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Pale Dog - Hops and Grain Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hops and Grain Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: omnigrits on 01-17-2012

55 IBU
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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 35
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3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

For all of the Pale Ales out there, this one is about a half-stride in front of the middle of the pack; it’s a tough act to put out there. If not for the choice of hops and the balance put forth, we’d be singing a different tune. Worth a try, and it being a canned option helps.

STYLE: American Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed nectarine color, impressive head

SMELL: Citrus zest, soft pine, pipe tobacco, ripe pears, bread crust, yeast, faint caramel

TASTE: Crisp pop, malty medium body, slightly hop forward, ample bitterness, orange hop resin, lemon pith, fresh-cut grass, nutty grain, apple skin, kiss of alcohol, dry finish

Photo of GregJ
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent pale ale. Appropriate hoppiness and medium body when some many pale ales are watery.

Photo of Kaiyotee
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden Amber; clear, a bit hazy
Smell: Floral orange citrus
Taste: Leafy with a citrus zest finish; some malt flavor comes through
Feel: a bit oily

Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. No can dates from what I can see.

Deep blonde amber, slightly hazy with a real bright white fluffy three finger head. Lots of super fine micro carbonation and pill like soapy lacing.

Slight amounts of cookie malt like character, mild sweetness and a sense of lemon lime hop action but quiet on the nose Chewy sensing and inviting, as some hop exploration not being expected obvious provides some good citrus aromas.

Palate comes with a bit of unexpected watery quality even for a pale ale, but not too bad. Hop forward flavors of grapefruit and lime zest a bit, almost oily consistency feeling and a good aftertaste. Malt sweetness is taking a back seat but manage just enough body and control to bring some chewy character. Moderately but nicely carbonated, with a somewhat loose feel though.

Overall just needs to get into the real solid range with a bit more malt depth and body.

Photo of brurevu
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

The beer poured a golden amber with a very large fluffy white head. This is a dry hopped pale ale and had a huge fresh hop aroma with lots of citrus and grapefruit rind. The taste started with a sweet malt body that quickly transitioned into a grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness that is dangerously close to many IPA’s. The dry finish left a lingering bitter coating on my palate that was a perfect ending to each sip. The Pale Dog was a well crafted Pale Ale that kept the hop level high as well as the drinkability. This big flavorful beer is one I will highly recommend for a local pale ale option.

Photo of Tommo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Great flavor for a canned pale ale.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber/honey colored with thick foamy head and thick lacing on side of glass. Citrusy, hoppy aroma. Malty flavor up front. Citrus hops on the back end. Moderate bitter aftertaste. Maltiness and hops seem to go well together. A beer I would definitely recommend.

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay craft cans, thanks to AdamR46 (reddit).

The can pour forces a huge fizzy 3+ finger head that forces me to stop pouring even, fades at a med pace and leaves mild soapy lacing, very hazy orange-yellow colored beer.

Nose brings some fresh hops, a big citrus pop right off with a big shot of fresh grapefruit being squeezed, mild orange juice and tangerine, hint of rind bitterness too, touch of a peachy stone fruit, and just a touch of a sweet malt base.

Taste brings more of the citrus and grapefruit, a nice grapefruit squirt and juice, with a bit more orange juice, rind bitterness, tangerine, etc, similar to the nose. Then a little floral slight herbal hop kicks in very lightly, A mild grainy toasty malt flavor with a little sweetness and fluff. Finish brings fair bitterness, pretty dry too, a little more grapefruit and citrus pop, hint of tangerine too lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall pretty nice for a pale, well done bitterness, nice malt base, and good citrusy hops with a nice flavor and aroma, pretty well done.

Photo of nataku00
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy orange with a finger of bright white but loose head. Head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving some sticky patchy lacing. Good carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, tiny bubbles floating upward at a good clip.

Nose is mild but sweet tropical hops, mango and peach, with a biscuit and caramel malt accent. Not super aromatic, but smells pretty good.

Toasty biscuit malts flavors first, some mild tropical mango, grassy and pine hops. Light bitterness and slightly metallic tang in an otherwise clean finish.

Light body with soft but ample carbonation. Easy to drink and refreshing. Flavors and aroma don't blow you away, but a good session beer for sure.

Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The wonderful JenRay sent me some CANs in support of The CANQuest (TM) and I have fallen terribly behind, but I am getting caught up! Many thanks for these inclusions to the ongoing madness and I promise to do better.

From the CAN: "Sustainable quality"; "Hoppy, Crisp, Dry Hopped"; "glass PINT temp 47 [deg.]"; "At the Hops & Grain Brewery we know that good planets are hard to find. That's why we are working hard to save our own by packaging our beer in the most recyclable {CAN]tainer on the Earth. Aluminum!"; "An homage & accolade TO OUR CHAIRMAN: always EAGER FOR COMPANY always HAPPY TO SEE YOU and always leaves you IN A GOOD MOOD".

I experienced some initial foaming action on the Crack, so I allowed it some calming time before initiating a gentle Glug into my awaiting glass. I got a finger of tawny head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was a hazy amber (SRM = TBD). Nose smelled of minty hops and caramel malt and it once again begs the question of where do APAs leave off and AIPAs begin? I guess that I really do not care, but it is sometimes difficult for me to determine one from another. There was a great scrubbing effervescence in the mouth and on the tongue, quite welcome, actually, following an earlier Berliner Weisse. The taste was equal parts mint and caramel, a nice bland of the flavors and not so hopped-up as to be CANsidered an AIPA. Finish was semi-dry and refreshing. Overall, it was one of many in terms of the style, but on the other hand, it was a new CAN and that made it all the more worthwhile. Remember, though, I CANnot be a ticker as CANs do not Tick, only Glug!

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is MUCH better than I remembered--the first time I had it, I thought it was bland! Maybe a bad tap, as I was at a sports bar.

Really nice, pine-y hop aroma and a smooth mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation. The balance of malt makes this very drinkable, with some balancing sweetness so that it's not a hop bomb but a very flavorful IPA. The Cascade hops really come through on the nose.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a permanent white had and minimal lacing. Hazy orange-amber color. Arom ais very hop forward, with citrus, spice and Christmas Tree and a little honey/caramel in the background. Flavor is intensely hoppy with a sweet malt backdrop and fruity esters. Mouthfeel is heavy for style but good. Overall, a great APA from Texas' weird town.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale Dog pours to an orange/tan color with a memorable nose of floral, citrus, pine, and toasted malts. The foam on this beer is nice and it leaves lacing all along the glass as you drink.

Pale Dog delivers a taste that is very similar to its nose. Flavors of caramel malt, biscuits, and pine provide a good malt backbone, and they are more than supplemented by tastes of grapefruit and tropical fruit from the somewhat oily and resinous hop character. The hops dominate, but they do not go to extreme like they are prone to do with other American versions of this style.

Pale Dog Pale Ale is a nicely balanced beer, medium in body and likeable all- around. It doesn’t over extend itself in any direction and its flavor is more than enough to please the palates of most all who consume. It isn’t easy to find, but I recommend trying some if you get a chance.

Photo of darocny
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a surprisingly dense head. Leaves light lacing. After an initial fruit blast after the pour, things mellow out. Smell is malty sweetness followed by mild citrus. Taste is apple and herbal. A little too dry at the end. Still, a good APA and everyday drinking beer. We are lucky to have Hops and Grain dropping shipments in Houston now.

Photo of TXBulldog
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Live Oak stange.

Pours a beautiful rich amber - a little darker than I was anticipating from an American pale ale. Has a little haziness to it that was also unexpected. Decent foamy head subsides fairly quickly but never completely dissipates. Moderate lacing.

Malt dominates the nose on this one, but floral hop notes are present as well.

As with the nose the malt dominates this one as far as the flavors go, but there's plenty of hop bitterness in there to counterbalance any sweetness.

Not too heavy with mild carbonation and just a bit of bite to give a nice crisp finish.

One of my favorite beers that I've had in a while, although I am admittedly partial to pale ales.

Photo of hoody711
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a buddy move to Austin this week and he brought this back to Houston for me. Cheers Mario.

A - poured from a can into a tulip, cause duh, tulip. It's a beautiful color - dark orange with sunset or whatever. It's a really nice color. Visible carbonation. No head, but others I've had had some head. No lacing.

S - there's a bit of maltiness and just a little bit of fruity hops. I get the maltiness mostly, but the entire thing is pretty muted. There's some alcohol on the end if you huff it like Scarface.

T - yum. Solid citrus up front, mostly, um, grapefruit or orange or lemon zest or some other shit. I don't know, it's bright and fresh and good. The maltiness in the nose follows with good balance, and there's a little tang at the end. Really solid. It does have that "Texas" taste that all beers made here seem to have.

M - fresh and bubbly, nice. The bitterness sticks around for a bit, but it's not overly unpleasant.

O - distinctly Texan beer. A solid pale ale but nothing that is particularly unbelievable. Seems to be the MO of most of the beers I've tried down here.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a very hazed, light copper color with a small, tight cap of tan head. Retention is average and lacing slightly above.

Nose is candy caramel apple with a light toasty malt aroma. Hops are a little bit of pine and tropical fruit.

Taste has pretty substantial contributions from both the hops and malt. starts with a tropical hop flavor, followed by a strong toast/toffee/caramel malt. Finishes plenty bitter as well. More of a hoppy amber than a pale to me, and the malts sometimes get carried away on the toasty side, but not too shabby. I wont have much problem finishing my sixer, but it would have to take a good sale price for me to reach for this one again.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking, clear and reddish-tan with a pretty good head and some flecks of lace.

Aroma is nice too, good and hoppy, a little fruity, pine and resin.

Tastes nice, hops are plentiful, with resinous hop oils noted, some citrus and pine, plus an amply malty base with a sweet note to make this a full but quite drinkable pale ale.

Body is medium, carbonation is medium, overall it's a pretty strong tasting, strong finishing pale ale, giving the illusion of being a bigger beer than it really is.

I like it. I took a chance on a six pack and I will certainly enjoy the other five. Would buy again.

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the (rather attractive) can into a pint glass.

I haven't written a review for a while, but this beer made me get up and say something.

This pale ale pours an opaque, bright copper, with unfiltered specks here and there. A small head recedes to a decent cloud. Minimal lacing.

Smells of fruit rind and resin, with some piney notes. Welcoming but subdued.

It's the taste that has me running to review this. I pick up an undeniable smoked cherrywood flavor in this - light on the smoke, heavy on the cherry. The sweet note is strange but welcome, in terms of the style. The bitterness that backs it up is herbal, almost Campari-like. These high notes in an otherwise average pale ale makes it extremely memorable.

Flavor is full, not as crisp as some pale ales. Juicy, with a lingering carbonation. Very pleasant.

I purchased this in a mix-six, toying around with cans. I didn't expect to get quite so blown away. It's not a genre-defying beer, but it's a great take on the style.

Photo of champ103
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color. A two finger white head forms and sticks around for a minute. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big juicy, and piny hops up front. Lingering resiny aromas. Maybe some faint biscuit malt aromas in the background. Very nice.
T: The same juicy and hoppy flavor. Though not as big as the nose. Light biscuit malt. I like it, and typically like more subtle hops. Though I think this would benefit from being a bit brighter because there is not much malt flavor for substance. Still enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body. Very dry, though a bit to thin for my tastes. I wish it was more crisp. Very easy to drink. A great everyday, no frills drinker.

I do like this, and the six pack will be gone in no time. I will be glad to quaff more, if it becomes available in the Houston area. Another enjoyable option from Hops & Grain.

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours from the can bringing a clear amber with a reasonable head that leaves a shard or two of lacing behind

Smell: Citrus galore, with some tropical fruit undertones (grapfruit and a hint of pineapple)

Taste: A hint of biscuity malt underpins the bitter hop flavors (citrusy grapefruit and a hint of pineapple ) that build, in the middle and linger through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A really nice APA that could easily be mistaken for an IPA

Thanks, Phoenix2443, for the opportunity

Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber glass holds a white head that gives up tidemarks of lace.

Smell: So citric and fresh, like flowers! Lightly pine, with a candy sweetness. Candied orange peels, oh, this is nice.

Taste: Punchy hops for a Pale, doesn't go crazy but full hop flavor with a light tea finish. Malt base is firm but slender, but more than supports the hoppy Juicy Fruit yum.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body manages a bit of chew. Light to medium carbonation keeps it lively. A little slick in the finish, oily.

Overall: Wow. Lots of great hop flavor for a Pale, almost want to put this in the XPA category, and I like it! Great citric west coast hop profile in a reasonably drinkable package. Too heavy for a session but one or two on a hot Texas day hits the spot.

Great early beers from H&G, keep them coming!

Photo of Dusty6467
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I had to drink it from a can so I couldn't tell you how the appearance is, however the small portion that accumulates on the ridge of the can, it looks to be at least average

S: very floral hoppy smell somewhat sweet Carmel, smells great

T: just like it smells, Carmel malt that finishes dry an and good amount of grapefruit hop bitterness that pulls it all together. Very good taste

M: decent amount of carbonation, light but full flavor, very sessionable

O: this is a great pale ale that does not disappoint. It's on par or even better than a lot of pricier crafts pales out there. Pick it up if you see it!

Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, xpimptastikx!

Nearly clear dark orange and amber with a moderately sized off-white head. Leaves the head messy with thick streams of bubbly lace down the glass. Very pretty pale ale.

The nose is decidedly better than the aroma. Toasted biscuits, earth, mild citrus, and some dulled caramel combine nicely. This reminds me of many well-made, yet straightforward American style pale ales.

The flavor isn't quite as pleasant as the aroma, with a very high level of bitterness and just a touch of an onion or garlic character taking away from the otherwise pleasant biscuit, earth, mild citrus, and grapefruit character.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very nice.

Decent, but being surrounding by the best hoppy beers in the world, this one just doesn't quite stand up. Still very glad to have had the opportunity to try it, however!

Photo of steelscarab
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can.

Appearance: Pours with a decent head and residual lacing. Coppery and hazy. Appears promising.

Smell: Can immediately smell strong citrus notes. Good hop aroma. It's strong smelling; easy to smell just from pouring it.

Taste: Lots of citrus in the beginning. The taste is definitely more hops orientated but there is a subtle malt flavor too. The hop flavor lingers and turns into a smooth, gentle hop finish afterwards. Not overly bitter or biting. Nice residual taste. I'd like more variation in the hops but overall it's good.

Mouth: Good mouthfeel. It is just in the middle as far as thickness is concerned. It lingers on the tongue for a while, though not in a sticky or negative way. Not terribly thick but that seems right for a pale ale.

Drinkability: High. It's not too thick or heavy so I can see myself drinking a few without feeling too full. It tastes slightly more hoppy than a totally balanced pale ale, but I don't mind one bit. Not terribly expensive, tastes good, and is medium in thickness; leads to a very drinkable ale.

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Pale Dog from Hops and Grain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.