Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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2,287 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 39
Gots: 253 | FT: 0
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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 FLima
4.21/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of utopiajane
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of usmittymc
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of JG-90
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a light foamy beige-white head. Lacing is thin and spotty, and retention is slightly north of average. Body color is a mildly hazy copper amber with moderate carbonation. It meets all the standard expectations in terms of appearance, and the head quality isn't bad for the style either. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma swings malt-forward, mildly roasted bready caramel malts with a touch of diacetyl to pair. Hops are further concealed, with a mild floral base and a touch of mild spicy hop character. Overall it's potent enough to maintain interest, although lighter in the hop department than it deserves, I find the overall balance not too far off to significantly damage the score. It's far more inviting than detracting. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors allow a more pronounced floral hop finish with a mild herbal quality to pair with a light caramel bread malt. The finish is very slightly dry, but overall the beer is exceptionally quaffable. There's a better balance in the flavor than even the aroma gives off, and while none of the flavors are busting with enthusiasm, the collective effort is worth savoring. I could enjoy quite a few of these. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly creamy and slightly chewy with a frothy carbonation presence. Body is medium for a Pale Ale, and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is pleasantly very low. Very few astringencies overall as the mild esters and diacetyl notes play to the beer's complexity without distracting the drinkability. The balance is quite fine with just a touch of dryness for a comfortable medium between a filling, yet inviting beer texture and body. 4.5

(Overall) It's not a good call for someone who goes for a Pale Ale with an excessive depth in malt and hop finesse. That said, I'm impressed by the balance and execution of the flavors that coalesce into this Pale Ale- sometimes simpler is safer. Neither the hop presence nor the malt character dominate the palate, the body is just balanced enough with enough sweetness to satisfy and a mild enough dry finish to keep drinking. Any astringency noted in the flavor only plays it further to it's merits. One of my choice American Pale Ales. Recommended. 4.25

Flying Dog Brewery's
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

Photo of Zanico
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark copper color.

Smell is very good, very hoppy.

Thin and watery.

Not as bitter as you would expect from a Pale Ale. Taste does not follow the smell. I got very little of the grapefruit, citrus taste you would expect from a Pale Ale.

Fairly refreshing though.

A decent beer but not what I would have expected. Kind of a "Bud Light" feel.

Photo of KTCamm
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Part of the 12 beer variety pack.

Pours medium copper, good topper of white bubbly foam. Sticks. Piney hop nose, malt/toffee too. Chewy full caramel malt flavor, bitter everywhere. In a balanced way though. Really nicely balanced and makes for a tasty, balance bitter APA. Very nice.

Photo of BeerYoss
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This beer LOOKS refreshing. clear light amber color. the head pours big and leaves excellent lacing the whole way down.

Smell - Citrusy hops. You can definitely smell what is coming.

Taste - distinct bitter grapefruit hops but not overwhelming. there are some other subtle flavors in there but are mild; they complement the hops though. They help with the finish.

Mouthfeel - just a touch of carbonation at the tip of the tongue. has a very light feeling in the mouth.

Overall - Really hits a sweet spot for a pale ale in my opinion. Light and refreshing. Just the right amount of hops. and complementary flavors to round it out.

Photo of CorvetteMike
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to glass produces an golden amber color, with a thick head.

a: Golden amber color, with a thick white head
s: Citrus smell, and slight malt smell
t: Slight hoppy bitterness with a toasted malt flavor
m: Medium body
o: Good but unusual taste

Enjoyed the beer, and would buy again

Photo of Number967
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper in color. Didn't really smell like much until it warmed up a bit. Smell is mostly malt with a hint of hops. Taste is much like the smell. Hearty malt backbone with just a bit of hops at the back end to round it out. This is more my style of pale ale. Solid offering from flying dog.

3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on sep´12. Slightly orangish gold in color. Haze. Beige froth. Quite lasting & close crown. Strong resins, candies & caramel malts to the nose. Quince & tangerine hues. Citric underneath too. Flavor profile shows well balanced mildy toasted malts & hops. Medium & flavorful body. Medium to high carbonation. Buttery & oily texture. Refreshing bitterness in the middle. Fruity & resiny finish. Hoppy aftertaste.

Photo of flyingpig
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Vino Wines, Edinburgh:
Bright orange with a large, three centimetre tall head that is a creamy white colour and looks quite foamy, holding pretty well.

Hoppy and with some good, sweet malts and a sort of biscuit malt aroma. There is a few citrus and floral notes coming through as well and this is backed up by some lighter caramel and some sweet but light malts.

Sweet caramel malts and the floral hops that strike you first. There is some pine hops too but these are more subdued and I could detect some citrus, more caramel and a mild, fruit flavour with some sugar towards the end along with some bitterness.

Medium bodied although on the lighter side of medium and with a nice smooth, bitter feel to the beer that is rounded off with a light citrus tang. The carbonation is moderate and it goes down great, really hitting the spot and it was pretty refreshing too.

Wonderfully balanced with malts and hops both featuring, a nice smooth and refreshing feel to it and a great smell that is backed up by the taste. One of the best I've had from an American brewery I think, particularly from the relatively lower abv. ones.

Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this beer on tap at the Big Fish Grille in Crofton, MD.

A: Pours a dark golden hue with a 2-finger white hue that leaves a decent trail and ends in a small wispy lace.

S: Well-balanced malt and hoppy aroma.

T: Equal mix of sweet and bitter with a citrus and pine middle and finishes on the hoppy side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Good all-around pale ale and a nice session beer.

Photo of MickeyBeer
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A nice amber orange color with about one finger of white head that had nice retention. Left some nice lacing on the glass.

S- A nice piney and citrus smell from the hops. I also pick up a little bit of a malty bread smell.

T- A nice balance of both hops and sweeter malt flavors. Very smooth and drinkable.

M- Medium bodied mouthfeel that makes this APA an ideal session beer for me. I really enjoy this beer and have been having it for several years.

O- I have really enjoyed this beer and will continue to drink it. It is a perfectly balanced APA that is neither too sweet nor too bitter which makes it perfect for session drinking.

Photo of thlayli87
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber with two fingers of off white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Biscuity, bready and quintessentially beer-like. Grassy hop notes also.

T - Very pleasantly bready up front, then mildly fruity, with a moderately hoppy finish. Strikes a nice balance between the bready, sweet, and bitter flavors.

M - Crisp and refreshing. A very well balanced brew.

O - I am pleasantly surprised with this one. I'd had their IPA before and didn't really care for it, but this I like a lot. Well balanced flavors and very drinkable.

Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with little action, head-wise. A thin bright cap forms, and stays, no less. The beer looks a light copper color and has great clarity.

A very simple pale ale aroma. Some pine and floral hops and an equal amount of biscuity pale malts to follow. Very, very simple. But, that doesn't detract from how appealing it is.

The hops show up, more so, in the flavor. Floral hops, mostly, with a touch of both pine and citrus. The malts are thinner than in the aroma with pale qualities of light toast and English muffin. Again, very simple. Very classic. Says it right on the label. This might be the pale ale you're looking for. Nice drink.

Very high drinkability. Goes down easy. The carbonation has some nice life to it, but it doesn't impede the smoothness. Simple-bodied. Quality session ale.

Doggie Style reminds me of Great Lakes Burning River a lot, only it's a little less toasty. Similar hop profile, less pine and more floral notes. Not quite as good, but almost equally satisfying.

Photo of TheSignPost
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a a bad beer overall. I prefer a true IPA rather than an American ale. This beer just wasn't hoppy enough for my taste buds. The other beers I have had from the Flying Dog Brewery were more memorable. Raging Bitch was better. This isn't a beer I would turn down, but I won't look for it either.

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a deep ruby bed with a fat finger of off white head.... Nice retention Anf lacing.

S: smells like citrus peels and grain, a bit of hoppy bitterness in there as well.

T: lightly toasted biscuty grain with some earthy, citrus and floral hop notes.. A touch of sweetness.

M: medium body with on the lower side of moderate carbonation, mouthfeel is a bit lush.

O: a pretty solid pale ale, if you like em a bit of the biscuity and grainy side.

Photo of danreitz
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mason jar. Deep, clear amber color with a healthy, steady head. Beery aroma with no predominant highlight. Feels light on the tongue, not too carbonated. Tastes clean and mellow, very balanced, just bitter enough to give it some character. This is a good tasting, easy-drinking beer, one which would be a good call in almost any setting.

Photo of brewdude1982
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Pours a dark brown and darker than other pale ales. Lightly malty in the nose. Sweet malt taste with a pleasant hop finish that I could definitely do all day. It is only 5.5% so no dui's. Perfectly balanced body and hop character. It also has good carbonation. I would love to try on draft.

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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