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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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1,424 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,424
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 48
Gots: 118 | 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 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
Photo of mikeg67
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
Photo of zimm421
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

zimm421, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of jman892
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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%

jman892, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

rebel1771, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

ehammond1, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of jmvecchio1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

jmvecchio1, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of uwmgdman
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

uwmgdman, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Dubber55
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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

Dubber55, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of IrishEyes32250
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

IrishEyes32250, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

avaldivia, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

robwestcott, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

bsp77, Jun 27, 2011
New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.