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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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2,257 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,257
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 208 | FT: 0
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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 BigRedN
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the 12 oz bottle into a standard US pint glass an orangy amber. A nice 1/4 inch head forms that slowly fades to a solid cover on the liquid. Good lacing as the beer is consumed. Before I even take a sip I imagine this is well carbonated as there are hundreds (if not a thousand) tiny bubbles streaming through the clear liquid.

Smell: Mostly hop related aromas. Floral and citrous scents. Not overly one dimensional, just not overly scented.

Taste: Starts out with some malted barley taste on the tongue, finishes with a citrousy burst, and the requisite hop bitterness, although this was less than kick me in the ass bitter.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light in body, well carbonated. Light crisp and lively with a clean finish.

Drinkability: A good but not great Pale Ale. Easy drinker, close to sessionable. One I would have again if the price is right as I have only the two bottles that came in a mix 12 pack.

Photo of plaid75
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue, with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was a flowery hop with a bit of a citrus element. A good grain element as well.

The taste was evenly balanced. A clean hop bitterness accompanied by a noticable grain sweetness. Finished with a slight biscuit aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was normal. Good carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

A good and drinkable APA. I would have prefered a stronger hop presence, but overall a good example of the style.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy deep orange body with a thick off-white head that last a good while then turns to a film for the rest of the beer. The carbonation is a strong one with big bubbles keeping the head going.

S- The nice smell of green hops has a sweet perfume note to it and a nice caramel roasted malt blended in with the hops. This is well-balanced and smooth but with strong hops and malt smell.

T- The taste of green floral hops is what I notice right of the bat. They are smooth but fresh. After a few more sips I start to notice some lightly toasted sweet malt with a orange note to it. That orange note hangs on with a faint bitterness from the hops in the finish. As it warms there is a very light note of biscuit malt in the background.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol heat.

D- This is an APA done well. The smells and tastes are distinct and classic but this beer is smooth and quaffable for summers in the backyard. Flying dog surprised me on this one and I will have to hunt for this one on cask and in cases.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Pours an amber-red color with a nice, big off-white colored head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus. Taste is malty, sweet, with a touch of caramel and a pretty strong hops bitterness that gives an aftertaste that is somewhat unpleasant. Mouthfeel is fairly light. Drinkability is pretty good, but the taste limits its appeal a bit.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, auburn in appearance? Off-white one and a half finger head of thick foam that holds well leaving spotty lace. Toasted malt with a very hoppy aroma of cascade and fruity chinook. Sweet crystal malt and biscuity pale malt flavor. Juicy alpha acid aftertaste; dry- with that distinctly american pine sap and grapefruit rind taste. Medium in body and carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and even but too hoppy even by west coast standards. The only flaw seems to be the overly hopped flavor, which halts any chance of diacetyl, but puts the finish a tad on the dry side.

Photo of jockstrappy
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-copper tone with a thick and chunky white head that laced nicely. Aroma is citrus, grassy, and even some yeast I think. Taste is where this one kinda let me down, the hops up front were ok, but the overwhelming orange peel bitterness was what caught my tongue the most. Mouthfeel was ok, except for maybe being a bit flat. I love APA's, so I will give this one another try later on. Still way better most macros though.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful bronze color with reddish tones. I really love the color in this beer. The nose is of citrusy bitter hops, though not very pungent. The taste, though, is hops, hops, and more hops! Bittersweet and citrusy, the hops rule this brew. A lemony zest followed with a tangy twang across the palate in the finish. Great tasting beer. The intense bitter/tangyness makes this one a real sipper. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both enjoyable. A good pale ale here. Maybe not the most balanced, but an outstanding offering nonetheless.

Photo of RedChrome
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a fantastic blend of ruby and copper. It is almost like looking at a shiny penny in the sunlight. Very little head but what did pour stayed quite nicely. The head had an off-white color very similar to french vanilla ice creamm.

The odor was laced with more of a yeast odor then I expect, but I noted a slight aroma of sour apple. I really had to struggle to note the apple over the yeast.

The first taste hit my palate and struck me as very disappointing. I didn't find much of a taste at all. It was almost like drinking water. On a second sip, I did catch a big taste of the yeast I noted in the aroma. This beer had more aftertaste then actual taste.

While I was seriously let down from apperance and aroma to odor, the beer did have a good feel in my mouth. I was pleased that it wasn't a watery pale ale.

Overall, I can't recommend this beer to anyone who wants to do anything except try it just to see for themselves. I won't go as far as to say I won't drink it ever again, but it would have to be one of a limited selection of big brewery macros, such as Bud Light or Coors, for me to choose it.

Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather good looking copper with a thick head that retained well. The nose was very yeasty, with some faint hops and a strange sour that wasn't detected on the tongue at all. In addition, the tongue is rather thin, but inoffensive, doesn't set the mouth on fire, but it has a nice bready element, with a bit of a sweet dryness. Very little aftertaste. Not bad, but not great.

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

I remember several years ago when I first discovered Flying Dog's Doggie Style Pale Ale. The Denver-based brewery somehow got a distributor to ship its beer to Tallahassee. I was first intrigued by the Ralph Steadman artwork on the label and the verbage on the label that was inspired by the later gonzo-journalist Hunter S.Thompson. Steadman was the artist for most of Thompson's early books, including the classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. As far as I have seen, they have kept the Steadman hand for label art, which, by itself, is uniquely irrerevent enough for purchase. It became one of my refrigerator faves circa 1998-2001.

I also remember that when I popped the cap on those late 1990s Pale Ales, the hop aroma was so earthy and sticky and citrusy that we used to swear that the brewers weren't really using hops, but that more famous cousin of the hop plant.

This 2006 edition in western Missouri seems to have lost some of its inviting hop boquet; either that or my olfactory senses have been spoiled by heavier hop hitters like Goose Island IPA. (I also feel the same about the original hoppy west coast Pale Ale--Sierra Nevada). Don't get me wrong, the hops are there in the nose; they just don't bring the massive air assault they used to.

The beer pours an orange-copper colour, a little dark for a pale ale, but I'm not a stickler on color. The head was pillowy and left some lacing on the glass. The appearance most certainly beckons the discerning beer advocate.

One notices a soft and rounded mouthfeel on the sip. There is some sweetish malt up front but the hop bitterness executes a coup d'etat and is in control the rest of the way. A lingering dryness hits the back of the tongue and reminds you that this Flying Dog staple is about the hops, even if their aroma is not as illegal as it used to be. The carbonation is perfect for a drinkable ale. It goes down easily.

I have had this on tap at the Woody Creek Tavern in Woody Creek, Colorado--the tavern that was Dr. Thompson's lair until his suicide in 2005. It was perhaps fresher on tap and in Colorado.

Photo of LarryV
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tantalizing deep amber color with a frothy head. Floral hops dominate the aroma with a mellow graininess underneath. Hops come through in the flavor with a nice malty backbone to balance things out. I don't see this as an IPA as noted in some other reviews, I think it's a pretty well crafted pale ale as it states. It's a pretty tasty beer and quite easy to drink. Refreshing on a hot day with it's smooth creamy body.

Photo of BadBadger
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't you just hate it when your pale ale becomes an IPA right under your nose? Dang it, I was looking for a pale ale. This brew pours an amber color, with minimal head formation. The smell is strongly of hops. The taste is overly hopped for my palate, especially when I am looking for less assertive bitter flavoring. There is a some what tasty citrus note, however. While not a horrific beer by any means, this beverage is not worthy of your hard earned dollar, when in search of a pale ale, when there are ample alternatives out there. As an IPA (which in this case was not wanted by the consumer), rather than a Pale Ale, this review would change ever so slightly, with a .5 increase for both taste and smell. If you enjoy IPAs and you know what you are getting with this in advance, you may want to give this a try.

Photo of granger10
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bronze with a fizzy lighter colored head and diminshes to nothing. Sparse lacing. Darker in color than what I'd expect a pale to be.

Aroma was cascade hop dominant with some herbal and honey notes sorrounding the piney bitterness.

Taste was less piney than aroma would suggest. Hops still play the key role but they're more herbal and spicy with only a hint of bitterness and pine. Malt compliment the hops quite nicely. There's a good base of bready flavors and more generic pale malts.

The maltiness comes through in the middle but the finish is where the hops really stick out lending a nice somewhat bitter dry finish.

Creamy in body and smooth on the palate. This was really a nice pale ale and one that I could drink quite a few of. Recommended.

Photo of akajimmyd
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Lovely dark amber or pale brown. Minimal head but some lacing.

Smell – Solid hoppy aroma but doesn’t blow me away. Some sweet malts.

Taste – Hoppy bitterness with a nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Solid and well rounded. Quite smooth with a touch of hoppiness.

Drinkability – Solid pale ale. Nice hops, not monstrous. Simple but seesionable. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of sopor
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliantly clear perfect amber with a tan to off-white head that leaves a lasting film and a few rings of lace. Smells strongly of buttered bicuits with an ample dose of citrusy cascade hops.

Best tasting bottled APA I've had yet, hands down! Starts out with dry pale bisuity/bready/nutty malt strong enough to satisfy any dry pale malt craving! Just a slight bit of sweet caramel is detected beofre a well-balanced addition of citrusy and herbal Cascade ties off teh flavors and leaves a smile on my face. Overall a dry, crisp and clean APA, awesome. Body is moderate to light with pleasantly active carbonation, spot-on.

Insanely drinkable. Awesome, Spectacular... Get the point?

edit: I've had bottles of this since reviewing. If you don't get a hold of this stuff fresh, you will not be impressed.

more edit: take a look at the Standard Deviation on the ratings on this beer. That will give you a good idea of how inconsistent it has been!

Photo of danielharper
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

(Bottle tasted on 3/14/06. Verbatim notes follow.)

A: Amber-yellow body, thin head disappears quickly.

S: Mildly hoppy aroma, nice fruit profile. Apples, more like a hoppy amber than a pale. More aromatic than expected.

T: Fruit profile highly present in flavor, nice yeastiness in background and with mild hop bite.

M: Mouthfeel miled but chewym good for a pale ale.

D: Much better than expected, a nice middle-of-the-road session pale.

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

Poured from a classic brown bottle with a funky, evil-looking label. I love the labels on Flying Dog’s beers.

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium amber red color with a tiny white head. Minor lacing.

Smell: Slight roasted hops aroma, reminiscent of an English pale ale.

Taste: A definite up-front sweetness that might be a bit too much combined with a hint of roasted grain flavor. It finishes with a nice lingering mild bitterness to somewhat balance the brew.

Mouthfeel: A nice, crisp smooth body. The somewhat high carbonation level adds a pleasant texture.

Drinkability: This is one to keep track of as I could easily rip through a few of these without even realizing it.

Photo of Mandrake
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkish copper with a fairly small head that is retained well and leaves some lacing. Smells of citrus and piney hops with a buttery note in the background. Taste is hoppy, with plenty of floral hop presence and citrusy fruitiness. The finish is very dry, with a slightly sour note that lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and rewarding, with the aforementioned dryness in the finish giving it some distinction from most other pale ales, and the drinkability is very good. I'd barely noticed how fast it was going down until it was gone. A classic example of the American-style pale ale.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is pretty good actually. The head is nice, but the lacing doesn't stick. Brown in color.

Smell is hoppy and slightly fruity.

Taste is a little watery and a little skunky.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery, but I guess even water can be good.

Drinkability isn't so great.

Photo of sevineyes
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle featuring a dog with mechanical wings and a fan on the label.

A: poured with an adequate head that's not particularly dense. Brassy-copper color.

S: Unexpected hop kick at first smell. Really quite cedary with some lemon touches. Mineral touches. All in all, after the first smell becomes rather weak.

T: Sweet. Honey. Caramel. Segues into a not-overpowering bitterness that's very pleasant in the finish. Basically not much flavor. What is there diminishes quick.

M: Medium bodied. Hardly notice the carbonation at all. Coating and full.

Overall: Nice little pale ale but it just doesn't bring it on. The smell fades quick and the taste fleets pretty fast itself. Wish everything was ramped up a bit because there's simply not much there.

Photo of EStreet20
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, part of the Flying Dog mixed 12 pack.

A - Nice translucent amber color with a two finger slightly off white head. The head has lots of staying power and sticks to the glass nicely.

S - A nice citrus/floral hop mix on the nose. A little faint but definitely put together nice. A bit of a biscuity malt smell in there as well.

T - Nice citrusy hop character and the beer finishes with some nice smooth sweet malts. Has a nice tea like taste and seems pretty well balanced, though a bit light.

M - Just a tad too light and thin in the mouth to support the nice hop character but not bad, just not enough.

D - This one does go down nice and smooth. A nice APA for a spring or summer day, nice easy drinker that still can satisfy someone in need of a hop fix.

Photo of badbeer
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a white head that didn't last long, and left specks of lacing. Smell is nice, a good amount of hops in the nose with a sweet malty aroma playing second fiddle. Taste is borderline 4, it's good but after the smell I really expected to be tasting as much as I was smelling, a little disappointed, but still pretty good mind you. A little watery in the mouthfeel, average carbonation and medium body. Pretty drinkable and a nice beer here, I just was left wanting a little more. Try it, it may be just right for you.

Photo of acrawf6
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark orangish amber with a slightly orange head. decent lacing.

Smell. On the hoppy side, slightly citrisy and metalic

Taste: Hoppy, but not very. some more metalic taste to it with some of the citris i got from the aroma. i think it is sweeter than it is bitter.

Mouthfeel is just a touch thin and watery, but not horrible. good carbonation.

Overall i dont know what to think about htis one. As far as putting numbers on the rating, it's low, but it is one i would gladly drink again. I dont know.

Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic American Pale Ale look to me consists of a clear amber body, two finger thick foamy head, and lively display of carbonation, and this beer had it. The smell of the beer was a hair more hoppy than the average for the style, although not so much to throw it out of balance. Taste was balanced as well, with toasty sweet caramel and fruity malt and herbal bitter and slightly floral hops. Mouthfeel was medium thick and the aftertaste both bitter and sweet. The beer was very easy to drink, and it would have been no problem to make a session of this, but I only got one bottle in a World Market sampler pack.

Photo of bigbubba
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The head didn't last long but the beer is a nice dark amber. The head was ivory while it lasted. The smell is very malty and hoppy. The taste is good, there is a nice fruity sweetness and a hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was very disappointing, it was thin and watery. The carbonation was very light. The drinkability is good, it is very easy to drink.

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,257 ratings.