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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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401 Reviews
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Reviews: 401
Hads: 1,797
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 68
Gots: 291 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 401 | Hads: 1,797
Photo of lushes22
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light amber color withe real light cloudiness. Mild fruit hoppy smell with hint of pine. Somewhat bland taste. Almost like a session ipa with a little malt on back. Average carb and a little dry. Wouldn't drink again unless options limited. Very average.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright bronze with steady pocked snow white head that trails. 4
Herbal, floral, orange zest nose - fresh! 4
Thread of apricot-filled filo pastry with icing sugar, then grapefruit, white pine, pineapple (natch), and lemon balm hops. 4.25
Pith finish and numbing pine linger.
Just past light, crisp, touch of oil, creamy. 4

Paler that expected and there's a sugared grapefruit thing on the nose that's tantalizing. That sugar carries over to be just the lightest malt load possible before all the light sides of C hops (no orange, pine resin, or dank) kick in. For all the sunshine here, there is a whack of chalky bitterness that hits a little harder than 47 IBUs.

Not sure what to make of this vs the IPA, which is roughly the same ABV and IBUs. Hop Stoopid Lite, some people have said; I could get down with that. It's also soft and way drinkable - the only way, in fact, that it actually resembles an APA. Might take this over the IPA, which could be the point. 4.25

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Photo of Capsfan90
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured one finger white head in a snifter, there was minimal lacing. Color was a bright pale straw color with a little cloudiness. Taste was smooth with a considerable amount of drinkability. Fairly good brew.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale slighty cloudy with tons of lace.. A/T pale cracker malt, noticeable pine spice hop, Pilsner mixed with a IPA is the best way to describe it.. Sweet floral aroma is very nice aswell.. Thin lager like body with a heavy hop bitterness and dry cracker malt.. But being a pale ale and not a IPA I think it makes for a great pale ale.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deeper gold, slightly cloudy. There is a nice cap a foamy white head that holds on and leaves some sticky lacing. The aroma is lighter and tropical fruity and floral. The taste has that same quality with a little woody hops added in and a nice lighter caramelly body. The body isn't too heavy and it has a nice light carbonation tingle on the finish.

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Photo of DrunkenNoodleStyle
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Comes off hoppy. Thick head when poured into a pint glass, nice lacing. Wouldn't of guessed it to be a Pale Ale. Tastes of an IPA. That or I've drank too many IPAs tonight before trying this.I dig it. With Lagunitas it seems you can't go wrong with any of their offerings. Curious to see how the Bros to rate it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a good level of retention, leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a doughy and bready smell mixed with a moderately strong aroma of a light fruit nature of citrus and peach. These smells are rounded out by a bit of a floral and citrus hop smell, which add a nice balance to the other aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of bready tastes and a little sweeter fruit and caramel flavor. The fruit is of a tropical and citrus base with mango and tangerine there as well as a bit of a more orange taste. Along with these tastes there is a lighter level of hop upfront again being of a citrus nature of bitter grapefruit. The grapefruit grows stronger as the taste advances and is joined by other flavors of a floral nature. With even more caramel coming to the tongue at the end and mixing nicely with the hop and bread, one is left with a very smooth and pleasant flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side for a pale ale of 6.2 % abv. For the smooth flavors of fruit, hop and malt the feel is quite nice and makes for an easy but flavorful drinker.

Overall – This is a very enjoyable brew to drink with tons of flavor but still easy drinking for the pale ale style of the brew. Rather well done overall.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint glass 11/23/2014.

A- Clear straw yellow with one finger white head, average in terms of substance and froth; good retention and nice lacing. [3.5]

S- Bready malts, grassy hops, a bit of caramel; nothing too complicated. [3.5]

F- Biscuits, caramel, grassy hop bitterness. A bit of toffee sweetness as well. [3.5]

M- Medium bodied, a bit higher in carbonation than I am used to, but crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Easy to hydrate with this one. [4]

O- A fairly decent APA, nothing that is mind blowing or different but it fits the archetypes of an easy to drink, mildly bitter APA. [3.5]

Final score: 3.55

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad brew, it is well crafted. It is probably my least favorite Lagunitas brew though. Compared to their other excellent offerings, this one just comes off a little too bland for me.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev -3%

A very good pale ale. Smooth, floral on the front, pine bite on the back. Solid pale ale that I would revisit, but this is on the lower end of Lagunitas IPA offerings.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Okay, moving on from the Weyerbacher, here's Lagunitas Pale Ale, New Dogtown, served on draught in a standard pint glass:

Appearance: A golden clear body glittering sweetly printine in the light, with a two-finger white head that never dissipates, down, down, down the glass. It's not going anywhere. Beautiful. Gorgeous lacing follows the head all the way to the bottom of the glass. Wow. That's just... awesome.

Aroma: Hops on the nose right away, followed by a distinct floral fragrance. Not bad.

Taste: Pine. A touch of citrus in tone. Good and solid with some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with light carbonation throughout. Bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Overall: A decent pale ale, and I was really impressed by its look. The taste was surprisingly complex, and it held its own all the way to the end. A solid effort from Lagunitas.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance - Nice golden color, thick white foamy head, laces the glass very well. Looks amazing.

Smell - Nice aroma of the bitterness of hops. No other smells come out

Mouthfeel - Nice foam still, smooth, and refeshing.

Taste - Nice hop taste yet balanced enough not to let it get to biter

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas is one of the breweries I found early in my craft beer days, and really helped me get into hoppy beers. But never went back and actually reviewed a lot of the beers, so trying to do that now.

Bottling code, but no discernible date. Pours a light fizzy head, little creamy, hits 1/2 a finger before fading back, nice lacing, nice crystal clear golden honey colored.

Nose nice hops, a mild citrus and rind, fruity and floral hop presence, a little grassiness to the floral hop, faint grainy malt base, fair fruity hop.

Taste brings nice light hop profile, quite floral and a bit grassy, with a nice fruity hop character too, hard to pinpoint the fruit but a fruity like profile, and some fair bitterness that increases a bit as it gets a little spicy like on the back end. Light soft malt base, almost crisp lager like finish, with a big bitter back end, mildly spicy hops, but mostly grassy floral and fruity.

Mouth is med bod, a bit soft, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, soft malt base that almost gives a lager like quality, nice hop profile not too heavy in any direction, pretty enjoyable yet very drinkable and sessionable, and a nice hoppy bitter finish.

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Photo of Sinfull
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Clear amber color , medium , white head. Aroma of pine and caramel malt . Pine and citrus in bittersweet taste. Medium body and carbonation. Good beer.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4/5  rDev +0.3%

I had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Bowling Green, my fourth Lagunitas review. Lagunitas really nails the IPA/PA beer types. Great malt and hops flavors, strong citrus, maybe some pine. I loved the aroma, very strong, you can tell what's coming a mile away. The color is an orange-copper, very enticing. Give it a shot if you have a chance.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Taking the pale in Pale Ale rather far this had a near yellow like copper color and a weaker head than expected.

Light hop aroma and a substantial tea leaf nose this had aromas of lemon, pine, biscuit and bread.

The flavor seems spot on for the style as the balance of hops and malt is stellar. Slightly bitter at the finish this keeps a blend of tea leaf, barley, pine, floral hop cone, lemon and bready like flavors.

You just can't go wrong with Lagunitas when it comes to nailing a style.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.27/5  rDev +7%

Bottled July 18, 2014

clear orange, frothy 2 finger head.

Subtle orange and caramel malt in the nose. Nothing too strong. Nice for an APA.

Good balance of sweet sugary caramel and semi bitterness. Some mango and orange. A good toned down blend.

Moderate carb, moderate body, slicker than expected.

Good APA. Has that signature lagunitas backbone with all the typical hoppiness toned down a few notches. Hits the category well.

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Photo of Beric
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%

Served: 18 August 2014
Serving: Bottle into pint glass

Appearance: 4.25/5. Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with some deeper golden hues. Looks a lot like an AAL, but definitely a bit darker. Leaves magnificent lacing.

Smell: 4/5. Lively citrus hop aroma with slight malt sweetness.

Taste: 4/5. Appreciable levels of citrus hoppiness with a solid malt backbone that adds almost lager-like notes of breadiness. The beer is incredibly balanced. Finishes drier than I'd expect for an APA.

Mouthfeel: 4/5. Medium-high carbonation and good malt backbone makes the beer both refreshing and full-bodied.

Overall: 4.25/5. One of the best standard APAs I've had. Lighter in body than SNPA, but still big on the flavor without being too over-the-top for the style. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%

Brilliant clarity, frothy ivory head that lingers. Aroma is dominated by pine, earthy and floral hops, and a touch of tropical fruit. Flavor lacks a bit in comparison, fairly bitter dominant in the finish. Malt is somewhat bready, but those bittering hops kill the taste for me. Citrus eventually comes out, but the bitterness overwhelms.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH IPA glass, orange amber colored with a huge fluffy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: citrus with slight pine, slightly fruity, mango, pineapple

T: bitter up front with flavors of pine resin, sweetens with flavors of citrus in middle, finish is bitter and lingers

M: medium bodied with lower carbonation

O: good quality pale ale with nice flavors

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Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured on draft a local bottle shop.

A: Pours a light lemon yellow and zero head, and no lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops. Lemon. Cracker malts.

T: Lemon. Orange. Slightly acidic.

M: Light body. Heavy carb. Stream of bubbles.

O: Honestly, I was expecting more here. Lagintas normally has very solid offerings, but this was not one of my favorites. I'm wondering if this keg was a touch old. Maybe I will revisit this one at a later date.

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Photo of mjurney
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden-amber color, a little particle floating. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick bright rocky head.

Lots of citrus, orange, some pine and floral. Sweet malts.

Hop forward, citrus, bitter orange, spicy, floral. Lean malt background. Finish is crisp and bitter. Body is very crisp, a little oily, tangy, refreshing, smooth.

It's an excellent American Pale Ale.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out a clear amber color. Two fingers of off white head with retention that doesn't quit. Left a ring of lacing around the top of my glass.

S: Piney and floral with just a hint of orange citrus. There is a malty backbone that is present but somewhat subdued.

T: Mostly floral with a subtle sweet orange flavor. Hop bite is a bit surpising.

M: Crisp and smooth. Light to medium body that is actually a bit creamy. Medium carb.

O: Very good pale ale. Unlike many of the other Lagunitas offering I've had, this one has more of a bitter hop presence versus the booming maltiness I'm used to from them. This one actually kicks more than some garbage IPAs. It is somewhat understated in the sense of intensity sort of like Dale's Pale Ale and could pretty much be considered an IPA.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear bright gold. Decent head retention/lace. Looks good! Smells like loads of every type of citrus you can imagine. Big fruit nose. Taste is definitely big citrus hops...grapefruit/lemon being the primary. If u dont like hitter hops, this is not your beer. Carbonation level is fairly high, but it works with the flavors. Overall, I'm impressed. Lagunitas brews some high quality pale ales! If u like hops, this is a good one.

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Photo of matjack85
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Jewel/Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear golden/amber color and made a fluffy white 1½-finger white head. The head lasted about a minute before fading to a thin white cap, and it left some decent lacing.

Big grapefruit hop aroma.

Heavy grapefruit and orange peel bitterness hits right away. There is a bready maltiness underneath that gets stronger as it warms and helps with balance and adds some sweetness. The bitterness returns in the finish and it lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied with higher than average carbonation.

Not a big fan of this one, but if you're a big hophead, you might like it more than I did.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.