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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 Phylomatic
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice amber, very clear. Carbonation was steady, formed a head a nice antique-white. The head was thick like a milk shake. It stuck around for an average amount of time. Leaves a nice sticky trace.

Smell: I picked up a sweet smell, maybe a little herbal, maybe citrus but I found it had a perfume/spicy smell. The citrus could of been another non-citrus fruit..it was sweet, but not sugary.

Taste: Not too sweet. Mildly bitter, and mildly spicy. Nothing about this beer was overwhelming. Very casual beer.

Mouth feel: Seemed to have between a thin and medium body, closer to medium. It started out bitter but became a semi-smooth. Well carbonated for sure. Not really too exciting.

Drinkability: I could drink a lot of this beer fast. I also wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again if I hadn't had it in a while or was going to a party and didn't want something too heavy.

Photo of clayrock81
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish gold that had a two-finger head that receeded slowly with lacings. A faint citric hop smell and some malts in there. A light-to-medium body, this had a crisp carbonated feel with a good citric hop presence and a slightly dry backbite. Some malts on the side include caramel and bread (somethi9ng doughy). I could session a couple of these even though its a little simplistic.

Photo of NatetheGreat
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very nice deep amber color with an inch off-white head that stayed longer than most do. Decent lacing as well.

S: citrus fruits, with a faint sweetness in the background. standard APA aroma, good but not outstanding.

T: i think i started drinking this before it had warmed enough. at first, almost all hops and no hint of any malt to balance. But after it warmed more, it was like a different beer: leafy, citrus rind hoppiness and a delicate sweetness that helped round things out. Not sure what the malt imparts but that mellow bready sweetness...this brew really is about the hops.

M: moderate body, smooth feel and fair carbonation. Actually hold its own pretty well.

D: easy to drink, an APA that could be sessioned...just allow it to warm enough first.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with reddish tints. The head is respectable,the lace is above average.
The aroma is floral hops,caramel and a touch of alcohol.
The taste is sweet,caramel,malts,hops and a touch of fruit.There were also some citrus hints.
The feel is medium body,well balanced,mildly bitter and the carbonation is just right.

Notes: A beer that I liked and one that could be purchased in a sixer. Good for sessions and hot days.
Is it better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale?
Perhaps it comes very close.I will leave it at that since the Sierra brew may be better balanced. Still,this one has a chance.

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

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- The body was a deep amber/copper color with light to medium carbonation. It had a 1 finger off-white to tan head that quickly dropped to a lace that left good sticky rings on the glass.

S- There were initial pine-like hops prominant with a caramel malt background.

T- There was good balance. Nice caramel malts with a hoppy finish of grass and pine. It isn't as bold as some others.

M- It had a hop tingle. The lighter carbonation makes a smooth drink.

D- It's a pretty good drinker. The flavor isn't "in your face."

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No date but a code on the label. It was a clear, deep amber color with a good carb stream. It has a small off-white head that quickly settled into a broken foam. Very little lacing. The aroma was, of course, cascade hops. It was a little weaker than others in the style that I have tried. The taste was good but again was missing something for me. Overall, a good APA but I've had better in the style. Worth trying but don't go out of your way.

Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red/brownish color. A large beige head forms and leaves lots of sticky and patchy lace.
S: Some nice floral hops with a spicy and fruity (orange and citrus) aroma. A good dose of caramel malt as well.
T: Sweet malt and some fruity hops again. A nice bitterness, but nothing really stands out like in the nose. The flavor is pretty muted in comparison.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit watery and thin. Slick and oily as well. An easy and smooth drinking pale ale. Something I can session with no problem.

This is a good beer to relax with. Not to complex, but a very well crafted beer. Something that will find its way into my fridge more often.

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

Right up Flying Dog's alley. Crisp, malty, tad bite of hops and a wee bit bitter grain finish. Not great, not terrible, both good and average. Flying Dog is the "I'm only going so far so don't push me" brewery. Reminds me of Sam Adams. They won't budge, they like coming up just short...but just short in the glorious American craft brew selection is still an honor. Begins knocking on Sierra Nevada's door, but they aint answering. A worthy attempt nonetheless.

Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

This beer pours a nice copper color with a hint of amber. The half-finger head recedes to a thin layer, and the lacing is pretty good.

The smell is nice, there are a lot of hop aromas - citrus, floral and bitter. There's also a bit of alcohol smell.

The taste is good. There's mostly a floral taste from the hops. There's also a decent amount of bitterness. There's something else I can't put my finger on, but overall it's pretty good.

The mouthfeel is decent. It fits the style well but it's not spectacular. Could use a bit more carbonation.

The drinkability of this is pretty good. It's got good flavors and there's not really anything that's not good about it.

Overall this is a lot like the Flying Dog IPA. Worth a shot, and a pretty good deal for the price.

Photo of berserker256
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker than I expected it to be. Nice dark gold-to-brown color and a thick foamy head. Sharp citrus and hop notes. Hoppy, slightly sweet, and a l;ittle bit of citrus in the flavor. Smooth texture, nice body, and easy to drink. One of the better Pale Ales and definitely the best that I've had from the Flying Dog company.

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

A lightly carbonated, amber colored beer sits in my pint glass like a dog with its tail between its legs. An inviting smell of hops is what draws me in for more. A light carbonation doesn't balance well with a light, docile flavor. Definitely pale ale in smell and taste but feels more like watered-down Sierra Nevada PA. This dog is more chihuahua than pit-bull in the end and could use a nice kick in flavor to boost up the brew.

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

A= very nice chestnut-amber, clean with modest near-white head which dissipates but leaves modest lacing.

S= gorgeous and robust, very inviting, some smoky hints with a variety of hops-florals, caramel malts. Reminds me of an autumn walk in the woods. If you don't find something similar, let it warm a little.

T= up-front West Coast hops bitters & florals of nicely mixed varieties, crisp, pine and slight grapefruit, slightly sweet caramel malts, tangerine and citrus notes, occasional apple-tartness hints in the aftertaste. It's actually somewhat similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but this one has more bite and less full-bodied malt flavor.

M= a lot of hops bite lingering, very nice if you're a fan of bountiful floral-hops bitters; mild candy-sweetness on the tongue with candy-apple hints. Big grapefruity-citrus belch.

D= very drinkable if you're in the mood for a strong Pale-Ale, even IPA fans should really appreciate this. Pine-bitters and bite might get to my stomach after a handful, though.

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

On tap at the City Grille in Denver.

A: Deep amber color with a very good clarity. Small head leaves behind tiny amounts of lace.

S: The first sent that hit me was a subtle whiff of smoke. This was followed by a raw lemon and grapefruit note, plus a little toffee sweetness.

T: Starts off with a mild caramel sweetness in the malt. Bitterness comes on with a nice combination of lemon and grapefruit that tastes appropriate for the style. Citrus bitterness lingers through the finish.

M: Medium light body is slightly oily. Carbonation level is right.

D: Nice session beer. I'll happily revisit this one.

Photo of sorryaboutbrooks
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to glass. Seems like a very standard IPA to me (hence the name Classic Pale Ale..I guess). Copper color and thin head at first after pour. Head remains ringed at the edges of the glass throughout the entire drink. Pretty dry, the hop taste lingers in your mouth after you swallow. There's not a huge hop presence, nothing interesting. Not something to write home about. They do go back easily however. Also, some have noted a chill haze. I did not seem to find that.

Photo of theghost3
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale has a nice transparent copper appearance with a medium white head. Some lacing. Smell is strong of citrus, particularly grapefruit & lime as well as yeast, hops. Taste is a combination of citrusy hops and malt, but the hops wins out. Fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp with a some acidity. This is a drinkable pale ale but not nearly as good as many I've had.

Photo of Cresant
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date but a crazy code: 302FX08? The body was dark amber and clear and bright. The light small head dissipated quickly.

Smell was yummy piney hops. Grainy/husky aroma (which I dig0. Tobacco leaf and later i got whiffs of Rye bread. Lots to like here.

Taste was also piney hops. Tons of hops presence, not just bitterness but flavor. Red apple peel. Sweet malts were there but more passively than the dominate hops flavors and aromas.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and carbonation.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, small grapefruity hops, an a small sweet maltiness. In the taste, small hop presence, sweet malt, and somewhat watery. A lighter body and a small bite in the mouthfeel, with a small dry hoppy aftertaste. OK pale, small hop presence and somewhat watery.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker almost ruby colored amber with some pretty good bubbling, a good head after the pour, and a strong film of foam on the top of the beer. The aroma is a light bread an Yakima valley hops. Great malt and hop combo. Th taste is almost as balanced, with a little more emphasis on the hops in the front. The finish balances out the hops with some wet rye bread. Very soft palate balanced with breads and lemon zest.

Photo of beeragent
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a deep amber, forming a 1/2 inch off-white head, leaving thin spots of lace.

S - Strong hop aroma. Very citrusy with a mild malt presence.

T - Hops up front creating a nice citrusy flavor with just enough malt to smooth out the harshness from the hops.

M - Medium thickness and good amount of carbonation.

D - For a pale ale, this was very interesting. I love hoppy beers, but every once in a while, I enjoy a mildly hopped beer. This pale ale, while still having that nice hop aroma and flavor, is not nearly as harsh as other pale ales out there. Definitely a sessionable brew.

Photo of ectomorph
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I 'cut the leash' and decided to review this ale that I've enjoyed many times in the past.

A - light copper with 1/4 inch persistent head. This beer has some nice carbonation that wont quit.

S - Bread baby, bread.

T- Nicely balanced but leaning towards the aggressive hops.

M - Heartier than it looks.

D - More than one? Yes please.

Photo of atsprings
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was a very faint tinge of citrus hops. The taste was fair balance of sweet malts and citrus hops. The beer was light and crisp with decent carbonation. This was a somewhat enjoyable beer, but there's better Pale Ale's out there.

Photo of jordoo
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Nice light amber colored brew with a decent white head that left some lacing. Smells of fresh grassy hops, earthy malts with carmel hints and slight citrus smell as well. Taste has a decent bitter hop hit throughout some biscuity malt flavor and hints of tropical fruit flavors theat never really materialize. I got a slight metalic aftertaste, but it did have a decengt feel and was drinkable other than that metalic noted aftertaste. Overall I thought it looked more appealling than it was but still its a worthy APA.

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

Orangey color with a soft white head. Hop aroma is slightly floral. The malt is a bit flat, and the hops are restrained. It's as if they're trying to make it as bland as possible. The finish comes quick as neither the hops or the malt want to be recognized.

Overall: boring pale ale.

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

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet.

Pours a clear burnt umber, big bubbled white head forms, some lace spots, slowly settles down to a thin ring, looks okay. Smell is sweet and perfumy, caramel, biscuity malt, lots of floral, some spicy hopping, oranges, cherry liqueur, I like this. Taste is nice, caramel malt, quite grainy, bit of burnt sugar, lots of light fruit and floral hopping, bit of grapefruit, strawberries, nice balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit too sharp but still refreshing. Must be better fresh but is a solid pale ale as is.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful copper liquid. Head is thick, solid, with some lacing.

S - Hoppy - pine, grapefruit - and some solid malt as well.

T/M - Has a refreshing, snappy mouthfeel; creamy. Quite hoppy with light, toasty malt; low carbonation.

D - Very nice for drinking this summer - very quenching.

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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