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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

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice rocky white to amber head with good head retention

Body was amber to light orange in appearance.

Smell: Good hop nose with hints of pepper

Tasted spicy with hints of orange on the tounge a just little more to balance this would've been preferable.

The body could be a bit thicker, but a nice summer time drink. Liked the drinkablity.

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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright tawny amber with an impressive head retention, stellar stickage and the foam takes forever to subside. Hell the lace holds to the glass almost all the way down!

Aromatic mix of citrusy hop and buttery diacetyl. More hop in the nose though and fresh at that, this is obvious dry-hopping if you have never had a dry hopped beer before.

Moderate body with a well structured mouth feel. Mouthful of cascade hops, not all bitterness just a heavy hand of citrusy flavour. Bitterness is there and quite ample. Maltiness is underneath with a base of sweet grain that more or less gets clouded out by the fresh hop flavour. Puckering dry finish.

This is perhaps my favourite of the Flying Dog brand and definitely a beer I will be trying to have in the fridge for a nice hop fix here and there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Finally getting around to reviewing this guy. It pours a clear bronze topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, mandarin orange, light cantaloupe, and mild caramel. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, grass, orange rind, very light caramel, and a touch of musty wheat. The bitterness near the finish is a bit harsh, and the musty wheat that follows doesn't help matters much. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty wet feel. Overall, an okay pale ale, but too strong on the obtrusive bitterness for my liking.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes:

A: Pours a light amber color with a small white head. Quick dissipation, left a ring of foam around the edge. Weak lacing.

S: Light citrus hops, slightly floral. More so, there is bready malt and a little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, some light citrus hops upfront, a little but grassy too. More caramel than the aroma and it retains the bready/doughy malt component.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Average, not bad at all, but nothing spectacular. Could easily put these down while relaxing, but with so many other options out there, I would probably pass.

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber in color and clear. Nice lace, thin head

Beautiful florally hop bouquet. This has a very fresh smell to it: a little caramel and pale malt with (I believe) fuggles hop.

Stong hop flavor on the initial taste...this lingers throughout, including the aftertaste, although it dies fairly quickly after the swallow. While the malt is there (this is full bodied), it is very dry, making this hoppy beer similar to an IPA without the alcohol.

This is a very good pale ale. I'd love to try it in a flight of pale ale to see where it would place. I believe I'd put this near the top.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 08/20/11 notes. Had on tap at Iron Horse in Washington, DC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber coloor with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light fruity malts, and pale bready malts. Not bad but not a ton going on. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light citrus hops, pale malts, and bready malts. A little more fuirt and citrus than the nose, and a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average pale ale. Not a lot going on in the nose, but not bad at all. Wouldn't seek it out again but worth trying once.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, every once in awhile a beer creeps up on you this one sure did to me. Not expecting anything maybe cause I have never heard great things about Flying Dog, but regardless let's set the record straight here this is a good beer. Appears a copper amber tone with an off white cream colored head which leaves ample arrays of even lacing around my pint. Aromatics oh so nice buttered hop aroma with the pine scented earthy variety very nice definitely appeals to my sense of smell. Flavor is hoppy bit not a bitter unappealing hoppiness, perfect blend of the floral citrus hops mixed with a silky smooth sweetness that has texture and adds a warming quality to the brew. Mouthfeel is completely smooth and buttery with this medium bodied excellent pale ale. Oh yes the drinkability factor is kicked up a few notches because it hits me right at every angle of the beer nothing turns me off from wanting another one of these lucious nectars very good session brew I would like to have on cask.

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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 woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local trader, tone77, and I did another pick-up/drop-off the other day and this time our roles were reversed - I dropped off while he was at work. More bottles for me to keep the numbers aligned with The CANQuest (TM). So be it!

From the bottle: "Dogs have it figured out. They sleep all day, lick themselves and eat everything but veggies. Be more like the more enlightened species in your house by sipping this classic Pale Ale with its perfect balance of smooth malt and crisp hops. Everyone likes to finish their day with a little Doggie Style."; "Good people drink good beer. - Hunter S. Thompson"

I was anxious to get started, so my pour was pretty aggressive, resulting in just over a finger of dense, light-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was simply filled with piney hops and I flashed back to last night when the young woman I was meeting stated that she would drink anything that was not too hoppy. People's awareness is astounding. This also had a nice amount of underlying malt sweetness, but I was ready for some hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant intermingling of piney hops and caramel sweetness in the mouth. It makes me wonder why I have not had Flying Dog beers in a while since I generally enjoy them. Finish was more bitter than sweet and I felt much better than I did after my previous beer today.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazed amber with a crème head. Minor earthy nose. Flavor is earthy as well with a nice leafy edge. Feel is well bodied on liquid. Carbonation is full and bites just a little bit. A nice drinker. Smooth and a bit edgy with an earthy quality.

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Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mirky reddish copper with a creamy, ivory head. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell of caramelish sweetness is almost immediately overcome by leafy/herbal, citric bitterness.

The taste is of leafy and herbal. Citrus comes through, but with a bit of plastic. A bready notes, perhaps it's the yeast strain, pulls through a bit. Some caramelish malt is there, but I can't say it balances it out. I like hoppy beers, but something of this bitterness doesn't sit so well with me.

The body is odd - both thick and watery at the same time. Lingering bitterness sits in the mouth.

There is something that bothers me about this, yet, for all that it does have a decent drinkability. In the long run, though, it's pretty forgettable. And, with so many choices in this style, I can't say that this one has anything about it I would choose it over so many others.

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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 tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light amber with great, foamy head and nice retention. Smells hoppy with a floral aroma. Taste is a malty sweetness and solid floral hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is light and smooth.

Overall, not a bad APA. I do appreciate the hops coming through as they did. I prefer my APAs hoppier vs maltier. I will probably have this again.

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

The color is copper with a moderate level of carbonation. The head is average-sized and off white. The aroma consists of a piney hop smell layered over a sweet malt body. A sip starts with a quick dash of citris hop flavor which quickly melds into the stronger malt body. The malt flavor consists of caramel malt flavors with a mild earthy quality. Bitterness comes into play towards the finish, but the malt flavors are what linger on the palate. This is another of the many good APAs out there, not quite as hoppy as expected, but this easily gets the job done. I could easily put back many of these in a session and Doggie-Style is the kind of pale ale that always finds a home in my fridge.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, frothy head, amber color. Aroma: full-on citrus, and precious little else. Smooth, easy-drinking, and, dammmit, if I can ever think of anything else to recommend this one by. It's fine, and forgetabble, and it's got that great Ralph Steadman art going for it...sigh...it's okay...I geuss...

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Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funny that I have never reviewed this beer, guess it slipped certainly have had plenty of it, so off we go into a nonic pint glass.

Really beautiful copper an clear amber on the pour here, nearly crystal clear body too. Head forms three fingers and off white in color clinging well with some ok retention, and some minor lacing also. Pretty great looking.

Nose is small toasty brown sugar, and malts. Subdued and buried, nice but kind of closed. A little soft biscuity too.

Hop angle seems quite prevalent on first sip. Bitterness fills the mid palate but with a very wet sensation. Not much sweetness of the malt, but finish brings a little of that toasted brown sugar hinted from the nose. Lingering of the hop is quite big, piney, but also very flat mouthfeel and some carbonated soda action.

Overall it's a hoppy toast brew, but it's just too wet and watery to carry everything. Not that great unfortunately.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Brazen head in Brooklyn, NY. Pours a nice auburn with tiny bubble, leaving medium amt. of lacing. Nice hop nose, piney, citrus. Smooth malty mouthfeel, nice hop bit tells you this is an american IPA. Citrus, grapefruit, resin. Nice job, nice and fresh --on tap cant be beat!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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 GClarkage
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/11/08- Purchased at Piazza's in San Mateo,CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a code on the bottom right of the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber in color with a one inch plus some head. Head maintains a good 1/4 of and inch for a while. Leaves nice patchy lace.

Smell- Really soft nose. Some toasted malty notes as well as some light pine and grapefruit scents.

Taste- Super rounded pale ale here. Neither the malt or the hops take initiative. Both are tasty, but neither are phenomonal. Heavy toasted caramel malt hits first with a lingering pine needled hop taste to follow and end.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Session beer for sure. Well rounded, quenching and tasty. Wondering why I didn't try this earlier.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, I've never really been impressed by any of Flying Dog's regular lineup until now. This is a very solid pale ale, it's just a little thin. There's nice soapy lacing and an amber body. The aroma is nice and strong with citrus and floral over mellow caramel. The flavor is more of the same, but the malt falls off a little early, and like I said, the body feels thin. Other than that, its a nice hoppy, yet light session ale.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown in color with orangish yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront it had a weird pickle aroma but sniffed out caramel, sweetness from the malts, slight nutty notes and hints of hops.

T: the hops were more apparent on the taste with citrusy, caramel, nutty accents and very mild hop character to it.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy,and slight hoppy bitter finish.

D: it was drinking good but was very light all around; decent pale ale.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/light amber color. The head comes strong and finishes with a pretty lace. The aroma is of hops and nothing else. The smell is floral and pleasant. The taste is not bad. There's a nice hoppy flavor and a bit of malty richness to it. The beer goes down smooth, but is far from light. There is a medium body here. It's a good drinking beer, but not a gusler. You need to take time to enjoy this one. One of their better brews.

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Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber / orange color witha medium sized head that produces nice lacing. The aroma is good, as full floral and fruit tones are easily detected. The flavor is slightly unbalanced based on the aroma, since the malt is dominant here over the hops. A mellow honey flavor is also picked up by the tongue.

This pale ale has a mellow finish and little aftertaste. Definitely drinkable, but the flavor is somewhat dull compared to the aroma picked up by the nose. Overall a decent pale ale, but the hop level needs to be a bit higher.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the YardHouse, on to the beer:

Indeed, this is the classic APA. Copper color, a fruity nose with a mild hop scent, a taste of hop flowers, mixed fruits, a pinch a caramel, a good all-around balance, and a clean finish. All this makes an easy drinking brew with enough flavor to make you want another one.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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