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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: 1,424
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thartman on 09-17-2008)
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Photo of sethmeister
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear light straw gold body with a creamy offwhite 1 finger head which slides down to a film. Not much lace

Scent is floral and fruity with a hint of crackery biscuit. A pungent aroma emerges as the beer warms.

Taste is similar to the nose. There is a tangerine note. Hints of pine and grapefruit in the background. Very clean, very crisp. Nice stiff bitterness. A light crackery malt presence.

Mouth is crisp.

Drinkability is exceptional.

New Dogtown is delightfully crisp, clean and refreshing with fruity, citric, piney and pungent hop flavors and aromas. Fantastic example of the style.

sethmeister, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

585th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

App- A tri-colored brew of orange, yellow and
gold. A nice one and a half finger head that followed the beer down. Nice lines of webbing and stick.

Smell- A big aromatic beer that when cold has nice tangering notes but when warming is a caramel malt. A little spice from the hops

Taste- A big pale ale with assertive malts and hops that are well paired and a bit spicy and citrusy. One of the best pales I have had.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Nice spicy/bitter hop after taste.

Drink- A nice little 12oz bottle of beer. Was a great way to unwind after work. This might be the beer to keep around the house in six pack form.

FosterJM, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is an orange-tinged light brown coloring that is almost completely opaque, and a good healthy stream of carbonation present on the pour. The head starts out at a two-inch profile of light, frothy off-white foam, and eventually settles down into a thin layer of bubbles. Aromas are a smooth, tasty blend of caramel sweetness, fresh green hops, and a light citrus highlight. Very well balanced on the nose. The flavors are strong, riding a light and crisp body. Tastes of pepper spice and cedar, with a tangy grapefruit and toffee sweetness. Very well blended, and the peppery spice cleans up the palate on the aftertaste. The finish is quick and dry, leaving the mouth ready for more. Not for the faint of heart or those new to the realm of hops, but for everyone else, this is a tasty Pale!

GarthDanielson, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of wray7276
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

st:12oz brown bottle
app:golden orange,3 fingers of foam,medium carbonation.
s:fresh citrus aroma,hints of caramel,little hops in the nose
t:very juicy and citrusy

notes: I really enjoyed this brew.i am a big fan of APA's and always looking for a great APA. this brew defies greatness and should be tried by all. i highly recomend this brew to any APA fans out there.

wray7276, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I meant to pick this beer up a couple weeks ago and ended up picking up a six of hairy eyeball. I thought that I had reviewed that one and ended up that I hadn't. Good thing. So, let's see what their typical Pale Ale has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale golden color with a small <1/8" head of active small while bubbles that was fizzy really only during the pour and didn't retain. There doesn't appear to be any bubbles rising, so the beer looks rather lifeless after the pour. There is no lacing left after drinking the beer, so it is good that the beer is clear, but kindof sucks that it doesn't come across better than this.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of American hops that was more citrusy at first and then faded back into something with more floral and some earthy notes. There is a little bit of sweet caramel in here as well as some very subtle toasty notes, but the malt part of the profile is pretty reserved.

Taste: The hops are the predominant part of the flavor profile as you would expect and they lead the way completely to the finish. There are a few sweet toasty malt accents that show up here and there, but they are reserved. The overall body is medium to slightly thin with a bit low of carbonation, but it is much more present in the mouthfeel that the appearance alluded to. The finish is owned by the hops, but not so much that the beer is hard to drink. There is firm bitterness in there, but it is playing well enough with the water that it is not out of balance at any point.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good Pale Ale. It is definitely not an Imperial beer, and overall about my only "beef" with it is that the carbonation didn't stick. It is in the taste, but is still low for what I would like. Otherwise, this is a really good beer. The balance is hoppy, but overall it doesn't go outside the beer's capability. All of this said, I can say that this is one of the better Pale Ales out there. This particular bottle has a bit low of carbonation for what I feel it should. I do not regret picking up a six-pack of this beer.

SkeeterHawk, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of dfitch81
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to beer of the moment. Very hoppy as pale ales go. I often prefer a hoppier pale ale like this to an IPA: the better-balanced hop and malt profiles actually make it easier to appreciate the nuances of both. Wonderful golden hue with ample head makes this a very satisfying beer to behold, too. Reasonably priced, which doesn't hurt. Highly recommended.

dfitch81, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great drinking pale. Record Toronto heat, who cares - got my citrus hoppy satisfiying thirst quencher (follows with water bottle). Pours orange and is very lacey. Neutral aroma, but high marks in drinkability and taste. A little less carbonation is only tiny criticism.

Sammy, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden body with a tight white head.

Pure hops on the nose with notes of citrus and green floral character.

Caramel malt sweetness sneaks in before the hops seize control. This hop dominated pale has plenty of peppery, floral and citrus notes, but the green hop character is what really stands out for me.

Medium body and carbonation.

Uber drinkable, this is what APA is all about. Dogtown is great, way better than their IPA and one of the better everyday Pales on the market. Reccomended.

BradLikesBrew, May 24, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange colour, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Classic Lagunitas hops, super sweet citrus and pine, touch of caramel on the finish.

T - Definitely more bitter than I was expecting and certainly more earthy with cedar and pine and a bit of citrus rind. The caramel on the finish is a bit woody and peaty. A solid pale ale and another solid offering from Lagunitas.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Not bad at all. A solid pale ale and easily sessionable. Certainly wouldn't disappoint any hop head.

andrenaline, May 22, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of hops mixed with malts and caramel. There is also quite a bit of citrus flavour.. oranges, lemons, grapefruits. (juice and rind) The beer finishes with a hoppy citrus aftertaste with lots of lingering bitterness.

Overall - A delicious beer that is actually more is a IPA than a PA. It's not overly sweet and it his a great west coast citrus flavour and lots of hops. If I could make any changes, I might tone down the carbonation level a little bit, but other than that it's a great beer.

spinrsx, May 20, 2011
Photo of thebrood1987
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Woah, this Pale Ale definitely gives Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale some real good competition. It has a really nice copper color and has that classic Lagunita's hop juice smell which mostly consists of tropical fruits and fresh oranges. I also get on here some sweet cracker malt smells that balance out the hop smell... something I don't get on other Lagunita's beers.

It starts with the sweet malty biscuit cracker tastes and then just hits you with really nice hop flavors that consist of that grapefruit rind, orange citrus and ends with that fruity bitterness. Not too bitter as the sweet malt washes some of it away but definitely leaves room for the hops to shine through with the bitterness. People would think they'd put fruit in this yet somehow you can tell they don't. Pure hop flavor right here. It also leans towards a lighter mouthfeel despite being sweet from the malts. It definitely has a pale ale body and mouthfeel. This is better than some IPA's I've had. It almost reminds me of a Nugget Nectar light or something. Excellent beer and definitely one of my favorite Pale Ales EVER.

thebrood1987, May 19, 2011
Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden amber color.. nice 2 fingers of head.. clear body..

S: citrus & floral hops.. small traces of tropical fruits as well.. touches of bready notes.

T: sweet malts upfront..citrus fruits come in next.. hard to miss lemon rinds.. more bready malts with a lingering, but not over the top piney bitterness..

Mf: light-medium body with good carbonation..

O: nice easy drinker.. very good stuff here..

aval89, May 18, 2011
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a small oily greyish-yellow cap. Small bubble sticky lacing.

Spicy herbal, bitter citrus, with a touch of pine. Light toasty cracker. Hint of pear.

Lightly toasty cracker with a touch of sweetness. Bitter rush of citrus and pine. Slight sour pear ester.

Med-light body, refreshing. sticky and medium dry. Moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable. Very tasty and bitter. A bit bigger tasting and bitter than most pale ales. Borders the IPA line.

CHILLINDYLAN, May 16, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfect with a two finger thick head, and an ultra clear copper colored body.

The aroma is spicy spruce and grapefruit hops character. As well as a faint toffee undertone.

The taste is well balanced between the malt and hops qualities shared in the aroma. Overall this brew is tamed in the hops, which is a bit of a pleasant surprise for me. This makes this brew much more drinkable for me.

The brew does feel clean and a light chewy with some oiliness. The palate is left quenched.

TheSarge, May 14, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: This pale ale pours a brilliant, crystal-clear orange hue with a thick white head that slowly settles. Retention is good, and lacing is decent as well.

S: A bit weak on the nose. Slightly floral, with citrus and some grainy aromas.

T: Much better than the smell. Even for a pale, this beer screams West Coast when it comes to it's origin. Orange and grapefruit, along with floral undertones make up a hop profile unlike many other pales. Very well-balanced, with malt characters of honey and biscuit. Finish is dry and clean.

Notes: This light to medium-bodied brew is overall pretty good, but lacks a bit in some aspects. The thin mouthfeel and light aroma are a bit of a downer, but taste makes up for it. On a humid day, this is just the type of beer I would seek out.

WYVYRN527, May 12, 2011
Photo of Miketwolf21
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, an American pale ale with class. The flavors are incredibly articulate. This is a very fresh bottle.
The Orange hue of the pale beverage gives way to a citrus aroma. Specially Orange and lime. A touch of grainy malts come through. The hops smell potent for a pale ale.
The taste is similar to the aroma except that it tastes more complex. To me the perfect description is black tea, Orange peel, raspberries, and a touch of lime. The malt does come through in the flavor, especially as it warms. In the form of edgy pale malts. There is just a touch of sweetness coming through that balances any alcohol notes that theoretically would be there. What I enjoy is that the flavor comes in waves. Each level is refreshing and intriguing. The beer vanishes without any harsh bitter after taste. Nice.

There is just the right amount of carbonation and it is plenty smooth. When its cold the slightly aggressive carbonation is not as forgiving with the hop flavor that is more bitter, think bitter raspberry, like when its fridge cold. Best at 45 or 50 F.
This is more intense than their IPA, but takes the cake as one of my favorite american pale ales.

Miketwolf21, May 08, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Laserd julian date of Feb 11 bottling. It was a clear golden color with lots of tiny floaters and slight carb streams. It had an average sized head that settled into a good collar and some wisps. Slight lacing.

Really liked the aroma on this one. Citric and noble malts mixed with pale malts. Had an English feel to it. The taste wasn't as good to me. Aggressively bitter with little of the malt coming thru. Working my way up the bitter hop ladder but this one was too extreme for my liking. Not enough other elements out there. Mouthfeel was medium and crisp.

Overall, really enjoyed the aroma but missed on the flavor. A bitter showcase for sure and I enjoy some semblance of balance. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one is enough for now but would revisit in a year or two. [N;N;BL]

TexIndy, May 04, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saturday evening....and it is time to unwind....Kid had two hockey games....minute to win it for kids at Barnes & Noble, 400pc leggo set, cut the grass, and played horse with my daughter!! So it time for some New DogTown Pale Ale!!! The color is a golden clear amber with a finger white head. The nose includes a subtle citrus...not over bearing. The taste is a triumverate of citrus, malt and booz....a little more leaning towards the malt and booz. the taste lingers tart on the pallete. The mouthfeel is decent and certainly would try to session, but may get too citruscy after a while.

WoodBrew, May 01, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this last weekend after realizing it's one of the few regulars from Lagunitas I have never had. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a pale amber color with a bubbly, off-white head filling the top half inch of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice juicy, fruity, citrusy hoppiness to it. It's obviously not as bold as their hoppier beers, but it's a nice flavorful hoppiness. It also has a pale malt, slightly grainy base to it which gives it some nice balance.

The taste has a brighter, citrusy hoppiness to it with some pineapple and grapefruit notes throughout the flavors. Towards the finish it turns a little more bitter with some grapefruit, rind like qualities to it. It has a nice malty base that gives some flavor and balance to the hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a very nice APA, I really liked the brighter, fruity notes the hops had. It had a nice balance between the sweet flavors at first and the bitter flavors in the finish. Very nice beer of the style.

billab914, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy slightly golden color with tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops with a pale malt bed.

Tastes of a fair amount of pale malt followed by a wave of hops. Pale malt is grainy and slightly sweet. A bit of caramel comes through as well. Hops are citrus and earthy with a touch of pine. Bitter and sweet in good balance.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good pale ale that I would have no problem buying again.

ocelot2500, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This pale ale is "pale" only in comparison to things like, say, chocolate or red wine; in contrast to most commercial brands, this toasty, caramelly golden beer should be considered to have a relatively generous amount of tone and colour. Still, it is transparent, or mostly so, and its tattered carbonation is a stainless white. In other words, it fits the bill.

The term "pale ale" encompasses a wide variety of beer styles. Given Lagunitas' location, I was anticipating the kind that is brimming with bitter, citric hop resins. My expectations turn out to be correct. This pale ale has as much (or more) tropical hoppiness than do many IPAs and it certainly isn't shy about that. Why do I feel a luau coming on?

New Dogtown Pale Ale is hoppy enough so as to taste like liquefied orange peel. When the maltiness does finally kick in on the finish, it reminds me somewhat of Greek Easter bread, which is a soft, spongy, sweet white loaf made with orange zest. (It's delicious stuff, and makes me happy to have a Greek mother-in-law!) Grapefruit is tasted abundantly also.

What with all this raw, abundant hoppiness, the mouthfeel is correspondingly pithy. There is an earthy, drying sensation that chokes out the finish and chance of any aftertaste other than that of bitter citrus piths. For my palate it's heaven, but for many others (especially any mainstream drinkers) it could prove to be an exercise in pain threshold.

New Dogtown is, as the brewery will tell you, pretty doggone good. It has a lot more body and character (read: hoppiness) than most of its pale ale brethren which makes it bound to be blissfully, boundlessly quaffable to a select few, while too much to handle for the vast majority of others. From where I sit, it's everything a proudly American pale ale should be.

biegaman, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of thebeerisgood
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Floral and citrusy with light sweetness and a hint of pine.

Appearance: Golden with a frothy off-white head, each sip leaving a row of lace.

Taste: Mostly floral hoppy profile in the foreground, slightly bold with a little malty sweetness. Finishes crisp with citrus and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A very solid pale ale with great flavor and crispness. This APA could probably pass just as easily as an IPA

thebeerisgood, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of albertjr21
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass on 3.30.11 this pours a slightly hazy dull yellow golden color with a sudsy thin head. Aroma seems right on for an APA with a nice combination of pale malt and outstanding flowery and citrus hops. Now, is it just me or is this Pale Ale on its short way to being as hoppy as Lagunitas IPA? The taste here is generously hoppy, not by much against the style, but just a BIT hoppier...No complaints from me though...Cheers to American PA! While citrus hops do take center stage here, there's a very nice balancing malt to reel this into a smooth and refreshing mouthfeel. There's a favorable, somewhat sour, and acidic bitterness in the very citrusy hop accented finish.

albertjr21, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A simple golden colored brew that is perfectly clear and bubbly. The head on the other hand is less than with a not very showy cream colored froth that seems to evaporate.

Mmmm the nose is delectable. Sweet roasted grains with a squeeze of fresh grapefruit hops. An awesome smell that I'd put among the top in this style. I can't wait to take a sip after sniffing this.

The taste is a slight let down from the glorious nose. The malts fade to the back and a slightly over bittered hop takes over. Normally I'm all for IBU's but this tastes and feels a little like a tart sour lemon. Not in a good way either. It's flavor isn't bad, just a mild disappointment from the nose.

Mouthfeel is mild with a steady carbonation and before mentioned bitterness that I find style appropriate. It could use a little more malts to balance things out or more of a hop flavor but all that said it's a very drinkable beer. Nothing memorable.

jbphoto88, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: This pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a finger of white foamy head that holds at a half-finger and laces well.

S: It has moderate orange zest notes with some hoppiness, toasted cereal malts, and some backing caramel.

T: It is obvious that the hops have faded a bit but it is still very citrusy and mildly hoppy with strong caramel maltiness taking over.

M: It has a medium body with average to low carbonation and a somewhat clean finish.

D: It is not fresh but it retains its original flavors somewhat; it is okay.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 14, 2011
New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.