Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

2,399 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 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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Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/copper with minimal head. Poor retention and lacing, though maybe that was the glass.

Smells of piney hops with citrus, along with a bit of biscuity malt. This is quite similar to the taste, though the grapefruit/citrus esters are a bit more prevalent, and the malt comes through as being roastier.

Not a bad pale ale overall, just unremarkable.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a substantial head that had a great deal of structure. It was off white in color and had great retention. As it faded it almost left a skeleton of itself in the top of the glass. It immediately started forming thick lacing on the side of the glass. A clear amber color that was almost perfectly copper. No visible carbonation.

Tons of thick lacing left behind in the glass.

Aroma was slightly sweet and of nice grains and roasted malt. A very subtle fruit and spicy nature.

Taste started almost burnt.. then a burst of fruit before giving way to a nice hp lingering effect. The malt and hops seem to work well together. Although the initial burst is a little burnt in nature it backs off to a nice balance with a subtle spicy nature.

Mouth feel is smooth and silky bordering on creamy, but not quite there. A little thick and sticky Very drinkable.

A pretty good version of an APA. I had heard it was pretty hopped up. Not sure I agree with that, but I like it

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An okay pale ale. Bought as part of a 12 pack sampler. When I popped the cap both bottles burst open with foam. Was like an imfected beer but with nothong on the nose and little to no indication on the tongue. Also was perfectly clear. Good head.

Hop aroma was mild but very pleasant. Taste was a slight metalic taste. Hops were weaker, and a little lighter, than expected.carbonation waas a little low, maybe because of what happened prior to opening.

All said and done this was enjoyable beer, not a world class one but a decent option

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A damn good pale ale right here. By far the best one of the mixed pack I got from this brewery and one of the better Pale Ale's I've had. A nice little hop aroma and taste and super drinkable which is just what I'm looking for in a pale ale. Good job with this one flying dog.

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Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a tan colored head that raises to about 3 fingers before receding into a decent looking cap. Lacing is there a nice looking. Piney, citric aromas, backed up by a nice helping of caramel malts. Flavor profile is right on with the nose. Nice bitterness, plenty of pine flavor, lots of caramel malt, slightly citric, slightly sweet, but dry on the finish. Plenty creamy on the tongue, not much carbonation. Easily drinkable. A fine APA, but there are plenty more out there who do it for me than this one.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-fingered white head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is typical pale, hints of caramel mellowing to bitterness at finish. $1.67 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience (now Barb's Beer Emporium) Concord, NH.

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

Pours a clear copper color with a small 1 finger off white bubbly head.

Floral, flowery, hoppy nose with some distinct malty sweetness as well.

Piney & citrus flavored hoppiness, nicely balanced with caramel malt sweetness.

Medium bodied with a full flavor, moderate carbonation, dry lingering finish.

Drinks well, tasty, good session brew.

Not a huge Flying Dog fan in general, but this is s fine APA example. Will gladly have again.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great APA with a distinct hop punch

A- Dark amber-caramel(orange-brown) transparent with a 2-finger bubbly head that leaves some interesting lace

S- Pungent, floral hops and a sweet, earthy malt background

T- Taste is very good for an APA. Spicy, floral hops in front with a sweet malty feeling on the tongue. Some fruitiness. Leaves me with a dry bitterness in the mouth that makes me feel like eating salty snacks or a burger. Very American. Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada APA with more malt.

M- Feel is somewhat light but envigorating with a bit of bubbly carbonation.

D- Superb drinkablility due to light characteristics. Only 13 Plato's and 146 calories

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Photo of jjboesen
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy head that quickly dissipates and leaves a splotchy lacing. There is a deep amber color with minimal clarity. Minor notes of citrus along with lemony taste, albeit very lightly hopped. Fresh and crisp; a lighter than expected pale ale that is not overwhelming in nay sense of the word.

No complexity here to ponder. Smooth and drinkable, but nothing to make you say "Wow!"

Still, I would recommend it on a hot day - or for the game.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

3 A coppery amber, good head at first, minimal lacing
4 S cascade grapefruit, bread dough, slightly metallic
2.5 T not nearly so bold as the smell, dry and bitter, taste (w/o allowing aroma to influence) is mainly just moderate bitterness, oddly similar to a thinner anchor steam if focusing just on taste
2.5 M watery, too thin, seltzer levels of carb
3 D not even close to an ideal APA, but could be decent summertime beer. should try comparing this head to head with acme.

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Photo of Squelch
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep copper color. Crystal clear. Fleeting off white head.

Smell: Smell equally of fruity hops and crystal malts. Nice

Taste: Bitterness dominates the palate from start to finish. Citrusy up front. Slight sweetness. No fruity esters

Mouthfeel: This beer stings to drink. Too much carbonation. slight alcohol warmpth in the finish. Medium light body.

Drinkability: Average beer. Would drink again.

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

Pretty good pale ale.

I always thought I wasn't a fan of pale ale's but now I'm coming to find out they aren't so bad (or I was just drinking bad beer). The hops were good, nice spicey bite, but just enough to give you flavor. I didn't have to milk this one because of too many hops it went down smooth.. I'd try another.

Overall an above average beer in my opinion.. if you can get it take it.

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Photo of schanker21
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear copper color with some mild-looking carbonation. One finger head hangs out for a little while, but dissipates within 30 seconds or so.

S- Smells unlike any APA I've ever had before. Toffee, caramel, bread, and slight bit of floral hops made me wonder if this should actually be considered an APA or if it should be called something else. Smells like that really good tasting Hawaiian Sweet Bread my mom always used to buy.

T- Tastes unlike any APA I've ever had as well. More of a hops presence in the taste, but still the malts stand out. Toffee, floral hops, and bread are the primary tastes, with the bread being the one that sticks around in the aftertaste. This is by far the sweetest APA I've ever had.

M- Good carbonation, maybe a little sticky, but still smooth.

D- A very drinkable beer and a good session beer. I would like to give it a higher rating because I really like it, but it just doesn't seem like the best representation of the style, so a slight knock there on the score.

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Photo of changeup45
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good Pale Ale. This one pours a copper, amber tinted color with a nice amount of head and lacing on the glass. Sweet hoppy aroma. Floral hoppy flavor, dry, with a nice little sweet malt taste in there. Perhaps could use a little more punch but it's a decent session brew.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a small white head with good retention, no lacing.

S: Malty for a pale ale, with a hint of herbal hops.

T: Caramel malt up front, real close to an amber ale. Hops give a flavour of grass, grapefuit, and light mint.

S: Medium-bodied, has a light alcohol bite to it, resiny.

D: A solid pale ale, middle of the road for the style. Not something to seek out, but drinkable in a pinch.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A numbed-down version? This bottle is at only 4.7%abv. Purchased from Beers of Europe, BB 25/11/08, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: dark reddish amber, a thick beige froth lasts beautifully on top of super-mild carbonation.
S: flowery-fragrant as well as citric in hoppiness, along with lychee-fruits, creamy malts, biscuitiness, toffee and a little dark fruits - smelling almost like Young's Special London Ale!
T: a soothing effervescence of malts comes with roughly crushed nuts and caramel, dried longan-fruits (with a little tannic feel from the shells), faint raisins, and citrusness with a rather "focused" tartness, leading towards a mildly earthy-bitter, burnt-malty and chewy finish. Not bitter but aromatic-hoppy in the lingering undertone.
M&D: refreshing but not fizzy, medium-bodied, balanced, with a good malty backbone carrying the pleasant but moderate hoppiness throughout the drink. I can't quite remember what my previous - 5.3%abv. version - bottle really was like, but this one is more like a hoppy fruity English Pale Ale, nicely balanced and inviting... The whole drinking experience actually IS reminiscent of exactly Young's Special London Ale to me~~

* Tasting date: 26/06/06
Purchased at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market, S. London. The beer cost me 2.4 quid!!--so it'd better be delicious... At 5.3%abv., the label says, and its BB date is Aug. 2006. Served slightly cooler than cool in a straight pint glass.

4 A: dark reddish amber hue, great clarity (filtered?); coming with a nice and tight beige frothy head with good retention, and very low in carbonation.
4 S: classic Cascade hoppy scent--ripe lychees, sweet flowery (sweet osmanthus)--plus a buttery and delicious/juicy pale malts with a smooth touch of caramelised sugar... a harmony in the glass, showing a rather smooth and well-balanced profile. A swirl brings out a more intense, honeyish hint and sweet lychee-fruits+longan-fruits. But overall the aroma is not as complex or big as some other APAs.
3.5 T: very softly-textured longan-fruit tea flavour and some apricot slips through the tongue... leading towards a rounded and soothing malty overtone, backed by a touch of brown-sugar, nuts, a deeply flowery hoppyness, and a soft aftertaste like slightly tannic-bitter taste of fruit stems... but deprived of a considerable bitter edge usually accompanying APAs. I wonder why?
4 M&3.5 D: very smooth, slightly too smooth actually... this is a medium-bodied APA, balanced, approachable, suitable for a beginner dare I say... as it lacks that "sparkle and zest" to open up one's eyes and tastebuds.

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Photo of Phylomatic
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice amber, very clear. Carbonation was steady, formed a head a nice antique-white. The head was thick like a milk shake. It stuck around for an average amount of time. Leaves a nice sticky trace.

Smell: I picked up a sweet smell, maybe a little herbal, maybe citrus but I found it had a perfume/spicy smell. The citrus could of been another non-citrus was sweet, but not sugary.

Taste: Not too sweet. Mildly bitter, and mildly spicy. Nothing about this beer was overwhelming. Very casual beer.

Mouth feel: Seemed to have between a thin and medium body, closer to medium. It started out bitter but became a semi-smooth. Well carbonated for sure. Not really too exciting.

Drinkability: I could drink a lot of this beer fast. I also wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again if I hadn't had it in a while or was going to a party and didn't want something too heavy.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish gold that had a two-finger head that receeded slowly with lacings. A faint citric hop smell and some malts in there. A light-to-medium body, this had a crisp carbonated feel with a good citric hop presence and a slightly dry backbite. Some malts on the side include caramel and bread (somethi9ng doughy). I could session a couple of these even though its a little simplistic.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very nice deep amber color with an inch off-white head that stayed longer than most do. Decent lacing as well.

S: citrus fruits, with a faint sweetness in the background. standard APA aroma, good but not outstanding.

T: i think i started drinking this before it had warmed enough. at first, almost all hops and no hint of any malt to balance. But after it warmed more, it was like a different beer: leafy, citrus rind hoppiness and a delicate sweetness that helped round things out. Not sure what the malt imparts but that mellow bready sweetness...this brew really is about the hops.

M: moderate body, smooth feel and fair carbonation. Actually hold its own pretty well.

D: easy to drink, an APA that could be sessioned...just allow it to warm enough first.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with reddish tints. The head is respectable,the lace is above average.
The aroma is floral hops,caramel and a touch of alcohol.
The taste is sweet,caramel,malts,hops and a touch of fruit.There were also some citrus hints.
The feel is medium body,well balanced,mildly bitter and the carbonation is just right.

Notes: A beer that I liked and one that could be purchased in a sixer. Good for sessions and hot days.
Is it better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale?
Perhaps it comes very close.I will leave it at that since the Sierra brew may be better balanced. Still,this one has a chance.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- The body was a deep amber/copper color with light to medium carbonation. It had a 1 finger off-white to tan head that quickly dropped to a lace that left good sticky rings on the glass.

S- There were initial pine-like hops prominant with a caramel malt background.

T- There was good balance. Nice caramel malts with a hoppy finish of grass and pine. It isn't as bold as some others.

M- It had a hop tingle. The lighter carbonation makes a smooth drink.

D- It's a pretty good drinker. The flavor isn't "in your face."

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No date but a code on the label. It was a clear, deep amber color with a good carb stream. It has a small off-white head that quickly settled into a broken foam. Very little lacing. The aroma was, of course, cascade hops. It was a little weaker than others in the style that I have tried. The taste was good but again was missing something for me. Overall, a good APA but I've had better in the style. Worth trying but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red/brownish color. A large beige head forms and leaves lots of sticky and patchy lace.
S: Some nice floral hops with a spicy and fruity (orange and citrus) aroma. A good dose of caramel malt as well.
T: Sweet malt and some fruity hops again. A nice bitterness, but nothing really stands out like in the nose. The flavor is pretty muted in comparison.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit watery and thin. Slick and oily as well. An easy and smooth drinking pale ale. Something I can session with no problem.

This is a good beer to relax with. Not to complex, but a very well crafted beer. Something that will find its way into my fridge more often.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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