Dogtown Pale Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
344
Reviews:
137
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
10.99%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of KarlHungus
2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
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 mjryan
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clean, light amber with a big head and nice lacing. Smells like grapefruits and pineapples with some caramel malt as well. Taste is very hoppy with a good, caramel sweetness for balance. Bitterness is there but not aggressive. The carbonation level was on the low end of medium and the body was slighty oily. Overall a really good APA that could be considered an IPA do to its strength and hoppy character. Rocemmended.

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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 Applesauce1
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Westover Market in Arlington, VA.

Appearance: copper with a nice 3/4" off-white head

Smell: hoppy and piney
Taste: hoppy, some biscuit flavor
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: could do two in a night...hops are a little strong..so three may be a little too much

Overall, a very good beer...im becoming very reliant on west coast beers.

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Photo of Offa
2.39/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an ok, very standard, boring West Coast pale ale, but better than some.

It's light copper with a red-brown hint, smallish off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin top and some decent lace.

The aroma is standard, boring grapefruit and crackers with just some hints of bread and caramel to be a little more interesting.

The taste is similar, mostly just boring grapefruit pulp and crackers with the barest hints of caramel, bread, and juice. It's somewhat bland, very simple, utterly uninteresting, and has too much grapefruit-pulp bitterness.

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Photo of drunkmonk
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber, nice thick eggshell head and light lacing. Light powdery citric hop aromas with caramel malt undertones. Nice pine and citrus hops smack the tongue upfront. Not expecting this from subdued aromas. Malts come thru in the middle. Some pineapple tropical fruit flavors left behind. Really nice easy drinking American pale ale that packs enough flavor to consider. Good stuff.

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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 CWiggins
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woof, woof! Lagunitas is fairly new to the Triangle region of North Carolina, having shown up here within the past two months. A local distributor provided a six-pack for my co-worker and I for trial purposes. I must say, I'm glad he did. Pale ales are not a style I seek out, and I may well have missed this fine brew.

It pours a light amber with bright yellow highlights, with a short-lived, eggshell-white head. The smell is tilted towards the hop side, but a bit of malt and sweet citrus is certainly noticeable. Citrus and tropical fruit attack the taste buds on the first gulp. Malts are mild in the center, and then the bitter, bitter hops dominates the finish. It's a very dry pale ale, literally making me smack my chops after swallowing. Big in flavor, low in presence.

This is quite a powerful pale ale, and the fruit flavors are a nice touch. Worth trying.

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Photo of Ben4881
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dogtown Pale Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Appearance:
The Dogtown Pale Ale is a transparent golden yellow color with hints of orange when held up to the light. A modest white head forms and quickly recedes to a small layer of bubbles with a few snowflake patterns. A healthy amount of lacing remains after the head fades. However, as the level lowers, the lacing becomes spotty.

Smell:
The fragrance is balanced between malt and hops. The floral hop aroma is definitely the stronger fragrance. A slight sweet malt scent is also detectable. The smell is not particularly strong.

Taste:
Floral, organic hop flavor hits the palette up front. Then the flavor turns bitter in a hurry. The bitterness does not cease and leaves little room for any malt flavor. Dryness and bitterness make the finish and stick around for the aftertaste. Dogtown has a single note flavor with limited complexity and balance.

Mouthfeel:
Fairly light body with notable, but not overwhelming, carbonation. Similar to a weak handshake, it's tough to realize it's there.

Drinkability:
The light body makes this beer an easy drink. However, the lack of balance and complexity present in the taste means I will only be having one.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: A bright, clear, gold-bodied beer with a nice one-and-a-half finger head that fades quickly, leaving axial rings of lacing. Carbonation is light and bubbly. A little too pale.

Aroma: Biscuity malt and some light, herbal hoppiness, but little else. I like my pale ales a little more pungent than this.

Taste: A very grainy, light malt profile - definitely the dominant flavor in this one. Most of the hop notes are grassy and earthy, although there's a definite tart hop kick present, particularly in the finish. Very little bitterness in this one - it's a sweet pale ale, almost more of an ESB.

Mouthfeel: Medium bubble profile and a little thin bodied. The carbonation itself is big and foamy. A refreshing-feeling beer.

Drinkability: Decent. The sweetness is odd, but not cloying. It's sort of one-dimensional, but that dimension is perfectly drinkable.

A very average pale ale. I don't regret trying it, but I likely won't be buying it again. Am I the only one who thinks it's more ESB-like?

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose:
Resinous and citric hops. Toasty, nutty malt. Smells like an IPA, smells good.

Look:
Gold hue, good clarity, good head with moderate retention.

Flavor:
Attack starts with light toasty malt and light hops. A crisp and soft sweetness develops. Hop flavor deepens to the full citric pine character. The carbonation hits harder than the flavor. Hop bitterness grows on the midpalate.

The Verdict:
A hoppy Pale Ale with flavors that never grew to their full potential or settled on a harmonious balance. Not one of my favorites, but it is tasty. I'd surely get it on tap at a restaurant if I saw it.

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

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Nice deep golden amber, half finger of head with nice lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Strong hop smell on nose. Smells like what I expect out of pale ale.

T & M: Smooth at first but the hops hit the tongue and are definitely noted on the after-taste. Nice mouthful, beer really stays with you after sip. I'm not blown away by this brew but there is nothing objectionable either.

D: I could drink a few of those, not my favorite pale ale but a very solid brew. As far as Lagunitas goes I do prefer their IPA to the pale ale.

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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 Onslow
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had for Birthday at Flying Saucer in Houston ... A very smooth pale ... wonderfully balanced ... golden honey tan coloured beverage ... man, very drinkable ... a nice sweeter pale... thanks Kristen.. this capped off the evening quite well, a decent american pale ale...

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Photo of ibrewaletx
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber color that poured with a small head, maybe 1.5 fingers. It didn't last too long but laced good. It smelled NW hops distinctly from the first whif. This seemed to have more of a sweet taste than I would expect, not malty sweet - just slightly sweet in the after taste.
Overall for me was slightly below average as this sweetness didn't go too well for me.

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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 boston2bburg
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear golden amber color with a large, pillowy, off-white head that leaves fine stripes of lacing down the glass and sticks around the whole time.

The smell is the showcase for this one it would seem. Relentless citrusy, floral hops greet you at the pop of the cap. The pour releases them further; this beer by smell alone would pass for a DIPA.

Taste lets up a little bit but not much. Still plenty of cascade hops, some grapefruit, trace apricot. The epitomy of a west coast pale ale.

Not much separates this one from an IPA, except maybe a little more body and alcohol. Mouthfeel is overwhelmingly sharp and bitter, makes you pucker at the end, but if you were looking for balance, you picked up the wrong six-pack.

Drinkable enough for a hop head. I definitely wouldn't mind having this on hand all summer.

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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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Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Attractive purple label with dog and beer blurbs.

A: Clear orange-yellow with quickly dissipating one-finger head but rings of lace appear with progress through the glass.

S: Citrus and floral hops aromas mix deliciously with a nice mixture of sweet and pale malts.

T: A really nice, balanced APA with exceptional mix of sweet malt and citrus hops flavors. A little dextriny or it would rate higher.

M: A little sticky but very easy to drink because of great level of carbonation. I think this aspect of presentation is critical with APAs, and it adds to why I think most APAs are better from the bottle -- they are often overfizzed when served on-tap.

D: Yet another excellent Lagunitas brew with great balance and exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of JDV
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber color. nice white head. Balanced hop, malt smell, with a small clove scent reminiscent of a hefeweizen which really threw me for a loop. Taste was fairly nice and simple with a decent hop presence, sweetness, and above average carbonation. A good pale but not as good as I hoped.

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Photo of kdoc8
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired at the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. Pours out a golden color with a thin white head, and not much lacing. The smell isn't that strong or distinct - maybe a bit of fruity hops but that's it. The taste is a bit bland, some taste of yeast and aromatic hops, and it doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. I'd drink it again, but it wasn't that exciting.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this one because I have heard good things about the brand. The color poured had a nice copper look to it. The smell of this beer is just as it should be no big surprises just a hop scent to it. The taste at first is smooth then those hops hit you so expect them. This is one for those who like hoppy beers.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear gold, forming a thick 1 inch head, leaving light rings of lace on the glass. Nice floral hop aroma. The taste is sweet citrusy hop flavor. Light mouthfeel. Overall, a very smooth, non-complex, clean pale ale. Very sessionable. The flavor is straitforward, and easy to enjoy. Recommended.

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Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 344 ratings.
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