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 SeanRedd
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of berserker256
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of JRed
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of therica
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of sorryaboutbrooks
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of theghost3
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of beeragent
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a deep amber, forming a 1/2 inch off-white head, leaving thin spots of lace.

S - Strong hop aroma. Very citrusy with a mild malt presence.

T - Hops up front creating a nice citrusy flavor with just enough malt to smooth out the harshness from the hops.

M - Medium thickness and good amount of carbonation.

D - For a pale ale, this was very interesting. I love hoppy beers, but every once in a while, I enjoy a mildly hopped beer. This pale ale, while still having that nice hop aroma and flavor, is not nearly as harsh as other pale ales out there. Definitely a sessionable brew.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I 'cut the leash' and decided to review this ale that I've enjoyed many times in the past.

A - light copper with 1/4 inch persistent head. This beer has some nice carbonation that wont quit.

S - Bread baby, bread.

T- Nicely balanced but leaning towards the aggressive hops.

M - Heartier than it looks.

D - More than one? Yes please.

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Photo of atsprings
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was a very faint tinge of citrus hops. The taste was fair balance of sweet malts and citrus hops. The beer was light and crisp with decent carbonation. This was a somewhat enjoyable beer, but there's better Pale Ale's out there.

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Photo of jordoo
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Nice light amber colored brew with a decent white head that left some lacing. Smells of fresh grassy hops, earthy malts with carmel hints and slight citrus smell as well. Taste has a decent bitter hop hit throughout some biscuity malt flavor and hints of tropical fruit flavors theat never really materialize. I got a slight metalic aftertaste, but it did have a decengt feel and was drinkable other than that metalic noted aftertaste. Overall I thought it looked more appealling than it was but still its a worthy APA.

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Photo of oggg
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangey color with a soft white head. Hop aroma is slightly floral. The malt is a bit flat, and the hops are restrained. It's as if they're trying to make it as bland as possible. The finish comes quick as neither the hops or the malt want to be recognized.

Overall: boring pale ale.

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

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet.

Pours a clear burnt umber, big bubbled white head forms, some lace spots, slowly settles down to a thin ring, looks okay. Smell is sweet and perfumy, caramel, biscuity malt, lots of floral, some spicy hopping, oranges, cherry liqueur, I like this. Taste is nice, caramel malt, quite grainy, bit of burnt sugar, lots of light fruit and floral hopping, bit of grapefruit, strawberries, nice balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit too sharp but still refreshing. Must be better fresh but is a solid pale ale as is.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful copper liquid. Head is thick, solid, with some lacing.

S - Hoppy - pine, grapefruit - and some solid malt as well.

T/M - Has a refreshing, snappy mouthfeel; creamy. Quite hoppy with light, toasty malt; low carbonation.

D - Very nice for drinking this summer - very quenching.

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

12-ounce bottle adorned with wacky Steadman art, poured into a pint glass yields a gorgeously-clear brown-amber body capped with a fat finger of fluffy pale ecru foam that retains well and leaves sticky lacing.

Smell is pretty crisp and sweetly caramelly with an earthy note of hops.

Taste is an excellent balance of pale malts with the semi-sweet caramel and a nice hop bitterness that features just the least bit of bitter lime peel. Nice dry finish, and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in SC. Had a nice dark golden, amber color. Not much head to this but excellent lacing, which was a bit odd. The smell was very strong citrus. Taste was hoppy with a definite citrus finish. Not as smooth as I would have expected. Maybe I would get this again, but I'd most likely look elsewhere. Nothing special.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper liquid. Head is thick, solid, and laces well.

S - Hoppy - pine, grapefruit - and some solid malt as well.

T/M - Has a bit of a watery feel, which isn't that good. Flavour is a solid hoppy base and a lightly toasty malt. light body and low carbonation.

D - Easy drinking brew. Maybe good as a lawnmower-type brew that's very light and thirst quenching.

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Photo of Slynger
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear orangey amber color with a nice cap of fuzzy off-white.

The smell is lightly sweet and amber like with lots of citrusy orange, grapefruit, and rind.

The light-medium body has a pretty nice fuzzy creaminess to the carbonation, but feels a touch watered down. Flavor has a light caramel sweetness to its crackery malt base and a fair amount, but not buckets of, citrus-piney hops.

Doggie Style is a pretty good APA with a cool name and, as always, awesome artwork.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: slightly cloudy brownish amber, quickly dissipating head and a lack of lace

smell: so much sweet fruit and caramel, and strangely I smell something that makes me think pumpkin for some reason. Interesting to say the least

taste: caramelly and dark fruit malt with a nice bitter hops that turns into a lime like finish. Rather nice.

mouthfeel: It has plenty of carbonation and has a balanced medium body feel, with a bit of tannic astringence.

drinkability: definately sessionable. Rather tasty stuff and it's light and refreshing. It's certainly drinkable. I like this beer.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a sample pack from Table and Vine. I dig this pale ale. The appearance is pretty dark amber with no head to begin with or any lacing. The aromas were probably its biggest strength: really spiced, yeasty, hoppy and citrus flavors, warmly wrapped around malty alcohol. The taste has a smooth, dryness to it. Hoppy with a sweetness balanced in a medium-thin body. Really enjoyable due to its lightness but great pale ale taste. Overall, a solid pale ale.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It comes out of the tap a nice reddish amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy and seems to have a dash of spice. Flavor is strong and fairly hoppy; bitterness is mild. Texture is fairly smooth, but had an edge to it. A lively, jazzy, satisfying ale.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,399 ratings.
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