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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

401 Reviews
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Reviews: 401
Hads: 1,796
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 67
Gots: 291 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 billab914
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this last weekend after realizing it's one of the few regulars from Lagunitas I have never had. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a pale amber color with a bubbly, off-white head filling the top half inch of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice juicy, fruity, citrusy hoppiness to it. It's obviously not as bold as their hoppier beers, but it's a nice flavorful hoppiness. It also has a pale malt, slightly grainy base to it which gives it some nice balance.

The taste has a brighter, citrusy hoppiness to it with some pineapple and grapefruit notes throughout the flavors. Towards the finish it turns a little more bitter with some grapefruit, rind like qualities to it. It has a nice malty base that gives some flavor and balance to the hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a very nice APA, I really liked the brighter, fruity notes the hops had. It had a nice balance between the sweet flavors at first and the bitter flavors in the finish. Very nice beer of the style.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light, translucent amber with a thin layer of white head that fades to a lacing quickly

S - floral, pineapple, bready

T - bready malt up front with a citrusy, floral hop finish

M - crisp, medium bodied, a bit over carbonated

This is a very flavorful APA. It's bready, malty, and full of hops. The citrusy, floral hop character lends great balance and drinkability to this pale ale. I'll definitely have this again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A pale amber body color is presented with next to nothing for rising carbonation. Head is off white and clumpy slightly with a bot of stickiness. Falls slowly with some lace.

Good basic malt backbone, mild dry citrus hop of grapefruit, pretty basic nothing crazy just solid and good. They compliment each other well without one over powering the other.

Taste is juicy and hop pine and citrus forward. Palate first fills with grapefruit then moves on the aftertaste to a drying pine sense in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery also.

Overall a hop forward pale ale but not too dominating. I would prefer more malt backbone on this.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a touch hazy medium gold with a decent sized white head that dissipates to light foamy nebulous and marginal lace. Aroma is bready crackery malt with lots of grapefruit to counter and a hint of mineral water. The flavor is pretty straight forward. Light hints of sugary sweetness and oyster crackers with plenty of citrusy grapefruit and a hint of pine to skew this one towards that hoppy side of the road. Firm hop bitterness keeps the palette awake. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Very nice pale ale, nothing horribly complex but with an old school feel and drinkability I could get into a few of these.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack for $6.99, showing that there is still good beer to be found at under $7 a six. On to the beer:

This is dark gold in color. The foam on top is a finger's thick, gives good lacing, and retains well. The beer's aroma is big, big on hop pedals, releasing sweet grapefruit and orange aromas with a dab of toffee crisp.

Pale ales are not typically this explosive in taste. Some could say that this is really an IPA. Anyway, New Dogtown is big on sweet grapefruit. There's another flavor that's like "piney canteloupe", and it keeps the grapefruit from being too intense and the beer from being too mono. Gentle, smooth, and somewhat creamy is the mouthfeel, and that's just a small reason what this beer is so drinkable. A little resin is leftover in the aftertaste.

Lagunitas mentions on the label that this beer, when first brewed, tasted like brocolli and had palate devasting carbonation. Sounds like a way to lose your appetite. New Dogtown will wet your appetite, and keep you going for another round.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is an orange-tinged light brown coloring that is almost completely opaque, and a good healthy stream of carbonation present on the pour. The head starts out at a two-inch profile of light, frothy off-white foam, and eventually settles down into a thin layer of bubbles. Aromas are a smooth, tasty blend of caramel sweetness, fresh green hops, and a light citrus highlight. Very well balanced on the nose. The flavors are strong, riding a light and crisp body. Tastes of pepper spice and cedar, with a tangy grapefruit and toffee sweetness. Very well blended, and the peppery spice cleans up the palate on the aftertaste. The finish is quick and dry, leaving the mouth ready for more. Not for the faint of heart or those new to the realm of hops, but for everyone else, this is a tasty Pale!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saturday evening....and it is time to unwind....Kid had two hockey games....minute to win it for kids at Barnes & Noble, 400pc leggo set, cut the grass, and played horse with my daughter!! So it time for some New DogTown Pale Ale!!! The color is a golden clear amber with a finger white head. The nose includes a subtle citrus...not over bearing. The taste is a triumverate of citrus, malt and booz....a little more leaning towards the malt and booz. the taste lingers tart on the pallete. The mouthfeel is decent and certainly would try to session, but may get too citruscy after a while.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This pale ale is "pale" only in comparison to things like, say, chocolate or red wine; in contrast to most commercial brands, this toasty, caramelly golden beer should be considered to have a relatively generous amount of tone and colour. Still, it is transparent, or mostly so, and its tattered carbonation is a stainless white. In other words, it fits the bill.

The term "pale ale" encompasses a wide variety of beer styles. Given Lagunitas' location, I was anticipating the kind that is brimming with bitter, citric hop resins. My expectations turn out to be correct. This pale ale has as much (or more) tropical hoppiness than do many IPAs and it certainly isn't shy about that. Why do I feel a luau coming on?

New Dogtown Pale Ale is hoppy enough so as to taste like liquefied orange peel. When the maltiness does finally kick in on the finish, it reminds me somewhat of Greek Easter bread, which is a soft, spongy, sweet white loaf made with orange zest. (It's delicious stuff, and makes me happy to have a Greek mother-in-law!) Grapefruit is tasted abundantly also.

What with all this raw, abundant hoppiness, the mouthfeel is correspondingly pithy. There is an earthy, drying sensation that chokes out the finish and chance of any aftertaste other than that of bitter citrus piths. For my palate it's heaven, but for many others (especially any mainstream drinkers) it could prove to be an exercise in pain threshold.

New Dogtown is, as the brewery will tell you, pretty doggone good. It has a lot more body and character (read: hoppiness) than most of its pale ale brethren which makes it bound to be blissfully, boundlessly quaffable to a select few, while too much to handle for the vast majority of others. From where I sit, it's everything a proudly American pale ale should be.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden orange colour, with a fine but somewhat filmy head of white. Stays patchy with cratered bubbles across the top of the glass. Looks pretty solid.

Nose is bright with fresh, classic west coast hops. Really pleasant characters of citrus, light pine and a peppery spice, giving a hint of leather and resin. Really well put together, and extremely fresh and fragrant.

Taste is really nicely balanced, with a robust and striking bitterness through the centre of the palate. Indeed, it's most of the way towards being an IPA. Under this is some pleasant honeyed malt characters, with a touch of biscuit and nuttiness on the back. The finish really rounds it out nicely, leaving a lovely aftertaste that makes you want to drink it more.

Peppery, spicy, but bright with fruit characters and really nicely balanced. It's a pretty complete beer—it's hard to see how it could be improved. This is the rare sort of beer that I'd be happy to drink by the six-pack.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is my 300th review! Yahoo!

Appearance: a hazy golden-orange color with one finger of frothy ivory head. Looks good to me.

Smell: a little sweet malt with a large helping of funky and citrusy hops. I'm looking forward to this one.

Taste: almost identical to the smell: a little sweet malt and lots of funky and citrusy hops. The citrus is pretty bright in the flavor. I used to be on the fence about funky hops, but I find myself liking them more and more. I'd say this is a well-crafted west coast pale ale, though not too long ago this might be called a strong IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a relatively well-integrated carbonation; this beer is surprisingly creamy. Bonus!

Drinkability: this is a highly drinkable beer. It is almost too hoppy to be considered truly refreshing, but the opposite-spectrum inclusion of both funky and citrus hops keeps it interesting. Definitely something to revisit.

Until recently, my experiences with Lagunitas have been few and far between. Lately, however, I've had many of their beers and am finding them all quite delicious. I'll have to see what else of theirs I can acquire, because I'm betting whatever it is will be good.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle no. 30876716. There is an attractive copper-yellow pour with a long-lasting, silky cream head about three-quarters of an inch thick. It never diminishes to below a quarter of an inch. The aroma is abundant with pine and floral hops. The body is creamy and in the medium range. The taste comes on strong with bitter hops, vaguely sweet malts, and a smooth finish. Something better than your typical pale ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear bright orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Like their Czech Pils I just had, the lacing is very good.

The smell is all hoppy with notes of pine and grapefruit. Totally unbalanced due to the lack of any malt presence but very nice.

The taste is one hell of an APA. Pine and grapefruit grab my attention and fill my palate with great but not harsh bitterness. There's a smidgeon of malt that lingers on the back of my tongue and that's cool and all but I'm digging the hops big time. Very well done and could put a few IPAs of the American style to shame. ;^)

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the high side of medium. Fits the beer to a tee.

Drinkability? The mmms I'm saying after sips says it is very very good and drinkable. This is now one of my new favourites of the style.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow/orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very nice, more IPA status than pale ale. A lot of fresh citrusy hops make up the aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma is fantastic. There is some malt up front but the highlight is without question the fresh, bitter and flavorful hops. Delicious!

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is one of my favorite pale ales out there. Highly recommended!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of hops mixed with malts and caramel. There is also quite a bit of citrus flavour.. oranges, lemons, grapefruits. (juice and rind) The beer finishes with a hoppy citrus aftertaste with lots of lingering bitterness.

Overall - A delicious beer that is actually more is a IPA than a PA. It's not overly sweet and it his a great west coast citrus flavour and lots of hops. If I could make any changes, I might tone down the carbonation level a little bit, but other than that it's a great beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-bodied beer with a good offwhite head that leaves sheath lacing down the glass. Has an herbal and bitter hoppy smell that is light, a little juicy, with some minor malts. Medium-bodied and smooth, his beer has a sweetness from piney, grape hops and some caramel malt as well. Balanced just right, finishes with a light herbal dryness that is perfect complement to this beer. Solid.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.24.12.

A - Pours a crystal clear medium orange with a one inch off-white head that fades slowly.

S - Subtle hoppy citrus and some light sweet malts.

T - Just like the nose. Subtel and balanced.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Pale, hoppy-touch. Pretty balanced.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.