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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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2,118 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,118
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 30
Gots: 132 | 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 Dukeofearl


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

This is a decent, medium reddish-copper pale ale with a gentle hop bite in the middle, but really shows up in the final swallow. I'm not talking hop-monster follow-up, but it lets you know it's there. At first, when colder, the hop bite is pretty nice. As the beer warms, the bitterness increases, and I don't care for it as much. And all that is after a pretty good aroma- the best part of this beer. The aroma has both a nice malty roundness, with a flowery hop sitting on top.

A nice drinkable Pale Ale, nothing incredible, but I like it.

10-29-2005 01:04:12 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

A- dark copper with a nice head that settles to a consistant layer of film.

S- not a very strong smell, but what is present is a nice hop aroma.

T- little watery at the start but the finish comes through with a decent hit of piney hops.

M- bit thin but not to bad. carbonation is average

D- really easy to drink and quite refreshing.

overall- i was hoping for a little more from this beer. but with that said its not a total let down. the finish has decent hop presence, but i was hoping for more of a bite. mouthfeel is too water, but on the flip side of that downfall it is very refreshing.

the first one i had in the 6 pack seemed to have more flavor. this being the 2/6 im hoping the remainder will be more like the first. we'll see

10-21-2005 04:21:59 | More by Gritsak
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%

Amber in colour with hints of gold. This particular bottle was WAY over-carbonated. It took over 20 minutes to get all of it into a glass! Nice cascade hop aroma with a bit of malty sweetness drifting in afterwards. Flavors were of bland watered down malts, with little of the hop presence that was apparent from the smell. A real let down.

10-18-2005 20:53:57 | More by fisherman34
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.93/5  rDev +8%

Presentation: 12oz bottle emptied into a standard pint glass
Appearance: coppery coloration, low-level clots of carbonation lazily rising to the bottom of a creamy off-white head that suddenly imploded and vanished, leaving scant lace.
Nose: sweet caramel malt notes, touch of butteriness, and reasonable citric tang.
Taste: quite sweet early on as the caramel and diacetyl coat the tongue. Hops scrouge the palate of most references to sweetness as a wave of Cascade hops works its charms.
Feel: medium-bodied, finishes dry.
Overall, probably the best beer from Flying Dog I've had yet. Has a lot of the same qualities as SNPA although not as vibrant and packing the same load of bitterness. Nevertheless, a pretty decent brew.

10-17-2005 04:48:09 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of Padron4KM


2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

12 oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack. 200A05 printed on the lower corner of the label. july 31 05 I assume.

Pours out clear amber bordering on caramel in color, with a thick two finger head you could almost float a quarter on. Looks promising.

Aroma is light caramel and grapefruit.

Flavor is sort of bland, a little caramel and some citrus zest.

Not too bad, I'd have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

10-15-2005 04:46:00 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of hoffman


4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours up with a nice two finger head that sticks around and laces the glass all the way to the bottom. Deep amber hue with golden tints. Smell is vibrant sweet and almost exclusivly hops. The taste is very amazing with a nice sweet taste underneath the hoppy base and finish that I was expecting from this pale. A smooth feel that comes in easy and finishes the same. I want more of this one, the best part is some resturants in the area actually might have it.

10-10-2005 00:14:01 | More by hoffman
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

I do not usually like lighter color beers but this one is pretty good. In fact, I like it. It has a very smooth mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good with the absence of a strong aftertaste. The beer is a copper color with a good aroma. I will probably seek this beer out again. I poured it out into a mug and it had a nice thick head that stuck around for a while. A very good beer that caught me my suprise.

10-07-2005 12:33:31 | More by Enola
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

The color is copper with a moderate level of carbonation. The head is average-sized and off white. The aroma consists of a piney hop smell layered over a sweet malt body. A sip starts with a quick dash of citris hop flavor which quickly melds into the stronger malt body. The malt flavor consists of caramel malt flavors with a mild earthy quality. Bitterness comes into play towards the finish, but the malt flavors are what linger on the palate. This is another of the many good APAs out there, not quite as hoppy as expected, but this easily gets the job done. I could easily put back many of these in a session and Doggie-Style is the kind of pale ale that always finds a home in my fridge.

10-06-2005 21:25:10 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a small head that I thought would disappear but decided to hang around for awhile, leaving some lacing

Smell: Surprisingly malty with a caramel tone to the nose with some hoppiness in the background

Taste: Starts out sweet and herbacious with a strong caramel flavor that lasts well through the finish; some grapefruit appears early and hangs around to the finish, providing a nice balancing effect

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little slick; modest carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, and if I were seeking an amber, I might like this better; as an APA, it has its demerits

10-03-2005 21:02:14 | More by brentk56
Photo of whynot44


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Medium bodied, copper colored with a modest foamy white head that doesn't last too long and doesn't leave much lace.

There is a strong citrus/fruity/hops aroma, a definite hops bite up front with a nutty, caramel malt flavor. The finish is grapfruit/piney hops.

Very drinkable, especially for cool weather.

10-02-2005 05:56:56 | More by whynot44
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Pours golden, but settles to the mixture of colors found in a sunset. Nice finger width head with solid retention. Glass nicely laced and can see the carbonation in the glass.
S: Citrus fruits and green apple.
T: Hop and malt balance hits the mouth, but then the hop bitterness kind of takes over. Nice floral aftertaste. A spring garden just kind of hangs on the tongue.
M: Well carbonated. Bubbles in mouth. Maybe a tad thin.
D: Good session beer.

10-01-2005 13:31:34 | More by wcudwight
Photo of karengarys


3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

This pours rich deep amber, leaving a bit of a head which dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.

Smell is sweet, with some malts, hops, and a bit of spice of some sort (cinnamon like, but it isn't).

Taste is a bit steel-like (is this oxidized?) I pick up a bit of hops, with a sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat coarse and wet.

Finish is a bit bitter, almost pepperey.

This isn't a bad ale, I just look for a bit more character and a bit less sharp bitterness (I am NOT referring to a hoppy bitterness - that would be expected).

09-23-2005 00:01:17 | More by karengarys
Photo of russpowell


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured with a nice rocky white to amber head with good head retention

Body was amber to light orange in appearance.

Smell: Good hop nose with hints of pepper

Tasted spicy with hints of orange on the tounge a just little more to balance this would've been preferable.

The body could be a bit thicker, but a nice summer time drink. Liked the drinkablity.

09-21-2005 04:16:37 | More by russpowell
Photo of lpayette


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

I decided to purchase this one after seeing it make the #4 spot on Stuff Magazine's top 80 beers from America. It's a good overall beer. All of Flying Dog's beers have a unique appearance- I like that. Medium body, pretty hoppy. Easy to drink. Expensive as hell (at least where I got it- $7.19 for a 6-pack).

09-19-2005 04:39:59 | More by lpayette
Photo of cracgor


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

This beer pours an amber color. The head is almost nonexistent...thus the unimpressed score. The beer smells fruity esters, like berries. The Taste is surprisingly good. Slightly bitter, a very fruity, citrusy hop with a little pine in it. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, and barely astringent. The drinkability is decent. I have always avoided this beer because it has the crazy packaging. Anyway. It is not bad, and is at least worth a try.

09-16-2005 09:02:32 | More by cracgor
Photo of schoolcb


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

Picked up a sixer this evening for $6.99. Pours clear and golden. Nice head. Citrusy hoppy aroma. Last time I had this beer I swear it did not have the hop punch this batch has. Big time fresh cascade citrusy/grassy flavor. Has just enough residual malt sweetness to keep the hops from completely overpowering this beer. Nice beer, think I'll sit back and have 'nother.

09-14-2005 01:49:02 | More by schoolcb
Photo of Vancer


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

A classic pale ale, all right! Very nice pour, amber / org with a foamy head, fresh beer! Aroma pops of malts, floral and some citrus, moves into the quaff rather nicely. Good balance of hops, just the right amount to kick it up. A medium bodied brew, extremely drinkable - works well in the summer heat!

I’m looking at some of my other scores for pale ales, this one matches up well - just a tad expensive at $7.50 a sixer (12 ounces).

08-26-2005 14:35:52 | More by Vancer
Photo of tjthresh


2.95/5  rDev -19%

I found this beer in my fridege left over from my 30th birthday party. The thing that stands out to me is a harsh grassyness from the hops in both the nose and the flavor. The malt come through with caramel, and bready notes. Nothing too special. Just a basic pale ale.

08-25-2005 12:47:16 | More by tjthresh
Photo of MattBrooks


4.33/5  rDev +19%

I recently got a mixture of Flying Dog brews from a friend. I hadn't tried these beers in quite a few years, silly me! This brew is excellent. It comes off like an IPA, though and that's great, for a guy like me. It pours with a golden yellow hue and not too much of a head. It smells light and airy with just a hint of hops. But, when you taste it, wow! There's the hops! Light, soft in body with a lengthy finish, this is a brew that you'll be sure to put down a few! I highly recommend this Pale Ale.

08-22-2005 15:25:22 | More by MattBrooks
Photo of Bonhoeffer


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

One of my preferred session brews. AL is such a pathetic desert for craft beer that we don't have a wide variety of any given style. I'm certain there are less than 10 different APAs sold in this state right now. Of course i've sampled APAs we can't get in this state. All in all, this remains one of my faves. I'm surprised it doesn't rate higher here.

Anyway, i really like the malty balance in this one. It's nearly an American amber. Hops are very strong and forward but kept in check by the deep malt flavor.

I shall continue to go back to this one.

08-17-2005 19:51:25 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance - A clear amber/auburn color with a half finger head and no lacing.

Smell - Crisp pine hops with a bit of citrus and malt flavor. Easily the best flying dog I have smelled to date.

Taste - Delicious hops and malt taste immediately with a little diacetyl. The hops fade quickly with only a hint of bitterness, the malt taste sticks around for a while. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Slightly thin, but very refreshing.

Drinkability - This goes down very easy. If it were more bitter, it would work with foods better, but its lack of bitterness makes it a fabulous session beer. This is very good.

08-14-2005 18:16:51 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

12 oz bottle decanted into a pint glass. Dark amber in color with very little head to speak of. A small bit of lacing but I would like a little more head to open up the hops. The smell was of terrific citrus hops. A very nice aroma. The taste was nice as well. Nice hop bitterness with again that citrus taste and a touch of hay/grass? Good nevertheless. A nice mouthfeel with the hops sticking around on the back of the tongue and palate for a while. A nice bite to the beer (like a flying dog?). A nice beer that I will definitely try again in the future.

08-13-2005 22:47:16 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%


Not sure the point of this beer. Too hoppy, should be called an IPA.

Very dark amber color (not sure why it is called Pale Ale). Thin, slightly off white head with very little lacing.

Smells wonderful with nice citrusy, floral, sweet hops.

Tastes again of citrus with some piney hops. Finishes with light, but deep penatrating bitterness and some bready (biscuty) flavors.

Light mouthfeel with some bubbling which is nice.

Overall, not a bad beer. This is an interesting brew. Not overly hopped, but it shows and I've yet to develope that hop taste so points off for that. When it does, I'm sure i'll reevaluate this brew.

08-13-2005 02:04:45 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of tgbljb


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

poured an amber color with light tannish head than slowly fell throught the glass. Smell is citrusy with loads of hops noted. Taste is hoppy with nice dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is more of hops and leaves a nice dry bitter feeling. Good drinking beer.

08-09-2005 00:24:51 | More by tgbljb
Photo of scaaven


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

I'm a pale ale fan, flat out. this is an interesting brew, different from most pale ales i've had. It's not as carbonated as others and has a darker taste. Overall not bad, but there are better in this price range such as Sierra Nevada pale ale and Full Sail pale ale

08-04-2005 00:17:35 | More by scaaven
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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