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Pale Dog - Hops and Grain Brewery

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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:
55 IBU

(Beer added by: omnigrits on 01-17-2012)
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Nate_M, Jul 01, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big light tan head slowly settles into a nice lacing with a small biscuity mound in the middle of the glass. This orangeish caramel honey colored pale ale seems to be well carbonated and not really clear, sort of lightly filled with small suspended particles giving it a semi cloudy look.

Citrus hops dominate the aroma with maybe orange peels sticking out the most.

A nice citrus hops with some light pine notes overwhelming just about anything else that is trying to make it's presence known in the taste of this well done beer.

A slight bitter edge with some lingering hops with a dry aftertaste on this medium bodied Austin based beer.

I really liked this pale ale, it's as if someone asked me what kind of beer do you like, and I would have answered "a nice citrus hops style beer that isn't to overbearing or expensive".
And they handed be this, and my day is thus completed, except for an afternoon of sittin' back and downing quite a few cold ones.

LXIXME, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of TXBulldog
4.51/5  rDev +19%
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.

TXBulldog, Jul 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Theortiz01, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Steimie, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

StArnoldFan, Dec 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

barbellsNbeers, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

brm300, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Mortarforker, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

jngrizzaffi, Jun 10, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
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

brentk56, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

77apm, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

gtermi, Jun 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

stumac, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

ilikebeer03, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

stoney1031, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

thugherman, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Jpa, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Texasfan549, Sep 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

gshackles, Apr 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

wagenvolks, Mar 31, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their flagship pale ale is a solid contender, one that hits the right notes with pizzazz. Pours a clear golden color. Light, hoppy aroma on the grassy side. Same grassy flavor profile with a long dry finish. The kind of pale ale I enjoy. This dog’s a keeper.

Updated March 2012
Apparently they revamped and revised their recipe. So it was worth revisiting this one.
On the latest/new version of the Pale Dog I noticed a much more pronounced honeyed sweetness, honeyed flavor and sweet finish. Grassy hop profile remains but there’s more of a sweet malt balancing this out. I can picture this one being an excellent candidate for cask conditioning.

elNopalero, Feb 09, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

HardTarget, Jan 24, 2013
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Pale Dog from Hops and Grain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.