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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2,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 184 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A dark amber body with a white head. Very poor retention but held an ok lacing. The smell was fairly hoppy, typical of an APA. The taste was that of a good APA. Initial taste is very malty with subtle hops. But a lot of the hops come through in the aftertaste which made drinking the beer very nice and soothing. The mouthfeel was pretty full-bodied. Very drinkable beer. Balance of hop and malts makes it nice and soothing to drink.

Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a medium amber color with ample carbonation. Aroma is nice and hoppy with some malt peeking out. The taste is much the same with a smooth, hoppy finish and a malty backbone. Not too bad. Reminds me of my homebrewed Pale Ale. Regardless, I would say it represents the style well. There's a slight caramel taste at the back of the throat which only makes it better in my opinion.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An inch-thick creamy head is produced from a normal pour, and it hangs in there a long while. The color is a dirty dark orange, with good clarity.

Aroma leans heavy on the grapefruity hops, especially for a regular old pale ale. But it's a good smell, and does have some sweet balance provided by the malt, also some hints of caramel and bubblegum.

First thing I gotta mention about the flavor: iced tea. Blech. I'm not an iced tea lover, so this surprising element took some getting used to. It comes in on the hops side of things, and those are sharp and biting, but I'm down with that. The malt tries to balance, and it does an okay job, but doesn't quite get there due to the strong hops and that odd iced tea-ish flavor.

Seems a little overcarbonated, with a bursting fizziness in the mouth. But also strong and hefty, so not too bad on that front.

This is fine if you don't want anything too demanding (ABV-wise) or complex. There are better pale ales out there, and that odd iced tea flavor throws me, but not something I'd ever turn up my nose at.

Photo of jtslay
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This a very drinkable pale ale that isn't complex but is very refreshing. It pours a pale golden yellow with minimal head that doesn't lace. The aroma is very mild and the taste is crisp and clean for an ale... almost like a lager. Very very drinkable beer perfect for a warm summer day.

Photo of zdk9
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I enjoyed the flavors of this PA, lots of grapefruity and piney hops. But for some reason the entire beer was foamy all hell. Every sip I took turned into foam in my mouth and destroyed the entire experience. I don't know what sort of carbination problems could have caused this but I would like to retry this beer sometime so I can fully enjoy it.

Photo of wspscott
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Dark amber color with a slight reddish tint. Nice head and lace
S: A hint of bread, no hops
T: All malts, very bready, seems to linger with an off aftertaste, not terrible but not very "pale", no hops present.
M: Crisp and nicely carbonated
D: Nice beer, I like some hops in my pale ale. This seems to be a pale ale in the british tradition. Worth trying, not my favorite.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

A - Nice looking clear deep amber color with a tan head that thinned down leaving some good lacing.

S - hoppy aroma, some hints of malt.

T - hop bite upfront, malt flavor comes around, light hop bitterness in the end.

M - thin, light body, mild carbonation.

D - not a bad brew if you're having a few, but I wouldn't want more than 2 or 3 of these in a sitting.

Photo of brdc
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very impressive ruby-colored brew, with a light brown head that goes and goes. Great retention, and lacing all the way down keeps this one nice looking all the way to the finish.
Aroma is lighter than I expected, but still nice: fruity hoppiness, with some buttery maltiness. If it was a bit more pronounced, it would be great.
Nice medium body, and for most a well-balanced taste, although at times it feels a little "less malted" than I would generally like. It is buttery, fruity/hoppy, and then again a bit more maltiness before it dry-hops at the end.
Very pleasant, not exactly my preferred beer (still a bit too hoppy at times) but well crafted.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ordered this mainly due to the name...appearance is typical for the style, amber. citrusy, piney hops in the nose. malt characteristics are dominated by the hops in this beer. light/medium mouthfeel. decent finish. good drinkability due to abv. good but not outstanding.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this new to Maine? I've heard of Flying Dog but not seen it around. Pours a very pretty golden orange color, smell is of pine and citrus. Taste, a nice citrus bitterness and malt but it's a bit weak for my taste buds (too many Bigfoots I guess) A bit thin mouthfeel. Overall it's good, for me this would be a nice summer quencher rather than a regular pale ale, buy I would recommend it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. OK... nothing great... but not bad....

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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.

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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