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

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Photo of greengorilla
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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 +7.1%
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%
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 +4.4%
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 -9.9%
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 -1.9%
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 -23.1%
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 +7.7%
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 -12.1%
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 -1.4%
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 +7.7%
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 -0.3%
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 +8.5%
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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Photo of Spider889
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber, bubbly, off-white head that quickly recedes leaving no lacing to speak of.

Smelled very floral, piney hops, overall a well hopped pale that was likely dry hopped to add to the aroma.

Nice maltiness that gives way to bitter hops. There was a dry coating on the mouth as part of the after taste finishing with some sweet malts.

Light bodied, well carbonated and an easy drinker. Nonetheless, there are numerous pales I would rather be drinking than this (that are both cheaper and easier to find...)

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange in color, reasonably clear, thin cream colored head.

S: Smells of some roasted sweetness and citric bite.

T: Some sweetness at first fades to a healthy snap of hoppy bite. Finish is lingering roasty flavors. Interesting and enjoyable, but not extreme.

M: Lots of carbonation, creamy body. Feels really nice.

D: Tasty, but not overwhelming. Interesting and mild enough to encourage repeated enjoyment.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #4 in my odyssey through the Flying Dog mixed pack. An apperitif to Duck Deli pulled pork.

A: The pale ale is hardly pale, more of a cuprous amber color that clings to its translucence. A finger of white head was quickly reduced to a thin band.

S: Bready, the pale ale doesn't skimp on the pale maltiness. The aromas have a fruity element but are not heavy with it. Enough citrusy hops linger underneath to make a difference.

T: The pale ale delivers on both the malt and the hop fronts. The pale malts, a bit of caramal thrown in for good measure, are biscuity with a dark bread sweetness. Citrusy hops add a grapefruit boldness that pairs nicely with the malts. The result is a nice drink that, in the end, is more malty than hoppy.

M: A chewy pale ale that isn't afraid of its malty side. The predominant malts smooth out the feel considerably, softening the hops.

D: At 5.5%, a good sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of suretolose
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It is a nice dark amber color with a nice head that lasts for a very long time. 12 minutes and there is still a head.

Aroma is very light. Slightly sweet maybe a hint of fruit.

Very light in the mouth. A nice sweetness with hints of citrus and hops. Not heavy at all.

Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of mash4077
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep amber, lighter orange shade at the bottom, with a khaki one-and-a-half finger head that takes its time.

S- Earthy scents, a little hops and caramel malts. A little brown sugar. Getting a little of the yeast.

T- The first decent beer of the night. Hops are laid back. Creamy, well balanced, just a touch of molassas, some floral hops come out nicely. All in all I was a LITTLE disipointed, but it is a good tasting beer.

M- A tad watery, but not bad. Decent carbonation.

D- Very good, I could easily have a few more.

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Photo of Erish
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: orange-gold, rocky gold head with decent retention.

S: floral hops, sweet citrus, grapefruit.

T: ruby red grapefruit, light sweet malt, the finish is nicely bitter with plenty of floral hops and dryness. Simple but tasty.

M: silky, smooth, decent carbonation.

D: nothing too complicated about this brew, but it has wonderful balance and great, fresh flavor. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber with a slight dull orange hue and a head that is much more beige than I would have expected. The head is nice and fluffy, but leaves weak, broken lacing. The aroma is mild, and pleasantly fruity. I am getting some light citrus hop aroma, mostly bitter grapefruit, but it is fairly subdued. Malt is also evident in the nose and smells very bready and yeasty. Flavor is a bit perplexing. Citrusy cascade hops are the predominant character. I also notice that this beer carries a pretty hefty bitterness for style, but it is not too overbearing. The strange part is that there is grainy, astringent quality that is not very pleasant and really detracts from the other flavors in this beer. Malt is much less of a player than in the aroma, but what I do taste is fairly bready and non-descript. The mouthfeel seems to be smack dab in between light and medium and is fairly aggressive on the palate. Not much carbonation, but a dry bitter finish that lingers long after I swallow. This beer finishes a bit too sticky to be very drinkable. Not terrible, but not terribly great either. Definitely not a beer I would seek out on its own, but it doesn't ruin this sampler pack.

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Photo of IanH84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, medium amber with a thin head, looks perfect for the end of a summer day. Smells lightly malty with a hint of crisp hops.

The first sip crosses the front of my tongue with the taste of fresh, crisp, and somewhat coppery hops with undertones of malt to balance it out. Like the pour and smell, the taste is uncomplicated but pleasant. Toward the back of my tongue the mild bitterness of the hops comes through. As I focus on the taste for a bit, I notice a slightly astringency and I can taste the distinct flavor of the alcohol, which I find unusual for a beer that's only 5.5%ABV. About halfway through the glass the taste starts to fade as my taste buds get accustomed to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, less substantial than what I've come to expect from a pale ale but not unpleasant. It goes down smoothly and easily.

Bottom line: it's a decent beer. I would definitely get it as part of a variety pack but would probably forgo it on its own in favor of my usual favorites if I were looking for just a pale ale. I certainly wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber, thin white head with moderate carbonation. Light toasted malt, light hops, very crisp smell with the character of a summer beer.

Taste is a coppery malt with mild bitter hops. It is a very simple and light beer, the taste dulls after a few sips - still a little bit sour and bitter, but certainly within the flavor of the beer. Mouthfeel is a bit tangy and sour and a little bit dry.
While it is refreshing, it doesn't have the same bite from the ingredients themselves that often makes a simple beer great.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good pour head which keeps a thin cover throughout the drink. Head lace clings well to the glass and hangs in there for quite a while. Good dark amber color around EBC 42 with a slight haziness, mostly from the wonderful carbonation bubbles. Bottle IBU: 35. I don't consider it quite that bitter, more around high twenties. Good refreshing hop flavor with a great lingering after taste. I would recommend this beer to those who like a bold refreshing taste, rich with flavor. Drinks well cold but I prefer the better bite as it warms to 50 degrees.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice amber-tan color, clear, some lacing but not too much head. A few rising bubbles.

Smells hoppy and malty with a touch of citrus perhaps.

Tastes of light spices, a touch of sweetness, a nice hops flavor and some nice malts. Probably the best so far of the 12-pack sampler.

Very crisp and refreshing. Well balanced.

Drinks pretty well. I'd buy this one in a sixer for sure.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/ruby color with a thin head. It has a nice bitter "bite" to it but it's not overwhelming. Some citrus fruit with a hint of some darker fruit, maybe plum? Weird, I know. I couldn't defiantly drink a few of these over the course of a night.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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