Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of ThePold
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.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of Guppy314
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Ken05
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a middle ground APA. Most seem to lean either clean and lean like Schlaflys or Bells Midwestern or fruit and hop bombs like Southern-tier Live. This one fits right in the middle and it is pretty nice.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't mind a good pale ale now and again but more of an ipa guy. Alpha king by 3 floyds is my favorite. This isn't far behind. Very underrated pale. Will be drinking more of this in the near future.

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Photo of drmeto
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours amber with a medium frothy,beige head
-nice head retension
Follows the nose 100%
light-medium body
-medium carbonation
Really nice PA,just cant quite stack up to the Top ones in the style.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average APA, easy to drink but nothing too remarkable. Glad it isn't as intense as some of their other beers. No longer easy to find in Colorado, so probably won't have this as much as I used to, I guess.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev +3%

A: hazy; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; moderate lacing;

S: citrusy, mostly grapefruit;

T: a little more restrained than the aroma; citrus still, but with a little floral hoppiness mixed in; a little biscuit malt at mid-palate; moderately bitter finish with a touch of citrus;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; crisp; dry finish;

O: easy to drink; thirst quenching;

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Photo of Treyliff
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%

Bottle to tulip glass

A- pours a clear amber color with a small foamy white head that retains decently, leaving a few patches of lace behind

S- citrus & grassy hops, quite for a pale, toasted bready malt with a grainy finish 3.5

T- the citrusy notes don't come through as strong on the flavor, there is some grassy notes mixed in. toasty malty finish with a trace of floral hop linger 3.5

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp finish 3.75

O- easy drinking pale ale, nothing fancy, but gets the job done 3.5

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Photo of slusk
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Really like this pale ale. It has a lot of up front hop aroma and flavor with low bitterness... Almost not enough. This is an IPA with training wheels. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn to be a hop head. Nice complex hop flavor and great balanced malt profile.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Floral hops, herbal notes, light citrus, and bready slightly toasty malt.

T: Floral and herbal hops, almost tea like, some citrus, lemon lime, hints of tropical fruit, with a bready slightly toasty malt backbone.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one is odd. I've had it a few times, and each time it seems a bit different. I wish the citrus came out a little more. For now, it's just ok.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a. Thin less than 1 finger head that disappears. Orange in color. Can see through the beer, but a bit cloudy.

s. Smell is all pine and grapefruit - very powerful.

t. Taste is not as strong as the smell. A bit watery, but smooth and a nice summer IPA.

m. nicely carbonated, very smooth.

o. Very good beer that I would revisit, especially on a hot day.

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