Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale
BA SCORE
48%
Liked This Beer
3.63 w/ 2,402 Ratings
Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,998
Reviews:
1,004
Ratings:
2,402
Liked:
1,153
Avg:
3.63/5
pDev:
12.67%
Alströms:
3.78
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
336
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,402 |  Reviews: 1,004
Photo of heath1agnew
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is what you would expect from a descent pale ale. it has a good head with traces of lacing, the smell and the taste give you hops and touches of pine and citrus. mouthfeel is even and drikbability is high. a safe and solid choice for a pale ale.

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Photo of ghebel
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber color, very clear. Has minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S - Hops dominate - citrusy and piney.

T - Citrus flavor with moderate bitterness. Cannot detect much else in here.

M - Thin and smooth. Not too much carbonation.

D - I could drink a bunch of these. There is nothing that stands out to make this beer great, but it is easy drinking and it tastes OK.

Overall, this is a good beer for drinking. I like the hop dominance.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color, short-lived carbonation. Slightly laced, quickly fading head. Mostly yeasty, slightly hoppy, slightly malty flavor and smell. Not a wonderful beer, but solid and fairly pleasant. I wouldn't feel bad about buying a 12 pack for a party, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours inch thick white, fluffy head. Appears unfiltered and copper in color.

Very hoppy in the nose. Other scents were present but I couldn't tell what because they were masked by the intense hoppiness...very earthy.

Surprisingly smooth in the mouth (for a pale ale); I expected more bite from 35 IBU.

Lots of lacing.

The finish is very subdued, with the alcohol balancing out the bitter hoppy finish.

This was my first experience with Flying Dog. Love the name and their logo, and while the beer was "good," it just wasn't great.

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Photo of macster
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite the gimmicky 'doggie-style' name and art work, this is a pretty tasty everyday ale.

Pours a fairly thin amber color creating a decent white head. Maintains a thin layer of foam throughout the glass. No lacing noted.

Nose is predoninantly restrained citrus west coast hops with some faint piney/orange notes.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and thin. A good refreshing ale

Taste revelas a nice balance between lightly toasted malts and some aggressive citrus/piney hops. Finishes smooth, moderately bitter and crisp.

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

Poured into a pint.

A: Amber in color. Medium carbonation pours into a half finger white head. Settles into patch of foam, and a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout drink. Leaves pretty decent spotty lacing.

S: Sharp hops and syrupy sweet smelling malt.

T: Hoppy and a little sweet maltiness.

M: Pungent hoppy to start, a little malt, but the hops hangs around. Light syrupy feel.

D: Really good drinkability. Nice flavor, but light and refreshing.

Decent atmosphere, and good flavor make this worth the drink. I rather enjoyed this, as I'm honestly not a big fan of the style, and was pleasantly surprised. Good drinkability, good overall quaff.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a wildly designed 12oz bottle.

I got a decent one a half finger head when pouring this beer into my glass. The foam stuck around for a little while and it did leave a very nice bit of lace along the sides of the glass.

The color was a nice amber color that displayed plenty of carbonation. I noticed as I smelled the beer that the foam that was still left was nice and thick. I got a whiff of plenty of flowery hops breaking through the beer. I got more of a hoppy smell from the APA than any of the others that I had sampled this week. (picked up 6 different APA's to try out)

Not sure why this beer was made different, but the hops really break through this beer. It had a strong bitter taste to it for a pale ale. I was very surprised because typically the pale ale is a little less hoppy. Don't get me wrong though, the taste was really good. The beer was medium body and light on the tongue. Very impressive. This brewery has nothing but good solid offerings in its line up and this beer lives up to that standard.

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

Reviewed on 6/28/08. Bottle. Pours an orange/brown with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt, flowery hops. Flavor of crisp apples, bitter flowery hops. This is an APA bordering on an amber ale- lots of malt with flowery hops. Maybe it's nothing super special, but I really enjoyed it and would certainly have this beer again.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of Vendetta
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 13, 2008

Pours very dark amber. Nice, hoppy, fruity aroma. Good balance of malt and hops, some citric fruit in there also. Quality pale ale that doesn't quite measure up to the top tier beers of the same style. Very good, but I'll stick with Sierra Nevada and Stone.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. I have to say I love the drawings by Ralph Steadman. If any of you haven't seen "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" you need to.

A - Light amber color. Nice strong head present

S - Strong hop smell with some malts.

T - Hits you with strong hop flavor. Bitter. Malts detectable and there is a spice flavor as well.

M - Light carbonation is balanced well with with the medium body

D - The bitter taste doesn't impede the drinkablity all that much. It is quite pleasant and a treat to have any time. Definitely will buy again and recommend to my friends.

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Photo of n00tz
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber body with a khaki head, steady carbonation and a little lace.

S - Mild malts and hops with some slight spices detectable.

T - Hits the Pale Ale category right on. Spiced hops with malts on the finish.

M - Little bit of hops and malt left on the palate, citruses and spice on the breath. Smooth entrance and exit.

D - A sixer I wouldn't mind taking to a party with first time introductions to Flying Dog in mind. Probably a little strong on the hops for those of us not tuned to what real beer tastes like, but a great intro to the diverse flavors of good beer.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light amber pour,with a bubbly white head. Aroma of floral hops and faint citrus notes,maybe some sweet malt notes.Flavor of hops up front citrus and floral,with some caramel malt for balance.Thin body,with a nice crisp finish,and hoppy aftertaste. A pretty good PA.

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

Appearance: Rich orange body with brilliant yellow highlights. Topped with an off-white, creamy head that measures two fingers and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and floral hops in full effect, with biscuity malt right behind.

Taste: Intense hops dominate at first.Underneath all of the hops lies a biscuity caramel malt base. These two elements are brilliantly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Dry, with a medium-light body and light carbonation, this is spot on for the style. The aftertaste continues the pleasant balance, being both bitter and malty.

Drinkability: Despite having a "shit load" of hops, this beer is not so bitter that it impedes drinkability. In fact, this is a very easy to drink beer, providing you don't completely, totally hate hops.

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Photo of cvfish
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured light amber color with a white head that disappears quickly

S - The smell wasn't strong, only hops were present

T - Tasted like citrus and malts

M - light bodied brew that would be very drinkable, minus the high amount of carbonation

D - Good on a hot day, could throw back a few

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Photo of Overlord
1.76/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a pretty awful pale ale.

Pours a not-very-pale orangeish yellow. Big white head. Smells like ... not much of anything. Maybe a whiff of grapefruit.

Given the nonexistent smell, I as surprised at how strongly it tasted. Grapefruit rind comes to mind. A stale, acridly bitter, awful grapefruit rind. I don't know what hops/malt profile they were going for, but this is truly terrible.

A bit thin.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich orange body with brilliant yellow highlights. Topped with an off-white, creamy head that measures two fingers and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and floral Cascade hops in full effect, with biscuity malt right behind. As you'd expect, this is very similar to the brewery's IPA, Snake Dog, but with a less pronounced hop aroma.

Taste: Intense Cascade hops dominate at first. Not especially bitter, the taste is classic Cascade: clean, piney, citrusy and bright. Underneath all of the hops lies a biscuity caramel malt base. These two elements are brilliantly balanced; while the hops are intense, they are never too much for the malt. Unfortunately, like other beers in the Flying Dog stable, the taste is just a little thin. One notch more on the intensity scale, and this might be perfect.

Mouthfeel: Dry, with a medium-light body and light carbonation, this is spot on for the style. The aftertaste continues the pleasant balance, being both bitter and malty.

Drinkability: Despite having a "shit load" of hops, this beer is not so bitter that it impedes drinkability. In fact, this is a very easy to drink beer, providing you don't completely, totally hate hops.

Verdict: With true-to-style aroma, flavors, and mouthfeel, Doggie Style is a fine example of American Pale Ale. And if you happen to love Cascade hops (like I do), you're in for a real treat.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an off white 2 finger head on top of an orange-ish copper colored beer. The head quickly dies down to sparse bubble around the edge of the glass and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma is mainly of hops (Cascade?) with slight hints of citrus and flowers.

The flavor of this one hits you with hops and then becomes nicely balanced with malty flavors and finishes off with another hit of hops

The hops and malt dance around your tastebuds in an amazing way. This is a well balanced beer with a light/medium body with slight carbonation.

All around well balanced and delicious i wish this was my everyday drink

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Photo of william5586
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Burnt orange, typical pale ale.Thin head that quickly turns into a ring.

S-Burnt musty hops. I just realized that may sounds bad but it really wasn't

T-Classic hop bitterness but not to overwhelming. Tastes almost earthy. This caught me off guard as I've had so many citrus/pine hoped beers lately.

M-A lack of carbonation made the beer feel thing but it was very smooth.

D-Pretty good. Average pale ale

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Copper beer, pristinely clear. Off-white to tan head, quickly reduced to sparse bubbles. Some attractive lacing on the class.

S-Light American hop aromas.

T-Subtle hop flavors, mostly flower, but also some almost earthy flavors. These turn into a light malty toffee with minimal bitterness. Flavors are well balanced between bitter and malt, slightly in favor of the hops on the get-go.

M-Medium body, medium carbonation. Feels light and bubbly through my palate.

D-Good drinkability. An enjoyable and good-quality brew. First tried this one almost 6 years ago during a trip to Steamboat, and was glad when it started being distributed in MN awhile back.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- bright clear burnt orange-amber with golden highlights. a very attractive battered ivory head tops this dog and leaves a delicate spattering of lace while retaining itself quite nicely. as it settles, the foam becomes thick and pock marked and wrinkly and hoppy lookin like half cooked scrambled eggs..

S- plenty of dry hopped citrus goodness is fuming out of this one. grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, lemon peel, dry white wine, passion fruit, and the butt of a mango where the sap oozes out. slightly metallic with some caramel malt and toasted grains, but not much, showcasing the fresh cascade aroma that is fruity and herbal all at once.

T- while there is a decent clean bitterness, the fruity citrus hops don't quite carry over to the taste. malt flavor is toasted bread and fresh with some wet dog tap water sneaking around. just a little bit of grapefruit and orange pith, otherwise earthy with a run of the mill bready backing. a little bit of caramel sweetness in the finish with a fresh hop aftertaste.

MF- medium bodied and medium carbonation with a dry, slightly astringent feeling. hop bitterness seems to be felt more than tasted, creating a bit of a pucker. crisp and bracing due to it's lack of sweetness.

D- the websites claim to using 'shit loads of cascade hops' had me expecting something more, but the bottle's claim to balance was right on, only the malt isn't all that flavorful, and left me desiring something more than plain toasted grains.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a orangish light amber color with an off white head that fades to a thin film, with nice lacing on the glass. the aroma presents a decent amount of pine, with just a hint of malt, the taste has a nice bit of sweet maltiness, and a bit of hop bitterness at the end. the mouthfeel and carbonation make this an easy drink.

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

Served in a pint glass, golden orange with a nice thick foamy head of about a finger or so. The head held up rather well and provided good lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus and pine with a hint of malt.

Taste is hoppy, yet balanced with a crisp, clean finish.

Mouth feel is medium body, medium carbonation, smooth on the tongue.

Very tasty and easy to drink APA.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, ruby orange with a slight bready white head. Visible carbonation was good and strong.

S: The nose was big malty and citrusy with dried grapefruit/citrus, pine, with a touch of grassiness. The nose was definitely hop dominated but nicely balanced as well.

T: Leaves a spicy tang on tongue. There was a little malt sweetness coming through in the finish. Fresh grapefruit and pine. Decent overall though a little simplified in complexity.

M: a little thin. nice strong carbonation.

D: Was nicely hopped for a pale and definitely good to throw back a couple. session material.

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

Out of the bottle this beer was a dark amber color almost like a garnet with a tan head one finger thick. The retention was average and it left sticky lacing down me glass. The aroma was nice, pale malt and floral Cascade hops with some hints of grapefruit sweetness. The flavors were hoppy and a little bitter at first but this was soon answered by a balancing malt. The mouthfeel was good though the carbonation just a touch on the prickly side and the finish is a little oily. It's a well balanced beer however and though it lacks complexity it is quite sessionable as an APA should be- worthy.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. oz. bottle, bought at the GBBF 2008 for takeaway. ABV is 5.5%, IBU 35. Deep amber to orange colour, decent off-white head with an orangey hue. Very nice aroma of Cascade hops, notes of citrus and honey. The flavour is also dominated by Cascade hops, but there is a sufficient malty base to balance the hops. Moderately bitter aftertaste. American Pale Ale is an underrated style IMO, this is an example. Great balance is more interesting for me than "hop monsters". Good beer!

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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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