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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale

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1,931 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1931
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of Frothboss


2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance has a golden brown with a one finger bubbly head that quickly fizzles away to no remnants. Smells mildly hoppy but nothing to sharp or fancy. The Taste is mild as well with no real lingering hop taste on the back of the tongue or on the taste buds, the hops wash away quickly as you swallow with a flavor of something sweet as it goes down. Mouthfeel is lighly carbonated with nothing very exciting in the way of flavor. Mildly put it is a mild tasting beer. Would recommend this to someone who is getting into craft beer drinking. Mild hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 22:38:30 | More by Frothboss
Photo of Padron4KM


2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack. 200A05 printed on the lower corner of the label. july 31 05 I assume.

Pours out clear amber bordering on caramel in color, with a thick two finger head you could almost float a quarter on. Looks promising.

Aroma is light caramel and grapefruit.

Flavor is sort of bland, a little caramel and some citrus zest.

Not too bad, I'd have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 04:46:00 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of sevineyes


2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle featuring a dog with mechanical wings and a fan on the label.

A: poured with an adequate head that's not particularly dense. Brassy-copper color.

S: Unexpected hop kick at first smell. Really quite cedary with some lemon touches. Mineral touches. All in all, after the first smell becomes rather weak.

T: Sweet. Honey. Caramel. Segues into a not-overpowering bitterness that's very pleasant in the finish. Basically not much flavor. What is there diminishes quick.

M: Medium bodied. Hardly notice the carbonation at all. Coating and full.

Overall: Nice little pale ale but it just doesn't bring it on. The smell fades quick and the taste fleets pretty fast itself. Wish everything was ramped up a bit because there's simply not much there.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 02:02:15 | More by sevineyes
Photo of brewintheLou


2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with little head after a very aggressive pour.

Not much smell other than some biscuit.

Taste has a bit of hop and maybe a slight citrus. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. This is not a terrible beer, but not worth seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 21:48:34 | More by brewintheLou
Photo of CarlP2


2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall mug

A- clear amber/copper color, very little head, head disappeared almost immediately. No lacing at all.

s- strong floral scent, a little pine in there too

t- strong hops flavor, strong bitter aftertaste. There is a faint citrus taste hiding in there too. I think I prefer the taste of an IPA over an APA

m- not a lot of carbonation, dry finish

d- too much bitter aftertaste for me to drink more than one. Not necessarily a bad beer, I just don't think it's my type.

Overall, it's my least favorite Flying Dog so far

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 02:10:50 | More by CarlP2
Photo of Amdahl


2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all, this beer was served a little cold for me. As I poured this beer, I observed 2 things. First, this beer is a little dark for a pale, and second there is not much for head. The aroma did have a lot of the hop profile in it, but was on the weak side of a pale ale. The taste was not enjoyable to me, I had a hard time finishing this one. Hops strained there way to reach my tongue, leaving my taste buds crawling for more hops. Not a beer that I will be having again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 21:25:39 | More by Amdahl
Photo of Budlum


2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This ale pours with modest amounts of white head that lasts a little over one minute. The body is a lightly hazed, amber loaded with orange colors.

The beer presents a lightly-hopped nose with a balancing malt presence. Slightly citrusy when cold with touches of lemon.

Naturally, this ale starts moderately hoppy with only a faint malt sweetness. The finish is loaded with hop spice and unforunately, a slightly metallic flavor. Sharp, bitter flavors rise as it warms.

Mouthfeel is just barely carbonated, spicy and a little slick.

Drinkability is slightly below average due to the metallic and overly bitter flavors. Nothing to see here. Move along to much better examples.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 01:03:26 | More by Budlum
Photo of nickfl


2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Large, rocky white head and an amber body with good clarity.

S - Grainy caramel and some grassy hops.

T - Very grainy, slightly burnt flavor. A bit of caramel, maby a hint of hops... a little sour.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - I must say I am not that pleased with this beer. The flavor is quite unplesant... but at least it looks good.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 04:45:51 | More by nickfl
Photo of joeskirkie

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good amber body, small biege head, not long lasting. It's a good look.

Aroma is faint. It's hoppy: some leafy, some citrusy, nothing really strong from either.

Taste is piney, not strong. Theres an ok bitterness and carbonation in the aftertaste. I could session with this real easy. Another good "bring to a BBQ" beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 04:19:55 | More by joeskirkie
Photo of zdk9


2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I enjoyed the flavors of this PA, lots of grapefruity and piney hops. But for some reason the entire beer was foamy all hell. Every sip I took turned into foam in my mouth and destroyed the entire experience. I don't know what sort of carbination problems could have caused this but I would like to retry this beer sometime so I can fully enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 00:48:45 | More by zdk9
Photo of jjanega08


2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= pours a dark amber brown orange color with a small thin head and low retention and lacing is minimal
S= some grapefruit hops in it and whiffs of sweet maltyness not a whole lot.
T= not too impressive I must say. Sort of watery hops more bitter than sweet or grapefruity but not really even that bitter just plain as hell..
M= low carbonation and average weight.
D= not that good. This is the first flying dog that let me down. Just not interesting. Boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 00:11:24 | More by jjanega08
Photo of mnrider


2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. good and fresh.

A: Pours a caramelized amber with a two finger off white fluffy head. Medium carbonation. Head lasts the long run and so does the lacing.

S: Good blend of hops and malts, although the latter stands out more to me.

T/M: Kinda light on everything. Hops and malts are present but kind of mix together. I don't know if it was just me but i got a kind of watery taste also. The bitterness helps out and this brew does go down smooth and easy.

D: Looks great but lacks on the taste. I haven't had that many APA's in a while but i seem to remember them being better than this. The average beer (Bud, Coors) drinker would like this i think. I'd have another, but i am hesitant to pick up a six pack.


Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 23:57:34 | More by mnrider
Photo of PorterLambic


2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich, clear amber color with a light tan head. Decent retention, light lacing.
Smell is malt, hops with a citrus note.
Taste is hops then light malt and that is it.
Medium body and effervescence. All hops in the aftertaste. Slightly watery as well. It's ok, I guess, but just ok.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 03:23:44 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of beagle75


2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Airy toast is diluted by the thick carbon dioxide presence. Hops are weakly piney, not really able to register.

T: Begins dry, with moderate pale malt that definitely brings more toast than in the smell, as well as some caramel. Carbonic acidity is fairly aggressive toward the middle, largely blocking any hop aromatics that might otherwise develop. There is a thread of medium roast that injects some interest back into the flavor during the middle while esters are also detected. The finish is mildly grainy and herbaceous, with faint bitterness that does not linger.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Basically a forgettable contribution to the style, this pale ale apologizes at every opportunity with the hope that no one will find it unappealing--and cuts corners in the process. Hops could be described as ghost-like here, if only there were some actually haunting this beer. The most surprising thing about this beer is that it is allowed on the menu at Beachwood BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 17:49:28 | More by beagle75
Photo of BeerBob


2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flying Dog “Classic” Pale Ale pours dusky amber with a light foam head from a 12oz brown glass bottle.

Nose is a monotone floral hops and palate has the same bitter hops monotaste with little if any malt.

Flying Dog “Classic” Pale Ale is a well bittered Ale, off on a wing of its own with more tails to spin... and biting off a chunk of the Ale sky for its self in the process.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2002 19:07:25 | More by BeerBob
Photo of freed


2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure why I bought this, with the stupid labels, and the proximity of the brewer (a LLC) to Golden, CO. My worries didn't come to fruition however, as the beer wasn't as bad as I thought.

There isn't anything unique about this beer, but it looks and tastes like a standard pale. It didn't have any strong hop flavor or aroma, but some might still consider this a pale. It had a pretty typcial malt flavor, and if I'm not coming across very well, it just doesn't stand out. This beer would be a good summer beer for drinking while playing croquet or throwing lawn darts. Really though, the label really looks like an advertisement you'd find in a sporting periodical.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 16:07:28 | More by freed
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber in colour with hints of gold. This particular bottle was WAY over-carbonated. It took over 20 minutes to get all of it into a glass! Nice cascade hop aroma with a bit of malty sweetness drifting in afterwards. Flavors were of bland watered down malts, with little of the hop presence that was apparent from the smell. A real let down.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 20:53:57 | More by fisherman34
Photo of rednrag


2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very unbalanced APA, in my opinion. Sorty malty, sorta hoppy, sorta not enough of either one to impress. Moutfeel is very watery and thin. Do not really care for this, it's not even as good as the artificially colored Fosters Ale.Much better pale ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 03:48:30 | More by rednrag
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a local tavern called Cloverleaf in New Jersey as part of a beer appreciation program. I probably wouldn't have even ordered a Flying Dog otherwise. I have had a lot of their beers, and none are memorable. It is dissipointing, as I like their effort... and their labels are impressive by Ralph Streadman (illustrator for Hunter S. Thompson).

I poured properly into a smaller glass with almost no head. There was just a cute, little ring. I tried to find an aroma, but there was almost nothing there. Just a little floral smell. I thought that I might be a little stuffed up, but my friend confirmed that there was little smell to the beer.

This is a very mellow pale. The taste is wholly unremarkable, and I was hoping for more from it. There was no bitterness to it. I would say that it was very drinkable.

I recommend this as a good "lawnmowing" beer. All credit to my friend the Beer Samurai coining the term "lawnmowing" beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 01:16:52 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of gpogo


2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light amber dark copper with a small off white head that dissipated almost immediately.

A- Floral and resinous piney hop aroma.

T- Bitter hoppy flavor up front. Flavor drops off with a dry bitter finish. Fairly light in flavor.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

D- Not the best pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 02:08:54 | More by gpogo
Photo of BMMillsy


2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a bit hazy with decent sized white head. Smell is bland with slight pine hops, not much citrus, and some pale malts. Taste seems off. Not much sweet or bitter, a little funky and dusty, wondering if this was an old bottle. Kind of strange. Light dry mouthfeel, a little watered down, with low to medium carbonation. Mediocre at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:29:12 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of marc77


2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper hue, topped by a vanilla white, fluffy well retained head. Loose lace remains. Soft, citrusy hops w/ soapy tinge, along with mild biscuit and light caramel malt in aroma. Trace pearish fruity esters. Bland wash of non descript caramel malt sweetness at first in flavor, ensued by token biscuit and bready base malt notes. Subdued floral hop flavor runs parallel with generic caramel malt. Mild hop bitterness emerges mid palate, offsetting residual sweetness, lending a balanced but uninspired overall character. Lightly bodied and approaching watery. Finishes dry and nearly bland, with hints of worty graininess briefly lingering. Although clean, Doggie Style is a prosaic and insipid pale ale. The apparent excessive filtration has stripped it of character. Decent drinkablity.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 17:44:27 | More by marc77
Photo of Boto


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Ct River Brewers Festival.

This beer was a golden, almost yellow color. There was a fair amount of a white head to it. The aroma and taste were both somewhat thin. There was some hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but not enough to really make it a Pale Ale. Definitely a dog.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2003 00:41:52 | More by Boto
Photo of gskitt

New York

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rosy amber with thick head, lots of lacing, takes some time for this to recede. Smells of malts and raisin bread, maybe some caramel. Tastes very musty, even earthy. Has some characteristics of being in an oak barrel. A little smoky. Has a bit of a flat mouthfeel, bitter at the end. Drinkable? Go ahead, but this dog don't fly. (For me)

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 23:55:45 | More by gskitt
Photo of brewmudgeon


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

3 A coppery amber, good head at first, minimal lacing
4 S cascade grapefruit, bread dough, slightly metallic
2.5 T not nearly so bold as the smell, dry and bitter, taste (w/o allowing aroma to influence) is mainly just moderate bitterness, oddly similar to a thinner anchor steam if focusing just on taste
2.5 M watery, too thin, seltzer levels of carb
3 D not even close to an ideal APA, but could be decent summertime beer. should try comparing this head to head with acme.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 15:26:40 | More by brewmudgeon
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