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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale

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1,931 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1931
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-17-2001)
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a nice looking burnt amber/copper color with some hints of gold and orange when held to the light. A one-finger head of rocky foam tops the beer, but disappears pretty quickly. Some carbonation bubbles rise to the top at first but disappear pretty quickly. Decent lacing and sip rings, but it's not leaving lines and patterns down the glass. About normal for a pale ale of this style, but I do like the color.

Smell: The nose on this is pretty clean, almost a little too subdued for a pale ale. Some floral hops pop out immediately, accented by small hints of pine and citrus in the back. Definitely has a more hoppy smell to it; maybe there's just a TAD of malt sweetness in the back, but just for the sake of balance if nothing else. Well-done overall, a little hoppier than I expected.

Taste: Lots o' hops is the order of the day. At first you get a lot of the citrus characteristics, very raw; almost too coarse for its own good, but still delicious. Very light malty base with the taste of bread crusts in the middle, but it's vague and under-pronounced. The beer finishes with a dry, raw sensation of floral hops and hints of pine which lingers for a while. Very nice overall, but lacking some balance. The hoppiness is hardly overwhelming, though. It just sticks around for a while, like that guy that makes awkward conversation...

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated body gives it a fairly slick and medium-thin feel in the mouth. The hops, probably from dry-hopping, leave a big, lingering, sticky finish.

Drinkability: The hops make this a pretty puckering beer, especially in the finish; but overall, it's a good thirst quencher, good for warmer weather. Definitely not sessionable for its bitterness, but a very solid example of the APA style.

This is the only beer I've had from Flying Dog so far, but this solid. Very solid example of an APA, probably a good intro for those looking to get into the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 22:15:34 | More by Groomsy
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New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a brilliantly clear medium golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Aromas of earth and caramel and little else. The favor is sweet with bready caramel malt and hints of earthy hop to balance. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent brew, drinkable, maybe a lawnmower beer, nothing horribly exciting and no bottle dating.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance- beautiful amber color with a slight hue of red.

Smell- wonderful smell hops that is not overly done.

Taste- at first the taste is almost non existent but then not even a second later a wave of hops (that is not over baring and wonderful for a pale ale) roles over the tounge.

Mouthfeel- a look little more carbonated than you would expect from such a great brewery but none the less it still feels right.

Overall, this beer is a perfect example of what a good pale ale should be. Well worth the 11 bucks for a 6 pack.


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S - Earthy, herbal hops. Dough-like malt.

T - Well-balanced. Grassy, earthy hops offset with caramel, toasted malts. Bitterness ends the taste.

M - Medium to slightly heavy for a Pale Ale. Same with the carbonation. Coats the mouth and tongue.

O - First time I've had anything from Flying Dog. I don't know why I always overlook them. Anyway, this is a fine pale ale. Glad to have tried and I will seek out others from this brewery.

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A- gold, copper, amber hue. Semi- clear/cloudy (even 20 min. after pouring into tulip). Decent vanilla white head, disappeared quickly but left a healthy foam lace that remained for a good bit.

S- nothing that jumped out immediately/obviously. Faint lemon and grass notes.

T- very light, lemony, grass taste. Nothing to strongly praise or pan. Will be helped greatly if accompanying food/meal.

M- light (to medium, at most). No strong/obvious impressions, otherwise.

O- this beer? So so. Most of the stuff I drink, that I don't love, would still far outweigh the mass produced crap. In here, compared to the better stuff, I'd leave this one alone. But, don't ignore the rest of Flying Dog's offerings. This is a strong producer of excellent craft beers (i.e. Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, Gonzo Imperial Porter, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, In Heat Wheat). And, an outstanding experience if you visit the brewery for a tour followed by the post tour visit to the tasting room. Go!

Cheers all!

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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