New DogTown Pale Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

New DogTown Pale AleNew DogTown Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #308
Ranked #8,730
3.95 | pDev: 10.38%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
New DogTown Pale AleNew DogTown Pale Ale
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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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Photo of HardCider
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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%!

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Photo of GarrettB
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
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...

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Photo of Ronl12
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of marcbosch
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of drtth
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of ChristopherOrev
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.)

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of brureview
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of chuckpalka
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: November 5, 2017... OCCASION: preparing for a short week of school with a promising "new" pale ale... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... cracks and sizzles out the bottle, creating a clear golden yellow body with an upward shower of carbonation... the white head is half-finger thick, bubbly and substantial... lemon zest and light grapefruit are first to be experienced.. bread malts are toasted and palpable... as a pale, this doesn't demand attention, but it definitely doesn't disappoint either... first sip is smooth, somewhat weighty and medium-bodied--textured to the throat, and lingering once there... dry and sharp... the malts actually show up first in the flavor profile, toasted and sweet--not at all what I expected! The secondary experience is lemon, earthy resin, grapefruit, and a tropical fruit that grows in its tangibility as the glass drains... in short, another hop-forward, drinker-friendly offering from Lagunitas... definitely a toned-down profile, thought at 6.2%, ABV, still worth one's attention... better than the sum of its parts...

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Photo of Radcpa
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a clear amber with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a pleasant citrus with hoppy accent. Taste is also a pleasant citrus with some hoppy accent.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces very nicely.

S: Citrus instantly countered with dank herbal notes, pine, hints of tropical fruit, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Dank herbal notes, citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon, pine, just a hint of tropical fruit, papaya, mango, and pineapple, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Classic old school Lagunitas. Really solid pale ale.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Clear golden orange with a massive foamy white head. Excellent retention, sheets of lacing.

S: Orange and grapefruit zest, citrus oils just ripping into your nostrils, like freshly shredded orange peels. Intensely zesty and zippy. Smells dank and grassy...not unlike marijuana, as well. A bit of biscuity malt backbone and typical Lagunitas chemical/rubber, but mostly huge ripping citrus and weed.

T: Follows the nose exactly. Enormous fresh oranges and grapefruit. The sharpest and most acidic aspects of the fruits. Like all the oils of the skin condensed into a juice. Extremely zesty, sharp, orange and grapefruit. Some sweetness, like the juice of a ripe pink grapefruit. A bit of biscuit malt backbone, earthy, with characteristic rubber/dankness, and a nice weed-like presence. Super citrusy, though. Crisp and dry on the backend, with a bit of lingering citrus peel bitterness.

F: Medium-light bodied, light enough to be refreshing and crushable, but heavy enough to please the palate. Moderate to medium-high carbonation, smooth and boisterous on the tongue. Finishes crisp and dry.

O: An incredible pale ale. This bottle is super fresh and it's delicious. It's super hoppy but hits the marks in every conceivable way. Simply a pleasure to drink. Amazing!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a hazy orange to brown color with a decent half finger-ed white foamy head that left some light lacing in a nice spider web sort of fashion. The smell had an ample amount of citrus - like hops to sweet caramel malts, balanced extremely well. The taste was once again extremely balanced. The aftertaste lead with the citrus -like hops and it ended up with a dry finish. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium with a good sessionable quality about it. There’s a decent harshness pounding my tongue. Overall, I say this is a good APA worthy of having again.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Optics are fine, maybe a bit flat. Aroma is just basic crystal malt with a dash of citrus hops. Very simple & straightforward beer, does reinvent the wheel, malt maybe is a tad sweet & the hops could assert themselves a little more but it is an easy drinker that doesn't miss any marks.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange gold with a small white head. Smells of sweet malt, citrus, and mild hops. Taste is citrus peel, sweet malts, bitter hops, and maybe caramel. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall this is a pretty great APA, which is not surprise from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, golden amber, mostly clear, with some floating particles. Foamy head with streak lacing. Aroma is biscuit malt and citrus, hints of stone and tropical fruit. Flavor is citrus, bread, grass, and spice. Well balanced and very drinkable. Juicy and resinous, but not overly bitter. Just right! A very good beer overall.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost perfectly clear yellow-orange body, soapy white head, intricate webs of lace stick to the glass. Nose gives off lemon, herbs, butter, orange peel, melon, light malt nearly like wheat and pilsner. The flavor is predominantly bitter, also offering herbal, citric, slightly malty, and dank flavors. The body is light and finely, abundantly carbonated, dry.
I s'pose this is a good Pale Ale; favoring hoppy flavors but not to the extent of an IPA, kinda mild, balanced. It was all those, and even offered a great variety of hoppy flavors, and yet it failed to tickle my sweet spot. Perhaps it would be great on a hot day, but as it was the mild manner of each flavor didn't capture my attention.

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Photo of singletary
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours a clear golden color with a piney citrus smell. The taste is also piney citus taste (wife thinks grapefruit) and a good bitterness from the hops. Moutful is thin but not watery, the head last the whole way through. Overall a nice drink just not overwhelming to me.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap @ Melting Pot, Boise ID.

A: Chill-hazed but still fairly clear gold with white head and lacing.

S: Fairly floral and citrusy, touch of pine needle, with a crackery pale malt backbone.

T: Follows the nose, clean and floral hoppiness with that same malt character as the aroma.

MF: Light and effervescent, refreshing and adequate for a pale ale.

O: Good, doesn't do anything earth-shattering, but does drink easily.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of straw with a smallish head that leaves a lovely lacing behind. Lots of hops on the nose, with some citrus notes. Taste is fairly bitter for a pale ale, but at the same time the malts offer a decent overall balance. A very refreshing beer!

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Photo of EMV
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a clear medium gold/copper with 3 fingers of foamy white head. Ample lacing.

S: Biscuits and bread. Citrus/lemon zest with tropical flowers and fruit.

T/F: Malty and bready... slightly tart citrus hops... a bit floral with notes of pine and mild spice but the citrus dominates. Not overly bitter. Sticky and effervescent. Finish is lemon rind.

O: A very easy drinking APA. Great citrus flavor.. not too strong or bitter. Good bang for your buck.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clean looking pale with 1 finger white head, heavy lacing.

Smell is super clean , nice floral/citrusy hops smell.

Taste is very smooth with a nice balance to It , very little bitterness but big hop flavors.

Feel is thin but not watery, just fine for a pale ale.

Overall it's very smooth and drinkable , hides the alcohol well.. Would buy again.

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