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 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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Photo of Miketwolf21
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, an American pale ale with class. The flavors are incredibly articulate. This is a very fresh bottle.
The Orange hue of the pale beverage gives way to a citrus aroma. Specially Orange and lime. A touch of grainy malts come through. The hops smell potent for a pale ale.
The taste is similar to the aroma except that it tastes more complex. To me the perfect description is black tea, Orange peel, raspberries, and a touch of lime. The malt does come through in the flavor, especially as it warms. In the form of edgy pale malts. There is just a touch of sweetness coming through that balances any alcohol notes that theoretically would be there. What I enjoy is that the flavor comes in waves. Each level is refreshing and intriguing. The beer vanishes without any harsh bitter after taste. Nice.

There is just the right amount of carbonation and it is plenty smooth. When its cold the slightly aggressive carbonation is not as forgiving with the hop flavor that is more bitter, think bitter raspberry, like when its fridge cold. Best at 45 or 50 F.
This is more intense than their IPA, but takes the cake as one of my favorite american pale ales.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
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 WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saturday evening....and it is time to unwind....Kid had two hockey games....minute to win it for kids at Barnes & Noble, 400pc leggo set, cut the grass, and played horse with my daughter!! So it time for some New DogTown Pale Ale!!! The color is a golden clear amber with a finger white head. The nose includes a subtle citrus...not over bearing. The taste is a triumverate of citrus, malt and booz....a little more leaning towards the malt and booz. the taste lingers tart on the pallete. The mouthfeel is decent and certainly would try to session, but may get too citruscy after a while.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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 ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy slightly golden color with tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops with a pale malt bed.

Tastes of a fair amount of pale malt followed by a wave of hops. Pale malt is grainy and slightly sweet. A bit of caramel comes through as well. Hops are citrus and earthy with a touch of pine. Bitter and sweet in good balance.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good pale ale that I would have no problem buying again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This pale ale is "pale" only in comparison to things like, say, chocolate or red wine; in contrast to most commercial brands, this toasty, caramelly golden beer should be considered to have a relatively generous amount of tone and colour. Still, it is transparent, or mostly so, and its tattered carbonation is a stainless white. In other words, it fits the bill.

The term "pale ale" encompasses a wide variety of beer styles. Given Lagunitas' location, I was anticipating the kind that is brimming with bitter, citric hop resins. My expectations turn out to be correct. This pale ale has as much (or more) tropical hoppiness than do many IPAs and it certainly isn't shy about that. Why do I feel a luau coming on?

New Dogtown Pale Ale is hoppy enough so as to taste like liquefied orange peel. When the maltiness does finally kick in on the finish, it reminds me somewhat of Greek Easter bread, which is a soft, spongy, sweet white loaf made with orange zest. (It's delicious stuff, and makes me happy to have a Greek mother-in-law!) Grapefruit is tasted abundantly also.

What with all this raw, abundant hoppiness, the mouthfeel is correspondingly pithy. There is an earthy, drying sensation that chokes out the finish and chance of any aftertaste other than that of bitter citrus piths. For my palate it's heaven, but for many others (especially any mainstream drinkers) it could prove to be an exercise in pain threshold.

New Dogtown is, as the brewery will tell you, pretty doggone good. It has a lot more body and character (read: hoppiness) than most of its pale ale brethren which makes it bound to be blissfully, boundlessly quaffable to a select few, while too much to handle for the vast majority of others. From where I sit, it's everything a proudly American pale ale should be.

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Photo of thebeerisgood
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Floral and citrusy with light sweetness and a hint of pine.

Appearance: Golden with a frothy off-white head, each sip leaving a row of lace.

Taste: Mostly floral hoppy profile in the foreground, slightly bold with a little malty sweetness. Finishes crisp with citrus and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A very solid pale ale with great flavor and crispness. This APA could probably pass just as easily as an IPA

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Photo of albertjr21
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass on 3.30.11 this pours a slightly hazy dull yellow golden color with a sudsy thin head. Aroma seems right on for an APA with a nice combination of pale malt and outstanding flowery and citrus hops. Now, is it just me or is this Pale Ale on its short way to being as hoppy as Lagunitas IPA? The taste here is generously hoppy, not by much against the style, but just a BIT hoppier...No complaints from me though...Cheers to American PA! While citrus hops do take center stage here, there's a very nice balancing malt to reel this into a smooth and refreshing mouthfeel. There's a favorable, somewhat sour, and acidic bitterness in the very citrusy hop accented finish.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A simple golden colored brew that is perfectly clear and bubbly. The head on the other hand is less than with a not very showy cream colored froth that seems to evaporate.

Mmmm the nose is delectable. Sweet roasted grains with a squeeze of fresh grapefruit hops. An awesome smell that I'd put among the top in this style. I can't wait to take a sip after sniffing this.

The taste is a slight let down from the glorious nose. The malts fade to the back and a slightly over bittered hop takes over. Normally I'm all for IBU's but this tastes and feels a little like a tart sour lemon. Not in a good way either. It's flavor isn't bad, just a mild disappointment from the nose.

Mouthfeel is mild with a steady carbonation and before mentioned bitterness that I find style appropriate. It could use a little more malts to balance things out or more of a hop flavor but all that said it's a very drinkable beer. Nothing memorable.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: This pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a finger of white foamy head that holds at a half-finger and laces well.

S: It has moderate orange zest notes with some hoppiness, toasted cereal malts, and some backing caramel.

T: It is obvious that the hops have faded a bit but it is still very citrusy and mildly hoppy with strong caramel maltiness taking over.

M: It has a medium body with average to low carbonation and a somewhat clean finish.

D: It is not fresh but it retains its original flavors somewhat; it is okay.

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Photo of plfahey
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold with an orange tint, slight chill haze. Moderate white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Very interesting aroma, I'm having trouble putting my finger on what exactly is going on. Hops are piney, grapefruity, and herbal, with green-tea/mate like character, and lemongrass notes. Also some slight grass/hay aromas. Other aromas include dried pineapple, and a menthol-like aroma. Candy-like sweetness. Underneath it all is just a whiff of grainy, biscuit malt. Its intriguing, and I can't quite decide whether or not I like it.

Flavor-The more I taste it, the more it reminds me of mate (a green tea from South America). Very herbal and tea-like, with flavors of grass and piney/citrus grapefruit sweetness. Low biscuity grainy malt flavors are almost entirely overshadowed by the hops. Hop bitterness is moderate, and the beer finishes quite dry, with a sticky, resiny pine flavor left in your mouth.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I'm still not quite sure I like this, but it's definitely not your run of the mill pale ale. The herbal tea flavors from the hops really set this one apart. I can definitely imagine some interesting and potentially quite rewarding food pairings to be had with this beer.

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Photo of KajII
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

[Best served in an Lager Glass]

The pour was clear medium orange with a small (less than 1 finger) fizzy white head that did not stick around too long and had what I would call OK lacing.

The aroma was of quite noticeable of citrus and pine hops right off, with a mild caramel malt and an earthy yeast undertone with mild notes of fruit and citrus towards the end.

It tasted nice and hoppy with a strong note of citrus (grapefruit) right off the bat then became a tad malty with a note of fruit and a nice strong hoppy finish. The flavor lasted for quite a while after the swallow allowing the bitterness of the hops to settle in nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied and very smooth and a bit dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a very satisfying Pale Ale that had a nice blending of fruit, malts and hops.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with some lowlighting of copper. Head is bone white and about an inch tall, but the lacing and retention produced are worth the price of admission. Hoppy aroma mingles with some notes of light grain and pale malt. Definitely hop forward.

I was surprised initially by how hoppy it was, almost reaching to an IPA status. It does mellow, or I got used to the hops, but it is definitely within the APA framework. Citrus abounds, malts are pale and light, body is medium, and finish is dry. Drinkable as hell and gets a definite go-ahead for this category.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a wonder to me why it took so long for me to try Lagunitas' Pale Ale. I'm obsessed with Lagunitas, especially their pale ales, and so it taking me this long to try one doesn't seem! Needless to say, I know I'll like this.

It pours a clear - though there's some sediment floating around - golden-amber color with a mostly bubbly white head that is thin compared to others. A bit of lacing is left while drinking and a bit of film on top. I generally like my pale ales to have very frothy-foamy heads but whatever.

It smells of earthy hops, a bit of spiciness, and prominent mango citrus. It's got a bit of graininess to it as well. Overall the aroma isn't very strong.

Right off the bat there is some good bite from carbonation with strong mango/grapefruit/citrus along with some good, smooth, malty sweetness. The hops come after to give some good bitterness that doesn't overwhelm and tasty pine flavors. The finish is a bit dry.

This has a medium body with medium carbonation that adds bite.

Lagunitas' Pale Ale is very drinkable. It's pretty sweet and is the most citrusy I've had of Lagunitas, or maybe any other brewery. I wouldn't say this is one of Lagunitas' best - they make some of the best pale ales I know of - but it's still a damn good beer and entirely enjoyable. It doesn't look too great or smell too profound but you can't argue against the taste and drinkability. Yummy!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a semi-translucent golden color with a thin head. Good lacing. Aroma is of citrus and floral hops. Nice bitter, citrusy taste. Good amount of hop flavor to this one. Slightly floral as well as some breadiness. Bitter aftertaste. This is a smooth, refreshing Pale Ale. Good price for the amount of hops and flavor. Fine APA for certain.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again I turn to Lagunitas when in need of a reasonably priced hops fix. New Dogtown starts well with a bright honey hue and plenty of white wet head. The nose is outstanding, with west coast hops doused in grapefruit and sour patch kids candy and pixie dust, presumably.

Te citrus follows through nicely in the taste and the finish brings a blended bitterness all the way home. This is a lip smacker. For a pale ale this has hops in spades and even better, has some complexity and nuance to boot. Mouthfeel could probably use some light or dainty texture adjustments as it seems a bit heavy overall. Still, that seems like a minor complaint. More quality from Petaluma.

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Photo of shand
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This brew is a nice translucent golden colour. An aggressive pour yields two fingers of nice, fluffy head that laces quite well, and retains for quite a long time. The smell is very hoppy for a pale ale, those trademark bright Lagunitas hops are front and center right here. Grapefruit and a hint of sweet malts backs this one up. The taste on this isn't quite as aggressively hoppy as the nose suggests. That said, it's still rather hoppy and tastes great. The grapefruit is really the star of the show here, it comes on strong at the front and is persistent until the hoppy bitter end of this brew. Malts are very much in the background here. The aftertaste is a lingering hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is nice, it's medium bodied and goes down quite easily. The drinkability is also great, this is is just a superb pale ale from top to bottom, sure to please hop-heads. Lagunitas sure knows their way around a hoppy brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint

A - pale gold-amber; two fingers of off-white head that fades to craggy islands; plenty of sticky lacing

S - bright hoppy nose; vague pine/grass notes with stronger citrus (grapefruit) and floral hints; bready malt backs up the resinous hop notes; suggestions of sweeter malt behind all this

T- good malt base - more bready malt and hints of caramel sweetness; hops are all over - front to back - echoing the nose; a whiff of baked pineapple emerged at one point; very lifted palate

M - medium body; a little firmness; decent length; balanced;

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Photo of Pahn
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch fluffy white head. Pours a translucent copper, and leaves occasional spots of lacing.

Smell: The first line of my notes read "Holy shit, big dank grapefruit," which about sums it up. Giant hop aroma for an American pale ale; beautiful. There's a little soapiness to the smell, but mainly it's huge fruity west coast hops. Definitely spent a fair amount of time just smelling this beer in between sips.

Taste: Pear and grapefruit up front, moving through a decent bitterness to a toasted, creamy finish. Tastes a little washed out, especially the end. Good bitterness, and the hops up front (which mainly taste like apricot and grapefruit) are satisfying enough (though nowhere near the magnitude suggested by the aroma). The toasted malt backbone, however, is unfortunately muddy. Even though the flavor is generally good, there's a definite feeling of "This is kind of watered down," that I don't want to have when drinking a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A little watery. Moderate carbonation. Not bad, not great.

Drinkability: I like this beer, and it's kind of refreshing, but a bit too bland. Also, it commits the cardinal sin of smelling significantly better than it tastes ("Over-promise, under-deliver," is never the way to go).

The great nose took me aback, but ultimately the beer--while above average, and another well-priced beer from Lagunitas--was pretty forgettable. Probably a bit too bitter to convert the "uninitiated to hops" or "uninitiated to craft" drinker, but probably not flavorful enough for those who have had been around a bit.

Maybe I'm being a little hard on it (though the score I'm giving isn't bad), but for me the beer is a miss. Give me Dale's Pale Ale or Berkshire Ale instead.

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Photo of veinless
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear apple juice orange, with plenty of lacy pure white head that cakes the side of the top while dissipating near the middle.

Smell is of clean grapefruit and hops with some sweetness in the back. Very balanced smell, and not too strong, just very pleasant.

Lots of citrus again on the taste, with grapefruit and peach standing out against a backdrop of clean malty sweetness that finishes relatively dry for a sticky-sweet west coast style pale ale.

Really nice carbonation and mouthfeel, as it has a nice body and fantastic tingly carbonation that never overpowers. Drinkability is stellar as a result of all that, there's no knock on it whatsoever other than the relatively high 6.1% abv for a pale ale. This might become my go to beer-in-bulk selection.

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Photo of gwguest
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Perfect Pint.

Pours a not quite amber with a tight white foam. Very clear body, but not quite brilliant. All the same, a pretty beer.

Smells like a west coast hop profile with vivid citrus: grapefruit, apricot and grassy hops.

Taste is surprisingly good. The hops and taste are well aligned which makes me quite happy the malt body takes a back seat to the hop aroma and flavor. A touch of bitterness keeps everything well balanced. Quite good,

Mouthfeel is nice and dry, but doesn't leave me thirsty either. It's a pale ale throu and through. Carb level is a bit higher than I expected, but not spritzy like a Belgian. Very scrubbing without bring abrasive.

Drinkability is very high. I could drink this all day and stay in a good place. It sits well on the stomach and doesn't completely assault the palate.

Overall, a tremendous value. This is my go to pale ale from now on.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: deep gold color with a fluffy white head that leaves sheets of lace

S: slight caramel malt makes up the malt aroma, on top of that resiny hops dominate

T: the malt profile tastes as expected, fairly light malt with some breadiness and a mild caramel malt accent, definitely not too dark caramel, hops still have that super resiny quality too them (characteristics similar to other lagunitas brews), however there is also a distinctively earthy quality to the hops, the balance feels a little off to me, but not bad

M: feel is actually light, definitely under medium in terms of mouthfeel, finish dry

D: high drinkability, the somewhat unique combination of hops makes it a little more difficult, but the lighter body and malt profile definitely help

Notes: Overall this is a good beer. It isn't great in terms of pale ales, although it is a solid choice. The hops are somewhere between a sticky, resiny APA and an earthy English Pale Ale, and I'm not entirely sure if I like the combination.

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Photo of jale
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a finger of thick head.

S: Light malt. fruity sour note and citrus hops.

T: Light malt flavor with a slight fruit tartness. Mild citrus hop bitterness at the finish. Well balanced taste.

M; Just right for the style.

D; Would drink another.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. I get a of different things in the aroma. At first I get a lot of orange and some biscuit malt, but then it opens up and I get a lot of fruit - pineapple, pine, papaya and some cattiness. The flavor is not as complex. I get some pine and biscuit malt as well as some papaya and pineapple. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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