Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

2,397 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 Rootdog316
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -3.8%
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 +10.7%
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 -12.6%
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Brown 12 Fl Oz bottle, drank a few days before it was out of date.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 -2.2%
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 -4.7%
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 +7.7%
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 +12.4%
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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Photo of BMan1113VR
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very nice. There are moderate bready notes with light grapefruit and apple as well as butter. Pour is a clear sparkling bronze with a creamy off-white head. Flavor is pretty waterey. A tad astringent on the finish. Wouldn't buy again, kind of forgettable.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a rich amber and forms a dense beige head that is intent to stay as the surface level drops. Carbonation rises uniformly throughout. Very nice lacing.

S-Hops, light citrus notes (especially grapefruit), and light malt.

T-Starts off with fresh grapefruit that blends well with floral hops. The finish is clean and acidic, leaving a mix of bitter-sour hops/citrus. Very pleasant tasting and light. After a couple minutes the aftertaste

M-At first it seemed too light-bodied to carry the taste, but as the palate grows accustomed to the flavors after the first few sips, the bite grows duller, and seems to go better with the texture. I still find it too thin overall, but this shortcoming does little to dull all this pale ale has to offer.

D-I like this stuff. Visually it is almost a work of art, and it tastes great. The label is unique, and only adds to the qualities that make this beer memorable.

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Photo of BrewmasterNPB
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doggy Style has a beautiful, rich red color. Earthy hops offer a pleasant aroma. Bittering hops are powerful upon tasting and leave a bitter aftertaste. Good representation of an English Pale ale. This beer is pretty easy to drink. My experience was an enjoyable one.

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Photo of claytri
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light amber with a light tan head. The aroma was of malt and hops. The taste was slightly malty with a fairly strong hop finish. The feel is light and dry. A reasonable pale ale, but nothing that shouts out have me. So I wouldn't turn one down, but I probably won't seek it out either.

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Photo of JDV
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish amber pour with nice thick off- white lasting head. Looks nice and smells mostly of lightly fragrant hops and a hint of malty caramel. Nice lacing on the glass as well. Taste is incredibly smooth, with a lovely hop flavor and slight bitterness up front and it finishes clean with a hint of a malty sweetness and a medium length finish. Very good, easy to drink, and I will definitely get this again. A great pale ale similar to Sierra Nevada with perhaps a touch less hops and bitterness..

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Photo of Patrick999
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber body, but not a great deal of head in the pint glass.

S - A bit of a sticky marijuana aroma overlaid with grapefruit. I like!

T - I love the way this pale ale tastes. Not much of a malt bill other than a mild sugar cookie, but a nice fresh juicy Cascade hop taste.

F - Carbonated enough, medium-bodied. Goes down easy.

D - Very refreshing, a good beer for typical Florida drinking. Excellent uncomplicated hoppy pale ale, a real easy and fun drinker. One I come back to often.

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

This a good pale, but not a brilliant one. The color is clear amber with a whitish head that hangs around the edges of the glass and minimal lacing. The aroma is aged hops, not the fresh hoppy ester, or raw green hop smell that I was hoping for. There is some metallic malty aromas here too. The taste is on the dry side with a raw hop flavor (this does taste like it has been dry hopped) and some malty dextrin sweetness in the background. There may be some dry nuttiness in there as well, but it is quite subdued. There is a copperishness too to this beer that gets blended in with the overall dryness. this is somewhat of a medium bodied beer, not overly carbonated, and the aftertaste does linger a bit. This beer is okay, but the hops are not grassy enough for my tastes, and the maltiness is slightly metallic and it gets compromised by some of the dryness as well. The beer tends to thin out after it settles.

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Photo of steelscarab
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack from the local BevMo and served it from my weissbier-style glass.

Appearance: A lovely clear amber colour with the most subtle golden hue. Pours with a good half inch of head that slowly dissipated into a lasting bit of lacing.

Smell: A light scent to this ale. The hops are the first thing to hit the nose and then one can discern hints of an earthy aroma with a bit of sweetness. Sort of a let down from the enticing appearance.

Taste: Great tasting pale ale! The hops are the primary taste here, but they leave plenty of other subtle flavors on the way down. There is a good mix of sweet malt, citrus, and a biscuit-like taste here.

Mouth: A pleasure. It has good carbonation and is just right in consistency for my preferential pale ale. Goes down easy, crisp, and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Decently priced and easy to find in six pack, this one can end up becoming a regular in your drinking rotation. While itÂ’s not the best pale ale or the strongest tasting, it is a good medium ale and great for your BBQs or other social gatherings.

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

I like the whole Flying Dog / Hunter S Thompson / Ralph Steadman thing. Usually doggone good beers too.

Came out darker than I had recalled, a clear amber. Active bubbling and a white, lively head round this pint glass out.

Catching a hoppy scent with a richness that says this could have a malty backbone. Not as much scent as I like in a Pale.

Tastes as hoppy as it smells, with some grapefruit taste. Decent balance though; seems the color and scent warned me it was possible. Maybe a freshly baked bread taste describes the malt, because it doesn't impart much sweetness, but it brings temperance to the citrusy bitterness. I expected this to be hoppier, and this is a nice surprise. There's a taste at the swallow that I can't really describe, but I also can't say it's unpeasant. It just comes more to the front as it warms. Subtle alcohol at the last two sips escort this out of the glass.

The little extra malt character gave it some substance to make it medium bodied, but it still had that hoppy fluidity that cut through. That extra viscosity did linger a little bit more than I'd like; fortunately it's not entirely a bad thing lingering.

I'd have no problem sitting down and polishing off a couple of these puppies any day. Be great for washing down a spicy dish from one of our local Chinese places (I'd take it over Tsing Tao, authenticity be danged), or salmon.

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Photo of tab021
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of these guys before until I found a sample 12 at a huge beer store. I liked the bottle art so here we go

A: light amber beer, nice head

S: hops hard to tell due to light smell

T: hop, malt, and slightly ... green? flavor? hard to describe but i like it

M: crisp, bubbly, enjoyable

D: one of the better small company beers I have ever tried. I could go for a 6'er

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Photo of ksbrainard
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, so why doesn't mine say "Doggie Style" on it? Is this some sort of "Bad Elf"-style silly Connecticut label restriction?

Appearance: This is a crystal clear red. It has a nice big head that lasts pretty well - just about down to the end. Pale? Maybe not. Enticing? Yes.

Smell: I only get a faint grassy/floral hop aroma, with a hint of earthy grass. A tiny drop of caramel with a hint of bready biscuits peek through. Overall, a pretty mild aroma. Don't smell Cascade dry hops at all...

Taste: It first hits me as very malty with just a touch of floral grassy hops flavor, and a medium bitterness. The box said that this was hoppy - it was further towards the hoppy scale than the IPA - but it is not hoppier than the IPA. Maybe they mean relative to style? I was just expecting a super-crisp hoppy pale ale. It seems more British style to me than American style. As it warms, chocolate flavors emerge with a crystal malt tang, and the hops come more forward. Once I got past the "it's not really crisply bitter" I loved the classic thing it's got going on.

Mouthfeel: At first, it seemed really weak and squishy. When cold, I found too many hops in the feel, with not enough in the flavor. As it warmed, they all came together. Again, this appealed to me more when it had been out of the fridge for a bit. Even warmer, it felt sort of thin. Could be all the big winter beers I've been on that made it feel this way, though.

Drinkability: I can't say it enough - to fully enjoy, I'd let this one warm up a bit. Although I found the second one to be more enjoyable all the way through.

So what can I conclude? You best try this beer yourself. It isn't extreme, and I think that's what they mean by "Classic". But it's sturdy and reliable - you might just end up with it as a regular in your fridge.

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Photo of sloejams
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely the best Flying Dog beer I've had. It's a simple straight forward American Pale Ale. Sometimes that's exactly what I want.

Pours a copper color with a plenty of carbonation and a nice thumb-sized head. Aroma is grain and a reasonable dose of hops. Taste is ever better - rounding things out with a malty caramel flavor.

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

Served on-tap at the Woody Creek Tavern.

A: Pours an orangish amber color with a nice sized white head.

S: Quite a bit of citrus and some floral hops.

T: A nice pale ale. A good dose of cascade hops hits you with a big citrus taste. Very little bitterness and it's well balanced with the some grainy and slightly sweet malts.

M: Medium bodied.

D: An above-average pale ale. Nothing that knocks your socks off but easily enjoyable with some nachos at the Woody Creek Tavern after a long day at Snowmass.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Medium copper color with little head.

S - Very light smell. Can't make anything out.

T - Crisp, clean and smooth. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I like the beer but it has a bad finish. Good flavor bad finish.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Dark amber brew mostly transparent, produced a small tip's worth of froth, which, unfortunately, disappeared fairly quickly. Lacing is pretty good, though. Outstanding label art as always.

S - Faint aroma here, slight hop tinge followed by a miniscule bite o' malt presence.

T - Cold pine hop profile with a nice malt backbone. Not too complex but very balanced and tasty. Finishes with some mild citrus notes.

M - Light to medium bodied, nice dry finish. Carbonation level is nearly perfect. Slight bite in the aftertaste.

D - Very good. This is one of those definite staple brews in my fridge. Not my favorite style, but as far as I'm concerned this is one of the most drinkable APA's on the market. Recommended.

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Photo of foxmul924
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottle into Room-Temp Mug)

Appearance: Ever-Present Tan Head w/ Red-Orange Body. Good Lace.

Smell: Dominant Dry, Piney Hops Nearly Snuff out a 'Doughy' Maltiness Underneath it.

Taste: Flowery Hops (Grassy/Piney) Followed by a 'Doughy' and Slightly Yeasty Malt Finish. Both Desirable and Delectable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Bodied, Clean Finish, Perfect Carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent. Its Crispness and Clean Finish Could Certainly Allow One to Enjoy Multiple Pints.

Other: Simpe Style, Yet Flying Dog Managed to make it More Complex. Of the Mixed Pack I Purchased, I Thoroughly Enjoyed This and the SnakeDog IPA.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doggie Style pours an orange-pinkish hue with two fingers of white froth, rather impressive. The smell is enticing, well-hopped and rife with fruit--orange, lemon, melon--really good. The taste didn't quite back up the smell, though it's certainly good. The fruit and hops come through cleanly, though I wouldn't mind a bit more hops. Smooth and fairly well carbonated, this is well crafted, one of the better offerings from Flying Dog that I've tried.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,397 ratings.
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