Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

998 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 998 | Ratings: 2,382
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without doubt this is one fine looking beer. And it holds up well in other areas as well. The gorgeous copper/bronze body is nearly clear, but is slightly hazed. The head came up two fingers and lasted fairly well providing some very fine lacing.

The aroma is nice, but light and is largely of malt with some fine hopping coming in under. The taste? Solid, a bit under hopped and just good enough to impress. The feel is very solid, medium full, and clean. Good drinkability on this nice offering.

Oh yeah, really like this dog.

 534 characters

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light coppery color with a nice off-white head that sits about an inch high, thick and creamy top that fades slow to finely result in a skim always present and thin stringy lace. Smell has a nice toasty caramel backing with a floral/citric hop balanced in over the top. Sense of wax and light must comes through in bigger wiffs. Taste has a very solid little malty backing thats toasted breadish but light and the hops blend in very nicely, keeping a solid balance lending a nice floral/citric/herbal/grassy thing going on. Very sublte layers of flowers/herbs and grassy notes pop in and out as it flows around the palette which I liked alot. A bit of fruityness makes a slim appearance as well. Very complex in that realm. Very smooth and very easy mellow bitterness; clean, fresh, and lightly waxy. Medium body, lightly tanged, smooth overall, with a light easy crispness in the finish. Very enjoyable.

Note: Head to head comparison with Full Sail Pale and Town Hall Columbus Pale.

 986 characters

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice orange color with a beautiful head that laced the glass.

Smell – Big floral, citrusy hops is what this bouquet is all about.

Taste – The flavor is just as big as the aroma. The rind ‘n pine tastes are complimented by a plethora of floral hop flavors. The floral hops bring up the rear as well with a wonderful aftertaste that leaves the drinker wanting more.

Mouthfeel – Very light carbonation and dry in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This went down exceptionally well. I’m impressed.

 533 characters

Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange gold color. Medium Head. Aroma is malty and floral. A lighter bodied pale ale. Hoppy without being too bitter. Somewhat fruity and floral. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with some staying power. Some sweetness in aftertaste. Very drinkable beer.

 304 characters

Photo of kmo1030
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

rich reddish amber color with a tan head. odd smelling beer in that the malt is so evident, smells almost like raw malt extract. slight hops come though as well. has aan almost pumpkin pie smell, which i can't say i mind. malt flavor comes through big here, not so much sweetness though, the hops hit at the end. hops bitterness is present but hardly any taste. it's strange, but enjoyable. good mouthfeel. overall not bad, i'll have it again

 442 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, every once in awhile a beer creeps up on you this one sure did to me. Not expecting anything maybe cause I have never heard great things about Flying Dog, but regardless let's set the record straight here this is a good beer. Appears a copper amber tone with an off white cream colored head which leaves ample arrays of even lacing around my pint. Aromatics oh so nice buttered hop aroma with the pine scented earthy variety very nice definitely appeals to my sense of smell. Flavor is hoppy bit not a bitter unappealing hoppiness, perfect blend of the floral citrus hops mixed with a silky smooth sweetness that has texture and adds a warming quality to the brew. Mouthfeel is completely smooth and buttery with this medium bodied excellent pale ale. Oh yes the drinkability factor is kicked up a few notches because it hits me right at every angle of the beer nothing turns me off from wanting another one of these lucious nectars very good session brew I would like to have on cask.

 990 characters

Photo of SetarconeX
1.52/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I really don't understand the reviews this beer has been getting. Despite an amusing winged dog on the label, I found the beer to be absolutely disgusting. In addition to the foul taste, this is one of those rare beers that really, truly, smells bad. Not to be drank under any circumstances.

 291 characters

Photo of aaronh
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored ale with a thinnish cream head that shows some retention. The aroma is very malty with a nice caramel note and a bit of fruity sweetness. The taste is rather light, with a slight malt sweetness that is bathed in bitterness. A slight citric acidity becomes apparent on the finish. Mouthfeel is sort of middle of the road, and drinkability is decent, due in part to the overall lack of authority in the beer's character. Great artwork on the label and six-pack holder, though.

 489 characters

Photo of TheDM
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a medium sized head of small to medium sized off-white mostly lasting bubbles that left a fair lacing. Its body is a carbonated transparent amber brown and its aroma is a hoppy malt mixture. It has an initial hoppy bite with a mild malt spice finish. I would have like for it to have a bit more character, but its not bad for a pale ale.

 354 characters

Photo of hotstuff
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a large creamy off-white head with small-medium sized bubbles that was long lasting. The body was clear with a lot of carbonation observed and the hue was orange. The nose was citrusy and hoppy. There was excellent lacing on the sides of my glass. The flavor was very hoppy and it was very bitter tasting from start to finish. The mouthfeel was tingly, thin and watery.

 386 characters

Photo of Dogbrick
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On draught at Lazy Chameleon in Powell, OH. Amber color with a thin light beige head. Little lacing is evident. Aroma of hops and a little pine. Medium body, with a lightly spiced hop flavor that fades much too quickly. There are shades of malt as well. The finish is decently hopped, and I think this would be a better brew if it had more staying power.

 354 characters

Photo of Reidrover
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok bought in the 12 oz brown long neck.I hate the label..I am not a big fan of Ralph Steadman.
as poured into a british style pint mug the beer has a crystal clear brown colour with a off white almost tan head that goes fast but does leave some good lace.
Smell is very nicevery chocolaty and with great hop undertones.
Taste however is a shocking let down.. a micro second of sweet maltiness is followed by a rather acrid bitterness..that annoys my taste buds..not good.
Mouthfeel is pretty average..bit watery.
I did not find this drinkable due to the horrible taste.
Maybe I just picked up a bad bottle or something..but this was not good..Its safe to say I will stick to Full Sail Pale or SNPA when in the mood for a pale.

 732 characters

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

Little disappointed with this one, name like "Flying Dog", has gotta be good....but no. Ordinary+.
Pours a very deep amber with limited head which quickly turns to a medium glass ring.
Carbonation is medium/light and the body is medium.
Slight floral aroma.
Taste is bittersweet and lingering, what comes to mind is grapefruit well sugared.
However, would like to meet the rest of the litter....and I will!

 411 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/light amber color. The head comes strong and finishes with a pretty lace. The aroma is of hops and nothing else. The smell is floral and pleasant. The taste is not bad. There's a nice hoppy flavor and a bit of malty richness to it. The beer goes down smooth, but is far from light. There is a medium body here. It's a good drinking beer, but not a gusler. You need to take time to enjoy this one. One of their better brews.

 452 characters

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

Nice appearance....dark gold...small head with some lingering lace. Decent hoppy smell, which suggests the taste. Taste is good......has a bit of bite and aftertaste, but still refreshing. Mouthfeel is ok,,,,but nothing special. Goes down smooth enough, but aftertaste wasn't the best. Great bottle though. Part of a 12 pack of assorted brews which I will sample later in the evening. Good price too! Decent choice.

 415 characters

Photo of TripelJ
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The 'Doggie Style' was my first experience with the Flying Dog Brewery and I was not impressed, but definitely not disappointed. Poured a light to medium golden with a decent head. Aromas are hoppy and earthy, very pleasant. The taste reflects the smell, although its nothing that hasn't been done before. The earthy feel reminds me of a saison which appeals to me, but an unplaceable aftertaste leaves me anxious for something different to clease my palate.

 458 characters

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

Awesome looking appearance.Wondefrul color with a nice pour delivered by a froaming white head.The color is clear amber with bubbling carbonation.A well-balanced aroma of hops and malt.Spotty traces of white lace left.Well-balanced taste also,with the hops,bitterness,and malt all equal in taste.A sweet lemon and honey taste that goes down smooth.Accompanied by a crisp mouthfeel.High drinkability percent with this above average Pale Ale.This one surprised me.

 462 characters

Photo of Indybeer
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottles. Poured a dark amber, with a moderate head, that didn't stick around long. Light tracings of lace left behind. Aroma of hops, sweetness, and malt. This is my first beer from the Flying Dog Brewery, and I must say it is very good. Not too much bitterness, just enough to balance out the sweetness. An over all good beer.

 333 characters

Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep head and has a light brown color. Taste: Crisp hops flavor and roasted malt, combination. Finishes with an excellent aftertaste. Very vibrant on the tongue, where the taste first greet this drink. From the tongue, the cheeks are next in line. This would be an excellent beer served with a great, grilled steak.

 328 characters

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange with a very thin dissolving head. Hoppy and somewhat musky aroma. Cascade hops and citrus flavor off the top, some grapefruit and orange peel notes. Rather thin in the body, yet somewhat bitter and just a touch dry. Great character, well done, a great session PA.

 275 characters

Photo of usualpulp
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish color with a lovely foamy head. Wonderful smells arise from this brew, citrus and floral flavors are very present. The flavor of the beer is great, very hoppy yet tame at the same time, it is heavy on the hops and citrus, with a slight malt and spice aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer, goes down smooth, and easy. Definately something i would buy again.

 382 characters

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

It was 5.99 for a 6 pack, figured what the heck. Pours out a nice amber and is pretty impressive looking. smells like hops and boy does it taste like hops. i like it. It is decently bitter which i like, it finishes a little dry which i also like. citrus hops, raw and up front, clean lightly caramel like malt and an overall refreshing character. crisp in the mouth and damn tastey. this is a PA that may be a bit intense for some, but it is damn good for those of us who like a good hop fix now and again.

 506 characters

Photo of Amdahl
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all, this beer was served a little cold for me. As I poured this beer, I observed 2 things. First, this beer is a little dark for a pale, and second there is not much for head. The aroma did have a lot of the hop profile in it, but was on the weak side of a pale ale. The taste was not enjoyable to me, I had a hard time finishing this one. Hops strained there way to reach my tongue, leaving my taste buds crawling for more hops. Not a beer that I will be having again.

 479 characters

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, Ralph Steadman does the label illustrations. Seriously, how friggin' cool is that. Suddenly I want to throw grapefruits at people while listening to "White Rabbit." This may have given me a huge bias but I'll try to be as objective as possible.

Being a pale ale lover, I will say that the appearance is flawless. A subservient head over a clear, amber body is how I define perfection. Smelling the beer, I knew I was in for some good hops. And I was; the taste is as refeshingly hoppy as you can get.

For me, this was a great find. I got Flying Dog's "mixed litter" sampler. So far, so good. Four of the 12 bottles were the pale ale. That pissed me off at first, but realizing how good this one is, I'm now quite content.

 741 characters

Photo of HardTarget
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Like sniffing a hop warehouse, no malt detected.
Appearance: A very clear, pale orange. Light lacing of tiny bubbles, head formed readily, but subsided into a very thin cover.
Flavor: If there is malt in there, I don't taste it. Hops Hops Hops (Cascade?). There must be some malt, because the balance isn't bitter as the hops taste would lead you to expect. Straightforward, no nonsense taste, quite pleasant.
Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, some nice warming with a bit of a bitter prickle (that sounds funny).
Overall: A good summer beer. Refreshing, but satisfying. You like hops? You'll like this. I found that one did the trick; maybe you'll need a couple.

 682 characters

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,382 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.