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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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2,257 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,257
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 208 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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 Holland
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice head on this. Lacing replenishes itself with each sip. Light golden brown, darker than expected.

S: Best part of the beer - the malt, hops, and citrus come out in a balanced blend.

T: Meh. Some malt, bitterness, and a bit of alcohol.

M: Thin/Medium body, but feels smooth while having a crisp bite from the carbonation. Pretty good.

O: Meh. Not my favorite beer, but I could drink it from time to time. For the style, it's good from what I can tell with my limited experience.

Photo of ummswimmin
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a local tavern called Cloverleaf in New Jersey as part of a beer appreciation program. I probably wouldn't have even ordered a Flying Dog otherwise. I have had a lot of their beers, and none are memorable. It is dissipointing, as I like their effort... and their labels are impressive by Ralph Streadman (illustrator for Hunter S. Thompson).

I poured properly into a smaller glass with almost no head. There was just a cute, little ring. I tried to find an aroma, but there was almost nothing there. Just a little floral smell. I thought that I might be a little stuffed up, but my friend confirmed that there was little smell to the beer.

This is a very mellow pale. The taste is wholly unremarkable, and I was hoping for more from it. There was no bitterness to it. I would say that it was very drinkable.

I recommend this as a good "lawnmowing" beer. All credit to my friend the Beer Samurai coining the term "lawnmowing" beer.

Photo of richkrull
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mixed 12-pack from my local store. First time I've tried this pale ale.

Poured an orange/amber color with a little bit of light beige head on it. Smells like some citrus hops - nice aroma. Taste was very good. Nice balance of malt and hops with a good bitter finish. Light to medium mouthfeel. This beer went down very smooth and was easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer and will be picking it up again.

Photo of pbecsu2008
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, Flying Dog does not use sell by dates... Batch # 123A11.

Appearance, Orange/Amber, smell nice bitterness with some citrus notes.

Mouthfeel, moderate body, well carbonated.

Taste, A great hop fix. I am not the biggest fans of IPAs but this does the trick to give me the bitterness I am looking for.

Photo of bum732
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Faint hoppy grapefruit, prominent bready malt.

L: Crystal clear burnt orange, white fluffy head that dissipates. Lacing moderate.

T: Moderate grapefruit hoppiness with a slight bready malt. Clean citrus bitterness leading to a clean semi-dry finish.

M: Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Solid pale ale, fairly standard overall.

Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Wattsox
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011, BBE Oct 2011.

A - Slightly hazy orange body with quickly dissipating head that leaves a thin covering with a decent amount of lacing and cling.

S - Citrusy hop nose with some malt and a touch of caramel.

T - Hop tastes lead with a good balance of bitterness and maltiness. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - Smooth, medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - Pretty decent hoppy beer, works well by itself or as a session drink.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my De Struise tulip

A - Pours a nice hazy burnt orange colour, witha nice off white head that retains weel before reducing to a film.

S - Nice mix of citrus hops and citrus and some sweetish malt.

T - Nice malt flavours complimented well by hops, bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A solid brew somewhat reminiscent of a good IPA

Photo of bushbeer75
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale poured a clear amber color producing an ample off-white head that left behind small "walls" of lacing all the way down half of my mug. The nose was of citrus, floral hops, and a hint of caramel malt. The taste starts with piney and citrus hops followed by light caramel malt and finishes with a hoppy grapefruit lasting bitterness.

A solid American Pale Ale with a lasting hop finish.

Photo of doucmehu
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quickly dissipating white head, light copper color, solid carbonation

S: Light and crisp hops and malt, nothing too strong or distinct

T: Solid malt for a pale ale, with a bit of bitter hop finish, crisp

M: Crisp, a bit malty for a pale ale, a touch of hop bitter on the finish

D: Definite session beer, tasty but nothing over the top. Stays flavorful as it warms.

Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of claytong
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Groomsy
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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.

Photo of gopens44
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of BillBuckner48
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of JMad
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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.

Photo of zackmoney
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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.

Photo of mbusster88
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,257 ratings.