Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale
2,413 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,413 |  Reviews: 1,004
Photo of brewmudgeon
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

 479 characters

Photo of Squelch
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

 412 characters

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 396 characters

Photo of schanker21
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

 1,061 characters

Photo of changeup45
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

 278 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

 420 characters

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

 2,623 characters

Photo of Phylomatic
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

 885 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 392 characters

Photo of NatetheGreat
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

 765 characters

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

 597 characters

Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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."

 567 characters

Photo of TexIndy
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

 489 characters

Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

 667 characters

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

Right up Flying Dog's alley. Crisp, malty, tad bite of hops and a wee bit bitter grain finish. Not great, not terrible, both good and average. Flying Dog is the "I'm only going so far so don't push me" brewery. Reminds me of Sam Adams. They won't budge, they like coming up just short...but just short in the glorious American craft brew selection is still an honor. Begins knocking on Sierra Nevada's door, but they aint answering. A worthy attempt nonetheless.

 462 characters

Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

This beer pours a nice copper color with a hint of amber. The half-finger head recedes to a thin layer, and the lacing is pretty good.

The smell is nice, there are a lot of hop aromas - citrus, floral and bitter. There's also a bit of alcohol smell.

The taste is good. There's mostly a floral taste from the hops. There's also a decent amount of bitterness. There's something else I can't put my finger on, but overall it's pretty good.

The mouthfeel is decent. It fits the style well but it's not spectacular. Could use a bit more carbonation.

The drinkability of this is pretty good. It's got good flavors and there's not really anything that's not good about it.

Overall this is a lot like the Flying Dog IPA. Worth a shot, and a pretty good deal for the price.

 825 characters

Photo of berserker256
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker than I expected it to be. Nice dark gold-to-brown color and a thick foamy head. Sharp citrus and hop notes. Hoppy, slightly sweet, and a l;ittle bit of citrus in the flavor. Smooth texture, nice body, and easy to drink. One of the better Pale Ales and definitely the best that I've had from the Flying Dog company.

 321 characters

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

A lightly carbonated, amber colored beer sits in my pint glass like a dog with its tail between its legs. An inviting smell of hops is what draws me in for more. A light carbonation doesn't balance well with a light, docile flavor. Definitely pale ale in smell and taste but feels more like watered-down Sierra Nevada PA. This dog is more chihuahua than pit-bull in the end and could use a nice kick in flavor to boost up the brew.

 431 characters

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

A= very nice chestnut-amber, clean with modest near-white head which dissipates but leaves modest lacing.

S= gorgeous and robust, very inviting, some smoky hints with a variety of hops-florals, caramel malts. Reminds me of an autumn walk in the woods. If you don't find something similar, let it warm a little.

T= up-front West Coast hops bitters & florals of nicely mixed varieties, crisp, pine and slight grapefruit, slightly sweet caramel malts, tangerine and citrus notes, occasional apple-tartness hints in the aftertaste. It's actually somewhat similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but this one has more bite and less full-bodied malt flavor.

M= a lot of hops bite lingering, very nice if you're a fan of bountiful floral-hops bitters; mild candy-sweetness on the tongue with candy-apple hints. Big grapefruity-citrus belch.

D= very drinkable if you're in the mood for a strong Pale-Ale, even IPA fans should really appreciate this. Pine-bitters and bite might get to my stomach after a handful, though.

 1,010 characters

Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the City Grille in Denver.

A: Deep amber color with a very good clarity. Small head leaves behind tiny amounts of lace.

S: The first sent that hit me was a subtle whiff of smoke. This was followed by a raw lemon and grapefruit note, plus a little toffee sweetness.

T: Starts off with a mild caramel sweetness in the malt. Bitterness comes on with a nice combination of lemon and grapefruit that tastes appropriate for the style. Citrus bitterness lingers through the finish.

M: Medium light body is slightly oily. Carbonation level is right.

D: Nice session beer. I'll happily revisit this one.

 609 characters

Photo of sorryaboutbrooks
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to glass. Seems like a very standard IPA to me (hence the name Classic Pale Ale..I guess). Copper color and thin head at first after pour. Head remains ringed at the edges of the glass throughout the entire drink. Pretty dry, the hop taste lingers in your mouth after you swallow. There's not a huge hop presence, nothing interesting. Not something to write home about. They do go back easily however. Also, some have noted a chill haze. I did not seem to find that.

 485 characters

Photo of theghost3
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale has a nice transparent copper appearance with a medium white head. Some lacing. Smell is strong of citrus, particularly grapefruit & lime as well as yeast, hops. Taste is a combination of citrusy hops and malt, but the hops wins out. Fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp with a some acidity. This is a drinkable pale ale but not nearly as good as many I've had.

 384 characters

Photo of Cresant
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date but a crazy code: 302FX08? The body was dark amber and clear and bright. The light small head dissipated quickly.

Smell was yummy piney hops. Grainy/husky aroma (which I dig0. Tobacco leaf and later i got whiffs of Rye bread. Lots to like here.

Taste was also piney hops. Tons of hops presence, not just bitterness but flavor. Red apple peel. Sweet malts were there but more passively than the dominate hops flavors and aromas.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and carbonation.

 545 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, small grapefruity hops, an a small sweet maltiness. In the taste, small hop presence, sweet malt, and somewhat watery. A lighter body and a small bite in the mouthfeel, with a small dry hoppy aftertaste. OK pale, small hop presence and somewhat watery.

 317 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker almost ruby colored amber with some pretty good bubbling, a good head after the pour, and a strong film of foam on the top of the beer. The aroma is a light bread an Yakima valley hops. Great malt and hop combo. Th taste is almost as balanced, with a little more emphasis on the hops in the front. The finish balances out the hops with some wet rye bread. Very soft palate balanced with breads and lemon zest.

 424 characters

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,413 ratings