The Dirty Truth
Taps: 42 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 71 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by OldTex29:
4.31/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The good: The selection is quite nice. 40+ beers on tap, many of them beers I was quite excited to see listed. I had a Smuttynose Big A IPA (served in a Smuttynose Big Beer series glass) and a Southampton Double Witte. The Big A was fantastic. My drinking companion had a DFH 90 minute, a Smuttynose Imperial Stout (again served in the corresponding glassware), and a Delerium Noel. Selection was weighted towards IPAs/DIPAs/Pale Ales. Every draught beer was craft, with the exception of Guinness.
Service was very good despite the fact that the bar was crowded. The waitresses were friendly and attentive. Unfortunately I didn't have any questions about the beer so I couldn't test their knowledge.
The not so good: A bit pricey. Most pints are $6+ and my friend's Delerium was $8.25. Significantly more expensive than the Sierra Grille (which is right around the corner).
I wasn't a huge fan of the atmosphere. I went on a summer weeknight, and was expecting the clientèle to be composed of primarily of beer-geek types. To my surprise, the bar was very crowded, and seemed to mainly consist of typical Northampton hipsters. While I am very happy that The Dirty Truth seems to have achieved great popularity, I prefer a more laid-back atmosphere. It was so loud in TDT that it was difficult to carry on a normal conversation.
07-27-2007 18:59:51 | More by OldTex29
More User Reviews:
4.63/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
I believe the selection of brews here are the best in Northampton....no the most taps ... but the best quality. They always have a sour on tap and I normally have a hard time deciding on what brew to drink as many are 5 star. The food is just so-so but I will choose The Truth over Puplik House , Noho Brewery or Hinge. Crowd is a little more hip too. Usually the wait staff understands beer but once i had someone that was clueless. I have been here 25+ time and I have yet to be disapointed with a brew.
07-02-2013 18:52:32 | More by Okisailor
3.7/5 rDev -17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Dimly lit and the sound of vinyl immediately take you to a better place. Once your eyes refocus you'll see the bright light and that is a wall of some finely selected beers. Proper glassware and a true knowledge of the product sets the staff apart. I have to admit the hipster vibe is present, but certainly nothing out of the ordinary for Northampton. And certainly not a deterrent to visiting this place.
Overall, it's one of the best beer bars around to share a pint or two before hitting Fitzwilly's for a top notch meal.
01-05-2013 14:37:19 | More by alexroch
4.35/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
If you are in Northhampton, this is the place to drink craft beer.
I like the selection better than the Publick House, and there were a lot of beers on tap which are not often served in the Boston area.
I drank a Founders Porter which was outstanding and served at the right temperature. There was a Stone Ruination 10th anniversary also available.
The lighting and decor are hip. There are no chairs, only stools to sit at high tables which can be shared with other visitors to the bar. The music is not too loud, but the decor, beer selection and atmosphere make up for B grade food-Burgers and salads.
The staff is knowledgeable. There is no beer menu, the current beers are on a chalkboard, which is difficult to read at times.
The crowd is great. Hipsters and regular folk come to drink in this non-pretentious pub.
Overall a great place to drink- no attitude and the beer selection is superb.
07-15-2012 23:24:05 | More by brureview
4.28/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Dirty Truth is easy to overlook from the outside. It's on main street, however I never knew that such a great thing was located right in the middle of the city.
It's dim lit place, young crowd, a lot of people who share the same interest of beer. Music is played off a record player, that's right..records.
There were 37 beers on draft when I went, they have 40 taps.
Victory, Anderson Valley, Allagash, Rougue, Stone, High & Mighty, Phoenix, Founders Brooklyn were just some of the brewries on tap.
It's about 6 bucks on average for a beer.
01-15-2012 07:46:08 | More by davewlfpckfan29
4.95/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Dirty Truth is well worth stopping in for a sit down meal and beer - it's very laid back and the atmosphere is so relaxing. A quick glance from the outside of the bar, it's hard to notice the small letters making out "the Dirty Truth". You walk into a dimly lit area with the bar lining the side of the wall, and long tables with high chairs jutting out from the opposite wall. The environment is warming and relaxing, with some art and canvas paintings hanging high on the walls.
The bar has many taps, probably 25 or so, and a chalkboard with the on-tap beers above the far end wall. Very conveniently, the staff organizes the beers into "light and pale", "medium", "IPA", "dark", and "belgian" on a smaller board to the left of the bar - if people do not know the type of beer listed on the chalkboard.
Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about beers. They are always happy to give you samples and always offer samples if you are uncertain about the selection.
The menu selection is very basic, but a good food to chew on with your beers are the french fries. I highly recommend the fries that are fried in truffle oil - just adds to the experience.
12-27-2011 16:59:53 | More by alee42
4.33/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Even though this place is a bit pricey and maybe a little pretentious it is still a great bar that rotates its taps(over 20) pretty regularly. You can always find something to try. Beautiful long wood bar, nice tables and can either be dead or completely packed. Bottle selection is not as extensive as its sister, The Moan and Dove in Amherst, but still very good. If only they had a mug club it would be even better. Food selection is pretty good and probably the best place in Northampton if you are a real fan of beer.
06-09-2011 01:03:04 | More by polishkaz
The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
98 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.