Beer Review #76: Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

Flying Dog Doggie Classic Pale Ale brewer’s description:
“Dry Hopped with a load of Cascade hops grown in the Pacific Northwest. Doggie Style has enough hop character to satisfy hop-heads, but isn’t overpoweringly hoppy. It’s brilliant amber-copper color and pleasant malt flavor comes from the addition of Carastan malts.”

I’ve been pretty hit and miss with Flying Dog (flyingdogales.com/) products. Enjoyed their Raging Bitch and their hefeweizen isn’t bad either, but I didn’t find either of them mind blowing just average. I decided to try their pale ale. Pales are a style I enjoy and can enjoy on many occasions. I’m a fan of the balanced pales that show the maltiness and hoppiness with a nice bitter finish. This was one of the more assertive pale ales I’ve tried in a while; even close to being an IPA rather than a pale. Heavy aroma and long lasting finish in the flavor makes this a really enjoyable pale ale. The balance of the hops and the malt was spot on.

Style
: American Pale Ale

ABV:5.5%

Purchased at: Family Beer and Liquor; East Dubuque, IL

REVIEW
Pour: Cloudy amber pour, nice thick off white head.
Aroma: The smell of malts with some honey and citrus.
Taste: A little fruitiness, bread flavor from the malts. First few drinks seemed like an IPA, but then mellowed out.
Overall: B

Recommendation: An enjoyable beer that comes in six 12 oz bottles at around $8.99 per sixer. No longer found in Iowa though, got this at Family Beer and Liquor in East Dubuque.

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