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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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1,264 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 46
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
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 mafiasentinel21


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Puckering, lingering, slightly dry, crisp, refreshing, grapefruit.

Pours a copper gold with a 1" + head.

Tastes like it's been dry hopped with a very strong hop oil presence. Would pair well with indian food.

Faint malts, a little "biscuity" as the bros would say. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:46:49 | More by mafiasentinel21
Photo of Tballz420


4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange colored brew, just a slight haze, topped by a half inch white head. Good amount of lace. Scent is sweet malts followed by an extensive oil hop smell. Very full flavored for a single PA. Sweet malt front but the focus is on the hops. A bit floral, mostly bitter and oily. Pretty full-bodied, fairly sharp on the tongue.

This beer begs the question of where a pale stops and an indian pale begins. Presented this blind, i would probably guess IPA, but its not out of bounds for a regular pale.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:40:53 | More by Tballz420
Photo of zimm421


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a light amber-orange color with a decent off-white head. The head is fluffy and leaves great lacing.

The nose is full of citrus, specifically grapefruit, and good malt notes as well. This is very well balanced, but not overpowering. The taste starts out bready and grainy but quickly becomes bitter with good grapefruit and pine at the end of each sip. The aftertaste is bitter, but the malts still stick around underneath that bitterness. The taste is also very well balanced and has a decent amount of complexity to it.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and has a medium level of carbonation. Leaves a smooth layer on your palate after each sip. This is very drinkable, and very balanced. Overall, this is a great brew. A great APA, definitely glad I picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:06:25 | More by zimm421
Photo of jman892


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold/light copper in color, clear, with a foamy white head that fades to a cap. Very nice lacing

S - Smells delicious, citrus hops, with a malty sweetness. Very inviting

T - Bitter piney hops, with some sweet citrus, but the bitter hops dominate and linger

M - Cool and somewhat creamy, well carbonated. I am drinking this on a 99 degree day, so it is very refreshing

O - Overall, for a pale ale, quite bitter and quite powerful at 6.2%

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 18:22:32 | More by jman892
Photo of rebel1771


3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:19:40 | More by rebel1771
Photo of ehammond1

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Windmill Farms
San Diego, CA

Slightly hazed golden color. Tight, nearly white head. Consistent lacing down the glass.

I really love aromas like this one--it's much more akin to a San Diego style IPA than a simple pale. It's pungent and full of citrus, while also leafy and a touch grassy. Quite impressive.

Pungent and biting grapefruit flavor along with a leafy and earthy hop bill--relatively bitter for a pale ale, which is fine by me. Well balanced by a hefty, bready malt backbone.

Medium bodied. Easy to drink. Lovely on a hot day.

A delicious pale ale--though at this ABV and with this much hop presence, it's really much closer to an IPA, in my opinion. Whatever they call it, it doesn't matter--this is tasty beer, especially perfect on a summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 17:40:01 | More by ehammond1
Photo of jmvecchio1


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogtown pours out a clear tangerine color with a sticky white head that leaves some of the best lacing I've seen lately. The aroma – a hop lovers paradise – is a wonderful orange and grapefruit citrus blend. Dogtown tastes of citrus bitterness throughout the drink, but is exceptionally well balanced by the sweet pale malts which together give it a lemon and honey characteristic. You get a small snap of grapefruit bitterness on the swallow, but it doesn’t overburden the tongue like other APAs or IPAs do. Overall, this is a really fantastic APA.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 21:02:21 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of uwmgdman


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours fairly clear deep golden/light amber color with a white head that quickly diminishes and leave a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very inviting, fresh citrus hops and just a bit sweet malt. The flavor is hop forward, grapefruit and lemon rinds, with high hop bitterness that delivers a nice poke to the tongue. Any malt flavor is second fiddle to the hops. The beer finishes with a lingering hop bitterness/flavor and well-balanced, not dry, not sweet. The carbonation and body are both moderate. Overall a solid APA.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:13:44 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of BeerAmbassador


3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 05:46:59 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of Dubber55

New York

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light honey color. Plenty of sticky lacing and 1 finger of head

Smells grainy, bready, and grassy. Floral and herbal hops with pine

Taste follows the smell- grainy, bready, grassy, piney, herbal. The finish is kind of sweet from the malts and alcoholic.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with medium carbonation. Finish feels kind of watery.

Don't really like this so much. In my opinion, it's too sweet for an apa. The alcohol also seems kind of noticeable which is weird for a pale ale. I like Sierra Nevada better. Probably won't get this again

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 00:50:33 | More by Dubber55
Photo of IrishEyes32250


4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What do you know about APA's, craft beer hater? I thought I knew a lot and I apparently know nothing. I'm going to review the Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale and this beer proves it. APA? How about this is more like an IPA. This clocks in with the same ABV as it's big brother Lagunitas IPA at 6.2%. That's like you're little brother whooping your ass. The IBU for their IPA is 45.6. The IBU for this is currently not listed anywhere. You know why? Because this APA has a higher IBU than their IPA. And they can't publish that fact. That's like you're little brother whooping your ass and taking your girlfriend. That's the truth. Taste it. You think you know APA's? DUMB. As some have said, this is like Hop Stoopid LIGHT. If Lagunitas made a light beer. Hater.

I poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into, again, my tulip. If you don't have a tulip or don't know what one is, you probably need to quit drinking beer and start a flower garden. It is zee greatest drinking vessel in ze vorld.

Appearance: Super light copper in color. Like a brand new penny fresh off the press. Like most Lagunitas brews, i'm getting nice lacing effect on the glass. I'm going to start calling this the "Lagunitas Doily Effect".

Smell: As I swirl the glass, I immediately get kicked in the face by grapefruit. Typical of Lagunitas. If they were a supervillian they would be way too predictable and they would get caught by the League of Craft Beer Super Friends every time. Pineapple you say? That's ALWAYS the 2nd step!!! And the bit of pine on the end? HO HO! The final part of their plan! No surprise there. But you know what? It works. So they would also probably get off the hook every time based on the effectiveness of their work. If I were that judge, I would let them off. Nothing this right can be wrong. EVER.

Taste: You get juicy, bitter grapefruit and a sliver of tangerine on a malt cracker. Top that with a bit of a pine sauce to give you a nice bitter back end. You could serve this beer as hors d'oeuvres at your next party you rich bastard.

Mouth Feel: Medium, smooth mouth feel and the carbonation is spot on. Nice and bitter and it refreshes. Beer pr0n. Put it in your mouth.

Overall: So let's see. So far in this review I've coined the term "Lagunitas Doily Effect". I've also created the League of Craft Beer Super Friends and in the process made Lagunitas a super villian based on their line of APA, IPA, and DIPA formulas. I've also referred to this as "Beer pr0n". Yeah, for an APA this is phenomenal. APA's should aspire to this level of greatness.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 04:31:39 | More by IrishEyes32250
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to retry this beers "New" Dogtown version, I have to say I love Lagunitas and all things Petaluma, CA (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals). Had a great time living in Cali when I was a youth, summer of 2001 and I turned 20 I was living in SoCal...this is the type of beer I fell in love with out there that got me this into beer. A perfect west coast pale ale, really pours a glowing orange copper hue with a bright white head forming thick and rising above the rim of my glass. Fine intricate lacing left behind as the head slowly dwindles down, this beer just showed up at my local I may have to clear them out. Look aroma wise it can't get better than this citrus peels with hints of orange, grapefruit, and apricot with even a touch of mild pineapple or something tropical. I know these guys use hop concentrate or hop oils but it's working this beer is so hoppy. Hoppier than their IPA think Hop Stoopid light, that's how they should market this, still a substantial amount of alcohol going on at 6.2% abv it's still effortless to drink besides dealing with a barrage of hop burps that it may induce. Flavor hits with a well rounded bitterness and biscuit pale malts with some herbal spiciness coming through again citrus peels and hops burn your nares with hop burps. Mouthfeel is coated with a slick layer of hop oils streaking across the palate, carbonation is moderate but carries the light to medium bodied pale ale so well. A true classic in my book, you just can't get these same flavors in anyother pale ale out there espcecially any pale in the 6.2 range, which could be a light IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 10:59:18 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of avaldivia


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lagunitas

A: Bright golden color with a nice head and good lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit. More floral than I expected considering this is a Pale ale and not an IPA.

T: Same as the smell. Very hoppy and citrusy upfront which leads to a nice Malty balance. I may be alone, but this one almost feels hoppier than their IPA.

M: Nice and crisp. Doesn't overly coat your palate. Very well carbonated.

O: A good, hoppy Pale Ale. Very enjoyable and worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 15:40:12 | More by avaldivia
Photo of robwestcott


3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the bottle a semi-translucent light copper to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger off white head with nice retention

subtle aroma of earthy hops and a bit of dark sugary malts in the wayback.

earthy hops up front, subtle hoppy bitter after, nice malt balance and perhaps a bit of caramel and toffee.

medium bodied, creamy smooth, subtle bitter, big carbonation.

overall, nice example of style creamy, refreshing, good, not the best.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 01:19:22 | More by robwestcott
Photo of bsp77


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on Julian date 110 (April 20, 2011).

Appearance: Slightly burnished gold with nice stark white head and light lacing rings.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine hop aroma, with some grainy malts.

Taste: Expected Lagunitas hop taste of grapefruit, tangerine and pine atop a bed of grainy, toasted, slightly sour malts. Ends with a decent level of spicy bitterness, with some more pine.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, nice dry finish.

Overall: Well balanced APA with the signature Lagunitas hops making their presence known. Still trying to decide if it is a positive or negative that most Lagunitas beers have a somewhat similar taste profile, but when they taste so good, I guess the answer should be obvious.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 23:59:55 | More by bsp77
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear light straw gold body with a creamy offwhite 1 finger head which slides down to a film. Not much lace

Scent is floral and fruity with a hint of crackery biscuit. A pungent aroma emerges as the beer warms.

Taste is similar to the nose. There is a tangerine note. Hints of pine and grapefruit in the background. Very clean, very crisp. Nice stiff bitterness. A light crackery malt presence.

Mouth is crisp.

Drinkability is exceptional.

New Dogtown is delightfully crisp, clean and refreshing with fruity, citric, piney and pungent hop flavors and aromas. Fantastic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 18:42:58 | More by sethmeister
Photo of FosterJM


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

585th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

App- A tri-colored brew of orange, yellow and
gold. A nice one and a half finger head that followed the beer down. Nice lines of webbing and stick.

Smell- A big aromatic beer that when cold has nice tangering notes but when warming is a caramel malt. A little spice from the hops

Taste- A big pale ale with assertive malts and hops that are well paired and a bit spicy and citrusy. One of the best pales I have had.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Nice spicy/bitter hop after taste.

Drink- A nice little 12oz bottle of beer. Was a great way to unwind after work. This might be the beer to keep around the house in six pack form.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 02:08:46 | More by FosterJM
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 22:05:36 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of wray7276


5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

st:12oz brown bottle
app:golden orange,3 fingers of foam,medium carbonation.
s:fresh citrus aroma,hints of caramel,little hops in the nose
t:very juicy and citrusy

notes: I really enjoyed this brew.i am a big fan of APA's and always looking for a great APA. this brew defies greatness and should be tried by all. i highly recomend this brew to any APA fans out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 20:24:43 | More by wray7276
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I meant to pick this beer up a couple weeks ago and ended up picking up a six of hairy eyeball. I thought that I had reviewed that one and ended up that I hadn't. Good thing. So, let's see what their typical Pale Ale has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale golden color with a small <1/8" head of active small while bubbles that was fizzy really only during the pour and didn't retain. There doesn't appear to be any bubbles rising, so the beer looks rather lifeless after the pour. There is no lacing left after drinking the beer, so it is good that the beer is clear, but kindof sucks that it doesn't come across better than this.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of American hops that was more citrusy at first and then faded back into something with more floral and some earthy notes. There is a little bit of sweet caramel in here as well as some very subtle toasty notes, but the malt part of the profile is pretty reserved.

Taste: The hops are the predominant part of the flavor profile as you would expect and they lead the way completely to the finish. There are a few sweet toasty malt accents that show up here and there, but they are reserved. The overall body is medium to slightly thin with a bit low of carbonation, but it is much more present in the mouthfeel that the appearance alluded to. The finish is owned by the hops, but not so much that the beer is hard to drink. There is firm bitterness in there, but it is playing well enough with the water that it is not out of balance at any point.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good Pale Ale. It is definitely not an Imperial beer, and overall about my only "beef" with it is that the carbonation didn't stick. It is in the taste, but is still low for what I would like. Otherwise, this is a really good beer. The balance is hoppy, but overall it doesn't go outside the beer's capability. All of this said, I can say that this is one of the better Pale Ales out there. This particular bottle has a bit low of carbonation for what I feel it should. I do not regret picking up a six-pack of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 02:22:17 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of dfitch81


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to beer of the moment. Very hoppy as pale ales go. I often prefer a hoppier pale ale like this to an IPA: the better-balanced hop and malt profiles actually make it easier to appreciate the nuances of both. Wonderful golden hue with ample head makes this a very satisfying beer to behold, too. Reasonably priced, which doesn't hurt. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 01:41:19 | More by dfitch81
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great drinking pale. Record Toronto heat, who cares - got my citrus hoppy satisfiying thirst quencher (follows with water bottle). Pours orange and is very lacey. Neutral aroma, but high marks in drinkability and taste. A little less carbonation is only tiny criticism.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:09:04 | More by Sammy
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden body with a tight white head.

Pure hops on the nose with notes of citrus and green floral character.

Caramel malt sweetness sneaks in before the hops seize control. This hop dominated pale has plenty of peppery, floral and citrus notes, but the green hop character is what really stands out for me.

Medium body and carbonation.

Uber drinkable, this is what APA is all about. Dogtown is great, way better than their IPA and one of the better everyday Pales on the market. Reccomended.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 23:12:07 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange colour, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Classic Lagunitas hops, super sweet citrus and pine, touch of caramel on the finish.

T - Definitely more bitter than I was expecting and certainly more earthy with cedar and pine and a bit of citrus rind. The caramel on the finish is a bit woody and peaty. A solid pale ale and another solid offering from Lagunitas.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Not bad at all. A solid pale ale and easily sessionable. Certainly wouldn't disappoint any hop head.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 23:13:29 | More by andrenaline
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 14:08:25 | More by spinrsx
New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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