New Dogtown Pale Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From fresh growler from a fresh tapped keg (I watched him tap it).
Maybe its just me but I like my beer bold and cold to start! Its going to warm up (most likely).
A: This is perfect. Side pour into a tulip. Lots of aggressive head eggshell white in color. Giant. A bit went over the side of the glass as it exanded. Dissapates into a cloud-like pillow in the glass. Cool! Lacing is very nice and sticky. Clear. Beautiful gold in color! I really like this and expectations are rather high. I am watching the head and its incredible. Giant bubbles. Foam. Everything in between. Perfect.
S: This beer has body. I like that, even in a Pale Ale. When I nose it, it has a stronger scent than any other pale ale I remember. Thumbs up. When I smell it I think its quite hoppy and bready.
T: Nice. Light and crisp. Hop on. Pine citrus etc as it warms. Malt balances it out and lets it respite as a serious beer.
M: This is the only area I am sketchy about. Its bites. I was hoping for a little creamy.
O: This is the best pale ale I have had so far. I love bold beer. This fits the bill.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale ale right up there with the gold standard, SN. Good copper orange appearance, great amarillo? hop aroma. Bountiful.

Taste is phenomenal. Way better than their ipa or maximus ipa. Rather than being overly bitter, they stuff a bunch of dry hopping I suspect, because this is so citrusy hop, but with a lighter body. Perfect. So drinkable. This is the standard for a pale ale.

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Photo of shand
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This brew is a nice translucent golden colour. An aggressive pour yields two fingers of nice, fluffy head that laces quite well, and retains for quite a long time. The smell is very hoppy for a pale ale, those trademark bright Lagunitas hops are front and center right here. Grapefruit and a hint of sweet malts backs this one up. The taste on this isn't quite as aggressively hoppy as the nose suggests. That said, it's still rather hoppy and tastes great. The grapefruit is really the star of the show here, it comes on strong at the front and is persistent until the hoppy bitter end of this brew. Malts are very much in the background here. The aftertaste is a lingering hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is nice, it's medium bodied and goes down quite easily. The drinkability is also great, this is is just a superb pale ale from top to bottom, sure to please hop-heads. Lagunitas sure knows their way around a hoppy brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gwguest
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Perfect Pint.

Pours a not quite amber with a tight white foam. Very clear body, but not quite brilliant. All the same, a pretty beer.

Smells like a west coast hop profile with vivid citrus: grapefruit, apricot and grassy hops.

Taste is surprisingly good. The hops and taste are well aligned which makes me quite happy the malt body takes a back seat to the hop aroma and flavor. A touch of bitterness keeps everything well balanced. Quite good,

Mouthfeel is nice and dry, but doesn't leave me thirsty either. It's a pale ale throu and through. Carb level is a bit higher than I expected, but not spritzy like a Belgian. Very scrubbing without bring abrasive.

Drinkability is very high. I could drink this all day and stay in a good place. It sits well on the stomach and doesn't completely assault the palate.

Overall, a tremendous value. This is my go to pale ale from now on.

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Photo of IrishEyes32250
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What do you know about APA's, craft beer hater? I thought I knew a lot and I apparently know nothing. I'm going to review the Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale and this beer proves it. APA? How about this is more like an IPA. This clocks in with the same ABV as it's big brother Lagunitas IPA at 6.2%. That's like you're little brother whooping your ass. The IBU for their IPA is 45.6. The IBU for this is currently not listed anywhere. You know why? Because this APA has a higher IBU than their IPA. And they can't publish that fact. That's like you're little brother whooping your ass and taking your girlfriend. That's the truth. Taste it. You think you know APA's? DUMB. As some have said, this is like Hop Stoopid LIGHT. If Lagunitas made a light beer. Hater.

I poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into, again, my tulip. If you don't have a tulip or don't know what one is, you probably need to quit drinking beer and start a flower garden. It is zee greatest drinking vessel in ze vorld.

Appearance: Super light copper in color. Like a brand new penny fresh off the press. Like most Lagunitas brews, i'm getting nice lacing effect on the glass. I'm going to start calling this the "Lagunitas Doily Effect".

Smell: As I swirl the glass, I immediately get kicked in the face by grapefruit. Typical of Lagunitas. If they were a supervillian they would be way too predictable and they would get caught by the League of Craft Beer Super Friends every time. Pineapple you say? That's ALWAYS the 2nd step!!! And the bit of pine on the end? HO HO! The final part of their plan! No surprise there. But you know what? It works. So they would also probably get off the hook every time based on the effectiveness of their work. If I were that judge, I would let them off. Nothing this right can be wrong. EVER.

Taste: You get juicy, bitter grapefruit and a sliver of tangerine on a malt cracker. Top that with a bit of a pine sauce to give you a nice bitter back end. You could serve this beer as hors d'oeuvres at your next party you rich bastard.

Mouth Feel: Medium, smooth mouth feel and the carbonation is spot on. Nice and bitter and it refreshes. Beer pr0n. Put it in your mouth.

Overall: So let's see. So far in this review I've coined the term "Lagunitas Doily Effect". I've also created the League of Craft Beer Super Friends and in the process made Lagunitas a super villian based on their line of APA, IPA, and DIPA formulas. I've also referred to this as "Beer pr0n". Yeah, for an APA this is phenomenal. APA's should aspire to this level of greatness.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange colored brew, just a slight haze, topped by a half inch white head. Good amount of lace. Scent is sweet malts followed by an extensive oil hop smell. Very full flavored for a single PA. Sweet malt front but the focus is on the hops. A bit floral, mostly bitter and oily. Pretty full-bodied, fairly sharp on the tongue.

This beer begs the question of where a pale stops and an indian pale begins. Presented this blind, i would probably guess IPA, but its not out of bounds for a regular pale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack for $6.99, showing that there is still good beer to be found at under $7 a six. On to the beer:

This is dark gold in color. The foam on top is a finger's thick, gives good lacing, and retains well. The beer's aroma is big, big on hop pedals, releasing sweet grapefruit and orange aromas with a dab of toffee crisp.

Pale ales are not typically this explosive in taste. Some could say that this is really an IPA. Anyway, New Dogtown is big on sweet grapefruit. There's another flavor that's like "piney canteloupe", and it keeps the grapefruit from being too intense and the beer from being too mono. Gentle, smooth, and somewhat creamy is the mouthfeel, and that's just a small reason what this beer is so drinkable. A little resin is leftover in the aftertaste.

Lagunitas mentions on the label that this beer, when first brewed, tasted like brocolli and had palate devasting carbonation. Sounds like a way to lose your appetite. New Dogtown will wet your appetite, and keep you going for another round.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color on a pint glass. Excellent foamy head, takes a while to dissipate into a lacing.
Wonderful smell of pine and grapefruit from the hops. Very inviting.
Cascade hops all the way!!! Delicious mouthfeel, lots of hops, on the border between a Pale Ale and an IPA. Very refreshing.
Medium carbonation, making this an excellent session brew.
What an amazing American Pale Ale. This one is for the hop heads!
Highly recommended!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me of a session IPA. Very little malt character. Which is different from most Pale Ale's. This is a piney,hoppy, and slight tropical fruit Pale Ale.

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Photo of u2carew
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) Copper in color. Visible carbonation. Pours with a thin head that settles quickly. There is nice, creamy lacing. Nearly transparent.
S) Floral, peach, and grapefruit. A very sweet aroma, with pleasant notes.
T) Well balanced citrus bitterness and malt sweetness. Prominent flavor of grapefruit. Has some earthy notes in the aftertaste.
M) Crisp. Bubbly. Slightly dry on the backside. Fairly smooth. Just a bit of tannin feel on the tongue. Medium bodied, but feels just a bit lighter than that.
D) A well crafted pale ale. I could many more of these!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

“Needs more dog.”

This pours a light golden-amber color with a ruddy orange hue. There is some light foaming and an upfront, assertive grassy hop aroma. The flavor comes across as green, grassy, and hoppy—just what I’d expect!—with a piney bite and a dry finish. Nicely bodied, tasty and smooth. Hoppy pale ales = yum!

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Photo of Gatch
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-copper with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that settles into craters and lumps of foam leaving behind a ton of lace and retention.

S: Huge resiny, piney, grassy, citrusy hops. Sweet, caramel, lightly roasted malt at the back. Nice. I'd say malty enough to be a PA as opposed to an IPA which is what the hops want you to think.

T: Similar to the nose but the hops shine. Fresh, delicious and bursting with fruit and pine.

M: Dry, resiny, malty. Great hoppy finish balanced with some sweet malt. Well-crafted.

O: Just malty enough to keep this from being an IPA. A damn good PA that's enjoyable to drink. Glad I bought a 6-pack. The epitome of the style.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass at Blitz Ladd in Portland, OR.

appearance - pours orange/amber with a nice frothy head, mild retention and lacing

smell - aggressive hops, apricot, pine, resinous

taste - big hop profile, apricot, resinous, bready malts

mouthfeel - medium/big body, well carbonated, dry finish

drinkability - amazing hop varieties used, did not expect this to be so delicious, really an amazing APA

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on March 23rd, 2015 (Julian Code stamped on bottleneck)
Reviewed on May 21st, 2015
Served in a Lagunitas Jar

Poured a clean gold body with a slight orange glow. The head was close to an inch and a half tall. It quickly collapsed and left a pleasing amount of sticky lacing.

Big notes of floral hops. Sweet citrus, think grapefruit, lemon peel, and even a bit of orange.

A nice blend of grapefruit, floral, and pine infused hops hit the tongue first. The bitterness quickly intensified until a weak presence of biscuity malts attempted to level things out. Semi dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Medium bodied.

Damn good beer!

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Photo of Mark
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Possibly the best smelling beer in existence. This IPA like pale is a light amber, head retention and lacing differs from batch to batch but usually is more than acceptable. Incredibly inviting piney aroma makes you think this is a hoppy bomb IPA. Taste is similar to the aroma, a blast on piney bliss. Excellent beer from this brewery that once was just O.K. in my book and now they are one of my favorites. Good stuff.

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Photo of Risser09
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a vibrant orange color with yellow highlights. Bubbles effervesce to the surface of the beer. A short, 1/4" white head is created and quickly recedes. Rings of lace are left behind after every sip.

Smell: FRESH, floral, citrusy hop aroma is very tempting. Orange, grapefruit, rose, hyacinth and lemon zest. Sweet malt is underlying.

Taste: Pinchy and sweet bitterness. Bitter grapefruit and fresh flower flavor. A full swing of flavor that lasts way into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely bitter, sweet, flavorful. Lingering bitter finish and a little bit of booze. Pretty well carbonated, too.

Drinkability: This is an awesome pale ale. It is very drinkable, and I could easily do a six pack of them. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of CHickman
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color with a big foamy 2 finger head that was very thick and allowed me to run my finger through it; it left great spotty foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of citrus hops, orange peel, lemon zest, piney hops, herbs, floral hops, grass, biscuit, malt, caramel, light spices and mint; a very hoppy and refreshing nose that is soft and well balanced, with a fine mix of citrus, hops and lightly toasted grains.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, piney hops/pine cone, herbs, tea leaf, floral hops, grass, biscuit, malt, caramel, wheat, light spices like pepper, coriander and mint; near perfect balance with a hoppy front end and a malty backbone, this is a notch below Sierra Nevada Pale Ale's hoppyness and very smooth and easy to drink. The aftertaste is fruity, slightly bitter and quite hoppy.

Mouthfeel is slick and buttery smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium body that's almost chewy and combo malt and hop finish that's slightly bitter.

A damn fine pale, one of the best that I've ever had and a definite session beer that I could drink any time. It was so smooth and full of flavor that I had 2 so fast that I had to slow down. A very high recommendation, I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hahahahahahaha, the label reads, "This is not the original Pale Ale as brewed in far away 1993 in the back of the Old House of Richards Building in the West Marin hamlet of Forest Knolls right next to little Lagunitas...It is way better. Back then the beer tasted like broccoli and kerosene and the carbonation ate right through and drained your stomach into your gut..."

Pours a transparent gold with a massive head, pretty heavy carbonation and tons of ultra stick lacing.

Citric hops dominate the start of the smell, white bread and a hint of caramel follow.

Pale malts, cumquat/grapefruit, slight caramel and grassy hops make for a very balanced start to this APA. Smooth citrus and slightly mineral finish. Very smooth going down. Tastes very fresh, though I could find no date of any sort on the bottle.

Excellent hoppy pale ale. Certainly not as hoppy or heavy as an IPA, but very flavorful and refreshing. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this before... or that I don't enjoy more often.

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Photo of Herky21
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

App- brilliant gold hue. It's like a bright gold fall leaf.

Smell- Lots of pine, some citrus.

Taste - lots of pine and a nice acidity from some light tropical flavors.

Mouthfeel - carb'd well. The bitterness is just pushing the bubbles to the perfect point.

Overall: This is an incredible and fantastic beer. It has the perfect balance of hops, slightly more than the sugar. Perfect hop-forward west coast pale ale.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a land of hop forward, citrussy pales these days, here is a FINE representation of the emerging style. Great Beer enjoyed on tap at the Fireside Lodge Bed & Breakfast in S. Lake Tahoe.

Smell and taste match perfectly.

Big grapefruit rind, tangerines, and some of the lighter colored tropical fruits. This is all backed by a earthy breadiness. Slim on the malt bill which is appreciated. Spectacular for a Pale. Aroma and taste as good or better than many readily available IPAs on the market.

Mouthfeel is a bit light but very refreshing. The carbonation is spot on and the finish is dry & crisp, leaving the scene without a trace. Very hop forward pale, more like a IPA light.

This is my new session beer! Love it. One thought that came to mind was that this is just like a toned down version of Lagunitas Sucks.

Well done Lagunitas!

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Photo of CFC_HeadHUNTER
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an off white head with a light copper color body. Excellent bubbles even ten minutes after poured.

S - Great hop aroma. Super balanced nose that allows you to anticipate the taste of the ale.

T - Near perfect pale ale taste. Just the right amount of hop flavor with a slight bitterness that lingers on palate. I get almost a little apple mid sip.

M - Impecable mouthfeel. Awesome carbonation through the entire glass and session. Really velvety on the swallow.

O - This is an amazing beer for the summer or really anytime. Super session beer that also carries a pretty high ABV. This is a great "burger" beer that would be awesome to bring to any BBQ or to have on draft with some wings and fries.

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Photo of dfitch81
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to beer of the moment. Very hoppy as pale ales go. I often prefer a hoppier pale ale like this to an IPA: the better-balanced hop and malt profiles actually make it easier to appreciate the nuances of both. Wonderful golden hue with ample head makes this a very satisfying beer to behold, too. Reasonably priced, which doesn't hurt. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

heavnly golden beer with good lacing

lots of citrus for a pale ale

taste: very close to a ipa. like it. tons of citrus and great hops flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied, very carbonated

drinkability: solid pale ale, perfect session

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a big boy of a pale ale, dancing right on the edge of IPA territory. Big grapefruit hops in a way that I don't mind as I am not the biggest grapefruit fan. Most of that particular presence lingers on the palate as a finish. Scents are bright and fresh hops. The body is a little bit on the thin side with carbonation keeping things interesting. Lacing on the glass is thick, sticky and pretty.
Hopheads will have little to complain about regarding this brew.

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Photo of mafiasentinel21
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Puckering, lingering, slightly dry, crisp, refreshing, grapefruit.

Pours a copper gold with a 1" + head.

Tastes like it's been dry hopped with a very strong hop oil presence. Would pair well with indian food.

Faint malts, a little "biscuity" as the bros would say. Great stuff.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,874 ratings.
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