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 morimech
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New review with a bottle in much better condition.
Review on 08/23/08
Pours a clear copper with a two fingered white head that has good retention. Sticky lacing is left on the glass at every sip. A definate hop aroma of pine and citrus. Nicely balanced flavor of hops and malt. Has a nice creamy texture. Get it fresh and it is a good beer.

Review on 12/10/07

I bought a 6-pak many months ago and drank a few and was very unimpressed. Had one left in the fridge and thought I better get rid of it and rate it before it got too old.

Pours a dark copper with a minimal head that quickly disapears to almost nothing. A little lacing is left behind. No life in the beer. As flat as I remember it.

Has a slightly sour and grassy aroma. Reminds me of sour milk on the farm.

The taste is likewise sour with some malt and fruity hoppiness to back it up. It is light bodied and almost flat. It is almost undrinkable. I have avoided everything from this brewery because of this 6-pac but seeing all the praise I must have had a bad sample. But I still won't rush out and buy anything else from this brewery. Some of the worse micro beer I have ever had.

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Photo of Lukie
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second American micro I have had now, and thus, the APA and AIPA styles and characteristics are very new to me.

Poured out a very, very dark brown, with a small inch high head that went away to a lacing straight away. It was different...

The initial smell is quite malty, with caramel tones, slightly fruity. A hint of burnt caramel in the back of the nose. Interesting.

Great hop flavour that is balanced well with a slight malty sweetness. Caramel, some small hints of chocolate aswell, and nice citrus flavours in the back from the hops. Not overpowering.

Moderate to low carbonation, with a nice heavy body to it. It is wonderful to sit and drink. Overall, this would be a great session beer in Australia if we could get it at a reasonable price. If it works out cheaper then LCPA, then it would be amazing, otherwise, the local boy takes the cake.

Worth the money I paid, only for something new and unique.

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

A 12 oz bottle poured into a 16 oz straight glass. A real easy pour that is delightfully bubbly and jolly feeling.

Appearance: A lovely deep amber brew with a good finger and a half of light foam. Settled out fairly quickly, and the lacing stayed put for a while. This Pale Ale, said Drink Me. Like Alice... I did!

Aroma: A lighter variety of hops? A very brisk and fruity bouquet from the pour. Definitely a nice little bit of sweet malts and dilute fruity esters that said drink me.... Like Alice, I did.

Taste: OK, so it didn't quite reach the promise of the aroma and smell. But this is an above average Pale Ale. Mostly because, unlike many brew companies, Flying Dog tends to not use excess hops to induce flavor. (And then convince us that that is what beer is about). There is that nice citric undertone and more than a little maltiness backing up the lighter hops that this brewski must contain. This was one of those drink me drinks, though I do have heartier beer styles that I prefer, generally speaking. Great for light social drinking.

Mouthfeel: This is a moderate to medium bodied Pale Ale. There is a nice balance of flavors to enjoy, so don't gulp it too fast. Enjoy. It said drink me!... So, I did, with savor.

Drinkability: This beer "downs" easily and, subjectively, gives a jolly refreshing feel to the event. Good taste, with a moderate alcohol content, easy to drink and not too filling makes for a good sports afternoon in front of the "Tube" with your buddies.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/29/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a dense, medium-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, caramelized malts and a strong burst of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong hops bitterness and a hearty malt character. There’s just the right amount of sweetness as well. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, I could certainly drink this beer for a very long time.

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Photo of calinative68
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have really enjoyed just about everything this Colorado brewery offers, so I thought I should review this pale ale that I drink all the time. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into imperial pint glass.

A - Deep golden/amber/orange color with slight off white head doesn't dissapate too quickly.

S - Citrus (grapefruit, orange, maybe lemon) with less dominant hop aroma.

T - Decent balance as the hops aren't overwhelming in this brew, again citrus with a slightly piney hop. Which is interesting because I tend to shy away from piney hops.

M - Bitter finish but for the most part you know your drinking a pale ale; not watery or thin on the palate.

D - Overall a good beer, good for a few but not a all night or all day brew.


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

Picked up a Flying Dog Mixed Pack at ABC for around $13...I have tried some FDs but not all of them so I figured this would be a good buy just knowing their reputation as being a good brewing company
A: Pours a nice golden-amber color, really it looks orangish...nice two finger off-white head that leaves a little lace on the glass

S: I really liked the nose on this one...right off the bat, citrus (specifically grapefruit, orange, and a bit of lemon) along with a less-than hoppy aroma

T: Again, less hops than I had expected, but still a nice balance that also includes grapefruit, oranges, and pine...very refreshing would be the way to describe this one

MF: Bitter finish that leaves more notes of pine on the back of the tongue than anything else

D: Highly drinkable, not quite a session beer

Overall, this is definitely one of Flying Dog's better offerings...A smart buy

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

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz. bottle from Flying Dog sampler. Pours a golden-amber color with good head. Pretty good retention and some lacing left behind. Smell is initially of muffled hops however that seems to decipate as I drink and it starts to take on a grassy and almost metallic smell. Taste is nice balance of malt and hops, slightly heavier on the hops side with some citric notes. Moderate carbonation and a slightly oily residue is left behind. While its not the best APA I've had it wasnt bad at all and very drinkable, a good session beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up on the advice of a friend. He claimed this was as good as Sierra Nevada. Wrong. This was still a decent pale ale that I could drink if it was on sale. The smell was hoppy but the taste was balanced and was your run of the mill pale ale. This was a good session beer.

Update-12/05/07 this was very good on tap at the brewery. Hoppy and fresh. Too bad its not the same in the bottles.

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

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass on 11/18/07. No date on bottle.

A - Poured a clear, bronzed orange with a half-inch eggshell head that quickly diminished. Fair amount of tiny bubbles. Not much lacing at all.

S - Bready malts up front with a mild but pleasant floral hop nose with some citrus aspects. Hops are a bit more in the background, but it smells pretty well-balanced.

T - Predominantly bready and biscuity maltiness with a nice bitter bite that's definitely fitting for the style. Not too much deviation here. Classic, crisp pale ale with a pretty clean finish.

M - Light to medium bodied, but a tad watery. Hops don't hang around for very long. Some prickly carbonation as well. Mildly bitter on the tongue.

D - Definitely a nice session beer. Not too heavy on the palate, and a hop profile that most can likely appreciate. I enjoyed the breadiness.

ps: I love Flying Dog's label artwork! Definitely some of the most unique labels I've seen.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pour a clear amber color. Mine had a small beige head that disappeared pretty quickly. A light note with hints of citrussy hops. Taste starts with a bit of malt sweetness up front followed by bitter, citrussy hops in the middle with a lingering bitter finish. A very good example of the American pale ale style.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really torn betwen 4.0 and 4.5 on smell taste and mouthfeel. As the beer wamrs up, I lean towards 4.5 for taste and 4 for mouthfeel.

Appearance: clear amber color with a nice initial head that is 2 fingers thick and a good retention

Smell is of cascade hops that overpower the pale and caramel malts underneath.

Taste: mildly sweet upfront with pale malts and caramel malts. This is followed by a strong cascade hop bitterness.. The malting on this beer balances well witht he hopping, this is followed by an alcohol flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with malts that cling well to the palate.

Drinkability: A good pale ale. I wasn't crazy about certain flying dog stuff, but this is a good beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an over-sized Sacred Heart High School glass mug. (lol)

A: Pours a deep amber-orange with a one-finger head of light foam. The lacing hangs around for the duration of the brew, however.

S: Smells of grapefruit hops and slightly sweet malts. A little bit of caramel, but mostly watery, fruity hops.

T: Taste is citric and bittersweet hops up front, but mellows out with some dense malts in the middle. The alcohol goes unnoticed under the careful dance of hops and malts being presented in this ale.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but given the balanced taste, it doesn't hinder the drinkability whatsoever. This is very easy to down.

D: Great taste, moderate ABV, easy to drink and not too filling makes for a homerun session brew in my opinion.

I'm sort of a Flying Dog sucker, but the Classic Pale Ale is just that - classic. It won't wow, but it'll never disappoint. In fact, there are some pleasant surprises for those who aren't used to the style, most notably the color and smell.

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Photo of armock
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a light brown head that leaves lacing

S - Very nice lots of citrus and malt

T - A little disapointing after the look and smell its not bad, bitter hops stand out the most

M - Feels watery with medium carbonation

D - This one really depends on my mood right now its just ok but it could be great if I w as in the mood for something more hoppy

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Photo of SargeC
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful golden-amber color. Moderate carbonation with an off-white creamy head.

Smell: Toasty malt, oily and spicy hops.

Taste: Excellent balance between malt and hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and satisfying, the carbonation provides nice movement.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. The balanced flavors and medium carbonation make this a prime candidate for mass consumption.

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

A: 1/4" off white head that fell to a ring & cloud in the middle. Copper body with great clarity.

S: Citrus & pine hop aroma with a malty sweetness in the background. Very enjoyable.

T: Nice, bitter citrusy hop flavor with plenty of caramel malt for balance. Nothing too complicated, but very tasty.

M: Light to medium body with adequate carbonation. Lasting, citrusy finish.

D: Very refreshing and easy to drink. I think I like this more every time I taste it.

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

12fl oz bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a dark amber colour. Light tan head poured quite loose and faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and very little lacing...

Aroma - Grassy and piney hops, good caramel maltiness, faint nuttiness, some light buttery traces, ground pepper, floral honey notes, some herbal hints, some saltiness, grapefruit and citrus fruitiness...

Taste – Quite malty first then the piney and grassy hops come to the fore... some sweet honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread traces, quite floral, some saltiness, the faintest of metallic notes..

M&D - Quite crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Very refreshing and drinkable and pretty sessionable...

Overall - A pretty decent APA - nothing groundbreaking just a good, clean well made APA... recommended...

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Photo of nickfl
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Large, rocky white head and an amber body with good clarity.

S - Grainy caramel and some grassy hops.

T - Very grainy, slightly burnt flavor. A bit of caramel, maby a hint of hops... a little sour.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - I must say I am not that pleased with this beer. The flavor is quite unplesant... but at least it looks good.

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Photo of brewshakes
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the third beer I've tried in a mix twelve pack of Flying Dog beer. It poured an amber color without much head and what there was was gone pretty quickly. The smell was floral with some pine with hops. The taste was of hops. Not too bitter but enough bite. Overall a good ale.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a dark copper-orange with a small beige head.

Aroma of grapefruit and sweet caramel malts.

Taste is slightly bitter hops with a nice malt presence. The finish leaves a bitter butter note.

Mouthfeel was on the lighter side, drying, and mildly carbonated.

A very easy to drink pale ale but not a favorite due to the buttery aftertaste.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown with minimal head and no lace.

S- Smelled sour and bitter like lemons but had a honey twist to it as well, mixed with the hoppy smell.

T- Taste was bitter. Had alot of bite in the middle, as of smoked wood. Finish was long and lingering.

M- Was nothing special. No maltiness and not much carbonation. Maybe I got some of the bottom of the keg or something.

D- Drinkability factor was just OK. It was a little too bitter for me to want to drink alot of it, but definitely was an alright choice. Not bad, just not my thing. And that is kind of wierd, since pale ales are mostly my thing. Just a little too sour and not that sweet.

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Photo of bjoyce12
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this becuase I'm a big fan of their Gonzo Imperial Porter, and I wanted to see how FD did a pale ale. Lived up to its expectations. Poured a deep golden, good foam. FD seems to be big on carbonation, and their pale is no expection. Nice and hoppy, a good lingering taste with aftertaste, but not too bitter, and not at all sweet. Excellent pale ale. Much better than Harpoon, which I consider average, but not as good as Stoudt's, the APA by which I measure all others.

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Photo of burnstar
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a reddish tint. Big rocky head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Aroma is faint herbal and citrusy hops. Taste is mostly pleasant herbal hops. Decent malt backbone, but hops dominate. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side. Quite drinkable and a good pale ale overall.

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Photo of KevinB
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pour revealed a small sandy colored head that topped off a nice rich looking ,castory body. Head quickly dissipated and left a decent amount of lacing behind.
Smell is teeming with hops ,along with pine and other floral notes.
Taste is less hoppy than the smell, hops are still the foremost flavor along with a light malt taste and a mix of citrusy fruit flavors.
Mouthfeel is somewhat light and thin for a medium bodied brew. Finishes dry and somewhat bitter.
Overall a decent brew thats not bad to have every once in awhile.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice and hoppy bottle smell. Poured into a pint and got a nice bronze colour with a nice head. In the glass the smell is sweeter like caramel. Taste is a great mix of malt and hops. Well balanced, not too sweet but the bitterness of the hopping is not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is great, the carbonation seems a little high but it helps the flying dog give a good bite. Overall a triple, the sweetness starts with the hop bite coming immediately, but the third stage returns back to sweetness over bitterness. Very cool. Very much a pleasure to imbibe this brew. I will be drinking more in the future when I see it.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful honey color with a one inch frothy white head, decent amount of carbonation and lacing are prevalent. smell is great, spicy hops dominate while a bit of orange citrus is hidden. taste is awesome, i don't know if its just cause i worked 13 hours but i'm in love with this. very full, rich and warm, awesome taste all around, the hops just slightly overpowers the malt and i like it. drinkability and mouthfeel are both good. another good brew from flying dog

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