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New Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale

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very good

1,121 Ratings
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Ratings: 1121
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%

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 Stimack

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a slightly cloudy off golden color with a good sized white frothy head that had good retention and left quite a bit of lacing. Aroma here is very nice as the citrus hop aroma really comes out, gives a juicy like aroma. Sweetness in the nose comes through and goes together well. The flavors of this one are very good as well, citrus hops hit you the hardest and the flavors of them are excellent. Malts seem to give a slight caramel flavor, also maybe toasted malts? Perhaps just a touch to sweet, but that would be the only thing that I can say might be a retractor. In my opinion this is a well rounded and very tasty beer. Nice Lagunitas offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 19:11:12 | More by Stimack
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is my 300th review! Yahoo!

Appearance: a hazy golden-orange color with one finger of frothy ivory head. Looks good to me.

Smell: a little sweet malt with a large helping of funky and citrusy hops. I'm looking forward to this one.

Taste: almost identical to the smell: a little sweet malt and lots of funky and citrusy hops. The citrus is pretty bright in the flavor. I used to be on the fence about funky hops, but I find myself liking them more and more. I'd say this is a well-crafted west coast pale ale, though not too long ago this might be called a strong IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a relatively well-integrated carbonation; this beer is surprisingly creamy. Bonus!

Drinkability: this is a highly drinkable beer. It is almost too hoppy to be considered truly refreshing, but the opposite-spectrum inclusion of both funky and citrus hops keeps it interesting. Definitely something to revisit.

Until recently, my experiences with Lagunitas have been few and far between. Lately, however, I've had many of their beers and am finding them all quite delicious. I'll have to see what else of theirs I can acquire, because I'm betting whatever it is will be good.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 18:52:29 | More by flagmantho
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a small-to-average-sized head that diminished fairly quickly to a thin film. Body is dark yellow and quite clear.

S: Fantastic aroma that is heavy on hops and heavy on citrus... and lots of grapefruit here. I could leave my nose in here all day if I wasn't so intrigued to drink it.

T: Almost as good as it smells, again with lots of citrusy hops and lots of grapefruit. Lagunitas is excellent at making these flavorful, hoppy beers, yet at the same time having them turn out so damned refreshing.

M: Medium-bodied, quite creamy, with average carbonation... dances on the tongue.

D: Yeah, it's friggin' good. Have not been let down by this brewery yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 18:15:18 | More by berley31
Photo of Spineypanda


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice golden color with good head.
Smells of sweet caramel, and a LOT of it. A slight hop taste but nothing overwhelming for a pale ale.
Absolutely what a pale ale should taste like and has a ton of caramel tastes with just enough hops to balance it. I expected nothing this amazing.

I cant wait to try fuzzy eyeball!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 04:04:27 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of CampusCrew


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

heavnly golden beer with good lacing

lots of citrus for a pale ale

taste: very close to a ipa. like it. tons of citrus and great hops flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied, very carbonated

drinkability: solid pale ale, perfect session

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 06:41:09 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of wheatyweiss


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 once into a perfect.

Pours a medium honey with a moderate cloud. Thick, rich head recedes to a stout cap and laces nicely. Very nice presentation.

Aroma is an amazing floral and fruity hop up front. Grain follows toasty and balancing. The aroma reaches out and grabs you by the chin. I believe this to be one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of snorting.

Flavor is tannic malt and minerals. Fruity hops, pineapple, fresh peaches and light grape. Middle is toasted grain, solid and balancing. Finishes slightly earthy and crunchy, bitter and piney with a dryness that belies the fruit flavors of the hops. Flavor is out iof this world in balance and fullness of hop and malt. Outstanding.

I would buy a ton of this if it were as available to me as I would like. Balanced, with tons of hop flavor this one reminds me of a Slam Light. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 03:00:14 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a decent hops presence that comes in next along with a hearty malt character that provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable beer with flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 03:11:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a big boy of a pale ale, dancing right on the edge of IPA territory. Big grapefruit hops in a way that I don't mind as I am not the biggest grapefruit fan. Most of that particular presence lingers on the palate as a finish. Scents are bright and fresh hops. The body is a little bit on the thin side with carbonation keeping things interesting. Lacing on the glass is thick, sticky and pretty.
Hopheads will have little to complain about regarding this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 03:02:31 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light, transparent, orange-golden body with a near-white head. Good lacing, small cap.

S/T: The yeast is quite prominent and noticeable, but the nutty malt is considerably strong. Herbal hops give it a fresh hoppy smell and flavor. The light citrusy hops complement rather well. It has a honey-like sweetness, as well.

M: Quite sticky, and a bit dry on the back end.

D: Definitely on the maltier end of the pale ale spectrum, and quite flavorful. I would call this an English Pale Ale rather than an American, but either way, still works. I think that with some extra hopping, this would make a wonderful IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 04:28:06 | More by dudecandle
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mostly clear golden and orange-hued beer. The foam is sticky an a little oily and left plenty of lacing on the way down. A big citrus aroma with components of grapefruit and orange. Some pine notes also participate in the aroma.

More citrus and hops on the palate. The mouthfeel is sturdy if not a little oily. This beer is a little rough around the edges. It could use some malt balance. Given those criticisms, it is still an enjoyable, drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 18:19:53 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-bodied beer with a good offwhite head that leaves sheath lacing down the glass. Has an herbal and bitter hoppy smell that is light, a little juicy, with some minor malts. Medium-bodied and smooth, his beer has a sweetness from piney, grape hops and some caramel malt as well. Balanced just right, finishes with a light herbal dryness that is perfect complement to this beer. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 18:56:59 | More by clayrock81
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some say that when you've had one (American) Pale Ale, that you've had them all. With this beer, I beg to differ. It's not a bad brew but the sum of all the parts seems to indicate that something just isn't quite right here. Now that I've let this warm up and I've worked my way down my glass, it's becoming more obvious that this could have been a bit better.

Great pour to this - a light copper hue, decent head, a great floral hop aroma, and the right amount of carbonation all combine for a nice first impression. The taste and mouthfeel are where this is lost. Yes, this is floral, with citrus, pine, and a lot of oil and resin to back the bitterness up, but the consistency is near that of a soapy detergent. None of the flavors are memorable and the hops are a bit harsher than I'd like. I understand that this is a relatively strong beer, but all of the notes that give depth to this quickly fizzle out and what's left is just the acrid sense of a beer that's too much bomb and not enough hop.

I couldn't taste or feel the alcohol in this but that's probably because I was concentrating on getting it down before the taste could settle in. To me, this wasn't so bad as much as it seemed to be a runner-up to the west coast counterparts that this emulated. Not a poor choice but there are a lot of better offerings in this category and without a doubt, make sure you have something to eat on hand to help get this down!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 09:24:09 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of biophiliadude


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Pint on turkey day!

A: Golden-orange, 1/4 inch head, patchy lacing.

S: Cake, flowers, hops, grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit, cake.

F: Citrus, bitter, balanced well.

D: A smooth to bitter Pale Ale. I've had better, but not many. Will certainly have this again. This quest continues for the perfect APA! Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 01:33:39 | More by biophiliadude
Photo of wnh


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright golden straw, clear and rich, with a huge and dense, sticky and creamy white head. This just looks like a Lagunitas beer. Large sheets of lacing left behind.

Big and hoppy nose, more than expected for a pale ale. Grapefruit zest, orange juice, and citrus pith aromas dominate, and really seem to push any malt out of the way.

Hoppy, of course, on the palate, but this time leaning toward bitter citrus pith and oily resin. Has the hops of an IPA but lacks the body; there is very little malt backbone here. This, however, does not work to the detriment of the beer. While most pale ales I've had are well-balanced, they lack any interesting or appealing hop character, utilizing instead a muddled, earthy, indistinguishable hop profile. But this is clearly a hophead's pale ale, delivering the hops while being light enough in body to be quite gulpable.

Light bodied but somewhat firm, with a lingering bitter but fruity finish. Very enjoyable, and the best American pale ale I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 19:27:03 | More by wnh
Photo of brownbeer


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with a thin white head.

I'm greeted by floral hops on the nose with citrus, and doughy malts not far behind.

Grapefruit/citrus flavors blend with the pale malt sweetness. Still, it's hop driven for the most part.

Not the tip-top, but flavorful, sessionable, and respectable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 03:33:02 | More by brownbeer
Photo of jzeilinger


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, clean copper color, a really nice color for a pale ale. Had a medium amount of head when poured, not much carbonation to speak of, minimal lacing around the glass after the head dies down. Smells of citrus, some pine, picking up some malt. Taking a sip, the texture is incredibly smooth with a faintness of the oily hops on the tongue, a tinge of sweetness in the beginning from the malt before turning into all hops, the finish is dry. This is a beer I'd like to keep around as a regular, or at least with some sort of frequency. The ABV is perfect and makes this one you can enjoy a few or more without getting slammed.

I had this one on tap a few weeks ago at the Toronado in San Francisco on tap which tasted much better than the bottled version. The tap version (to me) had much more of an oily, hoppy flavor to it, it was amazing. The bottled version was good but nowhere even close to the flavor that came off the tap. I've experienced the same thing with several of the hoppier Lagunitas brews. It makes me wonder if they might put some whole hop cones in the actual keg. This beer is definitely worth a try and not overbearing with hop flavor. Definitely leans more towards hops than malts, not at all balanced, but darn tastey, just how I like my ales! Had this been the tap version I was trying, the score would have been higher.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:39:46 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of nerow


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a footed pilsner glass (I know, wrong glassware. I was drinking from the cleanest glass in my house...). A beautiful white frothy head, about an inch tall. It subsides into some nice, lasting lacing. The beer itself is deep copper and absolutley gorgeous. Smells piney, plenty of hops in this one! The taste itself is floral and piney with a bit of citrus at the end. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the pleasant, refreshing carbonation compensates nicely. Very drinkable, crisp and refreshing. A very nice example of a tasty American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 20:29:36 | More by nerow
Photo of Lothore


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +2.8%
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 -9.3%
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 -8.6%
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%
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 +9.1%
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 +7.8%
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 +20.4%
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
New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,121 ratings.