New Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,540
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 51
Gots: 144 | 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

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(Beer added by: thartman on 09-17-2008)
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of kevanb
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Dogtown Pale Ale pours a very clear golden color, hints of bronze and straw, lots of bubbles rise to the top of the glass where a thin head sits atop the glass with large wide bubbles which recedes quickly, although it does leave some wonderful lacing. The nose is pleasant, albeit a bit weak, prickly hops, very resinous and earthy, lighter grassy notes are present, with a fair amount of bready malt at the end. The flavors are more pronounced, sticky oily hops lead the way, but aren’t overly bitter, a faint flavor I can only describe as cat pee comes through, a bit distracting, but also not unpleasant in an odd way. Lots of caramel and bready malt at the finish compliments the earthy flavor profile. The body is very carbonated and prickly, yet sticky and oily from the hops, which doesn’t necessarily go well together, but all in all it’s not bad.

Verdict: A decent pale ale, it’s definitely not Lagunitas’ best effort, but still a solid brew. I do have some high expectations when it comes to their hoppy beers with the successes of Lagunitas Sucks, Maximus and Hop Stoopid, and this does fall a bit short, but a great beer for someone getting into craft.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of tony223366
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer is extremely fizzy, it looks just like soda. There's so much active carbonation it's crazy. This also gave me a huge white head that is steadily decreasing in size. Some nice lacing is apparent. Color is a slightly orange golden straw color. The clarity is magnificent, it's really like looking through glass. Head eventually turns into a very thin layer.

S: Tons of orangey citrus hops up front, followed by some nice earthy pine. Malts are really hard to come by but I get just a smidge of caramel. Man those hops are floral.

T: Taste is mostly dominated by the hops. Although they really don't bash you over the head. You get a nice citrus up front followed by a nice maltiness that eventually turns to bread that turns to a lightly bitter finish. That goes away quickly and the finish is surprisingly clean.

M: Medium bodied and slick. Good carbonation.

O: I was expecting a little bit more from the nose. But all in all it's still tasty. I wouldn't hesitate to try again.

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of grannaniwa
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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+

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Giovacchini
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.