Beer Review: Flying Dog (Doggie Style) Pale Ale

At heart, I’m a reckless adventurer willing to take great risks in search of my next bone-chilling, death-defying experience. In real life, I’m not so wild and wooly.

It turns out that, even among micro-brew and “beer snob” selections, I’m offen choosing from the same pool of about 4-6 beers. That’s not adventure, that’s geriatric.

So last night, while we bought milk and garlic bread to accompany our Italian dinner, I picked up a six-pack of Flying Dog Pale Ale (Doggie Style). This is the flagship brew from the Flying Dog and it’s a good one.

Beer snob notes:
Fruity.
Rich, but not-too-hoppy.
Very representative of the American pale ale style.
Great floral boquet.
Good color.
Nice session beer.

One of the things that drew me to the six-pack was the incredible, crazy art on the labels. Another cool feature, for folks shy about micro-brews, was a handy-dandy label. The graphic plots color along one axis, light to dark; it plots character, malty to hoppy, on another.

Reading about their history I see they’re based in Denver (the Mecca of micro-brewing), they’ve been helped out by the ACLU, and they got inspiration and input from none other than Hunter S. Thompson.

First Flying Dog ale I’ve picked up, but it’s safe to say I’ll drink more.

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