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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Reviews: 416 | Ratings: 1,882
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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Photo of gregshead
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from 1/11/11 tasting:

A: Pours an amber color with two fingers of head. Head dissipates slowly.

S: Grapefruit hops and nice sugary malts.

T: Lots of hops for a pale ale. Good grapefruit hops but the caramel malts is a little hidden for an APA.

M: Carbonation on this one is great. A little thicker than some APAs but fitting for the taste.

D: Another enjoyable and drinkable beer from Lagunitas. Will get again soon. However, feel this is on the verge of a IPA and that may be why I like it so much.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice inch head with trasparancey.No bottled on or bb date.

The smell is of bitter hops with oil and with citrus. A bit of malt on the side to even it out.

The taste is nice. Amazing bite from the hops. Probable on of the best pale's ive had. Lagunitas is god.

I like M&D because it feel's a little fuller like an IPA, but still has this great drinkability.. Amazing

Keep it up Lagunitas. I have foud a new brewery to love.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A: Pours with orange golden body. Good carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. Nice big head that is fluffy and white.

S: Heavy malt character up front, but then a hop undertone comes through that is rather weak. Not much to say about the aroma other than in is dull and needs more.

T/M: First taste is all malt with some little hops in there. Very one dimensional is the brew with not much going on. Really looking for more out of the character and profile and not getting it.

D: Really easy drink with a good appeal to new drinkers. However, not really a great showing for Pale Ales, in my opinion.

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

Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale pours a vibrant golden color with good sticky head

smells strongly of fruity hops, similar to the Hop Stoopid without the superpine.

taste is dominated by strong grapefruit and pine hops, backed by a decent amount of bready malt. bitterness medium.

fantastic pale ale. easy to drink, perfect balance. not so hoppy that i can't taste the malt, and not too malty that it competes with the fruitiness. Lagunitas never fails to deliver.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty golden color with a brief flourish of bright white head. Aroma of sweet pale malt, A hint of caramel, and a nice mild fruitiness from the hops.
Palate is very nicely balanced between mildly sweet pale malt and a large dose of fruity, grassy hops. Notes of grass, pineapple, and maybe a touch of vanilla somewhere in there. Finish is a lingering bitterness that is thoroughly pleasant.
Body is nice and crisp, clean throughout. Carbonation is fairly mellow. This is a pleasure to drink, an excellent example of a hoppy American pale ale.

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

Bought a 6-pack for $6.99, showing that there is still good beer to be found at under $7 a six. On to the beer:

This is dark gold in color. The foam on top is a finger's thick, gives good lacing, and retains well. The beer's aroma is big, big on hop pedals, releasing sweet grapefruit and orange aromas with a dab of toffee crisp.

Pale ales are not typically this explosive in taste. Some could say that this is really an IPA. Anyway, New Dogtown is big on sweet grapefruit. There's another flavor that's like "piney canteloupe", and it keeps the grapefruit from being too intense and the beer from being too mono. Gentle, smooth, and somewhat creamy is the mouthfeel, and that's just a small reason what this beer is so drinkable. A little resin is leftover in the aftertaste.

Lagunitas mentions on the label that this beer, when first brewed, tasted like brocolli and had palate devasting carbonation. Sounds like a way to lose your appetite. New Dogtown will wet your appetite, and keep you going for another round.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a thin bubbly head that retains really well.

The aroma has a lot of citrus/pine spice with a lot of fruit notes (grapefruit mainly maybe some mandarin?) with a nice pale malt background. Very IPA.

Very crisp with the first sip and the hops are more subdued than the nose lead me to believe
The bitterness (which isn't too much) hits you right up front and carries throughout the whole flavor. It leaves a nice hoppy citrus on the back of your palette. very drinkable beer with some good carbonation.

If your looking pale ale that is a wanna be (not in a bad way) IPA this is a good choice. I'm loving the hops in this one.

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

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info to be gleaned.

Pours clear, lighter amber, with a golden hue. Very loose off white head, shows some retention, before ging to a larger bubble film, collar and bits of again looser lacing.

Hops on the nose, on the musty, leafy and herbal side.

Pronounced hop presence is the lead dog here. Bitter and dry, somebody else said this one seemed more British in style and I agree. Tastes like a well hoped Brit IPA, doesnt have that citric/grapefruit assault of more West Coast style IPAs...anyway, of course I like, but I'm not in love. Servicable, sessionable, works fine in a pinch, just wouldnt call it a "go to" IPA.

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Photo of alkemy
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear lightish golden pour with about two fingers of white head. Kinda grassy/citrusy hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and some tropical fruit notes in the taste. Pine is more of a tertiary flavor. Malty backbone makes a pretty strong appearance in the mid to latter stages of the taste. Light to medium bodied beer. This is just one of those beers that you'd like to session. Very easy drinking and the flavors are not anything that's going to destroy your palate after multiples. This is good for the style, but I prefer Lagunitas' bigger offerings.

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Photo of JLeege
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- on draft into a pint. Pours a vibrant deep yellow color, with a 2 finger fluffy white head which sticks around forever. Good lacing left as well.

Smell- Lots of hops, citrus, some bready malt.

Taste- Follows the aroma very well. Smells hoppy for a APA, taste the same. Loads of grapefruit on the front of the palate, with a nice malt balance. Some pine in there as well, but the majority of the hop presence is citrus.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy.

Overall- This was unexpectedly great! Reminds me a lot of FFF Alpha King actually. I feel this is closer to an IPA than your classic APA, but either way it is a very good beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z bottle from Roths Sunnyside Market Nice clear light copper coloured ale, with a small yet persistand egg-shell white head. Copious lace. Vibrants aromas of spicy/grapefruit like hops and honeyish malts, quite elegant actually. Taste is on the sweet ,honey malt side, but the vast hop conspracy isnt far from the surface and busrst through in all its juicy,fruity glory at the back of the mouth. Very good mouthfeel for style, thicker than usual but still well drinkable. Overall a really nice APA.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden yellow with a thick, fluffy white head. It's held up pretty well by the carbonation, which you can just watch floating to the top all day if you have to. The lacing sticks to the sides of the glass really well. Lagunitas just makes good looking beers.

S - Expectedly hoppy, on the piney side of things. Nice blend with the citrus scents, too. Good and strong aroma, if not very deep.

T - Heavy citrus on the front end with a quick, bitter finish. Pretty damn simple, really. Combination works, can't really complain.

M - Too light for my liking, and sometimes even border-line watery. At least there's a strong carbonation, and it's nice to kind of toss around on the tongue to search for the other flavors. Still, fairly average.

D - Not nearly as strong as many of the brewery's other beers I've had, which makes for a beer that's just easy to kick and back and drink.

Overall/notes: Hey, it's a nice APA, and it's refreshing to have a more laidback brew of Lagunitas. Given the comedic style of their bottles, I decided to watch The Good, the Bad, the Weird and you know, it was a fun film to have a drink to. Certainly worth trying, and grab more than one when you do!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle no. 30876716. There is an attractive copper-yellow pour with a long-lasting, silky cream head about three-quarters of an inch thick. It never diminishes to below a quarter of an inch. The aroma is abundant with pine and floral hops. The body is creamy and in the medium range. The taste comes on strong with bitter hops, vaguely sweet malts, and a smooth finish. Something better than your typical pale ale.

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Photo of Samp01
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden / orange with a nice offwhite head. Aroma of floral hops, some citrus. Taste is bitter hops, some citrus notes. Palate is crisp, medium body with good cabonation. Finish bitter hops, followed by some light malts help to balance. Overall its a bit on the bitter side but still a nice brew.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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