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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

32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-05-2004

India Pale Ales were originally brewed in London and shipped to Her Majesty's British troops in India. Very hoppy!
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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 92
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW, It's great to see LV has an official great IPA. strong IPA smell. I believe 7.2%abv. Crisp, Pine citrus , with pretty strong grapefruit finnish. nice webbed head. poured in 15 ounce or 22 ounce for 5.50. what a steal!!. I recommend pairing with the chicken nachos. Half order unlees u have more than 3 people.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am from L.A. and i make it a point to go to the big dog draft house when i am in Vegas just to drink their beer.
This IPA stands up to my favorites (i.e. Racer 5, Just Outstanding, Duet, Wipeout etc....) Great floral/citrus hop aroma. Not too sweet. Great hop to malt balance. Love getting growler fills to bring back to L.A. with me to share with my friends. Cheers.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from my buddy Dave from Las Vegas.

Pours a very nice dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, a very nice two-finger plus creamy/foamy white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is big on hops, lots of nice citrus and pines, with some caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, very nice touch of citrus/pines/caramel. Medium body. The finish is bitter and slighlty dry. Very drinkable, this is my second brew from Big Dog's and both have been awesome. I still have another brew/growler.

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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Dog's Dirty Dog IPA is a crystal clear and lively orange-golden ale with a big, frothy white head that's very persistent and leaves nice lacing on the glass. A huge, citrusy aroma fills the room with orange and grapefruit smells upon pouring it. It's a very resiny aroma when it's up close. It has a super smooth medium body and it leaves the mouth a little oily. There's plenty of bitterness but, moreover, plenty of hop flavor. Orange, grapefruit and pine dominate the taste. There is a touch of sweetness that's probably from the malt, but it may be an illusion caused by the candy-like hops. There is a long, bitter aftertaste that continues the resiny, citrus flavor. Wow. This is a bang-up American IPA!

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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last three times I visited Vegas, it was always tapped out. Now with a 12 day trip I was I wasn't gonna miss it this time. My favorite brew at Big Dog's.

Clear orange in color with a 1" head that lasts quite a bit. Some decent lacing develops. Carbonation levels just right. Aroma is full of floral hops and citrus tones. The flavor is well balanced as sweet malt and strong bitterness are met with tart grapefruit and sweet orange. Just a simple IPA that is big on flavor.

Mouthfeel is lightly crisp at the start, and the finish is long on the bitterness and grapefruit. Superb drinkability, several of these can be enjoyed in a session.

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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled on draft at Big Dog’s Brewing Co./Draft House as part of a Sampler during a visit with fellow BA UncleJimbo.

Listed on the large wall sign that has the names of some 12 or so house brews as ‘Dirty Dog IPA’.

Appearance: Golden amber color in the sampler, which exhibited a deeper orange color when held in the light. Nice layering of white head that lasts throughout. Good conditioning and head retention.

Nose: Deep fruity IPA aromas with lots of floral hops. Has a clean nose that exhibits a flowery hop character overall.

Taste: Lovely luscious crisp malt base start, fruity middle with a floral hoppy finish that is bitter with a fresh Granny Smith apple acidic bite in the back end. Clean and crisp – floral hoppiness wrapped in a rather overall fruity IPA.

Mouthfeel: Above average with a go anywhere body that suits both the malt bill and the fruity hoppy finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, the fruity middle and sharp hoppy finish all make this exciting in the short term, whilst the refreshing crispness which this has gives it a long term appeal.

Overall: Nicely balanced and Damn tasty stuff…..a classic American IPA in every sense. Recommended.

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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Big Dog's Draft House, 6/2/11.

A-Pour is a clear orange amber, with a nice amount of frothy white head and some good sticky lacing.

S-Juicy citrus, mostly orange with some hints of grapefruit as well. Very nice.

T-Very tasty indeed. A nice malt backbone supports plenty of citrus flavors. Very juicy, flavorful hops, and a pleasantly bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied, crisp and nicely dry.

O-My favorite beer in a strong lineup of house beers. Had I been checking a bag, I'd have brought home a growler for sure.


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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

This IPA poured a clear, orange-amber color with white foam that clinged and coated the glass smoothly. The smell was a very nice fruity hop aroma with some malt to back it up. The taste was a very nice, fruity hoppy flavor followed by some bitter hops, but with a good shot of malt to balance. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy with medium body and moderate carbonation. The fruity hop flavor lingered nicely as an aftertaste. This was a very nice and drinkable IPA, and made me want to have several. A very solid American IPA.

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4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ratebeer's Best of Nevada has a number of brews from Big Dog. Their Imperial IPA is currently #1, unfortunately, they didn't have it. But they did have this IPA (currently #3).

A: Golden-bronze with a white head, good retention & lace.

S: Huge hop aroma, very fresh/green/leafy, weedy with a little citrus rind and tropical fruit.

T: Refer hopping is upfront, with some nice citrus & rind. This IPA is very fruity... must be combination of the hops and the yeast. Some slight underlying biscuit & toffee, but this is mainly about the hops. Moderate bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slight hop acidity.

D/O: Like hops?

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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from someones random growler that magically appeared after the Creekside Beer Dinner.
Poured a clear orangish color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is pine, citrus, dry and toasted. Taste is good. Pine, citrus, grass first think that comes to mind is Centennial. Dry, bitter bite on the end, very crisp and clean.Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, not overly bitter, citrus, pine. Very easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

On tap at Burger Bar in Mandalay bay, Las Vegas. Bright orange color, good head, huge lacing. Aroma is hops, citrus, kind of surprising. Flavor was pretty West Coast which also surprised me. Overall this was a good IPA and I might go back for another before its all said and done.

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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Draft House

a: very light white foam on top that could not be called head; light lacing; clear amber body w/ very minor lazy bubbles floating up towards the top of the glass

s: piney citrus hops; zesty spicy hop; light malt backbone; really fragrant on the hops

t: strong dank ganja hops come in strong first and rise up again at the finish; piney hops; strong bitter hop kick; this beer has a big mix of strong hop flavors

m: crisp and refreshing

d: an interesting IPA w/ some hop tastes at the forefront that are usually more subdued in other IPAs

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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark straw in color with a good holding fluffy white head that leaves soap like lacing

S- strong citrus and citric rind, fresh and sweet

T- citric, spicy, and grassy hops, pleasant malt sweetness and dry toasted grain flavors, hoppy after

M- overall smooth with some hopfeel, well carbonated.

D- excellent IPA, very west coast with its citrus and pronounced malt flavors, satisfying

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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber color. Has a very light watery aroma of citrus and pine hops. Flavor is citrus and pine hops. Has a light clean hoppy finish. A very nice ipa

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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a copper pour with 2 fingers of head which dissipated slowly leaving behind a great amount of lacing. smells of west coast hops, caramel, grapefruit, pine, and grassy. nice hoppy bitterness up front followed by a sweet caramel malt, then more hops come through mixed in with a nutty malt character.. pretty well balanced and very tasty. grassy/herbal and bitter. medium in body with moderate amount of carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

this is a pretty solid ipa.. 2nd beer i try from this brewery and i have to give them props for being a solid beer again. i'd love to try more from them.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 'ol growler, courtesy of b0ldfacelies - Thanks Jason!

Crystal clear, dark gold in color. Medium sized, rocky, white colored head.

Grapefruit & pine resin. I was told I could smell this from 10 feet away, but they lied. I had to get within 5 feet before I could smell it....There is some malt aroma in there as well, crackery in character. A little grassy at the finish.

Nicely bitter, but well balanced. Fairly mild for an IPA, but I've been drinking hop bombs lately, so take this with a grain of salt. Some peach and caramel in there. Other fruits showed up as it warmed -- pineapple and melons.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was low to medium, but this was a growler with close to 2 weeks of age on it. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

A good IPA, not fantastic. I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again, and would love to try it fresh.

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint on draft at Big Dog's Cafe.
Dark orange and clear with a creamy white 1/4" head, left thick lacing. Some retention.
Nice smells of juicy orange, grapefruit zest, and pineapple.
Grapefruit, pine needle, and a taste like a blended peach/ orange/mango juice. Ends dry, clean, & bitter, but with an unfortunate plastic-like note in the aftertaste.
Medium bodied with a nice smooth & creamy texture.
Engaging and smooth, very easy drinking.
A pretty solid IPA with some nice hop flavor. I would have gone with 4 for taste if not for the plastic aftertaste, but it was still enjoyable.

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3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Chicago Brewing Co (they were out of their IPA, sampled at Big Dog's later that day). This beer pours a clear yellow-amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Stringy lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and hops. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with pine and citrus hops flavors, plus a touch of malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering grapefruit and hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to tulip

Appearance is clear medium gold, with a gorgeous creamy off white head, 2 fingers laying down to a persistent pencil width, nice lacing

Aroma initially had an odd rubber note, quickly replaced by citrus, pine and some floral hop notes, some light toffee aroma as it warms further

Taste is very hop forward west coast style, lots of bitterness with notes of black pepper, pine resin, and orange peel. Good stuff, but romps all over the malt

Mouthfeel is sharp and refreshing

Overall: I love it when my first experience with a brewer new to me is awesome, and Dirty Dog is all that. Visually, this beer sets the bar higher than even some IPAs I may have rated higher, I want to take pictures of it as much as drink it. Only negative was that odd aroma right after the pour, which quickly resolved to more normal ipa things, perhaps a non-traditional aroma hop in use? Flavor is well out of balance to the hop side, perhaps even bitier than 70 IBU would suggest. I used to have a rule about never buying a beer with a happy dog on the label (I think a god awful Spanish Peaks brew and an early meh Flying Dog were the genesis of that), that rule is hereby rescinded. This dog can hunt.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a copper gold color and is clear. There is a frothy white head atop the beer.

Smell is a fairly nondescript citrus aroma.

Taste is representative of the style. There is no malt to speak of. The taste is primarily pine and sour grapefruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly clean. The beer is well carbonated.

Drinkable enough but a 23 oz glalss at 7.5 ABV is plenty.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Dirty Dog IPA from Big Dog's Draft House
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.