Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

2,399 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 jujubeast6000
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/31/2009 (bottle):

Pours a clear dark amber color body, with a big frothy off-white head, diminishing. Strong aroma of hops, citrus, some dustiness. Some malty sweetness, but not much, mostly pine, citrus. Citrus, pine in the taste. Some breadiness, biscuit. Slightly sweet, but very tempered by the hops. A slight bitter after taste. Tasty. Very good pale ale.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear reddish brown amber, with plenty of visible carbonation. Two finger thick and foamy off-white head. Excellent head retention. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and citrus hops with a juicy profile. Sweet mild to slightly dark malts. A slight apple juice smell as well.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit hop bite on the first taste, with mild roasted malts and mild sweetness. Not as much flavor as the nose would suggest, with the malt profile too light to balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and relatively smooth. Lots of carbonation make it rather filling.

Drinkability: A beautiful looking pale ale, it seems to fall short on the taste. Not a good balance between the hops and malts. It’s okay, but not that memorable.

Buy Again? No

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a medium yellow with a half inch white head. Smells of yeast and a little bit of hops. Tastes of yeast and a little bit of hops. Yeast pretty much dominates everything. It's a good yeast flavor, but it's out of balance. Very drinkable, and I enjoyed it, but it's out of balance for a pale ale.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a wonderful pale ale, great look (a medium amber color)

smell was of pine and hops, with notes of grapefruits and citrus.

the lacing and head were great, sticking along the glass for a good while.

mouthfeel was pleasant, crisp and striking, while not being overpowering.

same for the taste, very hoppy without going overboard, notes of citrus and pine culminating near the end of the sip.

Drinkability was excellent, and would love to drink again.

it even has a leg up on sierra nevada in my opinion!

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, not much else going on. Taste is a bit on the hoppy side, some malts are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A disappointing offering. Looks hazy dark yellow, I've got hefe fever! Oh no! Aroma, gee, that smells like tea time and alcohol.

Tastes more British ipa with a little more DMS alcohol or something, maybe a crazy yeast strain (Flying Dog does make some good beers) for this one. Doesn't taste like a pale, tastes like an imperial bitter. No dry hopping apparent.

Bleh, not my kind of pale ale, can't savor any mouthfeel, not drinkable when so many other superior choices for this style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"I hear the baying of the hounds. In the distance I hear them devouring. Pest ridden jackal of the earth." -Opeth

Clear amber with a large white head. Thin, bubbly retention and a little sea foam lace. Looks good but I like my pale ales, pale.

Smells like Munich malt. Dry hopped with "buckets of Cascades" my ass. Crisp and clean, nice and fruity with a sharp pond water citrus hop in back. Apple juice-ish.

A brewery can't just go around calling its beers "classic" without ample justification. That chaps my hide.

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

I am definitely not a hophead but I am willing to give IPAs and Pale Ales a chance. Aroma is purely of hops with a bit of alcohol. Smells like heather flowers more so. The hops flavor was a bit too much for me, rather strong. Unfortunately this was a drain pour. But it is still decent, and one of the better examples I have had.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. "335FX09" printed on the label.

Clear copper-amber in appearance with a full finger of frothy off-white foam. The head falls somewhat gracefully to a thick crown that leaves a few pathetic trails of lacing on the walls of the glass.

A hop-dominated nose consists of some citrus and resin with a bit of herbal-earthiness interlaced with some mild fruity esters and light biscuit.

A bit medium-bodied with a mildly-carbonated mouthfeel. A little sweet at the very front, transforming into a lightly toasted biscuit-like malt base. Hops bring in the middle, mostly dry and resinous, but a tad herbal as well, falling away into a bit of fruitiness on the back of the tongue before finishing with a powerfully dry bitterness.

Overall, a pretty basic American Pale Ale that fits somewhere between typical east- and west-coast interpretations of the style.

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Photo of sml505
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear copper, white/ tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Malty caramel and biscuit and mainly citrus hop and slight pine.

T - Earthy, grapefruit hops of dry hopping. Caramel notes underlying it with some bread notes.

M/ D - Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but okay APA. Has a touch of spice in the finish that almost tastes of an Amber Ale.

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Photo of burcher
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

For real, closest mass-produced craft beer to SNPA. Coppery, high crystal malt appearance with nice head and typical bottled carbonation.

Slight hop aroma reminiscent of SNPA. Grassy.

Flavor is a bit bitter at first followed by some mild hoppy/flowery/cascady flavors.

Bite at finish. Not too much but bitter enough to say this is a pale ale.

Fine everyday drinking pale ale but nothing exceptional or cheeky.


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Photo of beerdrifter
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with a quickly fading head and minimal lacing. Nice caramel, perfumy nose with a hint of pepper. Nicely balanced with a solid caramel base offset by a subtle hoppy bitterness. Nice slightly chewy mothfeel. Highly drinkable, quality pale ale.

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Photo of JBogan
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with what starts out as a nice creamy head but almost instantly recedes into a thin film. Minimal lacing left behind. An ok looking beer.

A balanced aroma of citrus and mildly sweet malt.

Tastes somewhat sweet but not overly so, with just enough hops to even things out. Some caramel notes in there and even a hint of honey in the background.

A good thick body with a pleasing smoothness and perfect amount of carbonation. Well done.

Overall this is a solid but not spectacular brew. Easy to drink and goes well with just about anything.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated 32309. Hopefully a "bottled on" date.

Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, it has a nice amber red color with perfect clarity. The head is short lived but leaves a little lace on the glass.

Aroma is unremarkable. It's slightly sweet and hoppy but nothing to shout about.

Flavor is better than expected given the smell. It has a nice hoppy bitterness that is very well balanced by caramel malty sweetness. The hops are more California than Maryland and I mean that in a good way, of course.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriate carbonation. Again, good balance.

Overall better than what I've come to expect from Flying Dog. Their beers seem to be mostly hit or miss but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden amber color with a small, quickly diminishing frothy off-white head, a hint of lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, bread, a hint of metal, and citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malts, straw, pine and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is dry with a hint of bitterness, on the lighter side of medium bodied. Decent beer, drinkable.

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Photo of climax
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doggie style poured a nice burnt orange with a pretty large creamy head with a bit of lace.

Nose was well balanced but a bit week. Hops start to lose ground to toasty malt and husk as the beer warms. A bit of sweetness sneaks through as well.

Flavor comes through well-hopped, the hops are very soapy, almost IPAesque. Aside from that, the malt pretty much sits in the backround, not adding much complexity IMO.

Body seemed a bit light, and the feel was somewhat watery, but slick with a dry finish. This one wasn't bad, but it wasn't special.

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3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to a gold rimmed chalice.

A: 3 finger off-white head from an aggressive poor (rough day at work, I guess). The compact, foamy head lasted about 15 minutes. Amber in color, this ale was almost translucent but not quite. Very patchy and inconsistent lacework.

S: Had to agitate the chalice to really bring out the aromas. Ended up getting floral, leafy hops. sappy, grassy, like freshly cut lumber.

T: Semi bitter flavor balanced by a creamy honey mid-palate flavor. In comes the sweet malts, with the bitterness making an encore.

M: Great mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, semi-dry and semi-sweet. I appreciated the balance between carbonation, malt & hops.

D: Goes down easy and is very enjoyable. Above average APA but to say it was unique would be an overstatement. Could be a great session beer...

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Photo of jamiesessions
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear orange-amber colour fills the glass with a decent looking head that leaves an acceptable amount of lace. Smells of hops and flowers (which i guess is redundant), but not very strongly. The smell is not bad, but it is severely lacking, which hurts it. The taste is completely mediocre. Inoffensive hoppy taste that isn't bad, but does absolutely nothing for me. Medium body that goes down well picks me up a little bit, but overall this a decidedly average beer. I have no desire to have another, and am sad to say that after many great beers by Flying dog, the Doggie Style classic pale ale was a severe disappointment

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Beer is yellowish brown in clour, with a thick, off white head. Average kind of retention (1cm) which leaves some amount of random lacing

S : Caramel and malt complemented with a robust citrusy hop aroma

T : Well balanced caramel - malt with a deft citrusy hop flavour. A classic Pale Ale taste with a nice bittersweet marriage

M : Smooth & crisp (but not dry, kinda leaves your palate pretty moist, maybe because of the citrus flavour).

D : Tasty and refreshing. With an easy ABV, you could be at it for an entire day's game.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bottle looks amazing, as usual, but the beer is equally beautiful. Nice dark copper with minimal head, but the deep richness of the beer makes that forgetable. Definitely the deepest pale ale I've ever seen. Translucent, but not transparent.

S - Strong hoppy smell. I don't know hops well, but I'm thinking cascade. Smell is so strong right out of the bottle. I haven't smelled anything this powerful yet.

T - Taste isn't nearly as satisfying. Almost tastes watered down. Not much of a bite, dry finish, but I was looking for something more, especially after that wonderful smell.

MF - Nice feel. Creamy, lingers on the tongue, and has a nice dry finish.

D - Surprisingly drinkable, but again, not what I was looking for or expecting. I could see this being a good session beer as it's strong enough to satisfy, but weak enough to not be filling.

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Photo of devilben02
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a beautiful reddish copper with a respectable foamy white head. The crisp, mossy, herbal aroma almost reminds me of a European pilsner. The primarily pine hop bitterness is fairly well-balanced against a mild honey malt sweetness, but the flavors are are a bit muddled and the bitterness in the aftertaste isn't as pleasant as it should be. Medium bodied and easy-to-drink, making this a solid but unremarkable pale ale.

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Photo of jamescain
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured there is a nice amber color and a finger worth of head which remains throughout the whole experience. It is not a dark amber but a light amber, possibly closer to an orange color.

The first noticeable smell is that of hops, lots of hops. It is probably a little hoppier than most pale ales, but for me this is a good thing. There is a very citrus like taste, which is not to be confused with a fruity taste.

It is a satisfying drink. It is not hopped to the point where you have to slowly sip it, but it is not too light. If you're craving the taste of hops but don't want to drink a strong ale then I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of zoso493
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-orange color with a very thin head that doesn't hang around too long.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Just a moderate hope character is all that I can get out of it.

Taste: The hops come out a lot more in the taste and in the end, comprise a strong hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated but just a little bit too thin-feeling for me. Leaves a bit of an unpleasant bitterness in your mouth.

Drinkability: Given the relatively lower ABV, I'm sure you could certainly pound a few of these with no problems, but I'd rather not.

Overall, I think it's certainly worth a try. Not a particularly standout brew but since I've been in Europe, I haven't had an American pale ale in awhile, so this has been pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Kooz
2.1/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Genric beer-buying rule number one--don't buy a beer that's got a gimmicky name.

The beer didn't look like much. Decent orange color, if a little pale. (Just as an aside--does Flying Dog make the noisiest, most distracting labels ever?)

Smelled okay. Not too rich, maybe a little citrus hint.

Taste was a let down. Too hoppy then too malty--too much and all at the wrong times.

But easily the worst thing about this beer is the mouthfeel. The word I wrote down when taking notes to write this review was "chalky." That's just gross.

This wasn't the worst beer I've ever had, but isn't something I'd like to try again.

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Photo of kurp001
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Crackpot Liquors

A moderate pour yields a one finger off-white head that sticks around for a while. The body is a bright copper with considerable clarity.

Smell is fairly nondescript; a faint hop character is notable but nothing else really stands out.

Taste is a bit more rich; piney hops up front with a distinct bread-like malt presence to balance things out. A bold hop flavor dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied, very nice overall.

Drinkability is solid, this is definitely one that I could see having a few of. The only reason I couldn't really see having this one around all the time is due to the fact that Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale tends to be cheaper, more available, and just a hair more enjoyable in my book. However, this is a good option for when I want to switch things up.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,399 ratings.
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