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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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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

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Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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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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Photo of arboristfish
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks impressive. An amber tint for a pale ale is interesting, i like the fact that they used caramel 120 to achieve a nice color. They said they used cascade hops for dry hopping during fermentation. Which gives the beer a mellow hoppiness. Would have worked better in aging I think. Unless this is what they were going for. I feel they kind of held back on the hoppiness, even though this is not an ipa it would have been nice to get that awesome dry hop nose. Still a good pale ale!

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Photo of Frothboss
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance has a golden brown with a one finger bubbly head that quickly fizzles away to no remnants. Smells mildly hoppy but nothing to sharp or fancy. The Taste is mild as well with no real lingering hop taste on the back of the tongue or on the taste buds, the hops wash away quickly as you swallow with a flavor of something sweet as it goes down. Mouthfeel is lighly carbonated with nothing very exciting in the way of flavor. Mildly put it is a mild tasting beer. Would recommend this to someone who is getting into craft beer drinking. Mild hops.

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

A- golden brown, slight head, but not much.

S-little malty, a subtle grassiness,

T- slightly biscuit malt, slightly grassy hop,

m- smooth, hops linger at the back, but not for too long, carbonation prickly on the tongue great for the style.

D- could drink this one all night. very drinkable.

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Photo of demuzik
1.86/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but this got dumped out half way... not worth using up 'beer time' on this guy IMHO.
This doesn't fill the craving for the genre; no hop flavor or aroma to write home about, no caramel sweetness to balance it out; simply blunt, harsh tones with a drab twang/bitterness.

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Photo of TheGarvenator
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a deep amber color with a nice head to it

S - the smell reminded me of a Sierra Nevada; a classic pale ale smell

T - some taste of hops but not too bitter and not too sweet...a good light bitter taste id say

M - has a carbonated mouthfeel to it

D - Very drinkable in my opinion, goes down smooth and is quite refreshing and im not one for pale ales for the most part...

I like this pale ale, and a great way to end my variety pack on a good note...I would recommend this to the non pale ale drinkers to give this one a try, it might just convert them...

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper color, very nice looing, amber brownish

S- hopi, somewhat merky though like all their other beers

T- FINALLY! a flying dog that tastes good, a nice pale ale, some hopiness

M- light carbonation

D- good drinkability, had a pitcher after a round of golf and that was easy drinkin

Overall, very surprised by Flying Dog on this beer, i've hated all of them but this is finally something theyve gotten right

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Mostly citrus aroma with a mild sweetness.

T: Starts with a nice crisp citrus bite with some biscuit flavor. Has a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, nice carbonation, quite smooth.

D: Very enjoyable brew. Good example of an American Pale Ale. Goes good with food or by itself. A nice go-to brew. Well done.

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

It pours a light and with almost no head, a burnt copper in color. The smell isn't very strong. It's very dry and has faint hops and malt aromas but is heavier on the hops. The taste mirrors the scents. It drinks dry and is mildly hoppy with slight sweetness. It's an alright pale ale, nothing special.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is a nice amber (not very pale) color with a good thick head.

It has a nice hoppy scent.

The taste is quite good. It has lots of citris combined with the hops.

The mouthfeel is nice. It is very drinkable. This is a nice beer to have on hand. I got it in a mixed 12, but I will defininetly buy more.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours darker than I expected. The color reminds me of apple juice, a deep and slightly hazy amber. The soapy head holds up nicely, though I didn't get too much lacing on the glass.

S: The first thing I smelled wasn't actually hops, which was a surprise. There's a noticeable mix of caramel malt and buttery diacetyl. As that fades, you're left with a fresh, lingering pine note from the hops. This beer smells very promising.

T: Somewhat spicy at the front, the hops hit you immediately. It's more herbal than fruity, although some citrus flavor does creep in. I agree with the reviewers that mentioned a similarity to green tea, and it's a wonderful addition that I haven't really encountered in a beer before. Though it really is all hops, it's not as bitter as say a Sierra Nevada; it's got a touch more malt sweetness.

M: This beer leans on the thin side, though not in a bad way. It has a light body and a very dry finish.

D: It may not be all that complex or powerful on the palate, but this APA is effortlessly drinkable and a great beginner's beer for anyone that wants to try a hoppier beer. Highly enjoyable in my opinion.

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Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lighter amber with about a finger of white head.

S: Strong hop smell, with some citrus zest.

T/M: A toss up between herbal hops (with almost a green tea-like bite) and malts with just a hint of sweetness. Relatively bitter and hoppy for a pale ale. Decently full-bodied and well-carbonated.

D: Incredibly drinkable brew. The hops really put an edge on this one.

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

Pours a clear mid-range amber with a tall white head and lacing. Nose is of pine and marmalade, some lemon, lemon grass, honey and butter. The hops are grassy and mild, with a slight soapy edge. In the mouth it's fresh hops and soft malts; there's toffee sweetness which is balanced by a citric bitterness. Mouth feel is medium with a lively yet fine carbonation. Finishes with a sweet bitterness and green hops. It's refreshing and smooth, very drinkable.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got 2 of these in a mixed 12 pack, poured from a 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a good looking amber with a fingers worth of head that faded to a thin layer that stayed till the end.

S- Citrus hops dominate the nose followed by some nice malts.

T- Just like the nose the malts and citrus hops steal the show on this one, the 2 flavors are balanced just right for a pale ale, not too hoppy, not to malty, and just the right amount of bitterness on the finish.

M- A little thicker then i would like but it has crisp dry finish and has good carbonation.

D- These go down fairly easy, which means drinking 2 or 3 wouldn't be a problem.

Overall this is a good example of the style and a pretty refreshing beer for hot summer day. Also flying dog has some kick ass labels and packaging.

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Photo of Mit
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-Pours a deep amber with minimal to no lasting head.

s-citrusy hops, balanced out by some nice malty smells.

t-Mmmmm hops, rounded out very slightly by some sweeter flavours.

m-good for the ABV

d-Oh yeah...this is going on the buy list. Got it as part of a mixer pack. Nice hoppy pale for when you aren't looking for a hop bomb.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich, clear amber color with a light tan head. Decent retention, light lacing.
Smell is malt, hops with a citrus note.
Taste is hops then light malt and that is it.
Medium body and effervescence. All hops in the aftertaste. Slightly watery as well. It's ok, I guess, but just ok.

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

A - A darker colored pale ale nearing amber colored. Very fine head with a little bit of lacing. Not much visible carbonation or movement within the glass.
S - Citrus rich smell, its blended pretty well. It's easily noticable without being overbearing. Some earthy hops smells underneath. One of the better smelling beers and the smell really adds to the taste.
T- Begins with a sweet bready malt and concludes with some bitter citrus hops. The aftertaste is of the sweet malt. It is a quick burst of flavor leading into a fairly prolonged aftertaste. Suprising because the smell is more hoppy than malty whereas the taste is opposite.
MF - Very smooth, light bodied with a light carbonated crisp. It kind of just sits on the palate but it isn't bad by any stretch
D - Good slightly malty pale ale, it's a pretty affordable option as well.

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Photo of errantnight
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An uninspired Pale. And that's alright... it's better than average, if barely. It's WELL crafted, no flaws to be found here, and it's fairly consistent the times I've had it. There's just nothing to set it aside from the pack.

It's pushing the boundary, SRM-wise, towards an American Amber, but still a touch gold. Solid retention, little to no lacing.

Faint citric hop notes back a biscuity, malty nose. I prefer the other end of the APA spectrum, but this is good for the more balanced set.

Firmly bitter, reasonably well rounded on the palate, this lets crackerish pale malt come forward with a hit of honeyed sugar that slips into a minty and faintly metallic hop bitterness.

There's nothing WRONG with this beer, but it's not to my tastes.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a pint glass, poured from a bottle. Drank absurdly cold (probably between 35 and 40F) so I tried to compensate for that.

A: Orange/red/pink. An unusual colour for a beer, but cool nonetheless. Very minimal head, but it was cold.

S: Powerful fig, orange, lemon and plum scents. Not terribly strong, but it was cold. Extremely hoppy and no doubt delicious Two Hearted Ale

T: Taste falls flat after smelling it. Corny, hop dominated, yet not very bitter. Fruit flavours come out with warmth.

M: Pleasant and somewhat refreshing. Not a great aftertaste, and no booziness like Two Hearted Ale. Low marks

D: Not bitter enough to be good in that way, and not balanced enough with the sweetness to be good in that way either. Not horrible, just average.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid copper colored body with a great light-tan head of a couple inches.

S - The aroma fills the room with just one pour. Sweet caramelized bread and thick grassy hops.

T - There's a decent balance between the hops and the malts. The hops have a slight edge in the grassy and leafy realm. The malts are slightly fruity but not sweet.

M - Wet in the start and through the middle. The ending and finish are nicely dried. Slight abrasiveness in the middle but very high-grained.

~ This is a good pale ale. I think the brewer has done a nice job of making this beer rather interesting.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice clear strong copper color with a nice .5 inch head that is white and recedes quickly.

S - Aroma is not anything to write home about. Good flowery hop aroma with some slight bread undertones as well. Fresh baked bread is present with the malt.

T - Pretty nice pal ale with some good bread and grains up front. The pale malt has some nice toasty characteristics. The malt is very well presented and complimented by some nice flowery and mild hops. Good drinkable flavors.

M & D - Crisp, refreshing , light bodied but flavorful. Good ABV content that allows for multiple consumption of good flavorful beer.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cubbies pint glass

A:Pours a see-thru burnt copper color with a fingers worth of head that slowly resides

S:Nice mix of floral hops and biscuit malt, fairly inviting

T:Mild attack of flavor going on, biscuit malts and slight hop kick as smell detects.

M:Thinner body but good carbonation

D:Not a bad brew for the style, Very drinkable, sessionable, and for the most part enjoyable.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,406 ratings
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