Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale

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82
good

2,287 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 39
Gots: 253 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Ratings: 2,287 | Reviews: 997
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a reasonable head that fades to a cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smell is balanced sweet malt and floral hops. Taste is sharply hoppy with a nice bitterness an an underlying maltiness. tastes like an English hop varietal. The flavor falls off sharply at the end, but its pleasant. Crisp mouthfeel, but a little mouthcoating. Nicely drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a mug

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, deep amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted sourdough bread, and biscuits, melded with strong aromas of floral, piney hops. I also get some notes of caramel and black pepper, and a touch of tropical fruit-like citrus.

Taste: Very nice! Strong flavors of toasted malt up front, with notes of freshly baked bread and pretzels, followed by some caramel-like sweetness and finished with some beautifully balanced, piney, slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty effervescent as there is some nice carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, beautifully balanced American Pale Ale. I’ll definitely get some more of this!

Photo of gillagorilla
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (110B15, apparently means it expired 17 days ago!)

A: Copper body with a nice one finger foam head that leaves a bit of lacing and a thin collar.
S: Mild with a slight hint of hopes over the classic pale ale smell, with some nice malt in there.
T: Deliciously malty with a nice hop side to it. Definitely most malts, but has become good in its old age.
M: Solid carbonation that foams up with only the slightest edge of roughness.
O: This must have gotten its second wind after expiring, but the hops are lacking. This probably isn't exactly what they had in mind, but it did have 2015 on the label and it was shiny, clean and had no dust. I've had fresh pale ales that I don't like as much as this though.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this for the first time earlier in the week up at the Cloverleaf. While I like American Pale Ale's a lot, this reminded me more of an ESB because of how it poured and the way the taste resonated with me. That's not to say that this was a bad beer, but it was just underwhelming in a very mellow sort of way.

This had a decent copper hue to the pour, with a moderate head and just enough lacing to be seen but not anything noteworthy. Very strong English bitter presence in the nose, reinforced by the same taste from start to finish. Earthy, somewhat floral, and full of a "darker" citrus tone, this certainly felt like a Pale Ale but not like the West Coast ones that I've become accustomed to. Not feeling like oil or resin, this was more balanced and full-bodied that I would have guessed, but it still went down easily nevertheless.

The alcohol was good and while the carbonation was present, it wasn't enough to detract from the somber taste and feel of this beer. Maybe it was the caramel malts that were a bit out of lace here, but regardless, this was a good example of the style that would be a nice deviation from the more popular takes on this style that are more common. A bit more dry-hopped and full than I would have liked, I'd have this again to take a break from stronger and hoppier versions of an APA.

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

Can find these pretty easily here in Greensboro,I think pretty muan average American pale ale.Kind of a darker orange color medium head that went fast,smelled pretty zesty maybe like a northwestern style pale ale.Taste was fruity and hoppy I would have liked a little more balance.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice orange color with a beautiful head that laced the glass.

Smell – Big floral, citrusy hops is what this bouquet is all about.

Taste – The flavor is just as big as the aroma. The rind ‘n pine tastes are complimented by a plethora of floral hop flavors. The floral hops bring up the rear as well with a wonderful aftertaste that leaves the drinker wanting more.

Mouthfeel – Very light carbonation and dry in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This went down exceptionally well. I’m impressed.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale...Yeah!

A- Smooth pour of light orange hued fluid with a nice head that fell to a dominate rim of tight bubbled lace that followed the glass down.

S- Very floral hoppy scent kills the nose with more lightly pronounced grassy and fresh cut scents are there.

T-M- Taste is amazing for a pale ale... first is the straight forward hop bitterness with the mildly sweet malt backbone of the brew. The point is hops and malt on this one... with great mouthfeel how can you go wrong? Excellent feel with nothing to anger the tongue but a hell of alot of bitterness...

D- Great beer and worth a million pales in one.
Bro approved.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear coppery color with a tight off-white head of about 1/4". Head dissipates to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

S: Modest floral hops come in just ahead of a light layer of caramel malts.

T&M: Excellent pale & caramel malts mostly balance - but not quite. There is a very nice hoppiness that comes through adding flavor without covering up the malts. Not sweet, not dry, just shy of perfect. The moderate body is well accented by the light carbonation. The finish is is clean with a bit of malt but a nice light linger of hops. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable and highly enjoyable. Smooth and easy with solid flavors that hold together. Recommended.

Photo of steelerguy
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color, moderately low carbonation, not a very big head and leaves just a bit of lacing on the top.

S - A touch of caramel malt, some toasted notes, with a faint whiff of citrus hops.

T - Nice malt backbone, sweet caramel malts up front, a bit of bread in there. Some citrus notes, finishing with a nice clean hop bitterness.

M - Moderate body, not too heavy, refreshing.

O - Good pale ale, I still think Sierra Nevada defines the style of APA. In fact, this seem more like an English Pale Ale with an American twist.

Photo of skybluewater
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color. Smells of grapefruit pulp and biscuity malt. Nice, but average. Taste is surprisingly good. It has an (IMO) English-style maltiness, with nice fruitiness, including grapefruit and peach. Mouthfeel is pretty full, just right for a session ale.

All in all, this is a pretty good pale, one I'd definitely buy again. This would be a nice break from SNPA and similar pales, as well as from the bigger beers of the season.

Photo of Todd
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshess date.

Appearance: Pours an impressive orangey/dark amber beer and a very decent creamy foam head with incredible stick and stay. The beer is truck with chill haze though.

Smell: Malty, floral hops and a touch of citrus fruitiness.

Taste: Taste and feel are even, but a bit thin, not in a bad way mind you, but it's still thin. Mega-dextriny (from the Carastan malts?) with a nice hop presence that pulls you gently into its soft Cascade hopland. You can tell that this beer has been dry-hopped. Hops go raw and coarse, citrus salty rind-like. Earthy, woody notes. Thin fruity/grape flavour, followed by a bready malt character that runs into the finish, along with more dextrins.

Notes: I think the name and label has made this beer something more than it is ... it's not the best Pale Ale in the world, just above average IMO, but it certainly does the trick.

Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity bready caramel malts.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some fruits and decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent but uninspiring pale ale.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer starts sweetly malt, bitterness comes with carbonation and dissipates . The beer finishes bitter but very light. This is a great pale ale. I found this to be more refreshing then most east coast pales, slightly less malt and a little more citrus hoppyness.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber color. Decent foamy head. Good retention.

Aromas of bready malts, grassy hops, hint of lemon...nohing too prominent.

Taste is more bready malts and great hop flavors...citrus, pine, grapefruit..but nevery too astringent in mouthfeel. very crisp, delicious, and highly drinkable. a solid pale ale.

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright tawny amber with an impressive head retention, stellar stickage and the foam takes forever to subside. Hell the lace holds to the glass almost all the way down!

Aromatic mix of citrusy hop and buttery diacetyl. More hop in the nose though and fresh at that, this is obvious dry-hopping if you have never had a dry hopped beer before.

Moderate body with a well structured mouth feel. Mouthful of cascade hops, not all bitterness just a heavy hand of citrusy flavour. Bitterness is there and quite ample. Maltiness is underneath with a base of sweet grain that more or less gets clouded out by the fresh hop flavour. Puckering dry finish.

This is perhaps my favourite of the Flying Dog brand and definitely a beer I will be trying to have in the fridge for a nice hop fix here and there.

Photo of tjthresh
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this beer in my fridege left over from my 30th birthday party. The thing that stands out to me is a harsh grassyness from the hops in both the nose and the flavor. The malt come through with caramel, and bready notes. Nothing too special. Just a basic pale ale.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pscho(delic?) labels were drawn by the artist who did the artwork on the books of Dr Hunter S. Thompson(Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas). This pours a clear, copper, amber with a medium sized head that has good retention. Globs of foam lace the glass. Floral hops flood the nose with lilacs, orangerind, and pine. Mouthfeel is alive with carbonation and has a moderate citrus/pine hop bite on the tongue. Taste is grapefruit and pinecone hoppiness, which ride all over the top of the underlying sweet caramel malt. Good balance overall. A very drinkable and crisp Colorado IPA. Try it, you'll like it.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Brazen head in Brooklyn, NY. Pours a nice auburn with tiny bubble, leaving medium amt. of lacing. Nice hop nose, piney, citrus. Smooth malty mouthfeel, nice hop bit tells you this is an american IPA. Citrus, grapefruit, resin. Nice job, nice and fresh --on tap cant be beat!

Photo of fdrich29
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color, very nice head.

Smells of hops, flowers and citrus.

Tastes include hops, citrus, bitterness, malt with a sweet-ish finish.

Smooth but tingly mouthfeel and easy to drink

Wasn't impressed with this one, but I will try another bottle in the near future and update my review if necessary.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: caramel and floral hops

Taste: light toasted malt, caramel, and floral hops

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a distinct bitter backbone.

Overall: A nicely balanced, slightly sweet pale ale. Slightly above average for the style. I could session this, but I could just as easily pass on it.

Photo of badbeer
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a white head that didn't last long, and left specks of lacing. Smell is nice, a good amount of hops in the nose with a sweet malty aroma playing second fiddle. Taste is borderline 4, it's good but after the smell I really expected to be tasting as much as I was smelling, a little disappointed, but still pretty good mind you. A little watery in the mouthfeel, average carbonation and medium body. Pretty drinkable and a nice beer here, I just was left wanting a little more. Try it, it may be just right for you.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is mainly hops with some earthy and resiny hops. The flavor is earthy and resiny hops with low-medium bitterness. The overall flavor is somewhat dirty due to the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a rich, deep orange with about a one finger white head with some surprising stay power

S: all Im catching is floral hops... im guessing cascade, im no expert though. I catch a little malt nose but I wouldn't call it balanced.

T: Its dominated by the hop notes. There is a subtle malty, bread-like note in the background be the hops are definitely are the forefront

M: medium body, a little on the slick side

D: this to me is just okay. I would have liked to see a little more balance out of a pale ale, but then again its doggie style so they can do whatever they want. All and all not bad, it just comes off like a really weak IPA rather than and good pale ale!

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

Presentation: 12 oz. amber bottle with funky Flying Dog Brewery graphics.

Appearance: Honey-colored in appearance, with an off-white head that leaves nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Taste: Very similar to the draft-style serving...hoppy citrus aroma.

Taste: I prefer the taste of the draft version of this beer over the bottled version. It's still a pretty good PA, but with the bottled version, there was a little bit of a metallic (tin-like) flavor that lingered on the palate. I do like the hoppy character of this beer. Just a twang of malt makes an attempt to balance the hops. There is still the earthy/grassy flavor that is different.

Mouthfeel: Like the draft version, this bottled version bubbled and fizzed happily in the glass. Crisp and medium body make for an above average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm still a hop-head, so these beers are my favorites to drink. The hop flavors are not overboard and the ABV make for an easy-drinking brew.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with moderate head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit primarily. Also smells dry and spicy. Somewhat mild, but that is typical of APAs and the smell lasts throughout the entire beer.

Taste: Citrus and grapefruit bitterness, countered by a pretty dry malt balance. Somewhat spicy and peppery.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, a little thin but has a nice firm feel. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable APA. I like that it has almost zero sweetness, which I think makes it more thirst quenching and almost like an English Bitter with American ingredients. Great everyday brew and one of my favorite APAs.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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