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Dogtown Pale Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.76/5
Very Good
347 Ratings
Dogtown Pale AleDogtown Pale Ale
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:
347
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Ratings: 347 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of WCBCFrank
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas pale ale pours amber gold in a pint glass, nice aroma of citrus and some pine.... Real tasty hopped up pale ale. Reminds me of a recent bottle of Sierra Nevada torpedo only a little bit less malt. Mighty fine addition to your fridge selection. Liked it so much, brewing up a clone batch for myself!

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Photo of IrieJackalope
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic goblet. I've had my fair share of Lagunitas IPA, but never take the time to sit down with the standard Pale Ale. It's a golden clear liquid, a small white head with minimal lacing. The aroma, however, is fantastic. Call me crazy, but I'm getting hints of blueberry and citrus up the wahzoo. I can't get enough of this smell. The taste is slight disappointing, but not terribly. Hops are definitely presents, as is a fair amount of malt. I'm loving this beer, probably because of the smell, maybe just because its so damn drinkable, or maybe because I tend to give a whole bunch of A's here on BA. Either way, this is a winner in my book.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance> Dark blonde. Clear, lively, no head.

Smell> Sweet. Wet hops. Delicious.

Taste>Excellent. Bitter start, full mouth of hops, acidic then mellowing into a sweet honey and resiny smooth hang. Really smooth.

Mouf> Easy refreshing.

Drinkability> Nice. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of spencerw
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 caskstrength
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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 zoso493
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a nice, bright golden color that is really hazy for a regular pale ale. Has a smallish, foamy head that doesn't stick around too long or leave a lot of lacing.

Smell: This has a very pleasant smell of floral and citrusy hops. There's not a whole lot else in the nose, but the hops are very refreshing.

Taste: This is a really smooth and nice pale ale. The hops are more than adequately pronounced but it also still retains a nice, buttery malt backbone. Very nice and balanced PA that stays true to its hoppy roots.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and medium-bodied but retains a bit of a soapy aftertaste that is a little off-putting. Not a huge deal, but not something very desirable for me.

Drinkability: Drinkability is pretty high in this beer. It's nice and light, but hoppy and balanced at the same time. The low ABV also makes this is a seriously nice session beer.

Overall, I found this to be a very good beer and was surprised to see that it was only scoring a B on BA. This is a very drinkable beer that still retains a very good amount of flavor. I would definitely recommend this as a nice session beer and as a very nice example of an APA.

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Photo of tdevo
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light, large bubble head that dissipated almost immediately after pouring into the glass with no lacing. Clear, light amber in color.

Smell: Faint, herbal hoppy aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel: Light bitter mouthfeel with a short finish and soft carbonation

Drinkability: I was really disappointed in this beer as I've been looking to find some of Laguniata's products for quite some time and was expecting something special.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keep in mind this score is ranked only in the Pale Ale category. Grapefruity. Hoppy as heck. Small pale malt in the background with lemon and honey. Extremely drinkable and this the Pale Ale I compare all other American Pale Ales against. Fantastic- a non-craft drinker buddy of mine said it was fantastic and tasted like skittles. One of the best session craft beers that exists and my definition of a "lawnmower beer."

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Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden-orange color with nice lacing (bartender pour did not allot any head).
Smells sweet & fruity, with a mild pine-hoppiness. Apple & orange dominate the fruit notes.
Fruity in flavor as well...tangerine, apple, honey. Deliciously mild, eliciting a dry yeast finish and snappy hop kick.
Goes down smooth and easy; a different take on the pale ale while being true to form. Would definitely order one of these again.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here is a brand new one from Lagunitas. First time I have ever found this beer and I had to snatch it up. Here is my review:

A: Pours a golden honey color. Head dissipates rather quickly with almost no lacing.

S/T: The aroma is very fruity and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Taste is excellent for an American Pale Ale. Lots of hops, without the bitterness. Citrus, pine, and grapefruit with a slight sweetness from the malts. Easily one of the best tasting American Pale Ales I have had yet.

M/D: Light bodied with a decent carbonation level. Finish is slightly dry. Drinkability is up there. Extremely refreshing and very drinkable. Very sessionable.

Lagunitas does it again. After being disappointed by A Little Sumpin Sumpin, I think this beer more than makes up for that overrated beer. Could be my go to APA. Well worth checking out and leagues above most in the category.

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Photo of Shango42
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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 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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Photo of Nickls
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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 natasharai
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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 drunkboxer1
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a weak golden hue into a standard pint glass. Leaves far less head than I had hoped. There is a good amount of white lacing on the glass though. Smells citrusey, like grapefruit. Tastes the same way with a bit of caramel supporting the dominate hop flavors. It is bitter, like a lot of APAs, but its not overpoweringly so. A fairly balanced beer and a good take on a broad style. It has a very similar (although smaller) flavor profile to their Hop Stoopid IPA.

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Photo of Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 jdense
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge in La Grande.

Golden Orange body under small white head, but with nice lacing. Floral aroma of hops in the nose with some malty sweetness. A very nice balance of hops, bread, and enough sweetness to make this a rather drinkable brew. Not much in the way of mouthfeel, but quite tasty and drinkable. Frankly, I prefer this to their primary IPA as I think this has more of a hop presence and better balance.

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Photo of atpben
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I gotta say I love the beers from Lagunitas and this one is no exception. Pours a nice dark amber color. Aroma is full of pine, light grapefruit, fruity and some caramel. Fruity in the taste with light citrus and sweet in the middle but ends up nicely with the perfect amount of bitterness when it ends. Very drinakble and a good default pale ale to go to. Another good beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of michaelgrant1983
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to give this brand a shot yesterday and I'm pleased with my choice.
A: Nice light copper color with a good head on the beer as well.
S: Flowery, more so in my opinion than an IPA.
T: Stronger hops than most APA's that I've had in the past, but very good. The finish is not overpowering at all. Great flavor and smooth on the end.
D: Easy session beer or just to relax with on a nice warm day. Very refreshing.
Over all I really like this brew and definitely recommend it to anyone to give it a shot.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 jujubeast6000
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/1/2007 (12oz bottle):

Pours a big off-yellow head, quickly diminishing. Clearish brown yellow body, average. Sweet aroma, but unlike typical maltiness. More of a sweet candy sugar aroma. Inhaling & swirling brings out some dry hop aroma. Malty, somewhat tempered by the hops taste. Hoppy sweet, but not too dry aftertaste.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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 djeucalyptus
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, slight malt, nice notes of citrus/pines, nice bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice American Pale Ale, way to go Lagunitas.

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Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 347 ratings
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