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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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2,141 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,141
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 143 | 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 sml505
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

A - Very clear copper, white/ tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Malty caramel and biscuit and mainly citrus hop and slight pine.

T - Earthy, grapefruit hops of dry hopping. Caramel notes underlying it with some bread notes.

M/ D - Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but okay APA. Has a touch of spice in the finish that almost tastes of an Amber Ale.

sml505, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of burcher
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

For real, closest mass-produced craft beer to SNPA. Coppery, high crystal malt appearance with nice head and typical bottled carbonation.

Slight hop aroma reminiscent of SNPA. Grassy.

Flavor is a bit bitter at first followed by some mild hoppy/flowery/cascady flavors.

Bite at finish. Not too much but bitter enough to say this is a pale ale.

Fine everyday drinking pale ale but nothing exceptional or cheeky.


burcher, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of beerdrifter
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Clear copper pour with a quickly fading head and minimal lacing. Nice caramel, perfumy nose with a hint of pepper. Nicely balanced with a solid caramel base offset by a subtle hoppy bitterness. Nice slightly chewy mothfeel. Highly drinkable, quality pale ale.

beerdrifter, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of JBogan
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a copper color with what starts out as a nice creamy head but almost instantly recedes into a thin film. Minimal lacing left behind. An ok looking beer.

A balanced aroma of citrus and mildly sweet malt.

Tastes somewhat sweet but not overly so, with just enough hops to even things out. Some caramel notes in there and even a hint of honey in the background.

A good thick body with a pleasing smoothness and perfect amount of carbonation. Well done.

Overall this is a solid but not spectacular brew. Easy to drink and goes well with just about anything.

JBogan, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Dated 32309. Hopefully a "bottled on" date.

Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, it has a nice amber red color with perfect clarity. The head is short lived but leaves a little lace on the glass.

Aroma is unremarkable. It's slightly sweet and hoppy but nothing to shout about.

Flavor is better than expected given the smell. It has a nice hoppy bitterness that is very well balanced by caramel malty sweetness. The hops are more California than Maryland and I mean that in a good way, of course.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriate carbonation. Again, good balance.

Overall better than what I've come to expect from Flying Dog. Their beers seem to be mostly hit or miss but this one is pretty good.

GilGarp, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden amber color with a small, quickly diminishing frothy off-white head, a hint of lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, bread, a hint of metal, and citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malts, straw, pine and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is dry with a hint of bitterness, on the lighter side of medium bodied. Decent beer, drinkable.

mtstatebeer, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of climax
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

Doggie style poured a nice burnt orange with a pretty large creamy head with a bit of lace.

Nose was well balanced but a bit week. Hops start to lose ground to toasty malt and husk as the beer warms. A bit of sweetness sneaks through as well.

Flavor comes through well-hopped, the hops are very soapy, almost IPAesque. Aside from that, the malt pretty much sits in the backround, not adding much complexity IMO.

Body seemed a bit light, and the feel was somewhat watery, but slick with a dry finish. This one wasn't bad, but it wasn't special.

climax, Nov 06, 2009
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

From bottle to a gold rimmed chalice.

A: 3 finger off-white head from an aggressive poor (rough day at work, I guess). The compact, foamy head lasted about 15 minutes. Amber in color, this ale was almost translucent but not quite. Very patchy and inconsistent lacework.

S: Had to agitate the chalice to really bring out the aromas. Ended up getting floral, leafy hops. sappy, grassy, like freshly cut lumber.

T: Semi bitter flavor balanced by a creamy honey mid-palate flavor. In comes the sweet malts, with the bitterness making an encore.

M: Great mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, semi-dry and semi-sweet. I appreciated the balance between carbonation, malt & hops.

D: Goes down easy and is very enjoyable. Above average APA but to say it was unique would be an overstatement. Could be a great session beer...

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of jamiesessions
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%

A clear orange-amber colour fills the glass with a decent looking head that leaves an acceptable amount of lace. Smells of hops and flowers (which i guess is redundant), but not very strongly. The smell is not bad, but it is severely lacking, which hurts it. The taste is completely mediocre. Inoffensive hoppy taste that isn't bad, but does absolutely nothing for me. Medium body that goes down well picks me up a little bit, but overall this a decidedly average beer. I have no desire to have another, and am sad to say that after many great beers by Flying dog, the Doggie Style classic pale ale was a severe disappointment

jamiesessions, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

A : Beer is yellowish brown in clour, with a thick, off white head. Average kind of retention (1cm) which leaves some amount of random lacing

S : Caramel and malt complemented with a robust citrusy hop aroma

T : Well balanced caramel - malt with a deft citrusy hop flavour. A classic Pale Ale taste with a nice bittersweet marriage

M : Smooth & crisp (but not dry, kinda leaves your palate pretty moist, maybe because of the citrus flavour).

D : Tasty and refreshing. With an easy ABV, you could be at it for an entire day's game.

BeerSingh, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Bottle looks amazing, as usual, but the beer is equally beautiful. Nice dark copper with minimal head, but the deep richness of the beer makes that forgetable. Definitely the deepest pale ale I've ever seen. Translucent, but not transparent.

S - Strong hoppy smell. I don't know hops well, but I'm thinking cascade. Smell is so strong right out of the bottle. I haven't smelled anything this powerful yet.

T - Taste isn't nearly as satisfying. Almost tastes watered down. Not much of a bite, dry finish, but I was looking for something more, especially after that wonderful smell.

MF - Nice feel. Creamy, lingers on the tongue, and has a nice dry finish.

D - Surprisingly drinkable, but again, not what I was looking for or expecting. I could see this being a good session beer as it's strong enough to satisfy, but weak enough to not be filling.

MikeBrandman, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of devilben02
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Color is a beautiful reddish copper with a respectable foamy white head. The crisp, mossy, herbal aroma almost reminds me of a European pilsner. The primarily pine hop bitterness is fairly well-balanced against a mild honey malt sweetness, but the flavors are are a bit muddled and the bitterness in the aftertaste isn't as pleasant as it should be. Medium bodied and easy-to-drink, making this a solid but unremarkable pale ale.

devilben02, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of jamescain
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

When poured there is a nice amber color and a finger worth of head which remains throughout the whole experience. It is not a dark amber but a light amber, possibly closer to an orange color.

The first noticeable smell is that of hops, lots of hops. It is probably a little hoppier than most pale ales, but for me this is a good thing. There is a very citrus like taste, which is not to be confused with a fruity taste.

It is a satisfying drink. It is not hopped to the point where you have to slowly sip it, but it is not too light. If you're craving the taste of hops but don't want to drink a strong ale then I would recommend this beer.

jamescain, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of zoso493
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-orange color with a very thin head that doesn't hang around too long.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Just a moderate hope character is all that I can get out of it.

Taste: The hops come out a lot more in the taste and in the end, comprise a strong hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated but just a little bit too thin-feeling for me. Leaves a bit of an unpleasant bitterness in your mouth.

Drinkability: Given the relatively lower ABV, I'm sure you could certainly pound a few of these with no problems, but I'd rather not.

Overall, I think it's certainly worth a try. Not a particularly standout brew but since I've been in Europe, I haven't had an American pale ale in awhile, so this has been pretty refreshing.

zoso493, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Kooz
2.08/5  rDev -42.7%

Genric beer-buying rule number one--don't buy a beer that's got a gimmicky name.

The beer didn't look like much. Decent orange color, if a little pale. (Just as an aside--does Flying Dog make the noisiest, most distracting labels ever?)

Smelled okay. Not too rich, maybe a little citrus hint.

Taste was a let down. Too hoppy then too malty--too much and all at the wrong times.

But easily the worst thing about this beer is the mouthfeel. The word I wrote down when taking notes to write this review was "chalky." That's just gross.

This wasn't the worst beer I've ever had, but isn't something I'd like to try again.

Kooz, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of kurp001
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

12 oz. bottle bought at Crackpot Liquors

A moderate pour yields a one finger off-white head that sticks around for a while. The body is a bright copper with considerable clarity.

Smell is fairly nondescript; a faint hop character is notable but nothing else really stands out.

Taste is a bit more rich; piney hops up front with a distinct bread-like malt presence to balance things out. A bold hop flavor dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied, very nice overall.

Drinkability is solid, this is definitely one that I could see having a few of. The only reason I couldn't really see having this one around all the time is due to the fact that Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale tends to be cheaper, more available, and just a hair more enjoyable in my book. However, this is a good option for when I want to switch things up.

kurp001, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white heading. Leaves good lacing throughout.

Smell is a bit bready, earthy even. Kind of dank hoppiness takes over.

Taste is kind of like soggy bread in the beginning,a heavy citrus bitter hop from middle to end.

Mouth leaves a heavier oiliness with a slick buttery feel. Medium bodied with carbonation.

Drink is decent although I do think most could have more this is not my cup'o tea.

TheFightfan1, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

Mildly hoppy, cleanly sweet, Doggie Style is an ok pale ale but fairly bland. The beer pours a medium rust with a fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing down the side of the glass. It's on the dark side for a pale ale, but it's mostly an appearance issue; no strong specialty malt flavors come through in the flavor. The aroma is balanced with lightly citric hops, a touch of caramel and malty sweetness. Flavor is similar. It's not bad. There just isn't enough going on for me. For whatever reason, I consider this beer very middle of the road. The feel is a bit light on carbonation but fine.

popery, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of david18
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

This is an above average brewery that also has you guessing what style of beer any given brand is. Most of their beers are very good and they just introduced a double ipa. This beer, the Doggie Style has very good color, great carbonation, good flavor and very drinkable. Always a good beer that everyone will like.

david18, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: Light brown in colour, with a small tan head. Medium carbonation.

Aroma: The first aromas are from malts, with toffee and a milky cream. The hops are there just slightly behind the malts, with a definite citric edge.

Taste: The malts are at the forefront again with buttery biscuity flavours, and a hint of honey. The hops are more subtle providing a fruitiness, possibly grapefruit. The finish is predominantly bitter, with a malty creaminess on the edge.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a nice level of carbonation, and lively feel.

Drinkability: A decent beer, not the biggest fan of APAs but this is very drinkable. Just enough sweetness in the malts the balance out the hops, making it an enjoyable beer.

PartyBear, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured a dark amber with a moderate head that quickly faded to a collar. The aroma was citrus, not a lot going on there. The taste was also citrus, just a little bland or maybe average describes it better. The feel was light bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a beer destined to be damned with faint praise...just ordinary, nothing special.

kegger22, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-gold translucent color. The thin and fizzy head is almost non-existant, it dissipates so fast. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Actually smells pretty nice. Hoppy and grainy with a touch of maltiness.

Taste: Pretty good. Nice and hoppy up front with a crisp, clean finish that leaves a pleasing hoppy aftertaste. A slight taste of grapefruit that seems common in most hoppy beers.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and carbonated but not overwhelmingly so. Easy to drink.

Drinkability: A standard pale ale. Nothing exciting and easily substitutable with other pale ales.

wahhmaster, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours tan-amber with a two-finger beige head that dissipates quickly leaving only a few hints of lace.

Smell: Earthy hops with notes of buttery malt.

Taste: Starts buttery and with a slight glucose sweetness, finishing with an earthy, nutty bitterness. The taste is gone very quickly, though.

Mouthfeel: Thin and sort of watery with a balanced carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but it just doesn't stand out. For a regular BA, this would act well as a session beer or a "party" beer, but nothing that will get someone too excited. Another beer from Flying Dog that would be good for beer noobs. I'd drink it again, but this is not outstanding.

Mosstrooper, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +10.2%

A: Bright, clear orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger off-whjite head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Big citrus and grapefruit aroma. Wet grains and hay well in the background.

T: Similar to smell; citrus and grapefruit. Caramel maltys and resiny hops ahead of a sharply peppery bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very balanced beer. Dry and bittrer in the finish.

D: Flavorful and very easy to drink. As sessionable an APA as youi'll find.

Haybeerman, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +10.2%

This was a solid all-round pale ale. Had a good, hoppy nose while the flavor was a solid hop-malt combo and didn't have a strong bitter aftertaste at all. The mouthfeel was a solid body. This was a delicious pale and was very drinkable. Had mine with tacos and it was a great combo!

jeremyd365, Sep 12, 2009
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,141 ratings.