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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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2,033 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,033
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 29
Gots: 91 | 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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Photo of NeroFiddled


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep-amber body with orange highlights beneath a creamy cap of off-white that holds well but leaves little lace. The nose delivers an excellent blend of biscuity and caramelish malts and citrusy, piney and floral hops. The body is medium and it's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor bristles with piney and citrusy hops upfront; softens across the middle as more malt comes out; and finishes with biscuity and caramelish malt followed by a solid, lingering bitterness. A decent enough American pale ale that works well with food, but somehow seems to lack the finesse needed to lend it any greater drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 03:21:24 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2007 15:25:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of nickfl


2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Large, rocky white head and an amber body with good clarity.

S - Grainy caramel and some grassy hops.

T - Very grainy, slightly burnt flavor. A bit of caramel, maby a hint of hops... a little sour.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - I must say I am not that pleased with this beer. The flavor is quite unplesant... but at least it looks good.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 04:45:51 | More by nickfl
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 23:36:59 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Jason


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 16:27:51 | More by Jason
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 01:14:46 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of drabmuh


3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 05:46:14 | More by drabmuh
Photo of russpowell


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 04:16:37 | More by russpowell
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West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 05:37:26 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Slatetank


3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up in the shock and awe pack enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.

The color is deeply hazed amber with a off white cream cap and fine bead with spotty lace pattern. The smell has a lot of citrus and grapefruity aromas with mild lemon rind odor. The malt sweetness is noticeable in the aroma. The feel is very good with a moderately high amount of bitterness with medium carbonation and gentle malt sweetness providing a foundation for the mildly dry and bitter finish.

The taste has a slight pine bitterness from the hops with mild malt sweetness in the flavor which adds a slight caramel contrast to the light lemon zest flavor combined with the grapefruit aspect the hops add to the light fruity yeast element. The taste tapers to a more dry and bitter hop flavor in the final sips but is pretty balanced in general leaving a lingering hop acidity on the backside. Overall this is great - more of a west coast Pale in the sense it focuses more on hops and is a small version of the IPA in their repertoire, but juicy citrus and enjoyable drinkability for me -I like the freshness and would purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 00:02:32 | More by Slatetank
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 18:07:41 | More by WesWes
Photo of jlindros


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light fizzy head over mostly clear amber toasty orange color.

Nose light aromatic hops, bit of spicy hops, grassy, very light malts.

Taste light grassy and spicy hops, decent bitterness, light malty base, bit of bitterness ranking on the finish, light dry finish, light sticky malty taste on the finish too.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Drink is decent, light overall, bit of a sticky finish but dry, bitterness ramps and almost gets astringent but not quite.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:16:54 | More by jlindros
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 04:08:09 | More by Mora2000
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-22-2014 04:55:49 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 19:38:14 | More by mdfb79
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very standard beer, but amazingly sessionable. i will give it good marks for that. smells like caramal malts and hearty bread. plenty more hops in the flavor than the nose, on the piney, earthy end of the spectrum. amber malt middle and a majorly crisp finish. this would be an excellent pale ale for the summer, ice cold right from the bottle. mouthfeel is very liberally carbonated and finishes clean, lighter for an american pale ale. better than average

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 05:43:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 17:43:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 02:58:41 | More by jwc215
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-22-2011 17:56:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Halcyondays


3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 08:04:53 | More by Halcyondays
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United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 19:37:08 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 21:19:42 | More by smcolw
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 20:03:58 | More by Gavage
Photo of GClarkage


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 18:57:02 | More by GClarkage
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with a classic pressure cap served into a Westvleteren 12 mini-goblet in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of fair cream and thickness, and nice retention. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Bittering, hops, nicely full barley, and light malt. A moderate strength scent.

T: Slight cream on the open, a light bittering hop climax, and a decent light malted barley finish. Pretty simple, but nicely built. Off balance outright.

Mf: Coarse and wet, though the coarseness is overdone and unwelcome for the flavours. Not complementary of the taste to any extent.

Dr: A decent price, but relatively low ABV. Decent quality and moderate drinkability. It's sort of worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 08:03:49 | More by kojevergas
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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