1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Not Rated.
Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,111 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 30
Gots: 125 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,111 | Reviews: 979 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Anthony1


2.63/5  rDev -27.5%

poured into a perfect pint.

poured a clear, off-orange color with a decent head, kind of like lumpy with small traces of lace.

smells basic, a lightly blended mix of hops and fruits. a bit of grapefuit and orange. flavor was sub par. did not enjoy it. no where near as much hops as they made it out to be, and it just wasn't that good. light body with high amounts of carbonation like most flying dogs seem to be

08-19-2009 15:18:39 | More by Anthony1
Photo of wesbrownyeah


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale...Yeah!

A- Smooth pour of light orange hued fluid with a nice head that fell to a dominate rim of tight bubbled lace that followed the glass down.

S- Very floral hoppy scent kills the nose with more lightly pronounced grassy and fresh cut scents are there.

T-M- Taste is amazing for a pale ale... first is the straight forward hop bitterness with the mildly sweet malt backbone of the brew. The point is hops and malt on this one... with great mouthfeel how can you go wrong? Excellent feel with nothing to anger the tongue but a hell of alot of bitterness...

D- Great beer and worth a million pales in one.
Bro approved.

08-06-2009 05:45:34 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of Raugupatis


2.63/5  rDev -27.5%

My wife and I went out for dinner last weekend and I decided to give this one a try.

I sent it back.

It was not horrible. it did not melt paint. But my general feeling is that if I am paying six dollars a pint, I want the beer to sit up and then perform for me.

Mouthfeel was thin and there was none of the body I have come to associate with a Pale Ale.

08-06-2009 05:15:50 | More by Raugupatis
Photo of mralphabet


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

12 oz bottle pour into a pint glass

A: Dark copper color with about a fingers worth of head. Not bad retention and lacing.

S: Wow Hops.... very floral with a hint of spiciness, just a little malt here... There is also some citrus note here.

T: Hops all up in your face... I'm also getting citrus, maybe grapefruit... There is also a little spiciness here, little to no malt at all... There is a little bitter aftertaste.

M: Little more than light bodied but very crisp, good carbonated, with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Very hoppy yet crisp... Not a session beer for me, but it goes down pretty easy.

Not a bad beer.... not up my alley but a very good brew.

08-06-2009 04:54:45 | More by mralphabet
Photo of wesl56


4.65/5  rDev +28.1%

a- dark amber/light brown with a small head that almost fades away but remains enough to lightly lace the glass

s- very subtle, slightly floral

t- balance: this beer has it... the malt and hop flavors are blended together beautifully... very smooth with a great balanced aftertaste

m- medium body, and again, feels almost perfectly balanced

d- this is a great ale, by itself: you'll want more than one, and would pair well with grilled food

08-05-2009 05:29:42 | More by wesl56
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a clear amber into a dimpled mug, with a white head that quickly dies down to just about nothing.

Aroma is one of the best for a pale ale. Tight, leafy/grapefruity aromas that are insanely fresh. Smells like it just got finished dry hopping days ago. Slight smell of sweet grains, just to tell you its a beer and not a hop perfume. This beer really gave my nose its hop fix after a few substandard DIPA's I've had.

Taste is pretty simple, with moderate bitterness and a good hop flavor. Not much else to look for, but it's a pretty straight forward pale ale.

This has a really great mouthfeel, incredibly smooth with a tight bitter finish. This has the smoothness of a good lager. Not to dry and not too sweet. When I was finished, I wanted another but decided to try something new. I could gladly stick to this for an evening.

I've stayed away from flying dog beers but this was really enjoyable. I'll try this on again sometime.

08-02-2009 15:30:44 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of mynameisbuzz


4.58/5  rDev +26.2%

Very good overall brew.
Classic pale ale flavor.

Cannot really taste the malt, so malt lovers look elsewhere, but that is to be expected from a beer of this variety.

Decent head with some lacing (don't expect too much though).

Citrus undertones with a refreshing dry finish.

Great beer you can drink in great quantities.

Good work Flying Dog.

07-26-2009 01:24:47 | More by mynameisbuzz
Photo of projectflam86


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

A- Pours a copper amber color with a thick frothy foam that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Nice aroma of citrus/pine hops and an easily detectable sweet malt scent in the background.

T- Full hop bitterness initially with grapefruit and pine flavors. Some sweet malt flavors as well as a hint of a roasted finish make for a nice balance.

M- Medium bodied. Slick and hoppy with an easy sweet finish.

D- Really nice flavored APA with enough of a hop kick to keep me satisfied.

07-23-2009 03:16:53 | More by projectflam86
Photo of JordanEllwanger


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Transparent dark orange amber color. Good creamy white head that fades fast. Smells hoppy and tastes malty. Malty up front then a pleasant punch of hops followed by the bitter bite of hops but the malt comes through in the end. One of Flying Dogs better brews from what I have tasted.

07-19-2009 05:24:26 | More by JordanEllwanger
Photo of mnrider


2.78/5  rDev -23.4%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. good and fresh.

A: Pours a caramelized amber with a two finger off white fluffy head. Medium carbonation. Head lasts the long run and so does the lacing.

S: Good blend of hops and malts, although the latter stands out more to me.

T/M: Kinda light on everything. Hops and malts are present but kind of mix together. I don't know if it was just me but i got a kind of watery taste also. The bitterness helps out and this brew does go down smooth and easy.

D: Looks great but lacks on the taste. I haven't had that many APA's in a while but i seem to remember them being better than this. The average beer (Bud, Coors) drinker would like this i think. I'd have another, but i am hesitant to pick up a six pack.


07-15-2009 23:57:34 | More by mnrider
Photo of Brencr


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%

I view this as one of the standards for Pale Ale. Flying Dog has struck an excellent ballance between taste and drinkability. Along with the Old Scratch Lager and Snake Dog, this is in my view one of the top beers is the 12 pack selection. The flavor is neither too bitter or too sweet which allows for the nice smooth taste.

07-15-2009 02:07:41 | More by Brencr
Photo of sweemzander


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled in 2009. Thank you to BeerFMAndy for the trade !

(A)- Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber. Some white foam appeared, but never really formed into anything.

(S)- Lemon and pine combined with a good amount of malt. Smells rather strong for a Pale Ale. . . no complaints here

(T)- The hop and malt balance is superb. Citrusy and pine with a slight honey malt aspect. Simple, but good

(M)- The hops dry out the mouth, yet is sweet. Carbonation level is right where it should be.

(D)- A solid pale ale that has everything it should. Simple and straightforward; balanced. An all-around solid beer to enjoy

07-11-2009 17:43:29 | More by sweemzander
Photo of goblue3509


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a clear organish color with a white one finger head. Head stays for a little. Smell is of hops and not a lot of other smells. Not the complexity of fruit. Taste is mild of hops not overwhelming with a little malt to balance. The mouthfeel is good. There is not a lot of over the top carbonation. The beer is very drinkable and well balanced.

07-06-2009 21:27:36 | More by goblue3509
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No visible date.

A - Clear amber color with a large loose off-white head. Moderate retention holds it up while spots of lacing cling on.

S - Strong citrus and pine hop aroma - very pleasant - with a moderate malty background to support it. Lively aroma.

T - The hops assert themselves here in a strong but good way. Crisp and light, the hops are citrusy with a touch of pine and don't really give off any fruitiness. A light malt backbone, mailny covered by the hops, is modest.

M - Actually, its pretty creamy and smooth. It goes down well with very little in terms of harsh carbonation. Crisp and light, it also provides good refreshment.

D - Very tasty and refreshing qualities make it a killer session beer that's not strong enough to get offensive but not weak enough to be mistaken for water.

07-04-2009 14:12:42 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of biggred1


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Clear, orange amber with a patchy eggshell head that quickly recedes into a skim of foam and leaves a little lace behind. The nose is minimal, piney hops and toasted grain. A pretty typical entry level APA, mild cascade hops and just enough malt to balance the flavors. Smooth, medium light bodied and easy to drink. A good session APA I suppose.

07-03-2009 22:57:15 | More by biggred1
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

Poured amber / orange color with a nice creamy 1/2 inch head, smells malty and hoppy; lacing didn't last as this beer went down quick. Smooth with medium carbonation and good hop flavor that mixes malt and caramel with a grassy finish; very well balanced and easy to drink; had a few ice cold and thought it was a great beer!

07-01-2009 01:50:58 | More by CHickman
Photo of thecarster1


4/5  rDev +10.2%

a- bottle poured into a pint, 3/4 finger cream colored head that faded super quick, little hazy amber brown coloring, medium amount of carbonation, nice lacing that's lasting all the way down.

s- nice nose, bready, caramelly malts, floral, citrus piney hops.

t- nice full malt, biscut, caramel, grapefruit, pine, floral hops, very similar to the nose, really tasty.

m- medium bodied, little slick on the tongue.

d- totally drinkable, i'd buy again, very well balanced, i could definately session this dog.

06-30-2009 03:43:49 | More by thecarster1
Photo of DubBrewer


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Appearance is a copper/orange color. Very light head which disappeared quickly. Light citrus hoppy aroma with slight malt aroma coming through.
First thing I notice in the taste is the cascade hops. They are very upfront in the flavor. Light caramel notes also present. The finish is hoppy, with some grassy notes.
Mouthfeel is nothing exceptional. A little thin and watery for my liking.
I would rate the drinkability as good, its not a bad pale ale. I think it would be a good session pale ale.

06-28-2009 21:53:57 | More by DubBrewer
Photo of Norfawkers


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

Average at best

Appearance: Golden-bronze with scant head

Smell: Floral

Taste: Malty but flat tasting

Mouthfeel: Stronger carbonation but otherwise smooth

Drinkability: Drink with a meal; doesn't hold up as a stand alone; it's an average pale ale

06-23-2009 22:35:20 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of Rhynes2


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a nice copper color with an awesome foamy head. Laced down the entire glass and really impressed me. Not a huge fan of the Pale Ale style but this one was pretty good. Citrusy notes are the big thing I picked up on. Aftertaste of malt is also apparent. Well balanced in my opinion but as I said before just not my style.

06-22-2009 21:58:43 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of DoubleJ


4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

06-18-2009 17:24:49 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of drtth


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer arrives clear, bright and copper colored with a ¼" off-white head. Sipping leaves behind some lacing but the head, foam and lacing are gone before the beer.

Smell: The aroma is faint, and lighly hoppy, with some caramel malt present. The hops have some light citrus and floral character.

Taste: The malt backbone shines through the citrus and pine of the hops with a light caramel flavor accented throughout by the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied and the carbonation is thin. The medium long finish begins sweet and ends with dry bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a reasonably drinkable APA that I could consume all evening. While it is not better than some of the others I've had it would be a fine choice if it is the only APA on offer.

06-17-2009 21:04:00 | More by drtth
Photo of ChugsMugs


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

A- golden brown, large airy yellowish head that quickly dissipated. Lots of bubbles up the side.

S- sweet, fruity, earthy.

T- some sweetness followed by bitterness and dryness on the tongue. maybe a slightest hint of chocolate?

M- airy, bubbly, easy to swallow. dryness left on tongue and in mouth.

D- enjoyable but I'm not rushing for another one.

06-14-2009 15:49:44 | More by ChugsMugs
Photo of Beaver13


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity bready caramel malts.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some fruits and decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent but uninspiring pale ale.

06-12-2009 02:57:08 | More by Beaver13
Photo of blaje

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

On opening, this beer burted out of the bottle. I lost 1/5th of the bottle. I hope it is not infected...

This beer is clear copper, light orange, with a tremendous head (4cm thick) white coloured but disappeared quickly.

Nose is pungent, primarily orange zest and some malt sweetness.
Mouth: carbonation is high, as expected from the burst. This brew is crisp and refreshing. A little sour, but I'm having trouble identifying the origin of the sourness. Bitterness is well present for a pale ale witch is a plus. Hops are citrusy and little piny. Aftertaste is pleasant. Solid malt.

06-12-2009 02:10:03 | More by blaje
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.