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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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2,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,181
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 32
Gots: 162 | 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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Mora2000, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of nelnutter
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Amber/orange color with terrific foamy head. Retention and lacing were fantastic.

S: Prominent smell of generous citrus and floral hops.

T: Very good balance of bready malt and bitter hop taste...hints of grapefruit. Dry/bitter finish, very crisp.

M: Body is on the medium/lighter-side, and very refreshing and crisp. Carbonation is quite ample.

D: Terrific APA, I found this to be very refreshing and sessionable. This is definitely one I will remember and plan on making a go-to.

nelnutter, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber color. Decent foamy head. Good retention.

Aromas of bready malts, grassy hops, hint of lemon...nohing too prominent.

Taste is more bready malts and great hop flavors...citrus, pine, grapefruit..but nevery too astringent in mouthfeel. very crisp, delicious, and highly drinkable. a solid pale ale.

Doomcifer, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of goldbot
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale amber color with medium white head and lots of carbonation. Fair lacing and head retention.

Smells malty - sweet biscuit smell balanced with a bit of nectarine, fruity, hoppiness.

A very pleasant, lightly bitter taste along with an interesting hop profile - spicy and peppery, with a touch of citrus and pine. A doughy malt background which is not too sweet.

Light body, lots of crisp, lively carbonation along with pleasant hop bitterness. This might be my new go-to pale ale dinner beer; I love the peppery hop profile.

goldbot, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of northaustin
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very malty with a noticeable honey aftertaste. minimal hops but what is there works very well with the other flavors.

smell is a smooth balance of earthy hops and a two row malt backbone.

mouthfeel: bitter at first, that mellows out while going down then leaves a fairly standard hop dryness on the cheeks.

drinkability: sessionable as possible, and affordable.

pours a clear pale golden with a finger of even white head.

i was really in the mood for this one.

northaustin, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly nice APA

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Compulsory Ralph Steadman design with a raging dog strapped to a flying logo contraption. Regular Hunter S. Thompson quote, and side narrative rambling about the ideal dog philosophy, encouragement to imitate it, and minimal beer description. Lacks bottling or best by date although it offers a batch number (097FX10). Notes IBUs (35), and Alc. by Vol. (5.5%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour with a nice head with nice retention and lacing.

S - Citrus and floral hoppiness with a malt touch. Not too assertive but not too faint. Nice for an APA

T - Taste picks it up right where the nose left it with a nice hoppy and bitter range, citrus and pine are more present with a nice bready malt tone.

M - Light to medium-light body with generous carbonation, and a nice biting and crisp finish.

D - Actually rather pleasing, works nicely with enough depth to make it a good APA.

Notes: Not a brew to get out of your way for but a nice one to have around.

Daniellobo, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/31/2009 (bottle):

Pours a clear dark amber color body, with a big frothy off-white head, diminishing. Strong aroma of hops, citrus, some dustiness. Some malty sweetness, but not much, mostly pine, citrus. Citrus, pine in the taste. Some breadiness, biscuit. Slightly sweet, but very tempered by the hops. A slight bitter after taste. Tasty. Very good pale ale.

jujubeast6000, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear reddish brown amber, with plenty of visible carbonation. Two finger thick and foamy off-white head. Excellent head retention. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and citrus hops with a juicy profile. Sweet mild to slightly dark malts. A slight apple juice smell as well.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit hop bite on the first taste, with mild roasted malts and mild sweetness. Not as much flavor as the nose would suggest, with the malt profile too light to balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and relatively smooth. Lots of carbonation make it rather filling.

Drinkability: A beautiful looking pale ale, it seems to fall short on the taste. Not a good balance between the hops and malts. It’s okay, but not that memorable.

Buy Again? No

jonziefle, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of PhxHorn
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a medium yellow with a half inch white head. Smells of yeast and a little bit of hops. Tastes of yeast and a little bit of hops. Yeast pretty much dominates everything. It's a good yeast flavor, but it's out of balance. Very drinkable, and I enjoyed it, but it's out of balance for a pale ale.

PhxHorn, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Lacesoutcody
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a wonderful pale ale, great look (a medium amber color)

smell was of pine and hops, with notes of grapefruits and citrus.

the lacing and head were great, sticking along the glass for a good while.

mouthfeel was pleasant, crisp and striking, while not being overpowering.

same for the taste, very hoppy without going overboard, notes of citrus and pine culminating near the end of the sip.

Drinkability was excellent, and would love to drink again.

it even has a leg up on sierra nevada in my opinion!

Lacesoutcody, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, not much else going on. Taste is a bit on the hoppy side, some malts are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A disappointing offering. Looks hazy dark yellow, I've got hefe fever! Oh no! Aroma, gee, that smells like tea time and alcohol.

Tastes more British ipa with a little more DMS alcohol or something, maybe a crazy yeast strain (Flying Dog does make some good beers) for this one. Doesn't taste like a pale, tastes like an imperial bitter. No dry hopping apparent.

Bleh, not my kind of pale ale, can't savor any mouthfeel, not drinkable when so many other superior choices for this style.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"I hear the baying of the hounds. In the distance I hear them devouring. Pest ridden jackal of the earth." -Opeth

Clear amber with a large white head. Thin, bubbly retention and a little sea foam lace. Looks good but I like my pale ales more...um, pale.

Smells like Munich malt. Dry hopped with "buckets of Cascades" my ass. Crisp and clean, nice and fruity with a sharp pond water citrus hop in back. Apple juice-ish.

A brewery can't just go around calling its beers "classic" without ample justification. That chaps my hide.

donkeyrunner, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of whtguitarguy
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am definitely not a hophead but I am willing to give IPAs and Pale Ales a chance. Aroma is purely of hops with a bit of alcohol. Smells like heather flowers more so. The hops flavor was a bit too much for me, rather strong. Unfortunately this was a drain pour. But it is still decent, and one of the better examples I have had.

whtguitarguy, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. "335FX09" printed on the label.

Clear copper-amber in appearance with a full finger of frothy off-white foam. The head falls somewhat gracefully to a thick crown that leaves a few pathetic trails of lacing on the walls of the glass.

A hop-dominated nose consists of some citrus and resin with a bit of herbal-earthiness interlaced with some mild fruity esters and light biscuit.

A bit medium-bodied with a mildly-carbonated mouthfeel. A little sweet at the very front, transforming into a lightly toasted biscuit-like malt base. Hops bring in the middle, mostly dry and resinous, but a tad herbal as well, falling away into a bit of fruitiness on the back of the tongue before finishing with a powerfully dry bitterness.

Overall, a pretty basic American Pale Ale that fits somewhere between typical east- and west-coast interpretations of the style.

superdedooperboy, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of sml505
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,181 ratings.