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 the_awesometeer
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance - Nice golden color, thick white foamy head, laces the glass very well. Looks amazing.

Smell - Nice aroma of the bitterness of hops. No other smells come out

Mouthfeel - Nice foam still, smooth, and refeshing.

Taste - Nice hop taste yet balanced enough not to let it get to biter

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Sinfull
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Clear amber color , medium , white head. Aroma of pine and caramel malt . Pine and citrus in bittersweet taste. Medium body and carbonation. Good beer.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4/5  rDev +0.3%

I had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Bowling Green, my fourth Lagunitas review. Lagunitas really nails the IPA/PA beer types. Great malt and hops flavors, strong citrus, maybe some pine. I loved the aroma, very strong, you can tell what's coming a mile away. The color is an orange-copper, very enticing. Give it a shot if you have a chance.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Taking the pale in Pale Ale rather far this had a near yellow like copper color and a weaker head than expected.

Light hop aroma and a substantial tea leaf nose this had aromas of lemon, pine, biscuit and bread.

The flavor seems spot on for the style as the balance of hops and malt is stellar. Slightly bitter at the finish this keeps a blend of tea leaf, barley, pine, floral hop cone, lemon and bready like flavors.

You just can't go wrong with Lagunitas when it comes to nailing a style.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.27/5  rDev +7%

Bottled July 18, 2014

clear orange, frothy 2 finger head.

Subtle orange and caramel malt in the nose. Nothing too strong. Nice for an APA.

Good balance of sweet sugary caramel and semi bitterness. Some mango and orange. A good toned down blend.

Moderate carb, moderate body, slicker than expected.

Good APA. Has that signature lagunitas backbone with all the typical hoppiness toned down a few notches. Hits the category well.

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Photo of Beric
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%

Served: 18 August 2014
Serving: Bottle into pint glass

Appearance: 4.25/5. Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with some deeper golden hues. Looks a lot like an AAL, but definitely a bit darker. Leaves magnificent lacing.

Smell: 4/5. Lively citrus hop aroma with slight malt sweetness.

Taste: 4/5. Appreciable levels of citrus hoppiness with a solid malt backbone that adds almost lager-like notes of breadiness. The beer is incredibly balanced. Finishes drier than I'd expect for an APA.

Mouthfeel: 4/5. Medium-high carbonation and good malt backbone makes the beer both refreshing and full-bodied.

Overall: 4.25/5. One of the best standard APAs I've had. Lighter in body than SNPA, but still big on the flavor without being too over-the-top for the style. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%

Brilliant clarity, frothy ivory head that lingers. Aroma is dominated by pine, earthy and floral hops, and a touch of tropical fruit. Flavor lacks a bit in comparison, fairly bitter dominant in the finish. Malt is somewhat bready, but those bittering hops kill the taste for me. Citrus eventually comes out, but the bitterness overwhelms.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH IPA glass, orange amber colored with a huge fluffy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: citrus with slight pine, slightly fruity, mango, pineapple

T: bitter up front with flavors of pine resin, sweetens with flavors of citrus in middle, finish is bitter and lingers

M: medium bodied with lower carbonation

O: good quality pale ale with nice flavors

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Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured on draft a local bottle shop.

A: Pours a light lemon yellow and zero head, and no lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops. Lemon. Cracker malts.

T: Lemon. Orange. Slightly acidic.

M: Light body. Heavy carb. Stream of bubbles.

O: Honestly, I was expecting more here. Lagintas normally has very solid offerings, but this was not one of my favorites. I'm wondering if this keg was a touch old. Maybe I will revisit this one at a later date.

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Photo of mjurney
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden-amber color, a little particle floating. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick bright rocky head.

Lots of citrus, orange, some pine and floral. Sweet malts.

Hop forward, citrus, bitter orange, spicy, floral. Lean malt background. Finish is crisp and bitter. Body is very crisp, a little oily, tangy, refreshing, smooth.

It's an excellent American Pale Ale.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out a clear amber color. Two fingers of off white head with retention that doesn't quit. Left a ring of lacing around the top of my glass.

S: Piney and floral with just a hint of orange citrus. There is a malty backbone that is present but somewhat subdued.

T: Mostly floral with a subtle sweet orange flavor. Hop bite is a bit surpising.

M: Crisp and smooth. Light to medium body that is actually a bit creamy. Medium carb.

O: Very good pale ale. Unlike many of the other Lagunitas offering I've had, this one has more of a bitter hop presence versus the booming maltiness I'm used to from them. This one actually kicks more than some garbage IPAs. It is somewhat understated in the sense of intensity sort of like Dale's Pale Ale and could pretty much be considered an IPA.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear bright gold. Decent head retention/lace. Looks good! Smells like loads of every type of citrus you can imagine. Big fruit nose. Taste is definitely big citrus hops...grapefruit/lemon being the primary. If u dont like hitter hops, this is not your beer. Carbonation level is fairly high, but it works with the flavors. Overall, I'm impressed. Lagunitas brews some high quality pale ales! If u like hops, this is a good one.

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Photo of matjack85
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Jewel/Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear golden/amber color and made a fluffy white 1½-finger white head. The head lasted about a minute before fading to a thin white cap, and it left some decent lacing.

Big grapefruit hop aroma.

Heavy grapefruit and orange peel bitterness hits right away. There is a bready maltiness underneath that gets stronger as it warms and helps with balance and adds some sweetness. The bitterness returns in the finish and it lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied with higher than average carbonation.

Not a big fan of this one, but if you're a big hophead, you might like it more than I did.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 038 14. Clear light amber (golden) pour. Massive thick head with excellent lacing and retention. Nice nose of citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange but sweet tropicals are also quite noticeable, coupled with a light spruce over a slight biscuit sweetness. Medium bodied with a nice slick texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is a complex blend of hop flavor that leaves the sweet biscuit in the background. It begins as a tropical blend with grapefruit in the forefront, then flows into a grapefruit / orange rind like bitterness. As the bitterness subsides, a touch of biscuit sweetness evolves that highlights the orange hop component. The finish is tart with a burst of effervescence that leaves a slight rind like lingering bitterness. An outstanding well crafted pale ale.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow with a medium frothy white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is biscuity malts and grassy, slightly metallic, hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with a pretty big grassy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK pale ale with good bitterness. The biscuit malt and grassy hops aren't my thing though.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/floral hops and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dave39
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose is really a pungent grapefruit. Not bad, but just different. Grapefruit is overwhelming.

Taste is a little off. The lack of balance shows through in the after taste. Definitely a notch below others I have reviewed.

I can session with up to 6%, but this is not a sessionable beer for me because of the extreme bitterness at the end. The palate is punished, and not in a good way.

So, it's not sessionable, and not an occasion beer, so I don't see it getting any space in my fridge anytime soon. It's really a notch below the Sculpin and Stone's Ruination IPA, imo. It's not even in the same universe as the Enjoy By.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.88/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pilsener glass. Purchased at Willow Park in Regina.

Dark yellow (but not quite golden) and a little hazy. Bright white head is 1/2 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a few islands and a ring around the edge.

Aroma is all hops. Citrusy through and through.

Zero complexity here. Citrus hops with a bitter grapefruit finish. No balance either.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Ho-hum. Let's assault our palate with hops. Could be quite nice if we actually had atleast a trace of malt.

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Photo of illpass78
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a neat golden color with a pillowy white head that sticks around a good while. Carbonation and lacing both heavy.

Aroma: Smells of pine, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, grassiness and some toast.

Taste: There's something off about this. The grapefruit in the nose is really, really dominant. It's very bitter for an American pale ale. It's OK but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: It's pleasant on the palate; body is just right for this style. The bitter grapefruit taste makes it less enjoyable, though.

Overall: I know this stuff is beloved but I'm kind of lukewarm on it. It's very average. The dominant flavors don't appeal to me, which is kind of a deal-breaker.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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 damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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 myelo
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold with ample white head and substantial lacing

Aroma: Substantial citrus and piney hops with a bit of malt background.

Taste: Again, hops. Some bitterness but more aroma hops with a bit of malt. Think grapefruit/mango on a cracker. Some lingering bitterness but very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with ample carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good APA, one of my favorites.

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Photo of JoshuaMason
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage: 2013
Appearance: Bright, Translucent Gold; Storm of Carbonation; Fluffy, White head
Smell: Pine; Resin; Lemon; Bread; Fresh Wort
Taste: Pine; Lemon; Cereal Grains; Wort
Mouth-feel: Crisp; light-medium body; Medium Carbonation;
Overall: Goddamn Wonderful. One of, if not the best, PA on the market.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a white head.

S: Orange and citrus rind in a simple but tasty smelling nose.

T: Orange, dry, almost a champagne like dryness, and quite pleasant. Not complex but good.

M: Medium bodied, not overly carbonated, perhaps a bit smooth.

O: Worth a try. Not one of the best pale ales out there, but drinkable and tasty.

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New Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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