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New Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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393 Reviews
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Reviews: 393
Hads: 1,730
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 254 | 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: 393 | Hads: 1,730
Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of myelo
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of JoshuaMason
5/5  rDev +24.7%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New DogTown – Pale Ale (6.2%) - Lagunitas Brewing Co. (California)
☆☆☆½

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. (1,157 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of Emnmarko
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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... (531 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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! (620 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (492 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Hops4Pops
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Clear, golden body with a thick, billowy white head with great retention and lacing.

Citric, tropical fruits upfront, balanced fairly well with biscuity, caramel malt notes.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A really tasty pale ale. Nothing particularly unique, but the clean, crisp flavors are very well done. Bright hop notes upfront are well balanced with the malt. (383 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours light apricot with a 1 finger foamy white head. Lagunitas never disappoints in the appearance department. Very tropical aroma, pineapple and mango being the biggest notes. Hints of bready malt is there, but very light. The tropical notes continue in the taste. I can't remember a pale ale this tropical. More of a malt back-bone in the taste then in the aroma. The mouthfeel is quite good, medium bodied but still very drinkable. One of the best parts of this beer is the dirt cheap price, not dirt cheap, but you can't beat $8.99 a sixer of craft beer. If this ever moves to the Cincy area, I would have it in my fridge everyday. (671 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Gold, see through, with a one finger head. nice lacing already. head is frothy and creamy looking.

S - When i opened the bottle and smelled all i got was a blast of grapefruit. smells very juicy and tropical. a little grassy as well.

T - super well balanced and drinkable. getting a lot of malt to balance out the bitter grapefruit....finishes mild with a little lingering bitterness. tasty.

M - well carbonated and a little creamy with a medium body.

Overall this is a real nice drinkable, well balanced brew by Lagunitas. Pretty hoppy but balanced well to make it very drinkable....almost sessionable. Good beer to sit back and enjoy a few of. If i ever see this on tap id totally get it again. (738 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a huge frothy head that fades slowly to a pretty decent covering of creamy white bubbles. Carbonation is fairly apparent. The beer itself is a fairly non-nondescript dark yellow color (rather like urine).

The nose is where this beer really shines. It smells of my very favorite hop characteristic, big grapefruit. This smells like I just cut open the biggest, juiciest grapefruit, its really quite wonderful.

The taste is a bit nondescript, sort of like its appearance. The initial hit is malty sweetness that is quickly tempered by a subtle hop bitterness. This is not a terribly bitter APA, it has a nice balance between the malt and the hops. There is little residual bitterness on the after taste, the lingering notes are mild malt.

This is a solid beer, I much prefer Peeper as an APA but this isn't a bad deal for the price (around $9.50 for a sixer). It smells great, I just wish its flavor matched its nose a bit more. (950 characters)

New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.