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Holy Cow! Original Pale Ale - Big Dog's Draft House

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83
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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Dog's Draft House visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our original GABF Gold Medal-winning recipe! Brewed in the tradition of early West Coast ales, it is light amber with a distinctive Northwest hop character.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-02-2004)
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
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Vigilante

Nevada

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-26-2013 06:28:00 | More by Vigilante
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Highstplz

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-14-2014 20:35:59 | More by Highstplz
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avisong

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2013 13:34:08 | More by avisong
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-26-2013 20:31:24 | More by jaydoc
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andy1701

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-21-2013 18:51:04 | More by andy1701
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-19-2013 19:13:29 | More by LXIXME
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

found myself another craft brew in vegas, not an easy task for the record. this one is probably best for slugging from the bomber while walking the strip, but it does pour a reasonable golden to copper pale ale color and retains a little white head, although appears to be light on bubbles. the nose is balanced well enough, but not profoundly interesting. there is an English malt presence, caramel sweetness, but only a thin hop complement. the flavor is also a little all over the place, with sort of a vinegary finish after the hop bitterness, but not like the sour beer vinegar element, this is entirely out of place. the lighter but sweeter malt bill is probably the best flavor element. feel was lacking carbonation, by the time the bottle is gone, its about flat too, it doesn't hold well. the body is lighter than medium though and plenty drinkable for what it is. also, the price is right on this at under 6 bucks a go. not something id go out of my way to get, but its a lot better than the BMC crap that seems to be what most folks drink in vegas.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 18:41:10 | More by StonedTrippin
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-25-2013 06:35:01 | More by GRG1313
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy orange-yellow pour, visible carbonation and 2 fingers of fluffy white head causing great amounts of lacing.
Smells of metal, sweet malt and grassy/floral hops.
Taste is slightly bitter up front with lots of nutty sweetness from the grains. Slight metallic taste in the finish.
Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, high amount of carbonation.
A nice pale ale from a brewery I didn't know existed! I'll have to check out some o their other bottled offerings for sure!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:22:47 | More by facundoCNB
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-07-2012 02:48:27 | More by MarkyMOD
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mjr2377

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

06-20-2012 17:45:41 | More by mjr2377
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soju6

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draft House.

A: Served a golden color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus with fresh grain.

T: Taste is slightly sweet, with some malt and fresh grain. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and well balanced.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few. Nothing fancy here just a beer with a little character. Worth checking out if you're ever in Las Vegas.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 18:15:30 | More by soju6
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-29-2011 05:42:42 | More by jh1982
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notchucknorris

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Golden color with a thin off white head.

S: Huge hit of wintergreen with a little weed in the background.

T: Some pretty big piny hops upfront with a little malt backing it. Not a terrible pale ale but not anything too special either.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 05:18:42 | More by notchucknorris
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RJLarse

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the draft house. Served in a 23 oz glass.

Pours a shiny pale gold color and is clear. Small frothy white head. Many bubbles are seen rising in the glass.

Smell is faint and hard to sense in the smokey pub.

Taste is fairly typical of the style. A hint of malt with a light pine and citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and zippy. The beer is well carbonated.

A nice drinkable pale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 16:58:41 | More by RJLarse
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at The Draft House in Las Vegas.

A - Clear pale yellow coloration, lots of suds racing to the top. Thin bit of head that lasted a short while before disappearing.

S - Not a lot going on here, just a mildly sweet aroma, something like clementines.

T - Nice hop blast up front, but it quickly disappears and is washed away by a citrus wave. Fruity, but well balanced. Finish is mildly dry.

M - Sharp, crisp, thin bodied, almost feels like a lager.

D - Not bad at all, but nothing to get excited about either. Average APA with some nice characteristics, but it lacks something that could make it stand out. Decent session beer I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 16:07:07 | More by PhageLab
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Ale House in a pint glass. The beer has a lackluster gold coloring with a thin, filmy head. Smells of hops on initial sniff. The beer has flavors of bitter hops in the middle of the tongue, with a bitter, light aftertaste. The beer is smooth and sharp on finish, and maintains a light sensation in the mouth. Easy to drink, but the flavor is lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 03:18:40 | More by GarthDanielson
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Rancho Dr brewpub. This brew pours a clear golden-amber color with a thin white head that diminishes steadily. Thin stringy lacing. Light hops and citrus in the nose. Medium-bodied with weak citrusy hops, caramel and malt flavor. The finish is short and lightly hoppy. Forgettable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 18:55:33 | More by Dogbrick
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome brew from Big Dog's that my buddy Dave in Vegas scored for me.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy white head, which settles down to some nice sticky lacing through out the drink. The nose is malty, hoppy, floral, slight citrus, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a nice bitter hoppy finish, and some caramel notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, a true gem to drink.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2008 23:01:57 | More by Wasatch
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JDV

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This came poured as a pale light gold color with a mild hop aroma. Medium hop flavor, but still light even for an APA. Nothing special, but very drinkable and crisp bubbly carbonation. Didn't get a lot of interesting flavors out of this one, but it went down pretty easily.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 19:47:38 | More by JDV
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clear, bronzed golden straw brew under a 1 finger frothy white head, good retent, sticky white film resides on glass to remind where the beer has contacted the glass

S- fresh & sweet citrus, including grapefruit, bready, fruit characters from malts as well

T- nice balance of flavors, sourdough bread and toasted malt characters, hops pretty much all citrus, citrusy aftertaste

M- smooth medium body, crisp with a semi-dry finish

D- compromises of sessionability and flavor don't get much better. a hell of tasty pale ale, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2007 04:47:56 | More by tonistruth
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the draft house in Las Vegas, NV. This is light amber/yellow/golden in color, strong hops smell and taste, not very complex, not much other flavor than hops, but pretty drinkable nonetheless. KK's comment was "yut" and DC had nothing to say. I stopped asking their opinions.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 20:06:14 | More by kdoc8
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this poured a clear golden/amber with a medium size bubbly white head. ok. the aroma was def. hoppy, think floral. crisp in the mouth with good carbonation, the taste is very similar to SNPA. good bitterness with a strong focus on the the hop character, once again this is very comparable to SNPA. solid and refreshing, hoppy but not overly so. overall, good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2004 05:01:10 | More by DESTRO
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color and a very thin head. The aroma was very nice as the floral aroma was easily detectable. The flavor seemed to remind me of a slightly less hoppy SNPA. The malt and bitterness levels were well balanced and some very light fruitiness arrived late in the taste.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation levels. Smooth and mildly dry mouthfeel with a relatively clean finish. The bitterness lingered lightly for a brief moment after swallowing. Great drinkablility.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2004 22:59:03 | More by Gavage
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Draft House.

This pale ale poured a clear, amber color (perhaps a touch of chill haze) with creamy, white foam that settled but left some lace. The smell was mild: malt and hops. The taste was malty with some bitter hops in the finish, and perhaps a bit of floral hops throughout. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was an easy to drink pale ale, with a rather modest flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2004 13:27:28 | More by UncleJimbo
Holy Cow! Original Pale Ale from Big Dog's Draft House
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