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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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2,070 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,070
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 30
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
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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.

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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- A little cloudy for a pale ale. It is a red amber color. There was not much for head or lace.

Smell- Very floral and hoppy but the time sweet as well. There is sweet bread like quality to the scent and the taste.

Taste- It has a moderate hop taste to it but still sweet even the aftertaste was mainly sweet. My notes stated that I liked the taste a lot.

Mouthfeel- It is middle of the road as far as the body and carbonation.

Drinkability- Fun and easy to drink. I could drink this one all night.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2008 22:51:10 | More by MTNboy
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazed amber with a crème head. Minor earthy nose. Flavor is earthy as well with a nice leafy edge. Feel is well bodied on liquid. Carbonation is full and bites just a little bit. A nice drinker. Smooth and a bit edgy with an earthy quality.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 23:36:59 | More by RblWthACoz
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3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of dry, toasty biscuits and citrus with just a hint of caramel.

Taste: Mild, unassuming biscuit malt flavor with a just a bit of caramel sweetness. Light citrus hops. Fairly mild bitterness accentuated by the carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's not exactly what I'd call a "classic". Then again, "okay" doesn't look as good on a bottle label.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2007 21:44:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz decorated bottle that I copped singly for about $1.50, this "pale ale" poured an unusually dark amber-brown color with a decent frothy head... was a lot darker than I expected but a nice appearance nonetheless... this was my first brew from the Flying Dog company, and although it wasn't bad at all, can't say I was head-over-heels about this one... smell was good, slightly hoppy with some vanilla aftertones... taste was slightly bitter, with a hoppy, vanilla presence that lingered for a bit... nice bread and butter flavor that was subtle yet refined... mouthfeel was equally good, and being very drinkable, this beer went down smooth, crisp, and clean... Recommended as a pretty good rendition of the style...

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 00:51:28 | More by dsa7783
Photo of brendan13


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

A - Poured into a pint glass with a few centimetres of off white head. Quite a bit of lacing is left behind.
S - Piney, light citrus, some butterscotch maltiness.
T - Very much like the smell, a bit more malty with a fairly strong bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with a carbonation level medium to high.
D - A nice beer for sure. Something I'd drink a bit of if it was cheaper and more readily available here.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 08:27:30 | More by brendan13
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... shared with a friend.... my half from a Delrium Tremens tulip.. Listening to Sasha Live at the Avalon.

Very nice long lasting white head and plenty of sticky white lacing... beautiful polished copper brew.

Smell is generous cascades.. like an amped up Sierra Nevada.. a little toasted malts are coming through to make it more interesting.

Flavor is packed full for an APA... citrus hops with a good malt/bitterness balance... minerally fruity yeastiness in mid palate with a close from the cascades... pretty good. Good body ... and nice drinkability.

Flying Dog is a brewery that used to be all over Boise... now it seems only a couple of the better beer stores carry their brews.. and even those stores are carrying fewer and fewer.. What happened to the Horn Dog, the Double Dog? What happened to the GONZO? Good solid beer from a definately above average brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 08:57:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New review with a bottle in much better condition.
Review on 08/23/08
Pours a clear copper with a two fingered white head that has good retention. Sticky lacing is left on the glass at every sip. A definate hop aroma of pine and citrus. Nicely balanced flavor of hops and malt. Has a nice creamy texture. Get it fresh and it is a good beer.

Review on 12/10/07

I bought a 6-pak many months ago and drank a few and was very unimpressed. Had one left in the fridge and thought I better get rid of it and rate it before it got too old.

Pours a dark copper with a minimal head that quickly disapears to almost nothing. A little lacing is left behind. No life in the beer. As flat as I remember it.

Has a slightly sour and grassy aroma. Reminds me of sour milk on the farm.

The taste is likewise sour with some malt and fruity hoppiness to back it up. It is light bodied and almost flat. It is almost undrinkable. I have avoided everything from this brewery because of this 6-pac but seeing all the praise I must have had a bad sample. But I still won't rush out and buy anything else from this brewery. Some of the worse micro beer I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 02:01:18 | More by morimech
Photo of Lukie


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second American micro I have had now, and thus, the APA and AIPA styles and characteristics are very new to me.

Poured out a very, very dark brown, with a small inch high head that went away to a lacing straight away. It was different...

The initial smell is quite malty, with caramel tones, slightly fruity. A hint of burnt caramel in the back of the nose. Interesting.

Great hop flavour that is balanced well with a slight malty sweetness. Caramel, some small hints of chocolate aswell, and nice citrus flavours in the back from the hops. Not overpowering.

Moderate to low carbonation, with a nice heavy body to it. It is wonderful to sit and drink. Overall, this would be a great session beer in Australia if we could get it at a reasonable price. If it works out cheaper then LCPA, then it would be amazing, otherwise, the local boy takes the cake.

Worth the money I paid, only for something new and unique.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 14:08:51 | More by Lukie
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into a 16 oz straight glass. A real easy pour that is delightfully bubbly and jolly feeling.

Appearance: A lovely deep amber brew with a good finger and a half of light foam. Settled out fairly quickly, and the lacing stayed put for a while. This Pale Ale, said Drink Me. Like Alice... I did!

Aroma: A lighter variety of hops? A very brisk and fruity bouquet from the pour. Definitely a nice little bit of sweet malts and dilute fruity esters that said drink me.... Like Alice, I did.

Taste: OK, so it didn't quite reach the promise of the aroma and smell. But this is an above average Pale Ale. Mostly because, unlike many brew companies, Flying Dog tends to not use excess hops to induce flavor. (And then convince us that that is what beer is about). There is that nice citric undertone and more than a little maltiness backing up the lighter hops that this brewski must contain. This was one of those drink me drinks, though I do have heartier beer styles that I prefer, generally speaking. Great for light social drinking.

Mouthfeel: This is a moderate to medium bodied Pale Ale. There is a nice balance of flavors to enjoy, so don't gulp it too fast. Enjoy. It said drink me!... So, I did, with savor.

Drinkability: This beer "downs" easily and, subjectively, gives a jolly refreshing feel to the event. Good taste, with a moderate alcohol content, easy to drink and not too filling makes for a good sports afternoon in front of the "Tube" with your buddies.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 00:24:32 | More by AndyCapp
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Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/29/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a dense, medium-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, caramelized malts and a strong burst of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong hops bitterness and a hearty malt character. There’s just the right amount of sweetness as well. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, I could certainly drink this beer for a very long time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2007 15:25:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have really enjoyed just about everything this Colorado brewery offers, so I thought I should review this pale ale that I drink all the time. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into imperial pint glass.

A - Deep golden/amber/orange color with slight off white head doesn't dissapate too quickly.

S - Citrus (grapefruit, orange, maybe lemon) with less dominant hop aroma.

T - Decent balance as the hops aren't overwhelming in this brew, again citrus with a slightly piney hop. Which is interesting because I tend to shy away from piney hops.

M - Bitter finish but for the most part you know your drinking a pale ale; not watery or thin on the palate.

D - Overall a good beer, good for a few but not a all night or all day brew.


Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 03:50:35 | More by calinative68
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Flying Dog Mixed Pack at ABC for around $13...I have tried some FDs but not all of them so I figured this would be a good buy just knowing their reputation as being a good brewing company
A: Pours a nice golden-amber color, really it looks orangish...nice two finger off-white head that leaves a little lace on the glass

S: I really liked the nose on this one...right off the bat, citrus (specifically grapefruit, orange, and a bit of lemon) along with a less-than hoppy aroma

T: Again, less hops than I had expected, but still a nice balance that also includes grapefruit, oranges, and pine...very refreshing would be the way to describe this one

MF: Bitter finish that leaves more notes of pine on the back of the tongue than anything else

D: Highly drinkable, not quite a session beer

Overall, this is definitely one of Flying Dog's better offerings...A smart buy

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 02:31:42 | More by scottyshades
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz. bottle from Flying Dog sampler. Pours a golden-amber color with good head. Pretty good retention and some lacing left behind. Smell is initially of muffled hops however that seems to decipate as I drink and it starts to take on a grassy and almost metallic smell. Taste is nice balance of malt and hops, slightly heavier on the hops side with some citric notes. Moderate carbonation and a slightly oily residue is left behind. While its not the best APA I've had it wasnt bad at all and very drinkable, a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2007 06:48:36 | More by bunnyhustle
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up on the advice of a friend. He claimed this was as good as Sierra Nevada. Wrong. This was still a decent pale ale that I could drink if it was on sale. The smell was hoppy but the taste was balanced and was your run of the mill pale ale. This was a good session beer.

Update-12/05/07 this was very good on tap at the brewery. Hoppy and fresh. Too bad its not the same in the bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 17:57:59 | More by ArrogantB
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass on 11/18/07. No date on bottle.

A - Poured a clear, bronzed orange with a half-inch eggshell head that quickly diminished. Fair amount of tiny bubbles. Not much lacing at all.

S - Bready malts up front with a mild but pleasant floral hop nose with some citrus aspects. Hops are a bit more in the background, but it smells pretty well-balanced.

T - Predominantly bready and biscuity maltiness with a nice bitter bite that's definitely fitting for the style. Not too much deviation here. Classic, crisp pale ale with a pretty clean finish.

M - Light to medium bodied, but a tad watery. Hops don't hang around for very long. Some prickly carbonation as well. Mildly bitter on the tongue.

D - Definitely a nice session beer. Not too heavy on the palate, and a hop profile that most can likely appreciate. I enjoyed the breadiness.

ps: I love Flying Dog's label artwork! Definitely some of the most unique labels I've seen.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 22:27:14 | More by ffejherb
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pour a clear amber color. Mine had a small beige head that disappeared pretty quickly. A light note with hints of citrussy hops. Taste starts with a bit of malt sweetness up front followed by bitter, citrussy hops in the middle with a lingering bitter finish. A very good example of the American pale ale style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:32:54 | More by Spidey13
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really torn betwen 4.0 and 4.5 on smell taste and mouthfeel. As the beer wamrs up, I lean towards 4.5 for taste and 4 for mouthfeel.

Appearance: clear amber color with a nice initial head that is 2 fingers thick and a good retention

Smell is of cascade hops that overpower the pale and caramel malts underneath.

Taste: mildly sweet upfront with pale malts and caramel malts. This is followed by a strong cascade hop bitterness.. The malting on this beer balances well witht he hopping, this is followed by an alcohol flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with malts that cling well to the palate.

Drinkability: A good pale ale. I wasn't crazy about certain flying dog stuff, but this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 05:24:23 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an over-sized Sacred Heart High School glass mug. (lol)

A: Pours a deep amber-orange with a one-finger head of light foam. The lacing hangs around for the duration of the brew, however.

S: Smells of grapefruit hops and slightly sweet malts. A little bit of caramel, but mostly watery, fruity hops.

T: Taste is citric and bittersweet hops up front, but mellows out with some dense malts in the middle. The alcohol goes unnoticed under the careful dance of hops and malts being presented in this ale.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but given the balanced taste, it doesn't hinder the drinkability whatsoever. This is very easy to down.

D: Great taste, moderate ABV, easy to drink and not too filling makes for a homerun session brew in my opinion.

I'm sort of a Flying Dog sucker, but the Classic Pale Ale is just that - classic. It won't wow, but it'll never disappoint. In fact, there are some pleasant surprises for those who aren't used to the style, most notably the color and smell.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 04:53:02 | More by Gambrinus1184
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a light brown head that leaves lacing

S - Very nice lots of citrus and malt

T - A little disapointing after the look and smell its not bad, bitter hops stand out the most

M - Feels watery with medium carbonation

D - This one really depends on my mood right now its just ok but it could be great if I w as in the mood for something more hoppy

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 19:22:45 | More by armock
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4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful golden-amber color. Moderate carbonation with an off-white creamy head.

Smell: Toasty malt, oily and spicy hops.

Taste: Excellent balance between malt and hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and satisfying, the carbonation provides nice movement.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. The balanced flavors and medium carbonation make this a prime candidate for mass consumption.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 08:17:00 | More by SargeC
Photo of OKCNittany


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

A: 1/4" off white head that fell to a ring & cloud in the middle. Copper body with great clarity.

S: Citrus & pine hop aroma with a malty sweetness in the background. Very enjoyable.

T: Nice, bitter citrusy hop flavor with plenty of caramel malt for balance. Nothing too complicated, but very tasty.

M: Light to medium body with adequate carbonation. Lasting, citrusy finish.

D: Very refreshing and easy to drink. I think I like this more every time I taste it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 04:05:43 | More by OKCNittany
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

12fl oz bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a dark amber colour. Light tan head poured quite loose and faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and very little lacing...

Aroma - Grassy and piney hops, good caramel maltiness, faint nuttiness, some light buttery traces, ground pepper, floral honey notes, some herbal hints, some saltiness, grapefruit and citrus fruitiness...

Taste – Quite malty first then the piney and grassy hops come to the fore... some sweet honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread traces, quite floral, some saltiness, the faintest of metallic notes..

M&D - Quite crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Very refreshing and drinkable and pretty sessionable...

Overall - A pretty decent APA - nothing groundbreaking just a good, clean well made APA... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 10:54:08 | More by mdagnew
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Large, rocky white head and an amber body with good clarity.

S - Grainy caramel and some grassy hops.

T - Very grainy, slightly burnt flavor. A bit of caramel, maby a hint of hops... a little sour.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - I must say I am not that pleased with this beer. The flavor is quite unplesant... but at least it looks good.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 04:45:51 | More by nickfl
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the third beer I've tried in a mix twelve pack of Flying Dog beer. It poured an amber color without much head and what there was was gone pretty quickly. The smell was floral with some pine with hops. The taste was of hops. Not too bitter but enough bite. Overall a good ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 00:51:27 | More by brewshakes
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a dark copper-orange with a small beige head.

Aroma of grapefruit and sweet caramel malts.

Taste is slightly bitter hops with a nice malt presence. The finish leaves a bitter butter note.

Mouthfeel was on the lighter side, drying, and mildly carbonated.

A very easy to drink pale ale but not a favorite due to the buttery aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 20:40:43 | More by Monkeyknife
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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