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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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newish tap @ Frasca Pizza in Chicago (only decent one).

Looked and smelled like a hoppy American Pale, nice pineapple hint in the aroma, but not overtly present.

Taste is fresh hops, pineapple/grapefruit combo, not overwhelming. Warm malt/grain comes through in the finish, and is perfectly welcome. Seems balanced, and not dull for the style.

I had two pints, a testament to the high drinkability of this ale...

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Photo of stephendr
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of clear copper , with a frothy off white head - nose is faint , hopps , pepper – taste of chocolate malt , vanilla , woody notes , and - body creamy silky , and lightly carbonated – aftertaste of chocolate malt , and slight hopps – I did not get much of a nose I am wondering if this was a old bottle??

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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 BeerSox
2.97/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear light amber color with a thin off white head that quickly fizzes to a razor thin cap. The lacing almost doesn't exist.

Toasty malts with a little bit of light cream. Piney hops are in the foreground. The aroma is relatively light for an American Pale Ale.

Sweet cracker like malts with a somewhat tame hop bitterness. A little bit of diacetyl can be tasted in the middle. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish has less hop bitterness and more grain than others in this style.

Somewhat of a boring American Pale Ale. It actually seems closer to an English India Pale Ale, or even an English Pale Ale. There are better APAs out there, such as Sierra Nevada.

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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
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. True gold in color, faintly hazy. Large ivory colored head. Scent was honey, lemon-orange hops, with a subtle, bread-like malt. In taste, malt dominates in a biscuity/cracker like flavor. There are enough hops to provide balance, and these are of the pine/grass variety. There is a flicker of sulfur which popped up in the middle when I was down to about 1/4 of a glass, but it wasn't much of a flaw. Hops are probably most noticeable in the finish, where they team up with some pepper. Mouthfeel is light, with medium carbonation. Very refreshing and easy to drink, I will have more.

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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 FuzzyGuy84
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber color - orange with a hint of red. Mildly cloudy, but a consistant look throughout. Medium white head. A little dark for a Pale Ale, certainly unique.

S - Strong citrus and malt smell, with a little bit of hoppiness.

T - Very sweet and citrusy, with a lot of malt on the tongue. In no way bad but not what I usually think of when I drink a Pale Ale.

M - Thin despite cloudy apperance. Light carbonation on the back of the tongue, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Not great.

D - This is a competant beer that is just not for me. Somewhat drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than 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 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 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 RedwoodGeorge
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly little carbonation - a vigorous finish to the pour only resulted in a one finger head that died off immediately. No crown or lacing at all. The beer itself is a clear golden color that looks terribly inviting.

Smell is pleasantly fruity with a hint of new mown grass. Rather restrained but in style for a Pale Ale.

Taste is a bit on the weak side - a pleasant enough malt base with mild hints of toasted grain, honey and tangerine but no real hops to add a finish to the drink

Good enough mouthfeel especially considering the lack of carbonation. Light bodied, no cloying aftertastes, just a wee bit of hop flavor but no real bitterness, a nice finish to each sip

Overall quite drinkable when watching a game, to go with a buger or in the backyard on a summer day... No real hop presence (they must have saved it all for the IPA) but for a light, flavorful PA it's quite nice.

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

Pours a bright, clear light amber with a medium head that disappears quickly. Nose is light, clean hops with a touch of malt.

Taste is mostly floral hops but not overwhelming, balaned by a medium toasty malt base. Good biscuity flavors, seems to switch back and forth between hop and malt. Nice buttery flavors and a dry spiciness also come through. Slight honey flavor without the accompanying sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium, a very smooth and well-balanced pale ale. Above average for the style. I could definitely session this.

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

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy pale golden amber with a white and low head which worked well to lace the glass.

The aroma was caramel maltiness with a spicy hop aroma which also contained a nice citrus aspect.

The flavor was nicely done with a malt presence which contained a caramel malt component that was balanced with a slightly citrus and earthy to almost woodsy hop bittering and flavor. The bittering was low and in the background and well done to craft this beer.

The finish was dry with a lasting low citrus and earthy hop flavor coupled with a caramel impression into the afteraste. The body was medium and well done. A nice pale ale that doesn't push the enveloped yet created an interesting and highly drinkable concoction. If this were available more readily it would be the go to beer when I desired a more malty pale ale.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another new offering from Lagunitas to be found up here in Cowtown, and as far as I know exclusive to Kensington Wine Market.

Came in a hefty-priced six pack, blue label, Dogtown is in hard to see small lettering above the Pale Ale. Pours out of its 12 oz. brown bottle a slightly chill-hazed light copper hue, a small dash of off-white head that fades quickly to a ring. The nose is gorgeous, an inviting medly of grapefruit rind and citrus blossoms, a chewy nutty malt can be discerned with a bit of difficulty behind it, the hops definitely hold the upper hand on the aroma. The flavour itself is a bit more balanced, and a bit more sudued than what is anticipated by the smell. Caramel notes start off the malt, some floral hops kick in after the middle, and it finishes off with mild grapefruit, all the time seeming watered-down and subdued. And things started out so well... The mouthfeel is also on the watery side, not holding this ale up at all. Average at best for a pale ale, it looks good and smells good, but as the old bar cliche goes, once you start talking to it there isn't much else of appeal left, so it depends on how desperate you are whether you want to bring this stuff home with you or not. Especially regarding the price of a 6 of this in these parts, I'd totally stick to the better local examples of this style.

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

Lightly dusted tangerine. The head is bleached bone white, several fingers thick with a gently pitting surface and leaves doodles of sea foam lace on the glass. A pretty classic look for an APA.

The nose, while good, lacks intensity. Sweet orange and white grapefruit peel dominate, if anything can be said to dominate a nose this low on wattage. I do get a whiff of buttery malt that makes a pretty credible attempt at balance.

There's plenty of pale malt on hand, providing a steadying influence and (unfortunately) taking some of the steam out of the hops. Dogtown is balanced with a capital 'B'. The flavor is pleasant enough with equal parts lightly toasted barley and citrus fruity hops that inch ahead on the finish to provide a lingering, bitter bite.

The beer is both sweet and tangily bitter at once, with each characteristic upping the ante as the beer warms, improving the flavor noticeably. The body/mouthfeel is medium for the style with a minor amount of resinous mouthcoating. As well, the lightly tingly carbonation feels just right to me.

Dogtown Pale Ale is a pretty good APA. It has something for everyone and would make a great session beer for the hoppily inclined. I've changed my mind on the balance issue; the hops are asserting themselves more in the second half of the bottle. This is good stuff.

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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 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 HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twisty 12 oz brown. A lot of blah blah like our homebrewed blah, but no real useful information like a date or abv. My label has a blue background, white oval.
Aroma: Deep malt smell with mild hops. It seems upside down for style, but surprisingly inviting. Hops are floral, no grapefruit notes (surprising).
Appearance: Clear golden glass with a good finger of mostly large bubbled head that looks like it should last. Left tide marks.
Flavor: Noble hops flavors come through nicely. A bit of clove orange taste with a twist of lemon rind, presumably hop driven. Good balance, still think it’s a bit heavy on the caramel malt side for an APA, but a nice change of pace from HOP HOP HOP west coast beers. It is a touch grainy, but as a positive more than a negative. A bit more citric flavors came out toward the bottom of the glass.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with strong carbonation. It’s a bit fizzy; not too bad with a fairly clean dry finish.
Overall Impression: Started with mild impressions but this really stands up as a decent APA. It does have a fairly homebrewed taste and a hint of rainwater organic flavor. Solid brew.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, orange color, light and sweet smell. This one definitely poured well and the first taste was not as sweet as I expected it to be. It went down easily and, indeed, was very light and crisp in taste. Like most Lagunitas brews, I liked it and would have it again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
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 canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a real nice orange gold colour with a very long lasting head. What really stands out with this beer is that the hop notes are very English and fruity. This is like all Lagunitas's very balanced and drinkable. A session beer that is not a IPA in disguise. Buy it by the six pack and 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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Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 344 ratings.
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