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 seedyone
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/02/12 On Tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As stated often stated, I'm happier with less hops, so this is not bad. Something in there has a slight perfumy (not in a bad way) effect. I'm not up on the attributes of the various exotic hops herein but all in all I like it as a change of pace.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to some friends for this beer

A- gold copper color that is quite clear with visions of alcohol in it. half finger head that leaves a water line mark on my pint.

S- grassy hops with hints of citrus. Some toasted malts as well.

F- grassy citrus hop flavor with back end toasted malts. a nice complement but the grassy tone tends to dominate. I would like the citrus to dominate the grassiness.

M- smooth and light bodied. hoppy taste in the mouth.

O- not a bad beer but like I said the grassy dominance tends to take it down a notch for me.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, grassy, pungent, pale, and toasted malts.

Taste: You get a nice dose of hop flavor here. Mild bitterness in the rear that compliments the toasted and pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, a little chewy, refreshing, mild bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice pale ale that I haven't had in a while. Another solid brew from these guys.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery,yet another first. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 1.5 finger thick that caps off a clear, amberish yellow body complimented by droopy lacing

I'm getting aromas of straight up HOPS!

Tastes like hops, quite certainly. I'm also getting a minute bit of, dare I say, malt sweetness. If it weren't for that balancing factor, this brew may have been above my IBU tolerance. Its refreshing all in all.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Not very much lingering elements such as hop oil.

Overall a 3.5 for Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery. It was more tame than I thought it was going to be, which is fine by me. I'm slowly, just now starting to get into IPAs and APAs. I enjoyed this since it wasn't too extreme, the malt taste did its job awesomely. I'll probably get this brew again.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says 237A14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a spackly sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Decent blend of bready malt and mild herbal hops.

T- Bitter from front to back with the bready malt creating a good backdrop. Dry finish.

M- Slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A nice amount of hop bitterness keeps this one drinking nicely. Nothing stands out in particular but it's good for what it is.


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Photo of BurningTreeMufen
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden and copper, cloudy appearance. Medium head with a little lacing.

Smell- Floral hop aroma. Grassy/pine.

Taste- Nice citrus flavor with light grapefruit and orange. Good malt flavor to balance the hop presence which is slightly more than most pale ales.

Mouthfeel- Light, drinkable, refreshing.

Overall- A light but complex beer that is great for those who are just getting into craft beers. A beer that can be enjoyed one after another.

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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 Cory_Brown
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So my buddy is a newb and prefers bud light... which is okay I don't judge him. We went to liquor barn and he grabbed the "coolest looking and most bad ass label" he seen. They at least have the marketing strategy down.
This beer is okay; not great, but decent. Looks murky and burnt orange. The head is nice and creamy and a thin layer of lacing remains throughout the beer. Smells like piney hops and mild malt. Not an overpowering smell or taste. The taste starts out a little fruity but then a piney hop bitterness takes over mid drink. This beer doesn't seem to be very balanced. In a world of hoppy pale ales, this one doesn't quite stand out. But overall a decent offering.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a brilliantly clear medium golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Aromas of earth and caramel and little else. The favor is sweet with bready caramel malt and hints of earthy hop to balance. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent brew, drinkable, maybe a lawnmower beer, nothing horribly exciting and no bottle dating.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance- beautiful amber color with a slight hue of red.

Smell- wonderful smell hops that is not overly done.

Taste- at first the taste is almost non existent but then not even a second later a wave of hops (that is not over baring and wonderful for a pale ale) roles over the tounge.

Mouthfeel- a look little more carbonated than you would expect from such a great brewery but none the less it still feels right.

Overall, this beer is a perfect example of what a good pale ale should be. Well worth the 11 bucks for a 6 pack.


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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly hazy dark gold/amber. Fluffy white head. Leaves nice, tight rings for lacing.

S - Earthy, herbal hops. Dough-like malt.

T - Well-balanced. Grassy, earthy hops offset with caramel, toasted malts. Bitterness ends the taste.

M - Medium to slightly heavy for a Pale Ale. Same with the carbonation. Coats the mouth and tongue.

O - First time I've had anything from Flying Dog. I don't know why I always overlook them. Anyway, this is a fine pale ale. Glad to have tried and I will seek out others from this brewery.

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Photo of Roser
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- gold, copper, amber hue. Semi- clear/cloudy (even 20 min. after pouring into tulip). Decent vanilla white head, disappeared quickly but left a healthy foam lace that remained for a good bit.

S- nothing that jumped out immediately/obviously. Faint lemon and grass notes.

T- very light, lemony, grass taste. Nothing to strongly praise or pan. Will be helped greatly if accompanying food/meal.

M- light (to medium, at most). No strong/obvious impressions, otherwise.

O- this beer? So so. Just ok for me. Most of the stuff I drink, that I don't love, would still far outweigh the mass produced crap. In here, compared to the better stuff, I'd leave this one alone. But, don't ignore the rest of Flying Dog's offerings. This is a strong producer of excellent craft beers (i.e. Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, Gonzo Imperial Porter, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, In Heat Wheat). And, an outstanding experience if you visit the brewery for a tour followed by the post tour visit to the tasting room. Go!

Cheers all!

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Photo of MarkoNm
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a coppery color, completely clear with a very decent just slighty off-color head. The head stays for a while.
The aroma is one of my favourites. Citrusy hops, easily picked up and just great.
The taste is hoppy and bitter, perhaps some fruity flavour way in the back, but mostly bittery, although not to strong to make it unpleasant.
Aftertaste is nicely bitter with a slight kick.
Very nice beer.

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Photo of Zetcha7x
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz single poured into a standard Lancaster Brewing Company pint.

A-golden-orange hue with a lot of carb bubbles. a finger of white head that quickly reseeds. some lacing.

S-citrusy, mostly orange. hops. grassy/pine. not a lot going on here...

T-similar to the smell. some citrusy fruits. pine. more hops than I would expect from a classic pale ale. bitter. not really noticing any malt flavor or sweetness.

M-light-medium bodied. medium carbonation. slightly creamy.

O-still underwhelmed by this beer. I have tried to like it, but cant in good faith say its much more than okay. I don't find it smooth and it feels more like an IPA to me, which is fine, but I'd like to taste a little more sweet malt in a pale ale.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic pale ale, just as the name says. Crisp, slight hoppy bitterness. Pale brownish color...just as you would expect. The mouthfeel was fine, soft, white head that went down relatively smooth. Not always a huge fan of Flying Dog, sometimes the beers are a bit commonplace, but this one was pretty good as it was designed to be straightforward.

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Photo of Diggitydustin
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what a good pale ale should taste like. I know there's better ones out there, but when it comes done to it, this beer is pretty top notch pale ale in my opinion.

Appearance: starting with the bottle; I think flying dog has some of the best bottling around. The graphics, everything on the labeling is superb, not just on this brew but all their brews. They definitely put a lot of effort in putting out good product and you can tell. The color of the beer itself is a very attractive caramel/amber color. Not a lot of head, minimal lacing. Dies down relatively quick.

Smell: ahh, the smell of a good pale ale. Very fruity, yet spicy at the same time. No complaints with the smell what so ever.

Taste: the taste of this is perfect. Like I said, I know it's not the best pale ale on the market, and it doesn't need to be. It's great the way it is. Very easy to drink, not too heavy, not too light. It's like the 3 bears, it's just right. Relatively fruity, but more of an earthy taste. Very, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: very drinkable. Hits the palates and the back of the throat without any harshness, over bitterness or hardcore bite.

Overall: this is a superbly done beer. This should be the beer to get someone started in pale ales if they've never had one. It turned me into a big fan of Flying Dog Brewery.

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Photo of glass_house
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed goblet

Very nice looking pale ale. Pretty clear, medium caramel-amber with two fingers of off-white head that leaves a solid cap and plenty of lacing. Aroma is orange peel with hints of mango, grassy pine, and white pepper.

First thing I get in the taste is the sweet pale malts, then a medley of citrus and tropical fruits, and finally a slight bitter hop resin. Wouldn't call it complex, but not bland either. The carbonation is lively and the somewhat light body seems acceptable for the style, although I prefer something heavier. The flavors are good, they're just a bit toned down for my liking.

Overall this seems like a competent option for someone wanting a lighter alternative to an IPA/DIPA. Or someone acquainting themselves with hoppy craft beers. I try to balance my reviews between style expectations and my personal preferences. Bottom line: I wouldn't seek this out but I wouldn't turn it down either. If you like a light, refreshing pale ale, you should like this.

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Photo of dalahodson
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color with a nice white head. Lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is cut grass and citrus. The mouth feel is crisp and a little sweet. The taste is like the smell, grass, citrus. There is a slight hop bitterness but not to strong. Very light hope flavors over all. This is a nice drinkable brew, very clean crisp flavors. Good with a wide range of foods.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden orange color with a thick, off white, frothy head, laces all the way down.

Smell: Citrus, grassy aroma. Some hops. Smells refreshing.

Taste: I was really impressed with the taste. Hops and citrus up front. Similar to an IPA, not as bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Easily drinkable.

Overall: I was not sure what to expect from Flying Dog, but this one will be hard to beat. One of my new favorites and I will be looking for a 6-pack.

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Photo of PAhopHead717
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Doggie style is a nice session drinking beer. Not too strong or heavy, and a flavor that will keep you satisfied. Very balanced beer, reminds me of the brew free or die from 21st. If you want a "party" craft beer this is a good choice. Plus you get to ask your girl if she wants some doggie style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden copper color. The head is a two finger white shade, with a foamy texture and decent retention. Nice lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: Actually, I'm mildly impressed here. There's a decent (if not explosive) hit of mango and melon on the nose, with some of the crackery malts coming through after it sits in the glass slightly. This is actually a lot better than I remembered.

T: Hops hit the palate first, but without any bitterness - just some nice tropical flavors. Toffee-esque malts come through on the finish, maybe slightly too assertively. Slight piny hints right after the swallow, too. It's exactly what a good pale ale should be: balanced, easy to drink, satisfying, and refreshing.

M: There's a very crisp bite which helps to mitigate some of the thick-feeling maltiness and semi-sweet finish. It's carbonated enough to help make it drinkable.

O: This must have been reformulated somewhere along the way, because I don't remember this being so good. It won't blow the mind, but it will make a great everyday go-to beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My son wanted to see his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, play so we seen them down in Baltimore. Flying dog had a stand right out side our seating entrance with thier doggie style pale on tap. A rather difficult beer for me to obtain so I bought one.
It had an amber color with a thick but smallish head.
The taste was fresh and it drank smooth but it was also boring and bland.
It wasn't the best environment for reviewing but I figured I wasn't getting a rare pliny or something and if something stood out I would remember. Nothing stood out.
I got to give M and L park a thumbs down for beer selection.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with freshness code 147A13 printed on the label. I haven't had much of Flying Dog's regular beer line up lately, so I figured it was about time I picked some up again.

Poured into The Godfather pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of fluffy creamy off-white head on top of a typically burnt sienna orange body with some haze and lots of fine sediment floating around the glass. Looks pretty nice to me.

S - Smell is fairly simple and subdued, but hits it's mark indefinitely. Crisp bready malts, brown sugar, lemongrass, and earthy hops.

T - Ah yes, that hits the spot. Taste follows in vain of the nose: crisp bready malt, lemongrass, authentic lemon zest, bread crust, some artificial tasting lemon meringue cake presence (?), some soapiness, and some herbal hop presence on the back end.

M - Feel is dry and bready, with some citric stickiness clinging to the palate.

Overall, a refreshing "classic" example of the style, highly crushable at 5.50% abv, with good solid flavor. Doesn't bring much to the table in terms of complexity, but it's good, simple, and a reliable shelf-find. I look forward to re-exploring the rest of Flying Dog's regular line-up.

Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of ali1987
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden, orange slightly hazy body. Minimal head and lacing.

S- Lots of citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit. Also some hints of pine and caramel.

T- Taste matches the nose almost exactly. Ripe citrus flavors along with some malt flavors.

M- Dry finish, medium body, moderate carbonation.

O- Excellent pale ale. Would definitely drink this again. Very refreshing & drinkable; not to mention, the name is of this beer is awesome!!!! :)

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Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ripe fruit aroma with hints of melon and biscuit wafting up from a deep gold body; thick, white head. Warm bread flavors with a deep, underlying hop bitterness throughout. Medium-light body, clean and dry finish.

A good if unremarkable pale ale. Slightly better than the sum of its parts.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,387 ratings.
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