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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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2,246 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 35
Gots: 199 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Photo of auxiliary
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amberish color with a nice head
S - Smells good, just like a pale ale. Hoppy smell to it.
T - Nice and balanced.
M - Not a heavy beer, like mentioned, balanced.
D - Not a beer that I can drink a lot of. Not a bad beer. Nice pale ale though. I bought it as a single and not a 6 pack.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark amber, with good carbonation. the head is 2 fingers, light tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is main stream IPA. Piney, grapefruit.

The taste follows the nose, Grassy pine and big grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and good carbonation, very refreshing.

The drinkability is good, a better then average example of the style. MK

Photo of pmcadamis
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear bronze brew with a half finger dishwater head. Many large bubbles on top, and the head comes right back with a good swirl. Wet arcs of lace line the glass.

S - Pungent hop aromas of grapefruit along with other acidic fruits...sour green grapes and kiwi. .

T - Extremely hoppy. This is pushing the hop envelope of a pale ale...more IPA-ish IMO. Bitter and tart dry-hopped flavor...with grapefruit and kiwi. Tastes alot like it smells. Although the hops are the star of the show, there is a nice firm malt backdrop of hard biscuit flavors.

M - Medium bodied and somewhat chewy with a dry tart finish and loads of bitter hop-bomb aftertaste.

D - Excellent. The bitter acidic citrius flavors may overwhelm some, but this is right up my alley. This is a damn good brew.

Photo of Schwarzbart
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A decent finger high head that receded to a thin creamy ring. Decent cling and orange in color.
Smell: A grainy malt flavor and sweetness like tamarind. Hop notes with a smoky aroma. This is weird, but it reminds me of a steak with A-1 sauce.
Taste: Not nearly as much taste as the nose leads on. A sour maltiness with an earthy hop flavor with a tad of tamarind a raison flavor. After reading some of the other reviews I may have to try this one again because mine seemed to take on quite different qualities than others noted.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with just a little bite from the hop.
Drinkability: A good beer.

Photo of mattd017
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown-gold with a decent head which disappears quickly. Has a citrusy, hoppy scent. Has a thick, rich mouthfeel with small carbonation. Nice malty, flavor underwritten by a very slight hoppy bite. Good flavor, good pale ale, but not the best

Photo of crayphish
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear amber liquid with little carbonation rolls to a decent head. Very nice lacing. Smell is disappointing in that there isnt much.Taste starts off with bland malt and finishes a bit hoppy. The dry finish saves this beer for me. I found it to be a very drinkable pale ale, mostly because of the finish. Probably not worth the money I'm paying.

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

Rich golden amber color – clear and crisp – small head – not lively, looks sedate.

Bitter hoppy smell, nice citrus scents – a little fruity sweetness – mostly hops.

The bitter hop flavor dominates; it is very good – tastes like a toned down IPA – no other flavors are coming out.

Not too thick, or smooth – a little carbonated.

Drinkability is pretty good. I can’t drink it too fast, and I don’t hesitate to come back for another drink.

Doggie Style is ok, not too standoutish and not too bad. The taste is a one-channeled hoppy bitterness. I would like it better if there was a richer pallet. Can’t beat the cool art on the labels.

Photo of baxterbrew
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle with a nice foamy head (about 1/4inch) that never went away. The color is a deep, very pretty dark amber. This is a beautiful beer.

The smell is malty, very mild. Mouthfeel is thick, rich, almost creamy. There is a hint of oil on the back of the throat. The taste is GREAT. Noticeable hops but not overpowering. This is an extremely balanced, flavorful brew. Maybe my 2nd favorite Pale Ale (after my own). The aftertaste is minty, hoppy, crisp. I love this beer. I could drink a bunch! My favorite of the Flying Dog line so far.

Photo of Budlum
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This ale pours with modest amounts of white head that lasts a little over one minute. The body is a lightly hazed, amber loaded with orange colors.

The beer presents a lightly-hopped nose with a balancing malt presence. Slightly citrusy when cold with touches of lemon.

Naturally, this ale starts moderately hoppy with only a faint malt sweetness. The finish is loaded with hop spice and unforunately, a slightly metallic flavor. Sharp, bitter flavors rise as it warms.

Mouthfeel is just barely carbonated, spicy and a little slick.

Drinkability is slightly below average due to the metallic and overly bitter flavors. Nothing to see here. Move along to much better examples.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden color with a thick persistent head. No real lacing to speak of. The taste is a bit sweet with bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated. The drinkability of this is fairly good, however I don’t think I could drink several in one sitting.

Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle with hidden freshness date: 339A06 thinking...Dec 5th, 06

Poured into 16oz pint glass, served at 44.5F

A: Reddish Orange huge, very pleasing to the eye with a light tan 1/4 head on top that quickly faded. Carbonation is very light

S: Almost no aroma but a slight pale ale..

T: Lightly hopped with some sweetness.

D: I find it to be very drinkable. I don't find myself having to force my selve to drink this one...I'm quite glad there was four of this one in the FlyDog Litter pack I bought. Definitely enjoyable...

Photo of tastybeer
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangy amber appearance with a good sized soapy beige head. Head fades fast but retention is good. Bits of lace too. Nose is biscuity and caramel with some grapefruit candy-like cascade hops around. The smells fit nicely together. Taste is decent. It matches the smell in hops and malts and both could use a little more of everything I think. Light body and extended bitterness through the finish. It fades just in time for another sip. Good drinkabillity. All in all it goes down easy.

Not a bad choice.

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

Clear amber with a fluffy off-white head above leaving some loose lacing. Smells of subdued cascade hops, floral notes and a balancing malt sweetness. More citrus fruits in the flavor - this time it has more of a rindy quality leaving a moderately biting aftertaste. Less sweet than the aroma. Moderate mouthfeel with a humble yet enduring bitterness.

Nothing amazing...just a simple cascade-hopped pale ale. No-thinkin', easy-drinkin' beer.

Photo of DogFood11
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On the darker side of a pale ale, this offering is copper with some amber towards the core. Mellow, slow rolling carbonation supports an off white eggshell colored head that leaves coat like lacing.

Very citrusy offering, a sweet citrus like an over ripe orange mixed with a splash of lemon zest. Mouthfeel is pretty thick for a beer that I like to find refreshing. Malt bill is more about body than taste as I can just get a touch of toasted malt towards the end. As it warms the mouthfeel even becomes oily and greases the palate. In the end its a very fruity pale ale that I enjoyed.

Notes: Drinkability is an issue with this offering as the mouthfeel is just too oily and thick for me to have a session out of this. The taste is the best part of this offering, not a bad thing to excell in.

Photo of MDekker
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out awfully amber for a pale ale. Oh well. Little off-white head. Clear. It smells nice - it starts out sweet, but has some floral, pine hints to it. Uncomplicated. At the taste, it disappoints. It's fine, but isn't all that impressive. A pale aleish clean malty start, but finishes spongy and dirty. Didn't like the aftertaste. It felt smooth and pleasant in the mouth, at least, but overall it was only tolerable. I don't need to drink more.

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

Poured into pint glass on 8/18/06.

A: Light amber with creamy, pillowy head. Good retention. Sticky trails left behind.

S: Grapefruit on top of a nutty maltiness.

T: This is nice. A crisp fruitiness at the front, followed by a mellow nuttiness (always nice to see nut brown ale characteristics in a Pale Ale). Crisp, bitter finish with a fading touch of grapefruit and roasted almonds.

M: Light, crisp.

D: Really well-balanced, and a nice beer all around. I recall liking this when I had it a few years ago, and I'm glad my memory works. I'll be getting this again.

Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a ornage-amber with a sticky cap and good lacing.

Aromas of cascade hop citrus and sweet buttery tones ( diacytl?)

Thick malt spine, oily rich mouth feel, medium-heavy bodied.

A rich swirl of malts and cascades hit the tonge up front, light fruit tones, some musty-woodsy tones, wet finish light bittering.

Not the hop bomb I expected but a fairly decent pale ale.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,246 ratings.