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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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986 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 986
Hads: 2,313
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 19.51%
Wants: 39
Gots: 288 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Reviews: 986 | Hads: 2,313
Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice rocky white to amber head with good head retention

Body was amber to light orange in appearance.

Smell: Good hop nose with hints of pepper

Tasted spicy with hints of orange on the tounge a just little more to balance this would've been preferable.

The body could be a bit thicker, but a nice summer time drink. Liked the drinkablity.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazed amber with a crème head. Minor earthy nose. Flavor is earthy as well with a nice leafy edge. Feel is well bodied on liquid. Carbonation is full and bites just a little bit. A nice drinker. Smooth and a bit edgy with an earthy quality.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/24/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, biscuit, floral, and light pine. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, biscuit, floral, and light pine. Slight floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, caramel, biscuit, floral, and light pine on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of hop and malt flavors; with good robustness of flavor and no cloying present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Nice balance of hop and malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, every once in awhile a beer creeps up on you this one sure did to me. Not expecting anything maybe cause I have never heard great things about Flying Dog, but regardless let's set the record straight here this is a good beer. Appears a copper amber tone with an off white cream colored head which leaves ample arrays of even lacing around my pint. Aromatics oh so nice buttered hop aroma with the pine scented earthy variety very nice definitely appeals to my sense of smell. Flavor is hoppy bit not a bitter unappealing hoppiness, perfect blend of the floral citrus hops mixed with a silky smooth sweetness that has texture and adds a warming quality to the brew. Mouthfeel is completely smooth and buttery with this medium bodied excellent pale ale. Oh yes the drinkability factor is kicked up a few notches because it hits me right at every angle of the beer nothing turns me off from wanting another one of these lucious nectars very good session brew I would like to have on cask.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz served in pint glass. (revisited March 2013)

Lovely orange/amber color, slightly hazy, with a substantial off-white head that lasts a while. Loads of visible carbonation.

Aroma has a nice mix of citrus hops and lightly toasted malt.

Taste is fairly typical for style, with substantial hop flavor over a malt background. Nice finish.

M - a bit rough (2011) -vs. nicely smooth with medium body, if a touch watery (2013); Medium carbonation.

Decent, but not up to yesterday's pale ale: a New Belgium Mighty Arrow

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber in color and clear. Nice lace, thin head

Beautiful florally hop bouquet. This has a very fresh smell to it: a little caramel and pale malt with (I believe) fuggles hop.

Stong hop flavor on the initial taste...this lingers throughout, including the aftertaste, although it dies fairly quickly after the swallow. While the malt is there (this is full bodied), it is very dry, making this hoppy beer similar to an IPA without the alcohol.

This is a very good pale ale. I'd love to try it in a flight of pale ale to see where it would place. I believe I'd put this near the top.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 08/20/11 notes. Had on tap at Iron Horse in Washington, DC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber coloor with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light fruity malts, and pale bready malts. Not bad but not a ton going on. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light citrus hops, pale malts, and bready malts. A little more fuirt and citrus than the nose, and a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average pale ale. Not a lot going on in the nose, but not bad at all. Wouldn't seek it out again but worth trying once.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, frothy head, amber color. Aroma: full-on citrus, and precious little else. Smooth, easy-drinking, and, dammmit, if I can ever think of anything else to recommend this one by. It's fine, and forgetabble, and it's got that great Ralph Steadman art going for it...sigh...it's okay...I geuss...

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Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mirky reddish copper with a creamy, ivory head. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell of caramelish sweetness is almost immediately overcome by leafy/herbal, citric bitterness.

The taste is of leafy and herbal. Citrus comes through, but with a bit of plastic. A bready notes, perhaps it's the yeast strain, pulls through a bit. Some caramelish malt is there, but I can't say it balances it out. I like hoppy beers, but something of this bitterness doesn't sit so well with me.

The body is odd - both thick and watery at the same time. Lingering bitterness sits in the mouth.

There is something that bothers me about this, yet, for all that it does have a decent drinkability. In the long run, though, it's pretty forgettable. And, with so many choices in this style, I can't say that this one has anything about it I would choose it over so many others.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a shaker pint, beer is amber and clear with a thin head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, hop candy.

Beer is thin, grainy on the finish, a little dry, mild hop character. Not a great APA but decent, other than the aftertaste just an OK beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes:

A: Pours a light amber color with a small white head. Quick dissipation, left a ring of foam around the edge. Weak lacing.

S: Light citrus hops, slightly floral. More so, there is bready malt and a little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, some light citrus hops upfront, a little but grassy too. More caramel than the aroma and it retains the bready/doughy malt component.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Average, not bad at all, but nothing spectacular. Could easily put these down while relaxing, but with so many other options out there, I would probably pass.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light amber with great, foamy head and nice retention. Smells hoppy with a floral aroma. Taste is a malty sweetness and solid floral hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is light and smooth.

Overall, not a bad APA. I do appreciate the hops coming through as they did. I prefer my APAs hoppier vs maltier. I will probably have this again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/light amber color. The head comes strong and finishes with a pretty lace. The aroma is of hops and nothing else. The smell is floral and pleasant. The taste is not bad. There's a nice hoppy flavor and a bit of malty richness to it. The beer goes down smooth, but is far from light. There is a medium body here. It's a good drinking beer, but not a gusler. You need to take time to enjoy this one. One of their better brews.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/11/08- Purchased at Piazza's in San Mateo,CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a code on the bottom right of the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber in color with a one inch plus some head. Head maintains a good 1/4 of and inch for a while. Leaves nice patchy lace.

Smell- Really soft nose. Some toasted malty notes as well as some light pine and grapefruit scents.

Taste- Super rounded pale ale here. Neither the malt or the hops take initiative. Both are tasty, but neither are phenomonal. Heavy toasted caramel malt hits first with a lingering pine needled hop taste to follow and end.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Session beer for sure. Well rounded, quenching and tasty. Wondering why I didn't try this earlier.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local trader, tone77, and I did another pick-up/drop-off the other day and this time our roles were reversed - I dropped off while he was at work. More bottles for me to keep the numbers aligned with The CANQuest (TM). So be it!

From the bottle: "Dogs have it figured out. They sleep all day, lick themselves and eat everything but veggies. Be more like the more enlightened species in your house by sipping this classic Pale Ale with its perfect balance of smooth malt and crisp hops. Everyone likes to finish their day with a little Doggie Style."; "Good people drink good beer. - Hunter S. Thompson"

I was anxious to get started, so my pour was pretty aggressive, resulting in just over a finger of dense, light-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was simply filled with piney hops and I flashed back to last night when the young woman I was meeting stated that she would drink anything that was not too hoppy. People's awareness is astounding. This also had a nice amount of underlying malt sweetness, but I was ready for some hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant intermingling of piney hops and caramel sweetness in the mouth. It makes me wonder why I have not had Flying Dog beers in a while since I generally enjoy them. Finish was more bitter than sweet and I felt much better than I did after my previous beer today.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funny that I have never reviewed this beer, guess it slipped certainly have had plenty of it, so off we go into a nonic pint glass.

Really beautiful copper an clear amber on the pour here, nearly crystal clear body too. Head forms three fingers and off white in color clinging well with some ok retention, and some minor lacing also. Pretty great looking.

Nose is small toasty brown sugar, and malts. Subdued and buried, nice but kind of closed. A little soft biscuity too.

Hop angle seems quite prevalent on first sip. Bitterness fills the mid palate but with a very wet sensation. Not much sweetness of the malt, but finish brings a little of that toasted brown sugar hinted from the nose. Lingering of the hop is quite big, piney, but also very flat mouthfeel and some carbonated soda action.

Overall it's a hoppy toast brew, but it's just too wet and watery to carry everything. Not that great unfortunately.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber / orange color witha medium sized head that produces nice lacing. The aroma is good, as full floral and fruit tones are easily detected. The flavor is slightly unbalanced based on the aroma, since the malt is dominant here over the hops. A mellow honey flavor is also picked up by the tongue.

This pale ale has a mellow finish and little aftertaste. Definitely drinkable, but the flavor is somewhat dull compared to the aroma picked up by the nose. Overall a decent pale ale, but the hop level needs to be a bit higher.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber color, topped by a tan head. There is a hoppy slightly piney, slightly citrusy aroma. There is a hint of malt under the hoppy aromatics as well. Nicely bitter up front in the mouth. There is a light maltiness in the finish. The beer is a bit too cold at first, so I warm it up for a bit. The hop flavor is a mix of piney, & orange/ citrusy. Finishes with a good pale ale level of bitterness. There is an after taste here that I cannot quite pin down, it is part of the hop flavor. Perhaps a hint of menthol in the finish, along with a bit of grassy hop flavor. This is a good solid example of an American Pale ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the YardHouse, on to the beer:

Indeed, this is the classic APA. Copper color, a fruity nose with a mild hop scent, a taste of hop flowers, mixed fruits, a pinch a caramel, a good all-around balance, and a clean finish. All this makes an easy drinking brew with enough flavor to make you want another one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, I've never really been impressed by any of Flying Dog's regular lineup until now. This is a very solid pale ale, it's just a little thin. There's nice soapy lacing and an amber body. The aroma is nice and strong with citrus and floral over mellow caramel. The flavor is more of the same, but the malt falls off a little early, and like I said, the body feels thin. Other than that, its a nice hoppy, yet light session ale.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a small white head with good retention, no lacing.

S: Malty for a pale ale, with a hint of herbal hops.

T: Caramel malt up front, real close to an amber ale. Hops give a flavour of grass, grapefuit, and light mint.

S: Medium-bodied, has a light alcohol bite to it, resiny.

D: A solid pale ale, middle of the road for the style. Not something to seek out, but drinkable in a pinch.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first ever beer from Colorado, let alone Flying Dog. Don't ask how much I paid for it, I'll only start crying again.

Brown 12 Fl Oz bottle, drank a few days before it was out of date. My bottle claimed only 4.7% ABV, have they lowered the brews strenght?

I poured it into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

Looked good, ruddy brown redish colour with a light biege head. The beer wasn't clear, nor was it cloudly, a kind of misty hue to it. Loads of very small bubbles rise through the beer to stock up the head, which shrinks slowly towards the liquid below it.

Hops and more hops at first, then a sweeter, toffee, caramel and malty aroma arrived. Then as the beer warmed sour fruits turned up within the smell.

The taste was dry and hoppy as I expected.

The flavours stay for a while in the mouth, but there is just a little to much carbonisation for me, it is almost fizzy and I am sure after a couple a headache would appear.

Can't say I loved it, but as a taster for my other 8 Colorado beers, not bad.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.