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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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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
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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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

09-24-2013 23:28:36 | More by mhaugo
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2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold colored pour with a semi-hopy aroma. Not as hoppy as some reviewers mentioned, at least when I had it. Taste was mild bitterness, with less hop flavor. I found the hop harvest to be a strong flavored, and better IPA. Needed more malty sweetness and hops to make it pop a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 19:44:42 | More by JDV
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

03-25-2013 17:12:30 | More by Brew33
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

11-05-2013 20:20:46 | More by DeanMoriarty
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-28-2014 16:42:14 | More by BRYeleJR
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

09-28-2012 23:17:41 | More by 3Hops
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

01-27-2014 06:08:36 | More by CWVegas
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-26-2013 06:28:38 | More by Vigilante
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

09-23-2012 22:49:19 | More by Ejayz
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 03:36:15 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 22:31:19 | More by PhageLab
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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 23:12:11 | More by nickd717
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 20:56:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 21:16:46 | More by elricorico
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-26-2013 20:31:05 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-18-2013 21:06:32 | More by sansho
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-11-2014 00:11:55 | More by IPAchris
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-22-2012 01:44:33 | More by ralphw56
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-06-2013 22:17:32 | More by barefoot71
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-26-2013 07:06:36 | More by bman_85
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-09-2014 22:04:29 | More by paulys55
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-21-2013 18:47:29 | More by andy1701
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-07-2014 16:39:46 | More by Irrationalist
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3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 05:52:33 | More by ThickNStout
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 22:41:58 | More by Nugganooch
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Dirty Dog IPA from Big Dog's Draft House
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