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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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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 RushLimbmalt


4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

A nice amber beer with a white head. It screams hops as you pour it in a glass. It has a nice citrusy, floral nose and a bit of sweet malts in the background. The flavor profile is the same... Tons of hops that cover up a bready maltiness. I am impressed by this Pale Ale and it is definitely fighting for room in my refrigerator.

01-26-2005 07:42:33 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours an amber color. Head retention is very good. The head sticks all over the glass. Aroma is very balanced. The hops come oout very strong as well as the malt. The taste is fairly balanced. The hops stick out more than the malts. There is a mild pine flavor that comes from the hops. The malts are sweet tasting. Flying Dog do a good job of balancing the flavor. Over all this is great session beer. No flavor is overdone.

01-12-2005 05:52:01 | More by Luigi
Photo of KoG


3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

Orange hue with an offwhite head. Thin lacing sticks around.

Smells of citric and flowery hops with another strange aroma that I couldn't pick out.

Taste was a bit weaker than most APA's I've had, but pretty tasty none the less. Pretty much all hop flavor with no real malt showing through, but the hops were under controll and not mouth numbing. Strange aftertaste of Banana and Clove.

Mouth was decent, a little thin but not bad.

Overall, not too bad.

01-10-2005 03:42:06 | More by KoG
Photo of smcolw


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Orange amber in color and clear. Nice lace, thin head

Beautiful florally hop bouquet. This has a very fresh smell to it: a little caramel and pale malt with (I believe) fuggles hop.

Stong hop flavor on the initial taste...this lingers throughout, including the aftertaste, although it dies fairly quickly after the swallow. While the malt is there (this is full bodied), it is very dry, making this hoppy beer similar to an IPA without the alcohol.

This is a very good pale ale. I'd love to try it in a flight of pale ale to see where it would place. I believe I'd put this near the top.

12-25-2004 21:19:42 | More by smcolw
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

About a year ago this date, I was urged to try this out by a pregnant girl who felt someone needed to consume one. Even though I though my expectations would too high, I feel this is the best tasting pale ale in my books. Little carbonation or lacing. Apeared a bit darker than most American Pale Ales. I bit pricey in the grocery store, paid $2.50 a bottle at a pizza place tonight.

12-08-2004 03:17:25 | More by Backer2004
Photo of lewwjr


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +3%

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.

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


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +3%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -3%

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.

10-18-2004 14:24:08 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +8%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

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!

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


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

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...

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

07-15-2004 14:41:08 | More by Phyl21ca
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

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!).

06-27-2004 23:29:35 | More by IronDjinn
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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