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New Dogtown Pale Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thartman on 09-17-2008

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack for $6.99, showing that there is still good beer to be found at under $7 a six. On to the beer:

This is dark gold in color. The foam on top is a finger's thick, gives good lacing, and retains well. The beer's aroma is big, big on hop pedals, releasing sweet grapefruit and orange aromas with a dab of toffee crisp.

Pale ales are not typically this explosive in taste. Some could say that this is really an IPA. Anyway, New Dogtown is big on sweet grapefruit. There's another flavor that's like "piney canteloupe", and it keeps the grapefruit from being too intense and the beer from being too mono. Gentle, smooth, and somewhat creamy is the mouthfeel, and that's just a small reason what this beer is so drinkable. A little resin is leftover in the aftertaste.

Lagunitas mentions on the label that this beer, when first brewed, tasted like brocolli and had palate devasting carbonation. Sounds like a way to lose your appetite. New Dogtown will wet your appetite, and keep you going for another round.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a thin bubbly head that retains really well.

The aroma has a lot of citrus/pine spice with a lot of fruit notes (grapefruit mainly maybe some mandarin?) with a nice pale malt background. Very IPA.

Very crisp with the first sip and the hops are more subdued than the nose lead me to believe
The bitterness (which isn't too much) hits you right up front and carries throughout the whole flavor. It leaves a nice hoppy citrus on the back of your palette. very drinkable beer with some good carbonation.

If your looking pale ale that is a wanna be (not in a bad way) IPA this is a good choice. I'm loving the hops in this one.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info to be gleaned.

Pours clear, lighter amber, with a golden hue. Very loose off white head, shows some retention, before ging to a larger bubble film, collar and bits of again looser lacing.

Hops on the nose, on the musty, leafy and herbal side.

Pronounced hop presence is the lead dog here. Bitter and dry, somebody else said this one seemed more British in style and I agree. Tastes like a well hoped Brit IPA, doesnt have that citric/grapefruit assault of more West Coast style IPAs...anyway, of course I like, but I'm not in love. Servicable, sessionable, works fine in a pinch, just wouldnt call it a "go to" IPA.

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Photo of alkemy
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear lightish golden pour with about two fingers of white head. Kinda grassy/citrusy hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and some tropical fruit notes in the taste. Pine is more of a tertiary flavor. Malty backbone makes a pretty strong appearance in the mid to latter stages of the taste. Light to medium bodied beer. This is just one of those beers that you'd like to session. Very easy drinking and the flavors are not anything that's going to destroy your palate after multiples. This is good for the style, but I prefer Lagunitas' bigger offerings.

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Photo of JLeege
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- on draft into a pint. Pours a vibrant deep yellow color, with a 2 finger fluffy white head which sticks around forever. Good lacing left as well.

Smell- Lots of hops, citrus, some bready malt.

Taste- Follows the aroma very well. Smells hoppy for a APA, taste the same. Loads of grapefruit on the front of the palate, with a nice malt balance. Some pine in there as well, but the majority of the hop presence is citrus.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy.

Overall- This was unexpectedly great! Reminds me a lot of FFF Alpha King actually. I feel this is closer to an IPA than your classic APA, but either way it is a very good beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z bottle from Roths Sunnyside Market Nice clear light copper coloured ale, with a small yet persistand egg-shell white head. Copious lace. Vibrants aromas of spicy/grapefruit like hops and honeyish malts, quite elegant actually. Taste is on the sweet ,honey malt side, but the vast hop conspracy isnt far from the surface and busrst through in all its juicy,fruity glory at the back of the mouth. Very good mouthfeel for style, thicker than usual but still well drinkable. Overall a really nice APA.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden yellow with a thick, fluffy white head. It's held up pretty well by the carbonation, which you can just watch floating to the top all day if you have to. The lacing sticks to the sides of the glass really well. Lagunitas just makes good looking beers.

S - Expectedly hoppy, on the piney side of things. Nice blend with the citrus scents, too. Good and strong aroma, if not very deep.

T - Heavy citrus on the front end with a quick, bitter finish. Pretty damn simple, really. Combination works, can't really complain.

M - Too light for my liking, and sometimes even border-line watery. At least there's a strong carbonation, and it's nice to kind of toss around on the tongue to search for the other flavors. Still, fairly average.

D - Not nearly as strong as many of the brewery's other beers I've had, which makes for a beer that's just easy to kick and back and drink.

Overall/notes: Hey, it's a nice APA, and it's refreshing to have a more laidback brew of Lagunitas. Given the comedic style of their bottles, I decided to watch The Good, the Bad, the Weird and you know, it was a fun film to have a drink to. Certainly worth trying, and grab more than one when you do!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle no. 30876716. There is an attractive copper-yellow pour with a long-lasting, silky cream head about three-quarters of an inch thick. It never diminishes to below a quarter of an inch. The aroma is abundant with pine and floral hops. The body is creamy and in the medium range. The taste comes on strong with bitter hops, vaguely sweet malts, and a smooth finish. Something better than your typical pale ale.

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Photo of Samp01
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden / orange with a nice offwhite head. Aroma of floral hops, some citrus. Taste is bitter hops, some citrus notes. Palate is crisp, medium body with good cabonation. Finish bitter hops, followed by some light malts help to balance. Overall its a bit on the bitter side but still a nice brew.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey gold color, nice pure white head that stays for a long while.

Great spicy pine hop aroma, and more of the same in the taste, with some tangy grapefruit. Dry and bitter hops in the finish, with some lingering citrus and spice.

Light to medium body, easy drinker for a big hoppy ale.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the Lagunitas brews I picked up on the Mainland over the summer. I knew this one was rated well, but didn't expect all that much from it. As just a pale ale, I thought it would be pretty straightforward. I was wrong.

A small head drops quickly to a thin film. It's a little cloudy. It has a pale, yet bright, apricot colour. There's lots of solid lacing.

It looks and smells a lot like an IPA, not just a pale ale. It has that grapefruit and orange peel smell; tropical fruit with a bit of a sweet, malty base.

Flavour-wise, it's not too far away from Hop Stoopid or their IPA. It's kind of like "Hop Stoopid Lite". It's refreshing, lighter, less bitter, but also a bit more plain. What is in the smell is essentially the same as the flavour.

There is a slight stickiness in the finish. The feel is refreshing overall, with a slightly dry and bitter finish.

Overall, this is a very good beer... more than I thought it would be. In some ways, it doesn't quite measure up to the strong traits of the aforementioned beers, but that also works in its favour. It's a little more drinkable than the IPA, and, for some people, probably easier to drink than Hop Stoopid as well. It'd be a nice entry point to IPA's.

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Photo of adam42381
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on April 6, 2010 according to the Julian date code printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger white foamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine from the hops with caramel malt. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Grapefruit up front followed by mild hints bread and caramel malt in the middle then pine and lemon rind at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter with just a hint of sweet citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could knock back several of these with no problem.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I was concerned about reviewing this since it was not as fresh as I would like but it really held up well. This seems like a borderline Pale Ale/India Pale Ale. I would rate it highly in either category. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden, amber body with a small white head with very nice retention and lacing through the finish.

S: A sweet, floral smell with some grapefruit flesh smell as well. Possibly some cascade hops that have been calmed down some how with a balance of the malt? Noted some vanilla and toffee notes, but the floral hop smells were more evident.

T: The taste is pretty opposite from the smell. Hops are still evident, but definitely take a back seat. The grapefruit taste of cascade are still evident, but it is not as pungent as straight up cascade. Some toffee notes are battling the cascade grapefruit taste in order to try and balance them out...and it succeeds. Overall, a pretty well-balanced beer between the hops and the malt.

M: A pretty refreshing, full-bodied, silky smooth beer. Really solid and pretty spot on for the style.

D: An excellent mouthfeel and taste combination makes drinking this beer very easy. Overall a well rounded beer adn a solid example of an APA.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow to light gold in color, with two fingers of nice tiny bubble head; good retention and heavy lacing.

S - Grassy, malty, simcoe and centennial hops are primary I believe, grapefruit and pine combination.

T - Lots of hops, bitter sweet grapefruit notes dominate, followed by bitter pine like notes as it washes down. Lemon tones and pale malts are also present.

M - Medium bodied, rather sticky, and spot on carbonation.

D - Super tasty beer, easily drinkable and another delicious treat from Lagunitas!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Lagunitas right now is my favorite brewer.
I've had three beers so far and everyone has been stellar in everyway.
New Dogtown pale ale pours deep gold with about a one inch head. Nice lacing too.
After pouring the carbo's are quite high but then settle down to about average for style.
Highly aromatic hops with a sutle malt character.
A very hoppy fresh tasting beer with muted floral and citrus flavors.
From the amount of alcohol in this beer, over 6%,
the malt bill is very understated.
Feels a bit harsh and astringent, thin tasting, watery around the edges.
This to me is a good beer that has high drinkability.
It's borderline IPA, so if you don't feel like fighting high alcohol IPA's tonight this would be an excellent choose in my opinon.
But that's me.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved every Lagunitas I have imbibed to date, haven't tried this one, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a big malt backbone with a citrus and banana hoppiness. Pours into a tall tulip with a bright orangish yellow with a big head with big bubbles. Taste is, at first impression sweet, bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, carbonation is low and sufficient. Upon further tasting, this brew has a very tangy bitterness with a twang that has sweet malt in the background that finishes sweeter then drops off a cliff leaving a very dry flat bitterness. Great flavor variation, balanced but oscillating. Much sweeter in the malt department than most pale ales, but the hops kick in a finish well to leave a lasting impression. Another good Lagunitas selection.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a flat, lager-y looking apricot with just a smidgen of head and barely any lacing.

S: strong but not particularly fresh smelling (think stale pelletized) hops give it an acrid bitter smell, like burnt rubber.

T: bitter hops, burnt almost savory charred meat or something, then a little bit of sweet malt and bitterness in the back of the throat.

M: crisp and carbonated, a little light bodied for my taste, far too bitter and tart without a counterbalance of some sort.

D: a pretty decent beer, maybe bitter to the point of imbalance, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear golden orange, short white head dissipated to to a consistent covering with good lacing
S - orange citrus, florals, spice, and light toasty malt
T - bitter orange zest and floral hop notes, toasty malt, light spice and tobacco finish
M - medium carbonation, light, very tart and bitter through the finish
D - dominated by citrus and hop flavours, somewhat refreshing although maybe a little too tart, another solid offering from Lagunitas, although I prefer their IPA offerings to this

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale copper colored body iwth a substantial amount of speedy rising carbonation. The head is just off-white and very foamy, leaving some heavy lacing.

S - Citrus, grapefruit and slight pine hops.

T - Bitter hops working at citrus but not quite getting there.

M - Slight coarse feel on the tip of my tougue. The overall feel is rather thick for a pale ale, which I like in this case.

~ This is a solid pale ale and one I look forward to again in the future. The robust hop presence is really what I look for in a good pale ale. Once again, another good beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale.

"Back then the beer tasted like broccoli and kersene and the carbonation ate right through and drained your gut..." ...and so on, and so forth. Really? Good thing that's over!

Very clear, very golden. Lovely to look at, delightful to know. Slim head.

Aroma: Beautiful, floral, lightly citric, ...a touch of honey. Just right.

Taste: Nice, elegant bristling buzzing blast of hops right off the top, keeps zooming along the palate.
Full bodied, continual hop attack, easy drinking hoppy pale ale. Slightly sweet malt base, keeps up with the bitter hop profile that never quite quits. Bready malt meets apple and citrus fruit in the hops, excellent mix, classic pale ale style.

It's a good beer and you can drink it.

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Photo of Axic10
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium golden color with a thin layer of foam on top.

Smell: Nice citrusy nose on this. Pineapple and grapefruit, slight piney hops, and a nice clean finish to the nose.

Taste: Bitterness from the hops, citrusy sweetness, malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Very easy drinker and a great value for the price (aren't all of Lagunitas' beers though?). Definitely will be back in my fridge again.

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

Seriously killer pale ale. Poured with a nice, cream colored head with lots of lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is big citrus hop, malt, caramel, grain, fresh cut grass, earthy. Flavor is like aroma, thankfully only a hint of sweetness to offset the hop. Body is great, chewy, great carbonation. Finish is pretty long, like flavor and has a slow taper. No alcohol. Session if gone slow.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Light orange with good head. Leaves a great deal of lacing. Really looks awesome.

S-Citrusy hops and some pretty piney hops as well. mild clementines. Hops are fruity and smells great.

T-Fruity hops with pine and light bready malts. Well balanced and memorable. Not too powerful but tasty enough to make you want another.

M-Medium bodied with a good bubbly feel.

D-Quite drinkable. Doesn't give you taste overload but still tastes delicious. One of my favorites from Lagunitas. Its a Pale Ale with more than enough balls to match up with most readily available IPAs in my area. Drinkability is off the charts.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours out a clear,golden honey with a very slight,loose head of tiny bubbles that left minimal lacing.Medium carbonation was visible.

S-Very light citric hops on the nose with some piney qualities.Subdued aroma overall.A touch of pale toasted malt.

T-Lemon,honeysuckle and mild,fresh hops.Some hop bitterness but nothing aggressive.Sweet,pale malt on the finish.Measured use of components with no real standout flavors.

M-Light and smooth.Good amount of carbonation keeps this beer active and refreshing.

D-This beer has an extremely high level of drinkability.Easy and unassuming but pleasantly so.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy, golden amber color with a chilled haze and muddled clarity. A one-finger thin head of creamy white foam forms and settles to a ring of lace.

S: Smells of candied citrus fruits, grapefruit and floral hops as well as some candy apple aromas.

T: Big, juicy citrus fruits and sweetened malts make up the sticky backbone to this otherwise nicely hopped APA. Hops are dominated by acidic citrus flavors which linger with an oily resin. Creamy malt mouthfeel stickies up the palate even more, but its a nice, fruity, juicy hop fix.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied and sticky for an APA with stinging alcohol and IBU bitterness along the way.

D: A very tasty and satisfying hoppy pale ale and a big improvement on the Dogtown Ale. The 6.4% ABV is masked nicely behind the sweet malt backbone and citrusy, aggressive hops, but its still a lil hot and boozy. Still, I'd likely pick this on up again. Good stuff.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.