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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Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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

Bought a case of this because I haven't had it since I moved from Denver.

Pours a deep amber/copper color. Nice white head that sticks to the glass.

Smells of wonderful citrus flavors with some decent malt coming off of it too.

Tastes pretty good. Initial taste is decent hop citrus/lemon flavor, with a touch of grassy notes, mellows out to malt flavor which dissipates really fast to a very dry finish. For the style I think this beer is too dry. I think the malt profile needs to linger a little longer because the dryness takes all of the flavor out of your mouth.

Over all, not a bad beer but for $35 a case I think I'll pass on it, unless it's on sale. I was expecting much more from this beer.

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

I bought a couple of bottles of Flying Dog Pale Ale at an upscale grocery store to taste and enjoy. Poured in to pint glass.

Pours a brilliant copper color, and is clear. A creamy off-white head forms and is quite resilient. Sheets of lace line the glass.

The smell is typical of the style, sone grain aromas and hints of citrus.

The taste is very good, caramel malts, and some bread flavors up front, followed by a zippy sour sitrus finish.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied but crisp and clean.

A very drinkable beer, and a good representation of the style. This one is on par with the best of the American pale ales. I wish it was more widely available in my area. Very nice.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Pours a deep amber with an orange halo. Nice creamy head sticks to the glass and holds on for dear life.

Smells of hops, malts, and citrus.

Tastes of malts and has a nice hop bitterness as well. Hop profile is hot and coarse. Nice fruits and earth flavors. Nice malt flavor that helps with the finish.

Nice brew but not amazing.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Flying Saucer, Memphis, TN.

A: Deep amber - almost looks like brown ale. The head was originally very good, nice thick and tan, but it decimated completely about a quarter of the way through the beer. I will give it the benefit of the doubt – the bar may have had a dirty glass.
S: Slight hoppy, but lots of diacetyl in the nose, again mimicking brown ale.
T: Lots of piney hops right off the bat, but balanced (maybe even a little on the heavy side) with malt sweetness. Good Cascade bite, and lots of buttery diacetyl flavors.
M: Slick and mouth-coating - more so than I expected from a typical pale ale.
D: Fairly drinkable, but the buttery flavorings started to tire me out.

I was fairly happy with this one. Again the head retention was next to nothing as I finished it off, not making it appear very inviting.

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Photo of stephendr
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of medium brown, with a decent tan head - nose of hops, orange blossom, cilantro?, and malty – taste of orangey, light hops, and too light- body is medium, semi oily, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of light resin , and malts

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into this lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit with a hint of cirtus, and an undertone of malt. The taste has everything from the aroma but is less intense. The mouthfeel is velvety with nice fine carbonation, and a medium body. Overall, this is a nice pale ale. I could drink this again.

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Photo of biggmike
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive copper color with nice head that lasted a pretty long time. Nicely balanced aroma between malt and hops. Not overly hopped like many pale ales, instead well-balanced. Taste is balance of bitterness, light caramel, and fruit citrus. Nice lacing on glass. This makes a fine session brew at 5.32%

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Photo of iceball585
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber/copper color w/ yellowish head

S- Slight hops smell

T- Typical pale light hoppy taste (but slight hint of toasted hops)

M- Medium weight and very carbonated

D- Pretty easy to drink

Just another pale ale. Nothing to crazy or special, just another middle of the road beer (kind of seems to be the tendency of Flying Dog).

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Photo of BlindPig
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Thick tan head on a amber body with some orange hues.
S- Orange and lemon citrus hops, light caramel body, and just a hint of toffee.
T- Medium citrus hop flavor. Pretty much follows the aroma, no surprises. Little bit sweeter than smell seemed. Light to medium bitterness on mid tongue. Some caramel and yet again a hint of toffee in the after taste.
M- Medium body with medium/low carbonation.
D- It is a average Pale Ale. Nothing to make it stand out from the crowd. I can drink it but just nothing special.

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

One of my old favorites that I just got around to reviewing. A healthy head leaves fine lace on top of a bright amber gem. Smell is simple, citric. Flavor is hop forward, a little dirty which I like. Nice balance of citric and piney hops, and the malt holds it all together real nice. Mouthfeel is nice, refreshes and soothes. Great pale ale for all seasons.

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Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber, almost reddish color with a whispy head and a little bit of lace. The aroma is pretty mild, a little pine at best. Taste is a nice blend of malt and pine, lightly carbonated, a little hoppy, perhaps like a very mild ipa. Not too complex though. Plenty drinkable and a happy introduction to Flying Dog. Classic is a good name for this!

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Photo of enfield249
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - About 1 fingers worth of head when poured. Color is a dark copper-red.

S - Sweet is the first thing I get off of this beer. Then, a slight bit of roast smell.

T - Again, it starts with sweetness, not a lot by any means. Just a touch of bitterness from the hops.

M - Medium body, slightly sharp from the carbonation.

D - Overall, not a bad APA. Nothing fancy, but a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of Ryan4
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a deep golden dark color, also a creamy head that lasts more than usual. It has a decent amount of hops but there could have been more, the maltiness would have been better contrasted with a higher hop count. Not a bad choice though for a refreshing beer.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from 12 oz amber bottle into "Boston Lager" glass at 35F.

Looks really nice, vivid copper color, crystal clear, good off-white head.

Aroma is a bit musty and yeasty, indistinct.

Taste is slightly metallic, crystal malt evident. Very English like.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and effervescent.

Wait a minute. Let this thing warm up to cellar temp where I should have served it in the first place! Caramel aroma now comes through well and flavor mellows nicely. Again that English character coming through. Still not a winner, but drinkable. DON'T try this one ice cold.

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Photo of Dalem
2.14/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not much of a smell to this one overall but I'm thinking I detect a bit of pine in what scent I find. A light amber color that's nice but nothing special. A bit watery in the mouth. More yeasty than hops in the flavor which is a let down because, after all it claims to be a pale ale...A "classic" one at that. I like my pale's to have the hops get my attention. It's the first thing I look for in them. Kind of a coffee bean, grapefruit and that pine thing I already mentioned is what popped up on the tongue but it's an odd balance that doesn't work for me. I'm all for the grapefruit thing when it comes to dry hopped ales (which is what this claims to be) and come to expect it but it's the coffee bean thing mostly that turns me off here. It's just tastes weird here and hangs too long in the aftertaste. Not much to get excited about really. If I'm over at a friend's house and I'm offered one of these down the road I won't turn it down but I don't see me picking up another six for myself again.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, brown copper beer with a thick, creamy head.

Smell is hoppy and resinous with a caramellic, dextrinous maltiness. Nicely balanced.

Taste is medium bitter with clear US hops, which are citric and a little flowery. The hops give a nice aroma and appear to be dry hopped. The malt is lightly sweet and dextrinous and also caramellic. Body is light sticky and drinkability is good.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber orange pour with some carbonation persisting even after the fine, light beige head falls away into a tight collar. The nose is reasonably assertive, with biscuity grains and citrus hops. There's an off-note in there too that I can't pin down. Malt and hops hit the tongue in tandem, but the bitterness wins out and lasts into a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is light with some crispness--perhaps the reason the hops bitterness doesn't cling more than it should.

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Photo of mshallah
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with Ralph Steadman label art. Looks cool giving you that gonzo vibe. Pours amber with a very light-tan head that's got good lacing. Orange-mint and spruce in the hoppy aroma. A very fresh sample. Malt sweetness aroma backs it all up nicely. Juicy fruit malt and salty caramel sweetness with all the hops you could want in a pale ale; orange, slight grapefruit, lemon iced-tea, pine and spruce. Dry hopped well to make for an aromatic flavor profile. Medium body with medium smoothness makes for a great session beer. Brewed in Denver, CO for the west and Frederick, MD for the east to almost guarantee a fresh sample coast to coast. Love this brewery.

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Photo of tctruffin
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like the best dogs, this beer doesn't look like much, but it sure delivers when it counts. Sure, its got a fantastic label by a reknowned artist, but once its in the glass, who really looks at the packaging? Past the label is a slightly cloudy, golden/amber ale that sits unassumingly in the glass.

Then, POW! The mix of Northern Brewer and Cascade hops provides a wonderfully complex blend of citrus and earthiness. The malt throws in some slight caramel tones, leaving a complexly sweet/sticky aftertaste.

In the end, you just want another. And another.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber brew with orange highlights, head is good sized and lasts a while. Slightly hazy, the head lasts until the very end.

Dry floral hopping with a hint of a sharp citric flavor in the nose. Light malt backboad evident but not powerful.

There's all that in the flavor, plus a grape character to go along, with some dextrin dryness, a little woodsy, and a lightly toasted finish.

I thought it was a bit thin, but on merit this is a reasonably good APA. The grape vinuous character is very apparent and pleasant, good dry hopped technique, overall a really decent beer.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: decent color of a brown amber. the head is small white and isnt very large. it is a nice sticky head but still too small for my likeing.

S: strong aroma of hops some sweet aroma as i drink the beer the aroma dies very fast.

T: There is an immediate bitter taste that doesnt last and is a nice first hit of flavorhere is some sweet almost bitter fruit taste to it. its definatly very good.

M/D: a little too light for my tastes but it is very good. it has a smooth feel to it and is a beer you could enjoy drinking though i still wish it was less light and more medium bodied

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Photo of TravelingBeerMug
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful bronze color out of the bottle with a rich tan head that doesn't go away completely, and leaves extensive lacing.

S: Doesn't have an exceptionally strong smell to me. I noticed some flowery hop aroma.

T: Sweet and hoppy at the same time, and a toasty flavor.

M: The carbonation is just right. There is a fairly strong aftertaste and stickyness left in the throat.

D: I could sit and drink a few of these over some good conversation. Overall, I think this is one of the very best American Pale Ales available.

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

Pours a golden red color with an average tan head that is leaving some nice lacing as I drink it. A very nice color. The smell is pretty faint, grassy citrus hop. The taste definitely has more of a hoppiness than the smell. It has a light grassy hop which borders on citrusy but doesn't quiet get there before the malt balances it out. A very balanced brew. It could be a tad hoppier. Has a moderate body and good carbonation, a slight bitterness left on the tongue. A good APA not outstanding, worth trying.

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Photo of robocrouch
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my pint glass from the bottle with a orange/amber color and a decent white head. Chill haze is present.

S: A kiss of citrus and hops. Malt is the biggest thing you pick up.

T: It has a good balance of hops and malts but in a weak way. It has a lighter body then what I expect from an APA and it doesn't have such a large hop presence in the finish.

D: An average APA that does not impress much.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-22-07

Pours a crystal clear amber/gold color, with little to no head that leaves surprising lacing.

Smell is pungent citrusy hops, with a distinct earthy character.

Taste is just like the smell, a nice malt backbone with big fruity hop flavors and bitterness. The aftertaste is smooth and malty.

Mouthfeel is perfect, nice thickness for the hop flavors but with a good carbonation to lighten it up.

Drinkability is good, extremely well balanced. This beer is a perfect example of the style, with just the right amount of hoppiness. Recommended.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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