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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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397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,771
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 21.55%
Wants: 68
Gots: 275 | 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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Reviews: 397 | Hads: 1,771
Photo of dave39
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose is really a pungent grapefruit. Not bad, but just different. Grapefruit is overwhelming.

Taste is a little off. The lack of balance shows through in the after taste. Definitely a notch below others I have reviewed.

I can session with up to 6%, but this is not a sessionable beer for me because of the extreme bitterness at the end. The palate is punished, and not in a good way.

So, it's not sessionable, and not an occasion beer, so I don't see it getting any space in my fridge anytime soon. It's really a notch below the Sculpin and Stone's Ruination IPA, imo. It's not even in the same universe as the Enjoy By.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.88/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pilsener glass. Purchased at Willow Park in Regina.

Dark yellow (but not quite golden) and a little hazy. Bright white head is 1/2 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a few islands and a ring around the edge.

Aroma is all hops. Citrusy through and through.

Zero complexity here. Citrus hops with a bitter grapefruit finish. No balance either.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Ho-hum. Let's assault our palate with hops. Could be quite nice if we actually had atleast a trace of malt.

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Photo of illpass78
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a neat golden color with a pillowy white head that sticks around a good while. Carbonation and lacing both heavy.

Aroma: Smells of pine, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, grassiness and some toast.

Taste: There's something off about this. The grapefruit in the nose is really, really dominant. It's very bitter for an American pale ale. It's OK but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: It's pleasant on the palate; body is just right for this style. The bitter grapefruit taste makes it less enjoyable, though.

Overall: I know this stuff is beloved but I'm kind of lukewarm on it. It's very average. The dominant flavors don't appeal to me, which is kind of a deal-breaker.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this bottle at Shady Mcgrady's enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is copper with good clarity and thick white head with average bead and copious lace, carbonation is visible and rises rapidly to the 2 fingers plus cap. The smell is a mix of hop aromas which are slightly pine and citrus with a subtle floral element and light toasted grain aroma. The feel is good with moderate bitterness and medium carbonation with slight sweetness and hint of spice with a mild alcohol element in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with a modest amount of malt supporting a pretty hop forward flavor with slight spice and pine and gentle tangy zesty citrus which makes for a mostly balanced taste in general with some mild sweetness as it finishes. There is a mild alcohol note in the taste which adds to the slight bite of bitter hops which are almost grapefruit-like. Overall I think this is decent for what it is -a stronger west coast style pale -practically an IPA, but a nice malt balance explains the pale label IMO.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (date stamp 330 3 6565 1801) served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear bright gold with a hint of amber. Lots of carbonation coming up through the beer. Persistent 1/8" white foam with equally persistent big strands and sheets of lacing all over the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Mango!!! Lots of tropical fruit coming off of this beer.

Taste: Bitter, lots of fresh cut grapefruit citrus, some tropical fruit. Malt is cracker-like, not sweet at all. Finish is lingering citrus and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. Some hop oil sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very hoppy beer - but not a bitter hop wallop. Strong emphasis on aroma hops with this one with a simple hop flavor profile. Well crafted and well done. Interestingly though, due to the dryness and weaker malt backbone, I find one is enough. It's strong flavor wears out my palate such that I don't want another one right away. Another one later on, but not one right now.

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Photo of myelo
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold with ample white head and substantial lacing

Aroma: Substantial citrus and piney hops with a bit of malt background.

Taste: Again, hops. Some bitterness but more aroma hops with a bit of malt. Think grapefruit/mango on a cracker. Some lingering bitterness but very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with ample carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good APA, one of my favorites.

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Photo of JoshuaMason
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage: 2013
Appearance: Bright, Translucent Gold; Storm of Carbonation; Fluffy, White head
Smell: Pine; Resin; Lemon; Bread; Fresh Wort
Taste: Pine; Lemon; Cereal Grains; Wort
Mouth-feel: Crisp; light-medium body; Medium Carbonation;
Overall: Goddamn Wonderful. One of, if not the best, PA on the market.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a white head.

S: Orange and citrus rind in a simple but tasty smelling nose.

T: Orange, dry, almost a champagne like dryness, and quite pleasant. Not complex but good.

M: Medium bodied, not overly carbonated, perhaps a bit smooth.

O: Worth a try. Not one of the best pale ales out there, but drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of JG-90
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Dogtown is a clear golden orange color with a large and creamy white head that has good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Aroma consists of a good deal of malts and white bread, with a bit of orange rinds.

Taste starts with grapefruit and orange rind, then stale bread and caramel malts, with a light bready, rindy, floral finish. Mouthfeel is a touch heavier than average with a bit above average carbonation, a bit grainy.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New DogTown – Pale Ale (6.2%) - Lagunitas Brewing Co. (California)

App: Pours a solid gold with a one and a half finger off white head that retains very well and leaves a lot of soapy lacing up the side of the glass. Lots of sediment floating around in this one.

Smell: Spicy and herbal hops notes dominate the nose with a light tropical fruit aroma, with some hints of savory herbs and mint. Black pepper and rosemary. Malts present and sweet, some biscuit like aromas very faint. Slight smell of cane sugar and caramel.

Taste: Taste is very hop-forward at first but well balanced enough that after the initial bittering wallop, a pleasant sweetness lingers and counterbalances the astringency of the hops. A little sour, and plenty bitter. Mellow creaminess in the true taste is totally murdered by a strong bitter aftertaste. Aftertaste is good however, bitter but not oppressive. As the beer warms the hops take on a more aggressive character and the balance quickly gets out of kilter.

Mouth: Good body that supports the hop bitterness, but a little heavy on the carbonation I feel.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip. 1/29/14.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Beer pours a very nice clear amber with about a 2-finger head. Head stuck around for a while.

S - There's really not a lot going on. Lightly breadiness and a light general hoppiness with some fruit to it.

T - The taste is much more complex than the aroma. Malt back bone is strong and very noticeable up front. Notes of toasted bread are noticeable. Hops hit the tongue quickly, and are a quite bitter, and slightly flowery. Very heavy on the grapefruit taste, so I'm assuming Cascade's are used. Also noted some hints of sunflower and pumpkin seed. Lot's of very nice flavors, excellent tasting beer.

F - Very drinkable. Has enough bite that it isn't weak, but it's smooth and crisp. Could blast back plenty of these.

O - I hope to be able to find this stuff again, it could develop into one of my favorite Pale Ale's. Smooth and crisp, yet packs plenty of flavor. Both hoppy and malty. Quite complex for a Pale Ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of lochef81
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As a fan of Lagunitas' s ipas I was quite excited to try their Apa. It did not dissappoint. This ale pours a hazy yellow copper color with a generous and lasting white frothy head. It sips very clean and light given the abv and the style of beer. The aromas are citrusy and hoppy at first giving way to a malty sweetness. Flavors follow suit with a beginning of pine and citrus as a result of the hops. Giving way to a sweet malt and yest note and resolving back to the bitterness of hops on the finish. I'm even getting some notes of coffee, surprising for an ale of this lightness. As with all the Lagunitas products, this is a quality crafted beer and one that I could enjoy frequently and in ample amounts.

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Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours a golden yellow hue with a finger width of foamy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, grains, bready malts, lemon peel.

Taste - Moderate bitterness of citrus hops, along with bready malts and lemon peel. Finishes with a solid moderate bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A stellar American Pale Ale from Lagunitas. Nice level of bitterness complemented by the bready malts make this a true example of the style.

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Photo of dar482
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out an extremely clear light golden. Almost looks like a The head is really huge on this one and very slowly dissipates.

The aroma has big fresh orange, lemon, citrus hoppiness, tons of floral notes.. A clean aroma of Lagunitas yeast.

Flavor wise. Upfront, you just get grapefruit and lemon and floral.

It has this cracker malt at the middle that is enjoyable and sweet. Then the grapefruit lingers for quite a while. Aftertaste has this weird graininess.

Despite this, the body is really light at 6.2% ABV. One could very easily slug these down quickly.

A decent pale ale. Would like more hoppiness and less grainy flavors.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden and clear with an almost soapy light head

S- Light hoppy floral sent with a little more than a hint of pungent citrus.

T- Sweet but dank and floral hop power up front. A bit piney. Also peppery and spicy. Hops hitting again later with enough malt flavor to balance it out nicely.

M- Nice carbonation, nice clean finish. Smooth and crisp.

O- This is a real nice hoppy pale ale. easy to drink and has a respectable drinkability. Tons of floral piney aftertaste that I enjoy. Makes me want another one. Maybe I will...

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

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- clear amber.

S- Similar to taste.

T- Sugary sweet, juicy malts and citrus, floral, fruity hops. A distinctive sweetness like drinking your cotton candy at the carnival. The sweetness comes on a little strong for my liking, but is not without some balance from the bitterness of the hops.

M- Semi-bitter finish.

O- I had another one of these beers later that night, and it definitely grew on me. Definitely a pale ale I would gladly recommend and drink again. Long live Lagunitas!

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Photo of JamesMN
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in November 2013.

Appearance: Clear pale golden with rising effervescence and some little bits that could be yeast or hop matter. Thin white cap of froth.

Aroma: Bready malt and fruity pebble hops. Not super aromatic but that could be due to the cold temperature.

Taste: Starts off a watery with some moderate hop bitterness and earth character. The malt and hops mix to create a peppery biscuit flavor. 6.2% ABV seems a little high for the lack of malt flavor here. Finish is quite lively and the aftertaste leaves a lot of peppery/earthy bitterness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with average carbonation. Good drinkability and sessionable, although it's on the high end of that spectrum.

Final Thoughts: A decent APA but not something I'd seek out. A little average where that category is concerned but supplies enough hop bitterness to keep things interesting. Would I drink it again? Sure, on-tap.

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Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Total Wine back at the end of September for $1.79. Bottled on 7-29-13.

Beer poured golden orange with a very nice white head that is hanging around.

Nose is citrusy and tropical.

Taste is very much hop forward, tropical and citrus hops dominate. Resiny finish.

Mouthfeel is mildly carbonated and medium bodied.

Overall a very tasty brew that is just a bit beyond sessionable. Definitely is an IPA and not a pale ale. Definitely try it if you have the opportunity!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review is long overdue...

Beautifully crystal clear beer. Super clingy lace and clumpy foam head. Aroma is brisk, flowery, fruity, slightly spicy, clean, and crisp. Orange is big, soapy floral, lilac possibly, doughy malt, crisp grains, light caramel, perhaps butterscotch, all very well arranged. Taste is softy sweet, fruity, piney, brightly bitter, and generally delectable. Flavors include lemon, orange, general hoppy resin, fresh crackery grains, and flowers. Just plain well done. Mouthfeel is slick, smooth, and perfectly carbonated.

This is one of my favorite pale ales.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From fresh growler from a fresh tapped keg (I watched him tap it).
Maybe its just me but I like my beer bold and cold to start! Its going to warm up (most likely).
A: This is perfect. Side pour into a tulip. Lots of aggressive head eggshell white in color. Giant. A bit went over the side of the glass as it exanded. Dissapates into a cloud-like pillow in the glass. Cool! Lacing is very nice and sticky. Clear. Beautiful gold in color! I really like this and expectations are rather high. I am watching the head and its incredible. Giant bubbles. Foam. Everything in between. Perfect.
S: This beer has body. I like that, even in a Pale Ale. When I nose it, it has a stronger scent than any other pale ale I remember. Thumbs up. When I smell it I think its quite hoppy and bready.
T: Nice. Light and crisp. Hop on. Pine citrus etc as it warms. Malt balances it out and lets it respite as a serious beer.
M: This is the only area I am sketchy about. Its bites. I was hoping for a little creamy.
O: This is the best pale ale I have had so far. I love bold beer. This fits the bill.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow/orange with a fluffy 2 inches of head.

Grassy citrus aromas, estery pear, tropical fruits, mineral.

More tropical fruitiness in taste, mild esters, fresh grassy flavors, nice balance with a hint of sweetness.

Just light enough to have a few but sturdy enough to stand up to the flavors.

Nice pale ale. Great session brew.

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

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a touch hazy medium gold with a decent sized white head that dissipates to light foamy nebulous and marginal lace. Aroma is bready crackery malt with lots of grapefruit to counter and a hint of mineral water. The flavor is pretty straight forward. Light hints of sugary sweetness and oyster crackers with plenty of citrusy grapefruit and a hint of pine to skew this one towards that hoppy side of the road. Firm hop bitterness keeps the palette awake. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Very nice pale ale, nothing horribly complex but with an old school feel and drinkability I could get into a few of these.

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

The Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale really impressed me. I don’t usually pick a Pale Ale, as I would prefer an IPA, but I found the Dogtown Pale Ale a creamy and smooth Pale Ale that I drank easily. It had an amber pour with a creamy head and good hop aroma. It had that signature Lagunitas hop flavor with a bit of toasted malt to keep it balanced. This is another excellent beer from Lagunitas and one I would definitely keep on hand.

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

A - Pours orange with clarity and some haze. Nice foamy white head leaving rings and lace after each drink.

S - Citrus zest, some malts, caramel, and grass.

T - Citrus hops, grape fruit, balanced nicely with malts in the back end. Light to medium body - easy to quaff this brew back. This is dangerously drinkable.

O - Fantastic. I could drink a sixer of these no problem. I'll come back again.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden amber tan with a 1 inch foamy head, with sticky lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, sweet hops, some orange, grapefruit, lemon, a little farmhouse funky yeast near the finish.

Taste - Starts off with a really nice, somewhat bitter and crisp hop bite mixed with some pale malts. Orange, lemon and grapefruit are a strong flavor. Some caramel malts balance this drink out. Has a yeasty bite along with some spices near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tongue with bitterness, along with some dry pale malts. The palate gets more hops, along with caramel malts, some spices and sugars. The aftertaste is slighty dry and bitter with some malts.

Overall - Really nice beer, packs quite a punch and has a hop bite, mixed with some nice malts to make a balanced beer. One of the best apa's ive had, worth trying for sure.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.