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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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2,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 30
Gots: 102 | 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 lewwjr


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They call it a classic and I agree that it is a classic cross between an american pale and an english. It has a wonderful copper color with a rich deepness that says drink me. The well balanced head soon gives way but not without leaving you with memories of a well that runs deep. Nice hop overtones with just the right amount of malt. The first impression is of boldness. Soon you relaize that this beer is bold and smooth. What a great product, one that I always look forward to drinking with friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 01:52:06 | More by lewwjr
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly clear amber with a thin off-white head. Head is gone quickly but leaves some lacing.

Smells sweet, toffee, caramel kind of sweet. Even a bit of coffee. Not the smell I expected.

Taste starts sweet like the smell, then bursts into the back of the mouth and even the nostrils with a hit of hoppiness. Ends fairly dry, and really leaves an impression with the finish. It tastes better than average, but isn't my style. It's definitely not a weak flavoured brew though.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with a good amount of carbonation. Feels about right.

For me, this isn't a beer I'd have more than one of in a sitting. The finish is a bit too much for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 05:32:53 | More by elricorico
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Flying Dog offering poured an nice amber color with a modest off-white head with lots of lacing. It had a slightly hoppy nose with some hints of citrus. The hop character was weak for an APA but there is a little more maltiness than expected, which limits the bitterness somewhat. The citrus flavor continued in the taste. I was not greatly impressed with this offering. It was a rather bland effort. It is sort of like an APA light.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 21:31:56 | More by rdrummer
Photo of beerceller99


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color with a slight head. Great hop smell of pine-bud resins. Lightly carbonated with a airy mouthfeel. Slight caramel sweet, then grainy, yeasty taste. Finish is classic bitter hops. After taste is a Pac. NW hop burp.
A nice Pale Ale, love that piney-bud smell.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 18:56:22 | More by beerceller99
Photo of clvand0


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I've not reviewed this beer yet. Comes in a 12oz bottle with cool artwork. Pours an amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a floral hop smell and an interesting citrus character. Has a strong hop flavor at the beginning and a somewhat weak caramel background.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 20:08:37 | More by clvand0
Photo of NEhophead


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy 1" off white head with good retention; finally fades to a pillowy sheet after a few moments. Thin and condensed lacing with above average strength. Crisp and clean amber in color.

A big citrus nose on top of a moderate floral hop aroma. A light and fruity nose for the style. Reminds me of a sweetened iced tea.

Lemon and light apple tones over a mild hop flavor. A moderate biscuit flavor is present following its citric character. A well balanced, semi sweet maltiness is also present. The big hop bitterness of your typical American Pale is absent, but this version is pleasant and still quite flavorful.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Light and smooth on the palate.

Not exactly typical of the style, but a nice change of pace to the Sierra Nevada copycats out there. A solid ale IMO. I know that this one isn't for everyone, but it suits my tastebuds just fine. Probably my favorite offering from Flying Dog.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 01:31:30 | More by NEhophead
Photo of watermelonman


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived as a dark brown and orange with a small head. It's a unique color for the style. It's leaving some good lacing behind, too.

The smell is decent, with hops taking most of the credit. The malt profile is good, and really comes through in the taste. Hops are definitely detectable but not dominating in the flavor. It's a smooth taste, and the mouthfeel follows that lead.

The alcoholic content actually tastes higher than it is. Still, this remains pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2004 18:34:08 | More by watermelonman
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a pleasant burnt orange color, some amber notes. Some cratery head action, not very thick but with noticeable lacing. Inviting.

Aroma - has a sweet orange nose that's just a little stronger than subtle, very flowery.

Taste - a standard to weak malt base is only somewhat outgunned by the hops. Simple but tasty, the hops have a citrusy taste that doesn't get very bitter. Just a smooth transition into some light bitterness. Not a heavyweight but pretty refreshing!

Mouthfeel - light, watery, no body at all. A crisp pale ale, but needs to bulk up a bit.

Drinkability - these disappear like popcorn. It's a lighter pale ale, excellent for an intro to the style. A poor mouthfeel holds it back a bit but it's still a solid drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 14:24:08 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a decent but not great amber colour with a sticky but fairly small head. looks like this ones gonna be a bit thin overall. the smell is nice: mostly hop (more than expected) and some spice, with a bit of biscuit/bread as well. the flavour is quite nice, being a bit juicy and hoppy, with some floral and sweet fruit notes here and there. my main problem that i see as holding this brew back is that it's very thin, to the point where it seems very watery at times. this seems to be a problem with most, if not all, of the flying dog brews that i have had. that said, this is a flavourful brew that is basic but enjoyable, and it has a moderate hop kick that's quite unexpected. give it a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 02:14:49 | More by guinness33
Photo of fdrich29


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color, very nice head.

Smells of hops, flowers and citrus.

Tastes include hops, citrus, bitterness, malt with a sweet-ish finish.

Smooth but tingly mouthfeel and easy to drink

Wasn't impressed with this one, but I will try another bottle in the near future and update my review if necessary.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 07:28:40 | More by fdrich29
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich orange-amber with the barest hint of red. The medium-sized head is ecru in color and is acceptably dense. There's a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace; nothing special in that department. Classic Cascade hop aroma, a little more subdued than I'd like, but not bad. Two parts grapefruit to one part bitter orange peel.

Enjoyable flavor. It's pretty hard to screw up a Cascade-hopped pale ale if it's brewed with enough ingredients, but some brewers still manage to do it. This is a pretty decent version. It's on the hoppy side, but doesn't even sniff the 'shit-load of hops' designation that Flying Dog claims on their web site.

No one with even an average hop tolerance need fear this beer; no amount of palate abuse will result from its consumption. The malt backbone is merely adequate for the style. If anyone needs yet another description of Cascade hop flavor: brightly bitter grapefruit zest and pine sap. I happen to love Cascade; your mileage may vary.

I haven't been all that impressed with Flying Dog in the past, but this beer and their Scottish Porter are worthy of occasional purchases.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 16:30:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a soft amber with nearly no head at all. Thus, no lace formed on the glass. The hops were kind of strong for a pale ale, almost pale ale like. Hints of citrus hung around the beer. Both in the flavor and in the finish were notes of orange and lemon. The malts were a nice compliment to the hops as well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2004 20:38:14 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of arizcards


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the 12 pack sampler at Sprouts yesterday for 12.99. Picked up a case sampler at Costco for 19.99 (Football season is right around the corner ya know!)

This amber colored brew did not pour much of a head and leaving no lacing. Smell is of bread, floral hops, and citrus. Taste is well balanced between the malts and hops with a smooth citrusy hop finish. Mouthfeel is fair for an APA although it is not as lively on the tounge as I hoped. But the overall drinkability of this beer is very good as this beer can go with most spicy foods or quite well by itself.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 23:20:20 | More by arizcards
Photo of RocketWidget


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trippy bottle design. Someday, when I open my own brewery, I'll take notes from these guys on bottle design. Always dreaming...

Pours a positively orange hue. Head retention leaves something to be desired. Smell is hoppy, as expected. Taste grew on me. More hop bite on the after than initial taste. Quite sweet, and carbonation plays on the tongue. A subtle beer, good for inspiring creativity. A good take on the pale ale style.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 22:11:39 | More by RocketWidget
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep-amber body with orange highlights beneath a creamy cap of off-white that holds well but leaves little lace. The nose delivers an excellent blend of biscuity and caramelish malts and citrusy, piney and floral hops. The body is medium and it's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor bristles with piney and citrusy hops upfront; softens across the middle as more malt comes out; and finishes with biscuity and caramelish malt followed by a solid, lingering bitterness. A decent enough American pale ale that works well with food, but somehow seems to lack the finesse needed to lend it any greater drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 03:21:24 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of brewQ


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent color- jewel like ruby brown as clear as the brown bottle it came in. (Is that too dark for style?). A creamy head of fine bubbles afforded light lacing.

A hoppy aroma imparted spruce like freshness. The flavor delivered the hop malt balance promised by the deep color and the nose. Tasty.

I found the finish, leaving me smacking my lips form the hops flavor, particularly enjoyable. Go I am a sucker for Pale Ales!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 21:57:22 | More by brewQ
Photo of Rio


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark reddish-brown color with a decent head. The head receeded pretty quickly, but hung on as a thin layer across the top of the glass. Hoppy, herbal smell to it. Not too sharp, really nice.

The taste is pretty good, earthy, hoppy taste to it, with a hint of citrus flavor. Unfortunately, the taste and the mouthfeel just seem really thin to me. Up until that point, I really liked the beer, but the thinness at the end of the taste and in the feel bring it down a bit for me.

Still a really good pale ale, but not something that I'll be likely to list as one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 05:11:45 | More by Rio
Photo of mynie


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yummy yummy yummy, I got beer in my tummy, and I feel like drinking you...

This is a pretty, pretty pale ale. That's a shame, because the bottle is sooo cool and I find myself torn between drinking it straight from the bottle or pouring it out to soak in its amber delightfulness with the awesome lattice it leaves on a glass.

All the distinctive flying dog artwork is done by Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman, and they are far and away the best beer labels I have ever seen. So, whether you're drinking this from the bottle or a glass, your going to enjoying watching your beverage.

And you olfactory senses won't be let down, either. The smell is very pleasant and fruity, complex blend of citrus and apples nn with a slight hint of hops. It tastes great, an excellent and complex bittersweet hop flavor up front with a nice malty aftertaste.

And this beer is just perfectly carbonated, too! Just heavy enough.

I was afraid to try any of the Flying Dog Beers for the longest time, figuring that the beer inside couldn't possibly be as cool as the labels. How wrong I was...

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 02:03:11 | More by mynie
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium red colored beer with a nice head with medium retention. Aroma is quite nice with floral hops. Taste is even nicer with a hops heavy taste leaving a quite important bitter finish. Could have profited of more spice and a bit less hops; I believe taste would have been more subtle and complex. I find this to be very similar to North Stock Red Seal Ale. I’m still looking forward to trying more products from the Flying Dog Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 14:41:08 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've recently come to the conclusion that I'm beginning to love pale ales, and the 6 pack of Doggie Style that I managed to finally pick up seems to have driven this home. That stunning copper body turns me on every time, and Doggie Style has plenty of it, a clear bright copper colour. Decent off-white head on the pour, which sinks down to a very thin cap to about halfway through the glass. Bold citrusy cascade hops on the nose, only the faintest bit of malt in the background fighting to get at least a limb in the picture. On the flavour profile the malt stays in the background as well, a base for the grassy, citrus sweetness of the hops. Mouthfeel is thinner than I had anticipated, but the carbonation adds a bit of extra body in compensation for that, while it becomes more oily on the finish. The finish is refreshing though, a very quenching and satisfying experience. Plus I'm a sucker for the Ralph Steadman labels as well. This is definitely a fine session ale, it's just a shame it's so expensive up here in Alberta ($15 Can. for 6!).

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 23:29:35 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of Shaw


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As my friend Alec said, this beer smells like a bag of hops. If you don't like that I suggest you try something else. For those BeerAdvocates who are hopheads, drinking this ale is like coming home.

I would guess that this ale isn't very bitter. Maybe 50 IBU or less? I just checked their Web site to see if I was right but they don't list the bitterness units. Bummer.

The aroma hops are fantastic. This ale is makes up in aroma what it lacks in bitterness. It is very heavy on the hops, in case I haven't made that clear. I'm very pleased that Flying Dog says this ale is "dry hopped with a 'shit-load' of Cascade hops ..." If you know Cascade hops, you can tell they're in this beer.

I highly recommend this ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2004 07:19:02 | More by Shaw
Photo of beerinator


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Tea colored. Very clear with an off white head.

Aroma: Hoppy. The hop aroma rises above and beyond the nutty sweetness. There is a bit of citrus in the aroma from the hops as well.

Taste: The bitterness seems to be a bit on the harsh side. The malt doesn't balance as well as in some pale ales. The finish is dry, and the mouthfeel is solid.

Notes: This is a good beer, but not quite as balanced as others that I would prefer to keep in my fridge. Definately give it a shot, but don't expect to find a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 22:22:13 | More by beerinator
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Clear light brown with a slight white head.


Citrusy hops greets the nose with a pleasant aroma.


I'm not a pale ale fan, but I like this one. It is somewhat mild in the hop department, though that is the first sensation that hits your tongue followed by a really nice smooth sweet finish that leaves you wanting another sip. I've tried all of Flying Dog's stuff, and this is one of the better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 19:23:27 | More by cbl2
Photo of taez555


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear amber body with a small off-white head.

The nose was a mix of soft citrus peel, some juicy fruits and gum. A sweet caramel malt smell. Citrus and black pepper really come out as it warms.

The taste is a nice spicy hop. Black pepper, some graininess. Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. A nice big malt flavor is present but it’s really hard to make out because the hop taste and bitterness completely overshadow it. The scary thing is, no matter how big the hop flavor is it never becomes distracting. It actually feels balanced.

Actually a pretty good beer. I little too hoppy to balance against the malt, but a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 07:10:43 | More by taez555
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do detest the Ralph Steadman Flying Dog labels, but decided it wasn't fair to deduct half an appearance point. But I wish they would bring back the old dog.

A deep but crystal clear copper body, topped by three fingers of dentable foam which rose above the rim. Bits of lace.

A nice toasty nose, backed with earthy hops.

A malty splash, quickly engulfed with a hearty helping of herbal hops. A rather clean finish with a mild hop aftertaste.

Nice medium body, very easy to drink, and no deterents to another.

A good example of a hybrid pale ale, very English in character, with just a little extra hop dash for this side of the pond.

I think this beer is under-rated, possibly because much of the rest of their line does not measure up. I've always enjoyed this beer and was pleased to see it return to Jersey. I hope it sticks around

Sidenote: There is also a variety 12 pack available. Apparently this is a random selection of Flying Dog brews. I passed because a) I like to know what I'm buying, and b) I could see that at least four of the beers were their wheat, which I have no interest in.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 19:39:29 | More by RonfromJersey
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