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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,129 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,129
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 30
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
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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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

09-27-2012 01:20:00 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty underwhelming with some malt and herbal hop aromas. Taste is also pretty average with a basic malt and herbal hop combo. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average pale ale in my opinion and I am not very impressed by this one.

03-02-2012 16:47:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-13-2011 21:55:51 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%

First time having the new recipe. On tap at Big Hunt.

Pours a hazy copper color. Ok carbonation with a thin layer of off white head.

Smell of caramel malts and sweet hops. Citrus and floral notes come through.

Flavors come through more than the smell lets on. Not as bitter as I expected for a pale ale, but refreshing. I get zero roastiness that others describe from the bottle.

Creamy up front, but the bitterness never develops on the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer, not great. Didn't notice a big change in recipe, but I don't think the changes hurt it.

05-20-2013 22:11:28 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a thin off white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with a little bit of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some fruity flavors; there are some hints of toasted malts and sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather refreshing and quite sessionable.

11-10-2010 04:30:48 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +8%

Rich orange-amber with the barest hint of red. The medium-sized head is ecru in color and is acceptably dense. There's a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace; nothing special in that department. Classic Cascade hop aroma, a little more subdued than I'd like, but not bad. Two parts grapefruit to one part bitter orange peel.

Enjoyable flavor. It's pretty hard to screw up a Cascade-hopped pale ale if it's brewed with enough ingredients, but some brewers still manage to do it. This is a pretty decent version. It's on the hoppy side, but doesn't even sniff the 'shit-load of hops' designation that Flying Dog claims on their web site.

No one with even an average hop tolerance need fear this beer; no amount of palate abuse will result from its consumption. The malt backbone is merely adequate for the style. If anyone needs yet another description of Cascade hop flavor: brightly bitter grapefruit zest and pine sap. I happen to love Cascade; your mileage may vary.

I haven't been all that impressed with Flying Dog in the past, but this beer and their Scottish Porter are worthy of occasional purchases.

08-31-2004 16:30:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a small head that I thought would disappear but decided to hang around for awhile, leaving some lacing

Smell: Surprisingly malty with a caramel tone to the nose with some hoppiness in the background

Taste: Starts out sweet and herbacious with a strong caramel flavor that lasts well through the finish; some grapefruit appears early and hangs around to the finish, providing a nice balancing effect

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little slick; modest carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, and if I were seeking an amber, I might like this better; as an APA, it has its demerits

10-03-2005 21:02:14 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-21-2013 20:58:23 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-06-2014 06:03:10 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle: Poured a medium red colored beer with a nice head with medium retention. Aroma is quite nice with floral hops. Taste is even nicer with a hops heavy taste leaving a quite important bitter finish. Could have profited of more spice and a bit less hops; I believe taste would have been more subtle and complex. I find this to be very similar to North Stock Red Seal Ale. I’m still looking forward to trying more products from the Flying Dog Brewery.

07-15-2004 14:41:08 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

One of the classic APA's. Looks golden to orange and pours a loose knit head. High carbonation and descent head retention. Smells nicely blended of hops and malt. Slight spicyness in the nose. Tastes well balanced with the flavoring hops and sweet malts. Caramelly and crisp. Bittering hops increase through the body. Finishes bitter and tart without drying. A good thirst quencher. Bold enough to stand in any season.

06-29-2005 20:21:38 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

Decent pour with a very light and very clear pale golden yellow. Nice head of white then rises up around this forming a two inch head that quickly and completely fades leaving behind a broken crown that had some decent lacing around the sides.

Aroma is quick again and clean. Light hops are totally balanced against a nice malty bill. Nice bread and grain notes, hints of lemon and pine and a clean refeshing taste. Light touch of corn like flavor in the finish before a quick dash of hops dries it out and gets in the last word.

02-25-2011 21:56:50 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

On-tap at Newport Beach Brewing Co.

A: Pours a light, golden amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with plenty of hops. Grass and citrus are evident, especially an orange peel type aroma. A very green nose, perhaps some pine in there too. A touch of brown sugar and a fair amount of bread.

T: Big orange peel flavor on the front end and the grassy hop character carries over to the palate. A slight pine note which provides a decent amount of bitterness. Plenty of malt flavor to this one with bread, toffee, and a small bit of caramel.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: The bitterness became a touch abrasive after awhile which detracted from my enjoyment.

03-27-2011 00:32:15 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-04-2011 23:23:25 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-25-2012 01:45:00 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-16-2012 06:40:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-08-2013 00:46:44 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

A: 3 finger frothy head leaving lots of lace. Nice amber with crimson hues.

S: Malt, maybe some floral and sweet caramel notes.

T: Sweet malt and some caramel. Very light on the hops. Vanilla notes.

M: Light to medium bodied. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable beer. "safe" in a way with nothing memorable in either a good or bad way.

08-24-2011 22:28:12 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of dry, toasty biscuits and citrus with just a hint of caramel.

Taste: Mild, unassuming biscuit malt flavor with a just a bit of caramel sweetness. Light citrus hops. Fairly mild bitterness accentuated by the carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's not exactly what I'd call a "classic". Then again, "okay" doesn't look as good on a bottle label.

12-27-2007 21:44:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-16-2013 15:57:30 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

This beer poured out with a nice looking copper color with a thin white head on top. The head leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was malty and hoppy, pretty well balanced I'd say. The taste of the beer had a good sweetness upfront that fades into a dry finish. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty good, plenty of carbonation to it and a drinkable body as well. Overall this brew was nice, I can't really say too much about it in a bad way. It's a good drinkable brew.

12-01-2011 04:16:47 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

03-21-2003 17:09:34 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Finally getting around to reviewing this guy. It pours a clear bronze topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, mandarin orange, light cantaloupe, and mild caramel. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, grass, orange rind, very light caramel, and a touch of musty wheat. The bitterness near the finish is a bit harsh, and the musty wheat that follows doesn't help matters much. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty wet feel. Overall, an okay pale ale, but too strong on the obtrusive bitterness for my liking.

07-21-2011 23:21:52 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber hue with a 1 finger head. Highly carbonated. It left lacing as I drank it down.

S - Hops!!! Wow, it really is an overpowering hop aroma. There is a fainy grassy smell to it, as well.

T - It is very hoppy (not as strong as it smelled). It also has a good malt flavor.

M - It is light bodied and very crisp.

D - It is drinkable, but the hop flavors may overpower anything that you try to eat with it.

07-25-2006 00:53:45 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-29-2011 22:15:24 | More by JAHMUR
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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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