Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale
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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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Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Photo of bornridiculous
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light amber, clear. The head retention was minimal, there is decent lacing.

Smell. Smells faintly of both hops and lightly of malt.

Taste: Extremely balanced, not too sweet, not too bitter. Good hop notes, with a pleasant sweet hoppy aftertaste. Malts are not too complex, not too simple.

The beer is moderately carbonated.

My final thoughts. Overall this is a balanced, moderately hopped session ale that could easily be consumed 6 at a time. A solid offering by my taste.

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Photo of pBRale
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 10-13-11
Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Amber pour (slight chill haze) with a short off-white head that quickly fades and has a couple of nice rings of lacing. Very little head is retained throughout.

Smell: A nice caramel male backbone that supports a fine nose of some fresh leaves and citrus fruit.

Taste: A nice balance between malt and hops--bready malts and resinous and herbaceous hops combine to make an almost tea-leaf taste that rounds out nicely and finishes crisp and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, medium carbonation and a crisp finish. Very drinkable.

Overall: Not my favorite pale ale but this one can definitely stand alone on its own or pair nicely with a wide variety of foods.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a semi-translucent burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Aroma is bready with some malts and a bit of floral hops. Taste is more of the breadiness, with some caramel malt. Some floral hops at the end. Tiny amount of bitterness. Somewhat of a lighter beer with a thin mouthfeel. Easy to drink but not a huge amount of flavor. Not bad, not great. Decent beer for the mix 12 pack I got it in. Overall, nothing special but good enough.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours rather deep in colour, dark golden, almost amber hued, quite clear, and with a decent large-bubbled froth on the top. Head is pure white, but the bubbled that form it eventually blow themselves out, leaving just an oily film. Lacing is good. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is mild, with a little grain and touch of sweet honey-like malt. Some grassy hops come through, but very subdued. The sweetness dominates the balance, and it doesn't really have the refreshing bite it needs.

Taste is thin and light, with a crisp bitterness on the front, and a touch of acidity, which combines with the rather empty feel to give a hint of seltzer water. Some lingering malt characters on the finish, but it's the flavour and not the sweetness, leaving very little else. It feels extraordinarily empty and mild.

It's crisp and drinkable, I guess. You could probably drink more than one. But like any beer that is light on flavour and character, the question always remains: would you want to?

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellowish brown, nice 2 inch foamy head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Pale, yeasty armoma. Malts, some hops, Honey, some light spices.

Taste - Light and smooth yeasty kick. Hops are light and bitter. Has a decent malt carmal backbone. Honey and some pine add flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light, thin and easy on mouth. Minor bitterness on tounge, some sweet malts hit palette, and after taste is low bitterness and sweet honey.

Overall - Decent and real easy to drink. This would be a great starter beer for a typical macro drinker, or a person just getting into ipa's and such. Its soild and tasty, just a little to light and weak for a seasoned drinker. Not bad, a nice summer beer for sure.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very respectable and easy to drink, sessionable APA.

Bright, clear orange amber with decent white head that laces nicely. Carbonation level and mouthfeel are pleasant.

Caramelized malts and pines in the aroma follow into the taste, with the hops more prevalent in the latter. Well balanced flavours end with the tropical fruit and citrus expected in this style.

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting this brewery several years ago and have consistently sought this particular beer out since. Definitely a beer I'll purchase again!

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Photo of bbb099
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear deep amber color with white colored foamy head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Chock full of caramel malt with only minute amount of hops.

T - Honey-like sweetness from the malt comes through the most. Presence of some piny and citrus hops is there, but not much at all. Ends on a somewhat savory note.

M - Medium bodied. Medium low amount of carbonation.

O - Hop characteristics are a little lacking but hey, at least it's drinkable...

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Photo of rlee1390
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy orange red, almost amber. one finger head that is gone almost instantly.

S-Citrus, earthy and hops.

T-Some citrus earth, pine and hop notes. Malt backbone is strong. Balance is decent.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation though.

O-Although it smelled and tasted great the rest of the beer was just a let down. Although it was one of the more malty APAs I can recall.

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Photo of obrendano
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

part of a Flying Dog multi pack, which I recommend picking up if you find it

A - no surprises, just a moderate ambery color, very pretty

S - good smell, but nothing that really stands out. some buttery malt notes, a little hop, some light esthery notes too

T - light and crisp up front gives way to a slight hoppy twang and a decent malt finish with a general fruitiness underlying. not bad

M - rather thin and fizzy, the only true drawback to this brew, however....

D - light flavor and mouthfeel can make 2 or 3 of these disappear very easily. great for a warm day with an overstuffed sandwich

re-review 9/19/2011:
not sure if there was a variance in the batch, or I mis-reviewed before after a few too many, but I'm re-doing this review, because the 6 pack I just had this past weekend is almost completely different than the samples I had a year ago.

A - orangey-amber body, thin head that disappears quickly. as always, great art on Flying Dog bottles

S - bready, yeasty and hoppy, citrus and pineapple notes

T - very well balanced malt and hops. my favorite part of this is the hops. this reminds me of a slightly less potent Sierra Nevada Pale. not quite as malty or hoppy, but has the same citrusy twang and crisp, dry finish.

M - warm, sticky and crisp in the end, great body to this

O - I was a little overzealous giving out a 5 for the drinkability (third review ever), and it's very possible that I got an old, different or defective bottle before, because my opinion of this beer has radically changed with one purchase. I still wouldn't place this as the best pale in America, but it's sure up there

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear light amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Strong caramel malt aroma and a bit of grassy hops.

T: Moderate sweetness followed by a moderate bitterness. Hops are earthy and bitter. A tiny bit of spice. Malt is sweet and caramel like.

M: Light to medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Not quite as smooth as I would have liked.

O: Solid APA that is pretty drinkable and looks and smells great. I like this one.

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Photo of CushyGig
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Clear amber-orange with moderate head and nice lacing. Citrus and grapefruit primarily, also smells dry and spicy. Somewhat mild, but that is typical of APAs and the smell lasts throughout the entire beer. Citrus and grapefruit bitterness, countered by a pretty dry malt balance. Somewhat spicy and peppery. Moderate carbonation, a little thin but has a nice firm feel. Very dry finish. Very drinkable APA. I like that it has almost zero sweetness, which I think makes it more thirst quenching and almost like an English Bitter with American ingredients.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

799th Review on BA
Draft to Goblet
20 oz

Costa mesa marriot

App- A very dark amber with gold and a two finger head. Great sticky lace

Smell- A bit smooth caramel malts. A bit one sided with no hops to balance. A bit sweet to me and just lacking in smell. Could be too cold on the tap lines.

Taste- A bit of a let down on this one. I find you either love Flying Dog or not. This one is much too malty and thick. Has a fuller taste and leaves you a bit full. This had a major lack of hop balance. As you continue to drink you do get maybe a touch of bitter. I was a bit let down with the lack of citrus as well.

Mouth- This was a medium bodied APA with a paired carbonation level. Residual malt overtones dominate the tastebuds and finish.

Drink- This was just okay for me. It was far behind others in class. Lack of balance and citrus or hops. Too one sided to fully enjoy

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Photo of boudreaux
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear amber/orange beer; head pours a white, creamy, 1 finger thickness that remains, dissipating slowly; leaves a thick, creamy lacing that sticks to the glass

S: sharp, astringent aroma up front; bitter hops, with hints of fresh-cut grass, citrusy lemon notes, and biting, sour grapefruit flavors; bouquet closer to IPA than APA in my opinion

T: flavor is strong and full, a bit off-putting to me; the astringent dry-hopped notes hit strong up front; they are followed with a more mellow, lemon/grapefruit aftertaste, with something reminding me of whole-grain wheat bread; not yeasty by any means; pleasant surprises unfold in the flavors as the beer warms, introducing a nice, subtle malt undercurrent, balancing the brew much better than first thought

M: medium-light body; smooth, almost but not quite weak and watery; less carbonation than I would like, but not flat; good drinkability

O: not my favorite APA, seems more like an IPA to me; almost offensively astringent at first, but a very well-balanced and desirable brew as the brew warms and the maltiness comes through; give me 2, maybe 3 at most, but I'd drink it again

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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 engagechad
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a mix case from Costco - snifter

Pours a nice orangy amber with good head and decent lacing. Hazy, foam reduced quickly. Smells a little funky with some back end malt aroma, but kind of smells like old malt. Taste follows, not very hoppy, kind of boozy feeling although it is a low abv brew. Corny almost. Body is kind of thin but it's okay.

I wouldn't order this out.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Treebs
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the local Buffalo Wild Wings of all places. They are having a promotion with Flying Dog so I was very happy about this. Served in a standard Pilsener glass.

A: Poured a dark amber/copper with a frothy white head. This died down to thin plume of head that followed me down the glass leaving nice sheets of lace on the way down.

S: The smell was sort of toned down, but I got some nice crisp grassy hops and some light malts.

T: The taste came in way stronger than the nose. I got a nice hoppy pop at the beginning that smoothed out to a nice semi-sweet cracker malt backbone. The hops come back slightly on the finish.

M: Clean and light. Crisp mouthfeel with a solid carbonation throughout. Light hops left on the palate.

O: I actually really enjoyed the beer. I was a very clean and crisp pale ale and while it wasn't complex it still tasted great and true to style. Nothing fancy, just good beer.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-Starts with a finger of head that goes down to a thin layer that stays around til the end of the glass. Color is a dark amber/copper

S-I don't get a lot of anything that jumps out at me, if I take a long deep smell I can find the malt but not much hops.

T- A little orange citrus followed by the malt on the end

M-Good carbonation not too watery

O-This is one that is very easy to drink more than one of anytime.

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Photo of mafiasentinel21
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good good beer here (local bias - beware). This is a great pale ale by all merits of what the brew should be: hoppy, crisp, complimentary, sessionable...

Pours a see-through bronze, average head and retention/lacing.

It is almost perfect tasting. A little musky on the malt side but the snappy hops balance it well. Not amazing or sophisticated or Ruination level showcasing, but just damn good.

Get a six pack if you're bbq bound, it's good shit.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours orange with a fluffy, long lasting white head and much lacing.
Aroma is of caramel malt in the beginning followed by piney hops and hints of orange fruit. Medium, tangy body. Bready malt is balanced by earthy hops and citrus fruit on the palate. Long, peppery, dry finish. Not a bad brew for Flying Dog.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice clear copper with a finger of head that dissipates to just an outer ring. Decent facing looks fairly light bodied.

S - Smells of malty sweetness and some subtle earthy hops. Straw and an Apple aroma as well.

T - Tastes pretty mellow, a nice crisp floral bite. Well balanced by the malt, and I'm still getting this citrus/sweet taste I can only describe as Apple. Interested in seeing how others identified it in their review.

M - Medium/lighter bodied with good carbonation. Very drinkable

O - Pretty good, nothing amazing.. pretty mild but well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I obtained this bottle from Flying Dog's Alpha pack, a nice mix of four IPA-style brews by FD.

Pours a brilliant copper color, like a gleaming copper pot hung from a hook in a gourmet kitchen. A two finger head slowly reduces, leaving a sea-foam like lid that clings up the sides of the glass.

Has a malty, piney aroma, with floral, honey and peach notes. The malt subsides as it sits.

Has a simple, dry taste, with straw, crisp green apple, and leafy greens, ending with a spritz of lemon.

Medium bodied, with a dry finish, leaving the tongue feeling slightly chalky, with a thin malt blanket.

A decent pale ale, with a mild hop presence, a sweet malt backbone, and a bit of a dry finish. Not terribly complex, it is a serviceble, but forgettable PA.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #28
Served On: 8/9/2011
Glassware: Pint

This one was from the 2011 Alpha Collection mixed pack.

Look: Poured a rich copper color. Mostly clear with tinges of yellow around the edges. Head was a healthy 2 fingers of thick foam - A very inviting beer.

Smell: I first noticed a spicy hop with a subdued sweetness. After a few more whiffs there was a clean honey sweetness that reminded me of their Snake Dog IPA.

Taste: Bitter spice upfront – then the sweetness from the nose. The middle had a juiciness that was quickly washed away by a dry aftertaste. This beer could almost remind you of Dale’s Pale Ale, but without the intense salty bitterness.

I have to admit, I work right down the road from Flying Dog’s brewery in Frederick, so I'm totally biased here – but with good reason. They do have exceptional offerings that hold up to some of the best crafted brews out there.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doggie Style, while whimsically named, has a solid nose that, while it probably won't get stuck in your nether regions, will certainly tantalize the senses in other ways. Fresh hops bring their grapefruity scent to bear, and beneath that is a good layer of malts, with biscuit and light brown sugar notes.

On the tongue, the ale proves to have an excellent balance between hops and malts. For the former, the hops showcase their grapefruit and pine flavors, surfing against the tongue in solid, near-IPA quantities (35 IBU, which is actually more than some IPAs). For the latter, the malts show off varied and nuanced sugary flavors, including brown sugars and hints of vanilla, as well as more savory rivulets of nut, Grape Nuts cereal-like toasted grains, biscuit, and apricot. Both hops and malts last well into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is set at medium.

Overall, this is an excellent, well-balanced pale ale that is, in fact, anything but pale; there is more flavor in one bottle than in an entire six-pack of Budweiser. It's easy to see why Doggie Style has won gold and silver medals at beer festivals.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Reddish brown with about half an inch white head

S- smells floral with a hint of citrus

T- smooth taste, hoppy but light. Citrus notes with a slight malt taste

M- Very smooth, nice aftertaste, but way too watery

O- Decent beer, hoppy yet smooth but not nearly as good as pale ales of similar style

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 48% out of 100 with 2,402 ratings
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