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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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2,222 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,222
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 33
Gots: 172 | 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 chinchill
3.63/5  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

chinchill, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of claytong
2.25/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am not a pale ale guy and since I am not I was a little giving on my ratings. I have not been impressed with Flying Dog. I hardly can get why they differentiate themselves from crappy beer. Maybe the standard is different in Maryland but I would doubt it since I know there's a lot of good beer drinkers on the east coast.
Anyways, I highly suggest staying away from most of their stuff. In heat wheat isn't bad and I've been told the raging bitch is good, so I will check that out and not buy anything else from them.
ive only had one or two american pale ales that id really ever drink again, compared to germany and austria american pale ales just seem watery and tasteless.

claytong, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of mdwalsh
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange, mostly clear beer with some active carbonation and a good two finger, soft looking head. Nothing spectacular, nothing wrong. 4.0

S: A strong smell of orange and flowers wafts up to me from this beer immediately. A closer inspection swings it more towards floral, but there's still a strong grapefruit element to the beer. Maybe a little sharp, but that's ok. 4.0

T: Not as sharp as the aroma, but not as good all around either. It falls a little flat with a blunted floral taste and no citrus whatsoever. It isn't bad, it just isn't good. 3.0

M: Soft, a little creamy, but good carbonation. 3.5

D; Great, I will be drinking this again. 4

mdwalsh, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2010 - so it's a few months out of date. Picked up from my favourite beer specialist a while back as they were selling 2 for 1. I love the Ralph Steadman artwork on all this brewery's labels.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy reddish-amber with good carbonation. Surprisingly dark for a 'pale' ale. Produces a thick, creamy off-white head that lasts for several minutes. A big aroma: lots of pine and floral hop notes with a underlying hint of malty sweetness. Intense.

The taste has a backbone of sweet malt dominated by hoppy flavours. Intense notes of pine and resin; also floral notes and a slight saltiness. A hint of bitterness on the finish, but not nearly as much as the aroma might lead you to expect. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little thin. Mild aftertaste of pine and malt.

A nice beer with plenty of aroma and flavour. If you like aromatic hops then this is for you. The only downsides are that it lacks bite from the hops, and the body is more watery than it could be. Also not sure if it's really a pale ale - the colour is much more amber. However, these are minor flaws. Pick one up if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
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.

Groomsy, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is harsh, dry and somewhat bitter. Its definitely not the better beers from the Flying Dog arsenal. At best this is a mediocre Pale Ale. There are much better options out there. Even on tap, this one didn't deliver very well. I will be hard pressed to choose this one again. I was at a local restaurant with this one, Coors and Miller on draft so I figured to support the local brewery. Sorry I can promote this one further though.

bubseymour, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of gopens44
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle date code 123A11. I haven't a bloody clue what that means. I'm thinking January 23rd, 2011 though now that i think about it.

A - Light amber and basically clear (touch of clouds, could be a little too cold though). Little bit 'o head still clinging around the edges, but otherwise thin.

S - Bitter and a touch flowery. Not much else.

T- Similar to the smell, mainly bitter at first and then a sharp yet tiny bit nutty finish of bitter-time as well.

M - Very much a c=highly carbonated fellow that is of medium body. Finishes a tad dry with a moderate amount of bitter aftertaste.

Not too shabby of a pale ale. Relatively low abv makes this easy to pound a few of.

gopens44, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of BillBuckner48
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Im new to this, but everyone pretty much says the same thing over and over again. I wanna switch it up. I just bought a pick six and this was one of the beers I chose. I saw a review on it in GQ Magazine and loved the fact that it had some Fear and Loathing to it, Pure GONZO! With that being said.. he's my amateur review.

A- its a copper color, a little lighter than that. Its almost like the color of a lake that has been stained by the soil. Its a lively glass, with bubbles endlessly rising.

S- its an organic smell, you can really smell both the hops and maltyness

T- This beers taste is possibly the smoothest of any pale ale Ive tasted.

M- Its lively, but doesnt burn and doesnt get to bitter while you hold it

D- Its VERY drinkable! its almost to drinkable for its own good.. I could toss back far to many of these and before I realize its to late, Im already heaving. But truthfully.. I think it'd be worth it.

This is a wonderful, vibrant Pale Ale.. theres nothing classic about this. Its down right GONZO!

BillBuckner48, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

jlindros, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The color was amber and copper with a thin off white head.

There were aromas of caramel malt and fruity hops.

When I took a sip there was a lemony hop bite followed by flavors of sweet, toasted malt and a biscuity finish.

The beer is very smooth and has a slightly dry finish.

This is a solid pale ale, it's nothing flashy but still a good brew.

JMad, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks amber in color, clear with an inch of bubbly head.

S - Smells piney with a nice bit of sweet malts and grain.

T - Not as dry hopped as I remember so maybe Ruination has got to me. Still at 35 IBU's it makes a decent pale ale with a nice bit of hops and malt base for balance.

M - Pretty light and very drinkable pale ale.

D - For a while I was thinking of getting a case but it just wasn't as good as I remember but would consider getting it again. Aside from Gonzo and Double dog this really is a very nice pale ale.

DrDemento456, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of zackmoney
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic Pale Ale is clear light brown/dark golden color with good head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing. A very malty taste with a bitter/hoppy after taste, but not very hoppy (has it's only 35 IBUs). Mouthfeel is a little rough, but still above what I would say is average. Definitely a very drinkable beer that I plan on having again...and again.

zackmoney, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with little head. Aroma is hoppy and floral- very pleasant as if it were an IPA. Taste is very bitter with a bit of sweetness accompanied with maltiness. Fills the mouth up with flavor, but not enough sweetness or spicyness to balance out the bitterness for me. Goes down kind of rough. Decent beer.

CuriousMonk, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of mbusster88
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper color with some carbonation streaming off the glass. Good off white head that is thin and dissipates. Slightly hazy body that looks very nice.

S: Some caramel barley and malt notes come up right away on this. A fair amount of spice type aroma as well. Some light amounts of hop, but not much.

T/M: First flavor is caramel and malts. I don't get much hop bitterness or profile here, almost all malts. Some light hop flavors but not a large amount. Very malt forward and an overall hop bomb.

D: This one has an ok flavor profile, but its way to malty for my liking. I would not get this one again, and I don't think that I would recommend this one. Not bad, but not really worth the time to me.

mbusster88, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown in color with orangish yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront it had a weird pickle aroma but sniffed out caramel, sweetness from the malts, slight nutty notes and hints of hops.

T: the hops were more apparent on the taste with citrusy, caramel, nutty accents and very mild hop character to it.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy,and slight hoppy bitter finish.

D: it was drinking good but was very light all around; decent pale ale.

Gobzilla, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a nice beige head. Aroma of citrusy piney hops, some fruity esters, and some malt. Taste is same aroma. Palate is medium body with good carbonation. Finish is dominated by citrus piney bitter hops with some dark sweet malts for balance. Overall a good drinkable pale ale.

Samp01, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured cold from the bottle an opaque brown sugar to a dogfish head shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger short lasting tan head leaving nice lace.

aroma of earthy hops and sweet dark malts.

subtle earthy and resinous hops followed by sweet brown sugar malts.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, subtle bitter followed by sweet.

drinkable - yep.

robwestcott, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of pioppo
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber. A light beige foam, so fine with low persistence.

S - Resinous (pine) and herbaceous by hop. Also honey and citric. There is also a note of caramel malt in line with the style..

T - The bitter is predominant and the hop bitterness tends to cover the other flavours.

M - So dry with a light body. The preponderance of bitter is balanced in part by malt. So the effect is not of an unbalanced beer..

D - A very drinkable beer although the bitterness. I like it!!

pioppo, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of gskitt
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rosy amber with thick head, lots of lacing, takes some time for this to recede. Smells of malts and raisin bread, maybe some caramel. Tastes very musty, even earthy. Has some characteristics of being in an oak barrel. A little smoky. Has a bit of a flat mouthfeel, bitter at the end. Drinkable? Go ahead, but this dog don't fly. (For me)

gskitt, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of CPeterson
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -- A deep copper brew that pours into a healthy head and settles into a hefty froth, leaving splotchy lacing.

S -- Citrus and caramel malts, a touch of earth.

T -- Bready malts and citrus tones fade into earthy hop herbaceousness. Very well balanced.

M -- Well carbonated, only lightly drying which is appropriate for the style. Nice.

D -- Very solid brew, fit for the discerning craft drinker without being over the top for the would be.

CPeterson, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a thick white head and tons of lacing. Smells of piny hops and maybe some grapefruit. Tastes much the same. Some citrus, some hops, and maybe a little malts. I like it. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Drinkability is high.

TheKingofWichita, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of shand
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This beer is a hazy amber color, with a fingers worth of fluffy, eggshell head that retains and laces slightly above average. The smell is fairly weak for the style - citrus and hops with a touch of pine is what I get out of it. The taste is a very smooth - yet hop-forward pale, the citrus and hops are really the stars of the show here, along with just a touch of bready malts. There's also a little bit of a fruity aspect here. The bitterness on the aftertaste is masterful - it's just bitter enough to make a presence without effecting drinkability. Well-done.

The mouthfeel as previously stated is extremely smooth, it's perfectly carbonated and medium-bodied. This makes it a very drinkable pale. It's not the best pale ale ever, but it really has it's strengths - it's very easy-drinking and probably a very nice brew to keep on deck. I'd consider keeping six around when it gets warmer outside.

shand, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of beachscrat
4.78/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hardcore chaos art on the 120z. Nice rebellious, "like WTF is this art on the bottle?"

Brilliant clear orange. Single finger of lasting white foam.

Big citrus nose.

Balanced bitter and toasty malt. No caramel, balanced sweet to malt ratio. Dangerously balanced.

Easy to put away a few too many. Besides the alcohol, this one would be an all nighter. Time to call a cab.

beachscrat, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of jwhancher
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with decent head and good carbonation. Head seems to stick around okay.

S: Very subdued for an APA. Very faint hop aroma - perhaps floral hops. Clean malt profile, although characterized mostly by paler malts.

T & M: Rather clean tasting profile (like smell), yet quite bitter in the mouthfeel. Starts pretty bland to which I then get the bitterness of the hops (yet no real hop flavor), then it finishes kind of sweet with a lemon-like citrus flavor in the back. Bottle states 35 IBUs. Wish it had more late hop additions for a fuller hop experience.

D: Seems like a brew I could drink a lot of. At 5.5% ABV, seems like a session beer to me. I only wish it had a stronger flavor profile for me to want a lot of this.

A very unoffensive beer which bodes well for the novice craft beer drinker or one who is not seeking a lot of hops. Not bad, but I think there's better APA's out there.

jwhancher, Jan 12, 2011
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,222 ratings.