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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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2,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 33
Gots: 172 | 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 NiceGuyMike
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Not sure the point of this beer. Too hoppy, should be called an IPA.

Very dark amber color (not sure why it is called Pale Ale). Thin, slightly off white head with very little lacing.

Smells wonderful with nice citrusy, floral, sweet hops.

Tastes again of citrus with some piney hops. Finishes with light, but deep penatrating bitterness and some bready (biscuty) flavors.

Light mouthfeel with some bubbling which is nice.

Overall, not a bad beer. This is an interesting brew. Not overly hopped, but it shows and I've yet to develope that hop taste so points off for that. When it does, I'm sure i'll reevaluate this brew.

NiceGuyMike, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured an amber color with light tannish head than slowly fell throught the glass. Smell is citrusy with loads of hops noted. Taste is hoppy with nice dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is more of hops and leaves a nice dry bitter feeling. Good drinking beer.

tgbljb, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of scaaven
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a pale ale fan, flat out. this is an interesting brew, different from most pale ales i've had. It's not as carbonated as others and has a darker taste. Overall not bad, but there are better in this price range such as Sierra Nevada pale ale and Full Sail pale ale

scaaven, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of bubrewer
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Carbonation seems a little low for the APA style. This 40F bottle had to be poured from about 12" to get a couple fingers of head. Color is a brilliantly clear copper, off white heat fades quickly but leaves lace.

Aroma is grapefruit, some pine, and maybe mint. Wonderful, full aroma that invites the drinker to take a sip. That sip brings out plenty of PNW hop flavor and just enough bitterness to balance the carmelly malt flavor.

What a delightful beer, especially since it is $5.50/6 pack around here while competing pale ales like SNPA are generally north of $7.

bubrewer, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw yellow with a well-retained head of almost white. Nice, lacey artwork left behind.

Clean golden malts, grapefruit, tangerine, and pine on the nose.

Crisp, light malts up front, with deliciously citrussy hops and pine trailing closely behind. Nice and hoppy for an APA. This really tastes fresh, and is much better than I remember it being.

Medium bodied with a crisp, thirst quenching mouthfeel. Totally sessionable.

AlexJ, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of Sixpack595
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to find fault with this one. Aroma is sweet and fruity with citrus and a bit of malt backing it up. Coppery hued body with a moderate cap of off white head. Good citrucy, piney hop flavor without excessive bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch lighter than I prefer, but nothing too distracting. Good beer, not too crazy but I could drink a bunch of these in an evening.

Sixpack595, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Burdman for providing this brew.

Pours a nice golden amber color with 1/2 inch off white head. Nice lacing remains on the glass. Carbonation level appears to be a little on the light side.

Smell is earthy, with a nice hops citris note.

Tast is malty but with just enough hops bite to give it some character. Not IPA level hops but enough to make it enjoyable.

Very smooth mouthfeel with a nice clean finish. Maybe a little on the thin side but not enough to take away from the enjoyment of drinking this beer.

Very drinkable brew. Based on this one, i would love to try more Flying Dog stuff. Would recomend that it is definately worth a try.

beermanbrian, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A soothing amber of crystal clarity. A strong pour produces about a finger of off white head that transforms into a frothy layer on the surface without much deliberation. Substantial lacing curtains the ever narrowing circumference of my glass.

Smell: Malty with a hop bouquet that matches to create a very fine balance. The malts are very rich and earthy with a bit of toasted characteristics to them. Smells inviting.

Flavour: Good malt profile with some orange peel hop effects. Not exactly bitter, but with a nice amount of dryness in the finish. I think the flavours could be bolstered a bit, but overall this brew produces a very pleasant outcome.

Mouthfeel: A bit light which hurts the flavour profile. If this had just a slap more body, it would be more buoyant allowing the flavours to hang around creating a more intense flavour experience. As it stands, the flavour is there and gone in the matter of a swallow. No after effects to leave you pondering the tastes. You have only a fleeting moment to analyze the character before it departs on the emaciated body. But, this is not at all a waste of time.

Drinkability: The drinkability is particularly good with this brew because you need to keep swallowing it to get your fill and to truly feel the character. This is right on the edge of being a solid beer. It just needs a bit more meat.

SupaCelt, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crisp amber with nice head and great retention a very nicely poured beer infact. It smelled very hoppy and crisp and clean. A medium bodied beer with again a very hoppy crisp clean taste to it. A little bitter and dry but still enjoyable. I enjoy this beer here and there but it is not my favorite Flying Dog Beer but I still would reccomend it for someone looking for a good pale ale.

This is perhaps my favourite of the Flying Dog brand and definitely a beer I will be trying to have in the fridge for a nice hop fix here and there.

ryantupy, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Illinick
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out an amber/reddish-orange color, deep in hue with a nice creamy head. Impressive lacing throughout. A lot of rising carbonation.
Smell was of citrusy hops and fruit, quite pleasant.
T: Begins with a malty start and ends with all hops. I found the finish to be semi-dry but clean. I really enjoyed the hops throughout. Was almost IPA-ish in character, but not quite.
I was overall impressed with the beer and I enjoyed the hoppy flavor. Flying Dog makes a lot of nice, middle of the road beers and I will definately be coming back to this one.

Illinick, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of phishgator
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is copper with a foamy head easy to achieve with a standard pour. The aroma is pleasant and slightly fruity. More hop bite than most PAs. A welcomed difference from most APA here in the southeast. It is not up their with SNPA or Liberty for hop bitterness but its in the top ten, IMO. The art work is a little gimmicky but whatever sells their beer works for me!

phishgator, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have reviewed this beer on tap, but the bottle is a different experience. It pours a coppery color, has the aroma of citrusy hops, a little too much carbonation, some lacing, minimum malt middle, and HOPPY aftertaste. It compares with many IPA's, but is a little too over hopped to go well with food.

palliko, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of baiser
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber orange, with a smallish white head, ok lacing. A little malt, a touch of hops, and very little else. An average pale ale at best. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. I found it a bit watery and lacking in flavour in every category. Neat looking label though.

baiser, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of robertp1024
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light small head, which disappears quickly. There are laces left throughout the whole beer as you continue drinking. It pours a light orange amber color. Slight malt scent and strong hops. The flavor is bursting with hops, but is not overpowering. The hops are flavorful and dry. Great beer for pale ale drinkers.

robertp1024, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the classic APA's. Looks golden to orange and pours a loose knit head. High carbonation and descent head retention. Smells nicely blended of hops and malt. Slight spicyness in the nose. Tastes well balanced with the flavoring hops and sweet malts. Caramelly and crisp. Bittering hops increase through the body. Finishes bitter and tart without drying. A good thirst quencher. Bold enough to stand in any season.

BEERchitect, Jun 29, 2005
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
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,221 ratings.