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:
343
Reviews:
137
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
10.99%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 343 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of surfmeister
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber/orange consistent with type, weak head.
Smell: hop nose aggressive, sweet malt.
Taste: Did not measure up to smells' promise. Something missing, a bit watery
Mouthfeel: Full feel like most other pale ales
Drinkability: easy drinking, smooth
Overall: anyone who makes a pale ale is compared with SN, and this one loses badly, no reason to reach for it with SN being so readily available.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A thin, pale, lagerish ale. Clear gold with good head and lace, mild aroma of malts and bread crust. Generally sweet bready, caramel malts lead the way here, with a very light trace of hops near the finish. Hops are so mild it's hard to believe this is a west coast pale. This is the kind of beer you could drink all night when you'd rather be paying attention to the conversation with your buddies than focusing on what you're drinking. I can't think of a pale ale as easy to drink as this, and that more than makes up for the "lightness" of the brew.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color, a clear, pale apricot, adorned with a fresh, fluffy, off-white head.
Nose is soft, airy, citric, and just a little complex.
Taste: yeasty at the onset, fruity, with a generous helping of hops at the front, pleasing the tongue and all the corners of the mouth, gently fading, though the finish is tasty and long. Well-balanced, very smooth and drinkable, friendly, and delicious.
Thanks to morris729 for this sample.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A medium-sized, cream-colored dense head. Clear, clear amber beer. Thick sticky lacing. The smell is sweet, fruity, bready, toasty. Awesome. A hoppy/fruity front calms down to a sweet, fruity middle. Caramel. Just a little thin. Nice roasty grains in the finish. Bitter, hoppy, some sugar. This is just a good, hoppy, American PA.

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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 mickeymac
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a short 12-oz bottle with the Lagunitas pup on the label, it is a slighty hazy golden-orange. The head was minimal and what was there dissipated quite quickly. The smell is light, with hops dominating the malt. The first few sips had a mildly unpleasant metallic taste and a fair dose of hop bitterness. About 1/4 way through the glass, a pleasant sweetness developed. However, the taste is a bit on the subdued side. Nothing about it is offensive, but nothing really sets it apart from the crowd. The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but it's very drinkable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden-orange body rests lazily beneath a pillowy off-white head. Its retention is limited, however, and it drops shortly to just a big-bubbled collar and partial surface covering. Still, a simple swirl of the glass will bring back up some more creaminess; and it does leave some spotty lace. A gently sweet caramelish malt and soft citrusy hops greet you in the nose. The body is medium/full and enhanced by a very fine and natural carbonation. It's quite creamy and smooth across the palate - almost velvety! The rich caramel-laced malt returns in the flavor, laced with spicy and floral hops and backed by a firm bitterness that balances the sweetness and dries the bold finish (although there's some soft and round sweet malt at the start, it does eventually receed to leave the back of the throat bone-dry and ready for another taste). Very nice, and quite interesting. Somewhat unique in its maltiness and soft body; and the hops are definitely present but not overdone. Quite drinkable; and well worth trying.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. Pours a dark gold/amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Aroma is lightly hoppy and citrusy. The flavor is decent but not really breaking new ground. Floral hops, citrus and a little malt. I did like the finish, which was nicely nutty throughout. Beyond that though this is middle of the road stuff.

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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 Morris729
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber color with a foamy white head that dissipates into a bubbly lace. Nose is lightly toasted sweet malts, caramel, and floral hops. Taste is a good balance of sweet malts and spicy bitter hops with some citrus notes to follow. Hop oils create a bit of a slick feeling in the mouth. A nice pale ale and worth a try if you haven’t sampled this brew before.

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

Pours a clear golden/orange with a massive white head. The aroma consists of pungent citrusy hops and faint malt. The taste starts with the hop/carb bite tapering off into lightly sweetened fruit with light roasted malt. This is one nice brew! It is light to medium bodied and finishes just slightly dry with more of the citrus hop flavor. Although it is not highly complex, this is nicely done! Cheers!

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Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Bogie
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I noticed was a very healthy off white head, that lasted about ¾ of the time it took to drink the beer. The beer color was a pale copper that reminded me the beer is a pale ale. I did not notice an overwhelming aroma upon sniffing the completely poured beer. But the aroma was certainly pleasant and I found it quite agreeable. On to the taste. IMHO this a mild pale ale. It had a nice balance on the lighter side of Pale ales that I have drunk. I drank one or two by themselves and the flavor did not diminish, the flavor remained consistent. I also drank one with the dinner I had prepared to see how the beer went with food. Here I’ll have to say the beers lightness left it a bit short. Again not unpleasant, but not enough body to stand up to the food. Overall a pleasant beer I will buy again, particularly when consuming alone.

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Photo of Mark
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At the urging of the venerable Johnny P. I have been trying many different beers lately. I had this with pizza. Pale amber with a beautiful lasting white head that didn't lace the glass as much as I thought it might. Smell was average, mouthfeel a bit on the thin side. Had a nice hop bitterness but the taste thinned out a bit as the glass was emptied. A nice drinkable standard pale but not as good as I had hoped.

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

Really charged bottles, lots of medium-bubbled head. Slightly murky orange/amber, on the pale side. Some small chunks. Aromatic caramelly aroma -- nice. Carbonation medium, adds to drinkability. Nice hoppy profile, not too overbearing, but citrusy/fruity. Malts are on the non-descript side. A little too acidic for me, but it is reasonably balanced and with a bite. Smell of the big head adds to flavor.

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Photo of Murph
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Smell is of strong hops. Taste starts off with some strong hops but then fades quickly into a light malt flavor before disappearing completely. Slightly creamy and slick and decently drinkable. Not a brew that I am going to go back to many times. The flavor is rather thin and the beer as a whole is not very developed.

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Photo of marc77
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is definitely better than the average American pale. The hop bitterness is more than the norm, and the hop flavor and aroma is quite complex-- a pleasantly citrusy and floral experience. The body and mouthfeel are typical for an APA, but what sets this very tasty brew apart is the hop bitterness and hop flavor/aroma profile. Check it out if you can.

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