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 jadpsu
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly less than clear pale straw yellow. Tight full white head with great retention an solid side glass lace.
Smell: Hoppy, tart, citrus and Pine.
Taste: Hops dominate but there are sweet malts noted.
This was an enjoyable Pale Ale.

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Photo of cr0ckett
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gold color - very slightly hazy. Great lacing. Great hoppy smell; reminds me of Stone IPA in smell and taste. Hop forward, smell and taste. Floral & piney, dank. Maybe a bit of biscuit but minimal. Dissipates quickly, but leaves a little behind. Good medium thin feel, though maybe slightly over-carbed. Great beer.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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 troyvar
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an old Shrek/McDonalds glass, yes the recalled one. *Dont lick the paint on the glass, it contains lead or chromium, maybe both... Dark, golden, not much in the way of a head or lacing as it goes down, nice show of carbonization. Smells like a good IPA and tastes good too, hoppy. Medium light feel with carbonation working well. Overall a very good beer, one I'd drink alone or share with any craft beer drinker.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a moderate frothy white head and a lace that retains throughout.
The nose hits you with all kinds of hops aromas; an orange twang provides sweetness, grapefruit pith, dank and resiny hops.
The sweetness from the aroma does not really carry over to the taste. This one is hops forward with a high side of medium bitterness. Piny, resiny and herbal. There is some citrusy sweetness in the finish, but it is mostly leafy, dry and the aftertaste is bitter.
The feel is smooth, medium bodied and on the high side for a pale ale, and the moderate carbonation provides a piercing tingle.
For me this one blurs the line between APA and IPA. Regardless of its classification, it's pretty good.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.44/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a 3 finger frothy head, leaving the signature IPA lace around the sides in webs and thick mucus.

Smells like a damn onion bomb, with dashes of garlic. I feel I'm spicing hamburger meat here. Slight bit of metal on the nose as well.

Flavor is of citrus peel, onion, sweat sock, hop oil, resins, and garlic cloves. It's not a palate wrecker thank God, but it sure tastes confused. Nothing compliments each other.

Feel is light bodied...too light for an IPA, with mild carbonation and a sticky semi-dry finish.

Overall this beer is the worst one I've had from Lagunitas. What were they going for here? This is not typical Lagunita's quality. It's like distilling Stone's Ruination to make a light beer. It's not good, and I won't be drinking it again.

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Photo of OlaB
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: orange color, smal creamy head when i pour it into the glass, carbonation seems to be quite high
S: floral hops, grape fruit,orange ,pine
T:Citrus is the first that comes to my my mind,it ends with hoppy bitternes. The bitterness is very good balanced in the way that the beer not have a tatse that is to bitter
F: medium bodied , with high carbonation. Is a beer that is very easy drinkable
O:This beer is very easy to drink, and i think is a very good one. Very good balance on it. It was enjoyable to say at least

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Photo of stevoj
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wowzers. Complex and hoppy, but surprisingly easy to drink. Bountiful head, lots of sticky lacing, light malt aroma, hint of hops, taste brings hops out to the front, mildly bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel, slides right down.

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale orange in color and very hazy. Poured with a thick white foam with medium low retention. Medium hop aromas of citrus orange and earthy spice. Medium malt aromas with light crackery notes. Medium bodied with medium, tangy carbonation. Medium high spicy and earth resinous hop flavors with light notes of citrus orange. Medium malt aromas with light bready notes near the end. Spicy hop bite in the middle with medium high bitterness. Finished dryly with spicy hop flavors and light, lingering bitterness. Well balanced hop and malt aromas. Flavors lean toward the hoppy side for a pale ale with pleasant, slighty aggressive but also subtle hop characters. Crisp, refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle

A: Pours a deep golden honey color with lots of lively bubbly carbonation.One finger of creamy foamy white head lingers for awhile and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Aromas of floral and pine hops, with the scent of citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Also a slight note of sweet malts.

T: Flavors of citrus greet you initially, grapefruit, orange, lemon, and a little mango. In the middle you find a slight bit of sweet malt flavor and some herbal spice. Finishes with some nice floral pine hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderately high amount of carbonation. Crisp and slick goes down nice and easy.

O: A pleasantly easy drinking Pale Ale. A great go to when you want to kick back a few. The brew is well balanced in flavor but slightly hoppier then your standard Pale Ale. This is one of my favorite year-round's for it's style and would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear and fizzy star with a sizeable head. The aroma is mostly of pine, with a hint of citrus, classic west coast aroma. The flavor leads with dry grapefruit, followed by a healthy dose of pine. The mouthfeel begins thin and evens out into a slightly unctuous texture. Overall this is a veyr pleasing, slightly dank America pale. Should sell better than it does.

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

I'm usually not a fan of the APA, but I like this one. Poured from a bottle - beautiful and complex off-white foam. For the taste - the malt foundation is sweet with a touch of caramel and a hint of cider. A bright floral hop kicks in with a smooth finish.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful malt backbone balanced with refreshing hops. Notes of green apple, biscuits, and citrus. Lagunitas finally strikes a good balance with malts and hops, making this one of my favorite Lagunitas brews.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold with a 2” white to cream colored foam cap that dissipates over 4 minutes to a thick, lacy film. S: Big malty grainy aromas rise from the glass with some light caramel, floral and spice. T: A rich attack with malt, fruit, biscuit, faint nuts, and assertive bitterness. The palate has some citrus and also some herbal notes. Over all the flavors are well rounded. F: Very creamy, medium body and a very soft palate. O: A nice drinking, full flavored, refreshing beer.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Mustard-gold color and a rich creamy head
S- Crisp hops aroma. Herbal and spicy.
T- Flowery hops upfront, ends less bitter and refreshing with a note of pine.
F- Medium body, slightly sticky.
O- Hoppier than your regular APA, stands mere steps away from an IPA. Very good.

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Photo of CraigS119
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Don't be fooled by the "pale ale" moniker, this one's a bitter bomb. Exploding with chinook hops in the aroma and flavors (piney, spicy, resinousy, herbal, dank), with some Columbus-esque (citrus) playing second fiddle. Definitely one to seek for those looking for a powerful, lower-abv, bitter IPA experience. 73.4/100

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Photo of kevinlater
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle, bottled on july 6 2015. enjoyed on july 25 2015

a: n/a

s: sharp pink grapefruit and marijuana dankness with slight orange rind notes

t: strong bitter pink grapefruit and dank herbal pine. rounds out in the mid-palate with a more sweet orange flesh. quite the bitter finish

m: medium body, moderate carbonation

o: an unforgivingly hoppy pale ale, quite close to IPA territory. not for beginners, but absolutely delicious

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a "love of beer" goblet. Slightly darker than a Pilsner color, but certainly not copper or red. Lots of citrus in both the aroma and taste. Too much carbonation for feel. Might be better off with the regular Lagunitas IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
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 TopherBreski
1.53/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Golden color with loads of carbonation. Decent hoppy aroma but I've seen a lot better. I typically like hoppy IPAs like Victory but this is way over hoppy and bitter.

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Photo of abastias
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Uniformly deep gold color with mixed bubble size sticky dull white foam.
S: Assertive floral, resiny hoppy aroma. Grapefruit juice. Bandaid. Alcohol is noticeable.
T: Peppery, pine resin, crackers.
M: Sticky medium viscosity.
O: Very attractive APA. Aroma and taste are classically hoppy.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me of SN Hop Hunter, something a little different in how the hops taste. On my palate it comes across as overly bitter. Hops had a vague sweet/fruity smell and taste but seemed muddled, neither citrus or pine or tropical..maybe a tad earthy. At 6.2% seems a little high for APA, again not sure what to make of this beer, borders on IPA but whatever, there are better APA/IPA out there.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's generally a good pale ale, but a step short of being great. It is straw-colored--possibly a little light, but completely within the realm of reasonable for a pale ale--and the flavor is bitter but, again, a little less aggressive or nuanced than I would probably desire in the ideal pale ale. To summarize, good--stellar, even. If in the mood for a pale ale, I would order it in a pub if it was one of only a few on tap, but probably not what I would choose given a variety of options or a purchase from a well-stocked store.

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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 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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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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