Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-17-2001

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Ratings: 2,403 |  Reviews: 1,004
Photo of Floydster
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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 +5.2%
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 +8.3%
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 -13.2%
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 -7.2%
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 +10.2%
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 +4.7%
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 +11.6%
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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Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +9.6%
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 -4.1%
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 -11.3%
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 -0.3%
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 +1.1%
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 -0.8%
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 -12.9%
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 -15.7%
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 +9.6%
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 +7.4%
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 +6.1%
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 +11%
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 -16.5%
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%
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 +3.3%
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 +2.8%
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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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 48% out of 100 with 2,403 ratings
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