Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

2,395 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 MMAJYK
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +10.7%
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 -1.4%
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 -14.3%
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 +5.8%
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 +18.7%
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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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, I've never really been impressed by any of Flying Dog's regular lineup until now. This is a very solid pale ale, it's just a little thin. There's nice soapy lacing and an amber body. The aroma is nice and strong with citrus and floral over mellow caramel. The flavor is more of the same, but the malt falls off a little early, and like I said, the body feels thin. Other than that, its a nice hoppy, yet light session ale.

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Photo of atrus138
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Poured a deep orange/brown color - it looks a lot like apple cider. Head retained very well. Plenty of lacing.

Smelled great! Lots of fruity flavors. Plenty of citrus and notes of apple.

I'm still tasting hints of this one. Lots of hoppy bitterness with citrus flavors. A little bit more fruit than I'm used to in a pale ale, but it's not bad at all.

Goes down pretty easily. Try this if you get the chance.

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Photo of Skidud313
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pretty dark for the style, off white thin head dissapates quickly.

S: Smells pretty standard for a pale ale, less hops than normal on the nose, malt slightly more present but not a whole lot to smell here.

T: Looks can be decieving, this is a pretty full bodied beer. Not to harsh or mild, kind of a good balance. Slight hops in the middle and on the finish.

D: I knocked down 3 pretty easily. Not to strong in the mouth or on the tongue, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at Monty's Korner, Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear amber. 1/2 inch head. Smells fruity, piny, and sweet. The taste is a little more hoppy than most APA's. A bigger malt background still reigns it in as an APA and not an IPA. Sweet in the front dissolving into a moderately hopped and resiny ale. Clean dry finish makes it go great on a hot day or with spicy foods. Nice name too.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, deep amber color, with two fingers of white ehad and light lacing. Dissolves to a thin film fast. Nose is caramel malt, but more fruity, piney hops. Taste is likewise - nice smooth fruity hops. A good amount of toffee malt as well. Surprisingly creamy body. I really like this one, maybe my favorite of the Flying Dog taster so far. A little high in ABV, but close to sessionable.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours up a clear copper color with a thick white head.

There is no disguising the nature of this beer. Hop aromas waft out of the glass: herby, citrusy and floral.

Taste is a little surprising. Not too much malt flavor, and the hops are somewhat subdued. The hops are more floral in the taste. Hops don't come through as much as in the aroma.

This isn't a bad pale ale. It's kind of nice to see someone restraining themselves with the hops. Easily a session beer.

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Photo of Budro
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a room-temp pint glass, this brew presents with an impressively rich, dark amber body with good clarity, the color of strong, fresh-brewed tea. It catches the light beautifully. Dark for the style, with a thick foamy head that calls to mind a cinnamon cappucino. Intriguing. Yes, dammit, intriguing.

S: This presents to my olfacory functions with a delicately sour bouquet, very subtle, with hints of caramel underneath.

T: This beer greets the palate enthusiastically, with a cascading bitter front that alludes to but sensibly does not strive to achieve that of a Goody's headache powder. Underneath, a yeasty sprawl calling to mind sourdough bread blankets the palate. The dryness of the whole affair is pleasant but vaguely antiseptic, calling to mind club soda. The aftertaste evokes sharp cheddar cheese, but subtly. Well-crafted but not especially distinctive.

M: The head is thin and watery at the crown but thick and creamy at the base. The brew proper feels robust and clean, washing forcefully and quickly over the palate, like the Dow scrubbing bubbles in action. The scrubbing bubbles leave the palate moist. It dries gradually--agreeably so--between swallows.

D: Nicely flavored, neither overwhelmingly rich nor oppressively dense, this beer is quite sessionable. It's not especially memorable, but neither is it at all prohibitive.

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Photo of dickieb
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deap amber, with an average head, that clings with some nice lacing. The smell is a bit hoppy for a plae ale, with some citrus and pine notes. Taste starts off a bit sweet, going into some heavy hops for the style, which finishes bitter, with an avergae mouthfeel and drinkability. Hoppy then the average pale ale, which i like

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Photo of Strix
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a strange-looking label. The smell is mainly of hops, some faint citrus. Very hoppy, with grapefruit and a kind of a piney aftertaste. Average tasting pale ale I'd say. Mouthfeel kind of light. Nothing I'd go out of the way for, but it was all right.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper hue and a light tan head that has some staying power. Lacing is evident.

This APA has a nice citrus hop aroma, with some malt hiding in the background. Taste is slightly sweet with some caramel, fruity hops and a bitter little hop kick in the end. Not as hopped up as others I've had. Still tasty.

Light to medium in body, nicely carbonated. This is a nice drinkable APA that does not stand out in a crowd.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice orange, clear liquid. A good thin white covering of a head. Pretty hearty looking for a pale ale.

S- Some grassy hops and definitely some citrus. A very carmely malt backing. Very well balanced. A very strong cinnamon aroma as well.

T- Pretty flavorful. Citrus, grass, and a good caramel backing. A very unique feature is the amount of cinnamon I pick up in this. Very strange.

M- Kind of dry and sort of thin and metallic. There is just not something right here.

D- This is a fine APA, but nothing spectacular. Worth a try. The label art looks cool at least.

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Photo of Floydster
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 ounce mug from Bad Dog Ale House

Light brownish yellow color with a thick head for a pale ale

Tasted a lot like a Karl Strauss beer to me and went down easy

A good amount of hops are eveident in this one and it is good on a hot day

Not a bad APA

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Photo of tronester
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep orange with a small light tan head. Smells of citrus hops. The taste is very rich, the hops add a great floral character to the beer with malt to match. Not an excessively bitter beer, a little bit sweet, but still very much to my liking. Perhaps a bit rich tasting for a session beer, but otherwise a solid apa.

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

This one poured a nearly clear, beautiful copper colour with a fine, beige cap. Though the foam fell in short order, solid lacing was left behind and a solid ring + a skim of tiny bubbles remained. Piney hops were up front in the aroma, with a bit of fruitiness and mild malt (caramel, toast) in the background. Mild malty sweetness with moderate, well balanced bitterness. Fruit character intensified towards the end, with a light lingering bitterness. Lightish bodied, ample carbonation, solid texture throughout. I really liked the balance in this beer, which made it pleasant and easy to drink. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Sam Adams glass. Picked up a mix your own 6 pack and added a couple Flying Dogs. Let's give one a try.

A: dark reddish orange with nice tan/off white one finger head medium carbonation

S: orangy citrus, floral hops and nutty malt presence

T: hoppy but not overly bitter, tangy citrus and malt

M: medium body and medium carbonation, crisp with dry finish

D: O.K. if offered but wouldn't go out of my way to pick up more.

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Photo of BBM
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden hue into a nonick pint glass, with a sudsy white head. Aroma was a huge whiff of floral and citrus hops. An omen of things to come.

The beer tastes as hoppy as it smells. A big lemon flavor starts us off, with pine, orange, and flowers coming through secondary. There's a bitter, dry finish, with little malt to really balance it out. Mouthfeel is too thin and no carbonated enough. To be honest, this is a decent APA for those looking for a hoppy brew, but I prefer better balance.

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

355ml bottle served chilled in a Duvel glass

Pours with a rich copper body, burgandy highlights. Small but dense light tan head, fair retention but nothing particularly impressive. A few patchy bubbles of lacing

Smell, a whiff of malt extract followed by fresh American aroma hops (probably cascade). Some melted butter and a slight hint of black pepper, fresh grass cuttings and small hint of tea

Taste, crisp and crunchy malty character initially. Lots of fresh hops, sharp citric bitterness followed by a slightly plastic flavour on the finish. Some citric hops and tannins on the finish, plus some crunchy bready malt

A refreshing pale ale, served chilled it really hit the spot on a warm summer's evening however its all a bit one dimensional, theres not a whole lot of depth to the flavour and its all a bit short lived. That said, drinkable :)

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Photo of zerofear13
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice brown, dark amber color with a one-inch head that retains well. Smells pretty strong of citrus. Taste has a tangy citrus start with a hops middle, and a bit of a bitter finish at the end, in the back of your throat. Feels a bit over carbonated on the tongue, but other than that is very refreshing and crisp. Overall, I like this beer and Flying Dog did a good job on making a nice APA, but nothing too special for me. I'd drink if offered, but don't see myself reaching for a 6-pack at my neighborhood store.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I ran across this beer at my local Winn Dixie grocery store. I was well aware of Flying Dog brews and was always relatively happy with them, but neverly overly impresses. Until I saw this at $5.39 for a 6-pack -- regular price. It must be a misprint, right? But I've been buying them at this price for 2 months now.
Yeah, it's a darn good pale ale. Not a DFH by any stretch, but plenty of maltyness, lots of earthy hoppyness, a nice medium-thick mouthfeel and good drinkability. If it were $7 or $8 per 6-pack I'd probably choose something different, but for $5.39 for a 6er? Sign me up!

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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