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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
997
Ratings:
2,371
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
19.51%
 
 
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Reviews: 997 | Ratings: 2,371
Photo of beerme626
4.95/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap in a pint glass at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews in Huntington, WV

A: Beautiful. Perfect two-finger head on a red-amber, slightly bubbly beer that just made me want to drink it through my eye sockets.

S: Even better, if that's possible. Fruity notes complemented perfectly by hops, without being overpowering. Enticing.

T: Perfect. For those who want hop flavor to be flavorful, and not hoppy for hops' sake, this is the beer for you. Rich with hops but characterized with some notes of fruity esters. Unbelievable.

M: I have to give this a 4.5 because I can't give a perfect 5 for everything. Tingly, full, with only the slightest bit of stickiness on the end.

O: I had a mouthgasm. This is the best beer by Flying Dog so far, even better than the famous Raging Bitch. So good, I think I'll have to wash these pants.

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Photo of beachscrat
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hardcore chaos art on the 120z. Nice rebellious, "like WTF is this art on the bottle?"

Brilliant clear orange. Single finger of lasting white foam.

Big citrus nose.

Balanced bitter and toasty malt. No caramel, balanced sweet to malt ratio. Dangerously balanced.

Easy to put away a few too many. Besides the alcohol, this one would be an all nighter. Time to call a cab.

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Photo of sopor
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliantly clear perfect amber with a tan to off-white head that leaves a lasting film and a few rings of lace. Smells strongly of buttered bicuits with an ample dose of citrusy cascade hops.

Best tasting bottled APA I've had yet, hands down! Starts out with dry pale bisuity/bready/nutty malt strong enough to satisfy any dry pale malt craving! Just a slight bit of sweet caramel is detected beofre a well-balanced addition of citrusy and herbal Cascade ties off teh flavors and leaves a smile on my face. Overall a dry, crisp and clean APA, awesome. Body is moderate to light with pleasantly active carbonation, spot-on.

Insanely drinkable. Awesome, Spectacular... Get the point?

edit: I've had bottles of this since reviewing. If you don't get a hold of this stuff fresh, you will not be impressed.

more edit: take a look at the Standard Deviation on the ratings on this beer. That will give you a good idea of how inconsistent it has been!

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Photo of CrescentFresh
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Picked this up while on break at work (night shift, semiconductors, = long breaks). We decided to split one to try it. Smell was great. The lacing stuck to the serving vessel like paint, and there was still head when I was done. Very similar to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Delicious brew, and I highly recommend it. But it is only for hop lovers.

4.5 out of 5 swills.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.74/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Birdsong Brewery pint glass.

A: Golden, bordering on light copper. Excellent clarity, nice 1"+ head with a lacing reminiscent of Ralph Steadman's drawings.

S: Caramel notes nicely support a floral hop bouquet. Fruity overtones of grapefruit and light orange are equally engaging.

M: Good carb with a medium body that livens up the taste buds. Not as crisp or refreshing as some, but still excites the palate.

T: Bursts of juicy orange and sweet malts transfer nicely to a citrus medium. The caramel flavor overstays its welcome somewhat, but is overcome by a pleasant acidity with grassy undertones. As they used only caramel malt, the hop blend they created becomes of paramount importance in retaining the malt flavor. The hops subdue the malts in exemplar fashion for the style.

O: for $10 a six pack this can't be beat. If drank from the bottle, the greatness of the beer is lost. Foolishly I did this with 5/6 of the beers. The aromas and flavors need to expand and develop a liveliness, which can only be accomplished by releasing it from its brown-neck prison.

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Photo of mlhall55
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another beer I could drink all night just for the flavor. I have to hand it to Flying Dog for creating a whole list of exceptional beers, and this one is a good starter for anyone. Great flavor with a light hoppy taste, not too heavy and the bottle looks awesome!

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Photo of wesl56
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a- dark amber/light brown with a small head that almost fades away but remains enough to lightly lace the glass

s- very subtle, slightly floral

t- balance: this beer has it... the malt and hop flavors are blended together beautifully... very smooth with a great balanced aftertaste

m- medium body, and again, feels almost perfectly balanced

d- this is a great ale, by itself: you'll want more than one, and would pair well with grilled food

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Photo of mntlover
4.54/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with hops bouquet that fills the air while pouring. Nice small head with some lacing the smell is wonderful. Sweet citrus with fresh pine forest scent. Wizard needs air wick in this fragrence. Taste is refreshing with hops dominating the flavor but not much in the way of bitterness. This is a wonderful pale ale, if it was readily available to me I would swear off of Sierra Nevadas Pale Ale.

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Photo of mynameisbuzz
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good overall brew.
Classic pale ale flavor.

Cannot really taste the malt, so malt lovers look elsewhere, but that is to be expected from a beer of this variety.

Decent head with some lacing (don't expect too much though).

Citrus undertones with a refreshing dry finish.

Great beer you can drink in great quantities.

Good work Flying Dog.

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Photo of nelnutter
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Amber/orange color with terrific foamy head. Retention and lacing were fantastic.

S: Prominent smell of generous citrus and floral hops.

T: Very good balance of bready malt and bitter hop taste...hints of grapefruit. Dry/bitter finish, very crisp.

M: Body is on the medium/lighter-side, and very refreshing and crisp. Carbonation is quite ample.

D: Terrific APA, I found this to be very refreshing and sessionable. This is definitely one I will remember and plan on making a go-to.

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Photo of northaustin
4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very malty with a noticeable honey aftertaste. minimal hops but what is there works very well with the other flavors.

smell is a smooth balance of earthy hops and a two row malt backbone.

mouthfeel: bitter at first, that mellows out while going down then leaves a fairly standard hop dryness on the cheeks.

drinkability: sessionable as possible, and affordable.

pours a clear pale golden with a finger of even white head.

i was really in the mood for this one.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great APA with a distinct hop punch

A- Dark amber-caramel(orange-brown) transparent with a 2-finger bubbly head that leaves some interesting lace

S- Pungent, floral hops and a sweet, earthy malt background

T- Taste is very good for an APA. Spicy, floral hops in front with a sweet malty feeling on the tongue. Some fruitiness. Leaves me with a dry bitterness in the mouth that makes me feel like eating salty snacks or a burger. Very American. Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada APA with more malt.

M- Feel is somewhat light but envigorating with a bit of bubbly carbonation.

D- Superb drinkablility due to light characteristics. Only 13 Plato's and 146 calories

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy deep orange body with a thick off-white head that last a good while then turns to a film for the rest of the beer. The carbonation is a strong one with big bubbles keeping the head going.

S- The nice smell of green hops has a sweet perfume note to it and a nice caramel roasted malt blended in with the hops. This is well-balanced and smooth but with strong hops and malt smell.

T- The taste of green floral hops is what I notice right of the bat. They are smooth but fresh. After a few more sips I start to notice some lightly toasted sweet malt with a orange note to it. That orange note hangs on with a faint bitterness from the hops in the finish. As it warms there is a very light note of biscuit malt in the background.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol heat.

D- This is an APA done well. The smells and tastes are distinct and classic but this beer is smooth and quaffable for summers in the backyard. Flying dog surprised me on this one and I will have to hunt for this one on cask and in cases.

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Photo of richkrull
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mixed 12-pack from my local store. First time I've tried this pale ale.

Poured an orange/amber color with a little bit of light beige head on it. Smells like some citrus hops - nice aroma. Taste was very good. Nice balance of malt and hops with a good bitter finish. Light to medium mouthfeel. This beer went down very smooth and was easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer and will be picking it up again.

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Photo of baxterbrew
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle with a nice foamy head (about 1/4inch) that never went away. The color is a deep, very pretty dark amber. This is a beautiful beer.

The smell is malty, very mild. Mouthfeel is thick, rich, almost creamy. There is a hint of oil on the back of the throat. The taste is GREAT. Noticeable hops but not overpowering. This is an extremely balanced, flavorful brew. Maybe my 2nd favorite Pale Ale (after my own). The aftertaste is minty, hoppy, crisp. I love this beer. I could drink a bunch! My favorite of the Flying Dog line so far.

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Photo of MOShepp
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium amber color with a frothy off-white head with plenty of lacing.

Massive aroma of citrus and floral spice hops. I could sniff this beer all day.

Up front you can taste a caramel malt, but the hops quickly kick in with dried orange peel and herbs, floral with black pepper. Once it reaches the back of the throat, it's bitter all the way through.

Refreshing and much more than I expected, would make a good session beer.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great Pale Ale. The beer poured a rich amber color that swirled nicely down the sides of the glass. I thin white head formed on the surface of the beer and lasted throughout. There was significant lacing for the duration of the brew. Raising the glass to the nose floods the senses with rich caramel notes offset with a pale ale hop bitterness. The hops hit the front of the tongue with a subtle spicy flavor. As the flavors work their way toward the throat the hops give way to a malty caramel taste that finishes smooth with fruity notes from the yeast. This beer has a well-balanced flavor profile. The mouthfeel is as rich as the flavor making this a good beer to savor which does not sit heavy in the gut. Cheers!

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Photo of oracle
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a deep golden color with a medium to small white head that leaves excellent lacing all the way down.

Nose has a very noticable hop characteristic that I would expect from a pale ale. No much presesnce of alcohol discernable in the nose.

This is a beer with a heavy hop favor, especially in the finish. Don't know for sure, but I would suspect there is some dry-hopping going on here.

Very drinkable, especially for fans of pales or IPAs.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. oz. bottle, bought at the GBBF 2008 for takeaway. ABV is 5.5%, IBU 35. Deep amber to orange colour, decent off-white head with an orangey hue. Very nice aroma of Cascade hops, notes of citrus and honey. The flavour is also dominated by Cascade hops, but there is a sufficient malty base to balance the hops. Moderately bitter aftertaste. American Pale Ale is an underrated style IMO, this is an example. Great balance is more interesting for me than "hop monsters". Good beer!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold/bronze with a decent low off-white head, good carbonation, and slight lace. Aroma is primarily of citrusy hops but not overpowering. Nice citrus hop flavor with a decent malt balance. Light-medium bodied and refreshing session beer.

A nice balanced lightly hoppy American Pale Ale.

Reviewed a second time and the more I have it the more I like it ... upped S & T from 4.0 to 4.5

Per F.D. website: "Dry hopped with Cascade hops" & "Carastan malts"
Original Gravity: 13.0 Plato
Specific Gravity: 1.052
Alcohol by Volume: 5.3%

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Photo of Mojo
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has plenty of character. It has a nice malty smell and pours a beautiful gold with a white 1 1/2 head. Remarkable lacing can be observed on the glass. Mouthfeel is very nice, full but not overpowering.Taste is smooth giving way to an assertive hoppiness with a mocha aftertaste. I love this one and would recommend it to anyone looking for a beer with some character.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the classic APA's. Looks golden to orange and pours a loose knit head. High carbonation and descent head retention. Smells nicely blended of hops and malt. Slight spicyness in the nose. Tastes well balanced with the flavoring hops and sweet malts. Caramelly and crisp. Bittering hops increase through the body. Finishes bitter and tart without drying. A good thirst quencher. Bold enough to stand in any season.

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Photo of RollingRocker
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with the smells of the hops coming through, smells delicious! Roasted malt, caramel flavors stand out with a nice strong hoppy finish. Nice foamy texture really whats you to drink more, and more is what you'll want. Very drinkable. Very satisfying, would love to try on tap.

-RR

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Well, not that pale... Pour is hazy orange whlie the off-white creamy head slowly sets into great lacings.

S: Sweet bisquity malt, balanced American hops; both floral and bitter. Obvious, but well in balance with the malt. Citric and piney.

T: Sweet caramell malt together with nice hops; both bitter but also floral; lemon, grapefruit and pineapple. Well balanced.

M: Long, fantastic bitter aftertaste. Body is medium on the fuller side, while carbonation is smooth and modest.

O: This was a very nice beer; obvious American hops, but in great balance with the hops - usually the hops overpowers the malt, but in this beer the balance is great.

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Photo of DOCALYN
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A truly enjoyable ale good mouthfeel nice hoppiness. Flying Dog brews are all very good and this ale is no exception. Available in 12oz,22oz bottles and on tap.

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