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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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2,112 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,112
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 30
Gots: 126 | 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 SirChugsAlot


4.43/5  rDev +22%

Pours an off white 2 finger head on top of an orange-ish copper colored beer. The head quickly dies down to sparse bubble around the edge of the glass and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma is mainly of hops (Cascade?) with slight hints of citrus and flowers.

The flavor of this one hits you with hops and then becomes nicely balanced with malty flavors and finishes off with another hit of hops

The hops and malt dance around your tastebuds in an amazing way. This is a well balanced beer with a light/medium body with slight carbonation.

All around well balanced and delicious i wish this was my everyday drink

11-22-2008 01:22:18 | More by SirChugsAlot
Photo of william5586


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

A-Burnt orange, typical pale ale.Thin head that quickly turns into a ring.

S-Burnt musty hops. I just realized that may sounds bad but it really wasn't

T-Classic hop bitterness but not to overwhelming. Tastes almost earthy. This caught me off guard as I've had so many citrus/pine hoped beers lately.

M-A lack of carbonation made the beer feel thing but it was very smooth.

D-Pretty good. Average pale ale

11-22-2008 01:21:34 | More by william5586
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Copper beer, pristinely clear. Off-white to tan head, quickly reduced to sparse bubbles. Some attractive lacing on the class.

S-Light American hop aromas.

T-Subtle hop flavors, mostly flower, but also some almost earthy flavors. These turn into a light malty toffee with minimal bitterness. Flavors are well balanced between bitter and malt, slightly in favor of the hops on the get-go.

M-Medium body, medium carbonation. Feels light and bubbly through my palate.

D-Good drinkability. An enjoyable and good-quality brew. First tried this one almost 6 years ago during a trip to Steamboat, and was glad when it started being distributed in MN awhile back.

11-18-2008 03:21:07 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of hustlesworth


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

A- bright clear burnt orange-amber with golden highlights. a very attractive battered ivory head tops this dog and leaves a delicate spattering of lace while retaining itself quite nicely. as it settles, the foam becomes thick and pock marked and wrinkly and hoppy lookin like half cooked scrambled eggs..

S- plenty of dry hopped citrus goodness is fuming out of this one. grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, lemon peel, dry white wine, passion fruit, and the butt of a mango where the sap oozes out. slightly metallic with some caramel malt and toasted grains, but not much, showcasing the fresh cascade aroma that is fruity and herbal all at once.

T- while there is a decent clean bitterness, the fruity citrus hops don't quite carry over to the taste. malt flavor is toasted bread and fresh with some wet dog tap water sneaking around. just a little bit of grapefruit and orange pith, otherwise earthy with a run of the mill bready backing. a little bit of caramel sweetness in the finish with a fresh hop aftertaste.

MF- medium bodied and medium carbonation with a dry, slightly astringent feeling. hop bitterness seems to be felt more than tasted, creating a bit of a pucker. crisp and bracing due to it's lack of sweetness.

D- the websites claim to using 'shit loads of cascade hops' had me expecting something more, but the bottle's claim to balance was right on, only the malt isn't all that flavorful, and left me desiring something more than plain toasted grains.

11-17-2008 08:55:21 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of almychristopher

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

this beer pours a orangish light amber color with an off white head that fades to a thin film, with nice lacing on the glass. the aroma presents a decent amount of pine, with just a hint of malt, the taste has a nice bit of sweet maltiness, and a bit of hop bitterness at the end. the mouthfeel and carbonation make this an easy drink.

11-14-2008 05:32:03 | More by almychristopher
Photo of AgingWarrior


4/5  rDev +10.2%

Served in a pint glass, golden orange with a nice thick foamy head of about a finger or so. The head held up rather well and provided good lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus and pine with a hint of malt.

Taste is hoppy, yet balanced with a crisp, clean finish.

Mouth feel is medium body, medium carbonation, smooth on the tongue.

Very tasty and easy to drink APA.

11-10-2008 14:52:24 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Poured a clear, ruby orange with a slight bready white head. Visible carbonation was good and strong.

S: The nose was big malty and citrusy with dried grapefruit/citrus, pine, with a touch of grassiness. The nose was definitely hop dominated but nicely balanced as well.

T: Leaves a spicy tang on tongue. There was a little malt sweetness coming through in the finish. Fresh grapefruit and pine. Decent overall though a little simplified in complexity.

M: a little thin. nice strong carbonation.

D: Was nicely hopped for a pale and definitely good to throw back a couple. session material.

11-07-2008 22:59:27 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Out of the bottle this beer was a dark amber color almost like a garnet with a tan head one finger thick. The retention was average and it left sticky lacing down me glass. The aroma was nice, pale malt and floral Cascade hops with some hints of grapefruit sweetness. The flavors were hoppy and a little bitter at first but this was soon answered by a balancing malt. The mouthfeel was good though the carbonation just a touch on the prickly side and the finish is a little oily. It's a well balanced beer however and though it lacks complexity it is quite sessionable as an APA should be- worthy.

11-07-2008 17:07:21 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Sigmund


4.43/5  rDev +22%

12 fl. oz. bottle, bought at the GBBF 2008 for takeaway. ABV is 5.5%, IBU 35. Deep amber to orange colour, decent off-white head with an orangey hue. Very nice aroma of Cascade hops, notes of citrus and honey. The flavour is also dominated by Cascade hops, but there is a sufficient malty base to balance the hops. Moderately bitter aftertaste. American Pale Ale is an underrated style IMO, this is an example. Great balance is more interesting for me than "hop monsters". Good beer!

11-03-2008 17:34:39 | More by Sigmund
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -11%

Pours an interesting medium copper color with little head but apparent lace frothing the sides up before I've even taken a sip. The nose is a fresh, wet hop tinged with pine and citrus rind. Tasty but not outstanding.

This is well balanced initially but instead of melding and working together, the hops and malt seem to be pulling in different directions. Some caramel flavors are offset by pine bitterness but the finish is indecisive and not hyped much by a thin, watery texture.

They're definitely doing some things right here but until they do something about that finish and mouthfeel, I say pass.

11-02-2008 02:09:14 | More by daliandragon
Photo of unclejimbay


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, 10/22/08
Reviewed as an American Pale Ale
Reviewed 10/22/08, bottle > tapered bottom mug.
cals = 179 p12ozs, bottle states 5.5% ABV, IBU as 60, BA says 5.35%ABV

A 4.5- Good head and retention, medium to dark caramel/toffee color
S 4.0 - Floral to citrus hop notes on a malty backbone, hops dominant,
malt aroma is in background, nice aroma balance
T 4.5 VERY VERY balanced on taste for an APA, hops are present but dance nicely with the malts
MF 4.0 Good solid balanced carbonation, medium+ on body,
not dominance on finish, very smooth for an APA
D 4.5 Excellent APA for a session beer. I really really dig this one. Pale Ales have started to grow on me and this one would be a leader in the pack.

Thanks to CurtDoggYo! for the tasting sponsorship during our brew session!

10-27-2008 19:15:58 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of AMoceri7


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Let me preface this by saying the only pale ale I can enjoy is an INDIAN pale ale. With that being said here goes.

A: Nice golden color. Seems a bit cloudy and exciting. Poured into a pint glass ice cold.

S: Eh...Compared to my venture with Sierra Nevada shyte pale ale this one is acceptable. Malt and hops in the nose. Distinct sweetness makes my nose cringe a little bit. Almost like candy corn.

T: This is where it all comes through. Balanced. Nice pale malt sticks out with a residual sweetness. Hops bring through some bitterness from start to finish and lingers after a little while. Cascades cascades cascades.

M: Good carbonation, maybe a little under par. Not bad.

D: Not the best, could go through maybe 3 before calling it. Very filling.

Overall: Probably wont buy again, not impressed. It fills the "MAKE THE MAJORITY HAPPY" beer category easily.

10-22-2008 05:02:36 | More by AMoceri7
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

I have come to expect a lot from Flying Dog. This beer more or less lived up to the expectation.
I had it in a pint, the head seemed to runaway from the glass and lasted only a moment.
The color is a little to dark for a pale ale, but it is an attractive beer none the less
You can smell the hops, but it is far from what I would consider a Hoppy beer. The taste leaves a little to be desired. The hops are not noticeable right away, but you know they are there!
The beer feels great in the mouth, and this crisp pale ale is very drinkable!

nc beer monger

10-21-2008 20:20:17 | More by ncbeermonger
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

The beer pours a dark orange/copper color with an inch of off-white head. Aroma is exclusively citrus and piney hops. Medium bodied on the palate. The flavor is mainly from the Cascade hops, pine and citrus. A light sweet malt rises in the center and provides some balance. Overall this is a middle of the road pale ale. The flavor is bit thin, but definitely not watery. A session ale indeed.

10-21-2008 00:41:29 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of philipquarles


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear orange/copper with minimal head. Poor retention and lacing, though maybe that was the glass.

Smells of piney hops with citrus, along with a bit of biscuity malt. This is quite similar to the taste, though the grapefruit/citrus esters are a bit more prevalent, and the malt comes through as being roastier.

Not a bad pale ale overall, just unremarkable.

10-19-2008 23:44:46 | More by philipquarles
Photo of Reagan1984


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured with a substantial head that had a great deal of structure. It was off white in color and had great retention. As it faded it almost left a skeleton of itself in the top of the glass. It immediately started forming thick lacing on the side of the glass. A clear amber color that was almost perfectly copper. No visible carbonation.

Tons of thick lacing left behind in the glass.

Aroma was slightly sweet and of nice grains and roasted malt. A very subtle fruit and spicy nature.

Taste started almost burnt.. then a burst of fruit before giving way to a nice hp lingering effect. The malt and hops seem to work well together. Although the initial burst is a little burnt in nature it backs off to a nice balance with a subtle spicy nature.

Mouth feel is smooth and silky bordering on creamy, but not quite there. A little thick and sticky Very drinkable.

A pretty good version of an APA. I had heard it was pretty hopped up. Not sure I agree with that, but I like it

10-12-2008 22:59:14 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Baileyuk


3.45/5  rDev -5%

An okay pale ale. Bought as part of a 12 pack sampler. When I popped the cap both bottles burst open with foam. Was like an imfected beer but with nothong on the nose and little to no indication on the tongue. Also was perfectly clear. Good head.

Hop aroma was mild but very pleasant. Taste was a slight metalic taste. Hops were weaker, and a little lighter, than expected.carbonation waas a little low, maybe because of what happened prior to opening.

All said and done this was enjoyable beer, not a world class one but a decent option

10-08-2008 00:06:02 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

A damn good pale ale right here. By far the best one of the mixed pack I got from this brewery and one of the better Pale Ale's I've had. A nice little hop aroma and taste and super drinkable which is just what I'm looking for in a pale ale. Good job with this one flying dog.

10-02-2008 00:52:53 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of KeefD


4/5  rDev +10.2%

Nice amber color with a tan colored head that raises to about 3 fingers before receding into a decent looking cap. Lacing is there a nice looking. Piney, citric aromas, backed up by a nice helping of caramel malts. Flavor profile is right on with the nose. Nice bitterness, plenty of pine flavor, lots of caramel malt, slightly citric, slightly sweet, but dry on the finish. Plenty creamy on the tongue, not much carbonation. Easily drinkable. A fine APA, but there are plenty more out there who do it for me than this one.

09-29-2008 17:11:41 | More by KeefD
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -16%

Pours a three-fingered white head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is typical pale, hints of caramel mellowing to bitterness at finish. $1.67 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience (now Barb's Beer Emporium) Concord, NH.

09-28-2008 22:22:44 | More by jdhilt
Photo of bbothen


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a clear copper color with a small 1 finger off white bubbly head.

Floral, flowery, hoppy nose with some distinct malty sweetness as well.

Piney & citrus flavored hoppiness, nicely balanced with caramel malt sweetness.

Medium bodied with a full flavor, moderate carbonation, dry lingering finish.

Drinks well, tasty, good session brew.

Not a huge Flying Dog fan in general, but this is s fine APA example. Will gladly have again.

09-28-2008 21:09:36 | More by bbothen
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.5/5  rDev +24%

Great APA with a distinct hop punch

A- Dark amber-caramel(orange-brown) transparent with a 2-finger bubbly head that leaves some interesting lace

S- Pungent, floral hops and a sweet, earthy malt background

T- Taste is very good for an APA. Spicy, floral hops in front with a sweet malty feeling on the tongue. Some fruitiness. Leaves me with a dry bitterness in the mouth that makes me feel like eating salty snacks or a burger. Very American. Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada APA with more malt.

M- Feel is somewhat light but envigorating with a bit of bubbly carbonation.

D- Superb drinkablility due to light characteristics. Only 13 Plato's and 146 calories

09-12-2008 19:53:02 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of jjboesen


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a creamy head that quickly dissipates and leaves a splotchy lacing. There is a deep amber color with minimal clarity. Minor notes of citrus along with lemony taste, albeit very lightly hopped. Fresh and crisp; a lighter than expected pale ale that is not overwhelming in nay sense of the word.

No complexity here to ponder. Smooth and drinkable, but nothing to make you say "Wow!"

Still, I would recommend it on a hot day - or for the game.

09-07-2008 22:27:14 | More by jjboesen
Photo of brewmudgeon


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%

3 A coppery amber, good head at first, minimal lacing
4 S cascade grapefruit, bread dough, slightly metallic
2.5 T not nearly so bold as the smell, dry and bitter, taste (w/o allowing aroma to influence) is mainly just moderate bitterness, oddly similar to a thinner anchor steam if focusing just on taste
2.5 M watery, too thin, seltzer levels of carb
3 D not even close to an ideal APA, but could be decent summertime beer. should try comparing this head to head with acme.

09-07-2008 15:26:40 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance: Deep copper color. Crystal clear. Fleeting off white head.

Smell: Smell equally of fruity hops and crystal malts. Nice

Taste: Bitterness dominates the palate from start to finish. Citrusy up front. Slight sweetness. No fruity esters

Mouthfeel: This beer stings to drink. Too much carbonation. slight alcohol warmpth in the finish. Medium light body.

Drinkability: Average beer. Would drink again.

09-05-2008 01:56:31 | More by Squelch
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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