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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:
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 TheFightfan1
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.Pours a golden clear color with a decent white heading that sticks around a bit.Good lacing.

Smell is mostly of grapefruit. Strong fruity aromas with the first whiff then a soggy bread aroma follows up with the second whiff.Strong pungent hoppy finish.

Taste is mostly the same as the nose.Nice bready malts and yeast fill the tastebuds but does lose itself somewhere in the middle of the tasting. Then picks up with a strong citrus hop finish.

Mouth is light bodied with a slippery buttery mouthfeel.Rich malty crispiness.

A good pale ale but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of jdense
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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 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 Chizoad
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mild pale ale that nonetheless is fairly good.

Nice but light looking body and a good sized head. Citrus nose mainly.

Light hopping being backed by light malts. Mostly pine flavors in contrast to the nose which I found a little odd.

Consistently, a light body and bright carbonation to go with the flavor. Goes down easy. I prefer their IPA which should be easily available at the same price, but this one might be a little more drinkable.

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Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the east coast it's difficult to get the less extreme versions of west coast breweries. It's much easier to get the double ipa's, barleywines, stout's and specialty beers. It's nice to get a chance to try one of the more standard beers and this one wasn't bad.

Appearance is a nice looking pale/copper. Good amount of carbonation and a head that sticks around for a while.

Aroma is of citrus hops combined with some light malt. Very good. Just like a pale ale should be.

Flavor was a great combination of hops and malt. Very west coast and very good.

Overall, a great beer that I hope to see again soon.

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

Had this on 2010-09-10 at McCleary's Pub in Marietta, PA

A - Slightly hazy, gold with 1-finger white head

S - Fragrant with pine, orange and floral.

T - Similar to the smells with mild biscut, caramel, pine, citrus and medium bitterness that fades fairly quickly.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. Mildly oily.

D - Easy session beer because it is light on the pallet. Good but not great flavors. I like some of their other brews better.

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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 AleWatcher
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss is a budding craft beer guy, so I gave him a can of Daisy Cutter with the directions: this is quite probably my favorite beer that I can buy anytime-- let me know what you think.
I got a message a few hours later that he loved it. He was saddened that he couldn't run out and buy it (as we live 40 miles SW of Chicago), but he went to a local Binnys and asked what they had that was "most similar" to Daisy Cutter... He was lead to a 6 pack of this beer... And he brought one in for me the next day to try it.

This is quite a bit more bitter, abrasive, and prickly than I remember. This beer has a dry malt note up front-- like water crackers, with a piney, earthy, and lightly citrusy hop bill.
The flavor follows that nose and delivers an intense bitter punch on the finish. Dry malt, grassy and earthy hops notes in the middle, with lemony grapefruit hops at the finish. The lingering bitterness is filled with notes of pine.

This looks almost like a BMC lager.

The body is nice-- prickly and tongue-scrubbing feel with enough heft to the body to work, but not too much to be overdone. The carbonation level is a tad high, but in a way it adds to that prickly/fizzy sensation.

Overall-- not bad. I LOVE pale ales... so I look forward to drinking all of them that I can... This is not bad, but I'd like a little more balance and a bit more of a focused hop approach. I would rather just buy Lagunitas IPA instead of this one. Of course, I must add that this is nowhere near Daisy Cutter.

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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 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 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 mjaskula
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in pint glass. The beer is clear and bright golden. A vigorous pour left a medium white head thins to a film and leaves plenty of thick lace.

Aroma is sweet honey and citrus hops and green apple. Flavor is crisp and clean with not much outside of mild hop bitterness. Hop flavors are grapefruit and green apple. Carbonation is fine and the mouthfeel is only a slight bit thin.

Overall it's an easy drinking beer perfect for a summer afternoon.

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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 IrieJackalope
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 BerkeleyBeerMan
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden orange that tops with a quickly evaporating lily pad worth of bubbly carbonation. The beer is faintly cloudied.

Smell: sweet malts takeover my nostrils while some healthy sour hops take a backseat. Hints of sugar and pineapple.

Taste: Starts bitter finishes sweet. Malts overpower the hops. This beer isn't as well balanced or as powerful as the Lagunitas IPA. It Leaves a pale aftertaste. More bright in character than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and punchy. Doesn't dissolve on the tongue.

Drinkability: It taste decent. It finishes well and it's refreshing. I wouldn't turn one down but if making a purchase I'd go for the only slightly stronger alcohol content Lagunitas IPA.

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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 Bowers-Brew
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice pale orange color.

S - Smell of hops - citrus / piney, some malt and yeast notes.

T - Hop taste isn't as strong as I like. Aftertaste is a bit woody/piney and bitter.

M - Feels a little thick for style but carbonation is better than some PAs.

O - Not my favorite from Lagunitas. Hop stoopid or the IPA would be selected over this pale ale.

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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 devinoconnor
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is really nice ale for drinkers who like a little more 'spunk' with their beer.

This beer is in the middle between an ale and an IPA when it comes to bountiful flavors and hops.

Pours a brown/orange color. Smell is hoppy and a little citrusy.

Taste is hop and malty, mixed with that citrus undertone. Sometimes a bit sharp, but overall a nice smooth ale.

Easier to drink than a high ABV IPA and quite enjoyable.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The bear had a thin white heads that left the building early. Left just a little lacing, poured a nice light copper color.
The caramel smelling malt overpowers asny other scent that could be detected.
Tastes sweet and malty, bitterness comes around way after you take a quaff.
Feels very smooth and silky, goes down easy.
I really would like a little more hops from this pale 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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Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 343 ratings.
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