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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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986 Reviews
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Reviews: 986
Hads: 2,309
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 19.51%
Wants: 38
Gots: 280 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Photo of Zetcha7x
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz single poured into a standard Lancaster Brewing Company pint.

A-golden-orange hue with a lot of carb bubbles. a finger of white head that quickly reseeds. some lacing.

S-citrusy, mostly orange. hops. grassy/pine. not a lot going on here...

T-similar to the smell. some citrusy fruits. pine. more hops than I would expect from a classic pale ale. bitter. not really noticing any malt flavor or sweetness.

M-light-medium bodied. medium carbonation. slightly creamy.

O-still underwhelmed by this beer. I have tried to like it, but cant in good faith say its much more than okay. I don't find it smooth and it feels more like an IPA to me, which is fine, but I'd like to taste a little more sweet malt in a pale ale.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic pale ale, just as the name says. Crisp, slight hoppy bitterness. Pale brownish color...just as you would expect. The mouthfeel was fine, soft, white head that went down relatively smooth. Not always a huge fan of Flying Dog, sometimes the beers are a bit commonplace, but this one was pretty good as it was designed to be straightforward.

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Photo of Diggitydustin
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what a good pale ale should taste like. I know there's better ones out there, but when it comes done to it, this beer is pretty top notch pale ale in my opinion.

Appearance: starting with the bottle; I think flying dog has some of the best bottling around. The graphics, everything on the labeling is superb, not just on this brew but all their brews. They definitely put a lot of effort in putting out good product and you can tell. The color of the beer itself is a very attractive caramel/amber color. Not a lot of head, minimal lacing. Dies down relatively quick.

Smell: ahh, the smell of a good pale ale. Very fruity, yet spicy at the same time. No complaints with the smell what so ever.

Taste: the taste of this is perfect. Like I said, I know it's not the best pale ale on the market, and it doesn't need to be. It's great the way it is. Very easy to drink, not too heavy, not too light. It's like the 3 bears, it's just right. Relatively fruity, but more of an earthy taste. Very, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: very drinkable. Hits the palates and the back of the throat without any harshness, over bitterness or hardcore bite.

Overall: this is a superbly done beer. This should be the beer to get someone started in pale ales if they've never had one. It turned me into a big fan of Flying Dog Brewery.

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Photo of glass_house
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed goblet

Very nice looking pale ale. Pretty clear, medium caramel-amber with two fingers of off-white head that leaves a solid cap and plenty of lacing. Aroma is orange peel with hints of mango, grassy pine, and white pepper.

First thing I get in the taste is the sweet pale malts, then a medley of citrus and tropical fruits, and finally a slight bitter hop resin. Wouldn't call it complex, but not bland either. The carbonation is lively and the somewhat light body seems acceptable for the style, although I prefer something heavier. The flavors are good, they're just a bit toned down for my liking.

Overall this seems like a competent option for someone wanting a lighter alternative to an IPA/DIPA. Or someone acquainting themselves with hoppy craft beers. I try to balance my reviews between style expectations and my personal preferences. Bottom line: I wouldn't seek this out but I wouldn't turn it down either. If you like a light, refreshing pale ale, you should like this.

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Photo of dalahodson
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color with a nice white head. Lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is cut grass and citrus. The mouth feel is crisp and a little sweet. The taste is like the smell, grass, citrus. There is a slight hop bitterness but not to strong. Very light hope flavors over all. This is a nice drinkable brew, very clean crisp flavors. Good with a wide range of foods.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden orange color with a thick, off white, frothy head, laces all the way down.

Smell: Citrus, grassy aroma. Some hops. Smells refreshing.

Taste: I was really impressed with the taste. Hops and citrus up front. Similar to an IPA, not as bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Easily drinkable.

Overall: I was not sure what to expect from Flying Dog, but this one will be hard to beat. One of my new favorites and I will be looking for a 6-pack.

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Photo of PAhopHead717
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Doggie style is a nice session drinking beer. Not too strong or heavy, and a flavor that will keep you satisfied. Very balanced beer, reminds me of the brew free or die from 21st. If you want a "party" craft beer this is a good choice. Plus you get to ask your girl if she wants some doggie style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden copper color. The head is a two finger white shade, with a foamy texture and decent retention. Nice lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: Actually, I'm mildly impressed here. There's a decent (if not explosive) hit of mango and melon on the nose, with some of the crackery malts coming through after it sits in the glass slightly. This is actually a lot better than I remembered.

T: Hops hit the palate first, but without any bitterness - just some nice tropical flavors. Toffee-esque malts come through on the finish, maybe slightly too assertively. Slight piny hints right after the swallow, too. It's exactly what a good pale ale should be: balanced, easy to drink, satisfying, and refreshing.

M: There's a very crisp bite which helps to mitigate some of the thick-feeling maltiness and semi-sweet finish. It's carbonated enough to help make it drinkable.

O: This must have been reformulated somewhere along the way, because I don't remember this being so good. It won't blow the mind, but it will make a great everyday go-to beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My son wanted to see his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, play so we seen them down in Baltimore. Flying dog had a stand right out side our seating entrance with thier doggie style pale on tap. A rather difficult beer for me to obtain so I bought one.
It had an amber color with a thick but smallish head.
The taste was fresh and it drank smooth but it was also boring and bland.
It wasn't the best environment for reviewing but I figured I wasn't getting a rare pliny or something and if something stood out I would remember. Nothing stood out.
I got to give M and L park a thumbs down for beer selection.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with freshness code 147A13 printed on the label. I haven't had much of Flying Dog's regular beer line up lately, so I figured it was about time I picked some up again.

Poured into The Godfather pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of fluffy creamy off-white head on top of a typically burnt sienna orange body with some haze and lots of fine sediment floating around the glass. Looks pretty nice to me.

S - Smell is fairly simple and subdued, but hits it's mark indefinitely. Crisp bready malts, brown sugar, lemongrass, and earthy hops.

T - Ah yes, that hits the spot. Taste follows in vain of the nose: crisp bready malt, lemongrass, authentic lemon zest, bread crust, some artificial tasting lemon meringue cake presence (?), some soapiness, and some herbal hop presence on the back end.

M - Feel is dry and bready, with some citric stickiness clinging to the palate.

Overall, a refreshing "classic" example of the style, highly crushable at 5.50% abv, with good solid flavor. Doesn't bring much to the table in terms of complexity, but it's good, simple, and a reliable shelf-find. I look forward to re-exploring the rest of Flying Dog's regular line-up.

Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of ali1987
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden, orange slightly hazy body. Minimal head and lacing.

S- Lots of citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit. Also some hints of pine and caramel.

T- Taste matches the nose almost exactly. Ripe citrus flavors along with some malt flavors.

M- Dry finish, medium body, moderate carbonation.

O- Excellent pale ale. Would definitely drink this again. Very refreshing & drinkable; not to mention, the name is of this beer is awesome!!!! :)

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Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ripe fruit aroma with hints of melon and biscuit wafting up from a deep gold body; thick, white head. Warm bread flavors with a deep, underlying hop bitterness throughout. Medium-light body, clean and dry finish.

A good if unremarkable pale ale. Slightly better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of harpo111
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

had on tap at Mellow Mushroom....

A: golden with a nice lacy head.

S: hoppy and malty...nutty..piney

T: sweet with a nice citrus/pine overtone...nice pale ale middle of the road taste.

M: Not too heavy...very smooth.

O: enjoyable beer...great with food...would to do it again in a minute...wonder why we don't see this one in stores more often....

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Mongrel
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger of foam. Decent lace throughout. A little darker than most pale ales, but still an orangey-amber.

A healthy dose of fresh citrus and lemongrass on the nose, and both carry through to the taste immediately, along with a little mango slickness. Rooted by a semi-sweet, earthy finish, which I have to believe comes from some British malts.

This stuff always tastes super fresh (maybe because I live a few miles from the brewery), and is a great example of an East Coast pale ale. Very well-rounded and refreshing.

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Photo of dar482
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a hazy amber color.

The aroma has a bit of citrus, some malt sweetness.

The flavor follows and is surprisingly malty and heavy for a pale ale, with some floral notes in the back. There's some drying bitterness in the back.

The beer is a bit watery, not enough hoppiness and flavor. Almost a funky flavor on the end. Washes down light and watery.

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Photo of scotorum
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up with some other local brews while in Maryland and eastern Pennsylvania last month. The name hooked me LOL

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Translucent amber with an inch tall white head which declined slowly to a thick surface foam and then a spotty thin one, and considerable lacing. So far so good!

s: None I could detect. A bit surprising given the impressive visual show. But then this is a pale ale and not an IPA.

t: Nice light malt with enough fruity hops to add some pleasant flavor. Really well balanced!

m: Moderate, smooth and pleasing.

o: A summer refresher with substance. Another reason to like doing it doggie style.

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Photo of FLima
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved the name. Had it on tap. Bright amber color with a head that left heavy laces.
Strong delicious aroma of tropical fruits, lots of passion fruit.
Nice hoppy flavor but now heavier on grapefruit and pine. Notes of honey and slight toasted malts.
Quite dry and long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with average carbonation.
Excellent APA, recommendable.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice, slightly hazy amber-copper tone. About an inch of creamy, off-white head retains well, and leaves spotty, but substantial lacing on the glass. There is lots of visible carbonation.

S - The nose comes off as a fairly typical pale ale. A light waft of sweetish malts.

T - Pretty bitter, without enough sweetness to properly balance it.

M - The beer itself needs to be a little bit more towards medium-bodied. The light feel combined with the big carbonation makes this beer feel fizzy, although the carbonation did calm down about halfway through, alleviating this sensation.

O - I really want to like this beer because it was recommended to me by a friend, but it really falls short of some of the readily-available pale ales out there. All told, this is a pretty average pale ale based on the others I've tried.

Edit - I drank a second directly from the bottle and most of the mouthfeel and taste issues went away. I would have ranked it about a 3.5 direct from bottle. Much more enjoyable.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured orange amber with one finger of foam that didn’t last and no lace to speak of. It’s clear and has nice beer bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Nose is grass, leaf and herbal. Some grapefruit some forest and pine in back of that. Smells dry. Malt is biscuit, sweet bread and caramel. The malt nose sweetens as it warms with some pale honey. Taste is woody, earthy, both bitter and sweet. Semi dry. Malt base is sweet grain but doesn’t round out. Hops are tangy with the classic cascade profile of grapefruit and pine. Body is a little thin and it drinks a little heavy with the carbonation. It’s unbalanced and watery. I’m looking for something as I drink and not finding it. The bitterness lingers but not well and the alcohol comes to the palate in the finish. This one’s forgettable.

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Photo of usmittymc
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker style pint glass.

Slight haze to the bright amber color of this beer. Poured a very nice head that stayed throughout. The typical aromas are present. At first a burst of citrus, piney hop that settles into a sweet biscuit aroma. The taste of this beer is, again, typical for the style. Mild spicy hop flavors supported by the sweet maltiness. Nothing groundbreaking. Mouthfeel is a high point. Carbonation was just about perfect and complemented the hops flavors well.

I would definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/24/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, biscuit, floral, and light pine. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, biscuit, floral, and light pine. Slight floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, caramel, biscuit, floral, and light pine on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of hop and malt flavors; with good robustness of flavor and no cloying present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Nice balance of hop and malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden amber color with a billowy white head. The head has a good level of retention slowly fading to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a caramel malt as well as some notes of hop. The hop is mostly of a citrus nature with some grapefruit and lemon, but there are also notes of a floral hop as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and biscuit flavor mixed with a little bit of caramel sweetness. Lighter fruit flavors of a mix of tropical and apple come to the tongue toward the middle. These remain very light in comparison the bready and biscuit flavors as well as the caramel. While the fruit flavors come so to do flavors of a grapefruit citrus hop. They start out weaker and get more strength as the taste moves to the end, where they are joined with a little bit of a floral taste to leave a moderately hopped and medium sweet biscuity flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and smoothness with a carbonation level that is on the medium side. Quite nice of the blend of sweet and citrus hop, all while keeping a more easy drinking feel about it.

Overall – It contains an overall nice blend of citrus hop, sweet flavors and malty flavors. A rather tasty brew with a easy drinking feel and taste.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up in the shock and awe pack enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.

The color is deeply hazed amber with a off white cream cap and fine bead with spotty lace pattern. The smell has a lot of citrus and grapefruity aromas with mild lemon rind odor. The malt sweetness is noticeable in the aroma. The feel is very good with a moderately high amount of bitterness with medium carbonation and gentle malt sweetness providing a foundation for the mildly dry and bitter finish.

The taste has a slight pine bitterness from the hops with mild malt sweetness in the flavor which adds a slight caramel contrast to the light lemon zest flavor combined with the grapefruit aspect the hops add to the light fruity yeast element. The taste tapers to a more dry and bitter hop flavor in the final sips but is pretty balanced in general leaving a lingering hop acidity on the backside. Overall this is great - more of a west coast Pale in the sense it focuses more on hops and is a small version of the IPA in their repertoire, but juicy citrus and enjoyable drinkability for me -I like the freshness and would purchase this again.

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Photo of nmann08
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time having the new recipe. On tap at Big Hunt.

Pours a hazy copper color. Ok carbonation with a thin layer of off white head.

Smell of caramel malts and sweet hops. Citrus and floral notes come through.

Flavors come through more than the smell lets on. Not as bitter as I expected for a pale ale, but refreshing. I get zero roastiness that others describe from the bottle.

Creamy up front, but the bitterness never develops on the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer, not great. Didn't notice a big change in recipe, but I don't think the changes hurt it.

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Photo of JG-90
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle into glass gives a mediuem sized, light-biege head. beer is orange/copper in color almost translucent. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing. Smells mostly of malt, caramel and a little roasty, not getting much hops except a tad floral.

Taste starts with caramel malt and heavy bread. Has a little bit of roastiness throughout, with a hint of floral and citrus on the finish. Has a bit of creaminess, heavy body for an PA with heavy and lively carbonation.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.