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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
2,406 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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Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +5.8%
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 -3.3%
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 +9.4%
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 -2.2%
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 -42.1%
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 +6.9%
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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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white heading. Leaves good lacing throughout.

Smell is a bit bready, earthy even. Kind of dank hoppiness takes over.

Taste is kind of like soggy bread in the beginning,a heavy citrus bitter hop from middle to end.

Mouth leaves a heavier oiliness with a slick buttery feel. Medium bodied with carbonation.

Drink is decent although I do think most could have more this is not my cup'o tea.

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Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mildly hoppy, cleanly sweet, Doggie Style is an ok pale ale but fairly bland. The beer pours a medium rust with a fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing down the side of the glass. It's on the dark side for a pale ale, but it's mostly an appearance issue; no strong specialty malt flavors come through in the flavor. The aroma is balanced with lightly citric hops, a touch of caramel and malty sweetness. Flavor is similar. It's not bad. There just isn't enough going on for me. For whatever reason, I consider this beer very middle of the road. The feel is a bit light on carbonation but fine.

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Photo of david18
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an above average brewery that also has you guessing what style of beer any given brand is. Most of their beers are very good and they just introduced a double ipa. This beer, the Doggie Style has very good color, great carbonation, good flavor and very drinkable. Always a good beer that everyone will like.

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

Appearance: Light brown in colour, with a small tan head. Medium carbonation.

Aroma: The first aromas are from malts, with toffee and a milky cream. The hops are there just slightly behind the malts, with a definite citric edge.

Taste: The malts are at the forefront again with buttery biscuity flavours, and a hint of honey. The hops are more subtle providing a fruitiness, possibly grapefruit. The finish is predominantly bitter, with a malty creaminess on the edge.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a nice level of carbonation, and lively feel.

Drinkability: A decent beer, not the biggest fan of APAs but this is very drinkable. Just enough sweetness in the malts the balance out the hops, making it an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kegger22
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a moderate head that quickly faded to a collar. The aroma was citrus, not a lot going on there. The taste was also citrus, just a little bland or maybe average describes it better. The feel was light bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a beer destined to be damned with faint praise...just ordinary, nothing special.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Appearance: Pours a reddish-gold translucent color. The thin and fizzy head is almost non-existant, it dissipates so fast. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Actually smells pretty nice. Hoppy and grainy with a touch of maltiness.

Taste: Pretty good. Nice and hoppy up front with a crisp, clean finish that leaves a pleasing hoppy aftertaste. A slight taste of grapefruit that seems common in most hoppy beers.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and carbonated but not overwhelmingly so. Easy to drink.

Drinkability: A standard pale ale. Nothing exciting and easily substitutable with other pale ales.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours tan-amber with a two-finger beige head that dissipates quickly leaving only a few hints of lace.

Smell: Earthy hops with notes of buttery malt.

Taste: Starts buttery and with a slight glucose sweetness, finishing with an earthy, nutty bitterness. The taste is gone very quickly, though.

Mouthfeel: Thin and sort of watery with a balanced carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but it just doesn't stand out. For a regular BA, this would act well as a session beer or a "party" beer, but nothing that will get someone too excited. Another beer from Flying Dog that would be good for beer noobs. I'd drink it again, but this is not outstanding.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger off-whjite head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Big citrus and grapefruit aroma. Wet grains and hay well in the background.

T: Similar to smell; citrus and grapefruit. Caramel maltys and resiny hops ahead of a sharply peppery bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very balanced beer. Dry and bittrer in the finish.

D: Flavorful and very easy to drink. As sessionable an APA as youi'll find.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a solid all-round pale ale. Had a good, hoppy nose while the flavor was a solid hop-malt combo and didn't have a strong bitter aftertaste at all. The mouthfeel was a solid body. This was a delicious pale and was very drinkable. Had mine with tacos and it was a great combo!

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Photo of dudecandle
2.52/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, this was disappointing.

A: Light orange-brown body with small cap on the pour, which disappeared quickly, and therefore could leave no such thing as lacing.

S: Light citrus with underwhelming hop presence.

T: Slightly hoppy with some nutty malt, but overwhelmingly grainy with a slight citrus. The skunk of this beer was shocking. Not that it was overwhelmingly macro-esque, but for a Flying Dog product, it was too much.

M: Mediocre at best.

D: This was the first on-tap beer in a long time that I have not finished. I was shocked, appalled, and most relevantly, disgusted.
I want to blame the bar, but they're normally good with their taps. I'll give it a second chance when possible, but for now, this stands.

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Photo of JamesS
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mid-copper color with some very nice head and decent lacing. Has a great citrus hop scent; fills the nose, but still with a bit of malty thickness to it. Great taste, a wonderfully bitter beer without being too much; as bitter as possible while still being a very quaffable, near session ale. Flying Dog makes some wonderful pale ales.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper/orange, with a nice thick head, but it didn't last. The aroma was primarily grapefruit, lemon, and apricot, with a subtle clove hint. The taste yielded all aforementioned citrus and spice flavors fairly prominently, which dissolved into a bitter hoppy finish, and unfortunately a somewhat dry-bitter aftertaste. Nice and medium-bodied, with not much in the way of carbonation, but again the dry aftertaste was a little annoying. At least the dryness keeps you gulping, and after a few pints, you realize that it's a pretty good session beer.

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Photo of Madigan
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drink quite a lot of US pale ales but this one struck me as slightly more impressive than most (which is saying something). It pours a very attractive copper colour with a decent head and killer lacing. The taste is the real revelation, though. It's got the same citrus hop tang as a whole range of other ales, but none of the sweetness that takes a bit of the gloss of the likes of Sierra Nevada and Goose Island. It has a spicy bitterness that make it the ideal thirst-quencher after a day's work. This is a highly refreshing, full flavoured beer and, as a bonus, it's abv is low enough for you to happily sink them all night.

I liked the Hunter S. Thompson association as well - he was an uneven writer but at his best (as in Hell's Angels) he's one of the greats.

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with moderate head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit primarily. Also smells dry and spicy. Somewhat mild, but that is typical of APAs and the smell lasts throughout the entire beer.

Taste: Citrus and grapefruit bitterness, countered by a pretty dry malt balance. Somewhat spicy and peppery.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, a little thin but has a nice firm feel. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable APA. I like that it has almost zero sweetness, which I think makes it more thirst quenching and almost like an English Bitter with American ingredients. Great everyday brew and one of my favorite APAs.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a perfect pint.

poured a clear, off-orange color with a decent head, kind of like lumpy with small traces of lace.

smells basic, a lightly blended mix of hops and fruits. a bit of grapefuit and orange. flavor was sub par. did not enjoy it. no where near as much hops as they made it out to be, and it just wasn't that good. light body with high amounts of carbonation like most flying dogs seem to be

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale...Yeah!

A- Smooth pour of light orange hued fluid with a nice head that fell to a dominate rim of tight bubbled lace that followed the glass down.

S- Very floral hoppy scent kills the nose with more lightly pronounced grassy and fresh cut scents are there.

T-M- Taste is amazing for a pale ale... first is the straight forward hop bitterness with the mildly sweet malt backbone of the brew. The point is hops and malt on this one... with great mouthfeel how can you go wrong? Excellent feel with nothing to anger the tongue but a hell of alot of bitterness...

D- Great beer and worth a million pales in one.
Bro approved.

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Photo of Raugupatis
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My wife and I went out for dinner last weekend and I decided to give this one a try.

I sent it back.

It was not horrible. it did not melt paint. But my general feeling is that if I am paying six dollars a pint, I want the beer to sit up and then perform for me.

Mouthfeel was thin and there was none of the body I have come to associate with a Pale Ale.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pour into a pint glass

A: Dark copper color with about a fingers worth of head. Not bad retention and lacing.

S: Wow Hops.... very floral with a hint of spiciness, just a little malt here... There is also some citrus note here.

T: Hops all up in your face... I'm also getting citrus, maybe grapefruit... There is also a little spiciness here, little to no malt at all... There is a little bitter aftertaste.

M: Little more than light bodied but very crisp, good carbonated, with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Very hoppy yet crisp... Not a session beer for me, but it goes down pretty easy.

Not a bad beer.... not up my alley but a very good brew.

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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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