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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

31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 90
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +13.2%
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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4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Dirty Dog IPA from Big Dog's Draft House
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.