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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 08-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 343
Photo of dedrinker
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-amber color with an off-white head that clings to the glass. This has a pleasantly clear glow to it. I understand this is their new re-vamped recipe for this pale ale, the former version being one I did not care for. This has a lovely perfumed nose of grapefruit and tangerine oil, some weird flowers one smells when wandering the bay area at night. The flavor is...mango, hoppy mango, and it's pretty good. Clean malt presence is in the backseat to the assertive hops. A juicy fruit gum middle leads to a hoppy finish. This is what I have been waiting for - a pale ale that is really an IPA, because some West Coast IPA's these days are really more like Imperial IPAs, because Imperial IPA's are...just so damn popular right now. As soon as Vinnie Cilurzo brews a kolsch that tastes like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, then we'll now we've lost our minds. Seriously though, this is a great beer, even if it should be called an IPA.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= a nice orange color with a respectable head on it and decent lacing
S= grapefruit hops up front but if you do your searchin you can find some chocxolaty malt deep in the nose
T= grapefruit and lemons. Very citrusy and delicious
M= average all around
D= high

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

Appearance: Poured with a foamy off white head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving a nice lacing down my glass. The beer is clear with a yellow-orange gold color.

Smell: Citrus hops, light sweet fruity character, sweet caramel malt, hint of pine, refreshing grassy smell.

Taste: Nice piney and grassy hops, sweet citrus, honey, and somewhat resembles iced tea (unsweetened)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice bitter tingle on the tongue, good amount of carbonation, slightly syrupy/sticky, and a nice refreshing feel at the end.

Overall: Great drinkiability, nice subtle flavors, great hop character, nicely balanced by a fruity/honey sweetness, pretty refreshing.

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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 tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, gold in color

Smell: citrus hops and light malt

Taste: citrus hops--orange and lemon, light toasted malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet start, slightly bitter middle--getting more bitter to the end, super clean.

Drinkability: Nicely blended APA that is very citrusy. I can tell it takes a lot of talent to get a brew to be this clean. Could session this one.

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

Clear orange-copper with a decently-sized, bubbly white head.

Smells appropriately hoppy, but perhaps a touch vegetal along with the brighter citric fruits.

The palate shows clean malt, with a touch of caramel, and proper bitterness at the fore coupled with a quick burst of carbonation. Malt and hops both linger into the medium finish before a mildly bitter mouthfeel closes things out.

As far as APAs go, this is a quality, serviceable entry, light enough to refresh but flavorful enough to satisfy.

As a style, I've been ignoring APAs recently, in favor of bolder and more flavorful offerings. I now feel somewhat bad about this, and I'll be making an effort to return to my roots, so to speak, and indulge in a nice, easy, refreshing, drinkable, flavorful APA when it's called for.

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

Decent ale with decent head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is alright, but not great. Smell is malty, mainly caramel malts, with a faint hop backround. There is almost a biscuity smell.

Taste is decent. In between english and american pale ale styles. Malty backbone balanced with a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent as well. This beer is easy to drink. It would make for a decent session beer.

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Photo of beerceller99
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear pale amber with a two finger head. Has a grainy ,yeasty smell with a hint of flowery hops. Medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Has a good , malty sweet grain flavor with a nicely bitter hop finish.
A classic Pacific NW Pale Ale.

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

Appearance: Gold, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Hits first with a blast of pine, then more citrusy.

Taste: Nice dry citrus, pithy grapefruit. Feels a little light on body but that's fine for an APA.

Drinkability: Nice quaffable pale ale, good for a nice hop kick without being too strong.

This is a pretty good pale ale, on the bitter side and not too heavy so could be sessionable. Seems like it would be a good summer beer.

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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 barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a copperish yellow color withgood carbonation and a nice white head

S: Floral hops, some sweetness

T: Floral hops with a sweetness to it. Perhaps I tasted some caramel or toasted malt, grains

M: Sordove sweet and crisp but thin on the mouthfeel but thats not bad leaving it easy to drink

D: Pretty easy to drink

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Photo of chickenflea
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap - hazy golden-orange body with a medium white head. Retention is limited to some spotty lacing.

S - Not a lot going extra going on here. Average smell for a pale ale. Gentle caramel malt with some citrusy hops.

M - The body is light to medium and enhanced by a very fine and natural carbonation. It's quite creamy and smooth across the palate - almost velvety!

T - The rich caramel-laced malt returns in the flavor, laced with spicy and floral hops and backed by a firm bitterness that balances the sweetness and dries the bold withering finish. The end of this beer is very different from the beginning. Interesting for a beer that starts out so soft. Aftertaste is like liquid dandelions.

D - Quite drinkable. I would drink this over and over again.

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

Lagunitas- Dogtown Pale Ale

A- Bright clear orange with a small heavy lacing head.
S- Sweet caramel/ butterscotch malt with strong citrus hops.
T- Sweet pine and citrus hops with good sweet creamy caramel malt.
M- Thick malt with a good crisp slight bitter hop body and finish.

Overall- good solid crisp Pale Ale. Sessionable and a good 6er to pick up.

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

Not a bad beer. Pours a nice light copper color with a light 1 inch head that stuck around for a couple minutes.

Fairly dry, citrusy and very hoppy but balanced out with a nice bready, crackery malt.

Very drinkable. I will drink this one again for sure.

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

I had this one on tap at Risqué BBQ in Chicago. Served in a standard pint, the beer is copper with a chill haze and an off-white head.

Nice nose of pine, caramel and grains.

Well hopped, its bitter and refreshing. The beer has both citrus and pine notes. Could pass for an IPA for many brewers. Nice malt backbone adds balance and a trace of sweetness.

The mouth is pleasantly oily and coating. Great session beer and a good example of the new style APA.

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

Appearance: Hazy orange-tinted amber color, head fades too quickly.

Aroma: Malty & sweet, with citrus hops lurking around the edge.

Flavor: Strong bitterness and sweet malt vie for dominance. Fruity, with spicy citrus hop flavor. Finish is dry and yeasty.

Body: Medium body.

Good, though fairly typical and archetypal, American pale ale.

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

Bottle. Poured a rich golden yellow with a nice foamy head and good lacing. Big nose of citrus hops and malts. Mouthfeel rich and goes down easy with a nice bitter finish. Good flavors that are simple and straight-forward. I would call this a far better than average APA.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a medium amber with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers off white and leaves good lace.

The smell is good piney with a twist of line and juniper.

The taste follows quite interesting, and refreshing shot of piney hops and a good malt back bone.

The mouthfeel is ok close to medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, I'm glad I tried it. Prosit, MK

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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 EPICAC
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a fluffy, one-inch, off-white head that thins to a film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Hops dominate the aroma, predominantly grapefruit/citrus. There are some malty caramel notes.

Taste: Toasty malts, high citric tartness, with a nice grassy and citric hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, some hop oiliness.

Drinkability: Definitely tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, almost pumpkin ornage in color. Thin bubbly off-white head. Average retention but good lacing.

S - Strong torpical hop aroma. Pineapple, a little mango, and a little grapefruit. Fait sweetness back up the hoppiness.

T - Light pale malt sweetness up front quickly overcome by a fruity citrus blast. More of the citrus fruit flavor comes through than there was in the nose. Lots of grapefruit, a little lemon, and still some hints of pineapple. There is an earthy component in the finish that isnt that great.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather dry. A good APA, but not a great one. Defeinitely a good session beer.

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Photo of Mark
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At the urging of the venerable Johnny P. I have been trying many different beers lately. I had this with pizza. Pale amber with a beautiful lasting white head that didn't lace the glass as much as I thought it might. Smell was average, mouthfeel a bit on the thin side. Had a nice hop bitterness but the taste thinned out a bit as the glass was emptied. A nice drinkable standard pale but not as good as I had hoped.

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

The first thing I noticed was a very healthy off white head, that lasted about ¾ of the time it took to drink the beer. The beer color was a pale copper that reminded me the beer is a pale ale. I did not notice an overwhelming aroma upon sniffing the completely poured beer. But the aroma was certainly pleasant and I found it quite agreeable. On to the taste. IMHO this a mild pale ale. It had a nice balance on the lighter side of Pale ales that I have drunk. I drank one or two by themselves and the flavor did not diminish, the flavor remained consistent. I also drank one with the dinner I had prepared to see how the beer went with food. Here I’ll have to say the beers lightness left it a bit short. Again not unpleasant, but not enough body to stand up to the food. Overall a pleasant beer I will buy again, particularly when consuming alone.

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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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Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 343 ratings.
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