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Pale Dog - Hops and Grain Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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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 omnigrits
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of gnaztee
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tgeorgf
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TheStashRide
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of jwff
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of afluentturtle
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Davideo
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jeisemann26
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of matthewwarner
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of thugherman
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of CheChe
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of brm300
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of greid
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ctwinne
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kevinscott
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Pesci
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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 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 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 backphish
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of genitempo
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of pauldevay
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of withliterature
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.

Pale Dog from Hops and Grain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.