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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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2,052 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 30
Gots: 100 | 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 Shiredave

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color and carbonation are excellent and right on syle; medium amber with frothy, sticky head that hung in there to the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is of fresh malt and a hint of floral hop- both approriate and clean, but rather weak.
Taste is also on style, slightly nutty, bready malt mixed in equal parts with earthy hop dryness. This is where I get a bit dissappointed. The sense of a lush, medium bodied amber ale up front, is quickly lost to the over drying hop that takes over mid quaff. The flavor just dissapears and all thats left is an over attenuated, dry aftertaste. Some nice hop flavors remain behind but not enough sweetness to keep it interesting. I'm lookin for a little more residule malt to back this puppy up, and make his balls drop.
Ive found this beer to be a bit more ballsy and fuller bodied on tap. Still, a pretty dam good Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2003 05:58:20 | More by Shiredave
Photo of waughbrew


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper, not much head retention. Fruity american hops with a little sting in there. A little sweetness pokes through as well as a hint of tartness. Taste is very dry but has a lingering toasted malt flavor and a tingly harsh hop ending.
A decent pale ale that just fails to stand out. I would rather just go local.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 00:25:39 | More by waughbrew
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with a small head but good lace. Smell is hops although not a huge hop aroma for a pale ale. Taste was very hoppy and bitter, too much for a pale ale. This is more like an IPA not a Pale ale, at least that is what I think. It really has a mild hop aftertaste though - very enjoyable. It finishes a bit dry. If they renamed it as an IPA I think it would be a good example of that style. It is still a slightly better than average brew - I think its just named wrong. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 00:39:06 | More by sabrills70
Photo of goindownsouth


3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pale bier in color, this pale ale left me wanting more. Perhaps their IPA wouold have been more fulfilling. This golden bier has some flowery hops aroma, but not as much as I would have hoped. There are some notes of fruit mixed in with the slightly earthy hop aroma and flavor, but not enough to keep a hophead like myself coming back for more.

Still, worth a try, should you be able to get your hands on it. Hell, we found this on a foray into Atlanta.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 12:38:04 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Darkale


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dull copper clear body, thin head, and decent lacing.

Typical pale ale aroma -- citrus and faint fruit.

Taste is tart, almost sour. Not very sweet with a tinge of the metallic. Thin in the mouth.

Not a bad session beer. Manages to be refreshing. A bit too tart for my taste, and a bit too sharp, but not a bad beer for all that.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 13:03:39 | More by Darkale
Photo of far333


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with an off-white receding head. Call me crazy, and it has nothing to do with the name, but it really has an aroma of wet dog. I'm not kidding. Also some hops in the nose, but really, it's wet dog. Flavor is hops and sweet malt, with hints of sweet pear. Also a hoppy finish with flowery notes. Very tasty, but what is up with that smell?

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2003 03:22:12 | More by far333
Photo of Boto


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Ct River Brewers Festival.

This beer was a golden, almost yellow color. There was a fair amount of a white head to it. The aroma and taste were both somewhat thin. There was some hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but not enough to really make it a Pale Ale. Definitely a dog.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2003 00:41:52 | More by Boto
Photo of beergeek279


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a good head. The smell is a slight hop. The taste is a decent bit of hoppage, with some malt backing. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, I could probably have a couple.

Not a great pale ale, but a servicable one. The obvious name aside, I don't know if this would be one I'd have again...maybe if I saw it around somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 03:44:23 | More by beergeek279
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without doubt this is one fine looking beer. And it holds up well in other areas as well. The gorgeous copper/bronze body is nearly clear, but is slightly hazed. The head came up two fingers and lasted fairly well providing some very fine lacing.

The aroma is nice, but light and is largely of malt with some fine hopping coming in under. The taste? Solid, a bit under hopped and just good enough to impress. The feel is very solid, medium full, and clean. Good drinkability on this nice offering.

Oh yeah, really like this dog.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 23:34:06 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of tavernjef


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light coppery color with a nice off-white head that sits about an inch high, thick and creamy top that fades slow to finely result in a skim always present and thin stringy lace. Smell has a nice toasty caramel backing with a floral/citric hop balanced in over the top. Sense of wax and light must comes through in bigger wiffs. Taste has a very solid little malty backing thats toasted breadish but light and the hops blend in very nicely, keeping a solid balance lending a nice floral/citric/herbal/grassy thing going on. Very sublte layers of flowers/herbs and grassy notes pop in and out as it flows around the palette which I liked alot. A bit of fruityness makes a slim appearance as well. Very complex in that realm. Very smooth and very easy mellow bitterness; clean, fresh, and lightly waxy. Medium body, lightly tanged, smooth overall, with a light easy crispness in the finish. Very enjoyable.

Note: Head to head comparison with Full Sail Pale and Town Hall Columbus Pale.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 23:12:30 | More by tavernjef
Photo of RoyalT


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice orange color with a beautiful head that laced the glass.

Smell – Big floral, citrusy hops is what this bouquet is all about.

Taste – The flavor is just as big as the aroma. The rind ‘n pine tastes are complimented by a plethora of floral hop flavors. The floral hops bring up the rear as well with a wonderful aftertaste that leaves the drinker wanting more.

Mouthfeel – Very light carbonation and dry in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This went down exceptionally well. I’m impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 01:30:17 | More by RoyalT
Photo of beerguy101


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange gold color. Medium Head. Aroma is malty and floral. A lighter bodied pale ale. Hoppy without being too bitter. Somewhat fruity and floral. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with some staying power. Some sweetness in aftertaste. Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 03:25:31 | More by beerguy101
Photo of kmo1030


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

rich reddish amber color with a tan head. odd smelling beer in that the malt is so evident, smells almost like raw malt extract. slight hops come though as well. has aan almost pumpkin pie smell, which i can't say i mind. malt flavor comes through big here, not so much sweetness though, the hops hit at the end. hops bitterness is present but hardly any taste. it's strange, but enjoyable. good mouthfeel. overall not bad, i'll have it again

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 20:13:23 | More by kmo1030
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, every once in awhile a beer creeps up on you this one sure did to me. Not expecting anything maybe cause I have never heard great things about Flying Dog, but regardless let's set the record straight here this is a good beer. Appears a copper amber tone with an off white cream colored head which leaves ample arrays of even lacing around my pint. Aromatics oh so nice buttered hop aroma with the pine scented earthy variety very nice definitely appeals to my sense of smell. Flavor is hoppy bit not a bitter unappealing hoppiness, perfect blend of the floral citrus hops mixed with a silky smooth sweetness that has texture and adds a warming quality to the brew. Mouthfeel is completely smooth and buttery with this medium bodied excellent pale ale. Oh yes the drinkability factor is kicked up a few notches because it hits me right at every angle of the beer nothing turns me off from wanting another one of these lucious nectars very good session brew I would like to have on cask.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 05:37:26 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of SetarconeX


1.45/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I really don't understand the reviews this beer has been getting. Despite an amusing winged dog on the label, I found the beer to be absolutely disgusting. In addition to the foul taste, this is one of those rare beers that really, truly, smells bad. Not to be drank under any circumstances.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 02:57:22 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of aaronh


3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored ale with a thinnish cream head that shows some retention. The aroma is very malty with a nice caramel note and a bit of fruity sweetness. The taste is rather light, with a slight malt sweetness that is bathed in bitterness. A slight citric acidity becomes apparent on the finish. Mouthfeel is sort of middle of the road, and drinkability is decent, due in part to the overall lack of authority in the beer's character. Great artwork on the label and six-pack holder, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 05:23:26 | More by aaronh
Photo of TheDM


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a medium sized head of small to medium sized off-white mostly lasting bubbles that left a fair lacing. Its body is a carbonated transparent amber brown and its aroma is a hoppy malt mixture. It has an initial hoppy bite with a mild malt spice finish. I would have like for it to have a bit more character, but its not bad for a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 22:37:29 | More by TheDM
Photo of hotstuff


3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a large creamy off-white head with small-medium sized bubbles that was long lasting. The body was clear with a lot of carbonation observed and the hue was orange. The nose was citrusy and hoppy. There was excellent lacing on the sides of my glass. The flavor was very hoppy and it was very bitter tasting from start to finish. The mouthfeel was tingly, thin and watery.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 20:36:06 | More by hotstuff
Photo of Dogbrick


3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On draught at Lazy Chameleon in Powell, OH. Amber color with a thin light beige head. Little lacing is evident. Aroma of hops and a little pine. Medium body, with a lightly spiced hop flavor that fades much too quickly. There are shades of malt as well. The finish is decently hopped, and I think this would be a better brew if it had more staying power.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2003 06:20:25 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Reidrover


2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok bought in the 12 oz brown long neck.I hate the label..I am not a big fan of Ralph Steadman.
as poured into a british style pint mug the beer has a crystal clear brown colour with a off white almost tan head that goes fast but does leave some good lace.
Smell is very nicevery chocolaty and with great hop undertones.
Taste however is a shocking let down.. a micro second of sweet maltiness is followed by a rather acrid bitterness..that annoys my taste buds..not good.
Mouthfeel is pretty average..bit watery.
I did not find this drinkable due to the horrible taste.
Maybe I just picked up a bad bottle or something..but this was not good..Its safe to say I will stick to Full Sail Pale or SNPA when in the mood for a pale.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 19:24:18 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little disappointed with this one, name like "Flying Dog", has gotta be good....but no. Ordinary+.
Pours a very deep amber with limited head which quickly turns to a medium glass ring.
Carbonation is medium/light and the body is medium.
Slight floral aroma.
Taste is bittersweet and lingering, what comes to mind is grapefruit well sugared.
However, would like to meet the rest of the litter....and I will!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 19:21:03 | More by Shiloh
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/light amber color. The head comes strong and finishes with a pretty lace. The aroma is of hops and nothing else. The smell is floral and pleasant. The taste is not bad. There's a nice hoppy flavor and a bit of malty richness to it. The beer goes down smooth, but is far from light. There is a medium body here. It's a good drinking beer, but not a gusler. You need to take time to enjoy this one. One of their better brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 18:07:41 | More by WesWes
Photo of edchicma


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearance....dark gold...small head with some lingering lace. Decent hoppy smell, which suggests the taste. Taste is good......has a bit of bite and aftertaste, but still refreshing. Mouthfeel is ok,,,,but nothing special. Goes down smooth enough, but aftertaste wasn't the best. Great bottle though. Part of a 12 pack of assorted brews which I will sample later in the evening. Good price too! Decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 15:21:19 | More by edchicma
Photo of TripelJ


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The 'Doggie Style' was my first experience with the Flying Dog Brewery and I was not impressed, but definitely not disappointed. Poured a light to medium golden with a decent head. Aromas are hoppy and earthy, very pleasant. The taste reflects the smell, although its nothing that hasn't been done before. The earthy feel reminds me of a saison which appeals to me, but an unplaceable aftertaste leaves me anxious for something different to clease my palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 20:49:47 | More by TripelJ
Photo of kelticblood


4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome looking appearance.Wondefrul color with a nice pour delivered by a froaming white head.The color is clear amber with bubbling carbonation.A well-balanced aroma of hops and malt.Spotty traces of white lace left.Well-balanced taste also,with the hops,bitterness,and malt all equal in taste.A sweet lemon and honey taste that goes down smooth.Accompanied by a crisp mouthfeel.High drinkability percent with this above average Pale Ale.This one surprised me.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 10:41:28 | More by kelticblood
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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