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New Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale

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1,119 Ratings
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Ratings: 1119
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 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 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 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
Photo of kojevergas


3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.2% ABV confirmed. Six pack acquired at a local Von's grocery store yesterday. Bottled January 11th per the bottle code on the neck of the bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high but restrained; I like Lagunitas' hoppy offerings but they always taste fundamentally the same; there's this hop oil/extract taste at the heart of all of them.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with alfredo pasta.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit of lacing as the head slowly recedes. Standard amount of carbonation bubbles. It's pretty par for the style; it looks as I'd expect it to. There's nothing unique or special here, but I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Nectary oily hops - the same essential aroma as all other hoppy Lagunitas beers. A bit grassy. Nicely floral. Evocative and appealing. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. Pale malts. Clean, refreshing, and moderately strong. It's certainly fresh; I'm excited for my first sip.

T: Nectary, floral, a bit piney, grassy, and featuring light citrus. Pale malts form the foundation. A slight touch of soap; maybe it spent a bit too long in primary. Very refreshing and enjoyable. Full-bodied but not overbearing. There's a lot of flavour here and it's well balanced, but some hop bitterness does poke its ugly head above the pleasant hop notes. A bit of grapefruit. Oily hop character is strong. Shares the aforementioned distinct Lagunitas hop extract core, but it's still a solid beer. Just not a particularly distinguished one. Good complexity for a mere pale ale. I wouldn't quite call it subtle, but it's certainly well executed and has solid depth of flavour.

Mf: Clean, crisp, refreshing, smooth, nectary, and wet. Coarse enough to allow the hop notes to come out fully. Good carbonation, if slightly overdone. Good palate presence. Complements the flavour profile well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: A very drinkable pale ale from Lagunitas, and one that can be had at a more-than-fair price. Good bang for your buck here; this is a good drinkable brew that would do well for football-watching. Would pair well with food too. Still, it's not unique or special and I wouldn't consider myself impressed. It meets my fairly high expectations, and at this price point that's a great thing.

Serve pretty cold, but don't overdo it.


Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 04:25:49 | More by kojevergas
Photo of socon67

New York

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color with visible carbonation. Nice rings of lacing line the glass.

S - Lemon scent with fresh grains and light malts. Slight sugary smell of fresh bakery goods.

T - Sweet citrus flavor is slightly similar to a lemon Girl Scout cookie. Finish has a mellowed bit of hops to go with wheat.

M - Smooth body, and one of the more robust pale ales in recent memory. Finish leaves a tart bite.

O - A good beer to introduce to a new craft beer drinker and show how a basic beer can be very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:37:30 | More by socon67
Photo of rodlavers


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. 2 finger fluffy white head, some cling, light golden coloring, lacks that deeper/darker color I associate with other APA's I rate highly. Smell is awesome. Has that quintessential Lagunitas aroma -- light pine hops, sweet flower (to be honest I think I can't adequately review smell because there is smoking allowed in this bar. Will have to revisit). Taste is similar to other Lagunitas offerings, but less flowery/creamy than Sumpin Ale, and obviously less bitter than the IPA. Still, it's sweet and malty and very good. Mouthfeel is nice, not too biting but also not terribly smooth, with medium carbonation. Overall New Dogtown Pale Ale is very nice, really enjoy the brewery and this fits nicely with other offerings. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:31:43 | More by rodlavers
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent amber with a white head.

The smells is very nice, citrus hops, lemons, earth and sweet malts.

The taste is bitter, lemon, grapefruit very much like the smell suggests.

The mouthfeel is light to medium body and medium carbonation.

This is another great lagunitas beer, very hopy and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:59:41 | More by Dave1999
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear bronze with tons of head and sticky lace

S - Lots of hoppy goodness, citrus and piny hops

T - Quite a bitter pale, with a huge malt backbone. Not quite hoppy enough to be labeled an IPA, but close

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation

O - A good pale, but not great. Its really threading the line with an IPA, but not quite there. I'd rather go with the IPA

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 03:20:44 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of Gatch


4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-copper with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that settles into craters and lumps of foam leaving behind a ton of lace and retention.

S: Huge resiny, piney, grassy, citrusy hops. Sweet, caramel, lightly roasted malt at the back. Nice. I'd say malty enough to be a PA as opposed to an IPA which is what the hops want you to think.

T: Similar to the nose but the hops shine. Fresh, delicious and bursting with fruit and pine.

M: Dry, resiny, malty. Great hoppy finish balanced with some sweet malt. Well-crafted.

O: Just malty enough to keep this from being an IPA. A damn good PA that's enjoyable to drink. Glad I bought a 6-pack. The epitome of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 06:18:49 | More by Gatch
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of medium bitter notes with some light residual sugar. Taste is a mix between some dry malt notes with some bitter hops and subtle floral aromas notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as hop-centric as I was expecting knowing the brewer other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 19:29:26 | More by Phyl21ca
New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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