Dogtown Pale Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Dogtown Pale AleDogtown Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 08-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 343
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is the old version of the pale ale. The newer one is muchc better. Pours copper, 1/2" white head. Aroma was all c hops, not the huge dry hop varied blast you get in the 2.0 version.

Taste had a lot more grain feel and two row going on before, because it was lighter hopped and all that. Toasty, woody malt tones that aren't heavy. This was a beer dangerously close to being an English pale ale back in the day.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Final beer of the night, on tap, at the Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph.

Pours light amber, some white foam. Pine nose, there, but not, lighter in intensity. A hop bitter throughout, nothing unusual to report. Strong, alternatively sweet and bitter.

For whatever reason I am frequently underwhelmed by Laguntitas offerings This i no exception. Eh.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice pale orange color.

S - Smell of hops - citrus / piney, some malt and yeast notes.

T - Hop taste isn't as strong as I like. Aftertaste is a bit woody/piney and bitter.

M - Feels a little thick for style but carbonation is better than some PAs.

O - Not my favorite from Lagunitas. Hop stoopid or the IPA would be selected over this pale ale.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a rich light copper color in appearance. Has a very nice slightly off-white self retaining head. Very fluffy and soft. Decent amount of light penetration.

S- A nice balance of caramel malts and spicy hops. The scent even seems to have a bit of a citrusy tone to it from the hops, Somewhat reminiscent to black pepper. It blends well with an added sweet and malty backbone.

T- Rich and malty at first before settling into a spicy and bitter hop finish. Has a nice butteryness from the malts. The hops are more flavorful rather than overly bitter. While there is a nice bitterness at the end the hops impart a fruity spiciness/pepperiness to the finish.

M- Has a medium to light mouth feel to it. medium carbonation. Leaves a bold richness coating you're tongue.

O- This is a very delicious pale ale. The thing that impressed me the most about this beer was how well it retained it's head down to the very ends. Besides the nice appearance the other thing that impressed me was the fact the they were able to but such an impressive balance between the hop and malt profiles while keeping each unique in it's own way. The buteryness from the malts really blended well with the spicy taste imparted from the hops making this pale ale not only delicious but interesting as well. Although I usually find pale ales in general to be milder in style compared to the rest this one is actually flavorful and intense enough were I wouldn't buy it ever to really session. Rather I would definitely choose to drink this pale ale with a nice dinner or as a sipper with some h'orderves. Truly a pale ale worth trying.

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Photo of joecalderoni
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a véry traditional copper color, little carbonation.

S: strong hop aroma a very subtle caramel flavor, dry hopped characteristics

T: a very strong hop flavor almost pushing towars an ipa! Little malt flavor!

M: medium body

O: a very hoppy pale ale, very refreshing but a bit to much for a pale ale!

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Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flanny's in Tempe, AZ.

A: Golden copper with good head and lace.

S: Huge citrusy hops. Dry, piney, American hop deliciousness.

T: Same as the nose. Very hoppy for a Pale Ale. The hops are very oily and bitter, in a good way. A Pale for hop heads.

M: I keep thinking I'm biting into a grapefruit. Dry hops are fantastic. Not overpowering.

O: Solid Pale. Wish it were more balanced. Could be an IPA in a blind taste test. Great hop profile, though. Fruity, dry, West Coast hops.

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Photo of SpaldingSmails
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Excellent clear amber color, descent head, although retention was fairly lacking. A bit aggressive with alcohol and hops - expected from Lagunitas. Certain bite from the hops hits strong, but fades quickly. Fairly pleasant finish. Although the hop flavor is a bit more potent for this style, it is still fairly balanced. Mouthfeel excellent. Luckily I'm a hophead. Typical for this excellent brewery.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty average as far as looks goes. The body is a copper colored with tons of little carbonation bubbles. The head and lace are both nice with good retention. The lace is spread out but the head is frothy

Smell: It has a very hoppy aroma. Fruity melon and citrus esters.

Taste:I thought the taste was a little bitterer than a pale should be. The flavor is good it just got me a little off guard. A lot of grapefruit and floral tones.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy

Overall: As in most of their selections you have to be a hop head to really enjoy.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and a small citrus. In the taste, dry gingerbread like malt, a small citrus and a hint of pine. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread like malt and pine hop in the aftertaste. Kind of English for a pale, but decent.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss is a budding craft beer guy, so I gave him a can of Daisy Cutter with the directions: this is quite probably my favorite beer that I can buy anytime-- let me know what you think.
I got a message a few hours later that he loved it. He was saddened that he couldn't run out and buy it (as we live 40 miles SW of Chicago), but he went to a local Binnys and asked what they had that was "most similar" to Daisy Cutter... He was lead to a 6 pack of this beer... And he brought one in for me the next day to try it.

This is quite a bit more bitter, abrasive, and prickly than I remember. This beer has a dry malt note up front-- like water crackers, with a piney, earthy, and lightly citrusy hop bill.
The flavor follows that nose and delivers an intense bitter punch on the finish. Dry malt, grassy and earthy hops notes in the middle, with lemony grapefruit hops at the finish. The lingering bitterness is filled with notes of pine.

This looks almost like a BMC lager.

The body is nice-- prickly and tongue-scrubbing feel with enough heft to the body to work, but not too much to be overdone. The carbonation level is a tad high, but in a way it adds to that prickly/fizzy sensation.

Overall-- not bad. I LOVE pale ales... so I look forward to drinking all of them that I can... This is not bad, but I'd like a little more balance and a bit more of a focused hop approach. I would rather just buy Lagunitas IPA instead of this one. Of course, I must add that this is nowhere near Daisy Cutter.

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Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the east coast it's difficult to get the less extreme versions of west coast breweries. It's much easier to get the double ipa's, barleywines, stout's and specialty beers. It's nice to get a chance to try one of the more standard beers and this one wasn't bad.

Appearance is a nice looking pale/copper. Good amount of carbonation and a head that sticks around for a while.

Aroma is of citrus hops combined with some light malt. Very good. Just like a pale ale should be.

Flavor was a great combination of hops and malt. Very west coast and very good.

Overall, a great beer that I hope to see again soon.

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Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a moderate off-white head. Nice lacing.

Crisp, fresh citrus hops with orange and a touch of malt.

Sweet malt and balanced citrus hop character. Good flavour with a bitter, hoppy balance.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

A really good, hoppy and bitter pale ale. It is nearly an IPA and works really well for me.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger pillowy off-white head with excellent retention to a bumpy cap. Decanted lazily. Laced in small wavy patches.

S: Lemon, citrus and pine. A hint of crackery malt.

T: Big citrus punch up front. Lemongrass and pine. A bit resiny in the middle but clears nicely in the transition to the finish that's bitter and slightly grassy. Crackery malt character comes through as the beer warms a little.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little resiny and dry but still smooth drinking.

O: Sessionable pale ale if looking for one with ample hop character and moderate ABV.

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

Enjoyed this beer on cask at Higgins in Portland Oregon.

Poured a hazy pale straw gold with a small white head.

Aroma of floral hops, citrus and pine.

Taste of grapefruit, pine, hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel was light body, crisp with a nice bitterness.

Overall a nice pale ale, nothing exceptional.

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Photo of jkrich
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. undated bottle: poured a slightly hazy, deep golden to light amber in color with quickly receding white-head.

Now this one packs a lot of aroma: pungent, tropical fruit aromas explode from the bottle and the pint glass.

The aroma is a nice harbinger of the flavor: a solid blast of bittersweet hop flavor that is almost abrasive. The refreshing flavor is very cleansing on the palate. The bitters linger and then subside to a soft malty aftertaste.

This medium bodied ale has an appropriate level of spritzy carbonation. As mentioned earlier, the mouthfeel is clean and coats the palate with sharp, bitter fruit and sweet malt.

This is an above average American style pale that fits the style well. At 6.1 ABV, this ale can be dangerously drinkable. Perfect for a hot and muggy July day.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Ballantyne's in Willoughby in a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow color, almost like straw, with a 1/4" whie head.

Has a floral, fruity smell with mild hops. The fruitiness is not quite grapefruitm but not as sweet as apricot or orange.

Starts spicy and peppery, with a nice bite at the tongue. The up-front bitterness turns sweeter, with a grapefruit taste that reveals a mild malt, as the beer finishes, before turning somewhat dry.

Medium bodied, with a dry clean finish.

As always, Lagunitas dies a nice job, outting together a tasty APA that is working as a great starter beer for the evening for me! Definitely try this if you can find it.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I remember drinking tons of this stuff back in the late nineties when I resided not all that far from the brewery. Poured a nice golden color with a little white head. Aromas of light hops, malt and apricots. On the palate, this one is light bodied and carbonated, with flavors of hops and sweet malt.

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

Hazy golden-copper color. Tremendous lacing throughout the session.

Uh oh, has that Simcoe cat piss smell that west coast pales/IPAs are known for and made popular by Stone..

Taste is a relief from the smell. Quit bitter, excellent hop presense with a nice crispy malt backbone with some burnt undertones.

Great mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on. Fairly thick for a pale. Excellent.

To me, this is the little brother to the Lagunitas IPA. But rather, the little brother who is a bad ass and get's all the girls. I'd honestly reach for this over the IPA. The IPA isn't quite hoppy enough. This is hoppier than the IPA!

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Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper clear brew, an offwhite rather small head leaving little lacing.

The smell is citric, lemon and orange, some hay in the background.

Tasting upfront of brown bread, the lemon and grape-fruit marmalade, a tart bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, rather refreshing and a smooth dryness.

A clean solid APA.

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Photo of mattalive
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall i was expecting a bolder tasting beer a little more hoppy and bitter than i was expecting. I was hoping for a home run with this one but got a ground rule double. Appearance after poring it from a bottle into my tall beer glass was more gold than amber with a slightly bitter smeel mixed with some sweeter spices, not bad. The taste was where i shrugged my shoulders, not bad but not lasting either(could be a good thing).After throwing a couple back drinkability was good at best. I wouldn't go out of my way for this pale ale. Lagunitas can do better.

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Photo of Elimination
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One overlooked beer in my opinion.

A very nice looking bright yellow/orange, very clear but upon further inspection I notice very very tiny bits in suspension

Smell is slight lemon, pine, a bit of honey, very citrus forward.

Taste is a pretty bright citrus, a little bit of pine tea, some grassy notes with a earthy yeast background I notice from a lot of lagunitas brews (wyeast 1968 right?) Hides the 6.1 abv quite well, feels like a lot less

Light mouthfeel, has a good amount of sharp carb, a bit of sting, smooth drinking.

A very classic pale ale, that has a semi similar hop and grain profile to snpa, yet the yeast choice makes it a different beast. A nice alternative to some other cheaper pale ales, and a good into craft beer.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is really nice ale for drinkers who like a little more 'spunk' with their beer.

This beer is in the middle between an ale and an IPA when it comes to bountiful flavors and hops.

Pours a brown/orange color. Smell is hoppy and a little citrusy.

Taste is hop and malty, mixed with that citrus undertone. Sometimes a bit sharp, but overall a nice smooth ale.

Easier to drink than a high ABV IPA and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color when poured was a golden yellow with an orange hue. The aroma of piney hops was all that I could smell. It was almost like smelling a mild version of an IPA. The taste was more bitter than I exspected from a Pale Ale. It had an IPA flavor, aromoa and taste. Although after awhile I could taste a hint of sweet citrus, but to much hops for this PA.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden orange that tops with a quickly evaporating lily pad worth of bubbly carbonation. The beer is faintly cloudied.

Smell: sweet malts takeover my nostrils while some healthy sour hops take a backseat. Hints of sugar and pineapple.

Taste: Starts bitter finishes sweet. Malts overpower the hops. This beer isn't as well balanced or as powerful as the Lagunitas IPA. It Leaves a pale aftertaste. More bright in character than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and punchy. Doesn't dissolve on the tongue.

Drinkability: It taste decent. It finishes well and it's refreshing. I wouldn't turn one down but if making a purchase I'd go for the only slightly stronger alcohol content Lagunitas IPA.

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt and citrus hop scent. It's light with a good deal of hop character. The taste is decent. It has a crisp, pale malt flavor; light and easy drinking. The hops are present and contribute a mild bitterness and excellent citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid APA. It's my least favorite Lagunitas beer, but it would satisfy most inexperienced beer drinkers.

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