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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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very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
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 -13.6%

07-26-2013 06:28:38 | More by Vigilante
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-30-2013 02:11:38 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

09-27-2012 20:56:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-14-2013 00:02:19 | More by richkrull
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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-19-2013 19:14:51 | More by LXIXME
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-14-2013 13:57:51 | More by mdaschaf
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-08-2013 21:44:01 | More by brokentee
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-27-2014 06:08:36 | More by CWVegas
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3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

10-21-2010 23:12:11 | More by nickd717
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

06-08-2014 23:48:42 | More by richj1970
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

05-08-2010 21:16:46 | More by elricorico
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-26-2013 05:55:16 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-14-2014 20:35:40 | More by Highstplz
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-26-2013 20:31:05 | More by jaydoc
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-18-2012 00:30:12 | More by Chugs13
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3.54/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

10-05-2013 05:52:33 | More by ThickNStout
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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.

03-29-2004 17:11:16 | More by Gusler
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3.64/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

11-19-2013 22:40:29 | More by twiggamortis420
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-13-2013 21:02:58 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-18-2013 21:06:32 | More by sansho
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-04-2014 01:44:31 | More by ssimpson89
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-11-2014 00:11:55 | More by IPAchris
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

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.

05-14-2012 22:41:58 | More by Nugganooch
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3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

01-05-2011 22:31:19 | More by PhageLab
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Dirty Dog IPA from Big Dog's Draft House
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