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Dogtown Pale Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.76/5
Very Good
346 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
346
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 346 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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 Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Luminescent orange glow to this beer. A thin tan head fades to a thin coating and a bubbly rimming. The nose is floral, spicy and malty (sweet caramel). Big body for a pale. Damn near full. Malt and hops are in existing in perfect harmony. Pale malt base. Spicy, almost noble hop like character from the hops. Decent pale ale. Not great by any means.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stuff is still around? I haven't seen this beer for days. Far inferior to their new line of beers.

Average appearance, a little more copper than gold. Aroma lacking.

Taste, not quite a mess, but lacking any direction, were they trying for an American pale or British? Tastes like neither. Lacking hop quality. Far more to the malty side than any of their pale/ipas they make currently.

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 dertyd
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The after its disembarking from the 12-ounce brown bottle takes up residence in my glass a slightly hazy amber color with a prosperous creamy light tan head and after its disappearance the lace left over forms a thick and clinging sheet to the sides of the glass. Nose is lightly floral and malt sweet, fresh and appealing to the senses, start is somewhat sweet with a pleasant grain profile, the top medium in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its acidity with the hops delightful in their spicy bite, the aftertaste quite dry and a fine representative to the style.

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Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of KarlHungus
2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of pine resin and rotten grapefruit. It is quite unpleasant. The taste is all rotten grapefruit, and very hard to stomach. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is just plane bad. I don't think it is infected, but I have a hard time believing this is the way someone wanted it to taste.

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Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a large white head that had some staying power. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is full of citrus hops. Hints of grapefruit and orange. The malt is barely detectable. The flavor as well is dominated by the hops. It needed a little more influence from the malt to balance better. Bitterness however is still relatively mild. A lighter body with low carbonation lends a nice texture. A nice APA but it could be better balanced. It does give nice hop flavors but still keeping bitterness in check.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light amber color with a smooth full off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is obvious cat piss hops and some bready malt, but this is happily an obvious hop brew. The flavor is just as the aroma advertises, a beautiful grapefruit hop blended carefully with a bready sweetness that hints at malt and cotton candy. It's a touch aqueous but nicely carbonated. Very drinkable, refreshing and a great surprise as a pale ale. I can't believe the ratings aren't higher here on BA. I was so happily surprised by the personality, the hops, for a PA, but maybe most folks don't want that. It is more like a light IPA perhaps, which suits me just fine. Very nice and oh so sessionable!!

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Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 346 ratings
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