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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,150 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,150
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 148 | 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 ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle from prepackaged mixed 12- pack from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed an inch tall off-white head with large bubbles. Amber, brew, average lacing present. Great malty sweetness in the nose, with hops right there as well. Flavor pretty much follows the aroma's lead, and is very pleasant, although it seems that there could be a bit more substance to the mouthfeel. However, it's a pale ale, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Drinkability is excellent, having trouble not just downing it right away. Looking forward to the rest of the mix pack.

ppoitras, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, decent head.

Some sweetness and citrus hops in the aroma, there's something else here but I can't put my finger on it.

Medium body with a slight dryness. This has a nice hop level but it's certainly not the hoppiest EPA I've had. Nice citrus flavors too, with a touch of malt sweetness. A touch of bitterness in the finish.

Nice lacing the whole way down, nice to see.

Definitely a drinkable brew, not the best EPA but definitely something to keep on hand, my favorite of the flying dog brews.

Southernbrew, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost didn't pick this one up because of my fear of beer packaged with superflous graphics. Glad I gave it a try though, and I was later informed that the person responsible for the artwork is rather popular.

This beer pours a really solid copper color. Head is minimal although I must admit my gingerness with the pour could've contributed to this. Even so it produced less than a finger's width of head. Lacing is practically non-existant, patchy speckles here and there on the glass. Carbonation is meager and lazy, although that doesn't always equate to a bad thing in my book.

The smell may be my favorite part of this beer. Big hop presense on the nose; grapefruit, and pine. A subtle, almost chalky malt smell can be detected underlying the eagerness of the hops. Not alot to say here but it smells really good.

I'd have to say the taste on this is pretty solid too. Big hops right from the door. Juicy, citrus hops flavor as well as robust, lingering pine weighing in, with floral notes dancing about the edges. Tartness registers on the back of my tongue as it rolls over. Again, the muted malts are there if you search for them. Mouthfeel is a little dead if anything.

I'd have to say that this is better than I thought it would be, with much more of a hop presence than I would've expected. A nice solid little pale ale, ranking in just slightly under Sierra Nevada in my personal taste. I can imagine this being a nice little session brew, especially accompanied by some spicy food.

FormatKid, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy red brew. Pale Ale? Doesn’t look like pale ale.

Smell is fairly hoppy, with a bit of tea smell. Malt is present too smells lightly sweet.

Taste is mild hops and malt. There is a mild sour taste here too, from the yeast in it I think.

Mouthfeel is adequate.

It's drinkable but it seems to be under flavored.

Zorro, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color, hazy, with a small tan head. Has a nose that is floral, hoppy, and fruity. Very sweet smelling. Pretty blande for a pale ale. The initial maltiness shifts almost instantly to it's mild hop bitterness. Does have a fullmouthfeel, but this isn't one of my favorite PA's by any means. Good, at best.

TastyTaste, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pscho(delic?) labels were drawn by the artist who did the artwork on the books of Dr Hunter S. Thompson(Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas). This pours a clear, copper, amber with a medium sized head that has good retention. Globs of foam lace the glass. Floral hops flood the nose with lilacs, orangerind, and pine. Mouthfeel is alive with carbonation and has a moderate citrus/pine hop bite on the tongue. Taste is grapefruit and pinecone hoppiness, which ride all over the top of the underlying sweet caramel malt. Good balance overall. A very drinkable and crisp Colorado IPA. Try it, you'll like it.

merlin48, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Brazen head in Brooklyn, NY. Pours a nice auburn with tiny bubble, leaving medium amt. of lacing. Nice hop nose, piney, citrus. Smooth malty mouthfeel, nice hop bit tells you this is an american IPA. Citrus, grapefruit, resin. Nice job, nice and fresh --on tap cant be beat!

Billolick, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of sinistersteve
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.Well, I'll be the 12,428th person to say I originally bought this beer for the kick-ass label; and was hoping that it wouldn't be the only kick-ass thing about the beer.

Rich copper color with a bare minimum amount of a near lace less head floating on top.

Excellent hoppy flavor.

Excelent citusy/hoppy aroma.

Definitely worth purchasing again, and next time it will not be for the kick-ass label, but for the kick-ass beer

sinistersteve, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold/bronze with a decent low off-white head, good carbonation, and slight lace. Aroma is primarily of citrusy hops but not overpowering. Nice citrus hop flavor with a decent malt balance. Light-medium bodied and refreshing session beer.

A nice balanced lightly hoppy American Pale Ale.

Reviewed a second time and the more I have it the more I like it ... upped S & T from 4.0 to 4.5

Per F.D. website: "Dry hopped with Cascade hops" & "Carastan malts"
Original Gravity: 13.0 Plato
Specific Gravity: 1.052
Alcohol by Volume: 5.3%

RBorsato, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of daledeee
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery hue with a decent head. The aroma is hops all over the place. Taste is very hoppy with a dry undertone. The carbonation is a little weak. Otherwise I would rate this beer higher.

Tastes good but without all the frills that make it a top shelfer.

daledeee, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of stewart124
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper color with minimal head. The lacing was nice though and made up for the lack of head. Strong aroma of citrus hops and a bit of a floral smell. Quite appealing to the nose. The taste was a well balanced pale ale with a good presence of hops and a fresh clean feeling in my mouth. Really a solid beer with a good lingering aftertaste of hops. Excellent drinkability something I'd buy again.

stewart124, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of 57andcounting
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As this was a draft, so I can't comment on the head. It was ok, but that is a function of the bar keep as much as the brew.

This is a real nice ale. Name aside, It real drinkable. You take a sip and say, "That's pretty good".
Nice fruit flavor without getting bitter or into the strong grapefruit flavor. If you see in on draft, give it a try.

57andcounting, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After drinking Molson for two days I needed a break. It was time to open a Doggie Style. A clear amber colour with decent head and good retention. Fruity aromas fill the air with citric scented hops. The taste also had a fruity feel to it. The hops were strong, but not overbearing. The aftertaste was a hoppy bitterness.

CBFanWish, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of Weissenheimer
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a captivating pint. Deep brownish golden amber in color, it looks even more golden when held up to the light. It arrives with a big, pretty, cloudy, rather meringue-like head which leaves pleasantly frothy lacing as it settles. The smell also stands out from the pale ale pack; sharply but reservedly hoppy, it reminds me of hay. Later I detect sharper and bolder Sierra Nevada Celebration-style hops sticking through.

The taste is absolutely lovely. The hops are beautifully balanced, but that's only part of the appeal. It's also exceptionally crisp; it refuses to sit still on my tongue. After the initial woody/nutty flavor, the hops come in and dance around. They playfully wind in and out, one moment stealing the spotlight and the next passing behind the woodiness. The finish is slightly metallic. As an added bonus to finishing the pint, the interior of the glass is covered with speckled, spastic lacing. The unremarkable mouthfeel is the only thing about this beer that's not outstanding.

Weissenheimer, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It started off good, with only above average taste. Not enought hops. But after it warmed up a little you got a good Cascade hops finish to this beer. I'm not convinced this brew merits the overall 4 I have given it, but it is definitely solid and drinkable. Very enjoyable. Plus, I couldn't find any flaws. Not the greatest pale ale I've ever had, but a decent American version.

GeoffFromSJ, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck with the very different label design. I can never decide if I like these or not.

Beer poured a lovely bronze with a nice light tan head.

Great aroma. Lots of hops with the underlying citrus (grapefruit) type aroma.

Beer has a solid taste to go with the nice smell. Lots of acidic hop bite that I find very refreshing. Beer is a good example of style with good use of malt to moderate. Stays very tasty as it warms.

Easy to drink with a nice creamy mouthfeel. I like this one a lot!

Redrover, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber / orange color witha medium sized head that produces nice lacing. The aroma is good, as full floral and fruit tones are easily detected. The flavor is slightly unbalanced based on the aroma, since the malt is dominant here over the hops. A mellow honey flavor is also picked up by the tongue.

This pale ale has a mellow finish and little aftertaste. Definitely drinkable, but the flavor is somewhat dull compared to the aroma picked up by the nose. Overall a decent pale ale, but the hop level needs to be a bit higher.

Gavage, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light copper color, decent size white foamy head, light bready and citrus aromas, balanced malt and hop flavors. Light to medium body with a watery and somewhat thin mouthfeel, finishes with a mild bitterness, very average and middle of the road pale ale.

maxpower, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of mntlover
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with hops bouquet that fills the air while pouring. Nice small head with some lacing the smell is wonderful. Sweet citrus with fresh pine forest scent. Wizard needs air wick in this fragrence. Taste is refreshing with hops dominating the flavor but not much in the way of bitterness. This is a wonderful pale ale, if it was readily available to me I would swear off of Sierra Nevadas Pale Ale.

mntlover, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of Imbiber
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish-amber with a bit of an off-white head, quite high carbonation levels. Hops dominate the aroma, and it came as no surprise that the flavour too would also feature hops in prominence; a slight toffee sweetness also found its way through. Not bad, except the beer seemed a bit too gassy for perfection. The label on the bottle can only be described as bizarre.

Imbiber, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of flaminghomer
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the appearance on this beer is very good, a nice amber with a good sticky head.

smell is nothing but hops. i've only had a few pale ales, they were bitter, but they didn't have the hop aroma and tastes that this beer does.

maybe i just don't favor pale ales but i did not like this beer at all. they went too far with the hops.

flaminghomer, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber color, topped by a tan head. There is a hoppy slightly piney, slightly citrusy aroma. There is a hint of malt under the hoppy aromatics as well. Nicely bitter up front in the mouth. There is a light maltiness in the finish. The beer is a bit too cold at first, so I warm it up for a bit. The hop flavor is a mix of piney, & orange/ citrusy. Finishes with a good pale ale level of bitterness. There is an after taste here that I cannot quite pin down, it is part of the hop flavor. Perhaps a hint of menthol in the finish, along with a bit of grassy hop flavor. This is a good solid example of an American Pale ale.

Gueuzedude, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear and bright amber color with a thin head. Nice delicate lacing left on the glass. There is some fruitiness in the aroma, along with lemony hops. Taste is light and flavorful, with some fruits coming through including apples, cherries and orange. Nice sour tang in the finish. This is an above average pale ale. Light and drinkable. I enjoyed this beer.

pezoids, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of Shiredave
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color and carbonation are excellent and right on syle; medium amber with frothy, sticky head that hung in there to the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is of fresh malt and a hint of floral hop- both approriate and clean, but rather weak.
Taste is also on style, slightly nutty, bready malt mixed in equal parts with earthy hop dryness. This is where I get a bit dissappointed. The sense of a lush, medium bodied amber ale up front, is quickly lost to the over drying hop that takes over mid quaff. The flavor just dissapears and all thats left is an over attenuated, dry aftertaste. Some nice hop flavors remain behind but not enough sweetness to keep it interesting. I'm lookin for a little more residule malt to back this puppy up, and make his balls drop.
Ive found this beer to be a bit more ballsy and fuller bodied on tap. Still, a pretty dam good Pale Ale.

Shiredave, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of waughbrew
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper, not much head retention. Fruity american hops with a little sting in there. A little sweetness pokes through as well as a hint of tartness. Taste is very dry but has a lingering toasted malt flavor and a tingly harsh hop ending.
A decent pale ale that just fails to stand out. I would rather just go local.

waughbrew, Nov 05, 2003
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,150 ratings.