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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: 393
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rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 63
Gots: 253 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ONUMello
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
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 (419 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,357 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.21/5  rDev +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. (752 characters)

Photo of edgeh2o
4.77/5  rDev +19%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of KidKrafty
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,528 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Barley's Taproom, Asheville

A- pours clear and golden in color, creamy white head with lacing all down the side of the glass

S- citrusy and grassy hops, mint leaves, slightly danky-yet-fresh

T- citrus hop with some grapefruit notes, mint, clean and dry on the finish, just a bit of toasted malt on the finish

M- light-med body, med carb, foamy mouthfeel , crisp and dry finish

O- this pale ale reminds me of snpa, citsidy-hop-forward for a pale, very good overall (486 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear filtered golden with a copper tinge, 2 fingers of off white head that fade leaving a nice lacing that sticks to the glass. Little carbonation.

S: Spicy, piney, floral, medicinal, astringent, tropical fruits, sweet candy caramel, pineapple, passionfruit.

T: Milder on the tongue than nose initially, with a subdued phenol character, followed by the tropical fruits, spicy red pepper heat, floral, caramel characters. All are unpronounced in comparision to the smell. It ends in a piney spicy numbing heat that is not overwhelming but lingers. Herbs like oregano oil.

M: Resinous, a little oily, medium low to low carbonation.

O: Found it in Chiangmai, loving it for its scent, taste and American flavour. Rare find in these parts, takes me back to travels in the US. Would pair well with spicy food but is great by itself. (834 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as a mixed six single to try.
Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A nearly transparent medium amber. Flat. I am taking that into account in the rest of this review. Apparently not properly capped.

s: Fragrant pine.

t: Nicely hopped, like a medium strength IPA but darker color. Very enjoyable despite the lack of carbonation of this particular example.

m: Smooth, light to medium heft.

o: I'll have to get more of this to try fully carbonated, because it was so good. Another winner from Luganitas. (527 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent golden with a slight haze; huge fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves sticky lacing and great retention. The aromas are full of subtle sticky mango. There's some pineapple and grapefruit in the mix. There's a touch of caramel malts going on as well. The flavors match the nose perfectly. Lots of citrus and a touch of pine. The bitterness is very subtle. Mouthfeel is great; moderate carbonation and his extremely smooth on the palate. This is very easy to drink.

So this wasn't just bottle yesterday, but it's within the 3 month period. I've had this before in the past, but it's been awhile. It's a very solid pale ale which almost borderlines an IPA, but not quite. It's extremely refreshing. Worth checking out. It falls into what anyone would expect from Lagunitas.

Grade: B (849 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours a semi-clear copper color with a two finger head which lasts a long time, good carbonation and thick lacing which lasts until the end.

The smell is citrus and floral hops, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and caramel malts.

The taste follows the nose, grapefruit, pineapple, citrus and floral hops dominate. There is a think caramel malt backbone and the taste finishes with oily pine hops.

The feel is thick, bready and chewy. You could really almost chew this. There is are also oily hops left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is one of the few American Pale Ale's I like, make that love. Another winner from Lagunitas, which is quickly becoming my favorite brewery. They do hops right. Although this brew is not listed as "sessionable" I believe it is the most sessionable A.P.A. I have had. (824 characters)

Photo of CFC_HeadHUNTER
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an off white head with a light copper color body. Excellent bubbles even ten minutes after poured.

S - Great hop aroma. Super balanced nose that allows you to anticipate the taste of the ale.

T - Near perfect pale ale taste. Just the right amount of hop flavor with a slight bitterness that lingers on palate. I get almost a little apple mid sip.

M - Impecable mouthfeel. Awesome carbonation through the entire glass and session. Really velvety on the swallow.

O - This is an amazing beer for the summer or really anytime. Super session beer that also carries a pretty high ABV. This is a great "burger" beer that would be awesome to bring to any BBQ or to have on draft with some wings and fries. (711 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pale, transparent golden body with a bubbly bone white head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the body.

S- Lots of tropical hop aroma. Grapefruit, mango and pineapple all come through. Toasted malt comes through as well, balancing out the nose.

T- Pretty similar to the nose. Tropical hop flavors along with an aggressive toasted malt backbone. Still a hop-forward pale ale, but the balance is there.

M- Some carbonation sting, medium-high carbonation with a medium body.

O- A good pale ale, but left me wanting more. I'm a big fan of Lagunitas and this is another solid beer. (610 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.76/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear light orange with a half finger of white head

Smell is citrus hops, pale malt, grapefruit, grassy

Taste is incredible, Citrus, grassy, pale malts, herbal spice, tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a refreshing carbonation

Oh my... I am glad a fresh batch finally came it! It seems the IPA sells way better around there then the pale which makes no sense to me as this is basically mini sucks and sessionable, World Class stuff if you ask me. Grabbed 2 6s of the fresh stuff (who knows when I will see it again)

This beer is definitely one of the best APAs out there

I have been leaning towards hoppy pales over IPAs lately because of the finess you get in the flavor. I just recently got to try ZD for the first time and had high hopes, but alas it was all bitter an little flavor. This is just the opposite all hop flavor no bitterness. I hope I can keep getting this around here fresh, perfect summer and almost perfect Pale. (962 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours splendid into a pint glass with a tall head of foam that fell ever so slowly to some sticky, craggy lacing. Classic copper orange color and clear. Nose was dry and the perfect blend of leafy hops and pale malt. A little grapefruit and a little soap. The malt in the nose gives a promise of sweetness that’s luscious and provocative. Taste is herbal, generous with hops, hay and silky with citrus that wasn’t overbearing. The malt backbone was aggressive and evoked some honey sweetness while standing up strong against the bitter hop oily resin. This was a full bodied and boisterous pale ale that was clean, thirst quenching and had a depth of flavor that was solid and satisfying. (692 characters)

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