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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden/light amber with a thick white head which bubbles happily and slowly dwindles down leaving faint hints of lacing on the glass and a small, but dense cap and collar.

Smell: Mild citrus coupled with some floral elements. Mild malt sweetness hits some caramel and biscuit, but it's pretty mellow. Some vague notions of something herbal and slightly salty. Very mellow overall. Malts seem a little overcooked.

Taste: More of the nose. It was dialed up about half a notch. Backing herbal/spicy hop element that finishes on the floral side of things. Citrus on the nose is almost non-existent, leaving the weird leafy herbal thing to do it's business. Cracker like lightness. Some toasted malts. Some bread crust as well. Some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a slightly above average carbonation. Slight dryness on the back of each sip, but it doesn't linger. Relatively clean overall.

Overall: I'm not feeling frisky.

This isn't the kind of beer that will make you bend over and grab your ankles. It's a nice APA and easy drinking, but that's about as far as it goes. The hop profile seems a little out of whack when paired with the lighter toasted elements.

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Photo of 401J
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in a variety pack over the Thanksgiving holiday where we hosted in-laws from Maine who stayed with us for 2 days and two nights and I dove into beer , rum, whatever I could get my hands on to dull the uncomfortability of wondering if strangers are using my shower loofah.

Poured into a 12oz chilled beer glass that revealed a caramel/slight cherry colored brew with a thin head.

Aroma of light hops, mild breadiness, cream.

Tasted of medium to light hops, crisp, relatively clean.. light finish had me looking for a bit more. Kind of 1 dimensional.

Nothing wrong with this beer. Solid. Probably wouldn't seek out again

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Photo of AmitC
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer mug.

Amber color. Good head of white color about one finger thick. Persistent (becomes slightly thin) but stays for a long time. Good amount of bubbles and excellent lacing. Very clear and transparent with no haze whatsoever.

Aroma: Some dry hops are prominent with a malt backbone. Drinking in a wrong kind of glass to better judge its aroma. Not a very strong hop profile which is just fine coz it is not an IPA.

Taste: Very well balanced. Tilting slightly towards the hops. Dry finish with very slight bitter aftertaste. Good malt presence as well.

Mouth feel : Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Good drinkability. Smooth and without astringency.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate : 3.75

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a pretty hazy, golden orange body with a 2" white head and medium-high sticky lacing.

S- Sweet malt backbone with some hoppy citrus in the background.

T- Upfront I get a subtle hoppy bitterness followed by a lightly toasted malt flavor. Some sweet grapefruit to finish. Enjoyable.

M- Appropriate medium carbonation and body.

Overall, a nicely balanced pale ale. I don't drink much of this style, but I am thoroughly please with what I taste.

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Photo of jmcrofts
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a custom 6-pack since I've seen it everywhere and finally felt like giving it a shot.

Appearance - Nothing of note, looks like your standard ale with unremarkable head

Smell - Weak. Nothing really interesting here, and smells too 'grainy', almost like a pale lager.

Taste - Starts off well with some decent hop character, but too weak. Very unappealing metallic aftertaste as the hops fade away altogether.

Mouthfeel - Too light and watery. Pretty good carbonation though, which I appreciate.

Overall - Definitely not impressed with this one. Nothing particularly appealing about it, and the taste wasn't very enjoyable. Not terrible, I wouldn't refuse this beer if offered, but for your money there are much better choices out there.

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Photo of nukem5
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a great golden color with nice head on top very little if any lacing but still very crisp and apple cider looking. Tastey in appearance.

S: Aroma is thin and yet hoppyenough to get your attention. Not as much malt and hop aroma as I was hoping for but still very nice.

T: Taste is nutty and hopped with some nice mix of floral and citrus with a sweet hiding malt behind the scene .

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a silky feel to it.

O: Overall a good drinker and like it . Very sound beer with good qualities over shadowing the bad.

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Photo of MrBoh
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a brownish amber into my snifter with one finger of head that disippates quickly.

S- roasted malty smell at front (not at all what I expected). But towards the end some citrus, tangerine smell took over. Very light smell, but not bad.

T- On the front there is just a tad bit of citrusy hop flavor. Then BAM! A load of deep roasted malts.

M- Feels almost... warm on the mouth. Could be due to other factors, but definitely had to be noted. Although not very syrupy and silky, it does have a good bit of syrupy silkiness for the low alcohol content.

O- Overall, not bad. Taste was not great but it gets a 3.5 because I cannot do 3.25 and because it has a different taste for a pale ale that worked well. Aroma was certainly disappointing. Could have used some dry hopping to give it some aroma.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.51/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma: Doughy and fresh yeast aromas up front. I don't mind it but the yeast smell is bordering on overpowering and I can get anything other than that. No esters or hop aroma. Odd.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy rich amber pour with sticky off-white head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Some initial earthy bitterness, some mild pine tar resin, and a touch more doughy bread character. Balance is slightly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with lively, high carbonation. No warmth, creaminess, or astringency.

Overall impression: Had a hard time getting past the yeasty aroma. May have been an old sample but no way to tell. Won't try again.

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

Aroma: Started with a moderate malty biscuit aroma, with a mild citrus hop note as it progressed.

Appearance: Slightly hazy (possibly due to the temperature) gold-amber color. Thick head the color of unsalted butter that didn't last quite as long as I expected, but had great lacing--at the end of the beer there was lace the length of the glass.

Flavor: An immediate hit of bitter floral and citrus hops that lingers, with grassy undertones. Bright finish of reasonable duration. I didn't notice any real malt flavor--it seemed to be dominated by the hops flavor, perhaps too much even for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated; tingles and fizzes on the tongue. Body light overall. Not much warmth. A bit astringent, but not inappropriately so.

Overall: A fun beer to drink that really shows off the hops.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a somewhat clear copperish amber with an off-white 2 finger head. Decent retention. Lace is fair and semi-sticky.

Smell - Light citrus hoppiness and a touch of metallic twang.

Taste - Citrus hop forward, orange and juicy, with a bit of grassy bitterness. Malts are pushed back, with a bit of lightly toasted grain coming through about midtaste to help with balance. Finishes with some floral hop and a slight metallic undertone.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a healthy amount of carbonation, tingling lightly on the tongue.

Overall - Really good pale ale. Well layered, not too bitter hop profile, given a semblance of balance by a solid malt backbone. Classic American Pale Ale is right.

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Photo of Mojo
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has plenty of character. It has a nice malty smell and pours a beautiful gold with a white 1 1/2 head. Remarkable lacing can be observed on the glass. Mouthfeel is very nice, full but not overpowering.Taste is smooth giving way to an assertive hoppiness with a mocha aftertaste. I love this one and would recommend it to anyone looking for a beer with some character.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funny that I have never reviewed this beer, guess it slipped certainly have had plenty of it, so off we go into a nonic pint glass.

Really beautiful copper an clear amber on the pour here, nearly crystal clear body too. Head forms three fingers and off white in color clinging well with some ok retention, and some minor lacing also. Pretty great looking.

Nose is small toasty brown sugar, and malts. Subdued and buried, nice but kind of closed. A little soft biscuity too.

Hop angle seems quite prevalent on first sip. Bitterness fills the mid palate but with a very wet sensation. Not much sweetness of the malt, but finish brings a little of that toasted brown sugar hinted from the nose. Lingering of the hop is quite big, piney, but also very flat mouthfeel and some carbonated soda action.

Overall it's a hoppy toast brew, but it's just too wet and watery to carry everything. Not that great unfortunately.

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

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a deep amber hue with total clarity and a fair bit of carbonation. Average sized bubbly tan head, but sub-par retention and little lacing.

S - Crisp floral hops, with some underlying citric rind and pine notes. Sweet caramel malt backbone with a earthy/smokey touch to it that I find interesting. Pretty simple, straight forward pale ale aroma here.

T - Comes across much more balanced than expected, with an assertive malt backbone of caramel malt, toffee, and subtle earthiness. Hops show up in the finish, with a nice floral twang with light citric and grassy notes. Very little bitterness, but just enough. A simple, balanced, and very drinkable profile that is completely true to style.

M - Medium bodied, with a nice low carbonation I quite enjoy.

D - It certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel, but this beer offers up a solid, easy drinking feel with a tasty twang of hops in the finish. Just a balanced, everyday brew for the craft beer drinker.

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Photo of Greenmachine07
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-like you would expect from an Pale ale, light and clear.

S-crisp smell followed with some piney notes, pleasing overall

T-i rather enjoyed this even though it was not very pungent. good balance with a nice nip of hops. great to drink regularly if you want a low ABV% and a lighter pale ale.

O-a good pale ale and i myself prefer this to the snake IPA, perhaps because i feel the IPA should have alittle more character.

A good buy, got it in the mix pack and was pleased.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice amber color with a two-finger thick whitish/tan head that laces nicely. The head receeds a little fast. The carbonation is good.

Smell: Fruity hops, very nice

Taste: Fruity/citrus hops, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lack of carbonation.

Nice blend of malt and fruity hops. This is an excellent classic pale ale that totally satisfies.

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Photo of stephens101
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big tan head that sticks to some extent throughout the session. Some brown swirls mix in. Typical malts and earthy hops present to the nose and tongue. Medium bodied. Easy drinking. APAs are what they are, a gateway drug to the IPA, which in no way detracts from their place in the American beer pantheon.

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Photo of Veristic
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale poured into a Dos Equis tulip pint glass, consumed on 6/8/12. Date code: 052A11

A- Off-white half-finger head dissipates to a thin crown that hangs around to the end. Copper body. Would be decently clear if it weren't for all the tiny floaties in suspension, uh-oh. No real lacing.

S- Out the neck: Pale malt, light citrus hops. Smells tame but pretty good. Once poured, sweet malt and less hops than out of the neck. I'm starting to think the 11 in the date code is indeed the year.

T- Bready pale malt, light citrus hops. Moderately low bitterness, even lower once it warms. I can't be for sure as I've never had this beer before but I think it's probably an outdated bottle. The hops seem pretty faded and resemble some other known outdated hoppy beers I've had.

M- Medium bodied, moderate-low carbonation. Nothing special.

O- Decent APA but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber-orange hue with a nice effervescence and a light haze. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. A nice, solid pale ale look.

Smell: sweet malt with an earthy, vegetal and lightly funky hop character. Not bad, but a bit messy and a bit, well, cloying almost.

Taste: sweetish malt with quite a bit of biscuity, bready character. Hops remain earthy in character but are more subdued. Well-enough crafted, though not precisely to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation and a totally engaging creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a decent beer, although it doesn't precisely float my boat. Well-crafted, though, and I'd take the opportunity to try this on tap if given one.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a caramel color head. Head retention is decent, particularly as it is continuously fed by carbonation bubbles migrating from the bottom of the glass. The bouquet is mown grass and sweet citrus. There's a nice mouthfeel that compliments the orange, apricot, toffee, and pilsner flavors. Decent beer. Quite drinkable.

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

Appearance: Medium amber/ruby, pours a light head ith big bubbles that recedes quickly.

Aroma: Fresh caramel with a hint of citrus, very pleasant.

Taste: Fairly light, not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Hops are predominant, but not very strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall: A light and drinkable beer. Nothing spectacular, but a solid brew.

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

Served - bottle into Pint Glass

Dark, amber, brown with very minimal head to start that quickly fizzles out.

Fruity and hoppy with some grapefruit hints and some malts.

Pretty hoppy initial taste. Can taste the grapefruit and roasty malts.

Smooth and light as it hits your mouth and continues on.

A nice pale ale, with some great fruity scents and tastes. Pretty smooth as you taste and it continues on throughout.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours an dark orange/amber color with an inch thick head that lingers for a few minutes.

Smell - Caramel, floral, and earthy.

Taste - Very sweet and floral. Light hints of caramel with earthy malts and a strong bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is much more bitter than most APA's I've tried. It's one step under an IPA

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Photo of scootny
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy pale ale with a towering head from a vigorous pour. Nice dark brick orange color with a beige head. Decent lacing and active carbonation. Smell has mild breadiness with an orange citrus hop. Some light caramel malt sweetness with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is hop forward with a tasty malt core that glues the light orange and bigger grapefruit hoppiness together. Hops are the star here in case you were wondering. Finish is dry and mildly bready with a dry hopped pucker. Feel is crisp and light with a refreshing swallow. A nice drinkable ale that is always welcome

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Photo of illegal-seed
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive tried a few APA's now and so far this is my favorite. Brewery is also very close so getting this stuff fresh isnt an issue. I do tend to buy S.N pale ale a bit more because of price, but I enjoy the doggie style just a bit more. I normally pour my beers into a glass, but sometimes I just gotta keep this one in the bottle and display that wonderful Ralph Steadman artwork. Keep it GONZO!

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A normal pour got me just under a finger of parchment colored head. Body is a nice deep amber, and head leaves a nice frothy ring. Lacing tries but can't quite hold on.

The nose is a bouquet of weak pine, sweet grass and mild citrus.

The taste is where I feel this one falls apart. It comes off to me as a generic grassy/piney hop taste, with a light bitter end.

Beer is light-medium bodied. It washes down quick and easy and is refreshing. No coating or stickiness, dry ending, little bit bitter.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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