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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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2,249 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,249
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 35
Gots: 201 | 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 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.

Photo of joeskirkie
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good amber body, small biege head, not long lasting. It's a good look.

Aroma is faint. It's hoppy: some leafy, some citrusy, nothing really strong from either.

Taste is piney, not strong. Theres an ok bitterness and carbonation in the aftertaste. I could session with this real easy. Another good "bring to a BBQ" beer.

Photo of ChuckD
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. A good sized lacing with staying power atop a dark copper body.

To the nose, an initial sweetness, combined with the hoppy bite and sour fruits.

In the mouth, very malty and organic. The initial sweetness is tempered by a slug of hop character that is all over the map. Nothing consistent here tastewise. The hops don't do justice to the nice caramel front end.

The feel is not as full as I'd like. Metallic and tinny, there is no body to chew on, The finish tries for the dry sweetness but doesn't get there. A bummer in the back of the mouth.

Musings: As I mentioned before, too much marketing and not enough time honing the craft. It's decent enough - but could be something much better. This beer is all over the map - no direction and no coordination. I won't be going back anytime soon.

Photo of Naes
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a very clear beer. It is amber in color with a small foamy white head that has some retention and laces quite well.
The aroma is hopy with a toasted malt presence.
The flavor seems a bit watered down but it is slightly bitter with citrus and piney hops and it has a definite malt base.
Mouth feel is a bit watery, but this remains quite a drinkable beer.

Photo of jabocu
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

A - Rich yet translucent and very inviting amber color. Almost the color a well brewed tea. A nice cap that dissipated very nicely with legs remaining along sides of glass.

S - Hops is apparent right off, but still has sweetness mixed in. A little spicy/floral also.

T - As the smell prepared me for, I got Very nice blast of hops that filled the palette. Some deep caramel was surprising due to the light color but very good. A good bit of smokiness. Surprising how full and flavorful this is to be a pale ale.

M - Very full bodied. Has good carbonation, but maybe very slightly on the over-carbonated side. The flavor just lasts and lasts, and finishes strong.

D - This is an excellent choice for chilly night or with burgers or steak. It warmed me right up and left me wanting more.

Photo of Bcant
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lots of red, big white head that leaves lots of lacing – good clarity.
S: Strong malts, almost raw wort with some pine hops behind.
T: Centenary not bad, interesting flavors but unbalanced, too much malt to start and too much raw hop to finis.
MF/D: Sticky.

Disclaimer: The above remarks seem harsh and they are. Overall this is an average APA. Yet its flaws are pronounced and therefore easy to comment on.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brownish with yellow hues, slightly hazy, some clumpy lacing upon pour but not much after that. Head stays slightly foamy over the top of the glass as I drink.

Smell: Toasted husks and citrus hops along with some citrus zest. Pretty solid and balanced to me.

Taste: Starts with grapefruit-like hops into some mellow malt sweetness. And also some toastiness into the hops upon some sips. Finishes with some mellow malt sweetness into lingering hops on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Everything seems pretty solid. More toward medium than a lighter body, and good carbonation but nothing to get in the way while drinking.

Drinkability: A pretty good pale ale in all respects. I could certainly find myself making a session of this. There are too many pale ales that just don't have much, and though this isn't outstanding, it certainly has enough to make things interesting while also being good enough for a session, with the right amount of hops and malt seeming to do the right thing.

Photo of danielocean03
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber with little head that diminished to whitish lacing within a minute. Smells sweetly of caramel and musty hops, taste starts sweeter then the hops take hold and finished slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is light on the tongue and moderately carbonated. Light in taste and body, good session beer, very drinkable.

Photo of Bones54
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 pack mixer from Flying Dog, and to tell you the truth wasn't expecting much, but this beer will definately have me buying more. Had just the right amount of HOPS, not overwhelming but enough to have you satisfied with a pale ale. This made it very easy to have quite a few of these in one sitting.

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,249 ratings.