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Dogtown Pale Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
343
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
17.16%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 343
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 TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Ballantyne's in Willoughby in a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow color, almost like straw, with a 1/4" whie head.

Has a floral, fruity smell with mild hops. The fruitiness is not quite grapefruitm but not as sweet as apricot or orange.

Starts spicy and peppery, with a nice bite at the tongue. The up-front bitterness turns sweeter, with a grapefruit taste that reveals a mild malt, as the beer finishes, before turning somewhat dry.

Medium bodied, with a dry clean finish.

As always, Lagunitas dies a nice job, outting together a tasty APA that is working as a great starter beer for the evening for me! Definitely try this if you can find it.

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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 WCBCFrank
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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 zoso493
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 dragonWhale
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint glass of the good stuff..
if you want a good hoppy pale, this is the good stuff for a westcoaster. not quite the alpha king, but it shall do. golden, mostly clear, big hop presence, pine and tangerines. bitter, but plays off of the sweetness well, reminding you that, yes, Lagunitas does have a hop cannon, but it has a softer side, too. The side that will woo you. Sweetly. Almost a session, dangerously so. All the flavor of one, but I'm sure with a bit more kick. Really nice beer that I often overlook in favor of the different thing, but a great fall-back.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
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 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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of 1759Girl
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
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 Durge
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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 hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold in color, with an inviting head of dimpled white foam.
Aroma-Nice boquet of piney, citrussy hops.
Taste-Fresh hop flavors in abundance, sugared grapefruit, piney, grapefruit-rind bitterness hop bite. Tasty, snappy, and full of flavor. An excellent pale ale and a great match for nachos or zesty guacamole. Highly recommended.

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Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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