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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 objectivemonkey
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a yellowish gold, with ok head and lacing. Aroma is good but forgettable, decent cirtic hops and thats aboot it. Tastes alright, but again, nothing special. So, this is one I'd classify as a good after work beer, something refreshing.

objectivemonkey, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Fuller
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper body with a sticky white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma of sweet citrus and floral hops and a hint of grain. Good amount of hop bitterness with some sweet malt mixed in. Full bodied with good carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish.

Fuller, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Semi-clear, bubbly and active at first. Deep redish Amber color, darker than I was expecting for a Pale Ale. 2" slightly off-white head dissipated to a constant, spread-out covering then dissapearing altogether about 1/3 of the way through. Only minimal lacing appears.

Smells of home brew style Extra sweet malt and barley, slight veggie green hop.

First hit is all sweet caramel tasting malt. The Dark color leads you to suspect a heavy malt flavor for a Pale. That's exactly what it delivers. There's a wheat/barley taste shortly after ending with a rather subtle slightly bitter hop ending. The suprisingly heavy malt flavor keeps the hops from doiminating this pale rider which is strange because the meter on the graphics of the six-pack box leads you to beleive it's mostly hop with only minimal malt, the flavor tells a different story.

Starts out active and lively but quickly bcomes a bit flat and thin feeling. The Head is totally gone well before the pint was finished and the bubbles seem to stop being active too early.

This one seems strange to me...the malt nose and taste is much stronger and the taste is an underdeveloped malt, not unlike some homebrews I've had in the past. There is a balance, but the malt is too in your face for the style and the hop effect is lacking. It's easy enough to drink and the artwork on the lable's is a big bonus visually.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle adorned with the work of Ralph Steadman.

Appearence--nice deep amber hue with good head retention.

Smell--Exactly what I expect from a pale ale.

Taste--Nice balance of malt and hops, I really couldn't ask for much more.

Mouthfeel--Not too thick, not too thin, just right.

Drinkability--I'll have another!

Notes--not quite up there with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, but it's pretty good.

arnulfooxblood, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an attractive orange/amber color with a decent head with good retention.

Smell: Lots of citrus hops aroma, hard to pick up much else.

Taste: A well balanced APA, in my opinion. Hops are dominant, quite resiny and citrusy. Definitely dry-hopped. Finishes nice and dry, something I always appreciate.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, with good carbonation. No complaints at all.

Drinkability: Definitely sessionable, quite a good APA.

hunteraw, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into the glass coppery brown with no bubbles, capped by a small tan head, about 1 finger, which rapidly fades leaving some lacing behind, which also fades to nothing halfway through the beer. Nose is apple-sweet malt and not much else. I let it warm a bit, but that didn’t help. Hops dominate the taste, which is this beer’s strong point. It begins on a strong hops note and then fades to a bitter background and finishes mild and hoppy. Pushing IPA status here. Mouth is watery with some bubbles, petty average. Drinkability is good if you like hoppy pale ales (I do). It would be easy to put down a sixer over an afternoon or whatever.

Overall: Pretty good overall, the weak nose, head, and straight hops flavor keep this beer from being great. Good hops presence, but no real complexity. If you like your pale ales straight up, this one’s worth a try.

jettjon, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great Pale Ale. The beer poured a rich amber color that swirled nicely down the sides of the glass. I thin white head formed on the surface of the beer and lasted throughout. There was significant lacing for the duration of the brew. Raising the glass to the nose floods the senses with rich caramel notes offset with a pale ale hop bitterness. The hops hit the front of the tongue with a subtle spicy flavor. As the flavors work their way toward the throat the hops give way to a malty caramel taste that finishes smooth with fruity notes from the yeast. This beer has a well-balanced flavor profile. The mouthfeel is as rich as the flavor making this a good beer to savor which does not sit heavy in the gut. Cheers!

DevilDogBeer, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours `golden copper with a moderate head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is juicy with citrus and floral hop. Subdued caramel malt.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Flavor is fairly aggressive but balanced. Nice candied fruit thing going on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

A decent beer. Not specatacular but very smooth and easy to drink. Enjoyable.

Blakaeris, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber colored with white head. Smells like citrus and malt. Tastes like grapefruit, a little bit of maltiness with a little bitterness in the finish. The taste on this one is great, but the mouthfeel seems very watery to me. If this had a little more body, it would be great.

Dizzy, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber hue with a 1 finger head. Highly carbonated. It left lacing as I drank it down.

S - Hops!!! Wow, it really is an overpowering hop aroma. There is a fainy grassy smell to it, as well.

T - It is very hoppy (not as strong as it smelled). It also has a good malt flavor.

M - It is light bodied and very crisp.

D - It is drinkable, but the hop flavors may overpower anything that you try to eat with it.

zeff80, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- nice brownish amber color, good head with nice lacing and retention

S- nice and hoppy, very piney

T- very hoppy, kind of one sided but in a good way

M- smooth, kinda dry, moderate carbonation, taste lingers in mouth for a little while

D-goes down nice and easy

gonzo138, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured to a copper color, with off-white head that diminished quickly, yet left good lacing. Kind of a strange beer, regarding aroma and flavor. I detected aroma of hops and dark fruit (plums, figs), yet taste was what I expected more of a pale ale, citrus fruits, dominated by grapefruit. I enjoyed the flavor, yet the finish tended to be sour. May have ben a bit old. I’m sure I’ll have the opportuinity to have another, and will re-rate if finsih is markedly different. All and all, still a good beer-drinking beer.

kimcgolf, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice APA. Pours out to a peppy light amber orange color with medium high carbonation and a nice 1/4 inch pillow of yellowish white foam. Aroma is highly dominated by floral hops and grassy notes. Some citrus and malt. Taste is medium bodied and rather classy; malt, citrusy hops, grass, a hint of bourbon, light wood. Interesting. Keeps the palate busy. Mouthfeel was refined and zesty. Drinkability is pretty good. More hoppy than most APA's. Worth trying. I'd like to see this cask-conditioned...

Frozensoul327, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of chilidog
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine Flagship brew, if its not, it should be.
It pours a nice,clear amber/rust color. The head, off-white tan tint, holds up very well and laces all glass long. The sticky lace comes as of the medium body is well carbonated, active in the glass with no fizz.
The aroma is citric hop and with floral cascades behind that. Don't think its overpowering.
The taste carries a soft load if hop with a nice malted balance.
The mouth is left crisp and slightly tart.
A Very good and tasty beer to quench a thirst, go with a meal or sip on awhile with others. The label can also give you something to talk about. cheers!

chilidog, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of Poser
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is very average, a dark amber hue with a finger thick head. Smells and tastes strongly of hops and some spice.

This has been sitting in the back of my fridge for a little while, but it should still be fresh. It's a decent pale ale, worth a try.

Poser, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a nice looking dark amber/copper color, very clear. The head formed about 1 finger thick of large bubbles and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Pine and citrus hops, a little strong but still appealing.

Taste: The hops explode on contact, very bitter but oh so good. I didn't get much in the way of malty flavors at all. The finish was bitter, leaving the desire for more.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, to be honest. Even still it's still good. The carbonation is in good balance as well.

Overall: If you like hops (as I do) you''ll love this brew.

FenwaySquid, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of pibbxtrasucks
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

beer poured with little to no head. I was a little disappointed, but it may have been a bad pour. its hard to say which smell is more powerful, the hops or the citrus. so I guess that means its a nice blend. tastes pretty hoppy at first but shortly after that a citrus taste takes over, not unlike the smell. the only "problem" I have with this beer is I think its a tad bit over carbonated... but thats just preference. over all I think this is a tasty beer which is very easy to drink.

pibbxtrasucks, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of weasbri
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at Les Halles in DC. They had it instead of Kronenbourg, which I haven't had in some time, so I can't comment on the wisdom of such a decision. Ironically, it was served in a Kronenbourg pint glass.
I don't want to criticize too much, as I think I'm just in a non-Pale Ale kind of place right now. The beer had a good level of hoppiness to it, I thought a bit too much bitterness left in the aftertaste. Nice color and decent aroma, but I rate it about an average Pale Ale.

weasbri, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doggie style pale ale is a slightly hazy, dark amber color. It has nice head with decent retention and good lacing. It has malty aroma with some hops. The taste is malt with a nice hop finish. It has medium body, is well balanced, and just plain good. This is one of the better pale ales I have found in this area.

afinepilsner, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of Brian700
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark pale color with a white head, minimal lacing.

The aroma is of pale malt and some citrus hops.

The flavor has some caramel malt presence with a decent addition of hops, nothing over the top but a very good and drinkable flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a good drinkable beer, awesome session beer.

Brian700, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of cameraman
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20 oz. pint glass, a half inch head forms, leaving several rings along the glass a it dissolves away. The color is a clear amber color with a hint of orange along the sides. The aroma of malt starts off, followed by pine and earth scents. The hops found in the aroma dominate the taste, there is a malt flavor at the beginning, but does not really stand out. Medium bodied as it first crosses the palate and thins out from there, losing alot of the body it had started with. It is fairly drinkable beer, though the mouthfeel is a disappointment. It still has a good taste and aroma, not a bad choice for a session beer.

cameraman, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a sticky one finger head. Smell is of citrusy hops (grapefruit in particular). In the taste you get much of the same citrusy hop tastes that are in the nose and a slight malty/bready flavor. A decent brew but a bit too thin with a lack of body.

cjgator3, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of BigRedN
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the 12 oz bottle into a standard US pint glass an orangy amber. A nice 1/4 inch head forms that slowly fades to a solid cover on the liquid. Good lacing as the beer is consumed. Before I even take a sip I imagine this is well carbonated as there are hundreds (if not a thousand) tiny bubbles streaming through the clear liquid.

Smell: Mostly hop related aromas. Floral and citrous scents. Not overly one dimensional, just not overly scented.

Taste: Starts out with some malted barley taste on the tongue, finishes with a citrousy burst, and the requisite hop bitterness, although this was less than kick me in the ass bitter.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light in body, well carbonated. Light crisp and lively with a clean finish.

Drinkability: A good but not great Pale Ale. Easy drinker, close to sessionable. One I would have again if the price is right as I have only the two bottles that came in a mix 12 pack.

BigRedN, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue, with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was a flowery hop with a bit of a citrus element. A good grain element as well.

The taste was evenly balanced. A clean hop bitterness accompanied by a noticable grain sweetness. Finished with a slight biscuit aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was normal. Good carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

A good and drinkable APA. I would have prefered a stronger hop presence, but overall a good example of the style.

plaid75, May 30, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy deep orange body with a thick off-white head that last a good while then turns to a film for the rest of the beer. The carbonation is a strong one with big bubbles keeping the head going.

S- The nice smell of green hops has a sweet perfume note to it and a nice caramel roasted malt blended in with the hops. This is well-balanced and smooth but with strong hops and malt smell.

T- The taste of green floral hops is what I notice right of the bat. They are smooth but fresh. After a few more sips I start to notice some lightly toasted sweet malt with a orange note to it. That orange note hangs on with a faint bitterness from the hops in the finish. As it warms there is a very light note of biscuit malt in the background.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol heat.

D- This is an APA done well. The smells and tastes are distinct and classic but this beer is smooth and quaffable for summers in the backyard. Flying dog surprised me on this one and I will have to hunt for this one on cask and in cases.

rhoadsrage, May 27, 2006
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,179 ratings.