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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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2,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,179
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 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
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A decent finger high head that receded to a thin creamy ring. Decent cling and orange in color.
Smell: A grainy malt flavor and sweetness like tamarind. Hop notes with a smoky aroma. This is weird, but it reminds me of a steak with A-1 sauce.
Taste: Not nearly as much taste as the nose leads on. A sour maltiness with an earthy hop flavor with a tad of tamarind a raison flavor. After reading some of the other reviews I may have to try this one again because mine seemed to take on quite different qualities than others noted.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with just a little bite from the hop.
Drinkability: A good beer.

Schwarzbart, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of mattd017
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown-gold with a decent head which disappears quickly. Has a citrusy, hoppy scent. Has a thick, rich mouthfeel with small carbonation. Nice malty, flavor underwritten by a very slight hoppy bite. Good flavor, good pale ale, but not the best

mattd017, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of crayphish
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear amber liquid with little carbonation rolls to a decent head. Very nice lacing. Smell is disappointing in that there isnt much.Taste starts off with bland malt and finishes a bit hoppy. The dry finish saves this beer for me. I found it to be a very drinkable pale ale, mostly because of the finish. Probably not worth the money I'm paying.

crayphish, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden amber color – clear and crisp – small head – not lively, looks sedate.

Bitter hoppy smell, nice citrus scents – a little fruity sweetness – mostly hops.

The bitter hop flavor dominates; it is very good – tastes like a toned down IPA – no other flavors are coming out.

Not too thick, or smooth – a little carbonated.

Drinkability is pretty good. I can’t drink it too fast, and I don’t hesitate to come back for another drink.

Doggie Style is ok, not too standoutish and not too bad. The taste is a one-channeled hoppy bitterness. I would like it better if there was a richer pallet. Can’t beat the cool art on the labels.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of baxterbrew
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle with a nice foamy head (about 1/4inch) that never went away. The color is a deep, very pretty dark amber. This is a beautiful beer.

The smell is malty, very mild. Mouthfeel is thick, rich, almost creamy. There is a hint of oil on the back of the throat. The taste is GREAT. Noticeable hops but not overpowering. This is an extremely balanced, flavorful brew. Maybe my 2nd favorite Pale Ale (after my own). The aftertaste is minty, hoppy, crisp. I love this beer. I could drink a bunch! My favorite of the Flying Dog line so far.

baxterbrew, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of Budlum
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This ale pours with modest amounts of white head that lasts a little over one minute. The body is a lightly hazed, amber loaded with orange colors.

The beer presents a lightly-hopped nose with a balancing malt presence. Slightly citrusy when cold with touches of lemon.

Naturally, this ale starts moderately hoppy with only a faint malt sweetness. The finish is loaded with hop spice and unforunately, a slightly metallic flavor. Sharp, bitter flavors rise as it warms.

Mouthfeel is just barely carbonated, spicy and a little slick.

Drinkability is slightly below average due to the metallic and overly bitter flavors. Nothing to see here. Move along to much better examples.

Budlum, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | 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.

barefootbrewer, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle with hidden freshness date: 339A06 thinking...Dec 5th, 06

Poured into 16oz pint glass, served at 44.5F

A: Reddish Orange huge, very pleasing to the eye with a light tan 1/4 head on top that quickly faded. Carbonation is very light

S: Almost no aroma but a slight pale ale..

T: Lightly hopped with some sweetness.

D: I find it to be very drinkable. I don't find myself having to force my selve to drink this one...I'm quite glad there was four of this one in the FlyDog Litter pack I bought. Definitely enjoyable...

mnfinnkidd, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangy amber appearance with a good sized soapy beige head. Head fades fast but retention is good. Bits of lace too. Nose is biscuity and caramel with some grapefruit candy-like cascade hops around. The smells fit nicely together. Taste is decent. It matches the smell in hops and malts and both could use a little more of everything I think. Light body and extended bitterness through the finish. It fades just in time for another sip. Good drinkabillity. All in all it goes down easy.

Not a bad choice.

tastybeer, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a fluffy off-white head above leaving some loose lacing. Smells of subdued cascade hops, floral notes and a balancing malt sweetness. More citrus fruits in the flavor - this time it has more of a rindy quality leaving a moderately biting aftertaste. Less sweet than the aroma. Moderate mouthfeel with a humble yet enduring bitterness.

Nothing amazing...just a simple cascade-hopped pale ale. No-thinkin', easy-drinkin' beer.

wedge, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On the darker side of a pale ale, this offering is copper with some amber towards the core. Mellow, slow rolling carbonation supports an off white eggshell colored head that leaves coat like lacing.

Very citrusy offering, a sweet citrus like an over ripe orange mixed with a splash of lemon zest. Mouthfeel is pretty thick for a beer that I like to find refreshing. Malt bill is more about body than taste as I can just get a touch of toasted malt towards the end. As it warms the mouthfeel even becomes oily and greases the palate. In the end its a very fruity pale ale that I enjoyed.

Notes: Drinkability is an issue with this offering as the mouthfeel is just too oily and thick for me to have a session out of this. The taste is the best part of this offering, not a bad thing to excell in.

DogFood11, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of MDekker
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out awfully amber for a pale ale. Oh well. Little off-white head. Clear. It smells nice - it starts out sweet, but has some floral, pine hints to it. Uncomplicated. At the taste, it disappoints. It's fine, but isn't all that impressive. A pale aleish clean malty start, but finishes spongy and dirty. Didn't like the aftertaste. It felt smooth and pleasant in the mouth, at least, but overall it was only tolerable. I don't need to drink more.

MDekker, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass on 8/18/06.

A: Light amber with creamy, pillowy head. Good retention. Sticky trails left behind.

S: Grapefruit on top of a nutty maltiness.

T: This is nice. A crisp fruitiness at the front, followed by a mellow nuttiness (always nice to see nut brown ale characteristics in a Pale Ale). Crisp, bitter finish with a fading touch of grapefruit and roasted almonds.

M: Light, crisp.

D: Really well-balanced, and a nice beer all around. I recall liking this when I had it a few years ago, and I'm glad my memory works. I'll be getting this again.

rarevos, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a ornage-amber with a sticky cap and good lacing.

Aromas of cascade hop citrus and sweet buttery tones ( diacytl?)

Thick malt spine, oily rich mouth feel, medium-heavy bodied.

A rich swirl of malts and cascades hit the tonge up front, light fruit tones, some musty-woodsy tones, wet finish light bittering.

Not the hop bomb I expected but a fairly decent pale ale.

pootz, Sep 05, 2006
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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