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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,886
Reviews:
419
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
338
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0
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Ratings: 1,886 |  Reviews: 419
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always love getting my hands on some new Lagunitas stuff.Poured into a nonic a dull light to medium golend with a thinner but well retained white head.Great aromas the hop profile really stricks out,pine with citric notes mixed with a lightly sweet caramel/biscuit malt base.The flavors dont hit home as much as I ecpected,the caramel malt notes show thru upfront with the citric,piney hop notes finishing but its a little lighter than expected.Mouthfeel is a tad thin but the beer is quaffable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas is one of the breweries I found early in my craft beer days, and really helped me get into hoppy beers. But never went back and actually reviewed a lot of the beers, so trying to do that now.

Bottling code, but no discernible date. Pours a light fizzy head, little creamy, hits 1/2 a finger before fading back, nice lacing, nice crystal clear golden honey colored.

Nose nice hops, a mild citrus and rind, fruity and floral hop presence, a little grassiness to the floral hop, faint grainy malt base, fair fruity hop.

Taste brings nice light hop profile, quite floral and a bit grassy, with a nice fruity hop character too, hard to pinpoint the fruit but a fruity like profile, and some fair bitterness that increases a bit as it gets a little spicy like on the back end. Light soft malt base, almost crisp lager like finish, with a big bitter back end, mildly spicy hops, but mostly grassy floral and fruity.

Mouth is med bod, a bit soft, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, soft malt base that almost gives a lager like quality, nice hop profile not too heavy in any direction, pretty enjoyable yet very drinkable and sessionable, and a nice hoppy bitter finish.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

A: this has the powerful weed/citrusy hop aroma of an IPA, or even a DIPA. ABV is more like an IPA too, and partly hidden (although there is some harshness in the mouthfeel). The aromas seems clean even though it has some herbal/earthy elements in it and is reminiscent of skunky weed ... uh, from what I've heard.

T: plenty of hops in the flavor too, and they impart a clear impression of grapefruit in the aftertaste. The beer has a little sweetness upfront, and orange seems to be the predominant citrus flavor until the finish.

M: Medium body with a hint of syrup; medium carbonation; some warming and harshness from the alcohol (and hops?).

O: I would like to try this side-by-side with a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (a favorite) -- I think the flavor profile is similar but less aggressive. At any rate, this is probably the most highly hopped APA I've ever had and would pass in a blind taste test as an IPA.

(revisited in June 2013 with a, most likely, 2013 bottle).

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a decent hops presence that comes in next along with a hearty malt character that provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable beer with flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark golden yellow to copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a dense and fluffy two and a half finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a large thin-medium patch and a medium-thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit/citrus hops with a very light underlying malt smell.

T: The beer starts out with a light to moderate amount of underlying caramel malts but then the grapefruit/citrus hop flavors really take over. Great grapefruit hop flavors with very little bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and slightly sticky.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink - the alcohol is well hidden as this drinks like a 4% beer than the 6.2% that it is. Very nice aromas and flavors of grapefruit/citrus hops.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with several fingers of poofy eggshell white head. This peters down into a thinnish creamy dollop of foam, leaving behind some massive rings of sticky lacing. The aroma is fresh, floral, and nicely hopped with some silky notes of citrus, bread, and spice underneath.

The taste is also solid and quite flavorful with a nice dry hopped character that wraps itself around the tongue. This is extremely well balanced by a smooth backbone of caramel, grains, and tangy citric flavors. Nice dry lingering bitterness hangs in the mouth, getting you ready for the next sip. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied (quite impressivve considering the +6% ABV) with a fantastic creamy and slick feel. Very easygoing yet it's still got a bit of crispness to it to as well. Very well done.

Nice! Lots of American hop flavor and an extremely good drinkibility make this a winner of an APA in my book! I could session this easy.

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Photo of mactrail
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color. Nicely carbonated with a fine white foam. A maltier, more substantial mouthfeel than a lot of Pale Ales.

Rich and malty with a distinctive tang. Flowery and resiny hops are full of flavor with just a moderate bitterness. I didn't realize this stuff was so good, but chalk up another one for Lagunitas. They manage to make even an American Pale Ale taste malty, however. Biscuits and a touch of apple. Hugely fragrant and a lovely nose of straw with a hint of gardenias.

On tap at the Castro Theatre during Noir City festival.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this last weekend after realizing it's one of the few regulars from Lagunitas I have never had. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a pale amber color with a bubbly, off-white head filling the top half inch of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice juicy, fruity, citrusy hoppiness to it. It's obviously not as bold as their hoppier beers, but it's a nice flavorful hoppiness. It also has a pale malt, slightly grainy base to it which gives it some nice balance.

The taste has a brighter, citrusy hoppiness to it with some pineapple and grapefruit notes throughout the flavors. Towards the finish it turns a little more bitter with some grapefruit, rind like qualities to it. It has a nice malty base that gives some flavor and balance to the hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a very nice APA, I really liked the brighter, fruity notes the hops had. It had a nice balance between the sweet flavors at first and the bitter flavors in the finish. Very nice beer of the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an ever so slightly hazed, copper-toned body with a smallish, white head and filled with steady streams of continued effervescence.

Smell: Pale malts accompanied by light scents of grainy bread and caramel set against fair, equating wafts of citrusy, earthy hops.

Taste: Again, slender pale malts with a taste of raw barley grain coated in sweet light caramel. Earthy, citrus hop combination with touches of lemon and pithy grapefruit. Medium-plus bitterness. The body thins out prior to reaching the expectedly dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This brand new Dogtown PA is nothing more than solid, simple, and adequately quaffable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2nd try at a review...here's to zero server crashes in the future!

Pours honey colored with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Herbal & leafy hops, citrus & a bit of raw booze

T: Grapefruit & leafy hops intertwined with some flinty dryness & some biscuitty malt. As this warms, grapefruit & leafy hops dominate along with some dryness & a touch of pineapple. Finishes with leafy & herbal hops, plus grapefruit & pineapple

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, damn good balance

Drinks very easy, great sessionability, wish I was a bit more in love with the hop mix...

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head, but it leaves a rich blanket of lasting lace. Dirty gold color and clear.

First impression on the smell is of raw grapefruit rind. Not harsh but still extremely strong hop.

Very spicy (hoppy) for the style. In fact it's more hoppy than most IPAs I've tried. I like it, but it's very surprising. No malt flavor makes it to the tongue. Highly carbonated. The body is just below the average.

This definitely falls under the extreme category. If you like sucking hop pellets, you'll like this beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this bottle at Shady Mcgrady's enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is copper with good clarity and thick white head with average bead and copious lace, carbonation is visible and rises rapidly to the 2 fingers plus cap. The smell is a mix of hop aromas which are slightly pine and citrus with a subtle floral element and light toasted grain aroma. The feel is good with moderate bitterness and medium carbonation with slight sweetness and hint of spice with a mild alcohol element in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with a modest amount of malt supporting a pretty hop forward flavor with slight spice and pine and gentle tangy zesty citrus which makes for a mostly balanced taste in general with some mild sweetness as it finishes. There is a mild alcohol note in the taste which adds to the slight bite of bitter hops which are almost grapefruit-like. Overall I think this is decent for what it is -a stronger west coast style pale -practically an IPA, but a nice malt balance explains the pale label IMO.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of smithj4
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +0.5%

New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,886 ratings.
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