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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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very good

397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,771
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 21.55%
Wants: 68
Gots: 273 | 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 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
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass pours a crisp pale orange with a thin off-white head that diminishes to barely a thin layer. Aroma is crisp citrus hops and slight sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of citrus hops balanced nicely by sweet malts that gives way to a nice bitter citrus finish. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. This is a very good pale ale that toes the IPA line nicely but does not cross it like many others do.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured fro 12oz bottle into duvel tulip

A - poured a honey orange with a thin head but sticky lacing. Light carbonation.

S - Citrus hops. Little banana, little caramel, little lemon, little orange peel.

T - Tangy hops. Some sweetness.

M - A bit thin, but pretty bitter. Cooling.

D - Not bad, not great.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Just a slight hazy gold color. White rocky head holds together pretty well, leaving a nice ring of lace.

Juicy hop aroma bursts on the scene. Citrusy goodness. Lots of grapefruit and maybe tangerine. Solid malt background in the nose as well. Caramel, with an almost biscuit-like feel.

A lighter malt with some sweetness starts off. A bit of a cracker feel. Hops come in giving a good dose of somewhat citrusy, herbal and earthy bitterness. Bitterness lingers as it dries near the finish.

Medium body, ample carbonation. Well balanced and easy to drink. Pretty solid stuff.

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Photo of philbertk
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lagunitas Pale Ale--New Dogtown. 2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV--35 IBU's? Pale Ale. 6-Pack $7.99.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lagunitas Pale Ale--New DogTown--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. 35+IBU's? (3.5/ 5.0) No sediment. Mild lace foamy thin white head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Doughy mild floral Lagunitas Signature hop aroma front. Smooth mellow sweet cloying doughy butter caramel mild fruit body. Tangy mild hop spice clean dry citrus hint end. Very Lagunitas flavored. Tasty but not exceptional. Mildly quenching. Sampled 8/4/2010. 6-Pack $9.99.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy golden amber color pour with a big,lasting fluffy white head , lots of lacing left behind , medium carbonation . Aroma of grapefruit , lemon zest , and toasty pale malt . Flavor is very citrusy up front with lotsd of grapefruit , lemon and floral hops followed by a good pale malt backbone for a nice balance , nice level of bitterness , medium body , smooth clean mouthfeel , long hoppy finish , very sessionable . One of the best Pale ales I have tried . Very good .

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Photo of Long813
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Clear golden body with one finger of white bubbly head. Retention is poor and leaves little lacing.

S: Nice notes of citrus fruits, some hops and malts. Very mild aroma.

T: Strong than the aroma, nice mixture of malts and citrus with some grains. Quite hoppy for a pale.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Leaves a bitter malty finish.

D: Not bad, it's a pleasant drink, but a little expensive for what it's worth here.

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Photo of Bfarr
2.72/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear light bubbly copper with thin tan head with little retention and no lacing. Citrusy hop aroma. Very citrusy hop flavor with hints of pale malts and traces of alcohol. Poor bitter profile in aftertaste. Thin body with medium-high carbonation.

Let me be clear, this is not a bad beer. However, it's similarity to the IPA makes me wonder why bother with the pale ale if I can get great hops in the IPA? It's realy not what I want in a pale ale especially when their IPA is so good.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass.

A: light tan amber color with a foamy 2 finger head, gobs of head retention and lacing rings

S: slight citrus hop aroma, light caramel

T: grapefruit and slight orange molds well with a caramel malt base. Very nice

M&d: medium mouth feel, well carbonated. Not drying like some pale ales. Very easy to drink. I think this beer would make a good beer for changing of seasons from hot to cool or visa versa.


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