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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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2,227 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 33
Gots: 173 | 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 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.

asabreed, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

danielocean03, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of Bones54
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Bones54, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.15/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Moderately vigorous pour produced a firm, tight 2" head over an amber body with plenty of streams of tiny bubbles. Plenty of lacing, and the head lasted to the bottom of the glass.

S: Biscuity malt with some hoppiness. Metallic note, with some grass. More balanced than I was anticipating.

T: Oh gosh, too much hops for me. The malt must all disappear when you smell it. Bitterness from the cascade dry-hopping and some notes of bitter black tea are all I can taste. GIMME SOME MALT, PLEASE!

M: Decent enough, but who wants this in their mouth? I know there are people out there who love hops, but I'm not one of them.

D: See previous statement.

I bought this to try it. Now I've tried it. I will not buy it again, and would probably say, "No thanks, I'll just have water!" if someone offered it to me for free. Overall, a fairly pretty, decent smelling beer, but when it comes to the tasting, to me it's not quite a drain pour.

ColoradoBobs, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark coppery color with a smallish head that disappears quickly.This is alot darker than I expected.This has a nice hoppy floral smell to it.This is a good tasting beer.There is some hoppyness and even some spices with a carmel aftertaste.The m/f is medium to heavy,which I like,but was not expecting.The balance between hop and malt was a slight problem with this beer.This is a good beer that everyone should try.

jmz62565, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of unknownlamer
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a short lived white head. The smell is of cascade hops with a bit of a sweet malt under it. Pretty much the generic pale ale smell. The taste starts off with a bit of malty sweetness, switches into the cascade hop taste in the middle, and finishes with a decent bitterness at the end leaving a good hop taste behind. The aftertaste disappears very quickly. A bit of breadiness is present throughout.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin with not very good carbonation. Definitely feels a bit watery. It's decent and drinkable, but not something I'm going to go out and pay extra for when local options are available for less (and luckily tastier).

unknownlamer, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I cant really say if Im a big fan of George Stranahan, but I can review Flying Dog's Classic Pale. Pours a crystal clear amber color some copper color. There is a quickly disappearing white head and next to no lacing.

The smell is lacking any definite characteristic.

This continues with the taste as well. Although there is a blend of sweet malt with a very light caramel flavor. A slight citrusy smoothness is noticed through the hop tasting and is noticed through the end of the taste. Mostly it has a cascade zing to it. Nothing too exciting but still good.

The body is light and has a somewhat watered down taste to it. Decent hop flavors bring it to an average score. This beer is easy to drink but nothing too exciting.

Oxymoron, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I personally like Flying Dog, but I find that its very easy for microbreweries to make mediocre Pale Ales and IPAs. On the other hand, it seems to be very difficult to make a genuinely good Pale Ale or IPA. This was unfortunately one of the former.
Dark amber color with a thin head left little lacing on the glass. The smell was definitely very hoppy, like a typical Pale Ale, and the taste had biting hop flavor, malts, yeast, alcohol and bittersweet hints. It was quite carbonated; didn't finish as good as I'd hoped. It was somewhat refreshing, but left me sticking to my guns; tihs is a good Pale Ale but nothing outstanding.

sinistrsam, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flying Dog Classic Pale Ale

on tap at Isaac Newton's- newtown, PA

Appearance- chestnut brown with a thin soapy head that laced the glass.
Smell- bready yeast and malt. Slight skunkiness to it.
Taste- Not bad. yeasty/ bready. slight hint of malt going bad.
Mouthfeel- very carbonated. burped a few times and it stung my nose like a soda.

Overall- slighty better on tap than in the bottle. Not impressed but was drinkable. Amongst 200 beers being served this should not be on your list of beers to try!

NJpadreFan, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent, medium reddish-copper pale ale with a gentle hop bite in the middle, but really shows up in the final swallow. I'm not talking hop-monster follow-up, but it lets you know it's there. At first, when colder, the hop bite is pretty nice. As the beer warms, the bitterness increases, and I don't care for it as much. And all that is after a pretty good aroma- the best part of this beer. The aroma has both a nice malty roundness, with a flowery hop sitting on top.

A nice drinkable Pale Ale, nothing incredible, but I like it.

Dukeofearl, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark copper with a nice head that settles to a consistant layer of film.

S- not a very strong smell, but what is present is a nice hop aroma.

T- little watery at the start but the finish comes through with a decent hit of piney hops.

M- bit thin but not to bad. carbonation is average

D- really easy to drink and quite refreshing.

overall- i was hoping for a little more from this beer. but with that said its not a total let down. the finish has decent hop presence, but i was hoping for more of a bite. mouthfeel is too water, but on the flip side of that downfall it is very refreshing.

the first one i had in the 6 pack seemed to have more flavor. this being the 2/6 im hoping the remainder will be more like the first. we'll see

Gritsak, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber in colour with hints of gold. This particular bottle was WAY over-carbonated. It took over 20 minutes to get all of it into a glass! Nice cascade hop aroma with a bit of malty sweetness drifting in afterwards. Flavors were of bland watered down malts, with little of the hop presence that was apparent from the smell. A real let down.

fisherman34, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle emptied into a standard pint glass
Appearance: coppery coloration, low-level clots of carbonation lazily rising to the bottom of a creamy off-white head that suddenly imploded and vanished, leaving scant lace.
Nose: sweet caramel malt notes, touch of butteriness, and reasonable citric tang.
Taste: quite sweet early on as the caramel and diacetyl coat the tongue. Hops scrouge the palate of most references to sweetness as a wave of Cascade hops works its charms.
Feel: medium-bodied, finishes dry.
Overall, probably the best beer from Flying Dog I've had yet. Has a lot of the same qualities as SNPA although not as vibrant and packing the same load of bitterness. Nevertheless, a pretty decent brew.

Boilermaker88, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack. 200A05 printed on the lower corner of the label. july 31 05 I assume.

Pours out clear amber bordering on caramel in color, with a thick two finger head you could almost float a quarter on. Looks promising.

Aroma is light caramel and grapefruit.

Flavor is sort of bland, a little caramel and some citrus zest.

Not too bad, I'd have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Padron4KM, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of hoffman
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up with a nice two finger head that sticks around and laces the glass all the way to the bottom. Deep amber hue with golden tints. Smell is vibrant sweet and almost exclusivly hops. The taste is very amazing with a nice sweet taste underneath the hoppy base and finish that I was expecting from this pale. A smooth feel that comes in easy and finishes the same. I want more of this one, the best part is some resturants in the area actually might have it.

hoffman, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Enola
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do not usually like lighter color beers but this one is pretty good. In fact, I like it. It has a very smooth mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good with the absence of a strong aftertaste. The beer is a copper color with a good aroma. I will probably seek this beer out again. I poured it out into a mug and it had a nice thick head that stuck around for a while. A very good beer that caught me my suprise.

Enola, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is copper with a moderate level of carbonation. The head is average-sized and off white. The aroma consists of a piney hop smell layered over a sweet malt body. A sip starts with a quick dash of citris hop flavor which quickly melds into the stronger malt body. The malt flavor consists of caramel malt flavors with a mild earthy quality. Bitterness comes into play towards the finish, but the malt flavors are what linger on the palate. This is another of the many good APAs out there, not quite as hoppy as expected, but this easily gets the job done. I could easily put back many of these in a session and Doggie-Style is the kind of pale ale that always finds a home in my fridge.

Gagnonsux, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a small head that I thought would disappear but decided to hang around for awhile, leaving some lacing

Smell: Surprisingly malty with a caramel tone to the nose with some hoppiness in the background

Taste: Starts out sweet and herbacious with a strong caramel flavor that lasts well through the finish; some grapefruit appears early and hangs around to the finish, providing a nice balancing effect

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little slick; modest carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, and if I were seeking an amber, I might like this better; as an APA, it has its demerits

brentk56, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, copper colored with a modest foamy white head that doesn't last too long and doesn't leave much lace.

There is a strong citrus/fruity/hops aroma, a definite hops bite up front with a nutty, caramel malt flavor. The finish is grapfruit/piney hops.

Very drinkable, especially for cool weather.

whynot44, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of wcudwight
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden, but settles to the mixture of colors found in a sunset. Nice finger width head with solid retention. Glass nicely laced and can see the carbonation in the glass.
S: Citrus fruits and green apple.
T: Hop and malt balance hits the mouth, but then the hop bitterness kind of takes over. Nice floral aftertaste. A spring garden just kind of hangs on the tongue.
M: Well carbonated. Bubbles in mouth. Maybe a tad thin.
D: Good session beer.

wcudwight, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of karengarys
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours rich deep amber, leaving a bit of a head which dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.

Smell is sweet, with some malts, hops, and a bit of spice of some sort (cinnamon like, but it isn't).

Taste is a bit steel-like (is this oxidized?) I pick up a bit of hops, with a sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat coarse and wet.

Finish is a bit bitter, almost pepperey.

This isn't a bad ale, I just look for a bit more character and a bit less sharp bitterness (I am NOT referring to a hoppy bitterness - that would be expected).

karengarys, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice rocky white to amber head with good head retention

Body was amber to light orange in appearance.

Smell: Good hop nose with hints of pepper

Tasted spicy with hints of orange on the tounge a just little more to balance this would've been preferable.

The body could be a bit thicker, but a nice summer time drink. Liked the drinkablity.

russpowell, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of lpayette
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to purchase this one after seeing it make the #4 spot on Stuff Magazine's top 80 beers from America. It's a good overall beer. All of Flying Dog's beers have a unique appearance- I like that. Medium body, pretty hoppy. Easy to drink. Expensive as hell (at least where I got it- $7.19 for a 6-pack).

lpayette, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of cracgor
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber color. The head is almost nonexistent...thus the unimpressed score. The beer smells fruity esters, like berries. The Taste is surprisingly good. Slightly bitter, a very fruity, citrusy hop with a little pine in it. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, and barely astringent. The drinkability is decent. I have always avoided this beer because it has the crazy packaging. Anyway. It is not bad, and is at least worth a try.

cracgor, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of schoolcb
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer this evening for $6.99. Pours clear and golden. Nice head. Citrusy hoppy aroma. Last time I had this beer I swear it did not have the hop punch this batch has. Big time fresh cascade citrusy/grassy flavor. Has just enough residual malt sweetness to keep the hops from completely overpowering this beer. Nice beer, think I'll sit back and have 'nother.

schoolcb, Sep 14, 2005
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,227 ratings.