7.99.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lagunitas Pale Ale--New DogTown--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. 35+IBU's? (3.5/ 5.0) No sediment. Mild lace foamy thin white head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Doughy mild floral Lagunitas Signature hop aroma front. Smooth mellow sweet cloying doughy butter caramel mild fruit body. Tangy mild hop spice clean dry citrus hint end. Very Lagunitas flavored. Tasty but not exceptional. Mildly quenching. Sampled 8/4/2010. 6-Pack $9.99. (589 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 nickhiller
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a flat, lager-y looking apricot with just a smidgen of head and barely any lacing.

S: strong but not particularly fresh smelling (think stale pelletized) hops give it an acrid bitter smell, like burnt rubber.

T: bitter hops, burnt almost savory charred meat or something, then a little bit of sweet malt and bitterness in the back of the throat.

M: crisp and carbonated, a little light bodied for my taste, far too bitter and tart without a counterbalance of some sort.

D: a pretty decent beer, maybe bitter to the point of imbalance, but drinkable nonetheless. (575 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle (not nearly as strecthed as the picture above) into a pint glass. Pours a slightly darker golden yellow color with minimal white foam.

Smell is oily-hoppy with floral citrus hints.

Taste is overwhelmingly hoppy - kicks in at the beginning andf rides through to conclusion. Never too much. There is some tasty malt undeneath, and some of the citrus from the nose is present. Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel.

A good example of am American pale- quality beer for the style. If you like a hoppy pale, you'll find this drinkable. I enjoy the 12 oz and move on. (586 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.2% ABV confirmed. Six pack acquired at a local Von's grocery store yesterday. Bottled January 11th per the bottle code on the neck of the bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high but restrained; I like Lagunitas' hoppy offerings but they always taste fundamentally the same; there's this hop oil/extract taste at the heart of all of them.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with alfredo pasta.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit of lacing as the head slowly recedes. Standard amount of carbonation bubbles. It's pretty par for the style; it looks as I'd expect it to. There's nothing unique or special here, but I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Nectary oily hops - the same essential aroma as all other hoppy Lagunitas beers. A bit grassy. Nicely floral. Evocative and appealing. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. Pale malts. Clean, refreshing, and moderately strong. It's certainly fresh; I'm excited for my first sip.

T: Nectary, floral, a bit piney, grassy, and featuring light citrus. Pale malts form the foundation. A slight touch of soap; maybe it spent a bit too long in primary. Very refreshing and enjoyable. Full-bodied but not overbearing. There's a lot of flavour here and it's well balanced, but some hop bitterness does poke its ugly head above the pleasant hop notes. A bit of grapefruit. Oily hop character is strong. Shares the aforementioned distinct Lagunitas hop extract core, but it's still a solid beer. Just not a particularly distinguished one. Good complexity for a mere pale ale. I wouldn't quite call it subtle, but it's certainly well executed and has solid depth of flavour.

Mf: Clean, crisp, refreshing, smooth, nectary, and wet. Coarse enough to allow the hop notes to come out fully. Good carbonation, if slightly overdone. Good palate presence. Complements the flavour profile well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: A very drinkable pale ale from Lagunitas, and one that can be had at a more-than-fair price. Good bang for your buck here; this is a good drinkable brew that would do well for football-watching. Would pair well with food too. Still, it's not unique or special and I wouldn't consider myself impressed. It meets my fairly high expectations, and at this price point that's a great thing.

Serve pretty cold, but don't overdo it.

B- (2,764 characters)

Photo of Aenema
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. The head is recedes fairly quickly and there is one nice band of lacing.
Smell - Mild citrus and sweet malt.
Taste - Citrus, bready malt, bitter finish builds some. Overall rather muted flavor.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium-bodied, dry finish. Seemed thin overall.
Drinkability - Easy to drink. (350 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in November 2013.

Appearance: Clear pale golden with rising effervescence and some little bits that could be yeast or hop matter. Thin white cap of froth.

Aroma: Bready malt and fruity pebble hops. Not super aromatic but that could be due to the cold temperature.

Taste: Starts off a watery with some moderate hop bitterness and earth character. The malt and hops mix to create a peppery biscuit flavor. 6.2% ABV seems a little high for the lack of malt flavor here. Finish is quite lively and the aftertaste leaves a lot of peppery/earthy bitterness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with average carbonation. Good drinkability and sessionable, although it's on the high end of that spectrum.

Final Thoughts: A decent APA but not something I'd seek out. A little average where that category is concerned but supplies enough hop bitterness to keep things interesting. Would I drink it again? Sure, on-tap. (942 characters)

Photo of rebel1771
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear copper color with frothy white head that fades slowly.

S: Smell of sweet caramel with a good amount hops thrown on top. Pine, grapefruit, and floral notes are all there.

T: Big hop blast up front with just a hint of dry maltiness thrown in.

O: This brew is pretty on par with the style but I just wanted a bit more balance in it. A little more of a malt presence would have been nice. (413 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: some lace. Hazy light golden color. Not much head retention

S: grassy and floral.

T: more grassy and floral taste. Very bitter. Some pine and hop notes as well.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: interesting beer but not going to get this one again. (271 characters)

Photo of PSUBeerman
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, nonic glass

Pours a cloudy, pale golden color with a frothy 2 finger white head that left some lacing.

Nice hop aroma with pine scents.

Lemon flavor with spicy hops.

Decent carbonation and fairly drinkable. Overall a good beer worth trying. (258 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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of medium bitter notes with some light residual sugar. Taste is a mix between some dry malt notes with some bitter hops and subtle floral aromas notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as hop-centric as I was expecting knowing the brewer other offerings. (405 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date. Excited to try this offering from Lagunitas, as I have never had their pale ale before. Expectations are average, at the very least.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - A modest pour yields about one finger of fizzy white head that disappears rather quickly on top of a beautifully clean clear gold-copper colored body.

S - Smells of fresh pine needles and grapefruit smack you right in the face. Smells like a nice hopped up IPA.

T - Bold hop bitterness. Fresh pine. Fresh grapefruit. Roasted malt. A little too hop-forward, in my opinion. I like my pale ales to have a bit of hop bite of course, but this one is unfortunately pushing the envelope a little too far, into IPA territory. Pale caramel malts come about in the finish, but the beer is imbalanced.

M - Nice bitter mouthfeel, slightly thin / watery feel. Goes down smooth. Nice medium body, decent carbonation, and a slight lingering bitter hoppy sweetness.

Overall, a tasty and highly drinkable brew. However, fans of Lagunitas could probably get the same result from a number of their other beers, as I seem to think a lot of their beers taste an awful lot alike. Same hop profile that you could find in Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Lagunitas Maximus, or the Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, although slightly less spicy, bitter, and abundant. I'd be interested to try the regular Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale, and the Lagunitas IPA to see how those beers fare against it. Drinkable, but definitely not breaking any new ground in their portfolio.

Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale ---3.5/5 (1,615 characters)

Photo of Swim424
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into anchor bar pint glass

A-pours a bubbly golden yellow. has a decent head. falls to a thin white layer on top.

S-smells of piney hops with a hint of malt.

T-a bit bitter for a pale ale. Not to bad though. Has a noticeable citrus malt character. Very simple taste it seems.

MF-fairly thin body for the style, a bit high on the carbonation.

O-pretty good beer. very straightforward. I could enjoy this any time. Nothing to go out of my way for though. (468 characters)

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.