Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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2,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 187 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of grayburn
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A copper hue sits below a two finger head with some decent retention and lacing.
The smell is in your face citrus with just a hint of pine. There is little malty sweetness or much of anything else, but the hops smell nice.
The taste is a good example of the style, the hops stand in front, lacking only a bit more of a malty backbone.
The mouth is a bit light, moderate carbonation, moderately bitter.
The drinkability is pretty good, I could drink quite a few of these.
Overall, this beer is a pretty good example of the style, good all around, worth a buy.

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

12 oz. bottle with a humorous, surreal label with a quotation from Hunter S Thompson: "Good people drink good beer." There is a code on the label side: 160FX09

Poured a clear, deep gold to amber color, much like a new penny. The white head dissipated quickly leaving some decent lacing.

The aroma was mild citrus fruits and a little spicy malt.

The taste, like the aroma was not very complex; a refreshing, crisp hop bite followed by a lingering mild sweetness on the tongue. The taste reminds more of North Coast Brewing Company's ACME Pale Ale, but a little more flavorful.

The carbonation was somewhat high with a little hop abrasiveness along with a slight metallic twang.

The refreshing, light flavor and ABV make this one a good quaffer, especially in the warmer months to come.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper color with big foamy off-white head.

Smell: Light aroma of hops, citrus (lemon) and a bit of grasses/malts.

Taste: Hops, citrus, and a bit of malts. Finish and aftertaste has a lot of citrus like grapefruit, but not too strong.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty easy drink, would work as a session beer.

Nice easy beer; solid but nothing too special.

Photo of smibroncos
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear copper into a pint glass, with a one finger brown white head, that flatened out in no time. Sparce lacing on the glass.

S. Orange, flower, and hops.

T. Sweet with some maltiness. Hops, ginger, citrus.

M. A medium boddied lightly carbonated beverage. Slightly dry finnish.

D. Overall I liked the fair amount of hoppiness, balanced by the malt and cirtus taste. I would buy this beer again.

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

A- pours a crystal clear orange with a decent head that dissipates slowly into a nice lace that clings to the glass.

S- Strong scent of oranges and other citrus with a malty sourness

T- Strong hop and malt combination that both compliment each other well and leaves a orange aftertaste.

M- really crisp will little texture. Not much carbonation which makes for an easy swallow.

D- Really refreshing, one of those beers you want to have after a hot day out of the sun.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - faintly hazy golden color with a thick head that settles into a thin collar

S - citrus/piney American hop aroma, faint malt in background

T - full moderate hop flavor profile backed by a solid malt; finishes somewhat dry and hoppy

M - medium-light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent, modest American pale ale. While perhaps not my favorite, it's everything I expect from the style and a well done beer.

Photo of 2KHokie
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle Pours a very nice amber orange with a good one inch off white head. The head fades after a couple of minutes leaving behind nice lacing. Heavy hops in the nose with both pine and floral notes. A little citrus in there too. It has a certain raw greenness to it that I can't quite place. Medium carbonation with a rich mouthfeel for a pale ale. Malt flavor is a little biscuity. Hops have a grassy taste. Overall this one is pretty middle of the road for a American pale ale.

Photo of Buebie
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6'er, this is the last of the pack.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip. If a head formed I didnt see one, it was maybe a quarter inch of white that disapeared just as quick. Maybe 4 spots on the walls that had a resemblence of lace. Its a transparent golden orange in color with alot of carbonation rise.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, more od sawdust then anything else. Faint cry from the malt. Dissapointed now with the aroma too.

Lots of carbonation, starting to think I might have picked up an expired 6 pack.
Not much for hops, some sweet husky grain flavors, wet cardboard, just an over abundance of carbonation.

The mouthfeel is thin an watery with again, too much carbonation.

The first bottle was just as unpleasent, so I gave the rest away and kept one to review.
This is going to the drain, its borderline sour.

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

This beer pours a clear golden brown colour, with a few fingers of puffy, creamy white head, that leave minor lacing. It smells of citrus hops, and a little bit of caramel malt. The taste is pine and citrus hops, with a decent sweet malt body. The carbonation is a bit on the high side, the body could have some more heft, but it finishes with a nice flourish of malt and tangy hops. A decent American pale ale, worthy of a session.

Photo of hdofu
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for an APA, very drinkable. Sort of bitter malty. The beer is orange in color. Taste is really bitter with a malt finish. Mothfeel was medium. Overall its pretty good for a session beer definitely a good one to start the night off with. Hard to be to critical of the apa style as I'm not a big fan of it.

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

The subtleties of this beer don't fit the name. The brew is a great combination of hops and barley as they style requires. I wouldn't call this an American Pale Ale because I usually think of them as having a bit more of an overdose of hops, like an IPA.

Flying Dog's Pale Ale is more like a Bass should be - simple, civilized and drinkable. It's the a golden color and perfectly clear. A very respectable beer that you could offer to anybody - even someone used to lesser (crappy American) beer.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium white head dissipates at an average rate. Medium amount of lacing.
Light aroma of grain, honey and grapefruit.
Toasted malt grain, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Hints of citrus.
Light-medium body. Lively carbonation. Dry crisp finish.
Very easy to drink but not very interesting.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a nice clear golden body with a large white head with good retention and some nice lacing.

S: Smells hoppier than I expected for the style, some nice malt to it as well as some citrus.

T: More character than I expected it to have, hops are fairly bold accompanied by strong citrus with a good malt balance.

Overall: A very nice APA, I usually am not a huge fan of the style but this was almost borderline IPA I thought. Highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of thespaceman
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful rich amber in color, nice fluffy white head with excellent lacing and retention.

Smell: A nice hop aroma here, a bit of grapefruit-esque properties, other citrus elements here as well, a small biscuit-like malt profile is under the radar here but prevalent.

Taste: The nice tinge of hop oil paired with the awesome citrus profile of this beer make a perfect selection for any APA lover. A nice bite from the hops leaves the palete with a nice bitter finish, sweet and a bit sour as well. A small amount of malt finishes this off clean and pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, bitter on the finish yet refined due to a small malt profile. Light to medium bodied and sits well on the tongue.

Drinkability: All in all, this isn't a Double Dog by any means, but an excellent, more logical offering for any hop lover. It features all the elements to make it a classic APA in my book. Very sessionable and very refreshing. A must have.

Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Bronze in color. Pours with a nice head of foam, then dissipates to the outside edge of the glass. Visible carbonation.
(S) Sweet malt aroma with the floral fragrance of hops...mmmm
(T) Crisp, dry malt flavor on the front end followed by subtle sweetness and a slight hop bitterness.
(M) Clean and crisp. In between light and medium bodied.
(D) A great beer for the summer days.

Photo of mempath
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got that 12-pack...nice that you get 6 styles, 4 of each...a good, less expensive way to sample a good chunk of a brewery's art.

a-nice, expected deep golden (not so 'pale') color. head rises fast, diminishes very slowly, getting thicker as it settles. nice, spiderman clinginess! actually a very beautiful sight.

s-ok...doesn't jump out and bite me on the snout. i can tell it is a pale ale, for sure. average.

t-nice, subtle hoppiness. no, it's there for sure, but nothing extreme. though 'doggie style' can be interpreted a bit off the beaten path, it IS a 'classic pale ale'...better than many...there are a good number of much better ones. but that doesn't make this one bad at all. if the flavor didn't fad so fast (very little lingering), i'd bump it to 4.5...i tend to shy away from pales in the hot months...but this might be a good, high quality summer pale. i've been out in the snow shoveling and this actually quenches. not something i expect from most pales. several more tastes and i get a nice sense of the flavors...does this have more malt than the usual pale? the label claims smoothness. it is.

m-roll it around, chew, it seems thicker than when i first tasted it.

d-due to it's mellowness, it is quite the quaffable pale. it is what it says it is. since i have 3 more to go through, it'll be interesting to see if it stays consistent. and major deviance, i will return!

Photo of TPINC3
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer out of a Flying Dog variety 12-pack. I chose this one at random merely for the artwork and goofy sayings on the box, i.e. "They don't serve flying dog in prison so drink responsible." Anyway on to the review:

A- When poured into a glass the beer had a slight orange/amber color. It had a moderate head and the lacing remained throughout which was surprising considering how long it took me to drink it.

S- There was definitely a citrus smell present. Smelt malty with a hint of hops as well.

T- Based on the first two categories I thought this beer was going to be fantastic, but I found that it was not as good as I hoped. It's not bad by any stretch, but there are plenty more pale ales available which possess much more flavor.

M- Goes down fairly smooth. Medium bodied and not overly filling. Its fairly crisp as well.

D- Overall, it's not bad, but not great. You could easily have several of these without really suffering due to lack of taste. However, it's just missing something, which keeps it from being a great ale.

Photo of Seanibus
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not one of Flying Dog's best offerings. It's not terrible, but I found it disappointing on several levels.

Pours clear copper with a disappointing head and no lacing. Light biscuity aroma. Flavor is thin, with a slight toasty character and light floral hop character. The mouthfeel is thin and rather disappointing.

Photo of patobandito
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a bit darker than i would expect for an APA. not much head, and almost no lacing. Smells of roasted malt with very little hop nose. Tastes similar, but the hops do come through on the finish, but not strongly. This is a bit overbalanced on the malt side, but thats not necessarily a bad thing. Good mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. Would make an excellent session beer.

Photo of dakid618
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark amber/reddish color with very little head with a fairly vigorous pour. Smell is very much like caramel and roasted nuts. Taste is very toasty and malty with almost no sign of hops. Fairly thick mouthfeel that coats the entire mouth. Decent drinkability, not outstanding but you could drink a few of these before you even know it. Overall a fairly disappointing pale ale. Not necessarily bad by style definition but I've come to expect more from Flying Dog and think more balance shouldn't be too much to ask for. Not really bad but there are many better pale ales out there.

Photo of Thanby
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, clear amber/orange with a thin tan head and little lacing. Absolutely beautiful. Smells strongly of hops and roasted barley, nice and crisp with a little citrus in it. On the first taste the grain fills the mouth and is quickly followed by a burst of citrusy hops and then a quick and clean finish. On the medium body side for a pale ale, and all-around just a delicious treat. Very classic example of the style.

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

Printed abv of 5.5% and 35 ibu's. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice sized off-white head. Clear dark orange with light carbonation.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit peels.

Taste: Sweet and citrusy.

Drinkability: Light and easily drinkable.

Overall a really good American style pale ale. This one is kinda par for the course.

Photo of Frosty80
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: slightly hazy brown with some amber

Smell: well balanced. mostly malt sweetness with a little bit of hop

Taste: reminds me of an octoberfest. mostly malt throughout with just a hint of bitterness

Mouthfeel: low-med body with moderate carbonation. goes down real easy

Notes: i dont know, i think it might be better with just a little more bitterness. just a little. but this is a great easy drinking pale

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a clear golden colour with about a finger's worth of white head. Retention and lacing are low.

The nose is sweet with some spices and citrus coming after a second. The taste is also sweet with the small amounts of spice and citrus. A very mild bitterness is present throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good; I could drink another if I had one.

This is a good brew that would be nice to keep around for when I'm in the mood for a pale ale.

Photo of Bagman007
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Brown copper coloring with just a little bit of white head.

S- Has a hoppy and somewhat sweet scent to it.

T- Has your standard pale ale hoppy taste, but also somewhat of a wheat like taste as well.

M- Nice and hoppy beer as you would expect from a pale ale.

D- Very drinkable pale ale. I'm on number 3 right now and I could definitely have a few more.

Overall a very solid Pale Ale. Not my favorite, but still very, very good.

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,238 ratings.