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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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89
very good

1,534 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 51
Gots: 141 | 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:
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(Beer added by: thartman on 09-17-2008)
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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thin creme head. Nose is pungent floral spiced hops. Citrus tones are on there as well. Flavor is bringing a higer aciditiy with salty citrus toned hop characteristics. Feel has a boisterous carbonation and a good liquid body. This is definitely an American Pale Ale. Higher acidity and higher IBUs than an English version.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas is one of the breweries I found early in my craft beer days, and really helped me get into hoppy beers. But never went back and actually reviewed a lot of the beers, so trying to do that now.

Bottling code, but no discernible date. Pours a light fizzy head, little creamy, hits 1/2 a finger before fading back, nice lacing, nice crystal clear golden honey colored.

Nose nice hops, a mild citrus and rind, fruity and floral hop presence, a little grassiness to the floral hop, faint grainy malt base, fair fruity hop.

Taste brings nice light hop profile, quite floral and a bit grassy, with a nice fruity hop character too, hard to pinpoint the fruit but a fruity like profile, and some fair bitterness that increases a bit as it gets a little spicy like on the back end. Light soft malt base, almost crisp lager like finish, with a big bitter back end, mildly spicy hops, but mostly grassy floral and fruity.

Mouth is med bod, a bit soft, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, soft malt base that almost gives a lager like quality, nice hop profile not too heavy in any direction, pretty enjoyable yet very drinkable and sessionable, and a nice hoppy bitter finish.

Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this bottle at Shady Mcgrady's enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is copper with good clarity and thick white head with average bead and copious lace, carbonation is visible and rises rapidly to the 2 fingers plus cap. The smell is a mix of hop aromas which are slightly pine and citrus with a subtle floral element and light toasted grain aroma. The feel is good with moderate bitterness and medium carbonation with slight sweetness and hint of spice with a mild alcohol element in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with a modest amount of malt supporting a pretty hop forward flavor with slight spice and pine and gentle tangy zesty citrus which makes for a mostly balanced taste in general with some mild sweetness as it finishes. There is a mild alcohol note in the taste which adds to the slight bite of bitter hops which are almost grapefruit-like. Overall I think this is decent for what it is -a stronger west coast style pale -practically an IPA, but a nice malt balance explains the pale label IMO.

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2nd try at a review...here's to zero server crashes in the future!

Pours honey colored with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Herbal & leafy hops, citrus & a bit of raw booze

T: Grapefruit & leafy hops intertwined with some flinty dryness & some biscuitty malt. As this warms, grapefruit & leafy hops dominate along with some dryness & a touch of pineapple. Finishes with leafy & herbal hops, plus grapefruit & pineapple

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, damn good balance

Drinks very easy, great sessionability, wish I was a bit more in love with the hop mix...

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale.

"Back then the beer tasted like broccoli and kersene and the carbonation ate right through and drained your gut..." ...and so on, and so forth. Really? Good thing that's over!

Very clear, very golden. Lovely to look at, delightful to know. Slim head.

Aroma: Beautiful, floral, lightly citric, ...a touch of honey. Just right.

Taste: Nice, elegant bristling buzzing blast of hops right off the top, keeps zooming along the palate.
Full bodied, continual hop attack, easy drinking hoppy pale ale. Slightly sweet malt base, keeps up with the bitter hop profile that never quite quits. Bready malt meets apple and citrus fruit in the hops, excellent mix, classic pale ale style.

It's a good beer and you can drink it.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color. Nicely carbonated with a fine white foam. A maltier, more substantial mouthfeel than a lot of Pale Ales.

Rich and malty with a distinctive tang. Flowery and resiny hops are full of flavor with just a moderate bitterness. I didn't realize this stuff was so good, but chalk up another one for Lagunitas. They manage to make even an American Pale Ale taste malty, however. Biscuits and a touch of apple. Hugely fragrant and a lovely nose of straw with a hint of gardenias.

On tap at the Castro Theatre during Noir City festival.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has more of an English style pale ale scent. It boasts of pale and bisquit malts along with a more noble hop based aroma. The taste is decent. It has a turbulant balance of malt and hops. It's got the pale and bisquity flavor, but with citrus hops in the finish. The two don't mix well together. There is a bready sweetness along with a rich mouthfeel. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent APA, but I was expecting better from these guys.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head, but it leaves a rich blanket of lasting lace. Dirty gold color and clear.

First impression on the smell is of raw grapefruit rind. Not harsh but still extremely strong hop.

Very spicy (hoppy) for the style. In fact it's more hoppy than most IPAs I've tried. I like it, but it's very surprising. No malt flavor makes it to the tongue. Highly carbonated. The body is just below the average.

This definitely falls under the extreme category. If you like sucking hop pellets, you'll like this beer.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
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-

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a finger of soapy head, not too impressive.

S: Big pine attack, IPA strength.

T: Very hoppy initially, with a lot of hop complexity, it's not just one flavour - orange, white grapefruit juice, very citrusy. Sweet malt comes in at the end, floral American hops. Really good.

M: Chewy and resinous, but has a smoothness in the overall drinking experience.

D: Just on a role with good beers today, a very impressive APA out of Lagunitas, one to put into the rotation.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl Oz bottle 7 Feb 2013: on the ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito. Had to ask for a glass!

Golden to pale amber body with a good white head.

Fruity nose: mixed bag of said fruits, citrusy and mango with apple blossom. Slight malty aroma in the smell as well.

Hops fill the flavours in the mouth: mild malts arrive but leave again before a dry bitter finish.

Medium strenghted body and feel to the brew: a little on the fizzy side but pleasant enough and easy to drink. Passing Alcatraz as I drank the beer made it even better.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark golden yellow to copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a dense and fluffy two and a half finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a large thin-medium patch and a medium-thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit/citrus hops with a very light underlying malt smell.

T: The beer starts out with a light to moderate amount of underlying caramel malts but then the grapefruit/citrus hop flavors really take over. Great grapefruit hop flavors with very little bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and slightly sticky.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink - the alcohol is well hidden as this drinks like a 4% beer than the 6.2% that it is. Very nice aromas and flavors of grapefruit/citrus hops.

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Keg N Kitchen in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a clear golden orange color with tangerine hues and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with notes of citrus and tropical fruit.  Slightly resinous with some grass/pine and a pale malt backbone.  Nose dominated by hints of orange peel, grapefruit and mango.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a great balance of dry bitterness, citrus/tropical fruit and pale malt.  Dry and bitter up front with some grassy pine flavor countered by orange rind, grapefruit and mango.  Subtle malt backbone but just enough to balance things out.  Easy drinking and very flavorful.  More like an ipa than a pale ale.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/floral hops and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.