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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: 2,321
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 19.51%
Wants: 39
Gots: 293 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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 Jadjunk
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of Zanico
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerYoss
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of Number967
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSignPost
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of danreitz
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden/light amber with a thick white head which bubbles happily and slowly dwindles down leaving faint hints of lacing on the glass and a small, but dense cap and collar.

Smell: Mild citrus coupled with some floral elements. Mild malt sweetness hits some caramel and biscuit, but it's pretty mellow. Some vague notions of something herbal and slightly salty. Very mellow overall. Malts seem a little overcooked.

Taste: More of the nose. It was dialed up about half a notch. Backing herbal/spicy hop element that finishes on the floral side of things. Citrus on the nose is almost non-existent, leaving the weird leafy herbal thing to do it's business. Cracker like lightness. Some toasted malts. Some bread crust as well. Some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a slightly above average carbonation. Slight dryness on the back of each sip, but it doesn't linger. Relatively clean overall.

Overall: I'm not feeling frisky.

This isn't the kind of beer that will make you bend over and grab your ankles. It's a nice APA and easy drinking, but that's about as far as it goes. The hop profile seems a little out of whack when paired with the lighter toasted elements.

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Photo of 401J
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in a variety pack over the Thanksgiving holiday where we hosted in-laws from Maine who stayed with us for 2 days and two nights and I dove into beer , rum, whatever I could get my hands on to dull the uncomfortability of wondering if strangers are using my shower loofah.

Poured into a 12oz chilled beer glass that revealed a caramel/slight cherry colored brew with a thin head.

Aroma of light hops, mild breadiness, cream.

Tasted of medium to light hops, crisp, relatively clean.. light finish had me looking for a bit more. Kind of 1 dimensional.

Nothing wrong with this beer. Solid. Probably wouldn't seek out again

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Photo of AmitC
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer mug.

Amber color. Good head of white color about one finger thick. Persistent (becomes slightly thin) but stays for a long time. Good amount of bubbles and excellent lacing. Very clear and transparent with no haze whatsoever.

Aroma: Some dry hops are prominent with a malt backbone. Drinking in a wrong kind of glass to better judge its aroma. Not a very strong hop profile which is just fine coz it is not an IPA.

Taste: Very well balanced. Tilting slightly towards the hops. Dry finish with very slight bitter aftertaste. Good malt presence as well.

Mouth feel : Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Good drinkability. Smooth and without astringency.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate : 3.75

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Photo of gcamparone
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a pretty hazy, golden orange body with a 2" white head and medium-high sticky lacing.

S- Sweet malt backbone with some hoppy citrus in the background.

T- Upfront I get a subtle hoppy bitterness followed by a lightly toasted malt flavor. Some sweet grapefruit to finish. Enjoyable.

M- Appropriate medium carbonation and body.

Overall, a nicely balanced pale ale. I don't drink much of this style, but I am thoroughly please with what I taste.

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Photo of jmcrofts
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a custom 6-pack since I've seen it everywhere and finally felt like giving it a shot.

Appearance - Nothing of note, looks like your standard ale with unremarkable head

Smell - Weak. Nothing really interesting here, and smells too 'grainy', almost like a pale lager.

Taste - Starts off well with some decent hop character, but too weak. Very unappealing metallic aftertaste as the hops fade away altogether.

Mouthfeel - Too light and watery. Pretty good carbonation though, which I appreciate.

Overall - Definitely not impressed with this one. Nothing particularly appealing about it, and the taste wasn't very enjoyable. Not terrible, I wouldn't refuse this beer if offered, but for your money there are much better choices out there.

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Photo of nukem5
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a great golden color with nice head on top very little if any lacing but still very crisp and apple cider looking. Tastey in appearance.

S: Aroma is thin and yet hoppyenough to get your attention. Not as much malt and hop aroma as I was hoping for but still very nice.

T: Taste is nutty and hopped with some nice mix of floral and citrus with a sweet hiding malt behind the scene .

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a silky feel to it.

O: Overall a good drinker and like it . Very sound beer with good qualities over shadowing the bad.

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Photo of MrBoh
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a brownish amber into my snifter with one finger of head that disippates quickly.

S- roasted malty smell at front (not at all what I expected). But towards the end some citrus, tangerine smell took over. Very light smell, but not bad.

T- On the front there is just a tad bit of citrusy hop flavor. Then BAM! A load of deep roasted malts.

M- Feels almost... warm on the mouth. Could be due to other factors, but definitely had to be noted. Although not very syrupy and silky, it does have a good bit of syrupy silkiness for the low alcohol content.

O- Overall, not bad. Taste was not great but it gets a 3.5 because I cannot do 3.25 and because it has a different taste for a pale ale that worked well. Aroma was certainly disappointing. Could have used some dry hopping to give it some aroma.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.51/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma: Doughy and fresh yeast aromas up front. I don't mind it but the yeast smell is bordering on overpowering and I can get anything other than that. No esters or hop aroma. Odd.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy rich amber pour with sticky off-white head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Some initial earthy bitterness, some mild pine tar resin, and a touch more doughy bread character. Balance is slightly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with lively, high carbonation. No warmth, creaminess, or astringency.

Overall impression: Had a hard time getting past the yeasty aroma. May have been an old sample but no way to tell. Won't try again.

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Photo of Enoch
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Started with a moderate malty biscuit aroma, with a mild citrus hop note as it progressed.

Appearance: Slightly hazy (possibly due to the temperature) gold-amber color. Thick head the color of unsalted butter that didn't last quite as long as I expected, but had great lacing--at the end of the beer there was lace the length of the glass.

Flavor: An immediate hit of bitter floral and citrus hops that lingers, with grassy undertones. Bright finish of reasonable duration. I didn't notice any real malt flavor--it seemed to be dominated by the hops flavor, perhaps too much even for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated; tingles and fizzes on the tongue. Body light overall. Not much warmth. A bit astringent, but not inappropriately so.

Overall: A fun beer to drink that really shows off the hops.

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