Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

Doggie Style Classic Pale AleDoggie Style Classic Pale Ale
2,403 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,403 |  Reviews: 1,004
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.

 1,028 characters

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

 379 characters

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.

 398 characters

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.

 465 characters

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...

 845 characters

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.

 361 characters

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.

 283 characters

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.

 358 characters

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.

 648 characters

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.

 477 characters

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.

 300 characters

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.

 566 characters

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.

 620 characters

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

 475 characters

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

 427 characters

Photo of atrus138
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

 463 characters

Photo of Skidud313
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

 470 characters

Photo of Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

 384 characters

Photo of soupyman10
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

 395 characters

Photo of hiikeeba
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

 466 characters

Photo of Budro
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

 1,365 characters

Photo of dickieb
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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

 335 characters

Photo of Strix
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

 269 characters

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 420 characters

Photo of gordavidson
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

 579 characters

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,403 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.