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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,272
Ranked #40,143
3.66 | pDev: 12.57%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
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Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade, Citra, Simcoe

35 IBU
Reviews: 1,009 | Ratings: 2,434 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Camjmorton:
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of hopphead31415
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (110B15, apparently means it expired 17 days ago!)

A: Copper body with a nice one finger foam head that leaves a bit of lacing and a thin collar.
S: Mild with a slight hint of hopes over the classic pale ale smell, with some nice malt in there.
T: Deliciously malty with a nice hop side to it. Definitely most malts, but has become good in its old age.
M: Solid carbonation that foams up with only the slightest edge of roughness.
O: This must have gotten its second wind after expiring, but the hops are lacking. This probably isn't exactly what they had in mind, but it did have 2015 on the label and it was shiny, clean and had no dust. I've had fresh pale ales that I don't like as much as this though.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this for the first time earlier in the week up at the Cloverleaf. While I like American Pale Ale's a lot, this reminded me more of an ESB because of how it poured and the way the taste resonated with me. That's not to say that this was a bad beer, but it was just underwhelming in a very mellow sort of way.

This had a decent copper hue to the pour, with a moderate head and just enough lacing to be seen but not anything noteworthy. Very strong English bitter presence in the nose, reinforced by the same taste from start to finish. Earthy, somewhat floral, and full of a "darker" citrus tone, this certainly felt like a Pale Ale but not like the West Coast ones that I've become accustomed to. Not feeling like oil or resin, this was more balanced and full-bodied that I would have guessed, but it still went down easily nevertheless.

The alcohol was good and while the carbonation was present, it wasn't enough to detract from the somber taste and feel of this beer. Maybe it was the caramel malts that were a bit out of lace here, but regardless, this was a good example of the style that would be a nice deviation from the more popular takes on this style that are more common. A bit more dry-hopped and full than I would have liked, I'd have this again to take a break from stronger and hoppier versions of an APA.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a mug

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, deep amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted sourdough bread, and biscuits, melded with strong aromas of floral, piney hops. I also get some notes of caramel and black pepper, and a touch of tropical fruit-like citrus.

Taste: Very nice! Strong flavors of toasted malt up front, with notes of freshly baked bread and pretzels, followed by some caramel-like sweetness and finished with some beautifully balanced, piney, slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty effervescent as there is some nice carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, beautifully balanced American Pale Ale. I’ll definitely get some more of this!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a shaker pint, beer is amber and clear with a thin head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, hop candy.

Beer is thin, grainy on the finish, a little dry, mild hop character. Not a great APA but decent, other than the aftertaste just an OK beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Florian's. Brown-red clear body with a quarter inch of light tan head. Floral pithy hops dominate the aroma. Caramel malt and apricot-like pithy bitter hops dominate the flavor. Fairly well balance, though the hops are a little more central. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Fairly drinkable. Not the best APA I've had, but probably the best thing I've had from Flying Dog so far.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours clear golden, thin white head, heavy lacing, decent retention

S: some oaky character up front along with grass, pine, and caramel. Very mellow, decent balance.

T: taste is pretty bland, some green hops up front followed by malts, not a very good balance between the two

MF: light body, medium carbonation

O: this is a pretty run of the mill pale, nothing offensive about it but nothing that makes me want to drink more of it

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Photo of Dmorrison
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent taste of crystal (or darker) malts, followed by a classic pale flavor, and finished with two distinct, mild hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is excellent, like a bottle conditioned beer.

I usually hate pale beers, but I love this complex drink.

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Photo of redfire89
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bright copper color with a foamy head
S- Very floral fragrance with some citrus notes and a little piney scent
T- A good balance of hops and malt
M- Easy drinking
O- It's a lot like Sierra Nevada only easier to drink and less spicy. An excellent well rounded beer.

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Photo of BillH200174
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored body with a respectable off white frothy head. The aroma is both heavy with malt and hops, aromatic citrus hops, caramel malts. The flavor is well balanced, nice toasty pine notes with a pronounced grapefruit zest character. Finish is crisp, bitter/sweet and dry.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of watermelonman
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived as a dark brown and orange with a small head. It's a unique color for the style. It's leaving some good lacing behind, too.

The smell is decent, with hops taking most of the credit. The malt profile is good, and really comes through in the taste. Hops are definitely detectable but not dominating in the flavor. It's a smooth taste, and the mouthfeel follows that lead.

The alcoholic content actually tastes higher than it is. Still, this remains pretty drinkable.

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Photo of cbros
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a mug.

A- Pours a deep amber color. Very different from a majority of other APA's that I have tasted. There is a small one finger white lace that stays present for about half the beer.

S- I am picking up the malty sweet notes in the beginning followed closely by the hoppy citrus backing.

T- This is an interesting tasting beer. There is a strong malt presence from start to finish in this beer. I am picking up some citrus hop notes near the finish but nothing to hand your hat on. This is a very malt forward beer and is a little of the APA trial I usually find. Overall a nice tasting beer but not exactly what I expected when I originally bought it.

Good beer but not a favorite of mine and something I won't be getting again. However I am glad I was able to try it and definately want to try other offerings from Flying Dog.

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Photo of DioS
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Snow81
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a orange clean haze

Head: Dark tan head

Smell: Clean floral hops with a light sweet malt

Taste: Light malts upfront with a subtle bitterness and a hint of a tin on the palate

Weight: Medium body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: Light floral hops linger on the back of the palate

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Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Southernbrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, decent head.

Some sweetness and citrus hops in the aroma, there's something else here but I can't put my finger on it.

Medium body with a slight dryness. This has a nice hop level but it's certainly not the hoppiest EPA I've had. Nice citrus flavors too, with a touch of malt sweetness. A touch of bitterness in the finish.

Nice lacing the whole way down, nice to see.

Definitely a drinkable brew, not the best EPA but definitely something to keep on hand, my favorite of the flying dog brews.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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