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Blue Dog Pale Ale | Lucky Labrador Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lucky Labrador Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by HiroProtagonist on 01-05-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of josiahschlender
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As always, I love the imperial pints at the Lab. I was disappointed by the zero-head pour, though. Quite surprised to see how dark this "pale" ale came out. Red is right, it's almost cola colored, with amber highlights.

With no bubbles to bring out the aromas, not a whole lot was going on. I noticed some biscuit malts, just a little bit of floral or grassy hops, but not much.

Taste had a little more depth, but also not as much as I anticipated from such a colorful pale. As with other Lab ales I've tried, the malts dominate. They're sweet, biscuity...it really reminds me of an amber. Especially with a low hop profile and little bitterness.

Mouthfeel was refreshing and clean. Great for the warm evening thirst quench. The best part of this beer for me.

Overall, not bad but not very exciting. It's an interesting take on the pale ale. It seems miscategorized to me, more like an amber. Give it a try and see what you think. You're only out $2.95 on "miser Monday."

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Photo of Thrasher
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic beer from Lucky Lab. Growler. It's pretty dark for a pale ale, a deep copper, bordering on amber. The aroma has mysterious hints of yeast and floral hops. The head quickly slinks away and leaves a slender ring of white, with some tiny puffs of lace down the inside of the glass. Malts are large, bready, nutty, with elements of graham cracker, caramel, and honey. Hops initially come on strong but seem to disappear over the course of the pint, leaving just a delicate crispness in the finish. This is a fine session ale, a beer for all seasons.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Why should beers be flat and stale in summer? Four of the last six beers I’ve had at four different brewpubs this week have been flat. What gives?

Such was the case recently with Blue Dog Pale Ale. The imperial pint I was served was fatigued and lifeless, though I could still sense a remnant of its former glory. It is (or was) a sweet, sexy brew of deep cherry-cola color and a fruity, figgy aroma. The taste is sweet and plum-like with a candied edge and a flat bitter resolve.

This is an infrequent rotational beer at Lucky Lab and it is perhaps a good one. In its peak form it would no doubt garner some more inspired accolades from me. But what I saw was a brew with no head or lace that quickly expired as it sat vapidly in my glass. I would liken it to a boxer in the 9th round of a championship bout. It may well be a strong contender, but what I saw of it was a battle weary casualty.

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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village, it was a bright orange-copper color, with a low white head. Blue Dog had a fresh floral hop bouquet, with citrus notes just behind. Mildly sweet pale malts formed the backbone, while a lively zippy hop bitterness, and a great citric zingy finish wrapped up the package. The mouthfeel was phenomenal, smooth and extremely rich... excellent. This crisp but full flavored brew is extremely drinkable... one of the best the Lucky Lab has to offer.

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Blue Dog Pale Ale from Lucky Labrador Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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