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War Dog Double IPA - Big Dog's Draft House

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War Dog Double IPA
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Dog's Draft House visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-02-2005)
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

mjr2377, Jan 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

BrewTasting, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of tonistruth
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- cloudy straw color, 1 finger thin white head with good retent, thin white lacing

S- strong aromas, hoppy, grapefruit, citrus, bready

T- citrus dominant, bready malt, good balance, grapefruit, strong after, hints of alcohol, some spiciness, grain at finish, nice malt presence, spicy citrus as warms

M- medium body, smooth, some palette abuse, some stickiness

D- extremely drinkable 2IPA, smooth, strong, and delicious flavors, good balance actually as well, highly recommended as a brew and 2IPA.

tonistruth, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Rizalini
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber, bottled just yesterday, and poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color, with a huge 2 1/2 finger off-white head. I can see right thru this. The head slowly falls, leaving nice fluffy peaks and loads of lacing.

S - Very dank hop-forward aroma. Combination of tropical fruits like papaya, mango, and pineapple, and musky earthyness. I also get hints of carmel malts. Nice balance.

T/M - Bursting with citrus hops on the front. Grapefruit and lemon on the initial taste. A slight alcohol note that transfers to a tongue coating hop resin. Hop dominant, just like a DIPA should be. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - I think this is one of Las Vegas' best kept secrets. This DIPA is everything I look for, Not watery, but not too heavy. Hop forward, and a great aftertaste. I've also had this on tap, and it's amazing. If you're in Vegas, and you see this on tap, don't pass up this seasonal release.

Rizalini, Feb 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

TrickkyGangsta, May 05, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled on draft at Big Dog’s Brewing Co./Draft House during a recent visit with UncleJimbo. After a 5 Set Sampler of the Dirty Dog IPA, Black Lab Stout, Doppel Weizenbock, Moon Dog Barleywine and the Chocolate Lab Porter – after a sample of what Jimbo had been supping, I too decided to take a full pint of the War Dog Double IPA.

Appearance: UncleJimbo’s first brew had a lovely hazed pure-orange body, but my pint appeared to have a lighter body when served later which exhibited more of a dark-golden hue. Thin but virulent head that was off-white but stayed the distance. Low conditioning, syrupy almost, the bubbles that released from solution were slow to rise to the surface. Looked good though.

Nose: Dark juicy hoppy aroma, fresh - yet aged character. Lots of bitterness with some grapefruit and oranges prevalent throughout.

Taste: As with the nose much more intense. Juicy feel, in fact juicy is the one word that best describes this DIPA. Lovely body, almost perfect steel framework structure from the malt bill with a facing of thick oily hops that have a luscious grapefruit vivacity and deep strong orange aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Juicy rich hoppy mouth that exhibited a string malty backbone. Nicely balanced and thick to the feel, a little oily at times, tingling hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Even at 8.6% this one was dangerously drinkable and was deceptively easy to slurp down, even after an earlier 5-Sampler of their stronger brews.

Overall: UncleJimbo dared to mention that this reminded him of Frank DIPA….I have to say that I agreed wholeheartedly.
Highly Recommended.

TheLongBeachBum, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to BlindPig for this brew.

Pours a hazy golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, small off-white head, some tiny islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is pretty hoppy, slight malt, very good dose of citrus/pines, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, hoppy, slightly sweet/malty, good blend of citrus/pines. The finish is dry/bitter. This is a very easy drinking DIPA, alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very Drinkable, Highly Recommended. I will have to definitely search out this brewery the next time I visit Vegas.

Wasatch, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the Draft House.

This double IPA poured a clear to hazy orange-amber color with white foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was a very nice floral, fruity hops aroma. There was almost an orange-citrus aspect to the aroma. The taste was dominated by the huge fruity and floral hops tempered by a nice, mild hop bitterness, and all balanced by a background maltiness. This really reminded me of a West Coast double IPA (e.g., Pizza Port Frank). The mouthfeel was smooth and nicely balanced with medium body and moderate carbonation. The fruity hop flavors lingered and danced on the tongue. This was a very, very nice double IPA. Yum yum.

UncleJimbo, Mar 08, 2005
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky golden with a thick thick head boy. smells tart, floral...bitter. taste wise? oh snaps. big grapefruit like hops up front with more in the back. yea theres some malt sweetness but its is overruled by the hop. its has bit of a grassy like, "weedy" taste. finishes on a dry note and is actually a bit strange right off the bat, but the more you indulge the more you grow to like it, even love it. a small hit of alcohol reminds you its an imperial, but it is never offensive. deadly in its drinkability, this is good shwag.

DESTRO, May 23, 2006
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at the brewery & draft house june 8th/07.

pours very hazy orangey amber with a small incredibly dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of spotty lace down the glass.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. big blast of pine and orange hops. bit of apricot too. light caramel sweetness. bread and biscuit hops.

taste is great. medium-high bitterness level. big orange and pine blast, with some light apricot and grapefruit. bit of resin. nice light sweetness in the orange and caramel. big bready malt. bit of biscuit. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low well integrated carbonation level. nice big body.

drinkability is great. the alcohol is hidden very well under the big malt and hops. bitterness isn't too high either. well balanced and very enjoyable. definitely worth the drive from the strip.

grub, Jun 10, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange in color with a 1/2" head. Lacing through the drink was as thick as possible, almost like someone painted my glass. Aroma was of huge floral hops, grapefruit, and malt. The flavor was well balanced as thick malt, strong bitterness, grapefruit, and alcohol were up front, but some softer tones of vanilla and honey were detectable.

Medium to heavy in body, with a smooth and mildly syrupy mouthfeel. Bitterness and citrus tones ride the tongue long after swallowing. This is a very enjoyable and drinkable double IPA.

Gavage, Apr 27, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Draft House, served in a standard pint glass.

A - Nice amber coloration, good 2 finger head, mild retention, slight lacing.

S - Pine hits the nose first, and oh yeah, it smells pretty hoppy. Makes my mouth water.

T - Yeah, the pine flavor is back, but it has a nice citrus backing. A little lopsided, and not quite as hoppy as I was expecting, but still quite good.

M - Crisp, light to medium body, mild carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter as expected.

D - Very good rendition of a double IPA. Not abrasive or abusive to the senses, nice flavor, pleasing going down. Much much better than their regular IPA. I'd recommend this one in a heartbeat.

PhageLab, Jan 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ralphw56, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

inkdemention, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

bman_85, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

coolandy007, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

midnitesun11, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jeremy6566, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

ThatCracker, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

lunarbrew, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of thaichile
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orangey gold with a slight head. Nose is thick with malt and resin, some light grapefruit. Flavor is very full bodied, very malty with accompanying bitterness and resin. Ciitrus tones are well into the background as is the sweetness. This is one that the malts win, but none the less very tasty. Thanks to BlindPig for the opportunity to try this one.

thaichile, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one on tap.

Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus -orange peels-, and light caramel. Tastes of citrus -the same citrus peels- and lighter maltiness. Medium bitter with a lighter sweetness.

hopdog, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- nice, bitter hoppiness

color- light gold

clarity- clear

smell- grapefruit, pale malt

body- medium body, lean

appearance- flat, little carbonation and lace retention

overall impression- good, true to style

notes and comments- probably order again

beer spy- double ipa festival, bistro, hayward ca, 2/12/11, 6 oz. glass

NorCalYeti, Feb 15, 2011
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War Dog Double IPA from Big Dog's Draft House
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