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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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2,193 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,193
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 32
Gots: 162 | 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 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
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not an extreme APA, but I thought it quite approachable and solid all the way around. It won't blow your sox off (it is not a "big" beer), but it is still good.

Appearance is a sparkling red color, with pretty good head formation.

Aroma is a very light citrusy-sweet aroma.

Taste is sweet and citrusy on the nose, with some maltiness to provide balance in the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light for an APA<,which makes this beer very drinkable. I could have a handful of these at a sitting.

BeerBelcher, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of mentor
1.45/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Stamp on the bottle reads 355A06. Pours a one finger copper tan head over a nearly clear dull copper liquid. Smells potently of cardboard. Woody and oranges from hops. Musty. Like this beer was infected during fermentation.

Tastes cardboard and fouled malt. Like an IPA I once made that got something awful growing in it. That flavor is awful, beer will be dumped when I get the mouthfeel. Md-thick which is unpleasant because it keeps the flavor around. Blech!

mentor, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Reneejane
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely carbonated with a great mouthfeel. The smell is a bitter hoppy aroma. The first taste is a kick of hops, very bitter, somewhat fruity, with a surprising lingering. Even more surprising is the malt finish. It's nice that it comes in and balances out this beer. The malt is a nutty malt. You can see the effect of the maltiness in the color which is a nice clear amber color. I really like this one.

Reneejane, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red/orange with a thin white head that fades quickly. Looks like raspberry iced tea. Nose is strong hops and sweet bread with a malty backbone. Taste is still hoppy but not as strong as the nose. Instead, strong malts come through in the middle, and the hops come back for the finished. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is good and full, a bit tangy. Drinkability is good.

shivtim, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a nice, clear deep amber. Has an off-white head with no staying power a just a little lace.

Aroma- Very sweet for a pale ale. Not just malty sweetness. something else to. Maybe a hint of oranges. Also had a subtle floral scent.

Taste : Fore-taste started malty sweet followed quickly by a slightly sour / bitter finish. Very interesting for a pale ale. Tasted more like an English pale ale than an American pale ale. Not nearly hoppy enough for the latter.

Mouthfeel-Medium mothfeel for style. Good carbonation level. Clinged to mouth slightly.

Drinkability-Quite nice. Not as good as some pale ales, but better than most.

theopholis, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of pmatz2
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear reddish amber color.

There was about 1 finger of white head with large bubbles. However it disappeared rather quickly. Lacing did last the entire drink.

The aroma had a subtle floral and sour scent

Taste : started malty sweet followed quickly by a slightly sour / bitter finish

The mouth feel was very thin. Light carbonation made this one go down quite easy.

Thought this was more British Pale Ale than American Pale ale. (More Malty / sweeter less hoppy than I would have expected.

Overall not a bad beer, however it doesnt really stand up to other beers in this category.

pmatz2, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of jscottku21
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent representation of an American Pale Ale, although not my favorite of the style. A strong taste of hops dominates this brew, as is the case in most Pale Ales. I certainly would enjoy a session or two with this solid product from Flying Dog. Cheers!!

jscottku21, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of auxiliary
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amberish color with a nice head
S - Smells good, just like a pale ale. Hoppy smell to it.
T - Nice and balanced.
M - Not a heavy beer, like mentioned, balanced.
D - Not a beer that I can drink a lot of. Not a bad beer. Nice pale ale though. I bought it as a single and not a 6 pack.

auxiliary, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark amber, with good carbonation. the head is 2 fingers, light tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is main stream IPA. Piney, grapefruit.

The taste follows the nose, Grassy pine and big grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and good carbonation, very refreshing.

The drinkability is good, a better then average example of the style. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear bronze brew with a half finger dishwater head. Many large bubbles on top, and the head comes right back with a good swirl. Wet arcs of lace line the glass.

S - Pungent hop aromas of grapefruit along with other acidic fruits...sour green grapes and kiwi. .

T - Extremely hoppy. This is pushing the hop envelope of a pale ale...more IPA-ish IMO. Bitter and tart dry-hopped flavor...with grapefruit and kiwi. Tastes alot like it smells. Although the hops are the star of the show, there is a nice firm malt backdrop of hard biscuit flavors.

M - Medium bodied and somewhat chewy with a dry tart finish and loads of bitter hop-bomb aftertaste.

D - Excellent. The bitter acidic citrius flavors may overwhelm some, but this is right up my alley. This is a damn good brew.

pmcadamis, Nov 21, 2006
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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