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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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2,028 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,028
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 29
Gots: 88 | 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 Manosbeeroffate


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this new to Maine? I've heard of Flying Dog but not seen it around. Pours a very pretty golden orange color, smell is of pine and citrus. Taste, a nice citrus bitterness and malt but it's a bit weak for my taste buds (too many Bigfoots I guess) A bit thin mouthfeel. Overall it's good, for me this would be a nice summer quencher rather than a regular pale ale, buy I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 22:31:55 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of zeff80


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber hue with a 1 finger head. Highly carbonated. It left lacing as I drank it down.

S - Hops!!! Wow, it really is an overpowering hop aroma. There is a fainy grassy smell to it, as well.

T - It is very hoppy (not as strong as it smelled). It also has a good malt flavor.

M - It is light bodied and very crisp.

D - It is drinkable, but the hop flavors may overpower anything that you try to eat with it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 00:53:45 | More by zeff80
Photo of Wheelinb


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color. Got a strong hop smell along with pine and citrus. I found this to be very crisp and refreshing. While not overly complex, the flavor is solid and works well with food. Nicely carbonated and easy to drink. This is a good beer to keep on hand while you are grilling.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 23:16:11 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of John

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

All in all an average pale ale. A reserved sort of session type brew. The labels might be cool but I haven't really been impressed by Flying Dog's beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2002 14:39:32 | More by John
Photo of bump8628


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper with an inch or so of nice stickage from bone-colored head.

Light floral and citric hops (definitely Cascades) backed by a nice helping toasted malt and some medium caramel. Just a dollop of fruitiness from the yeast finishes things off.

A solid pale. Definitely East Coast in nature with the balanced profile. I'd certainly drink again, but it would be pretty far down my list of priorities.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 15:10:21 | More by bump8628
Photo of boudreaux


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear amber/orange beer; head pours a white, creamy, 1 finger thickness that remains, dissipating slowly; leaves a thick, creamy lacing that sticks to the glass

S: sharp, astringent aroma up front; bitter hops, with hints of fresh-cut grass, citrusy lemon notes, and biting, sour grapefruit flavors; bouquet closer to IPA than APA in my opinion

T: flavor is strong and full, a bit off-putting to me; the astringent dry-hopped notes hit strong up front; they are followed with a more mellow, lemon/grapefruit aftertaste, with something reminding me of whole-grain wheat bread; not yeasty by any means; pleasant surprises unfold in the flavors as the beer warms, introducing a nice, subtle malt undercurrent, balancing the brew much better than first thought

M: medium-light body; smooth, almost but not quite weak and watery; less carbonation than I would like, but not flat; good drinkability

O: not my favorite APA, seems more like an IPA to me; almost offensively astringent at first, but a very well-balanced and desirable brew as the brew warms and the maltiness comes through; give me 2, maybe 3 at most, but I'd drink it again

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 21:32:56 | More by boudreaux
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

A: Pours a bit cloudy orange to amber color forming a big light beige head that dissipates quickly leaving many lacings in the glass

S: Slightly sweet upfront. Notes of pale malts, caramel malts, crystal malts and flowery hops. Hops are American style, of course with notes of pine. Fruity, with notes of orange and grapefruit. US-05 yeasts profile

T: Follows the nose: Slightly sweet upfront, sweet pale malts, crystal malts, caramel malts followed by citric and grassy hops notes. In overall, a dry taste giving relevance to the hops bitterness

M: Light body and good carbonation. Quite malty with strong notes of grassy hops in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Refreshing with a strong American Pale Ale character

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 20:33:21 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of tonistruth


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- orange tinted straw w/ a three finger, tight, frothy white head, great retent, fluffy lace

S- crisp, citrus, bready

T- tea, buttery, citrus, sourdough twang at finish, refreshing, leafy, balanced

M- light bodied, smooth, dry finish, but not dry after.

D- simple balanced pale, english like, enjoyable and sessionable, worth a try but i wouldnt keep this in my fridge

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 19:10:56 | More by tonistruth
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 06:51:28 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer produced a medium deep gold color and builds a finger thick creamy beige head. Retention is medium, leaving little lacing.
The smell is faint. Some malt and caramel.
The taste up front is a very refreshing malty dominance, sweetness of caramel underlaying it. In the middle some nice flowery hops balance the beer nicely and in the end a dry bittersweet finish finalizes this very drinkable beer.
This makes a good everyday beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 02:10:38 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of blaje

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On opening, this beer burted out of the bottle. I lost 1/5th of the bottle. I hope it is not infected...

This beer is clear copper, light orange, with a tremendous head (4cm thick) white coloured but disappeared quickly.

Nose is pungent, primarily orange zest and some malt sweetness.
Mouth: carbonation is high, as expected from the burst. This brew is crisp and refreshing. A little sour, but I'm having trouble identifying the origin of the sourness. Bitterness is well present for a pale ale witch is a plus. Hops are citrusy and little piny. Aftertaste is pleasant. Solid malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:10:03 | More by blaje
Photo of RickS95


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours inch thick white, fluffy head. Appears unfiltered and copper in color.

Very hoppy in the nose. Other scents were present but I couldn't tell what because they were masked by the intense hoppiness...very earthy.

Surprisingly smooth in the mouth (for a pale ale); I expected more bite from 35 IBU.

Lots of lacing.

The finish is very subdued, with the alcohol balancing out the bitter hoppy finish.

This was my first experience with Flying Dog. Love the name and their logo, and while the beer was "good," it just wasn't great.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 14:29:32 | More by RickS95
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark amber, with good carbonation. the head is 2 fingers, light tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is main stream IPA. Piney, grapefruit.

The taste follows the nose, Grassy pine and big grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and good carbonation, very refreshing.

The drinkability is good, a better then average example of the style. MK

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 05:44:56 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of johnrobe


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm beginning to notice a trend in all Flying Dog brews. They're like that real pretty girl of the most respected, upstanding sorority from your college. They look good, they smell good, but ultimately they don't deliver. This brew pours a medium orange-red amber with a rocky cream colored head. The aroma makes your mouth water....loads of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine. In other words...Cascade! The taste is pretty good too...and dominated by all that lovely hops, but it could use a bit more malt for balance. This malt deficiency is also detrimental to the mouthfeel...just a tad too watery. Given the relatively low ABV, this would make a good session pale ale. I've been pretty critical, and this is not a bad brew, but with the sheer number of different PA's in America alone in mind, and how some of them set the bar, this one just comes up a little short, considering the playing field.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 23:09:41 | More by johnrobe
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bottle, light amber wheat color, great head, 2 finger creamy that stuck around the whole time. Smell earthy and hoppy, slight oils and citrus. Taste was some malt and mild grassy hops up front, going to an oily citrusy hop finish. Good beer, good session pale ale, somehow watery though.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 03:36:24 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of EnJeiBee


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Transparent light amber color with an off-white 1 finger head and light lacing

S - Lightly bready malts and faint floral hop aroma

T - Much stronger than the faint aroma coming off of the brew. Caramel malts come through combined with a citrusy hop profile that finishes very cleanly

M - Light to medium in body, with average carbonation. It finishes extremely cleanly and leaves a slight bitterness in the mouth

O - It's definitely an easy drinker, like most pale ales. Definitely a good everyday drinker that I would come back to again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 02:44:17 | More by EnJeiBee
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A dark amber body with a white head. Very poor retention but held an ok lacing. The smell was fairly hoppy, typical of an APA. The taste was that of a good APA. Initial taste is very malty with subtle hops. But a lot of the hops come through in the aftertaste which made drinking the beer very nice and soothing. The mouthfeel was pretty full-bodied. Very drinkable beer. Balance of hop and malts makes it nice and soothing to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 04:37:51 | More by maddogruss
Photo of etenbus


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember several years ago when I first discovered Flying Dog's Doggie Style Pale Ale. The Denver-based brewery somehow got a distributor to ship its beer to Tallahassee. I was first intrigued by the Ralph Steadman artwork on the label and the verbage on the label that was inspired by the later gonzo-journalist Hunter S.Thompson. Steadman was the artist for most of Thompson's early books, including the classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. As far as I have seen, they have kept the Steadman hand for label art, which, by itself, is uniquely irrerevent enough for purchase. It became one of my refrigerator faves circa 1998-2001.

I also remember that when I popped the cap on those late 1990s Pale Ales, the hop aroma was so earthy and sticky and citrusy that we used to swear that the brewers weren't really using hops, but that more famous cousin of the hop plant.

This 2006 edition in western Missouri seems to have lost some of its inviting hop boquet; either that or my olfactory senses have been spoiled by heavier hop hitters like Goose Island IPA. (I also feel the same about the original hoppy west coast Pale Ale--Sierra Nevada). Don't get me wrong, the hops are there in the nose; they just don't bring the massive air assault they used to.

The beer pours an orange-copper colour, a little dark for a pale ale, but I'm not a stickler on color. The head was pillowy and left some lacing on the glass. The appearance most certainly beckons the discerning beer advocate.

One notices a soft and rounded mouthfeel on the sip. There is some sweetish malt up front but the hop bitterness executes a coup d'etat and is in control the rest of the way. A lingering dryness hits the back of the tongue and reminds you that this Flying Dog staple is about the hops, even if their aroma is not as illegal as it used to be. The carbonation is perfect for a drinkable ale. It goes down easily.

I have had this on tap at the Woody Creek Tavern in Woody Creek, Colorado--the tavern that was Dr. Thompson's lair until his suicide in 2005. It was perhaps fresher on tap and in Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 04:15:55 | More by etenbus
Photo of mralphabet


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pour into a pint glass

A: Dark copper color with about a fingers worth of head. Not bad retention and lacing.

S: Wow Hops.... very floral with a hint of spiciness, just a little malt here... There is also some citrus note here.

T: Hops all up in your face... I'm also getting citrus, maybe grapefruit... There is also a little spiciness here, little to no malt at all... There is a little bitter aftertaste.

M: Little more than light bodied but very crisp, good carbonated, with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Very hoppy yet crisp... Not a session beer for me, but it goes down pretty easy.

Not a bad beer.... not up my alley but a very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 04:54:45 | More by mralphabet
Photo of TheBrewo


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark reddish honey color, with a beige one and a half finger head that lingers for a bit, leaving significant lacing. The beer is clear, but not entirely translucent. There is standard carbonation visible throughout. The aroma is hoppy, with suggestions of citrus. There is light malt, which smells faintly of straw, and some peppery spice, to balance it out. The taste begins with significant malty, grainy character. This, throughout the middle, washes with bitter, grassy hops, acting to balance the brew. The conclusion of the sip is both dry and hop filled. This leads to the aftertaste which, while mild, breathes as the balancing act of the flavors, with a sweet tinge. The mouth is left on the dryer side, without any notable coating. The carbonation is noticeable, and the body remains solidly medium. With relatively mild flavors, a respectable feel, and a standard abv, this beer goes down smoothly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its elegant appearance, its nicely balanced flavor, and its great name! The hops begin strong, but by the end of the glass tend to become less apparent, leaving you with a borderline mild brew for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 00:54:21 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of animal69


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear med. red-copper colour w/ a thin off white head which dissolves into pools of large bubbles leaving a decent coating of lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, piney/floral hops and warm bread mostly, not much else stands out ; taste follows suit in being a bit light, but still good, a decent hop bite well balanced w/ a deeper roasted malt flavor, crisp finish with a hint of soapiness ; a light bodied beer made fuller by the good level of co2, sticks around just long enough to get all the flavor out ; quite a drinkable brew, too bad there's only 2 in the sampler pack...

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 22:51:35 | More by animal69
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:11:47 | More by superspak
Photo of micromaniac129


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My son wanted to see his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, play so we seen them down in Baltimore. Flying dog had a stand right out side our seating entrance with thier doggie style pale on tap. A rather difficult beer for me to obtain so I bought one.
It had an amber color with a thick but smallish head.
The taste was fresh and it drank smooth but it was also boring and bland.
It wasn't the best environment for reviewing but I figured I wasn't getting a rare pliny or something and if something stood out I would remember. Nothing stood out.
I got to give M and L park a thumbs down for beer selection.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2013 02:01:07 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without doubt this is one fine looking beer. And it holds up well in other areas as well. The gorgeous copper/bronze body is nearly clear, but is slightly hazed. The head came up two fingers and lasted fairly well providing some very fine lacing.

The aroma is nice, but light and is largely of malt with some fine hopping coming in under. The taste? Solid, a bit under hopped and just good enough to impress. The feel is very solid, medium full, and clean. Good drinkability on this nice offering.

Oh yeah, really like this dog.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 23:34:06 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of danielocean03


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber with little head that diminished to whitish lacing within a minute. Smells sweetly of caramel and musty hops, taste starts sweeter then the hops take hold and finished slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is light on the tongue and moderately carbonated. Light in taste and body, good session beer, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 01:51:15 | More by danielocean03
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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