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:
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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 caskstrength
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm going to use this review to vent a little on Lagunitas.

I like the brewery. Hoppy, juicy, higher ABV in general. But they're a bit of a one trick pony.

Put Hop Stoopid, sumpin sumpin, Sumpin' Extra, Undercover Shutdown Ale, Brown Shugga, Imperial Red, Hairy Eyeball, (and others) in a blind tasting against each other and good luck picking them out. You'll likely end up with two categories:

1) hoppy with not much malt
2) hoppy with much malt

Not much else to distinguish their offerings to my palate.

This beer is a bit lighter than typical for Lagunitas. But not worth seeking out if you've had their other similarly flavored offerings.

I wish they'd focus their offerings a bit more, but whatever. I'll still keep drinking.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale amber with a sizeable head that leaves huge tracks of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Mild aroma, faint malt and faint pine and grasy hops.

T - Pine hops and some hay with faint light maltiness. Aftertaste is slight grassiness and malt.

M - A bit harsh from caarbonation, medium bodied, pretty refereshing.

D - Good. It is a typical pale ale. Not too much stands out exepct that it is a bit better than most in teh net effect. I will live near Lagunitas next year, so I will likely paartake in their beers often - from what I have had so far, I look forward to it.

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

The berr poured with only a lsight head. As the style suggests, it was pale copper in color and very little lace formed around the glass. The hops lended a bittersweet taste to the flavor. There were also subtle tones of malt and something else I could not quite place. The carbonation was just perfect enough to add to bring the flavors out more. This would make a great session beer.

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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 GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/29/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden pour with a meduim sharp white head and webbed lacing inside for a short time.

Smell- Not a smeller to me. A small amount of hops and malt detected.

Taste- Nothing spectacular. Pretty nicely balanced, but none of the malt or hop flavors really made me think, wow, I want a few more of these. Mild fruity hops and typical flavored malt.

Mouthfeel- About your average carbonation for a PA

Drinkability- See taste....overall, I guess this would be an OK session beer. I've had many better PA's though.

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

Pours a sparkling golden amber with a small creamy off white head and lots of bubbles.
Smells of grainy malt, mild tropical fruit and citrusy hops.
The flavor followed the aroma pretty closely with a taoasty malt taste and a bit of caramel coming out. Finishes dry and crisp with a lingering bitterness.
Light to medium bodied with a thin mouthfeel and stinging carbonation.
This might be a good sessionable beer on a hot day, but the carbonation sure made it filling.

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Photo of philbertk
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Dog Town Pale Ale--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.20% ABV--35 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Mild lace head. Clear bright thin dark gold color. Mild hop fruit bisquit front. Cloying subtle mild dry sweet caramel fruit hint mild bisquit body. Crisp clean refreshing mild balanced hop spice end. Sampled 6/26/2007.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber orange color with a thick and rocky head, good lace. Pronounced citrus hop notes in the aroma as well as toasted malt. Taste begins with caramel malt flavor that segues into a sweet berry-like fruit flavor, finally fading to a mild citrus hop. Mouthfeel is quite nice, though a pity its not a bit more creamy. This style is not a particular favorite, but I liked this beer very much. Its definately worth a try.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice ,attractive bright copperhued ale, with a large creamy,light tan head. Aroma is pleasant enough but quite subdued, hints of spicy hoppiness in the background. This is a quite balanced APA especially for the est coast. Has a substantial malty body with hops dashing in at the end. Good mouthfeel ,just about correct for the style. Nice easy to drink pale ale, would buy again if in the mood for something tasty and simple.

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Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of piney hops with some sweet malt

T - The bitter hops are the main flavor the malt doesn't come through very much

M - This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation

D - This beer is pretty easy to drink the taste isn't bad I just would have like the malt to balance it out a little more its still worth a try

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Photo of jwff
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a burning orange with yellow borders, looks good enough. Not much in the way of head but enough carbonation dresses it up nicely. Smell is mild hops and apple sweetness. I think there is some brown sugar in there too. Taste is right around there with the smell, and very balanced. The hops stay from start to finish and the appley flavor sticks around throughout as well. I was trying to think of what this beer reminded me of and it's really like Salvator Doppelbock's younger brother, but with a little bit more hops. There is a pleasant cinnamon grittiness that sits on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is a little more watery than I'd like, but I guess I shouldn't expect all beers to be high abv sludge beasts. Drinkability is good, but the beer is a little too sweet to warrant anything higher than a 4. I'd get this again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with decent clarity and some bubbles in the start. Head dissipates and leaves no lacing.

All citric hops, which isn't a bad thing. Hard to find the malt.

Grapefruit, some toasted malt, a little biscuit. Little fruit, and long in the finish. Decent, but not very interesting. Without the hops, this would be lacking.

Medium body, some prickly carbonation. OK

Overall, pretty decent, but lacks depth and complexity to make it a great one. Very one sided. I liked it, but just ok.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, large white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, hoppy and slightly sweet. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are fruity and slightly sweet. Smooth and hoppy full flavor, full smooth mouthfeel. Nice floral hoppyness. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: With an upright semi-vigorous pour foaming white head isn't so big lacks the two finger ideal measurement but the lacing as it dwindles leaves behind a nice evenly dispersed ring over a golden amber hazed tone, nice looking pale ale. Aroma: Piney with honey bread tones at the edges the malt backbone is there in effect bringing a nice balance to each sniff. Taste: Fruity, bready edge from the bottle conditioned yeast sediment poured into my glass overall the piney hops ride a smooth refreshing wave of flavor down the ol' gullet, not too bad. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with a good mix of hops and malt creating a nice smooth ride no shock and awe here. Drinkability: Decent west coast pale ale but for pure drinkability hand me a SNPA before this one eh?

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

pours a clear marigold hue with a buttercream colored two finger bubbly and porous head that quickly fades to a half finger that just won't leave. eventually it dissipates leaving some sticky lacing.

aroma is citrus hops with a bit of citrus hopping. And a touch more citrus hops just to shake things up. There may be a hint of pale malt in there, and probably a bit of pine hopping, but on the whole, smells like a white grapefruit.

taste is grapefruit up front, giving way to a bit of orange, a bit of pine, and some biscuit malt is hidden in there as well. citrus dominates the bitter hopping, entirely void of any floral notes. The caramel and biscuit malting comes through lightly, enough to prevent it from being a complete hop bomb. a clean bitter pine finish is pleasant.

moutfeel is great, with ample carbonation and a smooth feel. A bit on the thick and syrupy side for an APA, but the carbonation and bitterness makes it work. Not overly sweet or sticky... a decent brew.

All in all, deliciously grapefruity. Seems almost too hoppy for the style, and the aroma is so overtly grapefruit that it's hard to figure out what's really going on. If you like hops of the citrus variety, this brew's for you. If you like a solid balanced pale, this ain't it. For what it is, it's great... for the style, it's okay. Know what you're getting into and it's delicious.

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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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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 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 Shango42
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type-bottle poured into pint glass.

A-Amber with a decent head of off white

S-Citrusy grapefruit and pomegranate, piney and hoppy, brown sugar.

T-Hops on the front, citrusy and piney (all in the nose). Sharp all the way through. Some caramel and brown sugar but the sweetness is burried by the hops. This isn't bad, just not one of Lagunitas better efforts. A little too one dimensional with not enough balance.

M-Warm and sharp on the tongue.

D-A decent Pale Ale that I could have a couple of, but nothing special.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: uhhh... No head and a little clear for me eyeballs taste, a bit tooo filtered. light amber color.

smell: light resiny hops and decent malt backbone. looking promising.

taste: ok i've had this before and it tasted much hoppier. This has gotta be a six month old sample. If you get this fresh, it's pretty much a hop bomb. That said, as it is now it's still pretty good. The malts have taken to the forefront and luckly they have some girth. Overall very bland though. Trying to find something here and coming up short. This beer is more like a bitter, than a pale ale...imo.

mouthfeel: pretty light. it is a very low alcohol beer.

It's hard to find good or bad things to say about this beer. If you find a really fresh sample(say...any shitkicker bar in Downtown Petaluma....there's a few), you will find yourself a nice little hoppy session beer. With even a bit of age the hops are gone and it's pretty much a half way decent bland marzen like ale.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pretty good Pale Ale here. Pour is dark slightly hazy gold with a medium white head. Retention was better than average. Smell is hoppy, citrus, pine and little bit of spice. Taste is more of the same with additional layers of malt and dryness. Not spectacular but refreshing none-the-less. I would like to keep this in the rotation as a change of pace, but it won't replace any of the usuals.

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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 Nickls
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a nice frothy looking pure white head with pretty decent retention. Lacing was lacking just a tad, no biggie to me though

S - Citrusy hop aromas; light sweet maltiness...pretty much all that I picked up. Bit candy-like in the sweetness

T - Hops shine through, and are very citrus-like. Decent malt back, but not too heavy which is pretty nice

M - Thinner to medium with good carbonation presence, but verged on a little watery toward the end

D- Good, no off-flavors, and was a solid take on the style.

Overall, not a bad APA, but I wouldn't rush to but it again.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright clear amber orange. Head dwindles to a coating and then hangs around like a film for the entire pint.

Spicy hops and a balanced malt presence.

Big NW taste, as far as APA's go. Fruity hop presence, with the slightest bitter pinecone flavor. Earthy and floral. A real nice Pale Ale.

Drinkability is there, for sure. Real nice and smooth.

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