Pale Dog | Hops and Grain Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
170 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hops and Grain Brewery
Texas, United States
hopsandgrain.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
55 IBU

Added by omnigrits on 01-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by jlindros:
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay craft cans, thanks to AdamR46 (reddit).

The can pour forces a huge fizzy 3+ finger head that forces me to stop pouring even, fades at a med pace and leaves mild soapy lacing, very hazy orange-yellow colored beer.

Nose brings some fresh hops, a big citrus pop right off with a big shot of fresh grapefruit being squeezed, mild orange juice and tangerine, hint of rind bitterness too, touch of a peachy stone fruit, and just a touch of a sweet malt base.

Taste brings more of the citrus and grapefruit, a nice grapefruit squirt and juice, with a bit more orange juice, rind bitterness, tangerine, etc, similar to the nose. Then a little floral slight herbal hop kicks in very lightly, A mild grainy toasty malt flavor with a little sweetness and fluff. Finish brings fair bitterness, pretty dry too, a little more grapefruit and citrus pop, hint of tangerine too lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall pretty nice for a pale, well done bitterness, nice malt base, and good citrusy hops with a nice flavor and aroma, pretty well done.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of withliterature
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is MUCH better than I remembered--the first time I had it, I thought it was bland! Maybe a bad tap, as I was at a sports bar.

Really nice, pine-y hop aroma and a smooth mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation. The balance of malt makes this very drinkable, with some balancing sweetness so that it's not a hop bomb but a very flavorful IPA. The Cascade hops really come through on the nose.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

For all of the Pale Ales out there, this one is about a half-stride in front of the middle of the pack; it’s a tough act to put out there. If not for the choice of hops and the balance put forth, we’d be singing a different tune. Worth a try, and it being a canned option helps.

STYLE: American Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed nectarine color, impressive head

SMELL: Citrus zest, soft pine, pipe tobacco, ripe pears, bread crust, yeast, faint caramel

TASTE: Crisp pop, malty medium body, slightly hop forward, ample bitterness, orange hop resin, lemon pith, fresh-cut grass, nutty grain, apple skin, kiss of alcohol, dry finish

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Whip In.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of orange citrus notes, with a little bit of biscuit malt. The flavor is similar at first, but there are also some odd notes. I get some orange notes, but there is also a dirty character which makes the beer a bit difficult to drink. There is a decent amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, xpimptastikx!

Nearly clear dark orange and amber with a moderately sized off-white head. Leaves the head messy with thick streams of bubbly lace down the glass. Very pretty pale ale.

The nose is decidedly better than the aroma. Toasted biscuits, earth, mild citrus, and some dulled caramel combine nicely. This reminds me of many well-made, yet straightforward American style pale ales.

The flavor isn't quite as pleasant as the aroma, with a very high level of bitterness and just a touch of an onion or garlic character taking away from the otherwise pleasant biscuit, earth, mild citrus, and grapefruit character.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very nice.

Decent, but being surrounding by the best hoppy beers in the world, this one just doesn't quite stand up. Still very glad to have had the opportunity to try it, however!

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big light tan head slowly settles into a nice lacing with a small biscuity mound in the middle of the glass. This orangeish caramel honey colored pale ale seems to be well carbonated and not really clear, sort of lightly filled with small suspended particles giving it a semi cloudy look.

Citrus hops dominate the aroma with maybe orange peels sticking out the most.

A nice citrus hops with some light pine notes overwhelming just about anything else that is trying to make it's presence known in the taste of this well done beer.

A slight bitter edge with some lingering hops with a dry aftertaste on this medium bodied Austin based beer.

I really liked this pale ale, it's as if someone asked me what kind of beer do you like, and I would have answered "a nice citrus hops style beer that isn't to overbearing or expensive".
And they handed be this, and my day is thus completed, except for an afternoon of sittin' back and downing quite a few cold ones.

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Photo of lnashsig
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 109!

Thanks to Will (Canadianghetto) for passing this can along to me from Austin. These guys are a new kid on the block and I've been interested in trying them out. Unfortunately, only available in Austin at this point. Poured from can to New Belgium tulip. Pours a nice darker orange/amber color, nice head and some retention. Pretty transparent. Smell- lemon/orange peel floral and graham cracker. Taste- really nice citrus tangy blast followed by a decent malt sweetness. lemon/lime/orange peel citrus hop profile. This is super drinkable, well done. I'd welcome it in cans available in Houston. And, come to think of it, we don't have many Texas made Pale Ales.

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Photo of javlin624
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of hsus0225
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GrantJM
3.6/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Jacobus79
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of erushing
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to becher pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-hazy burnt orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that tipped off at a clean subtle pace. Mild lace slid into the beer.
The aroma had some sweet to bitter citrusy and floral hops up front over top of a clean biscuit/white bready malt bill.
The flavor was sweet and bitter at different times, not fully blended and bringing the malt bill in the same way. Aftertaste was faint and somewhat malty with a touch of the citrusy hops.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt pretty spot on.
Overall, pretty nice APA. Expectations were achieved.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This rating is based on a tasting from the tap at the brewery.

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Photo of bmurray10
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BrewAskew
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a permanent white had and minimal lacing. Hazy orange-amber color. Arom ais very hop forward, with citrus, spice and Christmas Tree and a little honey/caramel in the background. Flavor is intensely hoppy with a sweet malt backdrop and fruity esters. Mouthfeel is heavy for style but good. Overall, a great APA from Texas' weird town.

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Photo of cfrobrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of steelscarab
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can.

Appearance: Pours with a decent head and residual lacing. Coppery and hazy. Appears promising.

Smell: Can immediately smell strong citrus notes. Good hop aroma. It's strong smelling; easy to smell just from pouring it.

Taste: Lots of citrus in the beginning. The taste is definitely more hops orientated but there is a subtle malt flavor too. The hop flavor lingers and turns into a smooth, gentle hop finish afterwards. Not overly bitter or biting. Nice residual taste. I'd like more variation in the hops but overall it's good.

Mouth: Good mouthfeel. It is just in the middle as far as thickness is concerned. It lingers on the tongue for a while, though not in a sticky or negative way. Not terribly thick but that seems right for a pale ale.

Drinkability: High. It's not too thick or heavy so I can see myself drinking a few without feeling too full. It tastes slightly more hoppy than a totally balanced pale ale, but I don't mind one bit. Not terribly expensive, tastes good, and is medium in thickness; leads to a very drinkable ale.

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Pale Dog from Hops and Grain Brewery
3.87 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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