Pale Dog | Hops and Grain Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
169 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good
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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:
169
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of champ103
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color. A two finger white head forms and sticks around for a minute. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big juicy, and piny hops up front. Lingering resiny aromas. Maybe some faint biscuit malt aromas in the background. Very nice.
T: The same juicy and hoppy flavor. Though not as big as the nose. Light biscuit malt. I like it, and typically like more subtle hops. Though I think this would benefit from being a bit brighter because there is not much malt flavor for substance. Still enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body. Very dry, though a bit to thin for my tastes. I wish it was more crisp. Very easy to drink. A great everyday, no frills drinker.

I do like this, and the six pack will be gone in no time. I will be glad to quaff more, if it becomes available in the Houston area. Another enjoyable option from Hops & Grain.

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Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a very hazed, light copper color with a small, tight cap of tan head. Retention is average and lacing slightly above.

Nose is candy caramel apple with a light toasty malt aroma. Hops are a little bit of pine and tropical fruit.

Taste has pretty substantial contributions from both the hops and malt. starts with a tropical hop flavor, followed by a strong toast/toffee/caramel malt. Finishes plenty bitter as well. More of a hoppy amber than a pale to me, and the malts sometimes get carried away on the toasty side, but not too shabby. I wont have much problem finishing my sixer, but it would have to take a good sale price for me to reach for this one again.

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Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of mig100
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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 zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color, with a fluffy off-white head. Very puffy, but didn't stick around long, dissipated to a froth. Aroma was lightly sweet, with some caramel and nuttiness, and some slight resinous hop notes. Had a good bitterness to it, finishing clean with a tinge of sweetness. It has a light to medium, creamy body to it. Nice refreshing pale.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their flagship pale ale is a solid contender, one that hits the right notes with pizzazz. Pours a clear golden color. Light, hoppy aroma on the grassy side. Same grassy flavor profile with a long dry finish. The kind of pale ale I enjoy. This dog’s a keeper.

Updated March 2012
Apparently they revamped and revised their recipe. So it was worth revisiting this one.
On the latest/new version of the Pale Dog I noticed a much more pronounced honeyed sweetness, honeyed flavor and sweet finish. Grassy hop profile remains but there’s more of a sweet malt balancing this out. I can picture this one being an excellent candidate for cask conditioning.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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 DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Kiniey01
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of durlta
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber glass holds a white head that gives up tidemarks of lace.

Smell: So citric and fresh, like flowers! Lightly pine, with a candy sweetness. Candied orange peels, oh, this is nice.

Taste: Punchy hops for a Pale, doesn't go crazy but full hop flavor with a light tea finish. Malt base is firm but slender, but more than supports the hoppy Juicy Fruit yum.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body manages a bit of chew. Light to medium carbonation keeps it lively. A little slick in the finish, oily.

Overall: Wow. Lots of great hop flavor for a Pale, almost want to put this in the XPA category, and I like it! Great citric west coast hop profile in a reasonably drinkable package. Too heavy for a session but one or two on a hot Texas day hits the spot.

Great early beers from H&G, keep them coming!

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Pale Dog from Hops and Grain Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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