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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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2,257 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,257
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 207 | FT: 0
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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 Spider889
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber, bubbly, off-white head that quickly recedes leaving no lacing to speak of.

Smelled very floral, piney hops, overall a well hopped pale that was likely dry hopped to add to the aroma.

Nice maltiness that gives way to bitter hops. There was a dry coating on the mouth as part of the after taste finishing with some sweet malts.

Light bodied, well carbonated and an easy drinker. Nonetheless, there are numerous pales I would rather be drinking than this (that are both cheaper and easier to find...)

Photo of thatguy3579
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange in color, reasonably clear, thin cream colored head.

S: Smells of some roasted sweetness and citric bite.

T: Some sweetness at first fades to a healthy snap of hoppy bite. Finish is lingering roasty flavors. Interesting and enjoyable, but not extreme.

M: Lots of carbonation, creamy body. Feels really nice.

D: Tasty, but not overwhelming. Interesting and mild enough to encourage repeated enjoyment.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #4 in my odyssey through the Flying Dog mixed pack. An apperitif to Duck Deli pulled pork.

A: The pale ale is hardly pale, more of a cuprous amber color that clings to its translucence. A finger of white head was quickly reduced to a thin band.

S: Bready, the pale ale doesn't skimp on the pale maltiness. The aromas have a fruity element but are not heavy with it. Enough citrusy hops linger underneath to make a difference.

T: The pale ale delivers on both the malt and the hop fronts. The pale malts, a bit of caramal thrown in for good measure, are biscuity with a dark bread sweetness. Citrusy hops add a grapefruit boldness that pairs nicely with the malts. The result is a nice drink that, in the end, is more malty than hoppy.

M: A chewy pale ale that isn't afraid of its malty side. The predominant malts smooth out the feel considerably, softening the hops.

D: At 5.5%, a good sessionable pale ale.

Photo of suretolose
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It is a nice dark amber color with a nice head that lasts for a very long time. 12 minutes and there is still a head.

Aroma is very light. Slightly sweet maybe a hint of fruit.

Very light in the mouth. A nice sweetness with hints of citrus and hops. Not heavy at all.

Overall a solid beer.

Photo of mash4077
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep amber, lighter orange shade at the bottom, with a khaki one-and-a-half finger head that takes its time.

S- Earthy scents, a little hops and caramel malts. A little brown sugar. Getting a little of the yeast.

T- The first decent beer of the night. Hops are laid back. Creamy, well balanced, just a touch of molassas, some floral hops come out nicely. All in all I was a LITTLE disipointed, but it is a good tasting beer.

M- A tad watery, but not bad. Decent carbonation.

D- Very good, I could easily have a few more.

Photo of Erish
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: orange-gold, rocky gold head with decent retention.

S: floral hops, sweet citrus, grapefruit.

T: ruby red grapefruit, light sweet malt, the finish is nicely bitter with plenty of floral hops and dryness. Simple but tasty.

M: silky, smooth, decent carbonation.

D: nothing too complicated about this brew, but it has wonderful balance and great, fresh flavor. I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of zoso1967
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber with a slight dull orange hue and a head that is much more beige than I would have expected. The head is nice and fluffy, but leaves weak, broken lacing. The aroma is mild, and pleasantly fruity. I am getting some light citrus hop aroma, mostly bitter grapefruit, but it is fairly subdued. Malt is also evident in the nose and smells very bready and yeasty. Flavor is a bit perplexing. Citrusy cascade hops are the predominant character. I also notice that this beer carries a pretty hefty bitterness for style, but it is not too overbearing. The strange part is that there is grainy, astringent quality that is not very pleasant and really detracts from the other flavors in this beer. Malt is much less of a player than in the aroma, but what I do taste is fairly bready and non-descript. The mouthfeel seems to be smack dab in between light and medium and is fairly aggressive on the palate. Not much carbonation, but a dry bitter finish that lingers long after I swallow. This beer finishes a bit too sticky to be very drinkable. Not terrible, but not terribly great either. Definitely not a beer I would seek out on its own, but it doesn't ruin this sampler pack.

Photo of IanH84
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, medium amber with a thin head, looks perfect for the end of a summer day. Smells lightly malty with a hint of crisp hops.

The first sip crosses the front of my tongue with the taste of fresh, crisp, and somewhat coppery hops with undertones of malt to balance it out. Like the pour and smell, the taste is uncomplicated but pleasant. Toward the back of my tongue the mild bitterness of the hops comes through. As I focus on the taste for a bit, I notice a slightly astringency and I can taste the distinct flavor of the alcohol, which I find unusual for a beer that's only 5.5%ABV. About halfway through the glass the taste starts to fade as my taste buds get accustomed to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, less substantial than what I've come to expect from a pale ale but not unpleasant. It goes down smoothly and easily.

Bottom line: it's a decent beer. I would definitely get it as part of a variety pack but would probably forgo it on its own in favor of my usual favorites if I were looking for just a pale ale. I certainly wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me.

Photo of Zodijackyl
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber, thin white head with moderate carbonation. Light toasted malt, light hops, very crisp smell with the character of a summer beer.

Taste is a coppery malt with mild bitter hops. It is a very simple and light beer, the taste dulls after a few sips - still a little bit sour and bitter, but certainly within the flavor of the beer. Mouthfeel is a bit tangy and sour and a little bit dry.
While it is refreshing, it doesn't have the same bite from the ingredients themselves that often makes a simple beer great.

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good pour head which keeps a thin cover throughout the drink. Head lace clings well to the glass and hangs in there for quite a while. Good dark amber color around EBC 42 with a slight haziness, mostly from the wonderful carbonation bubbles. Bottle IBU: 35. I don't consider it quite that bitter, more around high twenties. Good refreshing hop flavor with a great lingering after taste. I would recommend this beer to those who like a bold refreshing taste, rich with flavor. Drinks well cold but I prefer the better bite as it warms to 50 degrees.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice amber-tan color, clear, some lacing but not too much head. A few rising bubbles.

Smells hoppy and malty with a touch of citrus perhaps.

Tastes of light spices, a touch of sweetness, a nice hops flavor and some nice malts. Probably the best so far of the 12-pack sampler.

Very crisp and refreshing. Well balanced.

Drinks pretty well. I'd buy this one in a sixer for sure.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/ruby color with a thin head. It has a nice bitter "bite" to it but it's not overwhelming. Some citrus fruit with a hint of some darker fruit, maybe plum? Weird, I know. I couldn't defiantly drink a few of these over the course of a night.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. A good looking Pale Ale, golden/amber color with good clarity and some lacing. Smell is good, citrus/cascade hops. Even though it's the hos that dominate you can still detect some roasted malts in the smell too. The taste is good. You can taste the malts first followed by the aftertaste of the hops. Very good, classic American Pale Ale taste. Medium bodied with a bitter feel from the hops with a slight buttery feel, very drinkable though. Not really a whole lot to mention about this beer, classic American Pale ale taste, good for summer time. Well malted and good hope taste, well balanced. Good Pale ale and would be a good gateway beer for those getting into craft beer.

Photo of wcintula
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was poured into a plastic cup before I corrected the bartender, asking her for a glass. The beer was a dark red-orange color with a well-retained finger-depth head. The smell was hoppy and bready, like the taste. This one was more bitter than I like my pale ales, but to each his own. It had a strong carbonation and was not the beer I settled on.

Photo of jt31914
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale with 1/4 finger of head and no lacing. Typical.

S: Faint hops, mild cloves.

T: Honey, clovy flavor and mild hop profile. Very nice taste, easy to drink, not too strong, not too weak. Fairly malty.

M/D: Very drinkable and smooth brew. Enjoyable pale ale. I find that while I still prefer IPAs, pales are growing on me with their simple yet complex flavors.

Photo of axeman9182
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into my Allagash chalice.

The beer pours a deep burnt orange, or red orange. It's mostly clear, with a decent crown that falls halfway between off white and tan. The nose is of bready and caramel malts and a very nice blend of citrus and floral hops. As I sip the first thing I pick up on is the malty sweetness alluded to in the nose. A brief crack of bitterness hits next, before the hop flavor comes in to finish things off. I'm just a little let down that there's not as much citrus in the taste as there is in the nose. Carbonation is adequate, but the body is a little bit too thin for my taste. Doggie Style is fairly easy drinking, but not exceptionally so for the style. A fairly well executed American Pale Ale.

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

A - Slightly hazy amber, quickly receding 1 finger head. No lacing.

S - Mild roasted caramel malt with light grassy hops.

T - Caramel malt continues as the backbone with some bitter hops and some citrus. Overall, nicely balanced.

M - Crisp and quenching, slightly creamy. Great carbonation.

D - Overall a very drinkable offering from FD, actually one of the better brews they put out. Perhaps a good gateway for a BMC drinker as it's not very intimidating.

Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear amber color. One finger white head doesn't stick around for long and leaves a cap on the beer itself. No real lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Some citrus and floral hops in the front of this beer. Some lighter caramel malts with a slight bready aroma come in the middle to backend of this. Nothing else in the beer pretty cut and dry.

T- Light citrus hops on the front end mixes with a sweet caramel malt sweetness. This comes into the middle with a pleasant orange and light almost spicing to it. The malts come back in for a second before the alcohol and bitter hops comes around in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light malts and bitter hops left on the palate. Warming alcohol and bitter hops left in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were blended well together but still hops rose to dominate.

D- A good beer which seemed to be a little better when it was brewed in CO. Although, I haven't had it in that long so I just might be used to bigger beers. This beer is just average and a little better than that for the style.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bit darker than most pale ales, it's almost an amber color. There is one finger of off-white head that recedes in about a minute leaving lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasted caramel (that C120 is noticeable) and some grassy lightly floral hops. The beer is still cold so I'll let it warm up a bit.... now I pick up some light citrus as well.

Taste is a nice balance of malt, caramel, hop flavor and bitterness. It starts with smooth pale malt and dark caramel and transitions into some hop flavors of light fruit and citrus with malt. The finish has a roasted element to it, a mild tartness and some hop bitterness with mild floral accents. Some nice, light hop flavor lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is rich yet light with a nice hop presence and balance. I very much enjoyed drinking it and the roasted caramel notes are nice, a bit different for a pale ale but it works well.

Photo of genek
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden straw color with barley any head. Minimal carbonation and color fades to a mild bronze.

A - Vaguely Floral with some fruitiness that I can't quite catch.

T - The maltyness reminds me of an Amber ale, maybe some caramel malt. The hops are great, mostly bittering and pleasantly so. A great balance, though more malty than most pale ales. very creamy mouthfeel, A citrusy or acidic undertone that I can't quite place.

D - A bit rough for an all-nighter, but 2 or 3 is great on a week night before bed.

Photo of DrewKid4
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served: Bottle to .25L Heineken glass

A: Dark amber, not so clear, with nearly nonexistent head.

S: Heavy floral hops.

T: Great American Pale Ale Standard. Slight hop taste that increases after initial tasting. Does not dissipate quickly.

M: Medium body with pleasant bitterness. More pleasant aftertaste than most APAs I've ever tasted.

D: Would be great to have more often if it were not for the price. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a great standard for a micro pale ale.

Photo of bump8628
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper with an inch or so of nice stickage from bone-colored head.

Light floral and citric hops (definitely Cascades) backed by a nice helping toasted malt and some medium caramel. Just a dollop of fruitiness from the yeast finishes things off.

A solid pale. Definitely East Coast in nature with the balanced profile. I'd certainly drink again, but it would be pretty far down my list of priorities.

Photo of Derranged
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a long skinny pint glass.

A- Pours an orange red and white head

S- Citrusy, standard APA smell

T- Really sweet and citrusy, very low bitterness for an APA.

M- Smooth, undercarbonated.

D- I drink this all day. Overall this is a solid beer.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doggie style pours a crystal clear, nice deep golden amber with a nice creamy off white head and good lacing.

The aroma seems to be moslty a sweetish bready malt, a little caramel and a hint of hops.

The flavor seems equally divided by the toasted malts and a resinous orange hop bitterness with the bitterness lingering on the finish. There is a little caramel thrown in the mix. Warming brings out the citrus notes a bit more which are decidedly orange with a touch of grapefruit bitterness. Warming also rounds out the malt flavors and smooths the bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and a touch creamy and actually seems a bit closer to IPA territory. Carbonation is right on spot.

Doggie style is another sold beer from Flying Dog.

Photo of cbros
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a mug.

A- Pours a deep amber color. Very different from a majority of other APA's that I have tasted. There is a small one finger white lace that stays present for about half the beer.

S- I am picking up the malty sweet notes in the beginning followed closely by the hoppy citrus backing.

T- This is an interesting tasting beer. There is a strong malt presence from start to finish in this beer. I am picking up some citrus hop notes near the finish but nothing to hand your hat on. This is a very malt forward beer and is a little of the APA trial I usually find. Overall a nice tasting beer but not exactly what I expected when I originally bought it.

Good beer but not a favorite of mine and something I won't be getting again. However I am glad I was able to try it and definately want to try other offerings from Flying Dog.

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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