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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

986 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 986
Hads: 2,306
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 38
Gots: 272 | 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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Reviews: 986 | Hads: 2,306
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a somewhat clear copperish amber with an off-white 2 finger head. Decent retention. Lace is fair and semi-sticky.

Smell - Light citrus hoppiness and a touch of metallic twang.

Taste - Citrus hop forward, orange and juicy, with a bit of grassy bitterness. Malts are pushed back, with a bit of lightly toasted grain coming through about midtaste to help with balance. Finishes with some floral hop and a slight metallic undertone.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a healthy amount of carbonation, tingling lightly on the tongue.

Overall - Really good pale ale. Well layered, not too bitter hop profile, given a semblance of balance by a solid malt backbone. Classic American Pale Ale is right. (714 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has plenty of character. It has a nice malty smell and pours a beautiful gold with a white 1 1/2 head. Remarkable lacing can be observed on the glass. Mouthfeel is very nice, full but not overpowering.Taste is smooth giving way to an assertive hoppiness with a mocha aftertaste. I love this one and would recommend it to anyone looking for a beer with some character. (377 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funny that I have never reviewed this beer, guess it slipped certainly have had plenty of it, so off we go into a nonic pint glass.

Really beautiful copper an clear amber on the pour here, nearly crystal clear body too. Head forms three fingers and off white in color clinging well with some ok retention, and some minor lacing also. Pretty great looking.

Nose is small toasty brown sugar, and malts. Subdued and buried, nice but kind of closed. A little soft biscuity too.

Hop angle seems quite prevalent on first sip. Bitterness fills the mid palate but with a very wet sensation. Not much sweetness of the malt, but finish brings a little of that toasted brown sugar hinted from the nose. Lingering of the hop is quite big, piney, but also very flat mouthfeel and some carbonated soda action.

Overall it's a hoppy toast brew, but it's just too wet and watery to carry everything. Not that great unfortunately. (916 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a deep amber hue with total clarity and a fair bit of carbonation. Average sized bubbly tan head, but sub-par retention and little lacing.

S - Crisp floral hops, with some underlying citric rind and pine notes. Sweet caramel malt backbone with a earthy/smokey touch to it that I find interesting. Pretty simple, straight forward pale ale aroma here.

T - Comes across much more balanced than expected, with an assertive malt backbone of caramel malt, toffee, and subtle earthiness. Hops show up in the finish, with a nice floral twang with light citric and grassy notes. Very little bitterness, but just enough. A simple, balanced, and very drinkable profile that is completely true to style.

M - Medium bodied, with a nice low carbonation I quite enjoy.

D - It certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel, but this beer offers up a solid, easy drinking feel with a tasty twang of hops in the finish. Just a balanced, everyday brew for the craft beer drinker. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Greenmachine07
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-like you would expect from an Pale ale, light and clear.

S-crisp smell followed with some piney notes, pleasing overall

T-i rather enjoyed this even though it was not very pungent. good balance with a nice nip of hops. great to drink regularly if you want a low ABV% and a lighter pale ale.

O-a good pale ale and i myself prefer this to the snake IPA, perhaps because i feel the IPA should have alittle more character.

A good buy, got it in the mix pack and was pleased. (477 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice amber color with a two-finger thick whitish/tan head that laces nicely. The head receeds a little fast. The carbonation is good.

Smell: Fruity hops, very nice

Taste: Fruity/citrus hops, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lack of carbonation.

Nice blend of malt and fruity hops. This is an excellent classic pale ale that totally satisfies. (361 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big tan head that sticks to some extent throughout the session. Some brown swirls mix in. Typical malts and earthy hops present to the nose and tongue. Medium bodied. Easy drinking. APAs are what they are, a gateway drug to the IPA, which in no way detracts from their place in the American beer pantheon. (305 characters)

Photo of Veristic
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale poured into a Dos Equis tulip pint glass, consumed on 6/8/12. Date code: 052A11

A- Off-white half-finger head dissipates to a thin crown that hangs around to the end. Copper body. Would be decently clear if it weren't for all the tiny floaties in suspension, uh-oh. No real lacing.

S- Out the neck: Pale malt, light citrus hops. Smells tame but pretty good. Once poured, sweet malt and less hops than out of the neck. I'm starting to think the 11 in the date code is indeed the year.

T- Bready pale malt, light citrus hops. Moderately low bitterness, even lower once it warms. I can't be for sure as I've never had this beer before but I think it's probably an outdated bottle. The hops seem pretty faded and resemble some other known outdated hoppy beers I've had.

M- Medium bodied, moderate-low carbonation. Nothing special.

O- Decent APA but nothing to write home about. (908 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber-orange hue with a nice effervescence and a light haze. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. A nice, solid pale ale look.

Smell: sweet malt with an earthy, vegetal and lightly funky hop character. Not bad, but a bit messy and a bit, well, cloying almost.

Taste: sweetish malt with quite a bit of biscuity, bready character. Hops remain earthy in character but are more subdued. Well-enough crafted, though not precisely to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation and a totally engaging creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a decent beer, although it doesn't precisely float my boat. Well-crafted, though, and I'd take the opportunity to try this on tap if given one. (761 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a caramel color head. Head retention is decent, particularly as it is continuously fed by carbonation bubbles migrating from the bottom of the glass. The bouquet is mown grass and sweet citrus. There's a nice mouthfeel that compliments the orange, apricot, toffee, and pilsner flavors. Decent beer. Quite drinkable. (341 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium amber/ruby, pours a light head ith big bubbles that recedes quickly.

Aroma: Fresh caramel with a hint of citrus, very pleasant.

Taste: Fairly light, not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Hops are predominant, but not very strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall: A light and drinkable beer. Nothing spectacular, but a solid brew. (372 characters)

Photo of Shrews
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served - bottle into Pint Glass

Appearance
Dark, amber, brown with very minimal head to start that quickly fizzles out.

Smell
Fruity and hoppy with some grapefruit hints and some malts.

Taste
Pretty hoppy initial taste. Can taste the grapefruit and roasty malts.

Mouthfeel
Smooth and light as it hits your mouth and continues on.

Overall
A nice pale ale, with some great fruity scents and tastes. Pretty smooth as you taste and it continues on throughout. (460 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours an dark orange/amber color with an inch thick head that lingers for a few minutes.

Smell - Caramel, floral, and earthy.

Taste - Very sweet and floral. Light hints of caramel with earthy malts and a strong bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is much more bitter than most APA's I've tried. It's one step under an IPA (389 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy pale ale with a towering head from a vigorous pour. Nice dark brick orange color with a beige head. Decent lacing and active carbonation. Smell has mild breadiness with an orange citrus hop. Some light caramel malt sweetness with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is hop forward with a tasty malt core that glues the light orange and bigger grapefruit hoppiness together. Hops are the star here in case you were wondering. Finish is dry and mildly bready with a dry hopped pucker. Feel is crisp and light with a refreshing swallow. A nice drinkable ale that is always welcome (586 characters)

Photo of illegal-seed
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive tried a few APA's now and so far this is my favorite. Brewery is also very close so getting this stuff fresh isnt an issue. I do tend to buy S.N pale ale a bit more because of price, but I enjoy the doggie style just a bit more. I normally pour my beers into a glass, but sometimes I just gotta keep this one in the bottle and display that wonderful Ralph Steadman artwork. Keep it GONZO! (392 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A normal pour got me just under a finger of parchment colored head. Body is a nice deep amber, and head leaves a nice frothy ring. Lacing tries but can't quite hold on.

The nose is a bouquet of weak pine, sweet grass and mild citrus.

The taste is where I feel this one falls apart. It comes off to me as a generic grassy/piney hop taste, with a light bitter end.

Beer is light-medium bodied. It washes down quick and easy and is refreshing. No coating or stickiness, dry ending, little bit bitter. (502 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy golden dark amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to a thin film with a medium collar allowing for some good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a straw malt, a floral hop and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a bit of honey.

The taste was a mild malty sweet with a note of caramel from the start and finished mildly bitter with a very light sweetness and had notes of honey and citrus towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration after the swallow with a nice mild bitter citrus ending.

Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body with a semi-dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a very well put together Pale Ale, just the right amount of bitter and sweet making a very enjoyable and drinkable brew... (840 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Foamy, two finger head that retains ok and laces adequately. Color is deep golden to amber and translucent.

S- Somewhat hoppy, but very faint. Hops are not distinct enough to pick out flavors, just slightly on the citrus side.

T- Very watery and not very distinct. Just like the smell, it is very faint and nondescript. Slight hops bitterness is present, but not prominent.

M- Light and carbonated. Easy to drink weight. Kind of watery. Could put these down for hours if there was a taste profile.

Overall, I'm pretty disappointed here. Flying Dog is usually solid, but this pale ale is just average at best. Very watered down and just bland. (684 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at the Bulldog Ale House in Roselle, IL. $5 for a pint glass, but just $2 all day on Thursdays.

The beer poured a crystal clear dark amber color with a 1½ finger off-white head. Head retention was great, lasting several minutes, and there was quite a bit of slippery lacing that slid down the glass with each sip.

Mild pine, mild citrus, and mild malt aroma. Quite pleasant, actually.

This is a mild pine and citrus hop flavored beer. Good pine and grapefruit taste with some lemon in there as well. Crystal malt adds some balance but it never becomes very sweet. Bitterness is there but it's not overpowering - just 35 IBU's. I liked this beer.

Medium body with fairly high carbonation, although when I tried the bottled version the carbonation was only moderate.

Not as bitter as some pale ales, which makes it easy to drink. I found the big hop flavor without the big hop bitterness to be an interesting and welcoming touch. (953 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: amber copper body. three finger high thick rocky head. excellent lacing and retention.

s: citrus hops, bread, touch of pine and caramel.

t: bready up front with a semi sweet body. mainly citrus hops and caramel with a touch of brown sugar.

m: light, maybe a little too thin. good carbonation with a clean finish.

o: pretty good apa. will be buying more of these. just wish it had more of a hop profile with a fuller body. (428 characters)

Photo of beerme626
4.95/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap in a pint glass at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews in Huntington, WV

A: Beautiful. Perfect two-finger head on a red-amber, slightly bubbly beer that just made me want to drink it through my eye sockets.

S: Even better, if that's possible. Fruity notes complemented perfectly by hops, without being overpowering. Enticing.

T: Perfect. For those who want hop flavor to be flavorful, and not hoppy for hops' sake, this is the beer for you. Rich with hops but characterized with some notes of fruity esters. Unbelievable.

M: I have to give this a 4.5 because I can't give a perfect 5 for everything. Tingly, full, with only the slightest bit of stickiness on the end.

O: I had a mouthgasm. This is the best beer by Flying Dog so far, even better than the famous Raging Bitch. So good, I think I'll have to wash these pants. (830 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a nice looking copper color with a thin white head on top. The head leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was malty and hoppy, pretty well balanced I'd say. The taste of the beer had a good sweetness upfront that fades into a dry finish. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty good, plenty of carbonation to it and a drinkable body as well. Overall this brew was nice, I can't really say too much about it in a bad way. It's a good drinkable brew. (495 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Well, not that pale... Pour is hazy orange whlie the off-white creamy head slowly sets into great lacings.

S: Sweet bisquity malt, balanced American hops; both floral and bitter. Obvious, but well in balance with the malt. Citric and piney.

T: Sweet caramell malt together with nice hops; both bitter but also floral; lemon, grapefruit and pineapple. Well balanced.

M: Long, fantastic bitter aftertaste. Body is medium on the fuller side, while carbonation is smooth and modest.

O: This was a very nice beer; obvious American hops, but in great balance with the hops - usually the hops overpowers the malt, but in this beer the balance is great. (652 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bold amber with a touch of redish orange. Good head retention.
S: Hints of floral with a touch of malt.
T: Really a great tasting beer. Hints of malt and hops but nothing overpowering. It's what an easy drinking beer should be. Easy to drink without sacrificing flavor. Hints of apple or so.
M: Sits a little watery and light but lingers with pleasing sweet malt taste.

Overall a really great beer. Easy to drink but it maintains great flavors and sits pretty good. A great showing for the category. (503 characters)

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip. Appearance is an orange-ish brown. Mild carbonation. Thin head reduces to ring around the glass. Smells dank haha. There's a lot of malt sweetness in the nose and resiny hops. Taste is good. Carmel and toffee from the malts. Hops are not very aggressive. Mouthfeel is nice.

Overall this is a good pale ale. I would definitely buy and drink this again. (390 characters)

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