Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

BA SCORE
82
good
2,397 Ratings
Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,397
Reviews:
1,002
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.64%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
332
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,397 |  Reviews: 1,002
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.

 548 characters

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.

 389 characters

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.

 258 characters

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. A good looking Pale Ale, golden/amber color with good clarity and some lacing. Smell is good, citrus/cascade hops. Even though it's the hos that dominate you can still detect some roasted malts in the smell too. The taste is good. You can taste the malts first followed by the aftertaste of the hops. Very good, classic American Pale Ale taste. Medium bodied with a bitter feel from the hops with a slight buttery feel, very drinkable though. Not really a whole lot to mention about this beer, classic American Pale ale taste, good for summer time. Well malted and good hope taste, well balanced. Good Pale ale and would be a good gateway beer for those getting into craft beer.

 722 characters

Photo of wcintula
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was poured into a plastic cup before I corrected the bartender, asking her for a glass. The beer was a dark red-orange color with a well-retained finger-depth head. The smell was hoppy and bready, like the taste. This one was more bitter than I like my pale ales, but to each his own. It had a strong carbonation and was not the beer I settled on.

 357 characters

Photo of jt31914
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale with 1/4 finger of head and no lacing. Typical.

S: Faint hops, mild cloves.

T: Honey, clovy flavor and mild hop profile. Very nice taste, easy to drink, not too strong, not too weak. Fairly malty.

M/D: Very drinkable and smooth brew. Enjoyable pale ale. I find that while I still prefer IPAs, pales are growing on me with their simple yet complex flavors.

 366 characters

Photo of axeman9182
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into my Allagash chalice.

The beer pours a deep burnt orange, or red orange. It's mostly clear, with a decent crown that falls halfway between off white and tan. The nose is of bready and caramel malts and a very nice blend of citrus and floral hops. As I sip the first thing I pick up on is the malty sweetness alluded to in the nose. A brief crack of bitterness hits next, before the hop flavor comes in to finish things off. I'm just a little let down that there's not as much citrus in the taste as there is in the nose. Carbonation is adequate, but the body is a little bit too thin for my taste. Doggie Style is fairly easy drinking, but not exceptionally so for the style. A fairly well executed American Pale Ale.

 742 characters

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

A - Slightly hazy amber, quickly receding 1 finger head. No lacing.

S - Mild roasted caramel malt with light grassy hops.

T - Caramel malt continues as the backbone with some bitter hops and some citrus. Overall, nicely balanced.

M - Crisp and quenching, slightly creamy. Great carbonation.

D - Overall a very drinkable offering from FD, actually one of the better brews they put out. Perhaps a good gateway for a BMC drinker as it's not very intimidating.

 460 characters

Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear amber color. One finger white head doesn't stick around for long and leaves a cap on the beer itself. No real lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Some citrus and floral hops in the front of this beer. Some lighter caramel malts with a slight bready aroma come in the middle to backend of this. Nothing else in the beer pretty cut and dry.

T- Light citrus hops on the front end mixes with a sweet caramel malt sweetness. This comes into the middle with a pleasant orange and light almost spicing to it. The malts come back in for a second before the alcohol and bitter hops comes around in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light malts and bitter hops left on the palate. Warming alcohol and bitter hops left in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were blended well together but still hops rose to dominate.

D- A good beer which seemed to be a little better when it was brewed in CO. Although, I haven't had it in that long so I just might be used to bigger beers. This beer is just average and a little better than that for the style.

 1,152 characters

Photo of trevorjn06
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bit darker than most pale ales, it's almost an amber color. There is one finger of off-white head that recedes in about a minute leaving lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasted caramel (that C120 is noticeable) and some grassy lightly floral hops. The beer is still cold so I'll let it warm up a bit.... now I pick up some light citrus as well.

Taste is a nice balance of malt, caramel, hop flavor and bitterness. It starts with smooth pale malt and dark caramel and transitions into some hop flavors of light fruit and citrus with malt. The finish has a roasted element to it, a mild tartness and some hop bitterness with mild floral accents. Some nice, light hop flavor lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is rich yet light with a nice hop presence and balance. I very much enjoyed drinking it and the roasted caramel notes are nice, a bit different for a pale ale but it works well.

 963 characters

Photo of genek
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden straw color with barley any head. Minimal carbonation and color fades to a mild bronze.

A - Vaguely Floral with some fruitiness that I can't quite catch.

T - The maltyness reminds me of an Amber ale, maybe some caramel malt. The hops are great, mostly bittering and pleasantly so. A great balance, though more malty than most pale ales. very creamy mouthfeel, A citrusy or acidic undertone that I can't quite place.

D - A bit rough for an all-nighter, but 2 or 3 is great on a week night before bed.

 522 characters

Photo of DrewKid4
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served: Bottle to .25L Heineken glass

A: Dark amber, not so clear, with nearly nonexistent head.

S: Heavy floral hops.

T: Great American Pale Ale Standard. Slight hop taste that increases after initial tasting. Does not dissipate quickly.

M: Medium body with pleasant bitterness. More pleasant aftertaste than most APAs I've ever tasted.

D: Would be great to have more often if it were not for the price. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a great standard for a micro pale ale.

 492 characters

Photo of bump8628
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper with an inch or so of nice stickage from bone-colored head.

Light floral and citric hops (definitely Cascades) backed by a nice helping toasted malt and some medium caramel. Just a dollop of fruitiness from the yeast finishes things off.

A solid pale. Definitely East Coast in nature with the balanced profile. I'd certainly drink again, but it would be pretty far down my list of priorities.

 407 characters

Photo of Derranged
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a long skinny pint glass.

A- Pours an orange red and white head

S- Citrusy, standard APA smell

T- Really sweet and citrusy, very low bitterness for an APA.

M- Smooth, undercarbonated.

D- I drink this all day. Overall this is a solid beer.

 257 characters

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doggie style pours a crystal clear, nice deep golden amber with a nice creamy off white head and good lacing.

The aroma seems to be moslty a sweetish bready malt, a little caramel and a hint of hops.

The flavor seems equally divided by the toasted malts and a resinous orange hop bitterness with the bitterness lingering on the finish. There is a little caramel thrown in the mix. Warming brings out the citrus notes a bit more which are decidedly orange with a touch of grapefruit bitterness. Warming also rounds out the malt flavors and smooths the bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and a touch creamy and actually seems a bit closer to IPA territory. Carbonation is right on spot.

Doggie style is another sold beer from Flying Dog.

 752 characters

Photo of cbros
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a mug.

A- Pours a deep amber color. Very different from a majority of other APA's that I have tasted. There is a small one finger white lace that stays present for about half the beer.

S- I am picking up the malty sweet notes in the beginning followed closely by the hoppy citrus backing.

T- This is an interesting tasting beer. There is a strong malt presence from start to finish in this beer. I am picking up some citrus hop notes near the finish but nothing to hand your hat on. This is a very malt forward beer and is a little of the APA trial I usually find. Overall a nice tasting beer but not exactly what I expected when I originally bought it.

Good beer but not a favorite of mine and something I won't be getting again. However I am glad I was able to try it and definately want to try other offerings from Flying Dog.

 875 characters

Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The color is a clear light amber with a red tint to it. Has a nice foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is of some nice floral hops with a nice citrus flavor that does come on a little light, there but not too dominate with a nice malt sweetness just detectable right behind the bitterness.

The taste is hoppy and is a also a bit malty right at the first taste of this beer. There is some nice orange flavor with some spicy flavor that mixes well with a sweetness that seems to stay as it goes down.

The feel of this beer is nice with a pretty even feel. This goes down well with a great drink-ability and makes for a great summer beer and one that would pair well with a good amount of BBQ.

 753 characters

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

12oz bottle poured into weizen glass.
Pours a copper color with amber traces. Nice head. Nice retention. Great nose on this. Fresh piney hops are heavy and appealing. Initial taste is good with plenty of piney hop flavour and a decent caramel malt backbone for balance. It finishes very bitter for an APA however which hurt drinkability a bit. Decent ale overall but nothing extraordinary.

 389 characters

Photo of SamN
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Color is amber brown with darker hues. Great head, huge and billowy and light tan. Resiny lacing flows down the glass. Duller color.

S- Hearty piney hops with a citrus edge, mostly grapefruit. Not too hoppy, just the right amount balanced with crystal malt. Sweet, resiny and citrus. Pretty good.

T- Hops up front, balanced middle and a slightly bitter but mostly pine hops finish. Lingering hops/resin aftertaste. Tasty, straightforward and pretty decent, just a smidge too much hops for me.

M- Lively and active. Medium light body.

D- Quite good. A pale I can session without getting burned out on hops madness.

 620 characters

Photo of Dmorrison
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent taste of crystal (or darker) malts, followed by a classic pale flavor, and finished with two distinct, mild hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is excellent, like a bottle conditioned beer.

I usually hate pale beers, but I love this complex drink.

 253 characters

Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a finger of off white head. It has a nice amber color. The smell is hoppy with some caramel malt. The initial taste was nice and hoppy for the style. I got some pine that gradually gave way to some citrus. The finish is clean. I don't get a whole lot in the way of malt. The mouthfeel is medium, slightly watery. This is an easy drinker. I notice that most of the pale ales go down rather quickly on my reviews. This is not better than Burning River, but it is a good beer.

 503 characters

Photo of rednrag
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very unbalanced APA, in my opinion. Sorty malty, sorta hoppy, sorta not enough of either one to impress. Moutfeel is very watery and thin. Do not really care for this, it's not even as good as the artificially colored Fosters Ale.Much better pale ales out there.

 264 characters

Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice hazy copper color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is mostly malty, with some hops, slight citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, bitter, malty, with some hops thrown in, citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a not too bad brew, not what I was expecting.

 370 characters

Photo of scottchesterhall
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a British pint glass...small head was gone in about a minute or two. Color was pretty, but way too dark & amber for a pale ale.

Smell was strongly malty, almost no trace of hops. If you'd just had a Mirror Pond (I hadn't) this would taste like a sweet brown ale. The malt smell was nice--biscuity, round--but way too pronounced for a pale ale.

Taste was just like the smell...all malt. Very disappointing.

Mouthfeel was heavy, very viscous, no astringency.

Drinkability was poor...I felt full after half a glass. If I'm drinking a Belgian Double or a barleywine, I expect that...not in a Pale Ale.

If you can't tell, this beer was a huge disappointment. Call it a malty amber ale? Then it's fine. But when you're expecting Mirror Pond/Sierra Nevada PA/even a freaking Bass...this makes you go: "Huh? Was this mislabeled?"

Here's my only hesitation...my label says '05. Today it's April 2010. This beer appears to be five years old. Maybe the hops just snuck away over the past five years...to be fair, I'll give it another chance with a fresh one.

 1,063 characters

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bottle, light amber wheat color, great head, 2 finger creamy that stuck around the whole time. Smell earthy and hoppy, slight oils and citrus. Taste was some malt and mild grassy hops up front, going to an oily citrusy hop finish. Good beer, good session pale ale, somehow watery though.

 301 characters

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,397 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.