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

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Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Ratings: 2,403 |  Reviews: 1,004
Photo of Dmorrison
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of rednrag
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of scottchesterhall
2.94/5  rDev -19%
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 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 be fair, I'll give it another chance with a fresh one.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a SA perfect pint glass

A - pours with an inch or so of frothy slightly off white foam. already leaving some webbed lacing as it falls. the beer is clear, light copper colored.

S - wow! bit hoppier than expected. the hops are grassy and piney. noticeable light caramel malt underneath for balance. other notes of citrus (orange), soap, and spice. nice!

T - very pleasant and balanced. hops come in piney and citrusy, bitter bite is lingering. malts come through quickly for balance, caramel with a slight twinge of spice.

M - bodied as expected for the style. a bit oily in the mouth, finishes with more of the same. nice and crisp, finishes clean.

D - wonderful all around. could contend for one of my favorite APA's. excellent clean hop profile without dwindling smoothness and drinkability. well done.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle marked 223FX10. Sampled on April 9, 2010. The pour is copper orange in tone with a quarter inch of silky beige head that lingers and never goes away completely. The Cascade and other hops arouse the senses right away as more of a teaser than an overwhelming zing. A little maltiness is noted as well as something kind of like orange zest.A decent hoppiness balances out the bitterness in the taste. A decent enough and drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a two finger, off-white head that has some good retention! Lots of lacing as the bubbles slowly disappeared. The body is clear and amber-ish apple cider.

The nose is pretty simple...piney hops on top of citrus undertones. That's about all I can pick up...

The flavors are even more bland than the nose...flat malts that turn into a bitter hop finish. I was hoping for a bigger flavor, but this is as the aromas advertised.

The mouth feel is light and slightly oily with lots of carbonation.

This beer is drinkable, but way down on the list...reach for something more complex and bold...unless you are looking for subtle.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Pale amber or light sappish colour. Clear, with few bubbles. A nice head appeared, but neglected to stick around.

S: Mmm, smells very nice. Hops, hops, and some citrus.

T: Citrusy hops have a sharp bite which is blunted by bitterness. A dry aftertaste which unfortunately lacks much flavour. Not nearly as watery as some other Flying Dog beers.

M: Fairly pleasant. Carbonation and hops tickle the tongue before drying the mouth slightly and leaving one wanting more.

D: A pretty decent pale ale; above average. I wouldn't buy a six-pack, probably, but I certainly wouldn't turn a glass or two.

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Photo of danadeny
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Having on tap at a bar. This was a bad pour, the glass is effected by cleaning, the draft system is screwy or the beer is old. My glass was presented with no head or carbonation. A flat beer. I am familiar with this beer so I knowit is better that this presentation. That being said the color is right the flavors are spot on for an American pale ale. Toasty malt up front, with a dominant hop finish that is not too powerful, just enough that you know this is a craft brew. Forgive spelling errors, reviewed from iPhone. Desperate for the BA app.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amberish orange color, disapointing head and retention. Smell is of carmel malts and faint citrus and piney hops, not much going on. Taste is mostly carmel maltss, hops charachter is mostly bitter, lacking any nice citrus or pine notes expected from the style. Comes across more as an Enligh Bitter than an APA. Slight twangy taste to it. Undercarbonated, medium bodied, slightly oily. Disapointing beer which lacks the brightness and nice hop charachter ive come to expect out of an APA.

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Photo of Kylito87
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another first for me. Thanks again to Arista Foods for supplying me with this one. Heres we goes.

Appearance- Hazy Blood orange with a creamy off white tawny head. The head retention is quite impressive. Exceptional lacing all the way through.

Smell- Nice pale malt and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Some citrus and bread notes as well

Taste- Malty backbone with a nice hop bitterness. Citrus notes are detected too. The finish is a nice bitterness but not overly intense.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with relatively high carbonation. Very crisp, refreshing, and clean.

Drinkability- This is very drinkable. Not the best representation of the style but still very decent.

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

This was ok, I've had many a pale ale and this one ranked pretty average for me, taste was actually a little too strong with not much else going on, not alot of complexity, just that strong hop flavor but tasted too sharp and bitter for my taste. Poured a good color, typical for pale ales, don't think I would order this again, not a bad beer just not my bag. Average at best.

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

As always, dig the Ralph Steadman artwork on the label..

Pours a clear, golden amber with a fluffy, white foam head. Smell is malty with a big citrus tip. First taste is almost dark fruit-like, with a smooth finish that twists into sweet bitterness and many a pleasant, high hops to cap it off. Decent complexity on the taste. Lighter feel. Lace all the way down the glass. A solid pale ale.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a bright orange, mostly clear beer with light bubbles rising to the top. The head is off white, tight and creamy looking. Some retention that leaves a trailing lace that falls just a bit more slowly than the head

S-the nose is light but quite pleasant. Pale malts with a touch of toasted bread. A solid hop backbone adds a touch of appricot and grapefruit

T-the taste is about the same as the nose. Toasted biscuit and pale malts, an underlying caramel tone. Hop backbone with citrusy hops and just a hint of bitterness

M-smooth and a little creamy, medium to lighter in body, slightly astringent in the back of the throat. Carbonation is pretty strong in strength and itches at the back of the throat.

D-easy drinking and light. Good balanced pale ale that brings everything I want to see. Definitely a very good beer to relax over and would be nice on a warmer spring day

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Photo of pwoody11
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As usual, nice bottle art from Flying Dog.

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice american pale ale. Not spectacular, but not bad by any stretch. The cascade comes through the strongest of all flavors, and I also picked up a little citrus in there.

Wouldn't seek this beer out again, but if it was around would drink it.

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Photo of alkemy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty aggressive poured yielded about three fingers of fluffy off-white head over a fairly dark amber/orange brew. Lots of grapefruit in the aroma as well as a pretty large amount of brown sugar sweetness from the malts. While pine doesn't make an appearance in the smell department, it shows itself in the taste. There's a bit of orange before transitioning to a slightly bitter grapefruit finish. There's also a slightly grassy note here and there along with a sweet doughy malt presence. The malt might be just a tad strong for me. It's pretty decent, but I prefer Flying Dog's bigger beers.

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Photo of Stimack
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first time trying anything from Flying Dog so I was not sure what to expect. This brew poured to a golden color with a slight amber appearance. Had a fair sized off white head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing. There is a clear hop aroma here, it is pretty nice but to me it does not stand out. Hops have a somewhat citrus smell and there is a pretty good malt aroma. The malts seem to give a caramel flavor from the Crystal, that is what comes to mind at first and then the middle seems to be more about a citrus hop flavor. Late flavors seem to have the hops but the malts seem to catch up. Overall this is a fine brew, seems to me that there are better APA's readily available but if someone gave one to me I would not pass on it.

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Photo of youngleo
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a nice two fingered head that was offwhite in color. Brew itself was a brownish gold in color. Lacing was okay. Was actually very light smelling. Just of some hops and malt. Again kind of light. Tasted light also. Had that pine taste going on. Also of bitter hops and malt. Again very light. Felt thin in the mouth. Carbonation was right. This really wouldnt be my pale ale of choice. I dont think I would drink these as a session beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours medium gold with decent lacing.

The aroma is medium hops light citrus, same with the taste. Its decently full bodied, but lacking a little on the drinkability.

Overall, this is ok, nothing special.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer starts sweetly malt, bitterness comes with carbonation and dissipates . The beer finishes bitter but very light. This is a great pale ale. I found this to be more refreshing then most east coast pales, slightly less malt and a little more citrus hoppyness.

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Photo of mfkr
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber colored liquid with an off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

S - Lots of malt, citrus (mostly grapefruit) and floral hops.

T - Some roasted malt, lots of hops, hints of orange and grapefruit.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

A nice APA.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is mainly hops with some earthy and resiny hops. The flavor is earthy and resiny hops with low-medium bitterness. The overall flavor is somewhat dirty due to the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of nelnutter
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Amber/orange color with terrific foamy head. Retention and lacing were fantastic.

S: Prominent smell of generous citrus and floral hops.

T: Very good balance of bready malt and bitter hop taste...hints of grapefruit. Dry/bitter finish, very crisp.

M: Body is on the medium/lighter-side, and very refreshing and crisp. Carbonation is quite ample.

D: Terrific APA, I found this to be very refreshing and sessionable. This is definitely one I will remember and plan on making a go-to.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 48% out of 100 with 2,403 ratings
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