Hoppy Dog | Pub Dog Brewing

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Pub Dog Brewing
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 10-07-2009

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPA1978
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Nightmare1972
2.99/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dur921
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of osickeym
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.57/5  rDev -21.6%
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

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Photo of jvodom
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.3/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Jack_Frost79
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jimpyle48
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of terrysjag
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Vogt52
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Nlawrence301
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.59/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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Hoppy Dog from Pub Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 38 ratings