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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Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Photo of Greggy
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a 3/4 finger head that recedes to a thin cap with some lacing. Beautiful burnt sienna color no sediment to speak of.

S- It's a treat to smell a pale ale without just getting a huge wiff of centennial. The hops, although prevalent, are a bit smoother, more unique. Cascades perhaps? I also pickup a bit of toasty grains.

T- Not a huge hop taste initially, just smooth with great balance that gives way to a slighty dry hop taste but with some residual maltiness.

M- Low carbonation that just gives enough suds to give a light spritz on the tongue.

D- A nice rendition of an APA that is easily sessionable.

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Photo of TerryW
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shows a moderate head that settles to a heavy film and gives up good lace on the way down. Clear copper colour. Good looking beer.

Grapefruit hops aroma is subtle, but pleasant.

Pretty nicely balanced beer, finishes off with a lingering hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel, doesn't bite too hard.

Overall, nicely put together, easy to drink.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Clear coppery color with a tight off-white head of about 1/4". Head dissipates to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

S: Modest floral hops come in just ahead of a light layer of caramel malts.

T&M: Excellent pale & caramel malts mostly balance - but not quite. There is a very nice hoppiness that comes through adding flavor without covering up the malts. Not sweet, not dry, just shy of perfect. The moderate body is well accented by the light carbonation. The finish is is clean with a bit of malt but a nice light linger of hops. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable and highly enjoyable. Smooth and easy with solid flavors that hold together. Recommended.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- coper hugh and a tan head with sticky lacing and splotchy ring og bubbles
s- fruity esters of pear and apple. a toasty malt scent too
t- sweet sugary fruits that are light and refreshing. alcoholic warming. slightly toasty. The hops in this are perfect, they balance out the sugar and have a flavor that is not over powering.
m- meadium body and good cabonation for the style
d- good drinkability
I would have liked no alcoholic taste, and maybe more of a hop presence in the nose

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Photo of jsprain1
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought I should venture out on the APA beyond the usual couple I get. I wasn't dissapointed. Not the best, but at a reasonable price it can find its way into my usual rotation of beer purchases.
A- The appearance was a red-copper color with a one finger head that left a bit of lacing on the glass.
S- The smell was a pleasant floral/citrus hop with a bit of hops and some sweet/caramel malt. Overall, a fairly pleasing scent. Leaning slightly toward the malty end all in all.
T- The taste matched the scent but there seemed to be more emphasis on malt than what I thought from the scent. The malt took a bigger role with a good bit of sweet taste accented by the citrus (almost grapefruity) hops which contributed to a bit of bitterness in the beer.
M: This was the only negative I have on this beer. It was light (not a problem) but too light. It was a bit watery, which made it easier to drink a few but I feel it would benefit from some more weight behind it. Appropriate carbonaton.
O: A good beer that only suffers from its lack of weight. Maybe not the best pale ale, but refreshing and it definitely has its place.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a brown, 12 oz. bottle with freshness dating.

Pours dark copper with a creamy, two finger head that's slow to dissipate. Wonderfully linear lacing.

Floral and citris aroma.

Spicy dry-hopped taste upfront, followed by a well-balanced malt middle and moderately bitter finish. Not a hopbomb by any means.

Clean and crisp mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Everything a classic APA should be.

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Photo of bark
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is red-amber; the liquid is clear. The head is large and yellowish. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is soft, very malty and a bit matured. Sour notes of grape fruit, bakers yeast and citric acid.

The taste is bitter and a bit dry. Lemon zest, grape fruit, mils sweet malt and hints of wood is among the flavours I noticed. The aftertaste got notes of butter, bitter hops, toffee, nuts and wheat bred.

The carbonation is mild; the liquid somewhat smooth.

I found this pale ale a bit more British than I had expected. And there is nothing wrong with that.

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

A: A dark copper almost red colour to it. A finger's width head that sticks around for a bit.

S: A caramel smell to it with hops.

T: There is a slight caramel taste to it, with hints of pine. The hops are pretty subtle as well. There is also a slight metallic taste to the beer. The flavours in the beer are good, but they just don't come out very well. It's just over all pretty bland; however, I think they could tweak it a bit and make it awesome. This beer does get better the more you sip on it though.

M: Creamy, but slightly thin

D: Yep

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-copper pour with an under one-finger head that sticks around with good lacing.

Mild piney and citrusy hops and an unidentified but pleasant mustiness is pretty much it in the nose.

Taste is your typical APA, but luckily the hops aren't so overpowering that's all you taste. The malt is apparent, and the various flavors are identifiable yet mild...

Which makes a very drinkable brew! Just enough flavor to keep it interesting but not so much it slows you down. Nice!

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Photo of Portertime
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent pale but could use a little boost of fullness. I have found a watered down thinness in most Fkying Dog beers that disappoints me a little since they have such great artwork on their bottles. Pours a healthy amber color with a slightly hoppy nose. At first taste of hops but swish it around and damn, there's that thinning sensation. Don't go taste, stay there! The finish leaves a struggling hoppiness and some malt but flavor is fleeting. Drink up when you are lazing around a fishing hole though!

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Photo of shabbtastic
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a part of the mixed 12pack offering.

A - Poured reddish amber into an imperial pint glass. Semi aggressive pour yielded a nice two finger fluffy white head that lasted a while. Lacing was scarce and thin.

S - Green leaf hops scent, very fresh to the nose. A bit of a malt hint as well.

T - Very average, the hops were mild and the sweet malt back, a very balanced APA.

M - Medium bodied / carbonated. Nothing overly special.

D - Refreshing! I look forward to enjoying more as the weather heats up. A nice beginner APA, recommended for a session.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Copper amber color. Fluffy/foamy white head, retains well. Medium carbonation. Rings of lacing at the top.
S: Small hops, citrus. Kinda wheaty/grassy too. Oddly a little medicinal.
T: Watery, some citrus/floral hop tastes and a bit of grain.
M: Watery and refreshing with a slight hoppy nip, which is nice.
D: Okay. Easy to put back but not altogether enticing.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber, transparent, with a slightly off white head that fizzled into a skin.

S- Floral hops, some caramel malt.

T- Hops in the start and the finish, some sweet malt in between... a tad of cirtus. This is a very well balanced pale ale.

M- Medium to a light body, moderate carbonation.

D- This goes down very well... could definitely put a few of these down without thinking.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper brown... lots of lacing but the head quickly diminished to a thin film...

S: Slight play between caramel malt and a soft citrus hop bitterness.. delicate and balanced.

T: Soft caramel maltiness towards the front with a rustic grainy taste in the middle and a nice hop bitter finish.

M: Light bodied, but at no point does the beer feel thin or watery...

D: Good Session brew for sure...

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Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first in a small series of Flying Dogs I tried, this one was quite good. It had a very nice blend of hops, yeast, and malt. It was smooth and pretty easy to drink, with just a slight copper bitterness. This reminded me of Eureka, which is one of my staple beers.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber color, slight haze with a quarter inch of off0white head and excellent tracing on the glass. Aroma of grassy, citrusy hops dominates, and I really struggle to get any malt aroma out of this beer. On the palate, however, the malt profile really emerges. Though the hop presence is strong with its requisite citrus, piney, resiny strength, a nice toasty, Munich malt feel helps to balance. It has quite a bit more body than a SNPA with a dextrinous, hoppy finish. Carbonation is pretty standard and it's light enough on the mouth without being watery. Some might see this as a pretty blah APA, but I really like it and would choose it over an SNPA anyday.

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Photo of osi
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful golden brown with a nice and frothy head. Lace loved to stick around on the glass on the way down.

S - Hops, grains, and a mix of sweet fruits.There is a musty smell popping in and out as well.

T - Grains and barley that transition smoothly into the hops leaving a bitter aftertaste in the mouth. Very nicely done.

M - Light body with little carbonation. Nice and smooth down the pipe.

D - Very good pale ale. I could throw a few of these back no problem.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent, dark reddish amber. A foamy, off-white head settles slowly, leaving random, patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma is dry and grainy, but with a substantial piney hop character. Wheat and rye make themselves known amongst the evergreen hop profile. Flavors follow suit, with the aforementioned elements showing over a substantial caramel malt base. Medium bodied and easy drinking, this is a solid session brew. I

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

Appearance - Reddish - Copper Coloring.

Aroma - Strong smell of caramel. Can tell from the aroma it is a full bodied beer

Taste - Very Good full bodied pale ale.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth with a distinct aftertaste. Good though.

Drinkability - Easy Rider.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured solid amber with an impressive foamy head that had great retention, which ar all qualities I love in a beer/ale.
Aroma is of lemon/orange rinds, very hoppy and piney and both came through in its taste and flavor.. Tangy on the roof of the mouth. Hops are dry and have a bitter bite.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Great look and enjoyable drink.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first ever beer from Colorado, let alone Flying Dog. Don't ask how much I paid for it, I'll only start crying again.

Brown 12 Fl Oz bottle, drank a few days before it was out of date. My bottle claimed only 4.7% ABV, have they lowered the brews strenght?

I poured it into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

Looked good, ruddy brown redish colour with a light biege head. The beer wasn't clear, nor was it cloudly, a kind of misty hue to it. Loads of very small bubbles rise through the beer to stock up the head, which shrinks slowly towards the liquid below it.

Hops and more hops at first, then a sweeter, toffee, caramel and malty aroma arrived. Then as the beer warmed sour fruits turned up within the smell.

The taste was dry and hoppy as I expected.

The flavours stay for a while in the mouth, but there is just a little to much carbonisation for me, it is almost fizzy and I am sure after a couple a headache would appear.

Can't say I loved it, but as a taster for my other 8 Colorado beers, not bad.

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

Had this beer last night at Croxely's Ale House in Franklin Square. Pretty good Pale Ale, but didn't wow me too much. Slight hop aroma and nice clean finish, amber in color, good drinkability. I'm a big fan on Flying Dog's Double Dog and Gonzo but this was pretty average even for its style in my book. Worthwhile try, but i would stick with SN Pale Ale over this any day of the week.

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Photo of davidt
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber-orange with a moderate white head; drop rapidly leaving little lacing. Aroma is mainly citrus hops (it's dry-hopped with Cascade) but not excessively grapefruit. Taste is American pale ale citrus with a substantial bittering hop component. There's enough malt to hold everything together. Finishes with a nice bitterness, some citruds hops, slightly astringent. This is a good 'go to' pale ale that's readily available.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Doggie Style pours a nice amber color with a finger foam head and smattering of lacing. There is not much foam retention.

The aroma is good and smell of classics pale ale smells. The flavor is bitter on the with a nice citrus smell. The taste is bitter in the front and dry in the back. It has a excellent hop character to it. I will be having a couple more of these.

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Photo of marcpal
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into pint glass.

A: Amber head with very strong head retention and lacing.

S: Citrus hoppy smells with the lovely cascade aroma. Very appealing.

T: Cascade hop taste is powerful for a pale ale and well above average. Balanced nicely and the hops make this one a pleasure.

M: Little heavy on the carbonation would be the only thing that could change. Thin for the hop flavors.

D: Top notch pale ale, can happily put away many of these with a solid meal.

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