Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,287 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 39
Gots: 251 | 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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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Well, not that pale... Pour is hazy orange whlie the off-white creamy head slowly sets into great lacings.

S: Sweet bisquity malt, balanced American hops; both floral and bitter. Obvious, but well in balance with the malt. Citric and piney.

T: Sweet caramell malt together with nice hops; both bitter but also floral; lemon, grapefruit and pineapple. Well balanced.

M: Long, fantastic bitter aftertaste. Body is medium on the fuller side, while carbonation is smooth and modest.

O: This was a very nice beer; obvious American hops, but in great balance with the hops - usually the hops overpowers the malt, but in this beer the balance is great.

Photo of DOCALYN
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A truly enjoyable ale good mouthfeel nice hoppiness. Flying Dog brews are all very good and this ale is no exception. Available in 12oz,22oz bottles and on tap.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice amber beer with a white head. It screams hops as you pour it in a glass. It has a nice citrusy, floral nose and a bit of sweet malts in the background. The flavor profile is the same... Tons of hops that cover up a bready maltiness. I am impressed by this Pale Ale and it is definitely fighting for room in my refrigerator.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an off white 2 finger head on top of an orange-ish copper colored beer. The head quickly dies down to sparse bubble around the edge of the glass and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma is mainly of hops (Cascade?) with slight hints of citrus and flowers.

The flavor of this one hits you with hops and then becomes nicely balanced with malty flavors and finishes off with another hit of hops

The hops and malt dance around your tastebuds in an amazing way. This is a well balanced beer with a light/medium body with slight carbonation.

All around well balanced and delicious i wish this was my everyday drink

Photo of jenama
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like I could drink this beer all nite. This American pale ale is very true to the style and overall an excellent beer. The taste is delicious and it's extremely drinkable. Comparing it to an Serra Nevada I say its less hoppy but more drinkable. It's brewed local to me and I'll guarantee it will become a new favorite.

Photo of TravelingBeerMug
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful bronze color out of the bottle with a rich tan head that doesn't go away completely, and leaves extensive lacing.

S: Doesn't have an exceptionally strong smell to me. I noticed some flowery hop aroma.

T: Sweet and hoppy at the same time, and a toasty flavor.

M: The carbonation is just right. There is a fairly strong aftertaste and stickyness left in the throat.

D: I could sit and drink a few of these over some good conversation. Overall, I think this is one of the very best American Pale Ales available.

Photo of CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured amber / orange color with a nice creamy 1/2 inch head, smells malty and hoppy; lacing didn't last as this beer went down quick. Smooth with medium carbonation and good hop flavor that mixes malt and caramel with a grassy finish; very well balanced and easy to drink; had a few ice cold and thought it was a great beer!

Photo of JamesS
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mid-copper color with some very nice head and decent lacing. Has a great citrus hop scent; fills the nose, but still with a bit of malty thickness to it. Great taste, a wonderfully bitter beer without being too much; as bitter as possible while still being a very quaffable, near session ale. Flying Dog makes some wonderful pale ales.

Photo of Dmorrison
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent taste of crystal (or darker) malts, followed by a classic pale flavor, and finished with two distinct, mild hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is excellent, like a bottle conditioned beer.

I usually hate pale beers, but I love this complex drink.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/29/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a dense, medium-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, caramelized malts and a strong burst of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong hops bitterness and a hearty malt character. There’s just the right amount of sweetness as well. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, I could certainly drink this beer for a very long time.

Photo of donmonkey1
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice amber color with a two-finger thick whitish/tan head that laces nicely. The head receeds a little fast. The carbonation is good.

Smell: Fruity hops, very nice

Taste: Fruity/citrus hops, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lack of carbonation.

Nice blend of malt and fruity hops. This is an excellent classic pale ale that totally satisfies.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, 10/22/08
Reviewed as an American Pale Ale
Reviewed 10/22/08, bottle > tapered bottom mug.
cals = 179 p12ozs, bottle states 5.5% ABV, IBU as 60, BA says 5.35%ABV

A 4.5- Good head and retention, medium to dark caramel/toffee color
S 4.0 - Floral to citrus hop notes on a malty backbone, hops dominant,
malt aroma is in background, nice aroma balance
T 4.5 VERY VERY balanced on taste for an APA, hops are present but dance nicely with the malts
MF 4.0 Good solid balanced carbonation, medium+ on body,
not dominance on finish, very smooth for an APA
D 4.5 Excellent APA for a session beer. I really really dig this one. Pale Ales have started to grow on me and this one would be a leader in the pack.

Thanks to CurtDoggYo! for the tasting sponsorship during our brew session!

Photo of kelticblood
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome looking appearance.Wondefrul color with a nice pour delivered by a froaming white head.The color is clear amber with bubbling carbonation.A well-balanced aroma of hops and malt.Spotty traces of white lace left.Well-balanced taste also,with the hops,bitterness,and malt all equal in taste.A sweet lemon and honey taste that goes down smooth.Accompanied by a crisp mouthfeel.High drinkability percent with this above average Pale Ale.This one surprised me.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle adorned with the work of Ralph Steadman.

Appearence--nice deep amber hue with good head retention.

Smell--Exactly what I expect from a pale ale.

Taste--Nice balance of malt and hops, I really couldn't ask for much more.

Mouthfeel--Not too thick, not too thin, just right.

Drinkability--I'll have another!

Notes--not quite up there with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, but it's pretty good.

Photo of mshallah
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with Ralph Steadman label art. Looks cool giving you that gonzo vibe. Pours amber with a very light-tan head that's got good lacing. Orange-mint and spruce in the hoppy aroma. A very fresh sample. Malt sweetness aroma backs it all up nicely. Juicy fruit malt and salty caramel sweetness with all the hops you could want in a pale ale; orange, slight grapefruit, lemon iced-tea, pine and spruce. Dry hopped well to make for an aromatic flavor profile. Medium body with medium smoothness makes for a great session beer. Brewed in Denver, CO for the west and Frederick, MD for the east to almost guarantee a fresh sample coast to coast. Love this brewery.

Photo of Madigan
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drink quite a lot of US pale ales but this one struck me as slightly more impressive than most (which is saying something). It pours a very attractive copper colour with a decent head and killer lacing. The taste is the real revelation, though. It's got the same citrus hop tang as a whole range of other ales, but none of the sweetness that takes a bit of the gloss of the likes of Sierra Nevada and Goose Island. It has a spicy bitterness that make it the ideal thirst-quencher after a day's work. This is a highly refreshing, full flavoured beer and, as a bonus, it's abv is low enough for you to happily sink them all night.

I liked the Hunter S. Thompson association as well - he was an uneven writer but at his best (as in Hell's Angels) he's one of the greats.

Photo of canucklehead
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just arrived in BC. liqour stores and I must say that this is truly a hoppy pale ale that tastes like an IPA. The head is big and long lasting and the colour is dark gold but the real pleasure is to be found in the fantastic PNW hop nose. The beer tastes big and bold but with balance and finesse. I see this as a classic example of what makes New World Pale Ales a hoppy delight.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful honey color with a one inch frothy white head, decent amount of carbonation and lacing are prevalent. smell is great, spicy hops dominate while a bit of orange citrus is hidden. taste is awesome, i don't know if its just cause i worked 13 hours but i'm in love with this. very full, rich and warm, awesome taste all around, the hops just slightly overpowers the malt and i like it. drinkability and mouthfeel are both good. another good brew from flying dog

Photo of Shaw
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As my friend Alec said, this beer smells like a bag of hops. If you don't like that I suggest you try something else. For those BeerAdvocates who are hopheads, drinking this ale is like coming home.

I would guess that this ale isn't very bitter. Maybe 50 IBU or less? I just checked their Web site to see if I was right but they don't list the bitterness units. Bummer.

The aroma hops are fantastic. This ale is makes up in aroma what it lacks in bitterness. It is very heavy on the hops, in case I haven't made that clear. I'm very pleased that Flying Dog says this ale is "dry hopped with a 'shit-load' of Cascade hops ..." If you know Cascade hops, you can tell they're in this beer.

I highly recommend this ale.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/ruby color with a thin head. It has a nice bitter "bite" to it but it's not overwhelming. Some citrus fruit with a hint of some darker fruit, maybe plum? Weird, I know. I couldn't defiantly drink a few of these over the course of a night.

Photo of BeerYoss
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This beer LOOKS refreshing. clear light amber color. the head pours big and leaves excellent lacing the whole way down.

Smell - Citrusy hops. You can definitely smell what is coming.

Taste - distinct bitter grapefruit hops but not overwhelming. there are some other subtle flavors in there but are mild; they complement the hops though. They help with the finish.

Mouthfeel - just a touch of carbonation at the tip of the tongue. has a very light feeling in the mouth.

Overall - Really hits a sweet spot for a pale ale in my opinion. Light and refreshing. Just the right amount of hops. and complementary flavors to round it out.

Photo of rodney45
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very warm copper with a quickly dissipating coconut flesh colored head that leaves little lace on the glass.

S: Underwhelmed by the aroma of this beer. Malty through and through, with a subtle tone of citrus hops.

T: A clear balance of all players involved. This beer has surprised me all of a sudden. On sight and smell i was like, nah... but i have been proven wrong once again. Distinct notes of cinnamon, but ever so slight, that one wouldnt realize. Hops are a wonderfully balanced mild citrus, and ever so melodic is the dance of crystal malt and toasted grains on the tounge. After-taste is on the dry side, which is fitting, because i wish i had bought more than one of these to rate.

M: Ever so slightly carbonated. Smooth, sessionable, and sultry.

O: I pray to you, only drink this beer at a slightly chilled temperature. It is a magnificent example of the style.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #28
Served On: 8/9/2011
Glassware: Pint

This one was from the 2011 Alpha Collection mixed pack.

Look: Poured a rich copper color. Mostly clear with tinges of yellow around the edges. Head was a healthy 2 fingers of thick foam - A very inviting beer.

Smell: I first noticed a spicy hop with a subdued sweetness. After a few more whiffs there was a clean honey sweetness that reminded me of their Snake Dog IPA.

Taste: Bitter spice upfront – then the sweetness from the nose. The middle had a juiciness that was quickly washed away by a dry aftertaste. This beer could almost remind you of Dale’s Pale Ale, but without the intense salty bitterness.

I have to admit, I work right down the road from Flying Dog’s brewery in Frederick, so I'm totally biased here – but with good reason. They do have exceptional offerings that hold up to some of the best crafted brews out there.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really torn betwen 4.0 and 4.5 on smell taste and mouthfeel. As the beer wamrs up, I lean towards 4.5 for taste and 4 for mouthfeel.

Appearance: clear amber color with a nice initial head that is 2 fingers thick and a good retention

Smell is of cascade hops that overpower the pale and caramel malts underneath.

Taste: mildly sweet upfront with pale malts and caramel malts. This is followed by a strong cascade hop bitterness.. The malting on this beer balances well witht he hopping, this is followed by an alcohol flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with malts that cling well to the palate.

Drinkability: A good pale ale. I wasn't crazy about certain flying dog stuff, but this is a good beer.

Photo of Lacesoutcody
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a wonderful pale ale, great look (a medium amber color)

smell was of pine and hops, with notes of grapefruits and citrus.

the lacing and head were great, sticking along the glass for a good while.

mouthfeel was pleasant, crisp and striking, while not being overpowering.

same for the taste, very hoppy without going overboard, notes of citrus and pine culminating near the end of the sip.

Drinkability was excellent, and would love to drink again.

it even has a leg up on sierra nevada in my opinion!

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,287 ratings.