Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

2,395 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 CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured amber / orange color with a nice creamy 1/2 inch head, smells malty and hoppy; lacing didn't last as this beer went down quick. Smooth with medium carbonation and good hop flavor that mixes malt and caramel with a grassy finish; very well balanced and easy to drink; had a few ice cold and thought it was a great beer!

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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, 3/4 finger cream colored head that faded super quick, little hazy amber brown coloring, medium amount of carbonation, nice lacing that's lasting all the way down.

s- nice nose, bready, caramelly malts, floral, citrus piney hops.

t- nice full malt, biscut, caramel, grapefruit, pine, floral hops, very similar to the nose, really tasty.

m- medium bodied, little slick on the tongue.

d- totally drinkable, i'd buy again, very well balanced, i could definately session this dog.

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Photo of DubBrewer
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Appearance is a copper/orange color. Very light head which disappeared quickly. Light citrus hoppy aroma with slight malt aroma coming through.
First thing I notice in the taste is the cascade hops. They are very upfront in the flavor. Light caramel notes also present. The finish is hoppy, with some grassy notes.
Mouthfeel is nothing exceptional. A little thin and watery for my liking.
I would rate the drinkability as good, its not a bad pale ale. I think it would be a good session pale ale.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average at best

Appearance: Golden-bronze with scant head

Smell: Floral

Taste: Malty but flat tasting

Mouthfeel: Stronger carbonation but otherwise smooth

Drinkability: Drink with a meal; doesn't hold up as a stand alone; it's an average pale ale

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with an awesome foamy head. Laced down the entire glass and really impressed me. Not a huge fan of the Pale Ale style but this one was pretty good. Citrusy notes are the big thing I picked up on. Aftertaste of malt is also apparent. Well balanced in my opinion but as I said before just not my style.

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

On-tap at the YardHouse, on to the beer:

Indeed, this is the classic APA. Copper color, a fruity nose with a mild hop scent, a taste of hop flowers, mixed fruits, a pinch a caramel, a good all-around balance, and a clean finish. All this makes an easy drinking brew with enough flavor to make you want another one.

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

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer arrives clear, bright and copper colored with a ΒΌ" off-white head. Sipping leaves behind some lacing but the head, foam and lacing are gone before the beer.

Smell: The aroma is faint, and lighly hoppy, with some caramel malt present. The hops have some light citrus and floral character.

Taste: The malt backbone shines through the citrus and pine of the hops with a light caramel flavor accented throughout by the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied and the carbonation is thin. The medium long finish begins sweet and ends with dry bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a reasonably drinkable APA that I could consume all evening. While it is not better than some of the others I've had it would be a fine choice if it is the only APA on offer.

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Photo of ChugsMugs
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- golden brown, large airy yellowish head that quickly dissipated. Lots of bubbles up the side.

S- sweet, fruity, earthy.

T- some sweetness followed by bitterness and dryness on the tongue. maybe a slightest hint of chocolate?

M- airy, bubbly, easy to swallow. dryness left on tongue and in mouth.

D- enjoyable but I'm not rushing for another one.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity bready caramel malts.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some fruits and decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent but uninspiring pale ale.

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Photo of blaje
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On opening, this beer burted out of the bottle. I lost 1/5th of the bottle. I hope it is not infected...

This beer is clear copper, light orange, with a tremendous head (4cm thick) white coloured but disappeared quickly.

Nose is pungent, primarily orange zest and some malt sweetness.
Mouth: carbonation is high, as expected from the burst. This brew is crisp and refreshing. A little sour, but I'm having trouble identifying the origin of the sourness. Bitterness is well present for a pale ale witch is a plus. Hops are citrusy and little piny. Aftertaste is pleasant. Solid malt.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= pours a dark amber brown orange color with a small thin head and low retention and lacing is minimal
S= some grapefruit hops in it and whiffs of sweet maltyness not a whole lot.
T= not too impressive I must say. Sort of watery hops more bitter than sweet or grapefruity but not really even that bitter just plain as hell..
M= low carbonation and average weight.
D= not that good. This is the first flying dog that let me down. Just not interesting. Boring beer.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish, golden hue in a mug, little lacing and no head whatsoever. Smell is pretty decent, a good floral tone to it. A bit of citrus rises up from the top. Taste is better than expected, especially having just come off the mediocre taste of Old Scratch from the same brewery. Feels like a really light-hearted IPA and doesn't remain on the tongue for too long. A good, minor 'kick', a sweet sense of semi-bitterness, and a good lasting mouthfeel make this one a winner. Drinkability is also really high.

Overall, better than some Flying Dog's, but not as good as many.

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Photo of MLasoski
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass.

A: A clear amber body with a pencil-thick head. It's sticking around longer than expected. Leaves a bit of lacing as well.

S: I can smell grapefruit and hops, nothing more than that.

T: Has a citrus taste to it, more like a grapefruit flavor. The hops are also apparent.

M: Starts out with the grapefruit flavor and very carbonated. Has a finish of mild grapefruit and a fair amount of hops.

D: This isn't my favorite pale ale. I would much rather go a different route next time when I feel like enjoying this type of brew. I have to admit that I am not disappointed with it since I am enjoying it.

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Photo of CarlP2
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall mug

A- clear amber/copper color, very little head, head disappeared almost immediately. No lacing at all.

s- strong floral scent, a little pine in there too

t- strong hops flavor, strong bitter aftertaste. There is a faint citrus taste hiding in there too. I think I prefer the taste of an IPA over an APA

m- not a lot of carbonation, dry finish

d- too much bitter aftertaste for me to drink more than one. Not necessarily a bad beer, I just don't think it's my type.

Overall, it's my least favorite Flying Dog so far

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

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery pours a nice dark amber color. Not a big head on this pour. Not much smell here at all. The taste is a little better than the smell. I can detect a little malt and hops on the tongue. Keyword here is little. It's a pale ale by definition, but there's nothing that stands out in this beer. Sure it's drinkable and better than most macros. All in all I would have to say ...yawn.

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Photo of Stavage
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a finger of bubbly head. Average retention, slightly above average lacing. Had a pleasing dark copper colouring.

Smelled mostly of spicy hops. There was a note of floral hops but quite faint. There was a metallic 'steel keg' smell too.

Taste was hops all the way. Spicy citrus hops with a lingering bitter finish. Faint floral aftertaste.

Overall quite lightbodied and crisp, not very carbonated but I liked that. Had a very dry finish.

The crispness and dryness makes this a potentially refreshing brew. Personally I look for a lot more malt flavour to my beers. Seemed a little out of balance to me.

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

Nice amber color. Got a strong hop smell along with pine and citrus. I found this to be very crisp and refreshing. While not overly complex, the flavor is solid and works well with food. Nicely carbonated and easy to drink. This is a good beer to keep on hand while you are grilling.

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Photo of RollingRocker
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with the smells of the hops coming through, smells delicious! Roasted malt, caramel flavors stand out with a nice strong hoppy finish. Nice foamy texture really whats you to drink more, and more is what you'll want. Very drinkable. Very satisfying, would love to try on tap.


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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a light amber with perfect clarity and a two finger soap bubble head that leaves a thick cap and impressive lacing.

Smell is hops with a bittering edge. Not much for malt in the aroma, but the hop smell makes me want to drink up.

Flavor is piney citrus hops. Malt is there in the background. Tannic tea flavor rides the hops to the end with a twang of malt, crackery and slightly bready. Hops finish peppery and earthey piney and dank, very crisp.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp, quite refreshing.

Good pale, I would seek it out again.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, copper-amber. Slightly orange, off-white head. Good lace.

Smell- Strong citrus and dry-bitter hops. Crisp pale malt to balance.

Taste- Nice, bitter hop snap. Orange peel and slight grassiness. Crisp malt flavors. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body. Satisfying body for the style. Great carbonation.

Drinkability- Crisp and refreshing. A good summer brew.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Sam Adam's pint glass.

A: Clean, amber colored body with golden highlights when held up to the light. Not much of a head, really poured just a thin, creamy white head a couple centimeters thick that dissipated to lacing within seconds.

S: I get a lot of oily hops on the nose - a lot of citrusy, rind-like notes (grapefruit, tangerine); slightly piney as well. There is also a hint of a biscuit sweetness on the nose from the malt backbone.

T: Up front I get a predominantly citrus-hop flavor profile - definitely tart grapefruit, followed by milder, sweeter tangerine flavors; definitely other bitter rind-like flavors in there too. After that citrusy/hoppy bitterness resides, the malts begin to take control of the palate with a sweet honey and doughy biscuit flavor that peaks mid sip and then fades into a slightly drier, finish that pulls out a residual grapefruit taste and a grainy, wheat flavor.

M: Decent carbonation creates a crisp, edge to this APA, but definitely not as pronounced as other beers in the style. Just some bit of oily slickness to compliment the oily hops.

D: 5.5% ABV, I could easily drink another bottle. Probably a decent session beer if you like APAs.

This is the third different APA in a row that I've tried after Alpha King and SNPA and I feel like I'm still trying to come to grips with this style. The hops here have a good interplay with the cleaner, sweeter malt background. However, as a direct comparison, I think Alpha King just does everything better, and by a considerable margin. Flying Dog's offering is pleasant, but not necessarily awe-inspiring.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber body, with a large white sticky head.

Smell is quite hoppy, with some nice juicy citrus popping out, and fresh fragrant florals.

Taste is straight forward, and well-balanced. Starts of with a kick of hops - lemon zest, red grapefruit, and orange peel. Blast of citrus, with ample bitterness/ Soon followed, by a hefty dosage of solid earthy malt, finishing quite dry.

This is a simple, yet great Pale Ale. Good flavor, nice balance, and great drinkability.

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Photo of surplusgunguy
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in bottles, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A. From the appearance, I was expecting it to be a little more heavily hopped and bitter, which it was not.

Smell: B. Faint citrus feel, but nothing memorable or stand out.

Taste: B. Very drinkable, not too heavy yet not so light. Definitely can get a little of that "syrupy" thing as the beer progressed through the glass.

Drinkability. B-.

I got a case of this and I probably wouldn't be in a hurry to get it again. It was reasonably priced at less than $30 a case, but in the past few months, I have been getting other Pale Ales that I enjoyed more. I just felt like this one left me hanging a little bit.

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Photo of mlhall55
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another beer I could drink all night just for the flavor. I have to hand it to Flying Dog for creating a whole list of exceptional beers, and this one is a good starter for anyone. Great flavor with a light hoppy taste, not too heavy and the bottle looks awesome!

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Photo of cheapxceptbeer
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting a bit more from this brew as they have the best artwork staff ever, I still have not learned about judging a book by its cover. Overall a solid pale ale, but not in line with smuttynose, whales tail, stone, or other top notch american pale ales.

A- Solid two fingers with nice retention, not much lacing though.

S- I have a few varieties of hops in bags and this smell is similar to the cascade. It also has a bit of caramel malt in it.

T- Solid flavor, tastes like a subdued version of its smell, mostly hops in the flavor with some sweet malt in the background, no bitterness though which is strange for the style.

M- Light to medium bodied, with a bit of hardness, nothing outstanding.

D- Definitely sessionable, though nothing to write home about.

Overall this is a lackluster version of the american pale ale, I can think of four or five better ones off the top of my head, it just isn't different enough from other beers to warrant buying this again. Not something that I hate to see in my fridge, just wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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