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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

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2,128 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,128
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 30
Gots: 136 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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


2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

I am not a pale ale guy and since I am not I was a little giving on my ratings. I have not been impressed with Flying Dog. I hardly can get why they differentiate themselves from crappy beer. Maybe the standard is different in Maryland but I would doubt it since I know there's a lot of good beer drinkers on the east coast.
Anyways, I highly suggest staying away from most of their stuff. In heat wheat isn't bad and I've been told the raging bitch is good, so I will check that out and not buy anything else from them.
ive only had one or two american pale ales that id really ever drink again, compared to germany and austria american pale ales just seem watery and tasteless.

03-13-2011 00:58:16 | More by claytong
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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

01-13-2013 16:56:08 | More by circus_cat
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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

06-18-2012 03:26:05 | More by Brewfocker
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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

11-27-2012 16:26:57 | More by mwar
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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

05-03-2012 05:57:57 | More by FriedGold2112
Photo of TheSarge


2.35/5  rDev -35.4%

This pale ale has frragrances of sweet malt aromas with a tip of hops. Floral and fruity. Dark amber in color and produces moderate amount of head, and turns into fine lacing. This sample may had possibly suffered a little oxidation. Overall, this feels very watery and almost too flat. Not too bad, but I've had a lot better.

01-27-2007 16:31:41 | More by TheSarge
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.38/5  rDev -34.6%

This one was slightly redder than one would expect a pale ale to be and had a significant head.

It smelled of banana and vinegar - not a great start!

This tasted more like a hefeweizen than a pale ale. Hopefully I was unlucky and got an old bottle (the bottle says 235A05 whatever that means), but the flavour here seemed to be dominated by yeast rather than malt or hops. The hops became apparent after a while, but yeast was the overwhelming player.

05-23-2005 05:09:11 | More by charlatan
Photo of Brew33


2.42/5  rDev -33.5%

Wow.... I'd love to find something nice to say about this but I just can't. It's watery and lacks any real body, flavor or aroma. It has an odd aftertaste similar to the Golden Ale. I can't put my finger on it but it isn't good. I noticed the same "funk" with Molson beers. Yikes, avoid at all cost.

04-28-2009 14:38:45 | More by Brew33
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2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

11-05-2012 06:50:30 | More by jmcrofts
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

09-13-2013 06:15:17 | More by dgfool
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

12-28-2012 15:31:28 | More by Danflurry
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

01-10-2012 17:21:25 | More by bonbini26
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

03-20-2013 23:11:40 | More by BGsWo22
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

06-16-2014 22:39:47 | More by Lwkerr
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

04-25-2012 21:47:15 | More by ATXRyan
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

06-20-2012 16:16:14 | More by carteravebrew
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

12-26-2011 21:53:37 | More by enginero
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

12-21-2011 10:59:01 | More by Thullin187
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

10-16-2013 15:51:44 | More by ToddThompson
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

08-03-2014 23:08:17 | More by chuntlee
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

02-19-2014 11:07:23 | More by aklude
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

11-15-2011 07:06:43 | More by Agold
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Wow, this was disappointing.

A: Light orange-brown body with small cap on the pour, which disappeared quickly, and therefore could leave no such thing as lacing.

S: Light citrus with underwhelming hop presence.

T: Slightly hoppy with some nutty malt, but overwhelmingly grainy with a slight citrus. The skunk of this beer was shocking. Not that it was overwhelmingly macro-esque, but for a Flying Dog product, it was too much.

M: Mediocre at best.

D: This was the first on-tap beer in a long time that I have not finished. I was shocked, appalled, and most relevantly, disgusted.
I want to blame the bar, but they're normally good with their taps. I'll give it a second chance when possible, but for now, this stands.

08-31-2009 01:42:45 | More by dudecandle
Photo of stcules


2.53/5  rDev -30.5%

Cherry color. Light foam. Good perlage.
In the smell american hop, grapefruit, and, overall, piney resin.
At the first sip, it tends to slip away. You can expect some more, considering the intensity of the smell.
Malt, light caramel, a light body, and a strong hoppiness in the aftertaste.
A light balsamic note. Piney resin. A little unbalanced. It is like to walk in a pine wood.
The monotone smell tends to make it a little boring.

04-09-2007 09:39:10 | More by stcules
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2.55/5  rDev -29.9%

Appearance is pretty good actually. The head is nice, but the lacing doesn't stick. Brown in color.

Smell is hoppy and slightly fruity.

Taste is a little watery and a little skunky.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery, but I guess even water can be good.

Drinkability isn't so great.

04-12-2006 05:33:43 | More by Erdinger2003
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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