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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: 218 | 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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Ratings: 2,264 | Reviews: 991
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a rich amber and forms a dense beige head that is intent to stay as the surface level drops. Carbonation rises uniformly throughout. Very nice lacing.

S-Hops, light citrus notes (especially grapefruit), and light malt.

T-Starts off with fresh grapefruit that blends well with floral hops. The finish is clean and acidic, leaving a mix of bitter-sour hops/citrus. Very pleasant tasting and light. After a couple minutes the aftertaste

M-At first it seemed too light-bodied to carry the taste, but as the palate grows accustomed to the flavors after the first few sips, the bite grows duller, and seems to go better with the texture. I still find it too thin overall, but this shortcoming does little to dull all this pale ale has to offer.

D-I like this stuff. Visually it is almost a work of art, and it tastes great. The label is unique, and only adds to the qualities that make this beer memorable.

Photo of BrewmasterNPB
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doggy Style has a beautiful, rich red color. Earthy hops offer a pleasant aroma. Bittering hops are powerful upon tasting and leave a bitter aftertaste. Good representation of an English Pale ale. This beer is pretty easy to drink. My experience was an enjoyable one.

Photo of cer40
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a golden amber with a thick head leaving some lacing. It smelled of of caramel malts and spicy hops. The taste was pretty balanced leaning a little heavy on the hops. It is medium bodied with good carbonation. Pretty good beer but not outstanding.

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

The beer pours a light amber with a light tan head. The aroma was of malt and hops. The taste was slightly malty with a fairly strong hop finish. The feel is light and dry. A reasonable pale ale, but nothing that shouts out have me. So I wouldn't turn one down, but I probably won't seek it out either.

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

Reddish amber pour with nice thick off- white lasting head. Looks nice and smells mostly of lightly fragrant hops and a hint of malty caramel. Nice lacing on the glass as well. Taste is incredibly smooth, with a lovely hop flavor and slight bitterness up front and it finishes clean with a hint of a malty sweetness and a medium length finish. Very good, easy to drink, and I will definitely get this again. A great pale ale similar to Sierra Nevada with perhaps a touch less hops and bitterness..

Photo of Patrick999
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber body, but not a great deal of head in the pint glass.

S - A bit of a sticky marijuana aroma overlaid with grapefruit. I like!

T - I love the way this pale ale tastes. Not much of a malt bill other than a mild sugar cookie, but a nice fresh juicy Cascade hop taste.

F - Carbonated enough, medium-bodied. Goes down easy.

D - Very refreshing, a good beer for typical Florida drinking. Excellent uncomplicated hoppy pale ale, a real easy and fun drinker. One I come back to often.

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

This a good pale, but not a brilliant one. The color is clear amber with a whitish head that hangs around the edges of the glass and minimal lacing. The aroma is aged hops, not the fresh hoppy ester, or raw green hop smell that I was hoping for. There is some metallic malty aromas here too. The taste is on the dry side with a raw hop flavor (this does taste like it has been dry hopped) and some malty dextrin sweetness in the background. There may be some dry nuttiness in there as well, but it is quite subdued. There is a copperishness too to this beer that gets blended in with the overall dryness. this is somewhat of a medium bodied beer, not overly carbonated, and the aftertaste does linger a bit. This beer is okay, but the hops are not grassy enough for my tastes, and the maltiness is slightly metallic and it gets compromised by some of the dryness as well. The beer tends to thin out after it settles.

Photo of steelscarab
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack from the local BevMo and served it from my weissbier-style glass.

Appearance: A lovely clear amber colour with the most subtle golden hue. Pours with a good half inch of head that slowly dissipated into a lasting bit of lacing.

Smell: A light scent to this ale. The hops are the first thing to hit the nose and then one can discern hints of an earthy aroma with a bit of sweetness. Sort of a let down from the enticing appearance.

Taste: Great tasting pale ale! The hops are the primary taste here, but they leave plenty of other subtle flavors on the way down. There is a good mix of sweet malt, citrus, and a biscuit-like taste here.

Mouth: A pleasure. It has good carbonation and is just right in consistency for my preferential pale ale. Goes down easy, crisp, and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Decently priced and easy to find in six pack, this one can end up becoming a regular in your drinking rotation. While it’s not the best pale ale or the strongest tasting, it is a good medium ale and great for your BBQs or other social gatherings.

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

I like the whole Flying Dog / Hunter S Thompson / Ralph Steadman thing. Usually doggone good beers too.

Came out darker than I had recalled, a clear amber. Active bubbling and a white, lively head round this pint glass out.

Catching a hoppy scent with a richness that says this could have a malty backbone. Not as much scent as I like in a Pale.

Tastes as hoppy as it smells, with some grapefruit taste. Decent balance though; seems the color and scent warned me it was possible. Maybe a freshly baked bread taste describes the malt, because it doesn't impart much sweetness, but it brings temperance to the citrusy bitterness. I expected this to be hoppier, and this is a nice surprise. There's a taste at the swallow that I can't really describe, but I also can't say it's unpeasant. It just comes more to the front as it warms. Subtle alcohol at the last two sips escort this out of the glass.

The little extra malt character gave it some substance to make it medium bodied, but it still had that hoppy fluidity that cut through. That extra viscosity did linger a little bit more than I'd like; fortunately it's not entirely a bad thing lingering.

I'd have no problem sitting down and polishing off a couple of these puppies any day. Be great for washing down a spicy dish from one of our local Chinese places (I'd take it over Tsing Tao, authenticity be danged), or salmon.

Photo of tab021
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of these guys before until I found a sample 12 at a huge beer store. I liked the bottle art so here we go

A: light amber beer, nice head

S: hops hard to tell due to light smell

T: hop, malt, and slightly ... green? flavor? hard to describe but i like it

M: crisp, bubbly, enjoyable

D: one of the better small company beers I have ever tried. I could go for a 6'er

Photo of ksbrainard
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, so why doesn't mine say "Doggie Style" on it? Is this some sort of "Bad Elf"-style silly Connecticut label restriction?

Appearance: This is a crystal clear red. It has a nice big head that lasts pretty well - just about down to the end. Pale? Maybe not. Enticing? Yes.

Smell: I only get a faint grassy/floral hop aroma, with a hint of earthy grass. A tiny drop of caramel with a hint of bready biscuits peek through. Overall, a pretty mild aroma. Don't smell Cascade dry hops at all...

Taste: It first hits me as very malty with just a touch of floral grassy hops flavor, and a medium bitterness. The box said that this was hoppy - it was further towards the hoppy scale than the IPA - but it is not hoppier than the IPA. Maybe they mean relative to style? I was just expecting a super-crisp hoppy pale ale. It seems more British style to me than American style. As it warms, chocolate flavors emerge with a crystal malt tang, and the hops come more forward. Once I got past the "it's not really crisply bitter" I loved the classic thing it's got going on.

Mouthfeel: At first, it seemed really weak and squishy. When cold, I found too many hops in the feel, with not enough in the flavor. As it warmed, they all came together. Again, this appealed to me more when it had been out of the fridge for a bit. Even warmer, it felt sort of thin. Could be all the big winter beers I've been on that made it feel this way, though.

Drinkability: I can't say it enough - to fully enjoy, I'd let this one warm up a bit. Although I found the second one to be more enjoyable all the way through.

So what can I conclude? You best try this beer yourself. It isn't extreme, and I think that's what they mean by "Classic". But it's sturdy and reliable - you might just end up with it as a regular in your fridge.

Photo of sloejams
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely the best Flying Dog beer I've had. It's a simple straight forward American Pale Ale. Sometimes that's exactly what I want.

Pours a copper color with a plenty of carbonation and a nice thumb-sized head. Aroma is grain and a reasonable dose of hops. Taste is ever better - rounding things out with a malty caramel flavor.

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

Served on-tap at the Woody Creek Tavern.

A: Pours an orangish amber color with a nice sized white head.

S: Quite a bit of citrus and some floral hops.

T: A nice pale ale. A good dose of cascade hops hits you with a big citrus taste. Very little bitterness and it's well balanced with the some grainy and slightly sweet malts.

M: Medium bodied.

D: An above-average pale ale. Nothing that knocks your socks off but easily enjoyable with some nachos at the Woody Creek Tavern after a long day at Snowmass.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Medium copper color with little head.

S - Very light smell. Can't make anything out.

T - Crisp, clean and smooth. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I like the beer but it has a bad finish. Good flavor bad finish.

Photo of PhageLab
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Dark amber brew mostly transparent, produced a small tip's worth of froth, which, unfortunately, disappeared fairly quickly. Lacing is pretty good, though. Outstanding label art as always.

S - Faint aroma here, slight hop tinge followed by a miniscule bite o' malt presence.

T - Cold pine hop profile with a nice malt backbone. Not too complex but very balanced and tasty. Finishes with some mild citrus notes.

M - Light to medium bodied, nice dry finish. Carbonation level is nearly perfect. Slight bite in the aftertaste.

D - Very good. This is one of those definite staple brews in my fridge. Not my favorite style, but as far as I'm concerned this is one of the most drinkable APA's on the market. Recommended.

Photo of foxmul924
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottle into Room-Temp Mug)

Appearance: Ever-Present Tan Head w/ Red-Orange Body. Good Lace.

Smell: Dominant Dry, Piney Hops Nearly Snuff out a 'Doughy' Maltiness Underneath it.

Taste: Flowery Hops (Grassy/Piney) Followed by a 'Doughy' and Slightly Yeasty Malt Finish. Both Desirable and Delectable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Bodied, Clean Finish, Perfect Carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent. Its Crispness and Clean Finish Could Certainly Allow One to Enjoy Multiple Pints.

Other: Simpe Style, Yet Flying Dog Managed to make it More Complex. Of the Mixed Pack I Purchased, I Thoroughly Enjoyed This and the SnakeDog IPA.

Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doggie Style pours an orange-pinkish hue with two fingers of white froth, rather impressive. The smell is enticing, well-hopped and rife with fruit--orange, lemon, melon--really good. The taste didn't quite back up the smell, though it's certainly good. The fruit and hops come through cleanly, though I wouldn't mind a bit more hops. Smooth and fairly well carbonated, this is well crafted, one of the better offerings from Flying Dog that I've tried.

Photo of tpd975
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Honey-colored in appearance, with an off-white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: I have had this on draft and the bottle is a good representation of the draft. Hoppy citrus aroma with a hint of malt sweetness.

T: I prefer the taste of the draft version of this beer over the bottled version. It's still a pretty good PA, but with the bottled version, there was a little bit of a metallic (tin-like) flat flavor that hits you in the middle and rally seems to linger. I do like the hoppy character of this beer. There is a nice big malt character that attempts to balance the hops. There is still the earthy/grassy flavor that is different yet nice, but the flat tinny character is just too much.

M: Like the draft version, this bottled version bubbled and fizzed happily in the glass. Crisp and medium body make for an above average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm still a hop-head but this one is just not hoppy enough for me. I realize it's only a PA but there is just too much malt here for me, and the malt is not a good tasting malt that balances out the hops. It comes at you in a distracting sort of way followed by the unpleasant tin flavor. It would be a good choice as a gateway beer for those who want to journey into hopdom but there is nothing world class about this one.

Photo of Redteketed
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(05-01-08 BB 08-08)

Amber red beer, with average off white head.
Full noise, caramelized malts, lots of hops and citrus.
Bitter, malty taste, very hoppy and a touch of ripe fruits.
Light mount feel, normal fuzziness, dry hoppy average aftertaste.
Delicious beer, I could drink it all night long.

Photo of MTNboy
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

Photo of dsa7783
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...

Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
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.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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