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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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2,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,181
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 32
Gots: 162 | 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 pgroove
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think this stuff is also called "Doggy Style" ale, but if not, then I am reviewing the wrong brew. Anyways, I picked this up at the local beer distributor after having enjoyed a number of other ales from theirs selection.

I consider myself to be a hops lover but this was too much. At one point I found myself actually removed from the beer drinking experience and transported into a hops consuming experience. The hops are so dominating that the rest of the tastes are completely overpowered. I have a couple more in the fridge so I will try then again and see if I experience the same phenomenon.

pgroove, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of charlatan
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one was slightly redder than one would expect a pale ale to be and had a significant head.

It smelled of banana and vinegar - not a great start!

This tasted more like a hefeweizen than a pale ale. Hopefully I was unlucky and got an old bottle (the bottle says 235A05 whatever that means), but the flavour here seemed to be dominated by yeast rather than malt or hops. The hops became apparent after a while, but yeast was the overwhelming player.

charlatan, May 23, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
1.7/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clear copper with a rocky ivory head. No lace. Grassy and fruity nose with some hints of citrusy hops.

Eeesh. This is one haphazard beer. Lightly fruity and really bitter and not in a good way. The flavors do not mesh well. Not tasty at all. I honestly had to plow my way through this one. A dry mouth.

I thought is was really hard to screw up a pale ale. most are at least average tasting. I've tried this beer twice now with the same result. A sub-par beer, not alot to say about it.

ViveLaChouffe, May 20, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the sampler pack...

App: Average for a pale. Dark amber. Mild Carb.

Smell: Good. Slightly better than average, but still a pale ale.

Mouth: Very good. Slight foamy, lastering bitterness.

Taste: This is a definate stronger flavor and more in-line with the pales I've had, but it was like a few of the other Flying Dogs I have tried, it misses something in the middle.

Drinkability: An average Pale Ale, if it's the same price as Goose and Sierra, I'd choose those over this.

Ricochet, May 08, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured deep copper color with a 1 fnger head that fell to coat the brew. The nose was sweet caramel with a nice sweet citrusy hop that smelled very nice. The flavor was full of nice, crisp hops that were slightly citrusy. There was a sight metallic aftertaste that was not to my liking. The feel was moderate with a nice active carbonation. Overall, this was better than remembred. Easy drinking and crisp. No problem for me to drink a few of these.

kmpitz2, May 03, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a Flying Dog pint glass. It pours a medium copper color with two fingers of head. There's a bit of lacing left down the sides of the glass. The smell has mostly hops coming through, with just a little bit of malt character. It doesn't jump out at you too much. The taste is very well balanced. It's nice and malty up front, and the finish has the perfect dose of hops for a pale ale. The mouthfeel is decent for a pale, and the drinkability is great. I enjoyed this one.

SheepNutz, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty dry. Pretty hoppy. Doggie style is always good.
Pours a lovely mahogany color. Has hints of brown ale sweetness without any of the cloying aspects... or few of them anyway.
The mouthfeel is on the watery side; a bit of an oily finish. Pretty crisp on the whole.
This makes me interested in trying their other brews.

ommegangpbr, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color. Smells of grapefruit pulp and biscuity malt. Nice, but average. Taste is surprisingly good. It has an (IMO) English-style maltiness, with nice fruitiness, including grapefruit and peach. Mouthfeel is pretty full, just right for a session ale.

All in all, this is a pretty good pale, one I'd definitely buy again. This would be a nice break from SNPA and similar pales, as well as from the bigger beers of the season.

skybluewater, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out amber with a nice off-white headskie. The great hoppy flavor is quite smooth too... Malt balance is there and quite pleasant. This is actually a good beer! Smooth and tastey. I won't think twice about having another. (That much can't be said for some of the other Flying Dog brews.)

scottum, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first craft brews I purchased as a college student about four years ago. The only other craft brews I had drank were somewhat light in the hops department (Boulevard Wheat & Fat Tire). I remember picking this up because I loved Hunter S. Thompson (RIP) and his artist (Ralph Steadman) all those years ago at the illegal age of 19 and not being able to tolerate the hops bitterness that I equated to skunkiness back in the day. Now that I know better, this is actually a fairly decent brew.

The appearance is a deep ruby red amber color, very clear, with many small streams of off-white bubbles rushing to the top. The head retains fairly decent to about a quarter inch. The smell was probably the most lacking character of this brew, however. Smelled of yeasty esters (something funky going on) with little to no hops. Based on the smell alone I thought I would be disappointed once again, but then I started to drink it.

The taste is very fitting of the classic APA mold. I found it very refreshing after recently having a few APAs I wasn't particularly fond of. The initial drink shows of a brown sugary, caramel malt character followed by a mild to medium hops bitterness in the finish paired with a piney, fruity after taste. Quite refreshing to swish about the palate. This is session beer potential, but I am sure there are other fallback APAs I would choose ahead of this. Worth a try, or two, or three.

neonbrown82, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color, large head (and nice retention). Nose is toasty malt with fine, floral hop aroma. Tastes moderately bitter with dried-grass hop flavor. Firm malt, a touch roasted, and slightly sour in the finish. Light bodied, a tad watery.

The flavors blend poorly; an uninteresting beer that sadly grows less interesting the more is drunk.

allengarvin, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Pours a hazy dark orange with a nice, fomay beige head.

Smell: The hops are the first smell, and those are citrusy and floral with a nice malt backing that rounds it off well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is suprisingly malt focused with a strong yeast flavor to it. The hops are appearent but not near strong enough for a Pale Ale. Tastes more like Weizenbock to me than a Pale Ale. The mouthfeel is meidum bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: Flying Dog brew pretty much all seem to have that yeast flavor that's way too out of control. It takes what could've been an excellent APA and turns it into a mediocre beer.

santoslhalper, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of bashiba
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a thin white head and minimal lacing.

Smell is very minimul with just a hint of caramel malt and a slight hop odor.

Taste is very non descript. A very minor maltiness with the absolute smallest amount of hops, nothing special overall.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Drinkability is also very average, no reason to seak out this drab beer.

bashiba, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice amber beer with a white head. It screams hops as you pour it in a glass. It has a nice citrusy, floral nose and a bit of sweet malts in the background. The flavor profile is the same... Tons of hops that cover up a bready maltiness. I am impressed by this Pale Ale and it is definitely fighting for room in my refrigerator.

RushLimbmalt, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of Luigi
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color. Head retention is very good. The head sticks all over the glass. Aroma is very balanced. The hops come oout very strong as well as the malt. The taste is fairly balanced. The hops stick out more than the malts. There is a mild pine flavor that comes from the hops. The malts are sweet tasting. Flying Dog do a good job of balancing the flavor. Over all this is great session beer. No flavor is overdone.

Luigi, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of KoG
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange hue with an offwhite head. Thin lacing sticks around.

Smells of citric and flowery hops with another strange aroma that I couldn't pick out.

Taste was a bit weaker than most APA's I've had, but pretty tasty none the less. Pretty much all hop flavor with no real malt showing through, but the hops were under controll and not mouth numbing. Strange aftertaste of Banana and Clove.

Mouth was decent, a little thin but not bad.

Overall, not too bad.

KoG, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber in color and clear. Nice lace, thin head

Beautiful florally hop bouquet. This has a very fresh smell to it: a little caramel and pale malt with (I believe) fuggles hop.

Stong hop flavor on the initial taste...this lingers throughout, including the aftertaste, although it dies fairly quickly after the swallow. While the malt is there (this is full bodied), it is very dry, making this hoppy beer similar to an IPA without the alcohol.

This is a very good pale ale. I'd love to try it in a flight of pale ale to see where it would place. I believe I'd put this near the top.

smcolw, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About a year ago this date, I was urged to try this out by a pregnant girl who felt someone needed to consume one. Even though I though my expectations would too high, I feel this is the best tasting pale ale in my books. Little carbonation or lacing. Apeared a bit darker than most American Pale Ales. I bit pricey in the grocery store, paid $2.50 a bottle at a pizza place tonight.

Backer2004, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of lewwjr
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They call it a classic and I agree that it is a classic cross between an american pale and an english. It has a wonderful copper color with a rich deepness that says drink me. The well balanced head soon gives way but not without leaving you with memories of a well that runs deep. Nice hop overtones with just the right amount of malt. The first impression is of boldness. Soon you relaize that this beer is bold and smooth. What a great product, one that I always look forward to drinking with friends.

lewwjr, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of elricorico
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly clear amber with a thin off-white head. Head is gone quickly but leaves some lacing.

Smells sweet, toffee, caramel kind of sweet. Even a bit of coffee. Not the smell I expected.

Taste starts sweet like the smell, then bursts into the back of the mouth and even the nostrils with a hit of hoppiness. Ends fairly dry, and really leaves an impression with the finish. It tastes better than average, but isn't my style. It's definitely not a weak flavoured brew though.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with a good amount of carbonation. Feels about right.

For me, this isn't a beer I'd have more than one of in a sitting. The finish is a bit too much for my tastes.

elricorico, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Flying Dog offering poured an nice amber color with a modest off-white head with lots of lacing. It had a slightly hoppy nose with some hints of citrus. The hop character was weak for an APA but there is a little more maltiness than expected, which limits the bitterness somewhat. The citrus flavor continued in the taste. I was not greatly impressed with this offering. It was a rather bland effort. It is sort of like an APA light.

rdrummer, Nov 26, 2004
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
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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