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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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2,111 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 30
Gots: 125 | 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 GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It started off good, with only above average taste. Not enought hops. But after it warmed up a little you got a good Cascade hops finish to this beer. I'm not convinced this brew merits the overall 4 I have given it, but it is definitely solid and drinkable. Very enjoyable. Plus, I couldn't find any flaws. Not the greatest pale ale I've ever had, but a decent American version.

01-08-2004 01:11:36 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of Redrover


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

12 oz brown longneck with the very different label design. I can never decide if I like these or not.

Beer poured a lovely bronze with a nice light tan head.

Great aroma. Lots of hops with the underlying citrus (grapefruit) type aroma.

Beer has a solid taste to go with the nice smell. Lots of acidic hop bite that I find very refreshing. Beer is a good example of style with good use of malt to moderate. Stays very tasty as it warms.

Easy to drink with a nice creamy mouthfeel. I like this one a lot!

01-05-2004 16:40:10 | More by Redrover
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours an amber / orange color witha medium sized head that produces nice lacing. The aroma is good, as full floral and fruit tones are easily detected. The flavor is slightly unbalanced based on the aroma, since the malt is dominant here over the hops. A mellow honey flavor is also picked up by the tongue.

This pale ale has a mellow finish and little aftertaste. Definitely drinkable, but the flavor is somewhat dull compared to the aroma picked up by the nose. Overall a decent pale ale, but the hop level needs to be a bit higher.

01-01-2004 20:03:58 | More by Gavage
Photo of maxpower


3/5  rDev -17.4%

Clear light copper color, decent size white foamy head, light bready and citrus aromas, balanced malt and hop flavors. Light to medium body with a watery and somewhat thin mouthfeel, finishes with a mild bitterness, very average and middle of the road pale ale.

12-30-2003 13:48:03 | More by maxpower
Photo of mntlover


4.53/5  rDev +24.8%

Pours a golden amber with hops bouquet that fills the air while pouring. Nice small head with some lacing the smell is wonderful. Sweet citrus with fresh pine forest scent. Wizard needs air wick in this fragrence. Taste is refreshing with hops dominating the flavor but not much in the way of bitterness. This is a wonderful pale ale, if it was readily available to me I would swear off of Sierra Nevadas Pale Ale.

12-20-2003 05:09:15 | More by mntlover
Photo of Imbiber

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Reddish-amber with a bit of an off-white head, quite high carbonation levels. Hops dominate the aroma, and it came as no surprise that the flavour too would also feature hops in prominence; a slight toffee sweetness also found its way through. Not bad, except the beer seemed a bit too gassy for perfection. The label on the bottle can only be described as bizarre.

12-16-2003 17:43:52 | More by Imbiber
Photo of flaminghomer


3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

the appearance on this beer is very good, a nice amber with a good sticky head.

smell is nothing but hops. i've only had a few pale ales, they were bitter, but they didn't have the hop aroma and tastes that this beer does.

maybe i just don't favor pale ales but i did not like this beer at all. they went too far with the hops.

12-12-2003 04:57:18 | More by flaminghomer
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

A clear amber color, topped by a tan head. There is a hoppy slightly piney, slightly citrusy aroma. There is a hint of malt under the hoppy aromatics as well. Nicely bitter up front in the mouth. There is a light maltiness in the finish. The beer is a bit too cold at first, so I warm it up for a bit. The hop flavor is a mix of piney, & orange/ citrusy. Finishes with a good pale ale level of bitterness. There is an after taste here that I cannot quite pin down, it is part of the hop flavor. Perhaps a hint of menthol in the finish, along with a bit of grassy hop flavor. This is a good solid example of an American Pale ale.

12-04-2003 17:43:38 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of pezoids


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured out a clear and bright amber color with a thin head. Nice delicate lacing left on the glass. There is some fruitiness in the aroma, along with lemony hops. Taste is light and flavorful, with some fruits coming through including apples, cherries and orange. Nice sour tang in the finish. This is an above average pale ale. Light and drinkable. I enjoyed this beer.

11-12-2003 21:05:41 | More by pezoids
Photo of Shiredave

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -5%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

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!

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


3.45/5  rDev -5%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev 0%

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?

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


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

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


1.45/5  rDev -60.1%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -11%

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.

08-01-2003 05:23:26 | More by aaronh
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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