Pale Dog - Hops and Grain Brewery

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very good

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of LXIXME
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of TXBulldog
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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 (540 characters)

Photo of Kaiyotee
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (153 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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! (814 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured an impressively clear light copper hue with a nice almost 3 finger head that slumped down to an almost one finger thick, creamy blanket.

S - Light piney hops and some sweet malts. Shockingly appealing.

T - Taste isnt bad. A bit on the malty side for my liking. The hops are slightly older perhaps, not quite as fresh as the nose. Still not too bad though.

M - Mouthfeel is solid too, nice carbonation, again a bit too sweet for me. Nice bitter finish.

O - Overall I'm relatively shocked at this beer. So far I think this is my favourite non Jester King beer from Texas. (651 characters)

Photo of hoody711
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,088 characters)

Photo of genitempo
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - From can to glass, such a beautiful pour. Thick, golden flair from the body, which fogs up as the sediment from the can's foundation makes it's way into the glass, still projecting great color for an APA. Rocky caps with foamy, rough lace.

S - Not overly bright, but subtly floral, a bit toasty.

T - Medium push from the hops, with a tolerable bitterness, hiding the booze. The aftertaste is a bit tightly wound.

MF - A little rough. The carbonation and the booze battle on the tongue, causing me to take smaller sips to enjoy the flavor.

O -Currently, Hops & Grain cans only two beers (this, being one of them.) Both, in my opinion, are very worthy of canning, from such a young brewery. Definitely a recommendable beer to travelers of central Texas. (760 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 109!

Thanks to Will (Canadianghetto) for passing this can along to me from Austin. These guys are a new kid on the block and I've been interested in trying them out. Unfortunately, only available in Austin at this point. Poured from can to New Belgium tulip. Pours a nice darker orange/amber color, nice head and some retention. Pretty transparent. Smell- lemon/orange peel floral and graham cracker. Taste- really nice citrus tangy blast followed by a decent malt sweetness. lemon/lime/orange peel citrus hop profile. This is super drinkable, well done. I'd welcome it in cans available in Houston. And, come to think of it, we don't have many Texas made Pale Ales. (673 characters)

Photo of omnigrits
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pale amber bordering on yellow, with an off white head.

S. Sweet malts at first, some grain in the nose. A good dose of citrus.

T. The grapefruit hops come in straight away and then give way to some sweet maltiness. Really well balanced with neither overpowering the other. A pleasant bitterness in the finish. There are some tropical fruit flavours that lend a touch of sweet perfume to the beer.

M. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation.

O. A solid APA that's got it right in all the right places without going OTT. Very drinkable. (549 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (995 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was brought over as a gift during a weekend get together. Excited to try another local brew!

Dug the look on this one in my pint glass. A crisp-clear copper pour with a sudsy head. Left a good amount of streaky lace throughout.

Gettting a sweet, flowery hop scent...a bit of citrus mixed in as well. Certainly a sugary malt aroma as well. Nice.

Taste follows, albeit just a bit mellow. I did like the resiny, juicy feel of this though. Coats the mouth well.

I think these guys are onto something good with the Pale Dog. Thumbs up for another good APA in cans! This drinks well and might be eaiser to handle than SNPA for folks wanting to dip into craft beer. I can't wait to try more Hops and Grains stuff. (716 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of Dusty6467
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (617 characters)

Photo of withliterature
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of brurevu
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

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. (609 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. No canning information available. Poured into a white wine glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy, yellowy, amber color. Full finger of white fluffy head. It's nicely carbonated.

S: I get a good amount of fruity and piney hop aromas. Actually pretty surprised that it smells this nice. I get a little light malt bill behind it.

T: Pretty nice little sip here. I get some nice fruity hops on the tip of the tongue. Then its met in the middle of the mouth by just the right amount of malts to help balance the sip. A dry close here too.

M: It's light leading to medium bodied. Not quite an IPA. (598 characters)

Photo of steelscarab
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color, with a fluffy off-white head. Very puffy, but didn't stick around long, dissipated to a froth. Aroma was lightly sweet, with some caramel and nuttiness, and some slight resinous hop notes. Had a good bitterness to it, finishing clean with a tinge of sweetness. It has a light to medium, creamy body to it. Nice refreshing pale. (353 characters)

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Pale Dog from Hops and Grain Brewery
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