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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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Reviews: 402
Hads: 1,799
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: 402 | Hads: 1,799
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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Photo of vkv822
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of screamking
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a 1/2-finger head, fair carbonation
S: Grapefruit, malt, grass, a bit of pine. Slightly muted
T: Largely matches the nose. Quite distinct white grapefruit. Herbal. Malt backbone, good balance
M: Fairly light-bodied, good crispness, slight carbonation
O: Not as bold as many pale ales but sometimes that's a good thing as components besides the hops get to shine

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, pale yellow color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. More of a malty, crackery aroma with hints of citrus and some grassy hops. Malty taste with some grapefruit and a spicy hop at the end. More biscuity than I remember from the first time I tasted it. Slightly astringent with some strong bitterness at then end. Not bad, but I remember it being better.

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

Appearance- Pours a copper color with a small white head that leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Lots of citrusy grapefruit and pine. A bit fruity as well, very pleasant scent.

Taste- Grapefruit bitterness, pine and some floral notes. Has some citrus sourness to it and great balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, body was medium thin.

Overall- Very good APA. Highly drinkable, lots of hop flavor and good bitterness that leaves your mouth with a slick resin rather than the dryness associated with high hopped beers.

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

Served in a nonic.

Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving good amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, grass, hops, especially, citrus peels, spices

T: Tastes of grains, wheat, grass, citrus peels, lots of hops, Lagunitas as usual

M: Medium bodied beer with medium amounts of carbonation, fairly balanced, strong aftertaste, bitter, hops

O: Well I'm not a fan of IPAs or any beer with overt amount of hops (which is most of Lagunitas stuff), I bought it cause it was cheap but well I shouldn't have since I don't like these kinds of beers. None the less, for hop lovers, this would be a beer you would like to try.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured one finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is all grapefruit and lemon, which is nice.
The taste is moderate bitterness with a good malt backbone. Nice balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A tasty pale ale.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into New Belgium Tulip. Golden slightly orange color with thick 2 finger foamy head. Grainy piney hop aroma. Taste is crisp piney hop, nice malt balance, and an almost fruity hop finish. Its light and balanced but aggressively hopped. Really nice APA...actually always underestimated this one but its a great brew I will likely get again.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good APA, the hop presence resembles an IPA and adds some nice citrus, grapefruit, and pine flavors. The malt is picked up in the nose but is less dominant in the taste, although it gives it a bready quality. The mouthfeel is spot on with the thickness and carbonation but is somewhat oily. Overall, the beer is very drinkable, going down easy and with enough hop flavor to make the beer enjoyable for an IPA fan, but it doesn't have a ton of complexity. Still, it's worth trying.

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Photo of McStagger
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heard a nasty rumor that this was better than the IPA. Let's find out.

A: Pours a beautifully light orange. Beer is transparent. Excellent clarity. Two fingers of pretty much bleach white head with large and small bubbles form. Excellent retention. Head is exceptionally pillow. Lacing is stellar as well. Moderate carbanation rises to the surface. Slightly bigger than tiny bubbles.

S: Rich, bready notes from the malt. Baked sweetbreads, tropical fruit, mango, Good shot of grapefruit, both rind and pulp. Citrusy. Very fragrant.

T: Bready, almost toasty malt leads the charge. Shot of floral grapefruit pops its head up. Some tropical fruitiness in the mid palate. Crisp, light, clean. Almost lager like. The graininess is present throughout the quaff, but so is the citric/tropical hoppiness. The grain finally wins in the finish, which is very dry and completely falls off. Aftertaste is some resiny/soapy and green apple skin bitterness, but this is fairly mild.

M: Considering how much you can taste the malt in this one, it really doesn't come through in the mouthfeel. Crisp, light and refreshing. Time for another.

O: Tone down the graininess and you have a serious contender for best pale ale. I am impressed by this offering. While it's not to the level of Sucks or Lil Sumpin Sumpin, it's a very good, very balanced take on the style.

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Photo of spoony
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 355 ml bottle (no date) into a nonic.

A-A normal to slightly aggressive pour produces a fat finger of nearly-white foam. Retention is poor, but there is some decent lacing left behind. The brew is pretty clear and golden in color with a stray bubble of carbonation. A good example of the style.

S-The smell is pleasantly pungent with lots of sharp, zesty hops that give a nice citrus bite. There is just a bit of spice and bitterness in the hops to go along with milder malts. The malts give a bit of toasted bread and caramel to go along with a slightly fruity alcohol. Really nice.

T-The taste is less inspiring than the smell. The hops are still here, as is the spicy orange flavor, but they have faded a bit leaving more toast and caramel flavor. Unfortunately, I also get some harsh, grainy components that don't add anything constructive.

M-The beer is nicely (assertively) carbonated with a crisp, clean feel. Heft is medium.

O-This is a pretty tasty, hop-forward APA. The smell is particularly inviting with a nice balance of mildly sweet citrus flavors and sharper, drier notes. The taste is a little bit harsh and rough around the edges, but not terrible by any means. This is a solid, easy to drink brew for everyday drinking.

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Photo of Omnium
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Lagunitas Mason Pint

A - Pours a perfect golden straw color, completely clear, thick two finger foamy head, nice lacing. This is exactly what a pale ale should look like.
S - Pine, crackery malt, fresh cut grass, some big dankness to go with the pine, some light traces of lemon peel.
T - Blast of citrus flavor thats not too sweet by any means, you get some of that mild bitterness mid way that fades to the nice fresh bread kind of malt, and fades out with a good pine bite.
M - Crisp, fresh, refreshing.
O - Outstanding pale ale, Lagunitas is flat out one of the best breweries in the world, and this APA is exactly what you'd want in a pale. Lighter on the body, refreshing, crisp and bright. I could down a ton of these. So delicious.

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Photo of edgeh2o
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Second Best Pale Ale ever made. Ridiculously hoppy for a pale ale, and I LOVE that. Close to Lagunitas IPA, without any hint of bitterness. So glad Fresno started carrying this gem. More expensive than the IPA here, but worth every penny!!! Very refreshing.

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

12oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is a mostly clear golden color with a white head that left streaks on the glass. The beer is full of citrus and tropical fruit aroma and flavors with citrus rind bitterness on the after taste. Medium bodied, smooth and easy enough to drink a few. Very good overall.

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

Real nice looking, big white head that lasted and left sticky lace.

Aroma was nice and hoppy, just like the taste. This could easily be an IPA, I've had IPAs that were less hoppy. Good citrus qualities, a touch of spiciness, some fruity aspects all blend well to make an enjoyable ale.

Body is light to medium, yet just a touch slick at the finish, with a bit of a lingering citrus bitter finish.

Overall it's a damn fine quality beer. Not that I would expect anything less from Lagunitas.

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

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which appears to have pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a light amber that shows orange and lemon when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- More subdued than I would like- pale ales are supposed to be a showcase for aromatic hops. Citrus with some pine and resin. There's a little more presence when I smell the body and I can separate distinct lemon and orange notes. Swirling gives the aroma from the glass a little more presence but nothing that is considerable. After a couple minutes, I get a much better aroma. Melon and grapefruit along side the orange and lemon.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose and quite juicy. Citrus (orange and lemon with melon and grapefruit around the edges). A slight bitterness of pine and resin that provides necessary contrast but does not dominate in any way. There's a bit of spiciness to the bitter hop finish as well. At the moment, this beer is pretty much in the same class as a SNPA or a Red Chair. There are also notes of spicy green fruit and matchstick. Lots of balance, good integration- pretty much what I look for in a pale ale.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with hints of syrup in the texture. Light carbonation but it works.

Drinkability- Easy going and sessionable. And as with almost all of Lagunitas' beers, it's a bargain for the quality.

Overall- Solid pale ale which I've had before and will be another go to beer for me. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hops forward APA that pours cloudy amber with decent foam. Aroma is pineapple, grapefruit, subdued pale malt, woodsy hops. Taste is citrus (grapefruit, orange), well-rounded sweetness with little overt caramel/toffee, some herbal nettle or rosemary notes, perhaps a hint of gooseberry or current as things progress. Crisp and refreshing. Some subtle white pepper heat/spice. Kind of an archetypal APA on the hoppy end of the APA spectrum. Not earth-shattering but certainly not bad either. Would drink a few of these over the course of a hot summer afternoon if not in the mood for a more classic sessional. I continue to really enjoy everything Lagunitas does, particularly the less subtle stuff.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/3/13

Appearance: Crystal clear, bright, light orange with some gold and some copper - medium sized, bright white head, stays pretty foamy, leaves some great lacing - very pretty overall

Smell: Fruity citrus and some gentle, pale malts - hoppier than the average APA (not surprising), but not mind blowing - grapefruit and some ripe orange, with some herbal and grassy aromas reminiscent of Lagunitas IPAs - light, pale malts, light bread - some sweetness that reminds me of fruit and honey

Taste: Follows the aroma with a highly quaffable blend of fruity citrus and light bread - oily and fleshy grapefruit with a lot of ripe orange flesh - some spicy, herbal, and grassy notes - light, pale malts - some light bread and barely cooked biscuits - minimal sweetness, less than the nose suggested

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, very drinkable, finishes a little oily

Overall: I look forward to New New Dogtown (in the year 3000?)

This is a very drinkable pale ale. I'm not sure if this really reflects the recent wave of West Coast APAs, but it has some nice hoppy notes. It's not the best of its style, or the best thing from Lagunitas, but I might be getting this again.

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Photo of sommersb
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-30-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Lagunitas Mason jar
Purchased: Single from Kroger

A: Clear, light amber in color with a finger's worth of white head. Retention is good with only a small bit of lace.

S: Very fragrant floral and pine hop aromas make this pleasing to the nose.

T: Quite hoppy and bitter in taste. I also get some bready malts, but this is definitely a hop-forward beer.

M: Crisp mouthfeel with high amounts of carbonation. Medium-bodied, the finish is dry and bitter.

O: Overall a simple but well-made pale ale. If you like them hoppy, then you should try the New Dogtown.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.