Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

2,394 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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Photo of BeefyMee
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.5%
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 -9.9%
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 -3%
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 -8%
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 +15.1%
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 +5.8%
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 -11.3%
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 -3%
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 +9.3%
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 -2.5%
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 -4.7%
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 -6%
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 -22.5%
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 +22.8%
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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Photo of pbecsu2008
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, Flying Dog does not use sell by dates... Batch # 123A11.

Appearance, Orange/Amber, smell nice bitterness with some citrus notes.

Mouthfeel, moderate body, well carbonated.

Taste, A great hop fix. I am not the biggest fans of IPAs but this does the trick to give me the bitterness I am looking for.

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Photo of bum732
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Faint hoppy grapefruit, prominent bready malt.

L: Crystal clear burnt orange, white fluffy head that dissipates. Lacing moderate.

T: Moderate grapefruit hoppiness with a slight bready malt. Clean citrus bitterness leading to a clean semi-dry finish.

M: Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Solid pale ale, fairly standard overall.

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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 Wattsox
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011, BBE Oct 2011.

A - Slightly hazy orange body with quickly dissipating head that leaves a thin covering with a decent amount of lacing and cling.

S - Citrusy hop nose with some malt and a touch of caramel.

T - Hop tastes lead with a good balance of bitterness and maltiness. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - Smooth, medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - Pretty decent hoppy beer, works well by itself or as a session drink.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my De Struise tulip

A - Pours a nice hazy burnt orange colour, witha nice off white head that retains weel before reducing to a film.

S - Nice mix of citrus hops and citrus and some sweetish malt.

T - Nice malt flavours complimented well by hops, bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A solid brew somewhat reminiscent of a good IPA

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale poured a clear amber color producing an ample off-white head that left behind small "walls" of lacing all the way down half of my mug. The nose was of citrus, floral hops, and a hint of caramel malt. The taste starts with piney and citrus hops followed by light caramel malt and finishes with a hoppy grapefruit lasting bitterness.

A solid American Pale Ale with a lasting hop finish.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quickly dissipating white head, light copper color, solid carbonation

S: Light and crisp hops and malt, nothing too strong or distinct

T: Solid malt for a pale ale, with a bit of bitter hop finish, crisp

M: Crisp, a bit malty for a pale ale, a touch of hop bitter on the finish

D: Definite session beer, tasty but nothing over the top. Stays flavorful as it warms.

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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 claytong
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am not a pale ale guy and since I am not I was a little giving on my ratings. I have not been impressed with Flying Dog. I hardly can get why they differentiate themselves from crappy beer. Maybe the standard is different in Maryland but I would doubt it since I know there's a lot of good beer drinkers on the east coast.
Anyways, I highly suggest staying away from most of their stuff. In heat wheat isn't bad and I've been told the raging bitch is good, so I will check that out and not buy anything else from them.
ive only had one or two american pale ales that id really ever drink again, compared to germany and austria american pale ales just seem watery and tasteless.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,394 ratings.
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