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 jlervine
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice crystal clear honey tone with a nice head that, as seems to be the case with the other Flying Dogs I've had, fades away quickly. Smell is malt and then sweet, wonderful hops. The taste follows suit nicely with a nice finish. Great session beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), over a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

The head is cream-colored, dense, medium in size. There's not much lacing, but some. The beer is dark amber/reddish.

Woah! Mucho Cascade in the nose, along with a little sweetish malt and some roasted grains. The front is hoppy, sure, but I'd have guessed that there's something other than Cascades in there (slight tobacco). The middle is caramel malty, with some chocolate at warmer temperatures. The finish is bitter, fresh and again, there's some creamy cocoa at temp. I put off buying Flying Dog for quite a while, but I've been pleasantly surprised. These aren't the best brews out there, but they're at least in the ballpark.

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

Copper in color with an off-white head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is malty, and fruity. The flavor starts out fruity, then it flows to a malty, dry, bitter hop finish. It is a light-medium bodied brew that is easy drinking. It is not too bad, but nothing really beckons me to drink it again.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out looking good. A nice amber color, not much of a head on this guy. Smells like a garden when its cracked open, a nice blend of hops and citrusy smells. Not the best pale ale in the world, but definately a fine drink. Give it a go if youre looking to try this one out.

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Photo of beernbbq
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Pale Ale and better than some examples I have had lately. More body than most, slight fruity yeasty taste. My only complaint were the hops, I just couldn't find anything that struck me here as bitter, floral, etc. A good beer if I couldn't find any other APAs that interested me.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright clear golden amber with a fine white head. The carbonation bubbled for some time after the beer was poured. The aroma was very light and mostly malt. I might have gotten just a whiff of hops, maybe. The taste was to subtle for style. The hop bitterness did not stand out particularly but there was a fair amount of citrus taste and bite. A small amount of malt sweetness can be tasted in the finish. The mouthfeel was light and the carbonation played with tongue. This is a good session beer. I could sit and drink this beer all night telling lies with my friends.

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can find these pretty easily here in Greensboro,I think pretty muan average American pale ale.Kind of a darker orange color medium head that went fast,smelled pretty zesty maybe like a northwestern style pale ale.Taste was fruity and hoppy I would have liked a little more balance.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color was a nice clear red/amber. Head was small with a bit of clinging lace. Nose was citrus grapefruit, fresh but somewhat 1 dimensional with the citrus.

Taste starts with a touch of sweetness, easy going malt with a nice crisp and fresh cascade hop flavor. Bitterness is medium high, but balanced. Mouthfeel was medium/light, carbonation was a bit tight but seemed about right.

Finish was real quick and was mostly fresh drying cascades.

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

Nice amber color when poured, decent head and nice lace all the way down the glass. Light malty aroma and decent hop bite - slightly fruity and a good finish. A good example of a pale ale, very drinkable to me at least. Though it's not the best that I've had, it's by far from the worst. Plus I like the label art too - fwiw.

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

I was surprised at the color of this beer, as it appeared a darker amber color than most pale ales. Very floral hop aroma. I found this to be better in every category than the In-Heat Wheat, and despite the obvious difference in styles, this represented a pale ale better than the in-heat represented a hefe.

There was some bitter malty undertones in the flavor, followed by a nice, but not overpowering touch of hops. This is definitley an easy drinker, and the 6-pack I had disappeared very quickly. Cool name too.

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

Bright, frothy head, amber color. Aroma: full-on citrus, and precious little else. Smooth, easy-drinking, and, dammmit, if I can ever think of anything else to recommend this one by. It's fine, and forgetabble, and it's got that great Ralph Steadman art going for's okay...I geuss...

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Photo of marc77
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper hue, topped by a vanilla white, fluffy well retained head. Loose lace remains. Soft, citrusy hops w/ soapy tinge, along with mild biscuit and light caramel malt in aroma. Trace pearish fruity esters. Bland wash of non descript caramel malt sweetness at first in flavor, ensued by token biscuit and bready base malt notes. Subdued floral hop flavor runs parallel with generic caramel malt. Mild hop bitterness emerges mid palate, offsetting residual sweetness, lending a balanced but uninspired overall character. Lightly bodied and approaching watery. Finishes dry and nearly bland, with hints of worty graininess briefly lingering. Although clean, Doggie Style is a prosaic and insipid pale ale. The apparent excessive filtration has stripped it of character. Decent drinkablity.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer of the month time again, and this time half of it was from Flying Dog Brewery. Doggie Style is a orange red color and had a thick off-white head with good retension. Slight floral aroma. This is a very good representation of the style, with only a slight hoppy bite in the aftertaste. Nothing special, but a good buy nonetheless.

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Photo of freed
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure why I bought this, with the stupid labels, and the proximity of the brewer (a LLC) to Golden, CO. My worries didn't come to fruition however, as the beer wasn't as bad as I thought.

There isn't anything unique about this beer, but it looks and tastes like a standard pale. It didn't have any strong hop flavor or aroma, but some might still consider this a pale. It had a pretty typcial malt flavor, and if I'm not coming across very well, it just doesn't stand out. This beer would be a good summer beer for drinking while playing croquet or throwing lawn darts. Really though, the label really looks like an advertisement you'd find in a sporting periodical.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. amber bottle with funky Flying Dog Brewery graphics.

Appearance: Honey-colored in appearance, with an off-white head that leaves nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Taste: Very similar to the draft-style serving...hoppy citrus aroma.

Taste: I prefer the taste of the draft version of this beer over the bottled version. It's still a pretty good PA, but with the bottled version, there was a little bit of a metallic (tin-like) flavor that lingered on the palate. I do like the hoppy character of this beer. Just a twang of malt makes an attempt to balance the hops. There is still the earthy/grassy flavor that is different.

Mouthfeel: Like the draft version, this bottled version bubbled and fizzed happily in the glass. Crisp and medium body make for an above average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm still a hop-head, so these beers are my favorites to drink. The hop flavors are not overboard and the ABV make for an easy-drinking brew.

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Photo of johnrobe
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm beginning to notice a trend in all Flying Dog brews. They're like that real pretty girl of the most respected, upstanding sorority from your college. They look good, they smell good, but ultimately they don't deliver. This brew pours a medium orange-red amber with a rocky cream colored head. The aroma makes your mouth water....loads of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine. In other words...Cascade! The taste is pretty good too...and dominated by all that lovely hops, but it could use a bit more malt for balance. This malt deficiency is also detrimental to the mouthfeel...just a tad too watery. Given the relatively low ABV, this would make a good session pale ale. I've been pretty critical, and this is not a bad brew, but with the sheer number of different PA's in America alone in mind, and how some of them set the bar, this one just comes up a little short, considering the playing field.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear copper tea-like color with a nice eggshell colored head. The smell is a raw bread dough and yeast type aroma along with a light fruity twang. The taste consists of a light fruity hop bite, roasted malt, and finishes with a citrus twang. It is light-bodied and the mouthfeel finishes just slightly on the dry side. This is not the best example of a pale ale, but it is a pretty nice brew. Cheers!

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Photo of Morris729
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly orange medium amber color with a nice white head that quickly fades into a patchy and sticky lace. Nose is sweet malts and floral hops with some notes of fresh citrus. Taste is dominated by a citrus hop flavor with additional notes of sweet grains and a bit of a woody flavor and a hint of fruit. A very crisp and refreshing brew. Probably my favorite offering from the Flying Dog Brewery.

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Photo of bditty187
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent, amber-coppery hue. Tiny, bubbly whitish head with poor retention, good lace. The nose is ideal for an APA, subtle citrusy hops with a solid malt foundation. Straightforward yet restrained hops initiate the flavors on the palate, malt works well, nice balance. Slightly sticky finish, I’d prefer it to be drier. A smidge thin. This is a very solid and likeable beer, I’d drink it again.

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Photo of ADR
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear as a bell orange/amber, orangish creamy head as well. Citric aromas, a little sense of perspiration as well (some funk)...Flavor is slightly tepid, sweet and tangerine notes duking it out. Cuts to watery mid mouth and finishes with bitter rind hops, but not that tangy. Carbonation is pretty low. Some similarities to an orange pekoe tea here, and unlike some Ales, it doesn't improve as it warms toward 50 degrees F. OK beer, I'm not a fan.

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

Deep amber pour with an ivory colored head that lingers long and leaves a thick lace. Looks great. Citrus hoppy aroma and sweet maltiness come through. Taste is sweeter than expected at first then the hop bitterness comes through. Slight woodsy taste and aroma. Crisp and clean mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall a good brew. I can't wait to try some of their other offerings.

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

Flying Dog, Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, 5.32% ABV. 12 fl.oz Brown Bottle.

With small bottles, unless it is one of my beloved bottle-conditioned beers, I always dunk the beer without any undue worries into my Imperial Pint Glass. For it is oversized and helps to obtain a massively frothy head. I will get the jokes done early, yes, for I like good head when I do Doggie Style. There, I am sure there’s a much better ‘one-liner’ in there somewhere, but I am just too lazy to think it up.
Again, a slightly off-white, rather yeasty looking, tanned head that was at least 3” deep. As the head settles it leaves a superb lace pattern that really clings to the glass. A perfect looking clear amber color with an orange hue. The nice head contributes to a good looking beer in the oversized Mug. It started to remind me of the disappointing Old Scratch Amber Lager I had just had.
But NO!! Thankfully this beer has a great nose. Malt is there, but much more importantly a very fresh citric hoppiness that I really like. Nice touch. The beer starts with a mild bitterness that straight away leads into some malt-sweetness and finishes with a nicely attenuated hop-bitterness. Very controlled, and at times it has hints of caramel, but the hops take care of this and balance it very well. Mouthfeel is very good as well, it is substantial and suited to this style.
My second Flying Dog beer, and I note again that it has a listed ABV to more than one decimal place, which I distrust immensely. What are they trying to say by doing this? It is almost as though the technical specification, image and label of the beer is much more important than the taste of the beer itself. I do wonder. It’s a real shame as well, because for all the people it attracts – I can see that the label will also put people off buying it because they may think it is a “bullshit” image beer!! Sad, because this beer is not, it is a perfectly good beer, whilst not the greatest American Pale Ale that I have ever had, it is solid, and certainly “above average” Pale Ale.

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

Once again, I was turned away by hokey-ass labels.

This is a really good beer. Probably the most controllable pour I have ever experienced. You want a thick head? It pours a thick head and stops dead short of the the finish line. You want a medium-sized head? Same deal. It's a good looking head too--espresso thick (speaks volumes about the grain bill). Body is beautiful APA.

The "scent of an American micro" tickles the nasal passages, and hop arousal takes over as the beautifully tangy and sappy hops just squish all about in the middle palette after being led to the dance floor by dextrine-sweet crystal malts. A great balance working here.

Just like the pour, you can take this taste anywhere you want it to go. Drive it down the fairway for a bitter hop snap, or squish it out the sides for a sweet floral finish.

The choice is yours.

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

On the pour the beer is a deep translucent amber color with a monumental very light tan head that is creamy in texture and the residual lace a thick mat to coat the glass. Nose is malt and lightly floral with a nice fruit sweetness, start being sweet with a fair to middling malt profile, the top rather thin. Finish is moderately acidic and the hops pleasing in their spicy bite, the aftertaste droughty, overall a drinkable beer but seems a bit thin to me.

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

This was the first beer I tried from this Co. For going in blind, not too bad. It has a nice amber/copper color in the bottle, but pours golden amber. It leaves a nice head and a lace to match. It smelled of very hoppy (floral hops) and citrusy. Upfront, the taste is sweet and malty. Floral, and hops linger at the back of the tongue to the last drop.

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Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,358 ratings.
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