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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

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance- beautiful amber color with a slight hue of red.

Smell- wonderful smell hops that is not overly done.

Taste- at first the taste is almost non existent but then not even a second later a wave of hops (that is not over baring and wonderful for a pale ale) roles over the tounge.

Mouthfeel- a look little more carbonated than you would expect from such a great brewery but none the less it still feels right.

Overall, this beer is a perfect example of what a good pale ale should be. Well worth the 11 bucks for a 6 pack.


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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly hazy dark gold/amber. Fluffy white head. Leaves nice, tight rings for lacing.

S - Earthy, herbal hops. Dough-like malt.

T - Well-balanced. Grassy, earthy hops offset with caramel, toasted malts. Bitterness ends the taste.

M - Medium to slightly heavy for a Pale Ale. Same with the carbonation. Coats the mouth and tongue.

O - First time I've had anything from Flying Dog. I don't know why I always overlook them. Anyway, this is a fine pale ale. Glad to have tried and I will seek out others from this brewery.

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Photo of Roser
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- gold, copper, amber hue. Semi- clear/cloudy (even 20 min. after pouring into tulip). Decent vanilla white head, disappeared quickly but left a healthy foam lace that remained for a good bit.

S- nothing that jumped out immediately/obviously. Faint lemon and grass notes.

T- very light, lemony, grass taste. Nothing to strongly praise or pan. Will be helped greatly if accompanying food/meal.

M- light (to medium, at most). No strong/obvious impressions, otherwise.

O- this beer? So so. Just ok for me. Most of the stuff I drink, that I don't love, would still far outweigh the mass produced crap. In here, compared to the better stuff, I'd leave this one alone. But, don't ignore the rest of Flying Dog's offerings. This is a strong producer of excellent craft beers (i.e. Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, Gonzo Imperial Porter, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, In Heat Wheat). And, an outstanding experience if you visit the brewery for a tour followed by the post tour visit to the tasting room. Go!

Cheers all!

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Photo of MarkoNm
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a coppery color, completely clear with a very decent just slighty off-color head. The head stays for a while.
The aroma is one of my favourites. Citrusy hops, easily picked up and just great.
The taste is hoppy and bitter, perhaps some fruity flavour way in the back, but mostly bittery, although not to strong to make it unpleasant.
Aftertaste is nicely bitter with a slight kick.
Very nice beer.

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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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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.