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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: 1,437
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 48
Gots: 121 | 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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of coz
5/5  rDev +26.6%

coz, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +1.3%

mcphish22, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

sacrelicio, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JWU
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- a dark gold with hints or orange almost showing some amber highlights. Thin almost fizzy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S-Really smells quite like a full bore IPA. Big hits of citric hops, pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Back end of the smell reveals a light malt.

T- Balance is way off. The taste mirrors the smell, but there's just not enought malt/sweetness to balance the big, brash bitterness that kicks in mid to end of the sip. It's a bit better once the beer warms and the malt bill is able to shine a bit with it's mild sweetness.

M- Mouthfeel quickly reveals that it's much lighter than an IPA. Kinda fizzy, and it makes you think your mouth is dry from that big bitter hoppy finish, but it isn't necessarily dry. Odd.

O- Good, but misses the boat on the balance that I treasure in an APA (i.e. Sierra Nevada, Victory Headwaters). I'd have it again, but won't seek it out.

JWU, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of dmcbeerington
1.48/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer has A rating. For this reason, I bought 6 bottles. Guess what I hate this beer very much. Although it looks very good with golden color, it smell and taste horrible. Maybe it is just me, but I don't like this kinda of beer.

A. Good looking.

S. It has rather special smelling, not a normal beer kinda of smell. Personally, I don't like this smell.

T. Horrible. This beer is too hard to drink. It left very bitter taste afterward. I can't taste any sweetness from this better. It has some strange taste first, then the rest is bitterness. Seriously, I can't finish a whole bottle.

M. Feel like drinking water, but it taste strange. Some people like this beer because of this, but not me.

O. Don't consider this beer if you are new to beer drinking. It is very hard to drink and tastes horrible.

dmcbeerington, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Pours a clear gold with two fingers of off-white head. Good lacing, as with all Lagunitas brews.

S: Grassy, dry hops with a nice suggestion of sticky malt sweetness.

T: Follows the nose to a T. Dry, bitter, lemony hopping with some caramel sweetness.

D: Goes down easy and nicely. Alcohol is a bit high for the style, but it is well balanced.

Overall: Good pales, but...it is IPA strength, IPA bitterness...its an IPA. In fact, it is pretty much indistinguishable from Lagunitas IPA. Solid beer, but it feels like they brewed it twice and slapped two different labels on it. Lagunitas should drop either their APA or IPA and use that spot to release something else regularly.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 09, 2011
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.

cjacobsen, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of DrewV
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden orange with a decent 1-finger white head. Lacing is adequate.

S: Light malt with a mixture of citrus and grapefruity hops. Mostly cascade, but the caramel malt balances it out with some sweetness.

T: Similar to the aroma, this is a really nice pale ale. A bit of an orangy-pineapple flavor from the hops sneaks through mid-stream. Perfectly bitter hops balanced by the sweetness of the malts. A classic "Lagunitas" flavor profile that I've come to really enjoy.

M: Moderate carbonation allows the flavors to wash over the tongue and the finishing bitterness cleanses the palate. Well done.

O: A solid pale ale with a noticeable malt backbone. Me likey. A solid "A" rated brew.

DrewV, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Dmbhawker
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Grassy, weedy, grapefruit, and orange peel

Appearance: Clear golden copper,1 1/2 finger head, very little lacing though.

Taste: clean crisp, grapfruit, slightly biscuity. once swallowed, slight metallic taste, but then hoppyness and grapefruit taste linger.

Mouthfeel: moderate to high carbonation, with medium mouthfeel.

Impression: very solid pale ale, beer seems to come in waves, very sessionable and not to filling.

serving type: bottle

Dmbhawker, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: some lace. Hazy light golden color. Not much head retention

S: grassy and floral.

T: more grassy and floral taste. Very bitter. Some pine and hop notes as well.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: interesting beer but not going to get this one again.

kylehay2004, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear light golden amber with lots of bubbles and a three-finger, white, frothy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Citrus hops. Really nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and hop bitterness. Citrus and spice. Bready and caramel malt. Toasted and woody and slightly bitter finish. Pretty good.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp and dry with soft to moderate carbonation. Kind of metallic.

O: This beer looked and smelled great. The flavor was pretty good, but the mouthfeel was lacking. Overall, pretty good though.

SolipsismalCat, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of dchobbs
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Amber color with hints of copper. Slight haze to the pour, with average head that forms lace through each sip. Overall, a fairly pretty APA.

S - Smell of orange and grapefruit/pomelo blossoms with hops smelling of open field and grass. I know a lot of people smelled pine, but I feel like it was a light cedar.

T - Taste of earthy hops with a bit of spice/citrus is the first impression. Through the sip, the taste shifts towards a malty/woody taste with a bit of sweetness. You finally end with crisp hoppy finish as the sweetness subsides. A very pleasing 1-2 punch.

M - Soft to medium carbonation, quite dry, and crisp. I personally felt like it had a resemblence to a metallic item in terms of mouthfeel (like a shiny piece of hematite), which is why that score is lower.

O - Enjoyable APA with a story to tell...but that story has a journey through India at times :)

dchobbs, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, it pours a hazy saturated orange color. Solid head retention, foam sticks around the whole time and leaves neat concentric rings of drippy lacing down the sides.

Big floral, dried citrus peel, pale malt aroma. Wondering how old this is... Caramel malts, dense and chewy, some light weedy bitterness and citrus flavor also. Medium bodied, drinkable... easy to have a couple. This bottle seems a bit malt forward, though there's some residual hop character left. Will probably re-try down the road sometime.

emerge077, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. No freshness date.
Thin film of a head that dissipates fairly slowly.
Very hoppy, fruity (grapefruit), somewhat oily aroma. Unlike any pale ale aroma I have ever come across to date.
Very good carbonation and lacing all over.
Similar to the aroma, the taste is also very hoppy. The hops make their presence upfront, with hints of malt popping up only to be completely drowned by the hop bitterness in the finish. The lingering bitterness is just perfect.
The hoppiness is not overpowering as in an IPA, but is just enough to make this a hoppy pale ale. The balance is titled just a little towards the hops, but nonetheless this is a fine pale ale.
Not for someone who enjoys a malty pale ale.
Definitely worth a try.

CaptDavyJones, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled May 6, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a decent white head that leaves a little lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma starts with citrus, floral and grassy hops with a dash of pine and a good amount of fresh baked bread and toast. Very good strength.

Flavor is grassy, earthy hops, a touch of citrus up front, very nice bready component in the middle, balanced very well against the hops (although the hops do win the battle, this is Lagunitas after all...), mild sweetness and very good citrus bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, a little oily with good carbonation.

Damned tasty Pale Ale. Nice crisp hoppiness with a tasty bready backbone. Would definitely buy this again, especially if I come across a really fresh sample.

elgiacomo, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a mug...

Pours a golden orange color with a frothy white head that left a lot of lacing. The aroma is awesome, I could smell fruity bubblegum, creamy vanilla and grapefruit and sugar. It tastes bitter at first with lots of lemon, tangerine and grapefruit, it has a wave of sweetness and a piney aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied with lots of soft carbonation and a dry hoppy finish. This pale ale can hang with the best in my opinion.

JMad, Sep 02, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with a fluffy, short lived, white head. Citrusy hops, biscuit malt and marmalade in the aroma. Light-medium tangy body. Taste starts with moderate citrus hops followed by biscuit malt and ripe fruit. Then finish becomes dry and quite hoppy. Delicious brew.

mikeg67, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured copper orange with one finger thick head that leaves behind sticky spotty lacing and chunks of foam atop the beer. Smells of sweet malt with piny, oily, resinous smell that is both bitter smelling and sweet smelling. Taste is definitely overwhelmed by bitter hops that remains on the palate - piny hops with a bit of a sweet twang to them. The mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and straight to the point leaving a sticky bitter feeling in the back of my mouth. This was a shock I wasn't expecting it to be so hoppy, this was very IPA-like IMO....a little intense to be an APA, but still good.


antlerwrestler19, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey orange with a 2 inch off-white head that settles to a chunky and craggy foam. Thick chunks of lace and foam stick to the walls of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of very nice citrus and tropical fruit notes with some grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is very hopppy with citrus zest, unsweetened grapefruit and its juices, and a slight malt presence towards the finish. A mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good APA with a very nice smell and another solid beer coming out of Lagunitas.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a six pack that cost me $8.99 (not too bad). Bright orange color, super head, some lace. The smell is extra hoppy, mostly citrus. The flavor is a hopped up pale ale, citrus flavors and bitterness. This could almost be an IPA with the level of hoppiness going on. I really enjoyed this and might have to buy some more soon. Good job Lagunitas!

ArrogantB, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of mafiasentinel21
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

mafiasentinel21, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Tballz420, Jul 31, 2011
New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.