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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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2,161 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,161
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 150 | 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 Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gagnonsux, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

whynot44, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of wcudwight
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

wcudwight, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of karengarys
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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).

karengarys, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

russpowell, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of lpayette
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

lpayette, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of cracgor
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

cracgor, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of schoolcb
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

schoolcb, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Vancer, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of tjthresh
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

tjthresh, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of MattBrooks
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MattBrooks, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Bonhoeffer, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SaCkErZ9, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


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.

NiceGuyMike, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tgbljb, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of scaaven
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

scaaven, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of bubrewer
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Carbonation seems a little low for the APA style. This 40F bottle had to be poured from about 12" to get a couple fingers of head. Color is a brilliantly clear copper, off white heat fades quickly but leaves lace.

Aroma is grapefruit, some pine, and maybe mint. Wonderful, full aroma that invites the drinker to take a sip. That sip brings out plenty of PNW hop flavor and just enough bitterness to balance the carmelly malt flavor.

What a delightful beer, especially since it is $5.50/6 pack around here while competing pale ales like SNPA are generally north of $7.

bubrewer, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw yellow with a well-retained head of almost white. Nice, lacey artwork left behind.

Clean golden malts, grapefruit, tangerine, and pine on the nose.

Crisp, light malts up front, with deliciously citrussy hops and pine trailing closely behind. Nice and hoppy for an APA. This really tastes fresh, and is much better than I remember it being.

Medium bodied with a crisp, thirst quenching mouthfeel. Totally sessionable.

AlexJ, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of Sixpack595
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to find fault with this one. Aroma is sweet and fruity with citrus and a bit of malt backing it up. Coppery hued body with a moderate cap of off white head. Good citrucy, piney hop flavor without excessive bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch lighter than I prefer, but nothing too distracting. Good beer, not too crazy but I could drink a bunch of these in an evening.

Sixpack595, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Burdman for providing this brew.

Pours a nice golden amber color with 1/2 inch off white head. Nice lacing remains on the glass. Carbonation level appears to be a little on the light side.

Smell is earthy, with a nice hops citris note.

Tast is malty but with just enough hops bite to give it some character. Not IPA level hops but enough to make it enjoyable.

Very smooth mouthfeel with a nice clean finish. Maybe a little on the thin side but not enough to take away from the enjoyment of drinking this beer.

Very drinkable brew. Based on this one, i would love to try more Flying Dog stuff. Would recomend that it is definately worth a try.

beermanbrian, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A soothing amber of crystal clarity. A strong pour produces about a finger of off white head that transforms into a frothy layer on the surface without much deliberation. Substantial lacing curtains the ever narrowing circumference of my glass.

Smell: Malty with a hop bouquet that matches to create a very fine balance. The malts are very rich and earthy with a bit of toasted characteristics to them. Smells inviting.

Flavour: Good malt profile with some orange peel hop effects. Not exactly bitter, but with a nice amount of dryness in the finish. I think the flavours could be bolstered a bit, but overall this brew produces a very pleasant outcome.

Mouthfeel: A bit light which hurts the flavour profile. If this had just a slap more body, it would be more buoyant allowing the flavours to hang around creating a more intense flavour experience. As it stands, the flavour is there and gone in the matter of a swallow. No after effects to leave you pondering the tastes. You have only a fleeting moment to analyze the character before it departs on the emaciated body. But, this is not at all a waste of time.

Drinkability: The drinkability is particularly good with this brew because you need to keep swallowing it to get your fill and to truly feel the character. This is right on the edge of being a solid beer. It just needs a bit more meat.

SupaCelt, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crisp amber with nice head and great retention a very nicely poured beer infact. It smelled very hoppy and crisp and clean. A medium bodied beer with again a very hoppy crisp clean taste to it. A little bitter and dry but still enjoyable. I enjoy this beer here and there but it is not my favorite Flying Dog Beer but I still would reccomend it for someone looking for a good pale ale.

This is perhaps my favourite of the Flying Dog brand and definitely a beer I will be trying to have in the fridge for a nice hop fix here and there.

ryantupy, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Illinick
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out an amber/reddish-orange color, deep in hue with a nice creamy head. Impressive lacing throughout. A lot of rising carbonation.
Smell was of citrusy hops and fruit, quite pleasant.
T: Begins with a malty start and ends with all hops. I found the finish to be semi-dry but clean. I really enjoyed the hops throughout. Was almost IPA-ish in character, but not quite.
I was overall impressed with the beer and I enjoyed the hoppy flavor. Flying Dog makes a lot of nice, middle of the road beers and I will definately be coming back to this one.

Illinick, Jul 14, 2005
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,161 ratings.