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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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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: 210 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Sigmund
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of daliandragon
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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!

Photo of AMoceri7
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of ncbeermonger
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Baileyuk
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of jjboesen
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewmudgeon
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Squelch
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

Pretty good pale ale.

I always thought I wasn't a fan of pale ale's but now I'm coming to find out they aren't so bad (or I was just drinking bad beer). The hops were good, nice spicey bite, but just enough to give you flavor. I didn't have to milk this one because of too many hops it went down smooth.. I'd try another.

Overall an above average beer in my opinion.. if you can get it take it.

Photo of schanker21
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear copper color with some mild-looking carbonation. One finger head hangs out for a little while, but dissipates within 30 seconds or so.

S- Smells unlike any APA I've ever had before. Toffee, caramel, bread, and slight bit of floral hops made me wonder if this should actually be considered an APA or if it should be called something else. Smells like that really good tasting Hawaiian Sweet Bread my mom always used to buy.

T- Tastes unlike any APA I've ever had as well. More of a hops presence in the taste, but still the malts stand out. Toffee, floral hops, and bread are the primary tastes, with the bread being the one that sticks around in the aftertaste. This is by far the sweetest APA I've ever had.

M- Good carbonation, maybe a little sticky, but still smooth.

D- A very drinkable beer and a good session beer. I would like to give it a higher rating because I really like it, but it just doesn't seem like the best representation of the style, so a slight knock there on the score.

Photo of changeup45
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good Pale Ale. This one pours a copper, amber tinted color with a nice amount of head and lacing on the glass. Sweet hoppy aroma. Floral hoppy flavor, dry, with a nice little sweet malt taste in there. Perhaps could use a little more punch but it's a decent session brew.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a small white head with good retention, no lacing.

S: Malty for a pale ale, with a hint of herbal hops.

T: Caramel malt up front, real close to an amber ale. Hops give a flavour of grass, grapefuit, and light mint.

S: Medium-bodied, has a light alcohol bite to it, resiny.

D: A solid pale ale, middle of the road for the style. Not something to seek out, but drinkable in a pinch.

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A numbed-down version? This bottle is at only 4.7%abv. Purchased from Beers of Europe, BB 25/11/08, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: dark reddish amber, a thick beige froth lasts beautifully on top of super-mild carbonation.
S: flowery-fragrant as well as citric in hoppiness, along with lychee-fruits, creamy malts, biscuitiness, toffee and a little dark fruits - smelling almost like Young's Special London Ale!
T: a soothing effervescence of malts comes with roughly crushed nuts and caramel, dried longan-fruits (with a little tannic feel from the shells), faint raisins, and citrusness with a rather "focused" tartness, leading towards a mildly earthy-bitter, burnt-malty and chewy finish. Not bitter but aromatic-hoppy in the lingering undertone.
M&D: refreshing but not fizzy, medium-bodied, balanced, with a good malty backbone carrying the pleasant but moderate hoppiness throughout the drink. I can't quite remember what my previous - 5.3%abv. version - bottle really was like, but this one is more like a hoppy fruity English Pale Ale, nicely balanced and inviting... The whole drinking experience actually IS reminiscent of exactly Young's Special London Ale to me~~

* Tasting date: 26/06/06
Purchased at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market, S. London. The beer cost me 2.4 quid!!--so it'd better be delicious... At 5.3%abv., the label says, and its BB date is Aug. 2006. Served slightly cooler than cool in a straight pint glass.

4 A: dark reddish amber hue, great clarity (filtered?); coming with a nice and tight beige frothy head with good retention, and very low in carbonation.
4 S: classic Cascade hoppy scent--ripe lychees, sweet flowery (sweet osmanthus)--plus a buttery and delicious/juicy pale malts with a smooth touch of caramelised sugar... a harmony in the glass, showing a rather smooth and well-balanced profile. A swirl brings out a more intense, honeyish hint and sweet lychee-fruits+longan-fruits. But overall the aroma is not as complex or big as some other APAs.
3.5 T: very softly-textured longan-fruit tea flavour and some apricot slips through the tongue... leading towards a rounded and soothing malty overtone, backed by a touch of brown-sugar, nuts, a deeply flowery hoppyness, and a soft aftertaste like slightly tannic-bitter taste of fruit stems... but deprived of a considerable bitter edge usually accompanying APAs. I wonder why?
4 M&3.5 D: very smooth, slightly too smooth actually... this is a medium-bodied APA, balanced, approachable, suitable for a beginner dare I say... as it lacks that "sparkle and zest" to open up one's eyes and tastebuds.

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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