Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

2,394 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:
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Photo of SaltofOH
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 118A16 (Aril 28, 2016?) DFH Tulip.

A (3.5): Pours a hazy copper-amber with just under 1 finger off-white head. Very little visible carbonation. Retains a thick ring of white around the edges and a large island of foam and a couple of bubbles in the middle. Leaves a few trails of lacing on the glass.

S (4): Smells like cascade hops! And a good dollop of malt. Kind of a sweet orange marmalade thing going on. There is a distinct cascade smell of orangey dankness. I really enjoy the smell of this beer.

T (3.5): Dry, balanced arrival. Mid palate fills your mouth with light, bready malt and cascade hops. Malt with a good bit of piney dankness at the end. Website says it has some Northern Brewer, Simcoe, and Citra. The Northern Brewer would explain that dankness at the end. And I can definitely get some citra on the finish.

M (3.5): Solidly midweight, but very active carbonation on the tongue makes it seem much lighter. This is really carbonated and tingly. A little slickness on the end that stops it from being a really clean finish.

O (3.75): If you were to ask me what does an American Pale Ale taste like? This would be the answer. Really a great go-to American pale. Perfectly balanced between malt and hops. Good for just when you want a beer and want it to be good. A little less malty or sweet than either Mirror Pond or Burning River, but very similar to both. Less hoppy overall, but more dank, and with fewer esters than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of slipperysoup
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yancey82
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hilarytheguy
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pajfuwen
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of belgianvan
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Urk1127
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

(12 oz bottle, code 112A16... left out to sit for 30 min before opening and pouring into a shaker)

L: slightly-pale amber liquid with a faint haze... head pours high, reaching the top of the glass (2-finger width); rocky, fuzzy-dense spongy structure... looks nice all around

S: hop aromas mostly orange, with some grapefruit peel and maybe a splash of lemon/lime... bready, sweetish malt that nearly approaches balance with the hops... sort of floral highlight on the edges, reminds me of hand lotion... overall, great intensity and dimension in the aromas

T: much less bitterness than expected up front, really only a mildly-bitter, tannic hop flavor in the aftertaste... the malt rolls past in the finish with a bit more caramel than anticipated, almost coming across like an amber ale... the citrus hop flavors end up coming across like finely-shaved outer zest, with a bit of an herbal, weedy flavor lingering in the aftertaste... light toast emerges in the aftertaste halfway through the glass

F: the carbonation maintains a foamy quality in its flow, its blankety softness hovers over its thinly round yet altogether light body... the finish is rather delightfully dry, residual hop resins and malt sugars mellow, but there's a subtle pasty film left over, which I enjoy

O: pretty much a straight-forward American pale ale but perhaps on a couple points with a nod to its English forefather... can't say it's a got a unique character, though its (malt) aromas and flavors are quite alive and their resulting interplay and balance and the beer's overall dirtiness wins me over compared to a cleaner, sharper, more hop-forward take... I could see drinking this at a barbeque and I'll keep it in mind if I'm in that rare mood for a basic APA

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Photo of Guppy314
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

With an initial hoppsy and spice flavor it has an interestingly smooth blend of novelty with solid beer flavor. Interesting as this beer might be, I can't say that I'd want to drink this all night. It's just a pleasant diversion.

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Photo of Foley67
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EFMarkley
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale ale that doesn't offer much clarity, plenty of haze. Aroma was boozy, not hoppy, smelled of tea and toffee malt impact.

Taste had more in common with Fuller's than Sierra Nevada. Is this an English pale ale or what? Perhaps with their move to the east coast, I'm just not getting it as fresh, but damn, the hops and bitterness to a lesser degree seem conspicuously absent/diminished. I mean, toffee and tea out of pale malts? Mild floral lemon notes.

I dunno, this just came off below average in almost every category.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedWeizen83
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a good beer!

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Photo of Lettsgo3
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryan4120
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sisterofba
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopphead31415
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I haven’t had a Flying Dog in a while, but I like this brewery. I am the self-declared hop head, but am also known to enjoy a nice pale ale. This variety has a mild 5.5% ABV and promises to be refreshing, of course.

Look-It pours a pleasantly clear amber color with some copper hues that shine through nicely in the light. The carbonation trails are even and the head is two fingers this and slowly diminishes to one finger and then less later on.

Smell-The smell is approachable and non-intimidating. It has a pleasant malt base composed of roasted grains and then a dark hoppiness that lets grape and apricot shine through.

Taste-Grapefruit and apricot is a song sung highly in the hop department. Malts are noticeable first, but aren’t overwhelming. The malts and hops share the stage equally. Floral components rear their head towards the end like clover and maybe some rose and dandelion.

Mouthfeel-It is smooth, medium-bodied, and with a delayed release of mild carbonation that is fizzy and fine-tuned. The tongue is left with a fine coating of resin and grassy hop turpenes that are subtle enough to be enjoyed by novice and hop heads.

Overall-Unfortunately, the several pale ales that I have tried were either over or under hopped. This one is the first variety of its class that I have tried that is so well placed in the pale ale classification scheme. It might be more difficult to hit the bullseye in terms of nailing the pale ale style than most people give credit for, but this brewer definitely knows their pale ales and do so with finesse and sleight of hand.

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Photo of JeffKowalek
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NiteGod
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a decent pale ale. Not something I usually jump for but good for a light, easy to drink beer every now and then.

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Photo of vencad
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ojingeo
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rammed96
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,394 ratings.
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