New Dogtown Pale Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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New Dogtown Pale AleNew Dogtown Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thartman on 09-17-2008

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1,888
Reviews:
420
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great drinking pale. Record Toronto heat, who cares - got my citrus hoppy satisfiying thirst quencher (follows with water bottle). Pours orange and is very lacey. Neutral aroma, but high marks in drinkability and taste. A little less carbonation is only tiny criticism.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: some lace. Hazy light golden color. Not much head retention

S: grassy and floral.

T: more grassy and floral taste. Very bitter. Some pine and hop notes as well.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: interesting beer but not going to get this one again.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey orange with a 2 inch off-white head that settles to a chunky and craggy foam. Thick chunks of lace and foam stick to the walls of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of very nice citrus and tropical fruit notes with some grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is very hopppy with citrus zest, unsweetened grapefruit and its juices, and a slight malt presence towards the finish. A mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good APA with a very nice smell and another solid beer coming out of Lagunitas.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a two finger high white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are strong aromas of citrusy and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of hoppy flavors and notes of grapefruit, which particularly stand out in the finish, but there is only a mild amount of bitterness. Hints of caramel from the underlying malts are also evident in the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate, very crisp and slightly sticky.
D: This beer is very refreshing and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If the "session IPA" is to replace the classic American pale ale in the future- Lagunitas is ahead of the curve with this dog of a low-bodied hop-bomb!

Its innocent enough austere is light gold, nearly emulating pilsner with a caramelized gaze. But with the taste looming, the nose is taken back by the IPA-like scent that squarely focuses on white grapefruit rind, under-ripened orange and a strong grassy and leafy quality. Its grain and caramel sweetness is supportive of the hop onslaught at first but that is all short lived.

The malt sweetness drops out of the middle palate, and leaves creamy malt textures to fend for their own- quickly dominated by the citrus, leaf and herbaceous hop flavor. Strong carbonation brings the vegetative flavors to life and gives the palate a good scrubbing heading into finish.

Closing with strong bitterness that stands tall in the absence of malt- dragging with it the character of citrus pith, grass, stem and leaf. Its chlorophyll bite hangs in the back of the throat and is slow to relinquish its grip. The rest of the flavors are fast-fleeting and leaves the palate clean, crisp and refreshed.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. The "old", apparently stomach-decimating Dogtown was a decent pale ale, so let's see what the makeover brings us.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with a few fingers of thick, creamy, and puffy off-white head, which stands above the lip of the glass in its sturdiness, slowly melting away to leave a few minor rings of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, sweet (ok, and a wee bit tart) grapefruit - those monstrous Texan varieties - muddled tropical fruit, and a bakery-ready biscuity malt - very much like a slightly pulled-back version of Hop Stoopid, so, wickedly appealing. The taste is still zingy grapefruit, but more of a bitter sort than in the aroma, bready, somewhat crackery caramel malt, and further astringent piney, leafy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a peppy frothiness throughout, the body perhaps a little thin, but maybe I'm just expecting IPA malt heaviness, given the other characteristics of this beer - however, the overall effect is smooth. It finishes dry and hoppy, the fruit and pine essences following through with gusto.

Definitely in the luscious no-mans' land between an APA and a West Coast IPA. I found it went down very quickly, maybe because I was trying to determine which way it was leaning for each quaff, but mostly, it just tastes great. The only drawback, which I guess is locale-specific? 20 bucks for a sixer on this side of the 49th.

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3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.2% ABV confirmed. Six pack acquired at a local Von's grocery store yesterday. Bottled January 11th per the bottle code on the neck of the bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high but restrained; I like Lagunitas' hoppy offerings but they always taste fundamentally the same; there's this hop oil/extract taste at the heart of all of them.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with alfredo pasta.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit of lacing as the head slowly recedes. Standard amount of carbonation bubbles. It's pretty par for the style; it looks as I'd expect it to. There's nothing unique or special here, but I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Nectary oily hops - the same essential aroma as all other hoppy Lagunitas beers. A bit grassy. Nicely floral. Evocative and appealing. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. Pale malts. Clean, refreshing, and moderately strong. It's certainly fresh; I'm excited for my first sip.

T: Nectary, floral, a bit piney, grassy, and featuring light citrus. Pale malts form the foundation. A slight touch of soap; maybe it spent a bit too long in primary. Very refreshing and enjoyable. Full-bodied but not overbearing. There's a lot of flavour here and it's well balanced, but some hop bitterness does poke its ugly head above the pleasant hop notes. A bit of grapefruit. Oily hop character is strong. Shares the aforementioned distinct Lagunitas hop extract core, but it's still a solid beer. Just not a particularly distinguished one. Good complexity for a mere pale ale. I wouldn't quite call it subtle, but it's certainly well executed and has solid depth of flavour.

Mf: Clean, crisp, refreshing, smooth, nectary, and wet. Coarse enough to allow the hop notes to come out fully. Good carbonation, if slightly overdone. Good palate presence. Complements the flavour profile well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: A very drinkable pale ale from Lagunitas, and one that can be had at a more-than-fair price. Good bang for your buck here; this is a good drinkable brew that would do well for football-watching. Would pair well with food too. Still, it's not unique or special and I wouldn't consider myself impressed. It meets my fairly high expectations, and at this price point that's a great thing.

Serve pretty cold, but don't overdo it.

B-

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, it pours a hazy saturated orange color. Solid head retention, foam sticks around the whole time and leaves neat concentric rings of drippy lacing down the sides.

Big floral, dried citrus peel, pale malt aroma. Wondering how old this is... Caramel malts, dense and chewy, some light weedy bitterness and citrus flavor also. Medium bodied, drinkable... easy to have a couple. This bottle seems a bit malt forward, though there's some residual hop character left. Will probably re-try down the road sometime.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of medium bitter notes with some light residual sugar. Taste is a mix between some dry malt notes with some bitter hops and subtle floral aromas notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as hop-centric as I was expecting knowing the brewer other offerings.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a bubbly, khaki-colored head of foam. It left thing trails of lace.

S - It hits you with a blast of pine aroma with touches of citrus. There was a nice caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of piney, citrusy hops with a burnt toast maltiness with a sweet caramel flavor.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This one is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It is really one of the hoppiest and best ones around.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/floral hops and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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