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 mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date. Excited to try this offering from Lagunitas, as I have never had their pale ale before. Expectations are average, at the very least.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - A modest pour yields about one finger of fizzy white head that disappears rather quickly on top of a beautifully clean clear gold-copper colored body.

S - Smells of fresh pine needles and grapefruit smack you right in the face. Smells like a nice hopped up IPA.

T - Bold hop bitterness. Fresh pine. Fresh grapefruit. Roasted malt. A little too hop-forward, in my opinion. I like my pale ales to have a bit of hop bite of course, but this one is unfortunately pushing the envelope a little too far, into IPA territory. Pale caramel malts come about in the finish, but the beer is imbalanced.

M - Nice bitter mouthfeel, slightly thin / watery feel. Goes down smooth. Nice medium body, decent carbonation, and a slight lingering bitter hoppy sweetness.

Overall, a tasty and highly drinkable brew. However, fans of Lagunitas could probably get the same result from a number of their other beers, as I seem to think a lot of their beers taste an awful lot alike. Same hop profile that you could find in Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Lagunitas Maximus, or the Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, although slightly less spicy, bitter, and abundant. I'd be interested to try the regular Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale, and the Lagunitas IPA to see how those beers fare against it. Drinkable, but definitely not breaking any new ground in their portfolio.

Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of Swim424
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into anchor bar pint glass

A-pours a bubbly golden yellow. has a decent head. falls to a thin white layer on top.

S-smells of piney hops with a hint of malt.

T-a bit bitter for a pale ale. Not to bad though. Has a noticeable citrus malt character. Very simple taste it seems.

MF-fairly thin body for the style, a bit high on the carbonation.

O-pretty good beer. very straightforward. I could enjoy this any time. Nothing to go out of my way for though.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured fro 12oz bottle into duvel tulip

A - poured a honey orange with a thin head but sticky lacing. Light carbonation.

S - Citrus hops. Little banana, little caramel, little lemon, little orange peel.

T - Tangy hops. Some sweetness.

M - A bit thin, but pretty bitter. Cooling.

D - Not bad, not great.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear golden color with white head. Floral notes, light fruits, and some other sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a floral note.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - amber color with an almost reddish tint to it. A little murky.

Smell - very very hoppy, but it also has a grounded type of quality, as in more herbal.

Taste - very very hoppy there too, but the hops are tasted more than they are felt - the bitterness isn't terribly overwhelming. But the taste of hops is. It's hard to discern what hops they are, but maybe Cascade.

Mouthfeel - very light, airing almost on the side of wateriness.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not a whole lot in the taste except for the extreme hops.

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Photo of matjack85
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Jewel/Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear golden/amber color and made a fluffy white 1½-finger white head. The head lasted about a minute before fading to a thin white cap, and it left some decent lacing.

Big grapefruit hop aroma.

Heavy grapefruit and orange peel bitterness hits right away. There is a bready maltiness underneath that gets stronger as it warms and helps with balance and adds some sweetness. The bitterness returns in the finish and it lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied with higher than average carbonation.

Not a big fan of this one, but if you're a big hophead, you might like it more than I did.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light honey color. Plenty of sticky lacing and 1 finger of head

Smells grainy, bready, and grassy. Floral and herbal hops with pine

Taste follows the smell- grainy, bready, grassy, piney, herbal. The finish is kind of sweet from the malts and alcoholic.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with medium carbonation. Finish feels kind of watery.

Don't really like this so much. In my opinion, it's too sweet for an apa. The alcohol also seems kind of noticeable which is weird for a pale ale. I like Sierra Nevada better. Probably won't get this again

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Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper color with a good head and lacing..the smell is hops and malt some citrus some peat smells and spice and grass smells..the taste is the same it hits you with spice/hops and some grass and grapefruit it finishes with some sweet malts its all good but not great the mouthfeel is the same it s drinkable and good but to much ipa ,pale ales out there to really bother with this one..try it is my recommendation

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Copper hue with a two finger white head that leaves a bit of scattered lace.

S – Resiny hop, slightly metallic, over a rich and bitter malt base, with a strong charred wood aroma to wrap it all up. Complex and intriguing.

T – Picking up on the introductions from the aromatics, the gustatory is at first greeted with a mildly bitter floral impression. The meek floral quickly devolves into a heavy resiny and tarry hop beatdown, which is broken up by a reappearance of the floral impression, this time backed up by cedar and grapefruit rind. The malt takes a backseat and watches it all go down. The finish is long and bitter, like a divorce or chewing on a grapefruit rind. But in this case, it is a good thing.

M – Quite dry and bitter, somewhat full-bodied.

D – An overcrowded style. A good brew. I usually get the great one, since it is probably available. This is a good beer.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the bottle a semi-translucent light copper to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger off white head with nice retention

subtle aroma of earthy hops and a bit of dark sugary malts in the wayback.

earthy hops up front, subtle hoppy bitter after, nice malt balance and perhaps a bit of caramel and toffee.

medium bodied, creamy smooth, subtle bitter, big carbonation.

overall, nice example of style creamy, refreshing, good, not the best.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint glass 11/23/2014.

A- Clear straw yellow with one finger white head, average in terms of substance and froth; good retention and nice lacing. [3.5]

S- Bready malts, grassy hops, a bit of caramel; nothing too complicated. [3.5]

F- Biscuits, caramel, grassy hop bitterness. A bit of toffee sweetness as well. [3.5]

M- Medium bodied, a bit higher in carbonation than I am used to, but crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Easy to hydrate with this one. [4]

O- A fairly decent APA, nothing that is mind blowing or different but it fits the archetypes of an easy to drink, mildly bitter APA. [3.5]

Final score: 3.55

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Gold, see through, with a one finger head. nice lacing already. head is frothy and creamy looking.

S - When i opened the bottle and smelled all i got was a blast of grapefruit. smells very juicy and tropical. a little grassy as well.

T - super well balanced and drinkable. getting a lot of malt to balance out the bitter grapefruit....finishes mild with a little lingering bitterness. tasty.

M - well carbonated and a little creamy with a medium body.

Overall this is a real nice drinkable, well balanced brew by Lagunitas. Pretty hoppy but balanced well to make it very drinkable....almost sessionable. Good beer to sit back and enjoy a few of. If i ever see this on tap id totally get it again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl Oz bottle 7 Feb 2013: on the ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito. Had to ask for a glass!

Golden to pale amber body with a good white head.

Fruity nose: mixed bag of said fruits, citrusy and mango with apple blossom. Slight malty aroma in the smell as well.

Hops fill the flavours in the mouth: mild malts arrive but leave again before a dry bitter finish.

Medium strenghted body and feel to the brew: a little on the fizzy side but pleasant enough and easy to drink. Passing Alcatraz as I drank the beer made it even better.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New DogTown – Pale Ale (6.2%) - Lagunitas Brewing Co. (California)

App: Pours a solid gold with a one and a half finger off white head that retains very well and leaves a lot of soapy lacing up the side of the glass. Lots of sediment floating around in this one.

Smell: Spicy and herbal hops notes dominate the nose with a light tropical fruit aroma, with some hints of savory herbs and mint. Black pepper and rosemary. Malts present and sweet, some biscuit like aromas very faint. Slight smell of cane sugar and caramel.

Taste: Taste is very hop-forward at first but well balanced enough that after the initial bittering wallop, a pleasant sweetness lingers and counterbalances the astringency of the hops. A little sour, and plenty bitter. Mellow creaminess in the true taste is totally murdered by a strong bitter aftertaste. Aftertaste is good however, bitter but not oppressive. As the beer warms the hops take on a more aggressive character and the balance quickly gets out of kilter.

Mouth: Good body that supports the hop bitterness, but a little heavy on the carbonation I feel.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip. 1/29/14.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A: Pours with orange golden body. Good carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. Nice big head that is fluffy and white.

S: Heavy malt character up front, but then a hop undertone comes through that is rather weak. Not much to say about the aroma other than in is dull and needs more.

T/M: First taste is all malt with some little hops in there. Very one dimensional is the brew with not much going on. Really looking for more out of the character and profile and not getting it.

D: Really easy drink with a good appeal to new drinkers. However, not really a great showing for Pale Ales, in my opinion.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is amber with a moderate head that is quite persistent. Lots of lacing on the glass too. I have to give it an extra half point for appearance since I LOLed at the label. Citrus hop scents are nice but a bit faded and weak. Hops are a bit subdued in the flavor as well. There is a floral bitterness that provides a slight balance to the malts. Typical mouthfeel. Not bad overall.

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Photo of Number967
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium gold color with an inch of off white head.
Smells of pine cones, cut grass and something I find hard to describe. Almost like a sweet alcohol scent. Maybe a little bit of malt coming through.
Taste is not as complex as some of the other Lagunitas beers I've had. Bold hop character all the way through. I don't detect much malt balance in this pale ale. With all the IPAs these guys produce I guess I was expecting an even balanced and more hops subdued and malty pale ale. Either way, gotta love Lagunitas. Gonna try their Pils next.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz foam bomb with no date into pint

Amber gold with a small sudsy head. Smell is pine, tree bark, sap, wheat, bready malt. Taste is pine needles, sweet fruit, apple, hay, wheat, cracker-like malt. Feel is a crisp medium, perfect amount of carbonation.

Huge fan of Lagunitas here, and this left me a little underwhelmed. That said, this is a well hopped pale, and supremely drinkable. Just not my favorite.

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Photo of singletary
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured one finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is all grapefruit and lemon, which is nice.
The taste is moderate bitterness with a good malt backbone. Nice balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A tasty pale ale.

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Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured on draft a local bottle shop.

A: Pours a light lemon yellow and zero head, and no lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops. Lemon. Cracker malts.

T: Lemon. Orange. Slightly acidic.

M: Light body. Heavy carb. Stream of bubbles.

O: Honestly, I was expecting more here. Lagintas normally has very solid offerings, but this was not one of my favorites. I'm wondering if this keg was a touch old. Maybe I will revisit this one at a later date.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a huge frothy head that fades slowly to a pretty decent covering of creamy white bubbles. Carbonation is fairly apparent. The beer itself is a fairly non-nondescript dark yellow color (rather like urine).

The nose is where this beer really shines. It smells of my very favorite hop characteristic, big grapefruit. This smells like I just cut open the biggest, juiciest grapefruit, its really quite wonderful.

The taste is a bit nondescript, sort of like its appearance. The initial hit is malty sweetness that is quickly tempered by a subtle hop bitterness. This is not a terribly bitter APA, it has a nice balance between the malt and the hops. There is little residual bitterness on the after taste, the lingering notes are mild malt.

This is a solid beer, I much prefer Peeper as an APA but this isn't a bad deal for the price (around $9.50 for a sixer). It smells great, I just wish its flavor matched its nose a bit more.

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Photo of bbHOP
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Lagunitas pint jar.

A: Golden (think apple juice), with a half finger of white head that settles into a ring around the glass fairly quickly and remains there.

S: Citrusy hop notes - grapefruit rind with a slight note of pine

T: Bright hop notes up front that don't seem to last for long. Grainy pale malts quickly take over. I'm also catching a bit of rye as the beer coats my mouth... was hoping to get more of the citrusy hop notes from the nose. Remains crisp throughout - finishes with some bitterness.

MF: Light mouth feel... Carbonation present throughout, a little intense for my taste. Bitterness in finish is not overwhelming, but certainly present.

O: I've had this beer a few times before and enjoyed it as a refreshing, flavorful, but still light, brew. Sitting down to review, I found myself longing for a more hop forward approach (wished it followed the nose a bit more), and a little more substance in the body... but then - isn't that asking a little too much of the style? This is not an IPA - although the nose teases you into thinking it may be. So - overall - a good Pale IMO.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A warm golden color with a dense head of white foam that lasted forever supported by a strong carbonation. Lots of citrus in the aroma highlighting a bouquet of clean, fresh hops with a hint of malt holding it together. The hops are almost overpowering at first but fade quickly and leave a biscuity, malt center that finishes softly with a dry, pine and grapefruit on the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and quite enjoyable all around. I'd say this beer is good but a little bit out of balance as far as the flavor goes. The interplay between malt and hop was less than seamless but in general it was worth drinking though Lagunitas has made better beers along the same lines as this one.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: This pale ale pours a brilliant, crystal-clear orange hue with a thick white head that slowly settles. Retention is good, and lacing is decent as well.

S: A bit weak on the nose. Slightly floral, with citrus and some grainy aromas.

T: Much better than the smell. Even for a pale, this beer screams West Coast when it comes to it's origin. Orange and grapefruit, along with floral undertones make up a hop profile unlike many other pales. Very well-balanced, with malt characters of honey and biscuit. Finish is dry and clean.

Notes: This light to medium-bodied brew is overall pretty good, but lacks a bit in some aspects. The thin mouthfeel and light aroma are a bit of a downer, but taste makes up for it. On a humid day, this is just the type of beer I would seek out.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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