Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale
2,403 Ratings
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 jcartamdg
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass, thin half finger head, amber in color, very little lacing. Aroma is all malts, some sweetness. Taste follows the nose, very malty hardly any hop profile. Drinks smooth, not awful, very easy drinking but I want more hops in my beer.

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Photo of shaunb81
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife picked me up a sixer of this while shopping. "Thanks, Babe!"

Appearance - I like how this stuff looks. A hazy, copper body accompanied by a decent 2" head. After that goes down (about 1 minute...) there is little foam on the top and some medium lacing around the glass.

Smell - It definitely looks better than it smells. Right off the bat there was a funk (sweaty shoes?) that was followed by some sweet, bready malts. Some spicy, piney hops finish off the nose. Some grassiness too.

Taste - Well, well, well. This stuff actually tastes better than it smells. Some sweetness on the front tip and a very prominent dry hop profile. There is a faint citrus hidden there too. Not bad, but I feel that there should be more to it. Then again, it is a "classic" pale ale.

Mouthfeel - Body is pretty nice along with the carbonation, both medium. The hops really dry my mouth out.

Overall - Not a bad outing, I will be putting one of these off to the side for a buddy. Not sure if I would spend more than a few bucks for this at a bar, but I'm glad that it wasn't super expensive.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear copper into an American shaker with a finger of off white head that doesn't hang around too long.

S: equal sweet malt, caramel and bitter orange and pine like malt mixes in the nose.

T: the first thing on my tongue is the bitter dark orange flavor this beer has. The malt comes in the middle with a sweet flavor to calm the hop presence and I get a bit of cinnamon when the two mingle. There is a pine taste left lingering.

MF: somewhat heavy, good carbonation but a bit more astringent than I'm used to from a pale ale.

O: this is simply put, a good beer. However being that its local and having a bit of a sentimental aspect, it was the first beer I bought regularly for parties and such, the "Overall" for this beer gets a bit of a boost.

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Photo of Snow81
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a orange clean haze

Head: Dark tan head

Smell: Clean floral hops with a light sweet malt

Taste: Light malts upfront with a subtle bitterness and a hint of a tin on the palate

Weight: Medium body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: Light floral hops linger on the back of the palate

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: little head; very clear, dark golden amber; not much carbonation
S: nondescript, pleasant malty smell that persists
T: dry, bitter, hoppy; not sweet, very grassy pale ale flavor; rich, intense flavor
M: not extraordinary

Overall an adequate Flying Dog, but go for the imperial series if you really want to get blown away.

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

Light golden color, little head, but a few white bubbles poke around the glass. Aromas are simple and light, hop and grain. Flavor is very light and easy. Clean malt and one dimensional hop finish, very quaffable. Mouthfeel is light and nicely balanced. Good session brew.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I finally gave in and grabbed my first Flying Dog...I just couldn't keep walking by that awesome Ralph Steadman bottle art any longer! The liquor store cashier told me it was "AWESOME!," so I've got high hopes. Let's see if I end up agreeing with him:

A: The body is a great color: chestnut brown. It's just about the same as the stained wood of the table I'm sitting at. 1 1/2 finger head is white and thin, dissipating quickly. Pretty typical.

S: BIG piney hops. A lovely pale ale freshness that's incredibly inviting.

T: More wheat than I was expecting...or less hops. Or both. It's fresh-tasting, but pretty bland at times. There's also that cheap, processed grain taste that I find so easily identifiable, and it's an instant dealbreaker for me. The hops perk it up a bit, but never quite save it.

M: The carbonation isn't very noticeable, and the presentation turns out watery overall. How did a beer with such great aroma turn out so thin?

O: Too bad; I really wanted to love this stuff. Steadman's art is great, the names kill me - it all just seems like an in-your-face experience. Now it just seems like they're compensating for/trying to elevate a lackluster beer. Oh well, I'm still keeping my eye out for other interesting-looking offerings from these guys. Never give up hope!

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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 dball
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine Pale Ale but there are many that are much better. I had it on draft at Camden Yards and that scores some points for me. However it is a pretty standard micro pale ale. It's aroma is good but not great, it's not so cloudy golden color is like most in it's class. The taste is good and dependable and solid but not special. It is a little mild in the hops arena and doens't score real well for me in mouthfeel. Overall it is a good beer, yeah good.

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

Bright amber color. Decent head. Smells of wet malt with a moderate hop profile. Flavor is nicely balanced but not all that exciting, which I guess is ok for a pale ale. Nice mouthfeel, smooth with a good level of carbonation. A solid pale, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Rake in London. From notes.

A - Pours a dark gold, with mild visible carbonation and a one finger white head. Bright. Swirling gets the head back a bit. Not too bad.

S - Well balanced hop/malt aroma. Maybe dark fruit but not of the Quad strength. Hops aren't overpowering but a nice compliment.

T - Gentle hop along with that dark fruit sorta character. Doesn't seem like a typical Pale Ale but it's good. Hop is alot tamer than I would have expected but still noticable.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

O/D - Not too shabby of a Pale Ale. Not overwhelming and doesn't really pop at you but it's a good, easy drinker with a flavour profile worthy of keeping me interested for more than one.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Orange honey color, slightly cloudy. Minimal head with some retention and decent lace.

S: Ripe apricots, pretty nice. Transforms a bit towards a more generic sweet malt over the course of the beer, but doesn't completely lose the fruit quality.

T: Leads with fruit cocktail, followed by biscuity malt and dry, lightly bitter finish. Kind of a strange flavor combo, but still good. A bit of diacetyl emerges after a couple of minutes. By halfway through, the complexity is gone and it's become a pleasant but less interesting semi-sweet biscuity malt.

M: Nice medium body, carbonation is between creamy and fizzy. Becomes more creamy as the beer warms.

O: Not bad, but not that far above average, either. With so many other great ones out there, it might be a while before I try this one again.

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Photo of surprenant1138
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poorly poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a transluscent dark amber with a good inch of slowly fading head. Decent lacing. Aroma is of hops, yeast, blades of grass, and some flowers. Mouthfeel is light. Taste is yeasty, but too much so. Slightly hoppy, somewhat floral. Not bad for a mix 12 pack beer.

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Photo of videofrog
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Poured a really nice-looking amber color; so much for being a "pale" ale. Contrary to most reviews, I got decent head retention, but spotty lacing down the glass. Carbonation bubbled up the glass nicely.

S: Grassy hops and a faint sweetness.

T: Hops are front and center, but not overwhelming. Good balance of sweetness from malts. Aftertaste is hoppy and dry.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Slightly lighter than medium body with medium carbonation.

O: Found this to be a good example of an APA and sessionable. I see myself picking this up again with the limited selection of a local liquor store that has pick your own 6er.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a finger thick of white head that subsided rather quickly and left a thin lacing. The beer is a nice amber brown hue, not what I would call 'pale', but it looks nice.

The smell is very earthy, like hops and pines. Overall, the smell is sour and bitter, but there is a faint hint of sweetness, maybe honey. The taste is not too off the smell, with a dominance of hops and a fade of minimal sweet. It has a very bitter and dry finish.

Carbonated with a light body, it certainly has a pale ale bite. Overall, it is a decently crafted beer. Not great, but not bad either. It could be refreshing in the right circumstance.

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Photo of ivanwatling
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting pale ale with differing characteristics, balanced well to make a lovely ale.

Appearance: No head retention, dark amber colour, not really pale looking at all

Smell: delicate flowery hopps, very inviting

Taste: Immediate strong bitter taste which eases off after a few seconds, and then the malt begins to show itself. Sligty sweet aftertaste. Very good balancing act.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, pretty much ideal for me

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

A clear light amber beer, an off-white head, leaving little lacing.

The smell is mostly hay, grass, some fruit notes, ripe orange and apples.

The taste has initially malt notes, brown bread, then some slightly sour apples and light bitter finish.

A light carbonation, a soft texture, a medium body and slightly dry finish.

This is a well balanced and refreshing ale. No fuzz, just good.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I gotta admit I picked up a bottle of this for a friend of mine to display in his bookstore (big HST/Steadman fan).
Poured a nice orange color with a decent white head. Aromas of sweet malt and some subtle hopping. On the palate, this one is fairly light bodied, with some hoppiness, some malt and just a hint of peaches.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale Amber with hints of orange and a fluffy off white 1 inch head.

Smell: Mild citrus hops aroma with a faint maltiness.

Taste: Light malt on the front that gets subdued by a light citrus hop flavor after a few seconds. Something sweet on the very finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation and hops sit square in the middle of the tongue and doesn't develope much further than that.

Overall: Nice easy drinking style without so mucha s a whimper of big flavor anywhere - Gateway Craft Beer.

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Photo of nezelrac
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint

A - pale orange/amber; moderate off-white head; decent retention; little lacing

S - not very expressive, but pleasant; some pale, lightly biscuity malt lurks behind a pine and earth hop aroma, citrus peeks out as well; lots of cascade hops coming through

T - very, very appealing; a good malt backbone; lots of crisp hoppy bitterness from front to back; nice firmness from the hops taking over towards the finish; caramel inflected malt in the middle, but not at all dominant

M - firm, but well-balanced; almost pilsner-like at the back end; clean; CO2 is just right

O - highly drinkable; very session-worthy; the label doesn't lead one astray - "classic" American pale ale, but still unique

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Photo of gford217
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear amber with a small foamy beige head that recedes to a small cap and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is lightly earthy with some grassy hops but there is more malts than I was expecting in the nose. Definitely malty and sweeter than I was expecting.

The taste has an initial hoppy kick up front, though it's very subtle, and the malts take over in the middle. Slightly bitter in the finish but the hops are definitely not overpowering here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and generally not too out-of-the-ordinary for the style.

A solid pale ale with nothing standing out. Drinkable and straight forward.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- from the Flying Dog notes.
A - from the bottle so limited sight.
S - faintly hoppy and a touch of fresh bread.
T - much like the smell, some hops and a little bready malt.
M - moderate carbonation and medium feel.
D - certainly drinkable for a standard APA.

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Photo of Holland
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice head on this. Lacing replenishes itself with each sip. Light golden brown, darker than expected.

S: Best part of the beer - the malt, hops, and citrus come out in a balanced blend.

T: Meh. Some malt, bitterness, and a bit of alcohol.

M: Thin/Medium body, but feels smooth while having a crisp bite from the carbonation. Pretty good.

O: Meh. Not my favorite beer, but I could drink it from time to time. For the style, it's good from what I can tell with my limited experience.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a local tavern called Cloverleaf in New Jersey as part of a beer appreciation program. I probably wouldn't have even ordered a Flying Dog otherwise. I have had a lot of their beers, and none are memorable. It is dissipointing, as I like their effort... and their labels are impressive by Ralph Streadman (illustrator for Hunter S. Thompson).

I poured properly into a smaller glass with almost no head. There was just a cute, little ring. I tried to find an aroma, but there was almost nothing there. Just a little floral smell. I thought that I might be a little stuffed up, but my friend confirmed that there was little smell to the beer.

This is a very mellow pale. The taste is wholly unremarkable, and I was hoping for more from it. There was no bitterness to it. I would say that it was very drinkable.

I recommend this as a good "lawnmowing" beer. All credit to my friend the Beer Samurai coining the term "lawnmowing" beer.

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Photo of richkrull
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mixed 12-pack from my local store. First time I've tried this pale ale.

Poured an orange/amber color with a little bit of light beige head on it. Smells like some citrus hops - nice aroma. Taste was very good. Nice balance of malt and hops with a good bitter finish. Light to medium mouthfeel. This beer went down very smooth and was easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer and will be picking it up again.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,403 ratings
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