Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

2,397 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 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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Photo of LyonsHead
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a rich, deep orange with about a one finger white head with some surprising stay power

S: all Im catching is floral hops... im guessing cascade, im no expert though. I catch a little malt nose but I wouldn't call it balanced.

T: Its dominated by the hop notes. There is a subtle malty, bread-like note in the background be the hops are definitely are the forefront

M: medium body, a little on the slick side

D: this to me is just okay. I would have liked to see a little more balance out of a pale ale, but then again its doggie style so they can do whatever they want. All and all not bad, it just comes off like a really weak IPA rather than and good pale ale!

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown long-neck bottle poured into an American pint glass.

It pours a rather deep orange providing little head. A full glass is light orange/pale amber. The whimpy head that does exist for a few seconds immediately dissipates and leaves only a few rings of lace around the edge.

A floral bouquet of rich hops (probably Cascade) reaches the nose immediately and is followed by citrus notes of orange and lemon peel. It is balanced well with a smooth malty profile and leaves a clean hop like sourness in your nose which is very inviting to the tongue.

Unfortunately, an astringent sourness attacks the tongue before any hops or malts can make themselves present. The hop/malt profiles are relatively balanced, but are then followed with an unpleasant bitterness that is not normal in even the hoppiest of beers. I think maybe this batch had something go wrong as I have heard/read better reviews for this beer.

The mouthfeel and body are surprisingly light, which may make this a better beer for the summer. I am impressed by the wonderful aroma, and think that maybe this beer has more potential in the taste department.
It probably would pair best with spicy seafood on a hot day -- particularly during a crawfish/shrimp boil. The astringency (from what I can only imagine is the hops) would be great at cutting through the oils and spices within the food.


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Photo of jenama
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like I could drink this beer all nite. This American pale ale is very true to the style and overall an excellent beer. The taste is delicious and it's extremely drinkable. Comparing it to an Serra Nevada I say its less hoppy but more drinkable. It's brewed local to me and I'll guarantee it will become a new favorite.

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Photo of Brew33
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow.... I'd love to find something nice to say about this but I just can't. It's watery and lacks any real body, flavor or aroma. It has an odd aftertaste similar to the Golden Ale. I can't put my finger on it but it isn't good. I noticed the same "funk" with Molson beers. Yikes, avoid at all cost.

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Photo of pradipta
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of the nicest bottled pale ales I've had. pours a lovely orange-ish clear colour with a manageable frothy head that subsides within a decent amount of time. Orange in the nose, medium carbonation in the mouth, balanced bitter taste with a sharper, more bitter aftertaste that mellows over an agreeably long time.

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

This beer pours a rich copper color with a wispy foam head or what one might call lacing after it settles. There are some mild hop notes on the nose. The flavor is what I would crisp with prevalent hops flavors. The flavor seems to linger in the mouth for a while and then dries up as it fades into what becomes the aftertaste. A nice beer on a warm day, but not one that I am going to call all my friends and family to alert them to it.

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Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a clear deep copper orange. The head pours fat, dissipating to a very rocky pillow and leaving several patches of lacing.
The aroma is clean and simple: pure citrus hops with a faint buttery note (diacetyl, as I understand).
A nice sour bitterness up front that gives way to a strong grapefruit hops flavor, raw and earthy, backed by a light malt and grains flavor underneath. Finish is very dry and the fresh hops bitterness lingers well.
The body is light to medium and carbonation is present but light. It's not thick, on the thin side but not too much so.
If you like a pure, earthy citrus hops flavor, then this uncomplicated but pure brew is worth a try. A good brew in my estimation.

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Photo of broozer81
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first time having a flyingdog and its pretty good.. pours to a medium golden amber with a inch head with some lacing but nothing crazy. hops up front aroma with some citrus and malt coming in. i'll say i can definitely drink this one again its got a good after taste and is a tasty american pale ale..

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

A copper hue sits below a two finger head with some decent retention and lacing.
The smell is in your face citrus with just a hint of pine. There is little malty sweetness or much of anything else, but the hops smell nice.
The taste is a good example of the style, the hops stand in front, lacking only a bit more of a malty backbone.
The mouth is a bit light, moderate carbonation, moderately bitter.
The drinkability is pretty good, I could drink quite a few of these.
Overall, this beer is a pretty good example of the style, good all around, worth a buy.

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Photo of jkrich
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a humorous, surreal label with a quotation from Hunter S Thompson: "Good people drink good beer." There is a code on the label side: 160FX09

Poured a clear, deep gold to amber color, much like a new penny. The white head dissipated quickly leaving some decent lacing.

The aroma was mild citrus fruits and a little spicy malt.

The taste, like the aroma was not very complex; a refreshing, crisp hop bite followed by a lingering mild sweetness on the tongue. The taste reminds more of North Coast Brewing Company's ACME Pale Ale, but a little more flavorful.

The carbonation was somewhat high with a little hop abrasiveness along with a slight metallic twang.

The refreshing, light flavor and ABV make this one a good quaffer, especially in the warmer months to come.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper color with big foamy off-white head.

Smell: Light aroma of hops, citrus (lemon) and a bit of grasses/malts.

Taste: Hops, citrus, and a bit of malts. Finish and aftertaste has a lot of citrus like grapefruit, but not too strong.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty easy drink, would work as a session beer.

Nice easy beer; solid but nothing too special.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear copper into a pint glass, with a one finger brown white head, that flatened out in no time. Sparce lacing on the glass.

S. Orange, flower, and hops.

T. Sweet with some maltiness. Hops, ginger, citrus.

M. A medium boddied lightly carbonated beverage. Slightly dry finnish.

D. Overall I liked the fair amount of hoppiness, balanced by the malt and cirtus taste. I would buy this beer again.

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

A- pours a crystal clear orange with a decent head that dissipates slowly into a nice lace that clings to the glass.

S- Strong scent of oranges and other citrus with a malty sourness

T- Strong hop and malt combination that both compliment each other well and leaves a orange aftertaste.

M- really crisp will little texture. Not much carbonation which makes for an easy swallow.

D- Really refreshing, one of those beers you want to have after a hot day out of the sun.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - faintly hazy golden color with a thick head that settles into a thin collar

S - citrus/piney American hop aroma, faint malt in background

T - full moderate hop flavor profile backed by a solid malt; finishes somewhat dry and hoppy

M - medium-light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent, modest American pale ale. While perhaps not my favorite, it's everything I expect from the style and a well done beer.

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Photo of 2KHokie
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle Pours a very nice amber orange with a good one inch off white head. The head fades after a couple of minutes leaving behind nice lacing. Heavy hops in the nose with both pine and floral notes. A little citrus in there too. It has a certain raw greenness to it that I can't quite place. Medium carbonation with a rich mouthfeel for a pale ale. Malt flavor is a little biscuity. Hops have a grassy taste. Overall this one is pretty middle of the road for a American pale ale.

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Photo of Buebie
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6'er, this is the last of the pack.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip. If a head formed I didnt see one, it was maybe a quarter inch of white that disapeared just as quick. Maybe 4 spots on the walls that had a resemblence of lace. Its a transparent golden orange in color with alot of carbonation rise.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, more od sawdust then anything else. Faint cry from the malt. Dissapointed now with the aroma too.

Lots of carbonation, starting to think I might have picked up an expired 6 pack.
Not much for hops, some sweet husky grain flavors, wet cardboard, just an over abundance of carbonation.

The mouthfeel is thin an watery with again, too much carbonation.

The first bottle was just as unpleasent, so I gave the rest away and kept one to review.
This is going to the drain, its borderline sour.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden brown colour, with a few fingers of puffy, creamy white head, that leave minor lacing. It smells of citrus hops, and a little bit of caramel malt. The taste is pine and citrus hops, with a decent sweet malt body. The carbonation is a bit on the high side, the body could have some more heft, but it finishes with a nice flourish of malt and tangy hops. A decent American pale ale, worthy of a session.

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Photo of hdofu
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for an APA, very drinkable. Sort of bitter malty. The beer is orange in color. Taste is really bitter with a malt finish. Mothfeel was medium. Overall its pretty good for a session beer definitely a good one to start the night off with. Hard to be to critical of the apa style as I'm not a big fan of it.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The subtleties of this beer don't fit the name. The brew is a great combination of hops and barley as they style requires. I wouldn't call this an American Pale Ale because I usually think of them as having a bit more of an overdose of hops, like an IPA.

Flying Dog's Pale Ale is more like a Bass should be - simple, civilized and drinkable. It's the a golden color and perfectly clear. A very respectable beer that you could offer to anybody - even someone used to lesser (crappy American) beer.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium white head dissipates at an average rate. Medium amount of lacing.
Light aroma of grain, honey and grapefruit.
Toasted malt grain, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Hints of citrus.
Light-medium body. Lively carbonation. Dry crisp finish.
Very easy to drink but not very interesting.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a nice clear golden body with a large white head with good retention and some nice lacing.

S: Smells hoppier than I expected for the style, some nice malt to it as well as some citrus.

T: More character than I expected it to have, hops are fairly bold accompanied by strong citrus with a good malt balance.

Overall: A very nice APA, I usually am not a huge fan of the style but this was almost borderline IPA I thought. Highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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

Appearance: Beautiful rich amber in color, nice fluffy white head with excellent lacing and retention.

Smell: A nice hop aroma here, a bit of grapefruit-esque properties, other citrus elements here as well, a small biscuit-like malt profile is under the radar here but prevalent.

Taste: The nice tinge of hop oil paired with the awesome citrus profile of this beer make a perfect selection for any APA lover. A nice bite from the hops leaves the palete with a nice bitter finish, sweet and a bit sour as well. A small amount of malt finishes this off clean and pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, bitter on the finish yet refined due to a small malt profile. Light to medium bodied and sits well on the tongue.

Drinkability: All in all, this isn't a Double Dog by any means, but an excellent, more logical offering for any hop lover. It features all the elements to make it a classic APA in my book. Very sessionable and very refreshing. A must have.

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Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Bronze in color. Pours with a nice head of foam, then dissipates to the outside edge of the glass. Visible carbonation.
(S) Sweet malt aroma with the floral fragrance of hops...mmmm
(T) Crisp, dry malt flavor on the front end followed by subtle sweetness and a slight hop bitterness.
(M) Clean and crisp. In between light and medium bodied.
(D) A great beer for the summer days.

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