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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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991 Reviews
Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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:
991
Ratings:
2,346
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.64%
 
 
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Reviews: 991 | Ratings: 2,346
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty underwhelming with some malt and herbal hop aromas. Taste is also pretty average with a basic malt and herbal hop combo. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average pale ale in my opinion and I am not very impressed by this one.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger frothy head leaving lots of lace. Nice amber with crimson hues.

S: Malt, maybe some floral and sweet caramel notes.

T: Sweet malt and some caramel. Very light on the hops. Vanilla notes.

M: Light to medium bodied. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable beer. "safe" in a way with nothing memorable in either a good or bad way.

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Photo of nmann08
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time having the new recipe. On tap at Big Hunt.

Pours a hazy copper color. Ok carbonation with a thin layer of off white head.

Smell of caramel malts and sweet hops. Citrus and floral notes come through.

Flavors come through more than the smell lets on. Not as bitter as I expected for a pale ale, but refreshing. I get zero roastiness that others describe from the bottle.

Creamy up front, but the bitterness never develops on the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer, not great. Didn't notice a big change in recipe, but I don't think the changes hurt it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very standard beer, but amazingly sessionable. i will give it good marks for that. smells like caramal malts and hearty bread. plenty more hops in the flavor than the nose, on the piney, earthy end of the spectrum. amber malt middle and a majorly crisp finish. this would be an excellent pale ale for the summer, ice cold right from the bottle. mouthfeel is very liberally carbonated and finishes clean, lighter for an american pale ale. better than average

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a nice looking copper color with a thin white head on top. The head leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was malty and hoppy, pretty well balanced I'd say. The taste of the beer had a good sweetness upfront that fades into a dry finish. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty good, plenty of carbonation to it and a drinkable body as well. Overall this brew was nice, I can't really say too much about it in a bad way. It's a good drinkable brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a thin off white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with a little bit of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some fruity flavors; there are some hints of toasted malts and sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather refreshing and quite sessionable.

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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 brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a small head that I thought would disappear but decided to hang around for awhile, leaving some lacing

Smell: Surprisingly malty with a caramel tone to the nose with some hoppiness in the background

Taste: Starts out sweet and herbacious with a strong caramel flavor that lasts well through the finish; some grapefruit appears early and hangs around to the finish, providing a nice balancing effect

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little slick; modest carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, and if I were seeking an amber, I might like this better; as an APA, it has its demerits

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium red colored beer with a nice head with medium retention. Aroma is quite nice with floral hops. Taste is even nicer with a hops heavy taste leaving a quite important bitter finish. Could have profited of more spice and a bit less hops; I believe taste would have been more subtle and complex. I find this to be very similar to North Stock Red Seal Ale. I’m still looking forward to trying more products from the Flying Dog Brewery.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden brown colour, with a few fingers of puffy, creamy white head, that leave minor lacing. It smells of citrus hops, and a little bit of caramel malt. The taste is pine and citrus hops, with a decent sweet malt body. The carbonation is a bit on the high side, the body could have some more heft, but it finishes with a nice flourish of malt and tangy hops. A decent American pale ale, worthy of a session.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with a classic pressure cap served into a Westvleteren 12 mini-goblet in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of fair cream and thickness, and nice retention. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Bittering, hops, nicely full barley, and light malt. A moderate strength scent.

T: Slight cream on the open, a light bittering hop climax, and a decent light malted barley finish. Pretty simple, but nicely built. Off balance outright.

Mf: Coarse and wet, though the coarseness is overdone and unwelcome for the flavours. Not complementary of the taste to any extent.

Dr: A decent price, but relatively low ABV. Decent quality and moderate drinkability. It's sort of worth a try.

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Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber hue with a 1 finger head. Highly carbonated. It left lacing as I drank it down.

S - Hops!!! Wow, it really is an overpowering hop aroma. There is a fainy grassy smell to it, as well.

T - It is very hoppy (not as strong as it smelled). It also has a good malt flavor.

M - It is light bodied and very crisp.

D - It is drinkable, but the hop flavors may overpower anything that you try to eat with it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A damn good pale ale right here. By far the best one of the mixed pack I got from this brewery and one of the better Pale Ale's I've had. A nice little hop aroma and taste and super drinkable which is just what I'm looking for in a pale ale. Good job with this one flying dog.

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

Can find these pretty easily here in Greensboro,I think pretty muan average American pale ale.Kind of a darker orange color medium head that went fast,smelled pretty zesty maybe like a northwestern style pale ale.Taste was fruity and hoppy I would have liked a little more balance.

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Photo of nickfl
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Large, rocky white head and an amber body with good clarity.

S - Grainy caramel and some grassy hops.

T - Very grainy, slightly burnt flavor. A bit of caramel, maby a hint of hops... a little sour.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - I must say I am not that pleased with this beer. The flavor is quite unplesant... but at least it looks good.

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

Very light fizzy head over mostly clear amber toasty orange color.

Nose light aromatic hops, bit of spicy hops, grassy, very light malts.

Taste light grassy and spicy hops, decent bitterness, light malty base, bit of bitterness ranking on the finish, light dry finish, light sticky malty taste on the finish too.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Drink is decent, light overall, bit of a sticky finish but dry, bitterness ramps and almost gets astringent but not quite.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich orange-amber with the barest hint of red. The medium-sized head is ecru in color and is acceptably dense. There's a fair-to-middlin' amount of lace; nothing special in that department. Classic Cascade hop aroma, a little more subdued than I'd like, but not bad. Two parts grapefruit to one part bitter orange peel.

Enjoyable flavor. It's pretty hard to screw up a Cascade-hopped pale ale if it's brewed with enough ingredients, but some brewers still manage to do it. This is a pretty decent version. It's on the hoppy side, but doesn't even sniff the 'shit-load of hops' designation that Flying Dog claims on their web site.

No one with even an average hop tolerance need fear this beer; no amount of palate abuse will result from its consumption. The malt backbone is merely adequate for the style. If anyone needs yet another description of Cascade hop flavor: brightly bitter grapefruit zest and pine sap. I happen to love Cascade; your mileage may vary.

I haven't been all that impressed with Flying Dog in the past, but this beer and their Scottish Porter are worthy of occasional purchases.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep-amber body with orange highlights beneath a creamy cap of off-white that holds well but leaves little lace. The nose delivers an excellent blend of biscuity and caramelish malts and citrusy, piney and floral hops. The body is medium and it's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor bristles with piney and citrusy hops upfront; softens across the middle as more malt comes out; and finishes with biscuity and caramelish malt followed by a solid, lingering bitterness. A decent enough American pale ale that works well with food, but somehow seems to lack the finesse needed to lend it any greater drinkability.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of dry, toasty biscuits and citrus with just a hint of caramel.

Taste: Mild, unassuming biscuit malt flavor with a just a bit of caramel sweetness. Light citrus hops. Fairly mild bitterness accentuated by the carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's not exactly what I'd call a "classic". Then again, "okay" doesn't look as good on a bottle label.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent pour with a very light and very clear pale golden yellow. Nice head of white then rises up around this forming a two inch head that quickly and completely fades leaving behind a broken crown that had some decent lacing around the sides.

Aroma is quick again and clean. Light hops are totally balanced against a nice malty bill. Nice bread and grain notes, hints of lemon and pine and a clean refeshing taste. Light touch of corn like flavor in the finish before a quick dash of hops dries it out and gets in the last word.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/29/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a dense, medium-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, caramelized malts and a strong burst of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong hops bitterness and a hearty malt character. There’s just the right amount of sweetness as well. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, I could certainly drink this beer for a very long time.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz served in pint glass. (revisited March 2013)

Lovely orange/amber color, slightly hazy, with a substantial off-white head that lasts a while. Loads of visible carbonation.

Aroma has a nice mix of citrus hops and lightly toasted malt.

Taste is fairly typical for style, with substantial hop flavor over a malt background. Nice finish.

M - a bit rough (2011) -vs. nicely smooth with medium body, if a touch watery (2013); Medium carbonation.

Decent, but not up to yesterday's pale ale: a New Belgium Mighty Arrow

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/24/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, biscuit, floral, and light pine. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, biscuit, floral, and light pine. Slight floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, caramel, biscuit, floral, and light pine on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of hop and malt flavors; with good robustness of flavor and no cloying present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Nice balance of hop and malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Newport Beach Brewing Co.

A: Pours a light, golden amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with plenty of hops. Grass and citrus are evident, especially an orange peel type aroma. A very green nose, perhaps some pine in there too. A touch of brown sugar and a fair amount of bread.

T: Big orange peel flavor on the front end and the grassy hop character carries over to the palate. A slight pine note which provides a decent amount of bitterness. Plenty of malt flavor to this one with bread, toffee, and a small bit of caramel.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: The bitterness became a touch abrasive after awhile which detracted from my enjoyment.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up in the shock and awe pack enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.

The color is deeply hazed amber with a off white cream cap and fine bead with spotty lace pattern. The smell has a lot of citrus and grapefruity aromas with mild lemon rind odor. The malt sweetness is noticeable in the aroma. The feel is very good with a moderately high amount of bitterness with medium carbonation and gentle malt sweetness providing a foundation for the mildly dry and bitter finish.

The taste has a slight pine bitterness from the hops with mild malt sweetness in the flavor which adds a slight caramel contrast to the light lemon zest flavor combined with the grapefruit aspect the hops add to the light fruity yeast element. The taste tapers to a more dry and bitter hop flavor in the final sips but is pretty balanced in general leaving a lingering hop acidity on the backside. Overall this is great - more of a west coast Pale in the sense it focuses more on hops and is a small version of the IPA in their repertoire, but juicy citrus and enjoyable drinkability for me -I like the freshness and would purchase this again.

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