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New Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale

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1,120 Ratings
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Ratings: 1120
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thartman on 09-17-2008)
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Photo of nickapalooza86


4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:01:27 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At Red's 495 Grill (Carson City, NV):

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly clear gold/yellow body with a one finger white foamy head, streams of carbonation are seen rising at a moderate pace, some clingy lacing sticks to the pint glass throughout the entire drink

S: strong citrusy hops up front, a slight amount of caramel and bread follow up as it warms

T: bittersweet all the way down, wow! slight bittersweet aftertaste, crisp yet smooth finish

M: light, sessionable, carbonated exactly the way it should be, smooth all around

O: wow, what a nice APA, I can't believe I've passed up on this so many times and now I've finally had it and am kicking myself for not having it sooner

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 21:33:48 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.81/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 08:38:14 | More by utopiajane
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hahahahahahaha, the label reads, "This is not the original Pale Ale as brewed in far away 1993 in the back of the Old House of Richards Building in the West Marin hamlet of Forest Knolls right next to little Lagunitas...It is way better. Back then the beer tasted like broccoli and kerosene and the carbonation ate right through and drained your stomach into your gut..."

Pours a transparent gold with a massive head, pretty heavy carbonation and tons of ultra stick lacing.

Citric hops dominate the start of the smell, white bread and a hint of caramel follow.

Pale malts, cumquat/grapefruit, slight caramel and grassy hops make for a very balanced start to this APA. Smooth citrus and slightly mineral finish. Very smooth going down. Tastes very fresh, though I could find no date of any sort on the bottle.

Excellent hoppy pale ale. Certainly not as hoppy or heavy as an IPA, but very flavorful and refreshing. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this before... or that I don't enjoy more often.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:48:20 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of hoppytobehere


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottled May 8, less than a month old.

A: Clear golden body with nice 2 finger head. Good retention.

S: Huge hop aroma for a pale ale. Kind of like a Hop Stoopid-light. Excellent stuff.

T: Super hoppy for a pale ale, which for me is a good thing. Full of citrus and tropical fruit notes. A little bit of sugar but pretty dry. Light malt backbone that works well.

M: Good level of carbonation, not too sticky. I could drink a lot of these in a row without any problem.

O: Awesome pale ale from Lagunitas. I'll be buying more of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 01:00:34 | More by hoppytobehere
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a clean, dark gold color with an 1/8 inch head that doesn't retain long and sinks down to a ring around the glass and the usual surface bubbles.

S- Wet, fresh hops. Smells clean, almost like wet glass, yet pungent.

T- Quite hoppy for a pale ale, yet not overly bitter. Grassy, mildly piney. Has a moderate fruitiness given the more hop-forward stab at the style. Pretty high in alcohol for an APA but hidden well enough.

M- Medium-low carbonation. A bit of oily slickness due to the hop content. Some tart quality also becomes apparent from the bitterness.

O- More like a straight up IPA but who's keeping score? Another great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 15:02:03 | More by Immortale25
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a tulip.

A-Poured a light golden-orange color with a 2-finger head that tapers to a bubbly film. Fat rings of lacing. Slight haze.

S- Pleasant fruit hoppiness. Mildly sweet fruit notes are a nice change from the citrus hops.

T- Pale and caramel malts compliment the hop fruitiness. Dry toasted malt. Not sweet.

M- Refreshing with medium body. Good carbonation. Hop tang and dry finish. Slightly metallic.

O- Nice drinking pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:04:29 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas New Dog Town Pale Ale has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, orange-golden appearance, a large amount of floaties, and some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of pine oil, some subdued fruit, sweetness, white bread, and bread crust. Taste is of all that, with a pronounced hop bite on the undertaste- this beer is hoppier than some East Coast IPAs! Mouthfeel is medium, soft, and slick, and Lagunitas New Dog Town Pale Ale finishes dry, refreshing, and drinkable. I score this one most excellent. Good stuff!


Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 17:02:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Premo88


3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: almost peach; a light orange very clear with the very slightest hint of pink in it that makes me think "peach"; awesome fluffy white head, about 1 inch to a bit more that laces all the way down

S: starts out almost all hops ... piney, bitter; as it warms up, it has a cool note of orange (not grapefruit). kind of different and nice.

T: pretty much standard hoppy American pale ale fare. nothing special, nothing terrible. great big bitter bite without much balance of anything else, occasional citrus notes.

F: tons of carbonation which i love

O: a fine American pale ale but I'm not sure it stands out from the other American pale ales I've had. the color that bleeds just every so slightly toward peach is unique, and the orange smell is cool. VERY similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which ain't a bad thing at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 02:50:47 | More by Premo88
Photo of phishsihq


4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The brew pours a clear, amber-gold, and is capped by a modestly foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Pale malt aromas and a touch of caramel and honey add a sweetness to the citrus and floral notes that dominate the nose. Slightly toasted malt and a bit of caramel provide the sweet flavors that balance the leafy and citrus hop flavors. Very well balanced, New Dogtown is medium bodied with a perfect level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 01:40:04 | More by phishsihq
Photo of MBoydL


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a bit on the darker side compared to a lot of other pale ales I've had but not to the point of being amber. Poured into a 3 Floyd's pint glass it had about one finger of creamy head.

Smell is a little citrus, a little grass, and a little bready. I don't think this was the freshest bottle. I have a feeling a fresher one would have carried a lot more hop character.

Taste is really nice. Again citrus comes through with a slightly sweet and even "boozy" finish...maybe more warm than "boozy".

Overall I liked it a lot. Would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:06:39 | More by MBoydL
Photo of wes123


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very nice golden color, nice head that fades quickly, lacing on the glass. Strong smell of grapefruit. Citrus and pine on the front end, fades to a gentle sweet malt back. Nice mouthfeel with good bitterness and carbonation that both linger. Overall a really nice pale ale. Perfect on a warm afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 23:01:56 | More by wes123
Photo of Herky21


4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

App- brilliant gold hue. It's like a bright gold fall leaf.

Smell- Lots of pine, some citrus.

Taste - lots of pine and a nice acidity from some light tropical flavors.

Mouthfeel - carb'd well. The bitterness is just pushing the bubbles to the perfect point.

Overall: This is an incredible and fantastic beer. It has the perfect balance of hops, slightly more than the sugar. Perfect hop-forward west coast pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 23:46:44 | More by Herky21
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl Oz bottle 7 Feb 2013: on the ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito. Had to ask for a glass!

Golden to pale amber body with a good white head.

Fruity nose: mixed bag of said fruits, citrusy and mango with apple blossom. Slight malty aroma in the smell as well.

Hops fill the flavours in the mouth: mild malts arrive but leave again before a dry bitter finish.

Medium strenghted body and feel to the brew: a little on the fizzy side but pleasant enough and easy to drink. Passing Alcatraz as I drank the beer made it even better.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 21:17:43 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of AgentMunky


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A: Clear copper, with a nice hue, pretty (if brief) head, and a hint of effervesce.

S: Crisp, clean, crystal(?) malt and a pleasant topnotes of hops.

T/O: Pleasant and highly drinkable, if unremarkable. Sweetish, mostly, with just a hint of hops, and most of the balance coming from the crisp dryness. This fades with time, but not objectionably so.

M: Smooth and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 05:58:12 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a one finger white shade not too out of the ordinary for the style - lowish retention, nice creaminess, good bit of lacing on the glass.

S: It smells like a Lagunitas beer: grapefruity and herbal Simcoe hops abound. No, not nearly as much as Sucks, but still enough to wake the nostrils up. There's also a lemony component here, too. As it sits in the glass, it actually becomes reasonably malty, with biscuit and bread notes.

T: An initial salvo of grapefruit, lemongrass, pine, and sourdough bread counterbalancing suggest this one's actually full of Centennial. Maltiness surges upwards on the finish, with a faint lemon zest bitterness to it. This one is all about balance without any craziness - too often, I find a lot of Centennial-hopped beers to be somewhat harsh (Founders Centennial IPA being a good example), but this one is really pleasant.

M: Crisp and light, which is a feature I always love in pale ales. A mild syrupy linger accumulates after many sips; luckily it doesn't weigh down the palate excessively. Carbonation is about what I expect.

O: Lost in Sucksamania is this rock-solid pale ale. Yes, it tastes like many other hoppy offerings from Lagunitas - but when they're all really good-to-fantastic, who cares? A great 'lunch' beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 21:22:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Number967

New York

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium gold color with an inch of off white head.
Smells of pine cones, cut grass and something I find hard to describe. Almost like a sweet alcohol scent. Maybe a little bit of malt coming through.
Taste is not as complex as some of the other Lagunitas beers I've had. Bold hop character all the way through. I don't detect much malt balance in this pale ale. With all the IPAs these guys produce I guess I was expecting an even balanced and more hops subdued and malty pale ale. Either way, gotta love Lagunitas. Gonna try their Pils next.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 20:38:06 | More by Number967
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date. Excited to try this offering from Lagunitas, as I have never had their pale ale before. Expectations are average, at the very least.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - A modest pour yields about one finger of fizzy white head that disappears rather quickly on top of a beautifully clean clear gold-copper colored body.

S - Smells of fresh pine needles and grapefruit smack you right in the face. Smells like a nice hopped up IPA.

T - Bold hop bitterness. Fresh pine. Fresh grapefruit. Roasted malt. A little too hop-forward, in my opinion. I like my pale ales to have a bit of hop bite of course, but this one is unfortunately pushing the envelope a little too far, into IPA territory. Pale caramel malts come about in the finish, but the beer is imbalanced.

M - Nice bitter mouthfeel, slightly thin / watery feel. Goes down smooth. Nice medium body, decent carbonation, and a slight lingering bitter hoppy sweetness.

Overall, a tasty and highly drinkable brew. However, fans of Lagunitas could probably get the same result from a number of their other beers, as I seem to think a lot of their beers taste an awful lot alike. Same hop profile that you could find in Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Lagunitas Maximus, or the Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, although slightly less spicy, bitter, and abundant. I'd be interested to try the regular Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale, and the Lagunitas IPA to see how those beers fare against it. Drinkable, but definitely not breaking any new ground in their portfolio.

Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 03:37:34 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of smcolw


3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head, but it leaves a rich blanket of lasting lace. Dirty gold color and clear.

First impression on the smell is of raw grapefruit rind. Not harsh but still extremely strong hop.

Very spicy (hoppy) for the style. In fact it's more hoppy than most IPAs I've tried. I like it, but it's very surprising. No malt flavor makes it to the tongue. Highly carbonated. The body is just below the average.

This definitely falls under the extreme category. If you like sucking hop pellets, you'll like this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 21:14:34 | More by smcolw
Photo of SometimesIfart


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a moderately dark gold with a large whie head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S - Oh yes, lots of mango and banana up front followed by a medium to heavy amount of malt.

T - Mango and a lot of malt up front followed by some slight pineapple and a small amount of lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It was pretty damn good, although it tried to be a Maximus, however it failed.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 06:26:55 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color with a big foamy 2 finger head that was very thick and allowed me to run my finger through it; it left great spotty foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of citrus hops, orange peel, lemon zest, piney hops, herbs, floral hops, grass, biscuit, malt, caramel, light spices and mint; a very hoppy and refreshing nose that is soft and well balanced, with a fine mix of citrus, hops and lightly toasted grains.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, piney hops/pine cone, herbs, tea leaf, floral hops, grass, biscuit, malt, caramel, wheat, light spices like pepper, coriander and mint; near perfect balance with a hoppy front end and a malty backbone, this is a notch below Sierra Nevada Pale Ale's hoppyness and very smooth and easy to drink. The aftertaste is fruity, slightly bitter and quite hoppy.

Mouthfeel is slick and buttery smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium body that's almost chewy and combo malt and hop finish that's slightly bitter.

A damn fine pale, one of the best that I've ever had and a definite session beer that I could drink any time. It was so smooth and full of flavor that I had 2 so fast that I had to slow down. A very high recommendation, I can't wait to have another.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 05:12:11 | More by CHickman
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. If the neck is accurate bottled Sept 26th 2012.

A: Pours a golden amber with just a touch of haze. A white 1 1/2 finger head gets a little rocky as it dissipates leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Can immediately get a decent hop character with loads of citrus fruitiness. However there is a solid amount of malt back. Great earthy character when it all blends together.

T: This brew starts off with a bit of toasty malt then the hops take over. Solid bitterness to the hops but I fear some of their fruitiness may have been lost. Pretty well balanced though.

M: Fairly light body but retains a somewhat full feeling in the mouth. Average carbonation, just a touch of stickiness. An easy drinker.

Overall first time having this beer and am impressed, Lagunitas makes some good hoppy beers. Would love to try another one fresher.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 23:41:22 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of JPlo


4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold color. Lightly hazy clarity. Rocky head with very good lacing.

Smell: Citrusy, Piney hops. A little biscuity malt

Taste: Citrusy, piney, spicy. Overall like is smelled

Feel: Medium bodied, smooth with light carbonation and an average finish.

Notes: A above avgeragely hopped APA. Overall, a great Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 17:07:13 | More by JPlo
Photo of mactrail


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color. Nicely carbonated with a fine white foam. A maltier, more substantial mouthfeel than a lot of Pale Ales.

Rich and malty with a distinctive tang. Flowery and resiny hops are full of flavor with just a moderate bitterness. I didn't realize this stuff was so good, but chalk up another one for Lagunitas. They manage to make even an American Pale Ale taste malty, however. Biscuits and a touch of apple. Hugely fragrant and a lovely nose of straw with a hint of gardenias.

On tap at the Castro Theatre during Noir City festival.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2013 08:15:37 | More by mactrail
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a bright, clear amber with an off-white, 2-finger head. Great retention. Strong lacing coats the glass.

Smell - Spicy, with citrus hop predominately, and a bit of sweet malt in the background.

Taste - A great balance of citrus hop and light, sweet caramel malt hit before a bit of bread character creeps in midway through. Peppery spice bites at the palate near the finish, and melds with the citrus to create an awesome uppercut to the taste buds, with the flavor lingering deep into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, and the carbonation adds a nice bite toward the finish. Goes down smooth.

Overall - This one comes through with great balance, and passes with flying colors. Unique. Maybe my favorite year-round pale ale on the market today.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 06:28:36 | More by TheSixthRing
New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.