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 bmwats
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +13.2%
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 +1.1%
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 -3.3%
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 +5.8%
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%
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 +6.3%
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 -5.2%
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 -17.6%
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 -51.6%
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 +14.6%
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 +20.9%
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 -1.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -3%
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 +7.1%
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 +9.9%
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 +2.2%
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%
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 +21.4%
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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Photo of daliandragon
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an interesting medium copper color with little head but apparent lace frothing the sides up before I've even taken a sip. The nose is a fresh, wet hop tinged with pine and citrus rind. Tasty but not outstanding.

This is well balanced initially but instead of melding and working together, the hops and malt seem to be pulling in different directions. Some caramel flavors are offset by pine bitterness but the finish is indecisive and not hyped much by a thin, watery texture.

They're definitely doing some things right here but until they do something about that finish and mouthfeel, I say pass.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, 10/22/08
Reviewed as an American Pale Ale
Reviewed 10/22/08, bottle > tapered bottom mug.
cals = 179 p12ozs, bottle states 5.5% ABV, IBU as 60, BA says 5.35%ABV

A 4.5- Good head and retention, medium to dark caramel/toffee color
S 4.0 - Floral to citrus hop notes on a malty backbone, hops dominant,
malt aroma is in background, nice aroma balance
T 4.5 VERY VERY balanced on taste for an APA, hops are present but dance nicely with the malts
MF 4.0 Good solid balanced carbonation, medium+ on body,
not dominance on finish, very smooth for an APA
D 4.5 Excellent APA for a session beer. I really really dig this one. Pale Ales have started to grow on me and this one would be a leader in the pack.

Thanks to CurtDoggYo! for the tasting sponsorship during our brew session!

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Photo of AMoceri7
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let me preface this by saying the only pale ale I can enjoy is an INDIAN pale ale. With that being said here goes.

A: Nice golden color. Seems a bit cloudy and exciting. Poured into a pint glass ice cold.

S: Eh...Compared to my venture with Sierra Nevada shyte pale ale this one is acceptable. Malt and hops in the nose. Distinct sweetness makes my nose cringe a little bit. Almost like candy corn.

T: This is where it all comes through. Balanced. Nice pale malt sticks out with a residual sweetness. Hops bring through some bitterness from start to finish and lingers after a little while. Cascades cascades cascades.

M: Good carbonation, maybe a little under par. Not bad.

D: Not the best, could go through maybe 3 before calling it. Very filling.

Overall: Probably wont buy again, not impressed. It fills the "MAKE THE MAJORITY HAPPY" beer category easily.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have come to expect a lot from Flying Dog. This beer more or less lived up to the expectation.
I had it in a pint, the head seemed to runaway from the glass and lasted only a moment.
The color is a little to dark for a pale ale, but it is an attractive beer none the less
You can smell the hops, but it is far from what I would consider a Hoppy beer. The taste leaves a little to be desired. The hops are not noticeable right away, but you know they are there!
The beer feels great in the mouth, and this crisp pale ale is very drinkable!

nc beer monger

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

The beer pours a dark orange/copper color with an inch of off-white head. Aroma is exclusively citrus and piney hops. Medium bodied on the palate. The flavor is mainly from the Cascade hops, pine and citrus. A light sweet malt rises in the center and provides some balance. Overall this is a middle of the road pale ale. The flavor is bit thin, but definitely not watery. A session ale indeed.

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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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