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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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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 52
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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 bbkd3b
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden yellow with a thick, fluffy white head. It's held up pretty well by the carbonation, which you can just watch floating to the top all day if you have to. The lacing sticks to the sides of the glass really well. Lagunitas just makes good looking beers.

S - Expectedly hoppy, on the piney side of things. Nice blend with the citrus scents, too. Good and strong aroma, if not very deep.

T - Heavy citrus on the front end with a quick, bitter finish. Pretty damn simple, really. Combination works, can't really complain.

M - Too light for my liking, and sometimes even border-line watery. At least there's a strong carbonation, and it's nice to kind of toss around on the tongue to search for the other flavors. Still, fairly average.

D - Not nearly as strong as many of the brewery's other beers I've had, which makes for a beer that's just easy to kick and back and drink.

Overall/notes: Hey, it's a nice APA, and it's refreshing to have a more laidback brew of Lagunitas. Given the comedic style of their bottles, I decided to watch The Good, the Bad, the Weird and you know, it was a fun film to have a drink to. Certainly worth trying, and grab more than one when you do!

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice looking, big white head that lasted and left sticky lace.

Aroma was nice and hoppy, just like the taste. This could easily be an IPA, I've had IPAs that were less hoppy. Good citrus qualities, a touch of spiciness, some fruity aspects all blend well to make an enjoyable ale.

Body is light to medium, yet just a touch slick at the finish, with a bit of a lingering citrus bitter finish.

Overall it's a damn fine quality beer. Not that I would expect anything less from Lagunitas.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which appears to have pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a light amber that shows orange and lemon when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- More subdued than I would like- pale ales are supposed to be a showcase for aromatic hops. Citrus with some pine and resin. There's a little more presence when I smell the body and I can separate distinct lemon and orange notes. Swirling gives the aroma from the glass a little more presence but nothing that is considerable. After a couple minutes, I get a much better aroma. Melon and grapefruit along side the orange and lemon.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose and quite juicy. Citrus (orange and lemon with melon and grapefruit around the edges). A slight bitterness of pine and resin that provides necessary contrast but does not dominate in any way. There's a bit of spiciness to the bitter hop finish as well. At the moment, this beer is pretty much in the same class as a SNPA or a Red Chair. There are also notes of spicy green fruit and matchstick. Lots of balance, good integration- pretty much what I look for in a pale ale.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with hints of syrup in the texture. Light carbonation but it works.

Drinkability- Easy going and sessionable. And as with almost all of Lagunitas' beers, it's a bargain for the quality.

Overall- Solid pale ale which I've had before and will be another go to beer for me. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Doughbodyboy
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 ElGordo
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty golden color with a brief flourish of bright white head. Aroma of sweet pale malt, A hint of caramel, and a nice mild fruitiness from the hops.
Palate is very nicely balanced between mildly sweet pale malt and a large dose of fruity, grassy hops. Notes of grass, pineapple, and maybe a touch of vanilla somewhere in there. Finish is a lingering bitterness that is thoroughly pleasant.
Body is nice and crisp, clean throughout. Carbonation is fairly mellow. This is a pleasure to drink, an excellent example of a hoppy American pale ale.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Pours a golden honey color that is consistent throughout. Clear with great visibility. Off white, frothy head that quickly diminishes to just around the edges and leaves lacing.

(S) Smells of honey, hops, sweet sugars, bread, some pine, and citric rind. Almost has a green tea scent as you drink.

(T) Has a real earthy aspect to it. The hops are pretty pronounced and give a big bitterness to the flavor. The malts are less prevalent due to the hops but they are there. Has the taste of honey. The bitterness at the end couples with the citric rind that gives it a perfumy aftertaste.

(M) Bitter, crisp, and clean.

(O) I feel this beer drinks more like an IPA than a Pale Ale. It's got a lot more hops and bitterness than I expected to it.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear golden orange, short white head dissipated to to a consistent covering with good lacing
S - orange citrus, florals, spice, and light toasty malt
T - bitter orange zest and floral hop notes, toasty malt, light spice and tobacco finish
M - medium carbonation, light, very tart and bitter through the finish
D - dominated by citrus and hop flavours, somewhat refreshing although maybe a little too tart, another solid offering from Lagunitas, although I prefer their IPA offerings to this

Photo of gregshead
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from 1/11/11 tasting:

A: Pours an amber color with two fingers of head. Head dissipates slowly.

S: Grapefruit hops and nice sugary malts.

T: Lots of hops for a pale ale. Good grapefruit hops but the caramel malts is a little hidden for an APA.

M: Carbonation on this one is great. A little thicker than some APAs but fitting for the taste.

D: Another enjoyable and drinkable beer from Lagunitas. Will get again soon. However, feel this is on the verge of a IPA and that may be why I like it so much.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours out a clear,golden honey with a very slight,loose head of tiny bubbles that left minimal lacing.Medium carbonation was visible.

S-Very light citric hops on the nose with some piney qualities.Subdued aroma overall.A touch of pale toasted malt.

T-Lemon,honeysuckle and mild,fresh hops.Some hop bitterness but nothing aggressive.Sweet,pale malt on the finish.Measured use of components with no real standout flavors.

M-Light and smooth.Good amount of carbonation keeps this beer active and refreshing.

D-This beer has an extremely high level of drinkability.Easy and unassuming but pleasantly so.

Photo of maddogruss
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden, amber body with a small white head with very nice retention and lacing through the finish.

S: A sweet, floral smell with some grapefruit flesh smell as well. Possibly some cascade hops that have been calmed down some how with a balance of the malt? Noted some vanilla and toffee notes, but the floral hop smells were more evident.

T: The taste is pretty opposite from the smell. Hops are still evident, but definitely take a back seat. The grapefruit taste of cascade are still evident, but it is not as pungent as straight up cascade. Some toffee notes are battling the cascade grapefruit taste in order to try and balance them out...and it succeeds. Overall, a pretty well-balanced beer between the hops and the malt.

M: A pretty refreshing, full-bodied, silky smooth beer. Really solid and pretty spot on for the style.

D: An excellent mouthfeel and taste combination makes drinking this beer very easy. Overall a well rounded beer adn a solid example of an APA.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank a few of these on New Years Eve in a pint glass..

New Dogtown pale ale looks like a pale, a light golden color mixed in with some faint yellow and orange. A nice amount of foam on top that left some stains. Smell is fairly simple and light, faint aroma hops with earth and a mild backing in malt profile. A nice array of light citrus hits the nostrils with light grapefruit, papaya, etc. Taste is a laid back pale ale, pale malt with a earthy taste and light citrus with grapefruit, mango etc, slight pine, just light tropics and light malt, that's the name of the game when it comes to the pales. Feel is light, smooth with a mild bittering that leaves instantly, comes and goes, leaving dogtown to be easy drinking, without killing ye old palate. I could drink this all day given the chance.

Photo of booga73
3.95/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BigBoels
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dar482
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out an extremely clear light golden. Almost looks like a The head is really huge on this one and very slowly dissipates.

The aroma has big fresh orange, lemon, citrus hoppiness, tons of floral notes.. A clean aroma of Lagunitas yeast.

Flavor wise. Upfront, you just get grapefruit and lemon and floral.

It has this cracker malt at the middle that is enjoyable and sweet. Then the grapefruit lingers for quite a while. Aftertaste has this weird graininess.

Despite this, the body is really light at 6.2% ABV. One could very easily slug these down quickly.

A decent pale ale. Would like more hoppiness and less grainy flavors.

Photo of IPAdams
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a copper color with a small white head that leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Lots of citrusy grapefruit and pine. A bit fruity as well, very pleasant scent.

Taste- Grapefruit bitterness, pine and some floral notes. Has some citrus sourness to it and great balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, body was medium thin.

Overall- Very good APA. Highly drinkable, lots of hop flavor and good bitterness that leaves your mouth with a slick resin rather than the dryness associated with high hopped beers.

Photo of scottspencer
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BeerAmbassador
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper orange color. Clear, with a nice two finger head, lacing around the glass as it subsides. Aromas of pine and candied grapefruit. This is a big APA, as many others have said, borderline IPA. Nice malt backbone to balance the big hops. Also, this beer tastes like Lagunitas to me, in a good way. I feel like even if I had never had this beer and I were tasting it blind I could still identify it as a Lagunitas beer. I think that is the case with most of their beers, nothing wrong with it though, I happen to like their style.

Photo of DavidHume
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear bright yellow maybe a touch amber with only a slight layer of foam sticky it is.

S - Very solid pine and citrus hops bright and floral. Sweet pale malts.

T - A very good pale. You got the hops bitter yet balanced. Then you have the pale malts, grainy yet balanced. And it finishes with just enough hops to not leave a bitter taste. Nice.

M - Light to medium body. Great beer.

Overall I am kind of disappointed that I can't find this locally since I needed to order this from halftime beverage.com but at least I can find the IPA.

Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z bottle from Roths Sunnyside Market Nice clear light copper coloured ale, with a small yet persistand egg-shell white head. Copious lace. Vibrants aromas of spicy/grapefruit like hops and honeyish malts, quite elegant actually. Taste is on the sweet ,honey malt side, but the vast hop conspracy isnt far from the surface and busrst through in all its juicy,fruity glory at the back of the mouth. Very good mouthfeel for style, thicker than usual but still well drinkable. Overall a really nice APA.

Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why this took so long to get to. Not like it's hard to find or anything.
Classic and complex hop nose. Citrus and flower and grass - fresh and vital. Small malt grounding.
Very clear - almost lager like. White head that's initially kinda' noisy and it settles down in a bit.
Nicely balanced drink. Firm malt with soft pale malt. Very balanced hop flavors and bitterness. Long finish but the bitterness lays nicely.
A little light in the body and fully carbonated.
Very easy drinker. So nicely balanced of a drink. This one may have had a bit of age. but still was nice.

New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.