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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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2,224 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 33
Gots: 173 | 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 popery
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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
Photo of dudecandle
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, this was disappointing.

A: Light orange-brown body with small cap on the pour, which disappeared quickly, and therefore could leave no such thing as lacing.

S: Light citrus with underwhelming hop presence.

T: Slightly hoppy with some nutty malt, but overwhelmingly grainy with a slight citrus. The skunk of this beer was shocking. Not that it was overwhelmingly macro-esque, but for a Flying Dog product, it was too much.

M: Mediocre at best.

D: This was the first on-tap beer in a long time that I have not finished. I was shocked, appalled, and most relevantly, disgusted.
I want to blame the bar, but they're normally good with their taps. I'll give it a second chance when possible, but for now, this stands.

dudecandle, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mid-copper color with some very nice head and decent lacing. Has a great citrus hop scent; fills the nose, but still with a bit of malty thickness to it. Great taste, a wonderfully bitter beer without being too much; as bitter as possible while still being a very quaffable, near session ale. Flying Dog makes some wonderful pale ales.

JamesS, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper/orange, with a nice thick head, but it didn't last. The aroma was primarily grapefruit, lemon, and apricot, with a subtle clove hint. The taste yielded all aforementioned citrus and spice flavors fairly prominently, which dissolved into a bitter hoppy finish, and unfortunately a somewhat dry-bitter aftertaste. Nice and medium-bodied, with not much in the way of carbonation, but again the dry aftertaste was a little annoying. At least the dryness keeps you gulping, and after a few pints, you realize that it's a pretty good session beer.

donniecuffs, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Madigan
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drink quite a lot of US pale ales but this one struck me as slightly more impressive than most (which is saying something). It pours a very attractive copper colour with a decent head and killer lacing. The taste is the real revelation, though. It's got the same citrus hop tang as a whole range of other ales, but none of the sweetness that takes a bit of the gloss of the likes of Sierra Nevada and Goose Island. It has a spicy bitterness that make it the ideal thirst-quencher after a day's work. This is a highly refreshing, full flavoured beer and, as a bonus, it's abv is low enough for you to happily sink them all night.

I liked the Hunter S. Thompson association as well - he was an uneven writer but at his best (as in Hell's Angels) he's one of the greats.

Madigan, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with moderate head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit primarily. Also smells dry and spicy. Somewhat mild, but that is typical of APAs and the smell lasts throughout the entire beer.

Taste: Citrus and grapefruit bitterness, countered by a pretty dry malt balance. Somewhat spicy and peppery.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, a little thin but has a nice firm feel. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable APA. I like that it has almost zero sweetness, which I think makes it more thirst quenching and almost like an English Bitter with American ingredients. Great everyday brew and one of my favorite APAs.

bsp77, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Anthony1, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

wesbrownyeah, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of Raugupatis
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Raugupatis, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mralphabet, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of wesl56
4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

wesl56, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jeffthecheff, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of mynameisbuzz
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mynameisbuzz, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

projectflam86, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

JordanEllwanger, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of mnrider
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.


mnrider, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Brencr
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Brencr, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

sweemzander, Jul 11, 2009
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,224 ratings.