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Dirty Dog IPA - Big Dog's Draft House

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Dirty Dog IPADirty Dog IPA

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BA SCORE
84
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Dog's Draft House visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
India Pale Ales were originally brewed in London and shipped to Her Majesty's British troops in India. Very hoppy!

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-05-2004)
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

CWVegas, Jan 27, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The dim bar atmosphere makes for a difficult appearance assessment. This was my very first beer I had on this trip to Vegas, came in from the north, hit this place on/off/or near Cheyenne as I recall. It appeared to be orange, but might have been lighter than that because of the lack of lighting.

Aroma lacking, faintly pine/citrus (shocking!) but had to really search for it, especially with about 75% of the patrons smoking inside. Taste was a little better, lots of c hops for sure, and that's never a bad thing. Alcohol sting present, but not bothersome. Plenty bitter, the beer doesn't pull any punches. True to form, this Vegas ipa is like a West Coast IPA. . . from 10 years ago. Fitting, style wise.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

richkrull, Jan 14, 2013
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LXIXME, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

mdaschaf, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

brokentee, Nov 08, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Nevada beer for me. Had this on tap at the '09 Bistro IPA Fest in Hayward, CA. Uploading now to get my ticking stats on BA up-to-date.

Golden amber color with a white head. Pretty nice lacing.

Big pine and citrus aroma with a little sweet malt. Smells great.

Flavor, however, falls a little flat relative to the nose. Pale malt and earth with somewhat muted citrus/pine hops and a little cheese.

Palate somewhat standard for the style. Average body and carbonation with some good hop resins to it.

Decent but not great overall. Drinkability is a little above average.

nickd717, Oct 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with one finger white head with large bubbles. Heavy sticky lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops and saltine crackers.

T: Lemon and grapefruit. Pine resin and orange peel. A touch of malt sweetness.

M: Very light with steady bubbles, and a dry bitter finish.

O: A light refreshing IPA with flavors that opened up nicely as it warmed.

richj1970, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes: Very orange gold, and clear. Slim white head with just a little lacing.

Aroma is quite nice, citric and piny at once. Very strong citric rind impression.

An unusual citric sweetness up front followed by bitter hops. Both flavours are a bit cloying at first, though that may come from the beer being a touch too cold. Flavours improve as it warms, becoming a nicer, citric hop heavy brew.

Light bodied and fairly well carbonated. Could use a bit more to the body, but it isn't bad.

First impression wasn't great, but it got better by the end. A bit better than the average brewpub IPA.

elricorico, May 08, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

GRG1313, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Highstplz, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Chugs13, Sep 18, 2012
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3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the source at Big Dog Brewing Co (Las Vegas, NV). 5.00. No bottling date. Served in a small wine glass.

Pours a dirty gold with a full finger of thick cream head which fades to a thin cap that laces well.

Aroma is heavy with citrus and floral hops with some malty biscuit in the background.

Flavors of petals, citrus rind, a little tropical fruit, some pine, cracker, biscuit, slight spice and just an ocassional trace of alcohol.

Medium light body with average carbonation. Bitter biscuity pine finish.

An above average IPA made better by the scarcity of other decent local brews. Naturally I enjoyed it on tap at the brewery more than from the bottle but still good. Worth a try if your in the Las Vegas area and come across it.

ThickNStout, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after separating from the tap pours a slight muzzy amber color with a large bright white head that is creamy in consistency and the resultant lace a fine veil to obscure the glass. Nice hop floral nose, sweet and crisp, fresh to the senses, start is malt sweet, the top modest in its feel to the palate. Finish is pleasingly acidic, the hops potent but pleasing to the palate, very dry aftertaste, a fine beer and quite refreshing on these hot summer days in the desert.

Gusler, Mar 29, 2004
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3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber courtesy of jh1982 pours a hazed orange color with a magnificent off-white head...creamy, dense, long-lasting and leaves lots of lace.

Nose is biscuity malt with a piney hop backdrop. Light tropical fruit and maybe even some bubblegum. Smells more malty than many IPAs out there.

Taste has a fair amount of malt, but it also has plenty of hops. A nice earthy, spicy blend of traditional hops seem to be used and give a lingering piney bitterness. Malt is a rich, near-burnt biscuit with a velvety mouthfeel. Good job on the carbonation here. Overall it is a pretty good IPA, one I would be more than happy to drink a few of while doing a little gambling or playing golf in the desert.

twiggamortis420, Nov 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Rhettroactive, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

sansho, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ssimpson89, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

ucsbmullet, Oct 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

IPAchris, Mar 11, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad
05-10-12

A: Dirty Dog pours a lighter yellowish golden hue with some real nice conditioning. Nice streaming carbonation. Capped with a thin rim of white that settles out to a collar leaving spots of lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of fairly sweetened pale malts with a nice layering of fruity hops. Good mix of citrus, apricot, and a bit of mango going on.

T: Taste is in line with the nose displaying a significant sweet toasted caramel and bread malt presence. Has a nice dash of hoppy orange flesh paired with overripe apricot fruit. Good even level of bitterness across the palate. Detectable ABV's. Kind of your standard IPA. Both malty and hoppy but never really tipping too far to one side or the other.

M: Medium body brew with some slight creaminess and a nice dry crisp finish on it. Solid carbonation throughout. Touch of resinous hop linger.

D: Good but not great. A tad more "East Coast" in style with a relative amount of caramel malt sweetness but with just enough American hops to pull it off.

Nothing to compare to Port's house IPA's but then again little do.

Nugganooch, May 14, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Big Dog's in Las Vegas.

A - Thin head came with this clear yellowish amber brew. Retention is decent, as was the lace.

S - Nice floral hop profile, not overpowering, but inviting.

T - Unfortunately the appearance and aroma are a bit misleading. Decently bitter, but not nearly as hoppy as it boasts. Flavor is lacking and is quite one-sided, which would be acceptable if it were a hop bomb. Alas, it is not.

M - Crisply carbonated, thin, almost feels like a lager.

D - Mediocre IPA, which is a shame, as every other brew I've had from Big Dog's has been quite good.

PhageLab, Jan 05, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at the Ale House into a pint glass. The beer had a very light gold color for an IPA, with no head. The beer had minimal aroma, which I have always found to be a big part of IPAs. On initial tasting, the hops flavor hits mid-tongue, and there is a bland hops aftertaste. It is an easy enough beer to drink, but there are much better IPAs available.

GarthDanielson, Dec 09, 2010
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Dirty Dog IPA from Big Dog's Draft House
84 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.