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 damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (date stamp 330 3 6565 1801) served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear bright gold with a hint of amber. Lots of carbonation coming up through the beer. Persistent 1/8" white foam with equally persistent big strands and sheets of lacing all over the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Mango!!! Lots of tropical fruit coming off of this beer.

Taste: Bitter, lots of fresh cut grapefruit citrus, some tropical fruit. Malt is cracker-like, not sweet at all. Finish is lingering citrus and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. Some hop oil sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very hoppy beer - but not a bitter hop wallop. Strong emphasis on aroma hops with this one with a simple hop flavor profile. Well crafted and well done. Interestingly though, due to the dryness and weaker malt backbone, I find one is enough. It's strong flavor wears out my palate such that I don't want another one right away. Another one later on, but not one right now.

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Photo of MastaShonuf
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of TexIndy
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Laserd julian date of Feb 11 bottling. It was a clear golden color with lots of tiny floaters and slight carb streams. It had an average sized head that settled into a good collar and some wisps. Slight lacing.

Really liked the aroma on this one. Citric and noble malts mixed with pale malts. Had an English feel to it. The taste wasn't as good to me. Aggressively bitter with little of the malt coming thru. Working my way up the bitter hop ladder but this one was too extreme for my liking. Not enough other elements out there. Mouthfeel was medium and crisp.

Overall, really enjoyed the aroma but missed on the flavor. A bitter showcase for sure and I enjoy some semblance of balance. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one is enough for now but would revisit in a year or two. [N;N;BL]

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Photo of dcbeers
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TTripp725
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

A - Pours a moderately dark gold with a large whie head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S - Oh yes, lots of mango and banana up front followed by a medium to heavy amount of malt.

T - Mango and a lot of malt up front followed by some slight pineapple and a small amount of lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It was pretty damn good, although it tried to be a Maximus, however it failed.

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Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which appears to have pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a light amber that shows orange and lemon when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- More subdued than I would like- pale ales are supposed to be a showcase for aromatic hops. Citrus with some pine and resin. There's a little more presence when I smell the body and I can separate distinct lemon and orange notes. Swirling gives the aroma from the glass a little more presence but nothing that is considerable. After a couple minutes, I get a much better aroma. Melon and grapefruit along side the orange and lemon.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose and quite juicy. Citrus (orange and lemon with melon and grapefruit around the edges). A slight bitterness of pine and resin that provides necessary contrast but does not dominate in any way. There's a bit of spiciness to the bitter hop finish as well. At the moment, this beer is pretty much in the same class as a SNPA or a Red Chair. There are also notes of spicy green fruit and matchstick. Lots of balance, good integration- pretty much what I look for in a pale ale.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with hints of syrup in the texture. Light carbonation but it works.

Drinkability- Easy going and sessionable. And as with almost all of Lagunitas' beers, it's a bargain for the quality.

Overall- Solid pale ale which I've had before and will be another go to beer for me. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of EMV
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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 NHbeerfishing
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Washuffizi98
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of donspublic
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pknyc
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of CNoj012
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear bright golden color with a two finger soapy white head. Retention is OK and there is some spotted lacing. Smell is citrus, pine and floral hops with some dankness and a touch of sweet malt. Taste is the same. Feel is very light, but slightly resinous on the back end. Overall a solid beer, but I prefer a few other hoppy Lagunitas offerings more.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urk1127
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tubeyes
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Pours a clean, clear gold with quite a bit of bubble action producing a rather thin white head.

Smell is a spicy/earthy hop character at first. Reminds me of a British IPA at first or at least the hop smell I am getting. I also get the smell of honey and molasses a bit.

This a very full bodied, citrusy, hoppy pale ale. I would say I've had IPAs that were less hoppy and lower in ABV than this. That being said, this is an awesome beer. Super drinkable, nice and easy going down with a really fresh, nice hop taste.

Great beer, I like more than their IPA to be honest.

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Photo of imyourhero21
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of ajm5108
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
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 jooler
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KStark
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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

Photo of breadwinner
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,888 ratings.
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