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Dogtown Pale Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Dogtown Pale AleDogtown Pale Ale

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136 Reviews
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Reviews: 136
Hads: 341
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 136 | Hads: 341
Photo of hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold in color, with an inviting head of dimpled white foam.
Aroma-Nice boquet of piney, citrussy hops.
Taste-Fresh hop flavors in abundance, sugared grapefruit, piney, grapefruit-rind bitterness hop bite. Tasty, snappy, and full of flavor. An excellent pale ale and a great match for nachos or zesty guacamole. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light amber color with a smooth full off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is obvious cat piss hops and some bready malt, but this is happily an obvious hop brew. The flavor is just as the aroma advertises, a beautiful grapefruit hop blended carefully with a bready sweetness that hints at malt and cotton candy. It's a touch aqueous but nicely carbonated. Very drinkable, refreshing and a great surprise as a pale ale. I can't believe the ratings aren't higher here on BA. I was so happily surprised by the personality, the hops, for a PA, but maybe most folks don't want that. It is more like a light IPA perhaps, which suits me just fine. Very nice and oh so sessionable!!

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance> Dark blonde. Clear, lively, no head.

Smell> Sweet. Wet hops. Delicious.

Taste>Excellent. Bitter start, full mouth of hops, acidic then mellowing into a sweet honey and resiny smooth hang. Really smooth.

Mouf> Easy refreshing.

Drinkability> Nice. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, and pines. The taste is hoppy, slight malt, nice notes of citrus/pines, nice bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice American Pale Ale, way to go Lagunitas.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden-orange body rests lazily beneath a pillowy off-white head. Its retention is limited, however, and it drops shortly to just a big-bubbled collar and partial surface covering. Still, a simple swirl of the glass will bring back up some more creaminess; and it does leave some spotty lace. A gently sweet caramelish malt and soft citrusy hops greet you in the nose. The body is medium/full and enhanced by a very fine and natural carbonation. It's quite creamy and smooth across the palate - almost velvety! The rich caramel-laced malt returns in the flavor, laced with spicy and floral hops and backed by a firm bitterness that balances the sweetness and dries the bold finish (although there's some soft and round sweet malt at the start, it does eventually receed to leave the back of the throat bone-dry and ready for another taste). Very nice, and quite interesting. Somewhat unique in its maltiness and soft body; and the hops are definitely present but not overdone. Quite drinkable; and well worth trying.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here is a brand new one from Lagunitas. First time I have ever found this beer and I had to snatch it up. Here is my review:

A: Pours a golden honey color. Head dissipates rather quickly with almost no lacing.

S/T: The aroma is very fruity and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Taste is excellent for an American Pale Ale. Lots of hops, without the bitterness. Citrus, pine, and grapefruit with a slight sweetness from the malts. Easily one of the best tasting American Pale Ales I have had yet.

M/D: Light bodied with a decent carbonation level. Finish is slightly dry. Drinkability is up there. Extremely refreshing and very drinkable. Very sessionable.

Lagunitas does it again. After being disappointed by A Little Sumpin Sumpin, I think this beer more than makes up for that overrated beer. Could be my go to APA. Well worth checking out and leagues above most in the category.

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Photo of zoso493
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a nice, bright golden color that is really hazy for a regular pale ale. Has a smallish, foamy head that doesn't stick around too long or leave a lot of lacing.

Smell: This has a very pleasant smell of floral and citrusy hops. There's not a whole lot else in the nose, but the hops are very refreshing.

Taste: This is a really smooth and nice pale ale. The hops are more than adequately pronounced but it also still retains a nice, buttery malt backbone. Very nice and balanced PA that stays true to its hoppy roots.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and medium-bodied but retains a bit of a soapy aftertaste that is a little off-putting. Not a huge deal, but not something very desirable for me.

Drinkability: Drinkability is pretty high in this beer. It's nice and light, but hoppy and balanced at the same time. The low ABV also makes this is a seriously nice session beer.

Overall, I found this to be a very good beer and was surprised to see that it was only scoring a B on BA. This is a very drinkable beer that still retains a very good amount of flavor. I would definitely recommend this as a nice session beer and as a very nice example of an APA.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint glass of the good stuff..
if you want a good hoppy pale, this is the good stuff for a westcoaster. not quite the alpha king, but it shall do. golden, mostly clear, big hop presence, pine and tangerines. bitter, but plays off of the sweetness well, reminding you that, yes, Lagunitas does have a hop cannon, but it has a softer side, too. The side that will woo you. Sweetly. Almost a session, dangerously so. All the flavor of one, but I'm sure with a bit more kick. Really nice beer that I often overlook in favor of the different thing, but a great fall-back.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas pale ale pours amber gold in a pint glass, nice aroma of citrus and some pine.... Real tasty hopped up pale ale. Reminds me of a recent bottle of Sierra Nevada torpedo only a little bit less malt. Mighty fine addition to your fridge selection. Liked it so much, brewing up a clone batch for myself!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Ballantyne's in Willoughby in a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow color, almost like straw, with a 1/4" whie head.

Has a floral, fruity smell with mild hops. The fruitiness is not quite grapefruitm but not as sweet as apricot or orange.

Starts spicy and peppery, with a nice bite at the tongue. The up-front bitterness turns sweeter, with a grapefruit taste that reveals a mild malt, as the beer finishes, before turning somewhat dry.

Medium bodied, with a dry clean finish.

As always, Lagunitas dies a nice job, outting together a tasty APA that is working as a great starter beer for the evening for me! Definitely try this if you can find it.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Westover Market in Arlington, VA.

Appearance: copper with a nice 3/4" off-white head

Smell: hoppy and piney
Taste: hoppy, some biscuit flavor
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: could do two in a night...hops are a little strong..so three may be a little too much

Overall, a very good beer...im becoming very reliant on west coast beers.

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Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Attractive purple label with dog and beer blurbs.

A: Clear orange-yellow with quickly dissipating one-finger head but rings of lace appear with progress through the glass.

S: Citrus and floral hops aromas mix deliciously with a nice mixture of sweet and pale malts.

T: A really nice, balanced APA with exceptional mix of sweet malt and citrus hops flavors. A little dextriny or it would rate higher.

M: A little sticky but very easy to drink because of great level of carbonation. I think this aspect of presentation is critical with APAs, and it adds to why I think most APAs are better from the bottle -- they are often overfizzed when served on-tap.

D: Yet another excellent Lagunitas brew with great balance and exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of jkrich
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. undated bottle: poured a slightly hazy, deep golden to light amber in color with quickly receding white-head.

Now this one packs a lot of aroma: pungent, tropical fruit aromas explode from the bottle and the pint glass.

The aroma is a nice harbinger of the flavor: a solid blast of bittersweet hop flavor that is almost abrasive. The refreshing flavor is very cleansing on the palate. The bitters linger and then subside to a soft malty aftertaste.

This medium bodied ale has an appropriate level of spritzy carbonation. As mentioned earlier, the mouthfeel is clean and coats the palate with sharp, bitter fruit and sweet malt.

This is an above average American style pale that fits the style well. At 6.1 ABV, this ale can be dangerously drinkable. Perfect for a hot and muggy July day.

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Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flanny's in Tempe, AZ.

A: Golden copper with good head and lace.

S: Huge citrusy hops. Dry, piney, American hop deliciousness.

T: Same as the nose. Very hoppy for a Pale Ale. The hops are very oily and bitter, in a good way. A Pale for hop heads.

M: I keep thinking I'm biting into a grapefruit. Dry hops are fantastic. Not overpowering.

O: Solid Pale. Wish it were more balanced. Could be an IPA in a blind taste test. Great hop profile, though. Fruity, dry, West Coast hops.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newish tap @ Frasca Pizza in Chicago (only decent one).

Looked and smelled like a hoppy American Pale, nice pineapple hint in the aroma, but not overtly present.

Taste is fresh hops, pineapple/grapefruit combo, not overwhelming. Warm malt/grain comes through in the finish, and is perfectly welcome. Seems balanced, and not dull for the style.

I had two pints, a testament to the high drinkability of this ale...

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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours full amber with a good-sized cream color head. Lots of ring lacings.
Aroma is big floral hops.
Taste is medium grapefruit orange resious hops with agood amount of malt backing. Overall a bit on the sweet side. A little bready as well. Nice bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is good for the style.
Overall an easy drinker. Would guess the abv at 5.5%.

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orange amber with a thin off-white head that stays.

The smell is of pine, orange and grapefruit. It has a biscuity, caramelly backing. It is on the mild side, but what's there is very good.

The taste is of orange, grapefruit and piney notes. Nicely hopped with a firm, biscuity/caramel sweetness backing it up. By the end, the sweetness gives way to a bittering, dry finish. Hoppy - doesn't quite make it to IPA, but as an APA, it's not intended to. On the hoppy side for the style, and nicely done.

It has a pretty chewy, medium, smooth body.

Very drinkable (though abv - which is well-hidden - rings in at 6.4%).

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Photo of natelocc787
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keep in mind this score is ranked only in the Pale Ale category. Grapefruity. Hoppy as heck. Small pale malt in the background with lemon and honey. Extremely drinkable and this the Pale Ale I compare all other American Pale Ales against. Fantastic- a non-craft drinker buddy of mine said it was fantastic and tasted like skittles. One of the best session craft beers that exists and my definition of a "lawnmower beer."

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Photo of mjryan
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clean, light amber with a big head and nice lacing. Smells like grapefruits and pineapples with some caramel malt as well. Taste is very hoppy with a good, caramel sweetness for balance. Bitterness is there but not aggressive. The carbonation level was on the low end of medium and the body was slighty oily. Overall a really good APA that could be considered an IPA do to its strength and hoppy character. Rocemmended.

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Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden-orange color with nice lacing (bartender pour did not allot any head).
Smells sweet & fruity, with a mild pine-hoppiness. Apple & orange dominate the fruit notes.
Fruity in flavor as well...tangerine, apple, honey. Deliciously mild, eliciting a dry yeast finish and snappy hop kick.
Goes down smooth and easy; a different take on the pale ale while being true to form. Would definitely order one of these again.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a weak golden hue into a standard pint glass. Leaves far less head than I had hoped. There is a good amount of white lacing on the glass though. Smells citrusey, like grapefruit. Tastes the same way with a bit of caramel supporting the dominate hop flavors. It is bitter, like a lot of APAs, but its not overpoweringly so. A fairly balanced beer and a good take on a broad style. It has a very similar (although smaller) flavor profile to their Hop Stoopid IPA.

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear golden amber color with a large, pillowy, off-white head that leaves fine stripes of lacing down the glass and sticks around the whole time.

The smell is the showcase for this one it would seem. Relentless citrusy, floral hops greet you at the pop of the cap. The pour releases them further; this beer by smell alone would pass for a DIPA.

Taste lets up a little bit but not much. Still plenty of cascade hops, some grapefruit, trace apricot. The epitomy of a west coast pale ale.

Not much separates this one from an IPA, except maybe a little more body and alcohol. Mouthfeel is overwhelmingly sharp and bitter, makes you pucker at the end, but if you were looking for balance, you picked up the wrong six-pack.

Drinkable enough for a hop head. I definitely wouldn't mind having this on hand all summer.

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Photo of michaelgrant1983
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to give this brand a shot yesterday and I'm pleased with my choice.
A: Nice light copper color with a good head on the beer as well.
S: Flowery, more so in my opinion than an IPA.
T: Stronger hops than most APA's that I've had in the past, but very good. The finish is not overpowering at all. Great flavor and smooth on the end.
D: Easy session beer or just to relax with on a nice warm day. Very refreshing.
Over all I really like this brew and definitely recommend it to anyone to give it a shot.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy pale golden amber with a white and low head which worked well to lace the glass.

The aroma was caramel maltiness with a spicy hop aroma which also contained a nice citrus aspect.

The flavor was nicely done with a malt presence which contained a caramel malt component that was balanced with a slightly citrus and earthy to almost woodsy hop bittering and flavor. The bittering was low and in the background and well done to craft this beer.

The finish was dry with a lasting low citrus and earthy hop flavor coupled with a caramel impression into the afteraste. The body was medium and well done. A nice pale ale that doesn't push the enveloped yet created an interesting and highly drinkable concoction. If this were available more readily it would be the go to beer when I desired a more malty pale ale.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twisty 12 oz brown. A lot of blah blah like our homebrewed blah, but no real useful information like a date or abv. My label has a blue background, white oval.
Aroma: Deep malt smell with mild hops. It seems upside down for style, but surprisingly inviting. Hops are floral, no grapefruit notes (surprising).
Appearance: Clear golden glass with a good finger of mostly large bubbled head that looks like it should last. Left tide marks.
Flavor: Noble hops flavors come through nicely. A bit of clove orange taste with a twist of lemon rind, presumably hop driven. Good balance, still think it’s a bit heavy on the caramel malt side for an APA, but a nice change of pace from HOP HOP HOP west coast beers. It is a touch grainy, but as a positive more than a negative. A bit more citric flavors came out toward the bottom of the glass.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with strong carbonation. It’s a bit fizzy; not too bad with a fairly clean dry finish.
Overall Impression: Started with mild impressions but this really stands up as a decent APA. It does have a fairly homebrewed taste and a hint of rainwater organic flavor. Solid brew.

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Dogtown Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.