Hoppy Dog
Pub Dog Brewing

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,828
Ranked #46,104
3.32 | pDev: 13.25%
Pub Dog Brewing
Maryland, United States
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 39 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

"Session IPA?" At 5.6%, I wildly disagree. Anyhoo, 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a chill-hazed amber color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Retention is quite good, and the texture leaves behind nice streaks of lacing on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Very caramel-forward. I pick up tons of caramel, along with some biscuit and toffee. There are hoppy touches, but they only seem to balance the malt. Mainly, I get flowers, grass, and pine. All in all, it doesn't seem very special in terms of aroma. (3)

Taste: Yep. This is malt-heavy yet bitter. I get lots of caramel and toffee at first. After the maltiness does it thing, it finishes very bitter, with lots of pine, grass, and flowers. It's SNPA-like (perhaps unsurprisingly), only sharper and harsher. Call me crazy, but a sharper, harsher SNPA doesn't sound like a good thing. And no, it isn't. This is the kind of pale ale the craft beer world (and quite a few Maryland brewers, I might add) have left behind. The bitterness tanks it, basically. (2.25)

Mouthfeel: Despite the heft coming from the malt, it does finish somewhat dry. It should, considering how damn bitter it is. This isn't the good kind of bitter (it isn't resinous or any of that stuff), it's just an aspirin-esque bitterness that lingers and lingers and lingers. Carbonation is middling. (2.25)

Overall: This is an old-school pale ale in the worst way. It's all bitterness and all malt heft. No citrus, no refreshment, no lightness, no nothin'. This state has far better pale ales, and I'll stick with those in the future. (2.5)

2.57/5: Yeah...I got rabies from this hoppy dog

Aug 01, 2015
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Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

I bought this on a limb, just to say I tried new MD brewery. The Hoppy Dog brews really gorgeous. Looks like a golden sunset, gold body with blonde hues. Big frothy white head. The aroma is above par with heavy citric rind with a floral undertone. Nice pale malts sweeten the hops. Taste time! The flavor is hints of citric rind with hints of leafy hops. The malts are sweet, not cloying. The beer has a dry-bitter finish. The feel on the beer is light with tight fizzy carbonation.

Overall: This brew is pretty ok. I don't know the age of this brew, so I got what I got. The hops might have faded, but it used to taste like a well balanced brew...(unless this is fresh..?) the only disappointing part on this brew is the bitter assault. It's almost a synthetic/medicinal bitter. It's not like Mikkeller's 1000 IBU brew. Yet it's still lingering after I'm writing this review. All in all, this brew is worth a shot.

Oct 03, 2014
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well the nose on this is very promising. Heavy on the citrus character. I am apprehensive considering the other scores. And...I am going against the grain on this one. Nice citrus tone with what seems like an equal amount of pine. Interesting. Consistent flavor. I like it. Not sure what everyone else got, but mine is nice! Hopefully yours is the same if you choose to buy it.

Sep 21, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades moderately quickly leaving a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a mainly bready smell mixed with some grainy and caramel smells. Along with these aromas are some light hoppy smells of a grassy and earthy nature as well as a little bit of grapefruit smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp and doughy taste mixed with some caramel sweetness. Right from the start there is a little bit of an earthy hop flavor. As the flavor advances it becomes slightly more grainy in nature with the doughy flavors being lost and the caramel flavor fading some. All the while, more hop flavors start coming to the tongue. These new hops are mainly of a hay and grassy taste which when combined with the grainy flavors and the loss of much of the caramel sweetness, end up leaving a somewhat dry, moderately hopped, flavor that leaves a slightly bad aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly thinner body and higher carbonation level would have likely been slightly better for all the grassy, grainy, and slightly off flavors that are left on the tongue at the end.

Overall – Not really what I would consider a session beer as described on the bottle. Too high in alcohol, with too many off flavors, and not a crisp and easy enough drinking feel. This one did not impress me at all and is not one I will go back to any time soon.

Mar 10, 2014
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RandomExile from Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: translucent orange; persistent eggshell surface film; intricate tiered lace
S: standard pine hops, slight must
T: bitter, piney, herbal
M: dry, sharp, crisp
O: a clean, well-balanced IPA. Strong presentation. Sessionable with a decent kick.

16oz / Pint Glass / Mt. Airy Tavern, MD

Feb 05, 2014
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours cloudy orange with a tiny head. Smells of citrus and floral hops but not too strong. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops. Beer is light bodied and nicely carbonated, very drinkable. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Nov 13, 2013
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therica from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather nice for a pub-stock on tap, had at Mt Airy Tavern in Maryland with dinner last night.

A= modestly nice head, some retention, somewhat golden.

S= billowing hops florals and some medium sweet malts.

T= We were told it was an IPA by the restaurant but it makes more sense that it turns out to be an APA. Fairly nice hops bitters, maybe in the 50 IBU range, strong for an APA but modest for an IPA. Decent hops bitters, florals and some malts but a bit weak and watery in the follow.

M= light floral hops remnants, slightly watery, could have had more of a solid base to it.

D= Nice before and with our meal as either an APA or IPA as a "house-stock beer." No conflicts with burgers, clam chowder or salads.

Sep 02, 2010
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Consumed 11/28/09. 5.4% ABV
A) Pours with a two finger head. Creamy and fairly tight. Lacing is sticky and creamy. The body is hazy. Noticeable upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Floral nose. Grapefruit. Mellow caramel malts.
T) Malty sweet up front. Then moves to a robust hop bite, that quickly takes over. Very earthy. Black pepper. Lingering hops from the finish and beyond.
M) Mellow fizziness. Medium body. Tannin feel. Slightly dry.
D) A decent APA. The hoppy bitterness is nearly obnoxious and on the verge of ESB status.

Nov 28, 2009
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ClockworkOrange from Pennsylvania

2.22/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A very nice looking cobalt blue 1L swing top. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazed pale yellow color with about a finger of fluffy bone white head. So far, so good. I spoke too soon. Nose and flavor are of wild skunk cabbage, caramel, lemon, toasted bread, more skunk cabbage, vegetal, not too pleasant. Decent carbonation levels with a light body. More thought should have been put into what is in the bottle rather than the bottle itself. Steer clear.

Oct 07, 2009
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