New DogTown Pale Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

New DogTown Pale AleNew DogTown Pale Ale
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #435
Ranked #14,573
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
Jan 23, 2023
Sep 17, 2008
Very Good
New DogTown Pale AleNew DogTown Pale Ale
Notes: None
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
a lagunitas great, and hey! a pale that is actually pale. this came up in the era where every pale ale was basically an amber, the blonde ones like this were really uncommon, and while it still has some malt heft, its drier than most and fully hop first. clear and well refined looking, over an inch of fluffy and pure white head atop a lighter than brass toned body, high carbonation is also apparent. nose of both piney and noble type spicy hops to me, bitter and fresh and woodsy and kind of old school northwestern, spruce, gin, grapefruit, beautiful with a simple pale malt profile, not sweet at all, but supportive, and the same not quite neutral ale yeast they seem to use for just about everything here. the flavor has great balance but is hops in front of grain, herbal and bright, bitter and snappy, fresh and crisping, lager texture to this when its caught right. great carbonation, subtle dried lemon zesty and white grapefruit pith, fast finishing, good weight, ipa adjacent, a sort of precursor. love everything about this, they should bring it back in 12 pack cans! a little old school, but not in the malty way, timeless!
Jan 23, 2023
Rated: 4 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 14, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Aug 18, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
355 ml bottle, from Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg. ABV not mentioned on the label. Deep golden colour, moderate but lasting white head. Lovely hoppy aroma, notes of tropical fruits, hints of orange marmalade. The flavour is distinctly hoppy throughout, but not too bitter. Notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits up front, pine needles in the aftertaste. Very good and moreish.
Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 3.33 by lebrisa from Connecticut

Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Feb 13, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by heymikew from California

Aug 07, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by jimpyle48 from Virginia

Jul 01, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jul 01, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
From old, undated notes. Poured from a bottle.

Clear orange-yellow liquid; ample sediment.

Bright white head; nice lace.

Wheat bread & mild urine nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Lager malt flavor up front, subtle grapefruit middle & a slight hop bite on the finish. Drinkable; bland.
May 28, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by grahamgillespie from Tennessee

May 20, 2019
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Reviewed by HardCider from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A clear, amber ale with a one-finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. Nice amount of effervescence. A fresh fruity, malty aroma. The taste is hardy with a nice combination of sweet and bitter. I notice significant malt with pepper undertones. I really enjoyed this beer. Definitely in my top 15%!
Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Dduquette from Maryland

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 3.55 by DKGreen from California

Feb 14, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by Dazka from Italy

Jan 25, 2019
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Rated by Nass from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
It's a decent IPA but a little too pine forward me to really get into. Cheers! B-
Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
July 27th, 2015 - New Dog Town looks a great deal like Sumpin' Sumpin', but it conceals a dramatically different flavor profile. For one, it's much happier and deeper on the nose, with a much sweeter depth to it. For another, the flavor has a lighter palate, and comes across as significantly sweeter, anchored in a brown sugar and cinnamon taste. More sipping shows off some grapefruit juice and strawberry too. It's a sweeter drink, and based on the beer descriptions I'm beginning to suspect I mixed up the Sumpin' and the New Dog Town. Hmm...
Jan 14, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle into tulip. No date.
Look is fairly cloudy golden orange. Nose is hoppy light fruit. Taste is fruity front then grapefruit bite at end. Feel is light. Overall a good IPA but maybe not my style; wouldn't turn down.
Nov 16, 2018
Rated: 3.95 by emwilke from Nevada

Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2018
Rated: 4 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2018
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Reviewed by marcbosch from Netherlands

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Somewhat dark yellow, lager-like clarity. Normal head.
Smell: Peach and papaya sweetness. There's something resinous, almost glue-y, a bit of citrus as well. Malt is somewhat there but rather undefined.
Taste: Relatively complex hops character: there's juicy tropical fruit, peach, resin, and grapefruit (both zest and pulp). Malt is a bit less than expected per style. With a bit more aggressive hoping, it could pass for an IPA.
Feel: Medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation. Finish is dry but not harsh. No alcohol warmth (let alone burn) detected.
Overall: not extraordinary, but very, very good. I will definitely repeat.
Oct 25, 2018
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Rated by Richardalways21 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Nice taste. Just misses being great
Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The clear bright golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4” ivory head that recedes slowly to first become a cap of foam and then a thin irregular island on the surface and a ring around the glass while leaving a sheets and rings of lacing on the sides. Sipping creates a couple of arches of lacing with lots of patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are mostly about the citric/grapefruit zest and resin from the hops against a background of light biscuity malt. There’s also a bit of floral character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and mostly about the hops with lots of grapefruit zest and resin showing. The biscuity malt sweetness and some light floral character remain in the background but sweetness is there and making it’s presence known. The bitterness is solidly present, smooth and nicely dry.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and prickly crisp from the carbonation. The finish begins as both the hop flavors and the light sweetness begin to fade to leave a solidly bitter, slightly floral and dry crisp ending.

I’ve found this an enjoyable beer and one that is quite drinkable. I’d certainly be willing to have another, either right now or in the future. On the whole, a good solid APA with lots of hop presence. That all said, this beer won’t be bumping some of my locally brewed favorites from my regular rotation.
Sep 16, 2018
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Reviewed by ChristopherOrev from California

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This is a hoppy, strong pale ale that almost drinks like an IPA. If you like more bitter beers, but plan to enjoy a few (rather than just one or two), it's a fine choice.

(As always, I rate "look" for label/container design, not the look of the beer inside; I'm an artist and designer.)
Sep 04, 2018
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Rated by jykleo from New York

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Crisp and great bitterness. Usually after that sweetness is quite limited.
If you like prolong bitterness, this is it !
Jul 08, 2018
Rated: 2.82 by matodowd from Oregon

Jun 21, 2018
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Reviewed by penguinsgoboom from California

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: Pours a 2 finger head. Bright shiny crisp gold. A good amount of lacing. Beautiful.

S: Immediately get scents of sweet citrus, bitter grapefruit, and piney oily hops.

T: Initial sweetness is almost instantly taken over by grassy bitter hops. The bitterness takes center stage and has a prolonged bow out. Alcohol is hidden very well.

O: A bitter pale ale with some character. Would drink again, but not a go-to for me.
Jun 18, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by deac83 from Texas

Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Not my favorite beer from Lagunitas.
The look is excellent. Cloudy golden color without a 4F head, with good head retention.

Mostly earthy aroma with some citrus.

Not much in the taste: emphasis on earthy citrus.

Nice finish, quite hoppy.

Overall, a good pale ale, but lacking strong citrus flavor.
Jun 09, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2018
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Reviewed by chuckpalka from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Living in Chicago, Lagunitas is close and I like to try something different every time I go. So I haven't had New Dogtown in a long time so I had one. I hear this is one of there originals but the recipe has changed a bit. I know it's been reviewed a ton but heres one more. It has a clear pale amber color and after the initial pour settles it has just a slight off white foam then little or no carbonation off the bottom of the glass. It has a slight bread smell. The taste is a mild bitterness with a gummy or resinous feel but not in a bad way. And it finishes dry. Nice lacing. Of course having it at the brewery you know it fresh. A little different with the mouth feel and dry finish but I like it enough to take home a 6 pack. Nice.
Feb 18, 2018
Rated: 4 by CreedeSon from Illinois

Feb 05, 2018
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright, golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a massive, creamy, extremely long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, malt, citrus fruit, and pine resin.

T: Tasted of a decent shot of citrus fruit (grapefruit, in particular), some bready malt (most in the finish), lots of hops, a tinge of pine resin and some tropical fruit (mango). A very hop-centric flavor, but not overwhelmingly so. At first it seems like the hops dominate everything, but as you go along the fruit elements kick in and everything seems to work.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solidly made APA. Easy to drink and likable.
Jan 30, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Jan 18, 2018
New DogTown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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