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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Ratings: 2,402 |  Reviews: 1,004
Photo of gskitt
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rosy amber with thick head, lots of lacing, takes some time for this to recede. Smells of malts and raisin bread, maybe some caramel. Tastes very musty, even earthy. Has some characteristics of being in an oak barrel. A little smoky. Has a bit of a flat mouthfeel, bitter at the end. Drinkable? Go ahead, but this dog don't fly. (For me)

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Photo of CPeterson
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -- A deep copper brew that pours into a healthy head and settles into a hefty froth, leaving splotchy lacing.

S -- Citrus and caramel malts, a touch of earth.

T -- Bready malts and citrus tones fade into earthy hop herbaceousness. Very well balanced.

M -- Well carbonated, only lightly drying which is appropriate for the style. Nice.

D -- Very solid brew, fit for the discerning craft drinker without being over the top for the would be.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a thick white head and tons of lacing. Smells of piny hops and maybe some grapefruit. Tastes much the same. Some citrus, some hops, and maybe a little malts. I like it. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This beer is a hazy amber color, with a fingers worth of fluffy, eggshell head that retains and laces slightly above average. The smell is fairly weak for the style - citrus and hops with a touch of pine is what I get out of it. The taste is a very smooth - yet hop-forward pale, the citrus and hops are really the stars of the show here, along with just a touch of bready malts. There's also a little bit of a fruity aspect here. The bitterness on the aftertaste is masterful - it's just bitter enough to make a presence without effecting drinkability. Well-done.

The mouthfeel as previously stated is extremely smooth, it's perfectly carbonated and medium-bodied. This makes it a very drinkable pale. It's not the best pale ale ever, but it really has it's strengths - it's very easy-drinking and probably a very nice brew to keep on deck. I'd consider keeping six around when it gets warmer outside.

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Photo of beachscrat
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hardcore chaos art on the 120z. Nice rebellious, "like WTF is this art on the bottle?"

Brilliant clear orange. Single finger of lasting white foam.

Big citrus nose.

Balanced bitter and toasty malt. No caramel, balanced sweet to malt ratio. Dangerously balanced.

Easy to put away a few too many. Besides the alcohol, this one would be an all nighter. Time to call a cab.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with decent head and good carbonation. Head seems to stick around okay.

S: Very subdued for an APA. Very faint hop aroma - perhaps floral hops. Clean malt profile, although characterized mostly by paler malts.

T & M: Rather clean tasting profile (like smell), yet quite bitter in the mouthfeel. Starts pretty bland to which I then get the bitterness of the hops (yet no real hop flavor), then it finishes kind of sweet with a lemon-like citrus flavor in the back. Bottle states 35 IBUs. Wish it had more late hop additions for a fuller hop experience.

D: Seems like a brew I could drink a lot of. At 5.5% ABV, seems like a session beer to me. I only wish it had a stronger flavor profile for me to want a lot of this.

A very unoffensive beer which bodes well for the novice craft beer drinker or one who is not seeking a lot of hops. Not bad, but I think there's better APA's out there.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Two fingers of bubbly head receded and left tons of lacing. The beer is deep copper color with bubbles rising throughout.

Smells of citrus hops and some pine. The citrus hops dominate the taste with a pleasant bitter finish. Plenty of hop flavor for a APA. As others have said it's reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Not the same exactly, but if you like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale you'll probably like Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale.

Refreshing, bubbly mouth feel and slightly less than medium, but not watery, on the palate. Highly drinkable. It would be easy to knock back 2 or 3 just about anytime.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber color with a very thin, almost non-existent white head, hardly any retention.

The scent was of citrus and floral hops.

The taste was of citrus and moderately bitter floral hops, some notes of bready malt.

Light bodied, crisp feel, moderate to high carbonation.

This was a pretty good pale ale, the flavor was perfectly balanced. I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-05-15 at the Mt Hope Brewfest in PA (from tasting notes)

A - Hazy, dark amber with an offwhite head and good lacing.

S - Floral, sweet malt and some orange.

T - Rising bread, fruit, orange peel bitterness and some earthy hops. Sweet fruit and mild bitter finish.

M - Light body and medium-heavy carbonation give a good feel.

D - Easy enough to drink and the flavors are interesting enough to bring me back for another.

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

First beer of the new year.

A- Pours a copper color with a very small, wispy head that fades fairly quickly.

S- Hints of caramel, wheat, light fruit

T- Citrus balanced out with light wheaty notes that lead into a small hop kick on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- This is a pretty solid, balanced pale. Not one of my favorites but definitely something that should be tried.

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Photo of slackerlack
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Amber
Smell - Hoppy
Taste - Mildly bitter
Mouthfeel - Light
Drinkability - Smooth

I did not expect the color or taste of this beer seeing that it was a pale ale. The taste was great, went down very smooth, was not that bitter, but ended with a bitter leftover taste. This tasted more like an IPA to me than a pale ale.

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Photo of Monsteruss
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The foam was white in color, bubbley and lacey til the end. It had a honey with pumpkin orange and gold highlights. It had a fruity and hoppy aroma with hints of wood and carmel. It had a deep robust hops taste with a citrus undertone. Mouthfeel - full-bodied with a light twist. Drinkability - being one of my favorite micro-brews, I love the full-bodied-ness and its great for the summer.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer out of the Flying Dog variety pack in a pint glass.

A: Sort of cloudy appearance with an orange hue. Not a lot of head but decent lacing.

S: Very hoppy smell but malts are present. Slightly sweet with a hit of citrus.

T: This surprisingly is wonderful. Contrary to the smell the taste is incredibly balanced. The citrus flavor of grapefruits doesn't overpower you. SMOOTH with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall this beer is a 2 thumb up in my book! I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this beer. The smell was wonderfully balanced and the taste was hoppy but not overpowering. I'm not a fan of IPA's due to their bitterness but this APA is a perfect match for me. GREAT BEER FLYING DOG!!!

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark reddish honey color, with a beige one and a half finger head that lingers for a bit, leaving significant lacing. The beer is clear, but not entirely translucent. There is standard carbonation visible throughout. The aroma is hoppy, with suggestions of citrus. There is light malt, which smells faintly of straw, and some peppery spice, to balance it out. The taste begins with significant malty, grainy character. This, throughout the middle, washes with bitter, grassy hops, acting to balance the brew. The conclusion of the sip is both dry and hop filled. This leads to the aftertaste which, while mild, breathes as the balancing act of the flavors, with a sweet tinge. The mouth is left on the dryer side, without any notable coating. The carbonation is noticeable, and the body remains solidly medium. With relatively mild flavors, a respectable feel, and a standard abv, this beer goes down smoothly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its elegant appearance, its nicely balanced flavor, and its great name! The hops begin strong, but by the end of the glass tend to become less apparent, leaving you with a borderline mild brew for the style.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy dark orange colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige head. I can't see much carbonation due to the haziness, and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for only a minute or two before it began to disappear.

Smell - hops, floral notes, cookies, grapefruit, pine

Taste & Mouth - The beer actually has quite bit of carbonation, lots of bubbles all over the place. The beer might benefit from a slight carbonation decrease. The most noticeable flavours are malts, citrus zest, and hops. This is more of a malty PA than a hoppy one. There are also some floral notes and a bit of a pine taste. The beer finishes with a fizzy hop and citrus zest aftertaste.

Drink - Just an average IPA in my books, probably not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of lwootton
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a St. Arnold tulip pint.

Appearance: Poured a rich golden-amber with a thick, creamy, persistent head two finger widths in height. Head was fairly long lasting, some lace left on sides of the glass.

Aroma: A pleasant floral aroma with light, sweet malt accents.

Taste: A mild bitter taste lacking the floral notes in the aroma balanced well by a malt base.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: A good beer! The bitterness was not overwhelming but slowed down drinking enough for the beer to be savored. I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of jonB
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper slightly lighter than the usual pale ale. The most striking feature of the beer is the hops on the nose. The smell is definitely floral and reminds me of summer grass. After the strong smell, I was a little surprised that the taste is dominated by a slightly sweet maltiness. It does finish dry thanks to the hops, which are relatively benign. Pretty easy drinking session beer.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

A: Pours a bit cloudy orange to amber color forming a big light beige head that dissipates quickly leaving many lacings in the glass

S: Slightly sweet upfront. Notes of pale malts, caramel malts, crystal malts and flowery hops. Hops are American style, of course with notes of pine. Fruity, with notes of orange and grapefruit. US-05 yeasts profile

T: Follows the nose: Slightly sweet upfront, sweet pale malts, crystal malts, caramel malts followed by citric and grassy hops notes. In overall, a dry taste giving relevance to the hops bitterness

M: Light body and good carbonation. Quite malty with strong notes of grassy hops in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Refreshing with a strong American Pale Ale character

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Photo of Franz4
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- golden amber, after a vigorous pour still just a small head that settled to a thin layer of bubbles.

S- floral scents (think marigolds, there's the extent of my gardening knowledge)also a slight toffee hint. Smell feels very crisp

T- fresh up front with a slightly hoppy finish. Hops are floral with a little pine. Not complex, but nonetheless a solid representative of the style.

M- light bodied, heavy carbonation but it's not evident in appearance aftertaste lingers a bit, but isn't overpowering

D- Nice solid pale ale, would be very versatile to pair with food, and could be an enjoyable brew by itself.

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Photo of nickhiller
2.27/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: a hazy, golden brown with a half inch head that settles to a respectable quarter inch lacy bubbles and a good deal of carbonation.

S: a sour metallic--iron--with a slight hop undertone is all I get from the nose.

T: tastes a lot like a homebrew, in fact I've brewed unsuccessful beers that tasted like this. Not enough hops to be aromatic and bitter, but enough to excite my gag reflex. Not enough malt to be sweet, but too much to be dry. just Really boring, but unpleasantly so, I find the smell and taste abrasive.

M: the body and appearance are the only two things that I can say that I liked. Medium bodied and good carb, nothing out of the ordinary.

D: I like most of Flying Dog's other offerings, but I'm afraid they missed their mark with this one. The off smell combined with the lack of flavor (or in this case the flavors most important to beer: barley and hops) leave much to be desired. I'm kind of thinking I got a bad bottle at Central Market, it can't be this bad right?

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Photo of JayS2629
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange with thin head and little lacing.

S- Malty with floral hops standing out. Orange zest.

T- Pine, nutty, bitter on the end. Sweet in the middle.

M- Medium body, smooth with bite on end.

D- Nice pale ale. Refreshing. I could enjoy this after a hot summer day mowing the grass.

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Photo of AEK
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle oured into a standard English pint pot.

A. Orange coloured beer topped by a slightly yellow, loosely bubbled head that shrank rapidly.

S. Malty, quite hoppy (reminded me somewhat of Stone's Ruiinition IPA), orange zest, citrusy, floral bouquet.

T. Fairly hoppy, traces of pine, hints of nuttiness. A nice bitter finish.

M. Medium, fairly smooth.

D. A nice pale ale from F.D. One that I would thoroughly recommend you try if you have yet to do so.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- pours a nice golden orange/red with a very thin head and minimal lacing
s- smells amazing, highlight of this beer, mainly smells of sweet malt and floral/citrusy hops
t- nice little hop bite and mellow malty sweetness, tastes more like an ipa than longhammer in my opinion
m- nice medium mouthfeel, nice slight bubbly feeling on the tongue and roof of mouth
d- very nice beer, i normally prefer to just go with an ipa because regular pa's taste like diluted ipa to me, but this beer is almost like an ipa if you ask me

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass - best by date 034b11 ?

Poured a nice dark golden amber -Two finger head with good carbonation, the lace followed the beer down the glass.

Smell was of hops , hops and more hops. maybe some malt.

Taste wasn't your average Pale Ale - in fact this should be considered more of an IPA, Smooth malt hints of hops , hops and more hops.

drinkabilty was really good - even though if I were going for a true Pale Ale, this wouldn't be my choice . that being said I would recommend and purchase again .

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a thin off white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with a little bit of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some fruity flavors; there are some hints of toasted malts and sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather refreshing and quite sessionable.

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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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