Doggie Style
Flying Dog Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,366
Ranked #42,308
3.66 | pDev: 12.57%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Doggie StyleDoggie Style
Notes: Trends may come and go, but classics transcend time and space. And Doggie Style is certainly a classic. The standard in pale ales, this beautiful amber liquid perfectly balances Northern Brewer, Cascade, Simcoe, and Citra hops, then melds them together with Carastan malts to create an incredibly satisfying beer-flavored beer that tastes like beer. Next time you’re in the mood to get down and dirty with some sauce-heavy Chinese or BBQ, crack one open and make it a Doggie Style kind of night.

Malts: Caramel
Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade, Citra, Simcoe
Yeast: American Ale
IBU: 35
Reviews: 1,011 | Ratings: 2,440 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle foamed over when it was opened. Had been in fridge since getting it as a Christmas gift. Pours a copper color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. No discernable aroma. Taste is hops without the bitterness. Slightly spicy. Not a bad beer after I got the overflow cleaned up.

Dec 31, 2020
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper amber with a one finger head. Smell is mostly citrus with a candy sweetness as well. Taste follows with grapefruit and malts. Not hoppy at all which I appreciate. Light to medium fizz makes it an easy drinker.

Aug 16, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a cask (opened Monday, poured Wednesday) into a 10 oz (296 ml) goblet at the Ginger Man in Manhattan.
A: Pours a hazy, copper color with a one finger, off-white head, rim retention, and modest lacing.
S: Aromas of citrus (lemon and grapefruit), orange Pixie-Stix, and caramel.
T: Semisweet. Caramel stronger, but citrus and dusty sweetness still evident.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: I thought this was solidly made APA.

Jul 25, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Below average body with an above average amount of carbonation.
Aroma is grapefruit, malt,bitter hops, grapefruit peel.
Taste is similar to aroma, bitter grapefruit being most prevalent

Mar 09, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cerveza con una cabeza espumosa color beige, de baja carbonatación y ligera. Aroma débil a lúpulo y caramelo. En boca tiene un sabor cítrico, con un dejo a caramelo y lúpulo. Fácil de beber.

Feb 27, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Pale chestnut, thin white head that slowly clears
S- Grains, malts, nothing that striking,
T- Quite thin really, The name suggests drama and assertiveness but it's quite tame, I rather like it.
F- Nice, fulfilling, a beery beer, without silly vogueish citrus demands invading.
O- Nice, intresting. But $ to buy in single 330ml bottles with your weely shop together with your groceries,

Oct 14, 2018
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Rufus1 from Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber into a fifteen ounce glass mug the same temperature as the beer. Small tan head that hangs around. Some patchy lacing.

Nose is of sweet malt followed by light brown sugar. Very light on the hops side. A little fruitiness.

Sweet on the palate. Dextrin. Flat molasses. Bread. Hops understated.

Thin and watery. Sweet finish with poor hop balance.

Not a bad pale ale. Not great either.

Aug 15, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

4.64/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely fruity and tropical in the nose and with what a color! Tempting golden amber, feels great, light bodied, well balanced APA. The hops are there in the taste as well, earthy and piney with a slightly bitter aftertaste, awesome drinkability. Flying Dog did it again with a classic American Pale Ale.

Aug 04, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Optimus Beer. In shaker glass. At roquetas de Mar. In shaker glass. Smooth, a bit sweet with grapefruit and orange citrusy notes and a soft bitterness. 1 month before bbf date.

Jul 18, 2017
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88caprice from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: a good APA, but not remarkable.

Clover honey colored. A slight haze. Thin foamy head.
Smells like sweetened grapefruit with the bitter zing of the rind.
Taste follows the smell with a grapefruit-like hop character up front. A bitter and dry hop character in the middle is reminiscent of rinds, peels, or grape seeds. Finishes with a malt tease that quickly disappears.

May 15, 2017
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Lucnifter from California

3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Diacetyl all over. I did get an expired bottle. Take that for what you will. Not horrible, but not something I'd seek out again, even if it was fresh.

Apr 28, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of FD's best, classic APA, especially creamy head and body.

A) Lasting, dense rocky head over clear amber orange body that fills glass with lace. *best looking APA!

S) Nose of aromatic hops, bit of spicy hops, grassy, light malts.

T) Taste grassy and spicy hops, ample bitterness on a light malt base, bit of bitterness and sticky in the finale.

F) Mouth is creamy, medium bodied and carb.

I might up this on the way back!

Feb 28, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Mildly hazed in body which turns out to be clear thereafter with amber orange in color and one finger of creamy off-white head, it slowly recedes with pretty good retention before collapsing to an eternal bubble sheet on the surface and leaving some lacing patch and spot here and there, high visible carbonation.

Mild floral hop in the aroma with a touch of grass, some citrus and lime, malt is here to shine with its bread, grain, buttery, sweet, caramel, and some toasted profile.

Malt is also prominent in the taste providing its bread, grain, toasted biscuit, sweet caramel, and some buttery note like in the aroma. Hop is just a complement with notes of some earthy and grassy, citrus, lime, and slight resiny bitterness. All the hop flavors seem to be much bolder when the beer starts to warm.

Medium body with rather smooth mouthfeel and some lively crisp carbonation to cater all the things well inside the palate, finish is dry and rather clean. Decent example of APA, however, still there is a lot better than this.

Jan 06, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a toasty deep amber red from the 12oz bottle into my tulip. Atop the beer a one finger, frothy white cap forms. Good head retention and lacing is composed of large thick webs.

S- The grains take precedent by just a bit with a fair hop presence backing them. Toastiness comes to mind first with slight caramel, cereal grains, sweets and yeast bread leading into earthy and herbal hops. A slight bit of citrus in there as well.

T- As the aroma certainly suggested, the beer takes on a balanced flavor profile that strays just a tiny bit over middle ground into the malty side of the spectrum. Toast, nuttiness, slight caramel without awkward sweetness, cereal grains, bread and freshly cracked barley lead off. A mild hop profile of earthy, herbal and spicy hints rounds it out.

MF- Light bodied with a puffy and frothy consistency. The carbonation is very high and crisp. Finishes just little bitter.

A well brewed Pale Ale that will get you both your malt and hop fix bringing balance to the table and slightly leaning towards the grains. These were a lot more common five years ago and this one brings you back in a good way.

Nov 28, 2016
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ThePold from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle in a nonic. Fresh one by date. 2 fingers of foam, okay lacing, nothing to really get excited about. Nose is like a watered down Stone IPA, which is not a knock for a plain pale ale. Taste is smooth and easy mouthfeel. Could drink several of these, but not something I'd go overboard on.

Nov 11, 2016
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Kubishark from Maryland

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at some restaurant in Frederick, MD. I'm giving this mid to high 3s across the board because that's truly how this beer looks, smells, tastes, and feels to me: good, solid, but ultimately not anything particularly special. The color is a pale orange-copper, the smell is simultaneously malty and citrussy, the taste is pretty much the same, without having either side shine or taste very notable to me, and the feel is medium bodied. It's good, but I think Flying Dog has better options.

Oct 25, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doggie-Style congregates in my nonic pint as a honey-tinged amber color, with a tall, frothy head of 3 fingers. Lace is left exhuberantly on the sides as if to say "here is where I was, and yet I'm still here". Opacity is 80%.

Aroma is of the cleanest malts I've possibly ever nosed. Some barn wood, with some faint dark citrus hop. I just want to keep smelling it. Make it an air freshener (but don't get pulled over!)

Flavor comes off strong with notes of fresh citrus peel and pith, followed by a touch of toffee, pale malts, and a fresh squirt of hop juice. Super clean profile with only minimal residual off-noted bitterness.

Feel is quenching. Creamy. Light bodied, effervescent. A light parch dries on the palate with some honey-like stickiness.

A rather enjoyable pale ale that I'd have again and again. For best results, drink on a clean palate.

Oct 06, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/23/16 into pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is an almost perfect balance between hops and malt. Citrus peel, pine, bready malts - all working together instead of competing with one another. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. A very fine APA.

Aug 19, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden / copper body with an off-whit cap. Steady effervescence emanating from the bottom. Aromas of malt, cracker, cracked pepper. Pine, hops, alcohol, atop a sturdy malt body. Light to medium bodied. This isn't my jam, in terms of pale ales.

Aug 08, 2016
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 118A16 (Aril 28, 2016?) DFH Tulip.

A (3.5): Pours a hazy copper-amber with just under 1 finger off-white head. Very little visible carbonation. Retains a thick ring of white around the edges and a large island of foam and a couple of bubbles in the middle. Leaves a few trails of lacing on the glass.

S (4): Smells like cascade hops! And a good dollop of malt. Kind of a sweet orange marmalade thing going on. There is a distinct cascade smell of orangey dankness. I really enjoy the smell of this beer.

T (3.5): Dry, balanced arrival. Mid palate fills your mouth with light, bready malt and cascade hops. Malt with a good bit of piney dankness at the end. Website says it has some Northern Brewer, Simcoe, and Citra. The Northern Brewer would explain that dankness at the end. And I can definitely get some citra on the finish.

M (3.5): Solidly midweight, but very active carbonation on the tongue makes it seem much lighter. This is really carbonated and tingly. A little slickness on the end that stops it from being a really clean finish.

O (3.75): If you were to ask me what does an American Pale Ale taste like? This would be the answer. Really a great go-to American pale. Perfectly balanced between malt and hops. Good for just when you want a beer and want it to be good. A little less malty or sweet than either Mirror Pond or Burning River, but very similar to both. Less hoppy overall, but more dank, and with fewer esters than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Jul 15, 2016
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, code 112A16... left out to sit for 30 min before opening and pouring into a shaker)

L: slightly-pale amber liquid with a faint haze... head pours high, reaching the top of the glass (2-finger width); rocky, fuzzy-dense spongy structure... looks nice all around

S: hop aromas mostly orange, with some grapefruit peel and maybe a splash of lemon/lime... bready, sweetish malt that nearly approaches balance with the hops... sort of floral highlight on the edges, reminds me of hand lotion... overall, great intensity and dimension in the aromas

T: much less bitterness than expected up front, really only a mildly-bitter, tannic hop flavor in the aftertaste... the malt rolls past in the finish with a bit more caramel than anticipated, almost coming across like an amber ale... the citrus hop flavors end up coming across like finely-shaved outer zest, with a bit of an herbal, weedy flavor lingering in the aftertaste... light toast emerges in the aftertaste halfway through the glass

F: the carbonation maintains a foamy quality in its flow, its blankety softness hovers over its thinly round yet altogether light body... the finish is rather delightfully dry, residual hop resins and malt sugars mellow, but there's a subtle pasty film left over, which I enjoy

O: pretty much a straight-forward American pale ale but perhaps on a couple points with a nod to its English forefather... can't say it's a got a unique character, though its (malt) aromas and flavors are quite alive and their resulting interplay and balance and the beer's overall dirtiness wins me over compared to a cleaner, sharper, more hop-forward take... I could see drinking this at a barbeque and I'll keep it in mind if I'm in that rare mood for a basic APA

May 23, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

With an initial hoppsy and spice flavor it has an interestingly smooth blend of novelty with solid beer flavor. Interesting as this beer might be, I can't say that I'd want to drink this all night. It's just a pleasant diversion.

May 23, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale ale that doesn't offer much clarity, plenty of haze. Aroma was boozy, not hoppy, smelled of tea and toffee malt impact.

Taste had more in common with Fuller's than Sierra Nevada. Is this an English pale ale or what? Perhaps with their move to the east coast, I'm just not getting it as fresh, but damn, the hops and bitterness to a lesser degree seem conspicuously absent/diminished. I mean, toffee and tea out of pale malts? Mild floral lemon notes.

I dunno, this just came off below average in almost every category.

May 04, 2016
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I haven’t had a Flying Dog in a while, but I like this brewery. I am the self-declared hop head, but am also known to enjoy a nice pale ale. This variety has a mild 5.5% ABV and promises to be refreshing, of course.

Look-It pours a pleasantly clear amber color with some copper hues that shine through nicely in the light. The carbonation trails are even and the head is two fingers this and slowly diminishes to one finger and then less later on.

Smell-The smell is approachable and non-intimidating. It has a pleasant malt base composed of roasted grains and then a dark hoppiness that lets grape and apricot shine through.

Taste-Grapefruit and apricot is a song sung highly in the hop department. Malts are noticeable first, but aren’t overwhelming. The malts and hops share the stage equally. Floral components rear their head towards the end like clover and maybe some rose and dandelion.

Mouthfeel-It is smooth, medium-bodied, and with a delayed release of mild carbonation that is fizzy and fine-tuned. The tongue is left with a fine coating of resin and grassy hop turpenes that are subtle enough to be enjoyed by novice and hop heads.

Overall-Unfortunately, the several pale ales that I have tried were either over or under hopped. This one is the first variety of its class that I have tried that is so well placed in the pale ale classification scheme. It might be more difficult to hit the bullseye in terms of nailing the pale ale style than most people give credit for, but this brewer definitely knows their pale ales and do so with finesse and sleight of hand.

Mar 10, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours an amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight hop flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent PA

Aug 16, 2015
Doggie Style from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2440 ratings