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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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2,264 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,264
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 37
Gots: 217 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 2,264 | Reviews: 991
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.

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

12-ounce bottle adorned with wacky Steadman art, poured into a pint glass yields a gorgeously-clear brown-amber body capped with a fat finger of fluffy pale ecru foam that retains well and leaves sticky lacing.

Smell is pretty crisp and sweetly caramelly with an earthy note of hops.

Taste is an excellent balance of pale malts with the semi-sweet caramel and a nice hop bitterness that features just the least bit of bitter lime peel. Nice dry finish, and excellent drinkability.

Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in SC. Had a nice dark golden, amber color. Not much head to this but excellent lacing, which was a bit odd. The smell was very strong citrus. Taste was hoppy with a definite citrus finish. Not as smooth as I would have expected. Maybe I would get this again, but I'd most likely look elsewhere. Nothing special.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper liquid. Head is thick, solid, and laces well.

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

T/M - Has a bit of a watery feel, which isn't that good. Flavour is a solid hoppy base and a lightly toasty malt. light body and low carbonation.

D - Easy drinking brew. Maybe good as a lawnmower-type brew that's very light and thirst quenching.

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

Nice clear orangey amber color with a nice cap of fuzzy off-white.

The smell is lightly sweet and amber like with lots of citrusy orange, grapefruit, and rind.

The light-medium body has a pretty nice fuzzy creaminess to the carbonation, but feels a touch watered down. Flavor has a light caramel sweetness to its crackery malt base and a fair amount, but not buckets of, citrus-piney hops.

Doggie Style is a pretty good APA with a cool name and, as always, awesome artwork.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: slightly cloudy brownish amber, quickly dissipating head and a lack of lace

smell: so much sweet fruit and caramel, and strangely I smell something that makes me think pumpkin for some reason. Interesting to say the least

taste: caramelly and dark fruit malt with a nice bitter hops that turns into a lime like finish. Rather nice.

mouthfeel: It has plenty of carbonation and has a balanced medium body feel, with a bit of tannic astringence.

drinkability: definately sessionable. Rather tasty stuff and it's light and refreshing. It's certainly drinkable. I like this beer.

Photo of fitzy84
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a sample pack from Table and Vine. I dig this pale ale. The appearance is pretty dark amber with no head to begin with or any lacing. The aromas were probably its biggest strength: really spiced, yeasty, hoppy and citrus flavors, warmly wrapped around malty alcohol. The taste has a smooth, dryness to it. Hoppy with a sweetness balanced in a medium-thin body. Really enjoyable due to its lightness but great pale ale taste. Overall, a solid pale ale.

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

It comes out of the tap a nice reddish amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy and seems to have a dash of spice. Flavor is strong and fairly hoppy; bitterness is mild. Texture is fairly smooth, but had an edge to it. A lively, jazzy, satisfying ale.

Photo of daythree16
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an orange-brown with a slightly off-white head that fades a leaves a little lace.

Grapefruit and other citrus dominate the nose. There is a slight floral presence as well. The taste is pale ale malt with a strong hop presence. Very pungent.

The beer is very crisp and refreshing with a great hop presence, and since I'm on my third by now, I definitely think I could have more than one.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deeper orange-amber color with a nice sized head that slowly recedes to a nice cap. Leaves some nice patches of lace on the glass.

S: Wonderful grapefruit, citrusy hop aroma blended nicely with some sweet biscuit malt with a light amount of caramel mixed in. A very pleasant aroma.

T&M: Definitely a hoppier APA. Nice piney and citrus hop flavors with a faint malt backbone consisting on some pale biscuity malt flavors. This is a solid APA. It has a slightly oily mouthfeel with nice coating and a long, semi-dry finish. Rather crisp feel, as well.

D: Fairly drinkable for an APA. It's a bit too heavy, but still gets the job done. Not as sessionable as some other APAs I've had, but still very good. The best Flying Dog beer I've had yet.

Photo of crizmo2352
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This copper hued amber brew poured clear into a pint glass creating a solid two finger slight off white head. The sticky cobblestoned head has decent staying power and leaves a fair amount of rope like lacing. The nose is of warm crystal malt and citrusy floral hop spice. On the palate, this beer is relatively light bodied, refreshing and deliciously well balanced, perhaps too much so. Toasty malt with caramel tones is well matched to citrus/grassy Cascade hop spice with a hint of alcohol and slight biscuity breadlike malt character. Finishes relatively clean, only slightly drying considering the style. Cascade showcased quite well in this brew but could be balanced a bit more towards the bitter side. Overall, a very tasty and quite quaffable American pale ale.

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

Pours a hazyish amber with some red and orange tones when held to light,the head is tan with lots of rope like lacing.This one smells fruity sweet,and hoppy.The taste was not as hop filled as the nose,but a nicely balanced APA.A good amount of caramel malt gives a nice offset to the earthy,grassy and slightly bitter hop presence that is the backbone.A medium full body and soft carbonation,with just the right amount of tounge tingling hops makes this one of the most drinkable APA's I've ever had.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark amber with 2 finger head. Nice retention and good lacing.

S - Fragrant with hops; grassy and a bit earthy. Citrus in the background with faint pale malt.

T - Same flavor as the nose but a little less intense. Malt is barely present and the brew is almost tasteless mid-palate. Finish is bitter but not overly so with a touch of sweetness to balance. Nice floral component to the bitter aftertaste.

M - Moderately carbonated and fairly thin; I could've used more of one or the other. More carbonation OR more body would've made this beer a tad better, but definitely not more of both.

D - I had this beer a long long time ago and didn't much like it, but now I feel it would be a perfect session beer, especially alongside some snacks to counteract the constant bitterness. Easy to drink with enough flavor to keep it interesting, but not so much as to make it intense.

Photo of GClarkage
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/11/08- Purchased at Piazza's in San Mateo,CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a code on the bottom right of the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber in color with a one inch plus some head. Head maintains a good 1/4 of and inch for a while. Leaves nice patchy lace.

Smell- Really soft nose. Some toasted malty notes as well as some light pine and grapefruit scents.

Taste- Super rounded pale ale here. Neither the malt or the hops take initiative. Both are tasty, but neither are phenomonal. Heavy toasted caramel malt hits first with a lingering pine needled hop taste to follow and end.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Session beer for sure. Well rounded, quenching and tasty. Wondering why I didn't try this earlier.

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

Deep amber/gold. Nice clarity. 1/2" off white head. Falls to a cap and stays there. Light lacing. Nice citrusy, floral hop aroma with a some sweet, caramel malt under it. Citrus and pine needle hop flavors dominate. Malt is a little muted with a only a hint of breadiness. Medium body, medium carbonation. Simple and tasty pale ale. Sessionable APA...good drinkability.

Photo of animal69
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear med. red-copper colour w/ a thin off white head which dissolves into pools of large bubbles leaving a decent coating of lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, piney/floral hops and warm bread mostly, not much else stands out ; taste follows suit in being a bit light, but still good, a decent hop bite well balanced w/ a deeper roasted malt flavor, crisp finish with a hint of soapiness ; a light bodied beer made fuller by the good level of co2, sticks around just long enough to get all the flavor out ; quite a drinkable brew, too bad there's only 2 in the sampler pack...

Photo of jayrod20
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden color with a thick persistent head. No real lacing to speak of. The taste is a bit sweet with bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated. The drinkability of this is fairly good, however I don't think I could drink several in one sitting.

Photo of MOShepp
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium amber color with a frothy off-white head with plenty of lacing.

Massive aroma of citrus and floral spice hops. I could sniff this beer all day.

Up front you can taste a caramel malt, but the hops quickly kick in with dried orange peel and herbs, floral with black pepper. Once it reaches the back of the throat, it's bitter all the way through.

Refreshing and much more than I expected, would make a good session beer.

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

A- Pours a 3/4 finger head that recedes to a thin cap with some lacing. Beautiful burnt sienna color no sediment to speak of.

S- It's a treat to smell a pale ale without just getting a huge wiff of centennial. The hops, although prevalent, are a bit smoother, more unique. Cascades perhaps? I also pickup a bit of toasty grains.

T- Not a huge hop taste initially, just smooth with great balance that gives way to a slighty dry hop taste but with some residual maltiness.

M- Low carbonation that just gives enough suds to give a light spritz on the tongue.

D- A nice rendition of an APA that is easily sessionable.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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