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The Dirty Truth

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

76 Reviews
The Dirty TruthThe Dirty Truth
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

29 Main St
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060-3182
United States

(413) 585-5999 | map
dirtytruthbeerhall.com

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Added by Todd on 05-30-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
97
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
Taps:
42
Bottles/Cans:
20
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 97
Reviews by alee42:
Photo of alee42
4.95/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Dirty Truth is well worth stopping in for a sit down meal and beer - it's very laid back and the atmosphere is so relaxing. A quick glance from the outside of the bar, it's hard to notice the small letters making out "the Dirty Truth". You walk into a dimly lit area with the bar lining the side of the wall, and long tables with high chairs jutting out from the opposite wall. The environment is warming and relaxing, with some art and canvas paintings hanging high on the walls.

The bar has many taps, probably 25 or so, and a chalkboard with the on-tap beers above the far end wall. Very conveniently, the staff organizes the beers into "light and pale", "medium", "IPA", "dark", and "belgian" on a smaller board to the left of the bar - if people do not know the type of beer listed on the chalkboard.

Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about beers. They are always happy to give you samples and always offer samples if you are uncertain about the selection.

The menu selection is very basic, but a good food to chew on with your beers are the french fries. I highly recommend the fries that are fried in truffle oil - just adds to the experience.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WanderingFool
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great pub with an impressive beer list. Not much food on the menu, but what they do have is top quality and tasty. The service was a bit slow, and the beer board was hard to read. The Dirty Truth is the type of bar where you can relax with friends and not feel rushed.

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Photo of Ppeterson1981
3.38/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75

This place has the look of a great beer bar. Lots of hipsters and noticed plenty of people ordering one drink and hanging out for hours, granted I was one of them. Service was a little slow considering it was t busy but filled tables with no one buying anything. Tap list was about 40 or so beers and most I have had. A couple of European beers I haven't tried. Food was limited for a big place. Worth going back.

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Photo of cecrooker
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Love this place. Dive bar with good food and wonderful draft selection.

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Photo of MacQ67
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of bfitzge2
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite spots. Always an amazing tap list and really great place to have a conversation without a TV blaring. One issue is the service: I've had some great beer conversations there, but there is also a bit of standoffishness with some of them.

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Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LagersAndAles
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of DanG3
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of harsley
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of DA84
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of ipagal
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Lomochic82
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ajendrysik
3/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of pisano
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of wingwalker3
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Fantastic service, wonderful atmosphere, imaginative menu with super fresh, local
ingredients (I only wish they had a few more vegetarian options, but the ones they do have are excellent)...and the tap list!!! wow! At least 40 taps, and the selection is pretty amazing.
They always have a great balance of local breweries and breweries from around the US and the world. I've been lucky enough to be there when they had what seemed like a total surprise tapping of KBS, Backwoods Bastard, a Maine Beer Co. tap takeover, and many other treasures.
So, so good!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Vinylglove68
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of SpicyGose
3.35/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place is sleek and hip. 40 or so taps with good rotating selection. Good beers that aren't flat, good food but limited, kinda knowledgeable bartenders that are short with you and sometimes snarky. But overall a solid place for good beer. The crowd is mixed with some hipsters who nurse their $7 beer for over and hour.

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Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of magnificent70s
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of RMoeNay
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JGLittle
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
4.42 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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