Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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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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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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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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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,414 ratings