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 | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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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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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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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