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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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2,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,178
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of wcdoyle
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a dense head that thins out. The head that remains includes tiny, dense bubbles. Clear, clear, clear copper color with only a (very) few carbonation bubbles seen. Smell includes some flowery/citrus hops with a bit sweetness underneath. Taste magnifies the flowery/citrus hops and adds the bitterness. This part has much the same character as Sierra Nevada PA, but doesn't have the richness or depth that I know from SNPA. The sweetness is light caramel but this falls away after several sips and you begin to taste mostly hops which then get accentuated by the aftertaste and the pine flavor starts to come through toward the end of the glass. Mouth feel was good, but I'd like a bit more carbonation in this one. Drinkability is also good. More richness of flavor and a tad more carbonation might give this a better score for me.

wcdoyle, May 04, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Florian's. Brown-red clear body with a quarter inch of light tan head. Floral pithy hops dominate the aroma. Caramel malt and apricot-like pithy bitter hops dominate the flavor. Fairly well balance, though the hops are a little more central. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Fairly drinkable. Not the best APA I've had, but probably the best thing I've had from Flying Dog so far.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of becktone
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Very nice copper color to this brew. Has a one and a half finger head which is receding slowly, shows good lacing and looks to be that it'll have nice retention. Head is creamy as opposed to rocky.

Nose: Nice citrus aroma on this brew. The dominate hop aroma is what I expected to find with a brew of this style. There's also a bit of caramel malt supporting the hop aroma of this brew.

Tongue: Nicely balanced hop and malt flavors, this brew definitely tastes better out of the glass than out of the bottle. Floral and citrus flavors come from the hops here, just as expected. Malt flavors are just in balance with the hops, nothing special about the flavors coming from the light caramel malts. There is a bit of esters that I've noticed before when out of the bottle, however they are much more subdued out of the glass.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability. Mouthfeel of this brew is a bit disappointing. The body feels thin..."like butter spread over too much bread."....ha Bilbo Baggins! Carbonation is what one would expect for this style, just right. Overall the mouthfeel for this brew is a let down. It is the low point of the brew. Leaves a bit of an oily residue on the palate, which eventually disappears.This is a brew I'll probably end up buying again, though over this one I'd much rather drink GLBC Burning River or SNPA.

becktone, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mirky reddish copper with a creamy, ivory head. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell of caramelish sweetness is almost immediately overcome by leafy/herbal, citric bitterness.

The taste is of leafy and herbal. Citrus comes through, but with a bit of plastic. A bready notes, perhaps it's the yeast strain, pulls through a bit. Some caramelish malt is there, but I can't say it balances it out. I like hoppy beers, but something of this bitterness doesn't sit so well with me.

The body is odd - both thick and watery at the same time. Lingering bitterness sits in the mouth.

There is something that bothers me about this, yet, for all that it does have a decent drinkability. In the long run, though, it's pretty forgettable. And, with so many choices in this style, I can't say that this one has anything about it I would choose it over so many others.

jwc215, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of stcules
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cherry color. Light foam. Good perlage.
In the smell american hop, grapefruit, and, overall, piney resin.
At the first sip, it tends to slip away. You can expect some more, considering the intensity of the smell.
Malt, light caramel, a light body, and a strong hoppiness in the aftertaste.
A light balsamic note. Piney resin. A little unbalanced. It is like to walk in a pine wood.
The monotone smell tends to make it a little boring.

stcules, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Newsman
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six on the way home and cracked one open into a pint glass. Beautiful dark amber color, very clear, subdued head. Smell was quite nice, a little hoppy, but not overpowering. Taste was well balanced with a "just right" level of hops countering a sweeter malt profile. A little citrus, perhaps. Mouthfeel was very fizzy on the tongue, but otherwise went down smooth and easy.

On the whole, an above-average beer, good for session drinking, but I will say it's not a very adventurous brew. I'll happily drink the rest, but for what it's worth, I was left slightly underwhelmed.

Newsman, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a reasonable head that fades to a cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smell is balanced sweet malt and floral hops. Taste is sharply hoppy with a nice bitterness an an underlying maltiness. tastes like an English hop varietal. The flavor falls off sharply at the end, but its pleasant. Crisp mouthfeel, but a little mouthcoating. Nicely drinkable.

Georgiabeer, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint the beer formed one finger of just off white head that retained well and was fed with a steady stream of carbonation. The beer was a tawney amber color and left some decent lacing.

The nose has a burst of hop character with a good match of caramel malt and a fresh clean flowery/estery aroma.

The taste yeilds a nice hop character up front. A fresh clean and reasonably carbonated mouthfeel. Not overly bitter, but certainly hoppy. A residual bitterness lingers on the tounge for a bit but doesn't dominate. A solid malty backbone is present with a very slight caramel sweetness but balanced well with a citrusy hoppy burst.

Medium-light body with a good carbonation. Crispt and enjoyable, very drinkable and moderately refreshing. It doesn't jump out at you, but it's not supppose too. Shows good balance with a nice hop profile to make it interesting.

Sycodrummer, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the last beer I tried from my combo 12 pack (received as a gift from Marlene....THANKS!)

This beer poured into my pint glass and was immediately effervescent and quickly rose to a 2" bubbly head. It immediately settled down to a frothy ring. The color was a deep copper-amber.

The smell was predominantly hoppy/piney.

The taste... complex.... primarily hoppy but with a creamy mellowness to it. A little woody and very little sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel was too carbonated.... too fizzy.... for my taste and a bit too thin... could use a bit more body.

Drinkability...is OK... nothing great... but not bad....

TheBierBand, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of AppalachianTrout
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle poured into a glass.

Poured an amber, almost burnt orange color.
The smell is very hoppy, and the taste reflects that, but they are both good. I found this beer to be very drinkable although I would still rather have a SN Pale Ale over it.

AppalachianTrout, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

second of the two flying dog products available locally..

almost orange pekoe tea in color..slightly hazy. 1 finger of head was all I could coax out of an aggressive pour. I found it to have good lacing.

Smells of hops...floral and somewhat pine-ish. Fairly faint though.

Taste is well..hoppy..but not in a bad way. Cool balance between hop bitterness, citrus, and subdued carmel malt.

Very smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel makes this a keeper. Too bad it's almost $14.00 per sixer..but then you do get what you pay for

Shadman, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep and hazy dark orange color with a formidable head. Very very bubbly. Quite hazy, almost like a mist, but not at all cloudy.

Very mild scent. Equally balanced between the hops and the malt. Aromatic hops emerge with a little agitation. There IS a slight mustiness to the hops, but it doesn't ruin it. The smell adds some bitterness. Not sure if this was the intent of the brewer.

Unusual taste. Has a yeast flavor, and the hops are strong, and I can't quite pinpoint the flavor. It's a combo of oak-aging and lemon Pledge; actually not bad, just weird. Has a feint blueberry finish (?!). I can't identify it! The taste is almost that of a chemical/floor cleaner smell. YET ... it's still okay.

Medium body, but has a pleasant, lasting presence, post-swallow. Finishes nicely; smooth but not watery. It's a good, solid beer. Better than average, just very odd.

williamherbert, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- orange amber with medium head

Smell-very floral, Pine, hops, citrus.

Taste- very strong taste. Mix for floral, pine and hops. Sweet citrus aftertaste. Good mix that I found enjoyable. Seems to be a love it or hate it taste because a few that I had sample this thought it was disgusting.

Mouthfeel-light carbonation to accompany the strong flavor

Drinkability-goes down smooth

PittBeerGirl, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date. And nice modern art on the label.

Appearance: Pours copper to amber in color with slight chill haze. Fluffy 1 finger soft head that faded into a loose lace.

Smell: Woody hops and mild clove.

Taste: The taste reflects the nose. Bold woody hops right off the bat followed by a mild maltiness. The finish is all about the hoppy resin, which leaves a slightly biting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, carbonation is very mild goes great with this style.

Drinkability: Above average. I found this to be a great example of a modern APA. Not so biting that your eyes water but hoppy enough to appease the style. Nice work!

BadRockBeer, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of hylton44
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very solid, but not oustanding, pale ale. Color of both beer & head a shade darker than what one expects from a PA. Robust, fruity taste and very substantial mouthfeel with an almost syrupy sweet overtone. A little light on the bitterness and carbonation. I'm thinking that's why it might be lacking that crystal-clear sort of *zing* that distinguishes the very best this style has to offer.

hylton44, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of RevDru
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear gold with amber hints and a thick one-inch head. Light carbonation, and minimal head retention.

S - Pine and lemon, but both are a bit faint.

T - Citrus and pine; bitterness is very mild. Just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate.

M - Full, just a bit cloying to the palate, but not too heavy.

D - Doesn't have the sweetness of Flying Dog's IPA. A good touch of bitterness which is not overpowering.

RevDru, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with some code. It pours an unfiltered, lightly hazy copper that is extremely carbonated with a massive head (4 inches) which makes it difficult to fit the entire beer into a 20 oz. nonic. It smells of pulpy orange with light grapefruit and a light papery or stale character that makes the beer seem a bit "off." The flavor has a medium bitterness and tastes the same as the aroma on top of a medium, drying body that is medium in carbonation and finish. Maybe this is a bad bottle, but if not, then I'd rather spend my money on something else.

mmmbeer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleased with this beer. Pours a nice creamy head and the body almost resembles a red ale. Golden to red color with some biscuity goodness on front end with nice grainy flavors. Very smooth with a good twinge of hops on the back end. Smells of some citrusy grapefruit. A nice session brew that I like keeping around. A crowd pleaser.

bigdeuce, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of TechMyst
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased 6er from Pridom in Rockford. Rich ruby copper color. Tons of lacing. Medium pour builds a one inch head. Heavy funky breadlike yeast aroma. Burnt buttery buiscuit up front. Tinges of dark bitterness on after taste. Not bad, Not great...Soft conditioning was a plus.

TechMyst, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Neehan
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A ruddy amber appearance with lacing that speckles the glass on the way down. Hops come through in the flavor, but in a very mild manner. Very smooth and enjoyable, but with a little less pizaz than I was expecitng. Just a calm and mellow beer through and through. Would make a good session ale.

Neehan, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Deep amber color with a little bit of a red tint. Thick off white head that settles to a bubbly and foamy cap. Sticky lacing along the glass.

Sharp hops pierce the creamy and sweet aroma of the malt. The malts aren't overpowered.

Smooth wheat greeted by a citrusy and bitter hop flavor. A little bit of cream is repeated in the taste. Citrus flavors, such as lemon and orange, can be tasted in the background. Medium bodied with good carbonaion. The finish has a slight hint of creaminess with some lingering malt grain and hop bitterness.

Pretty much your standard American Pale Ale, maybe this one has a little more malt presence. Worth a try.

BeerSox, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper-brown color with a small white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Aroma is a light and airy wheat smell.

Taste is full of grassy wheat, airy, and a hint of sour lemon. Easy to detect, lasts a long time in the mouth. Seems quite solid.

Mouthful has lower than average carbonation, which seems to work here. It's not very crisp, however.

Drinkability is just fine. I'm not a big fan of sour/wheat beers, but this one is well put together with plenty of flavor. Only thing missing is a refreshing finish that begs to have another drink. I didn't get that from this one.

terrabyte, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of dickroop
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper amber, slightly hazy. This bottle foamed overflowing when I popped the cap, had a big tan-colored head that cooled down to a ring and partial cap that lasted and left some lacing. The aroma was hop-dominated with malt sweetness also present, it showed some aroma notes of pine resin.

The taste was piney with a little floral aspect on the side, then lots of toasty malt flavor. There is both sweetness and bitternes together and it's pretty good. The finish is only a little bitter, counterbalanced with bready sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium-light body, a little malt stickiness.

The drinkability is pretty good, it's one cut above ordinary for a PA. I enjoyed it and will enjoy the rest of this sixer, but I'd have to see a good price to want to buy a repeat sixer. This ale's from Denver, we've got some very good local beers (PA-MD-DE) that are just as good and deserving of my business.

dickroop, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep amber almost red color with a nice head-two finger, and fairly floral nose. Slight hop presence in the nose but not as much as expected.
The taste was fairly nice with a decent malt flavor balancing the "hidden" hops.Mouthfeel was also decent.
This beer is more balanced than the normal American stye pale ales, but also is lacking the upfront hops I am used to in an a.p.a.

Overall, a good session beer. Its is worth a try for sure.

dmamiano, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale ale has frragrances of sweet malt aromas with a tip of hops. Floral and fruity. Dark amber in color and produces moderate amount of head, and turns into fine lacing. This sample may had possibly suffered a little oxidation. Overall, this feels very watery and almost too flat. Not too bad, but I've had a lot better.

TheSarge, Jan 27, 2007
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,178 ratings.