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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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2,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 150 | 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 beerceller99
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerceller99, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

clvand0, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NEhophead, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

watermelonman, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

SixpointJMH, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

fdrich29, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

MuddyFeet, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

arizcards, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RocketWidget, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of brewQ
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

brewQ, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of Rio
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rio, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

mynie, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!).

IronDjinn, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of Shaw
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As my friend Alec said, this beer smells like a bag of hops. If you don't like that I suggest you try something else. For those BeerAdvocates who are hopheads, drinking this ale is like coming home.

I would guess that this ale isn't very bitter. Maybe 50 IBU or less? I just checked their Web site to see if I was right but they don't list the bitterness units. Bummer.

The aroma hops are fantastic. This ale is makes up in aroma what it lacks in bitterness. It is very heavy on the hops, in case I haven't made that clear. I'm very pleased that Flying Dog says this ale is "dry hopped with a 'shit-load' of Cascade hops ..." If you know Cascade hops, you can tell they're in this beer.

I highly recommend this ale.

Shaw, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of beerinator
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Tea colored. Very clear with an off white head.

Aroma: Hoppy. The hop aroma rises above and beyond the nutty sweetness. There is a bit of citrus in the aroma from the hops as well.

Taste: The bitterness seems to be a bit on the harsh side. The malt doesn't balance as well as in some pale ales. The finish is dry, and the mouthfeel is solid.

Notes: This is a good beer, but not quite as balanced as others that I would prefer to keep in my fridge. Definately give it a shot, but don't expect to find a favorite.

beerinator, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Clear light brown with a slight white head.


Citrusy hops greets the nose with a pleasant aroma.


I'm not a pale ale fan, but I like this one. It is somewhat mild in the hop department, though that is the first sensation that hits your tongue followed by a really nice smooth sweet finish that leaves you wanting another sip. I've tried all of Flying Dog's stuff, and this is one of the better offerings.

cbl2, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear amber body with a small off-white head.

The nose was a mix of soft citrus peel, some juicy fruits and gum. A sweet caramel malt smell. Citrus and black pepper really come out as it warms.

The taste is a nice spicy hop. Black pepper, some graininess. Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. A nice big malt flavor is present but it’s really hard to make out because the hop taste and bitterness completely overshadow it. The scary thing is, no matter how big the hop flavor is it never becomes distracting. It actually feels balanced.

Actually a pretty good beer. I little too hoppy to balance against the malt, but a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

taez555, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do detest the Ralph Steadman Flying Dog labels, but decided it wasn't fair to deduct half an appearance point. But I wish they would bring back the old dog.

A deep but crystal clear copper body, topped by three fingers of dentable foam which rose above the rim. Bits of lace.

A nice toasty nose, backed with earthy hops.

A malty splash, quickly engulfed with a hearty helping of herbal hops. A rather clean finish with a mild hop aftertaste.

Nice medium body, very easy to drink, and no deterents to another.

A good example of a hybrid pale ale, very English in character, with just a little extra hop dash for this side of the pond.

I think this beer is under-rated, possibly because much of the rest of their line does not measure up. I've always enjoyed this beer and was pleased to see it return to Jersey. I hope it sticks around

Sidenote: There is also a variety 12 pack available. Apparently this is a random selection of Flying Dog brews. I passed because a) I like to know what I'm buying, and b) I could see that at least four of the beers were their wheat, which I have no interest in.

RonfromJersey, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of oracle
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a deep golden color with a medium to small white head that leaves excellent lacing all the way down.

Nose has a very noticable hop characteristic that I would expect from a pale ale. No much presesnce of alcohol discernable in the nose.

This is a beer with a heavy hop favor, especially in the finish. Don't know for sure, but I would suspect there is some dry-hopping going on here.

Very drinkable, especially for fans of pales or IPAs.

oracle, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautious golden orange slightly hazy pour with crisp 1/2" ivory coating that looks as good as it tastes.

As close to IPA as a beer can get without being IPA. Hops and delicate malt suggestions.

Tastes like an IPA. Good, no great mysterious hops, maybe Styrian? This Palw ould not quit. Great job, FLYING DOG! A stand up Pale that ran the full race.

Worth trying if on tap at a brew pub.

Last swigs: Total drinker. Take it from me and my experince tonite.

Beer is good. Happy draught beering.

blitheringidiot, May 28, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just arrived in BC. liqour stores and I must say that this is truly a hoppy pale ale that tastes like an IPA. The head is big and long lasting and the colour is dark gold but the real pleasure is to be found in the fantastic PNW hop nose. The beer tastes big and bold but with balance and finesse. I see this as a classic example of what makes New World Pale Ales a hoppy delight.

canucklehead, May 20, 2004
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,160 ratings.