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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: 1,279
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 46
Gots: 87 | 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 Lothore


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crisp copper hue with a nice, 2 finger frothy head.

S- Very fragrant and hoppy, floral, plinyesque.

T- Very floral hops up front and throughout, light fruits in the middle, grapefruit towards the end.

M- A bit thin with lots of carbonation.

D- This is an excellent offering by Lagunitas. Strangely reminiscent of Russian River's IPAs

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 03:09:33 | More by Lothore
Photo of russpowell


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2nd try at a review...here's to zero server crashes in the future!

Pours honey colored with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Herbal & leafy hops, citrus & a bit of raw booze

T: Grapefruit & leafy hops intertwined with some flinty dryness & some biscuitty malt. As this warms, grapefruit & leafy hops dominate along with some dryness & a touch of pineapple. Finishes with leafy & herbal hops, plus grapefruit & pineapple

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, damn good balance

Drinks very easy, great sessionability, wish I was a bit more in love with the hop mix...

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 04:17:17 | More by russpowell
Photo of apbarwood


3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A warm golden color with a dense head of white foam that lasted forever supported by a strong carbonation. Lots of citrus in the aroma highlighting a bouquet of clean, fresh hops with a hint of malt holding it together. The hops are almost overpowering at first but fade quickly and leave a biscuity, malt center that finishes softly with a dry, pine and grapefruit on the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and quite enjoyable all around. I'd say this beer is good but a little bit out of balance as far as the flavor goes. The interplay between malt and hop was less than seamless but in general it was worth drinking though Lagunitas has made better beers along the same lines as this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 19:18:00 | More by apbarwood
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 20:02:44 | More by WesWes
Photo of Ezone024


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

grapefruit grapefruit grapefruit.
citrus all the way..

orange/copper color.

has good carbonation throughout, clear consistency regular head with some lacing.

easy to drink and very very tasty.

everything you'd expect and more from a cali-pale
one of the best lagunitas i've had

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 04:19:40 | More by Ezone024
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

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

Poured into my favorite goblet, the pale ale has a cloudy yellow-orange color with a fluffy, cream-colored head that slowly fades to leave a good bit of lacing on the side of the glass. The citrus hop aroma is crisp and inviting, but it is only a preview of the nicely balanced but certainly hop-laden flavor that has characteristics of grapefruit and pine. Another review mentions notes of pineapple, and after reading that, I certainly agree. Each sip is initially refreshing, but the hop flavor sticks to the tongue so that you can't easily forget that they like their hops on the west coast.

I empty the glass quickly, and I am saddened that I only have two more bottles left sitting in the fridge. Fortunately, I know where they sell more. This time, I think I'll buy more than a sixer so that I can't forget that this beer belongs in a regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 22:21:13 | More by devilben02
Photo of kaseydad


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint pour with a pale yellow appearance and a foamy head that starts to look like whipped cream. Major lacing also.

The aroma consists of oranges, pineapple, more citrus, biscuits and fresh cut grass.

Hoppy goodness in the taste with a malty backbone that blends perfectly. A nice bitter finish with the bitterness staying on the buds beckoning for another sip.

Much too easy to drink. I can see this as a potential staple in the fridge as it seems to be everywhere.

This Pale Ale is much smoother than the spicy Sierra Nevada and will show the consumer why Lagunitas is one of the best breweries around....imo.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 17:23:23 | More by kaseydad
Photo of hoplover82


4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I am very impressed!!! This is absolutely, hands down one of the best pale ale's I've ever had!

A-Pours a clear, deep yellow color, with a medium-thin off white head that dissapates quikly to a thin film and colar on the beer and leaves little lacing.

S-Now the aroma and flavor is what REALLY impressed me! The aroma is pungent and delicate at the same time. Very strong with bright citrus hops, then as the head fades moves to a slightly sweet pale malt backbone. A very exceptional aroma. I really don't think it could improve any. It's almost an IPAish aroma, but not quite, perfect imo.

T-The flavor is much of the same with a nice soft but noticable hop bitterness. A perfect representation of the flavor of and "american" pale ale. Lots of bright citrus hoppiness and also some pine hops to compliment, together, it's kinda like grapefruity but not. The hops shine, but there is a solid pale malt flavor in the finish too.

M-A full, creamy mouthfeel indeed. Lots of carbonation fills my mouth as I swish the beer in my mouth. Very nice.

D- I could drink these all night! I highly suggest this one for any beer lover. Hop heads and non hop heads, be warned, this beer might convert you to the hop heads universe!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 23:46:31 | More by hoplover82
Photo of wyattshotmaker


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

poured into a pint glass,nice golden color with a short head that left alot of lacing.strong grapefruit/citrus scent,i wanna guess cascade or maybe simcoe,doesn't have that strange flavor of simcoe that i can't quite place my finger on.

strong citrus hop flavor balanced out by some biscuit malt sweetness.nice finish with some lingering bitterness.overall really nice.

medium bodied with nice balance,this is an easy drinker.gonna have to be my standby pale ale now that i'm not within driving distance of alpha king.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 04:17:00 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of ndillon45

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear caramel color. Small, lacy head. Love the aroma, but it gets my hopes up a bit more than the flavor delivers. Still a great beer however. I've been thoroughly pleased with all of Lagunitas' products thus far. Could drink quite a few of these with no regrets.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 00:19:50 | More by ndillon45
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a bubbly, khaki-colored head of foam. It left thing trails of lace.

S - It hits you with a blast of pine aroma with touches of citrus. There was a nice caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of piney, citrusy hops with a burnt toast maltiness with a sweet caramel flavor.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This one is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It is really one of the hoppiest and best ones around.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 00:55:04 | More by zeff80
Photo of ProudBeerSnob

New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Cloudy brassy color with a thin head and decent lacing. I might have expected more lacing in such a hoppy beer but oh well.

Aroma is excellent. WOW! Big piney, citrusy hops with an herbal note that I can't place. Tastes like more of the same. Paired well with the homemade mac and cheese my kids made for dinner. MMM.

Mouthfeel as expected, not thin at all. Very drinkable for so hoppy a beer. Sometimes a beer this hoppy coats the tongue and makes for an undrinkable affair, but not so with the New DogTown. A great example of a West Coast IPA!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 02:34:15 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of therica


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

REVIEW OF 3/14/2010 when I was in less of an IPA-bitter mood:

A= nice light copper, near-white head of fair size which dissipates quickly, very little lacing.

S= delightful bouquet of hops, citrus, some caramel malts.

T= citrus, nice hops florals and good bitters, caramel malts.

M= some bitters, malts residue (some caramel, some grassy dry), citrus, nice to savor.

D= very drinkable for anyone who enjoys a slightly citrus APA.

REVIEW OF 7/30/2009 when I was in a very IPA-hoppy mood:

I prefer their IPA but this is nice stuff.

A= darker golden with a soapy-foamy head.

S= light spring-like whiffs, hints of sweet malts and citrus hops.

T= definitely bitter-hops from start to finish, a bit tart and green on the tongue; malty undertones.

M= lightly oily, with lingering hops bitters and grassy green traits.

D= very drinkable if you greatly enjoy up-front bitter citrus-floral hops. It makes a nice break during a session of their IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 23:34:05 | More by therica
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle (not nearly as strecthed as the picture above) into a pint glass. Pours a slightly darker golden yellow color with minimal white foam.

Smell is oily-hoppy with floral citrus hints.

Taste is overwhelmingly hoppy - kicks in at the beginning andf rides through to conclusion. Never too much. There is some tasty malt undeneath, and some of the citrus from the nose is present. Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel.

A good example of am American pale- quality beer for the style. If you like a hoppy pale, you'll find this drinkable. I enjoy the 12 oz and move on.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 00:11:41 | More by KTCamm
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, pale transparent brew. Citrus and hop oils in the nose. Spices, hop resin, dryness, and the usual Lagunitas oily aftertaste. Light in body, dryness turns to slickness. It's what I come to expect from Lagunitas: a well-rounded pale ale full of slick citrus West Coast hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 19:20:17 | More by JRed
Photo of jeffjeff1


4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent pale ale.

Appearance- light amber color, decent head retention, transparent

Smell- piney hops(strong aroma of it), excellent, fell in love with the aroma

Taste- piney hops, every time i tasted it I smelled the piney hops which made it that much more heavenly

Mouthfeel- smooth, light to medium bodied, very nice

Drinkability- very drinkable, possibly the best pale ale I have had

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 20:59:52 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of natelocc787


4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my go-to Pale Ale's and bar none one of the best American Pale Ales.

Citrusy, floral and spice to balance with the fruits. great nose and appearance. Outstanding aroma as complex as you can find in a Pale Ale.

Grapefruit, tangerines, with subtle pomegranate. Spices like coriander and curacao peel. Herbal, floral from the hops. It is somewhat bitter but crisp and malty undertones as well.

This beer is fantastic and you can throw them down. Great abv for a summer/year round brew. My buddy had one (he's a bmc drinker) and said this was like Snapple-made from the best stuff on earth!

You can find a sixer of this brew in my fridge often, particularly during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 22:57:35 | More by natelocc787
Photo of Halcyondays


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 20:48:14 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always love getting my hands on some new Lagunitas stuff.Poured into a nonic a dull light to medium golend with a thinner but well retained white head.Great aromas the hop profile really stricks out,pine with citric notes mixed with a lightly sweet caramel/biscuit malt base.The flavors dont hit home as much as I ecpected,the caramel malt notes show thru upfront with the citric,piney hop notes finishing but its a little lighter than expected.Mouthfeel is a tad thin but the beer is quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 01:04:12 | More by oberon
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz bottle. The "old", apparently stomach-decimating Dogtown was a decent pale ale, so let's see what the makeover brings us.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with a few fingers of thick, creamy, and puffy off-white head, which stands above the lip of the glass in its sturdiness, slowly melting away to leave a few minor rings of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, sweet (ok, and a wee bit tart) grapefruit - those monstrous Texan varieties - muddled tropical fruit, and a bakery-ready biscuity malt - very much like a slightly pulled-back version of Hop Stoopid, so, wickedly appealing. The taste is still zingy grapefruit, but more of a bitter sort than in the aroma, bready, somewhat crackery caramel malt, and further astringent piney, leafy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a peppy frothiness throughout, the body perhaps a little thin, but maybe I'm just expecting IPA malt heaviness, given the other characteristics of this beer - however, the overall effect is smooth. It finishes dry and hoppy, the fruit and pine essences following through with gusto.

Definitely in the luscious no-mans' land between an APA and a West Coast IPA. I found it went down very quickly, maybe because I was trying to determine which way it was leaning for each quaff, but mostly, it just tastes great. The only drawback, which I guess is locale-specific? 20 bucks for a sixer on this side of the 49th.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 06:20:54 | More by biboergosum
Photo of brewdoc75


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Hopleaf pint glass

A: Clear, golden orange with a thin head. The head dies down to nothingness quickly. A little high on the carbonation.

S: Beautiful hop profile with tangerine and orange complemented by mild fruitiness. A slight sweetness from the malts comes through as well. Very heavy on the aroma hops.

T: Nice flavors with mild fruitiness blended with flavorful hops. More of that orange/tangerine flavor with a tinge of grapefruit. The malts are in the background with a faint balancing sweetness. Not overly bitter, right on track for an APA.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light to medium. Crisp and clean, just like an APA should be.

D: A really solid APA. Not the best in the world, but pretty damn good. At $6.99 definitely worth the price. I'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 01:34:17 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of Aenema


3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. The head is recedes fairly quickly and there is one nice band of lacing.
Smell - Mild citrus and sweet malt.
Taste - Citrus, bready malt, bitter finish builds some. Overall rather muted flavor.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium-bodied, dry finish. Seemed thin overall.
Drinkability - Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 19:02:01 | More by Aenema
Photo of Risser09


4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a vibrant orange color with yellow highlights. Bubbles effervesce to the surface of the beer. A short, 1/4" white head is created and quickly recedes. Rings of lace are left behind after every sip.

Smell: FRESH, floral, citrusy hop aroma is very tempting. Orange, grapefruit, rose, hyacinth and lemon zest. Sweet malt is underlying.

Taste: Pinchy and sweet bitterness. Bitter grapefruit and fresh flower flavor. A full swing of flavor that lasts way into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely bitter, sweet, flavorful. Lingering bitter finish and a little bit of booze. Pretty well carbonated, too.

Drinkability: This is an awesome pale ale. It is very drinkable, and I could easily do a six pack of them. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 18:05:25 | More by Risser09
Photo of gatornation


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper color with a good head and lacing..the smell is hops and malt some citrus some peat smells and spice and grass smells..the taste is the same it hits you with spice/hops and some grass and grapefruit it finishes with some sweet malts its all good but not great the mouthfeel is the same it s drinkable and good but to much ipa ,pale ales out there to really bother with this one..try it is my recommendation

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 23:13:41 | More by gatornation
Photo of wagenvolks


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip. Served with a slice of homemade Key Lime pie.

New Dogtown (not to be confused with the original "Dogtown Pale") pours an attractive pale copper hue with a good clarity. A lazy carbonation level adds a few bubbles to the well-retained cap of light beige foam that leaves sticky webs of lacing in its wake. Fresh pineapple and grapefruit hops dominate the aroma, all but out-shining the crystal malt base. A hint of pine lingers in the background.

Flavor is crisp, clean, refreshing, and--above all--hoppy. Very impressive for a hop-forward Lagunitas beer, as I usually find the malt base to be hit or miss. With New Dogtown, the pale malts are clean and slightly bready with a mineral finish, while the hops lay down a solid flavor profile of citrus and pine. Not too bitter, either, just the right amount of IBU's to provide the finish with a lingering smack of hops. Very solid Pale Ale, and one I'll probably be revisiting soon this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 05:02:08 | More by wagenvolks
New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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