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: 2,402 |  Reviews: 1,004
Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 -8.8%
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 +8.3%
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 +18.5%
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 +13.5%
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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Photo of mempath
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got that 12-pack...nice that you get 6 styles, 4 of each...a good, less expensive way to sample a good chunk of a brewery's art.

a-nice, expected deep golden (not so 'pale') color. head rises fast, diminishes very slowly, getting thicker as it settles. nice, spiderman clinginess! actually a very beautiful sight.

s-ok...doesn't jump out and bite me on the snout. i can tell it is a pale ale, for sure. average.

t-nice, subtle hoppiness. no, it's there for sure, but nothing extreme. though 'doggie style' can be interpreted a bit off the beaten path, it IS a 'classic pale ale'...better than many...there are a good number of much better ones. but that doesn't make this one bad at all. if the flavor didn't fad so fast (very little lingering), i'd bump it to 4.5...i tend to shy away from pales in the hot months...but this might be a good, high quality summer pale. i've been out in the snow shoveling and this actually quenches. not something i expect from most pales. several more tastes and i get a nice sense of the flavors...does this have more malt than the usual pale? the label claims smoothness. it is.

m-roll it around, chew, it seems thicker than when i first tasted it.

d-due to it's mellowness, it is quite the quaffable pale. it is what it says it is. since i have 3 more to go through, it'll be interesting to see if it stays consistent. and major deviance, i will return!

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Photo of TPINC3
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer out of a Flying Dog variety 12-pack. I chose this one at random merely for the artwork and goofy sayings on the box, i.e. "They don't serve flying dog in prison so drink responsible." Anyway on to the review:

A- When poured into a glass the beer had a slight orange/amber color. It had a moderate head and the lacing remained throughout which was surprising considering how long it took me to drink it.

S- There was definitely a citrus smell present. Smelt malty with a hint of hops as well.

T- Based on the first two categories I thought this beer was going to be fantastic, but I found that it was not as good as I hoped. It's not bad by any stretch, but there are plenty more pale ales available which possess much more flavor.

M- Goes down fairly smooth. Medium bodied and not overly filling. Its fairly crisp as well.

D- Overall, it's not bad, but not great. You could easily have several of these without really suffering due to lack of taste. However, it's just missing something, which keeps it from being a great ale.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not one of Flying Dog's best offerings. It's not terrible, but I found it disappointing on several levels.

Pours clear copper with a disappointing head and no lacing. Light biscuity aroma. Flavor is thin, with a slight toasty character and light floral hop character. The mouthfeel is thin and rather disappointing.

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

Pours a a bit darker than i would expect for an APA. not much head, and almost no lacing. Smells of roasted malt with very little hop nose. Tastes similar, but the hops do come through on the finish, but not strongly. This is a bit overbalanced on the malt side, but thats not necessarily a bad thing. Good mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. Would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of dakid618
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark amber/reddish color with very little head with a fairly vigorous pour. Smell is very much like caramel and roasted nuts. Taste is very toasty and malty with almost no sign of hops. Fairly thick mouthfeel that coats the entire mouth. Decent drinkability, not outstanding but you could drink a few of these before you even know it. Overall a fairly disappointing pale ale. Not necessarily bad by style definition but I've come to expect more from Flying Dog and think more balance shouldn't be too much to ask for. Not really bad but there are many better pale ales out there.

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Photo of Thanby
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, clear amber/orange with a thin tan head and little lacing. Absolutely beautiful. Smells strongly of hops and roasted barley, nice and crisp with a little citrus in it. On the first taste the grain fills the mouth and is quickly followed by a burst of citrusy hops and then a quick and clean finish. On the medium body side for a pale ale, and all-around just a delicious treat. Very classic example of the style.

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

Printed abv of 5.5% and 35 ibu's. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice sized off-white head. Clear dark orange with light carbonation.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit peels.

Taste: Sweet and citrusy.

Drinkability: Light and easily drinkable.

Overall a really good American style pale ale. This one is kinda par for the course.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: slightly hazy brown with some amber

Smell: well balanced. mostly malt sweetness with a little bit of hop

Taste: reminds me of an octoberfest. mostly malt throughout with just a hint of bitterness

Mouthfeel: low-med body with moderate carbonation. goes down real easy

Notes: i dont know, i think it might be better with just a little more bitterness. just a little. but this is a great easy drinking pale

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a clear golden colour with about a finger's worth of white head. Retention and lacing are low.

The nose is sweet with some spices and citrus coming after a second. The taste is also sweet with the small amounts of spice and citrus. A very mild bitterness is present throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good; I could drink another if I had one.

This is a good brew that would be nice to keep around for when I'm in the mood for a pale ale.

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Photo of Bagman007
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Brown copper coloring with just a little bit of white head.

S- Has a hoppy and somewhat sweet scent to it.

T- Has your standard pale ale hoppy taste, but also somewhat of a wheat like taste as well.

M- Nice and hoppy beer as you would expect from a pale ale.

D- Very drinkable pale ale. I'm on number 3 right now and I could definitely have a few more.

Overall a very solid Pale Ale. Not my favorite, but still very, very good.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copperish amber color that produces a small white head that becomes a tiny ring rather quickly and leaves small amounts of lacing.

Floral aroma of citrus with grass and spice. Not very complex but still enjoyable.

Taste has only a slight bitterness with notes of grapefruit, orange and some caramel. Again, not too exciting but not at all offensive.

An easy drinker, this is one I could see myself having 2 or 3 of in a sitting. This is actually probably the only standard offering from Flying Dog that I might want to have more of.

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Photo of brewintheLou
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with little head after a very aggressive pour.

Not much smell other than some biscuit.

Taste has a bit of hop and maybe a slight citrus. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. This is not a terrible beer, but not worth seeking out again.

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Photo of introvertedone
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed: 1/10/09

The doggie Style Classic Pale Ale presented a dark, golden appearance. The aroma was fruity with a hint of grassiness and the taste was very tangy to me. It was, however, light and smooth. This seems like a very good summer beer served cold on a hot day.

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Photo of ABHatter
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 16oz. Long Trail tumbler. Fairly transparent copperish color with a minuscule off white head which rapidly turns into virtually nothing but a small ring around the glass, Carbonation is fairly solid. Lacing is non existant.

The smell is mostly of sour dough bread, biscuity malt and a mild fruity aroma which for some reason I just cannot identify, An extremely mild floral scent finally appears 1/2 way through the glass.

Taste is pretty good. Sweet malts all the way on this with an extremely conservative, mild tea like bitterness, Finish is clean & crisp but seems to just die almost instantly leaving behind an unmemorable lingering sweet> semi dry mouthfeel. Drinkability is quite good due to the sweetness and crisp carbonation.

In a way I like this beer, I find it to be quite drinkable and a fairly decent interpretation of the style.I tend to like almost everything that Flying Dog puts out(with this being included) And although some of their beers don't always knock your socks off, They do however provide a fairly sessionable lineup at a reasonable price.

I think this would be a good transition beer for someone who prefers a Bass Ale, and is looking to broaden their horizons into the world of craft beer. An all around good entry level beer from a pretty reliable brewery.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack at Pinyon Liquors in Rangely, CO for about $7.

A: Light amber with an off white head that bubbled to about half an inch and receded into nothing with a nice ring of lacing to show where it had been, mostly clear.

S: Quite grainy, the malt bill really takes this one over, a few citrusy hops, but really nothing that stands out extraordinarily.

T: Nose completely gave this one away, almost entirely malt, honey is a big player, a faint hint of caramel as well, a light kick of hops at the end, slight citrus rind bitterness, not a lot though, just enough to realize that this is indeed a pale.

M: Thin and crisp, finish is somewhat dry, nice carbonation.

D: This one goes down easy enough, a good session beer, nothing really stands out in my mind, but still flavorful. Okay, but nothing terribly exciting.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Doggie Style, on tap at Mellow Mushroom, Charlottesville, VA, 01/11/09. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Comes a transparent orange amber with sparse, infrequent carbonation.. Arrived without a head, though there was a thick sheen of snow atop with some thin, delicate solid sheets of lace. The sheet-like nature of it all doesn't remain long, but there's still plenty of sticky, clingy, stained glass-esque lacing.

Aroma: Very biscuity, crisp, caramelized malts and a handful of herbal hoppyness. Simplistic, but pleasant.

Taste: Very neutral, with herbal, lightly minty, faintly tobacco-y hops resting atop a sea of dry, well-attenuated, roasted malts. Bitterness is mild to moderate. It's just a largely mild, inoffensive, nondescript brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a slight, dry, subtle crispness that results from a mild and fine-bubbled effervescence.

Drinkability: Similar to the last brew I tried (the Brooklyn Pennant), this one's a straightforward, inoffensive, not-too-terribly flavorful pale ale. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just not terribly impressive or bold. The alcohol's right though, and at Mellow Mushroom the price is always right, so I don't regret buying it at all.

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Photo of farrago
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange to amber color with a strong storm of bubbles, the thin head rapidly dissolves. Orange citrus, more hoppy than malty nose, somewhat on the bready side, while crisp feel in the nostrils not that much going on scent-wise. Medium-bodied, same general profile as in the nose, more bitterness favors the presence of hops. Orange citrus, touch of cocoa powder, slight roast to it. Most of the carbonation dissolves before you swallow. Clean finish but it would be hard not to finish cleanly with the lack of flavor depth.

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Photo of Fatduck
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Flying Dog brew. Yet again I am underwhelmed. Nice copper color with a small, pale, oily head. Smells like fresh hops, and a touch of caramel malt. Taste is clean and crisp, very "american" profile. Light body, light carbonation. But very drinkable, like everything from Flying Dog.

After working my why through their sample pack I am interested in trying their big beer line, but their 'normal' offerings are rather disappointing.

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

Poured from a bottle into an American pint glass.

A - Poured dark amber, low carbonation, and modest head.

S - Aromatic hops but not overwhelming for a pale.

T - Well balanced and not a hop bomb like some pales. Sweet malt with the hops.

M - Medium to full bodied feeling for a lower ABV.

D - Good. Could do several of these.

Overall, I like a more balanced pale ale so I enjoyed this.

Tasted this with side by side with several other APAs and this one was in the middle of the line-up preference-wise.

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Photo of mirish72
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty middle of the road pale ale. Nothing stands out, although it is fairly easy to drink and is probably one of the better beers from this brewery.

I didn't find it as hoppy as most other plae ales in the same price point, so I was a little disappointed when I first tried it. On the plus side, it is easy to drink and the overall characteristics of the beer lend themselves to it being a safe choice when necessary.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 48% out of 100 with 2,402 ratings
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