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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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1,379 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 48
Gots: 108 | 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 williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Clear light amber with a 1 finger with head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - Nice floral and pine and citrus hops bouquet. Not overpowering, but very solid nose.

T - Hops hops and more hops, but subtle and delicious with a nice caramel malt and bready body. Great APA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - One great APA glad it is back and better than ever.

williamjbauer, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jtd335
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jtd335, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of bogus564
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz., poured into a pint glass.

My lighter pint glasses are starting to get a workout; more beers in the beer fridge to try out. It’s a beautiful thing…

A: It looks like an ale, to be sure; it’s copper in color, not as bubbly as some of Lagunitas’ other offerings. A reasonably aggressive pour produces a 1.5 cm orange rind-colored head that lasts less than a minute before dissolving into lace on the sides of the glass. It’s a nice enough looking beer.

S: Prunes hit my nose straight away. There’s another inherent sweetness, more to me like molasses than caramel. After that, I’m catching what the hops are throwing: orange, and the hops themselves. There’s something else there, kind of a bready note. This beer certainly has enough going on to keep your nose interested.

T: It’s the opposite of what I smelled – I get the hops up front, with the orange taste, and then I pick up the malty sweetness, but not much. The dark fruit and molasses are there in the tasting, but subdued, to be sure. This one will give you bitter beer face, and I like it for that alone. The breadiness is there as well. This beer leans towards hoppy – no it doesn’t, it bends over backwards to the hoppy side. Bravo.

M: Good, could be really good if you’re grading on the curve. I’ll admit, there are a lot of beers that I grade on the curve, and some others that I’ve had that completely wreck the curve. This is one that I would grade on the curve. It’s medium-bodied, carbonation is on point, it washes pretty well over a hop head’s palate, and leaves a dry, but hoppy, finish.

O: I will never apologize for being a beer geek. I love trying out new beers every week, and either liking, loving or severely disliking them. This is a beer I like. It’s packaged with good looks, enough smells to keep your interest, a taste that fools you a little but works itself out in the end, mouthfeel that doesn’t suck, and gives the drinker an overall feeling of satisfaction, first for having made a smart purchase, and second for having enjoyed a pretty good beer. How was that for a run-on sentence? Sorry, Ms. Littman – I promise to do better next time.

bogus564, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Goldfishman, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +1%

ltdantheman, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of joshtrich
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

joshtrich, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +1%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of grannaniwa
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden/amber color. Medium head which dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is dominated by grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit!

Medium-light body. Citrusy flavors, some malty-sweetness on the back of the mouth. Finishes medium bitter, a little piney, with a slight toasted aftertaste.

Nice balance. Not my perfect profile of flavors, but I could happily drink this for an evening.

Overall: B+

grannaniwa, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +1%

mcallister, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Picked this up on a whim for my pops at Bradley's liquor in Tustin, CA.

What iz goin' on here? Raul always get confused about beer cuz they always different. This is a pale ale - den why does it taste so much different than 1 of my favs: Sierra Nevada? Oh well. Dat being said: Boom goes tha dynamite!

This is one of tha cleanest tasting beers I have had. Raul luv his freaky azz some Sierra Nevada, but dis bad boi take the cake like Marie Antoinette.

Rich n flavor. Smell like gravy (not real gravy. Gravy mean good to gangsta folk), and overall it just smashed.

If you around it, get dis!

RaulMondesi, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +1%

Localdrinklax, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jwmarcum
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

jwmarcum, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of fergster75
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

fergster75, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Giovacchini
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- light amber and clear filtered appearance with a thin head.

S- citrusy hop aromas, light grainy malt aromas

T- a very nice bitter hoppy beer that is balanced with pale malt. Grapefruit, lemon, mild breadiness.

M- medium bodied with nice carbonation and nice bitterness for a pale.

O- I am a big lill sumpin sumpin fan and I was scared to try this beer. I had it on tap at the Lagunitas taproom and really enjoyed it and later bought a six pack. Its a very solid pale. I've come to the conclusion that I like Lagunitas on tap a lot better than in bottles after trying this beer.

Giovacchini, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of beerme411
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

beerme411, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was pale, fairly clear. A bit like apple juice or very dehydrated urine. About 1 ½ fingers of head. Nice lacing on the top with some circular bubbles, that lasted throughout. Foamy head on the sides, pretty sporadic.

The first smell was citrus hops, which was a pleasant surprise. Kind of a mixture of lemon and grapefruit, probably more grapefruit. Also got a small whiff of caramel sweetness, but very minimal.

The taste wasn’t as much like the nose as I would have hoped. Definitely more pale notes than the hoppy taste. Grainy and wheaty. Pretty smooth.

Light body. Thin texture. Soft-to-average carbonation. Bitter, but somewhat smooth finish.

Overall a decent beer. I guess I was secretly hoping for something a bit better since it’s Lagunitas, but I’d have it again.

BucannonXC5, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +1%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of bbHOP
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Lagunitas pint jar.

A: Golden (think apple juice), with a half finger of white head that settles into a ring around the glass fairly quickly and remains there.

S: Citrusy hop notes - grapefruit rind with a slight note of pine

T: Bright hop notes up front that don't seem to last for long. Grainy pale malts quickly take over. I'm also catching a bit of rye as the beer coats my mouth... was hoping to get more of the citrusy hop notes from the nose. Remains crisp throughout - finishes with some bitterness.

MF: Light mouth feel... Carbonation present throughout, a little intense for my taste. Bitterness in finish is not overwhelming, but certainly present.

O: I've had this beer a few times before and enjoyed it as a refreshing, flavorful, but still light, brew. Sitting down to review, I found myself longing for a more hop forward approach (wished it followed the nose a bit more), and a little more substance in the body... but then - isn't that asking a little too much of the style? This is not an IPA - although the nose teases you into thinking it may be. So - overall - a good Pale IMO.

bbHOP, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Nachos4two
4/5  rDev +1%

Nachos4two, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of omokoro
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light amber color with less than one finger's worth of head that quickly dissipated. A strong aroma of citrus, and hints of banana. This a very clean tasting beer with a refreshing hop character. The hop bitterness is well balanced. The mouthfeel is decent despite the lack of head retention. Overall the his a highly drinkable Pale Ale.

omokoro, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

JRod1969, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is amber with a moderate head that is quite persistent. Lots of lacing on the glass too. I have to give it an extra half point for appearance since I LOLed at the label. Citrus hop scents are nice but a bit faded and weak. Hops are a bit subdued in the flavor as well. There is a floral bitterness that provides a slight balance to the malts. Typical mouthfeel. Not bad overall.

DeltaGolfSierra, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +1%

AndrewMichael, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -24.2%

jk3, Jan 31, 2012
New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.