05 August 2008

Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale (COL)

A third one from the Flying Dog variety pack. The brewery's beer information sheet says this is dry-hopped with a "shitload of Cascade hops." Ah, there's that American craft brewery in-your-face attitude.

Indeed, the Casacde's citrusy aroma comes through clearly. This is also a very pretty pale ale, with its clear amber body and lasting head. Flavor wise, I have to say, it isn't anything exceptional. The malts are fairly sweet with a touch of caramel, and there's some hop bite, but not as much as I was expecting. Possibly my bottle wasn't fresh enough (I can't decipher the label date). It's 35 IBUs (the dry hopping doesn't boost this), which is about the same as Sierra Nevada's. I don't really like the malt flavor as much as Sierra Nevada (a beer I'm crazy about).

I don't want to sound too negative, as this is a good pale ale. It's not something I'm likely to seek out.

2 comments:

Humphrey said...

Hello-

My name is Neal Stewart and I am the Prime Minister of Marketing for Flying Dog. Thanks for trying Doggie-style. If you're looking for something with a little more of a "hop edge" I would encourage you to try our Snake Dog IPA, or even better our Double Dog Double IPA. They might be a little more up your alley.

Thanks,
Neal

Buttle said...

I still have two of the Snake Dog as part of the 12-pack (plus two porters). Looking forward to them.