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Pale Dog - Hops and Grain Brewery

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very good

34 Reviews

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 165
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 28.09%
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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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 165
Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Whip In.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of orange citrus notes, with a little bit of biscuit malt. The flavor is similar at first, but there are also some odd notes. I get some orange notes, but there is also a dirty character which makes the beer a bit difficult to drink. There is a decent amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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%

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

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of obrike
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint glass. Hazy orange gold with bubbly, frothy head of off white foam and some lacing. Mild nose of floral hops, citrus, yeast and lightly sweet grains and caramel. Balanced malt, crisp but light citrus, and good bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Overall easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of lnashsig
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of brurevu
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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Photo of omnigrits
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Pale Dog from Hops and Grain Brewery
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