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Red Hydrant Ale | Big Dog's Draft House

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Brewed by:
Big Dog's Draft House
Nevada, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 2006 and 2010 World Beer Cup Gold Medal winner (English-style Brown). A deep mahogany brew, rich with caramel malts and a hint of English hops with notes of toffee and toasted malt.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-05-2004

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 46
Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight hop, hint of roasted malt, and dry hops. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight dry hop, and hint of hops. Overall, good appearance and feel, simple otherwise, nothing outstanding.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served From: Bomber
Bottled on Date: 8/14/12

Appearance: Dark brown with two fingers of an off white head with good retention.

Smell: Slightly toasted malt.

Taste: Malty with a hint of bitterness at the finish. Nutty notes throughout. Tastes “brown”.

Mouthfeel: smooth mouthfeel, appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall: Tastes like I would expect an English style brown ale to taste. Not always my favorite style, but I like this one better than others I've had because it is well balanced. First time trying this brewery, definitely excited to try more of their offerings.

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Draft House.

A: Served a dark amber color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of caramel sweetness, fresh grain and a hint of citrus.

T: Flavor of some caramel sweetness, fresh grain with a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and clean.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few. Fits well with watching sports.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, 10/18/11.

A-Pours a rich ruby amber with a small off white head.

S-Nice breadiness, light hops.

T-Rich malt, toasty with caramel sweetness and light citrus hops.

M-Medium bodied, pleasant rich flavor.

O-A nice beer. I was disappointed that I drove all the way out to the Drafthouse to find no seasonals and no IPA. This was an ok substitute though.


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Photo of skulde13
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Red Hydrant Amber Red had an excellent color and a good mouthfeel, the aroma was very malty. The flavor at the beginning was smoky and interesting with a bit of molasses taste but the after taste was flat and a little too bitter. Overall for me this was an average beer, I've had far better Amber Red's than this one and in my opinion not the best that Big Dog has to offer. That being said I still found this beer to still be pretty drinkable and it did match up with pub style food very well. All in all it's at least worth trying if you like Amber Red's.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Draft House.

A - Translucent reddish brown hue with a 2 finger head. Retention was decent for a Red, lacing was mostly nonexistent, although that may be attributed to the recently washed glass.

S - Sweet smell of caramel and toffee, and something akin to fresh toast.

T - Rich, malty presence, but not very complex. Mildly sweet with a clean finish.

M - Clean, crisp, slightly watery. Sharp carbonation.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. It won't knock you out of your socks, but it is a great brew to have on hand during a good conversation.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at the Ale House into a pint glass. The beer has a great coloring of vibrant auburn-reds, with a decent foamy head. Unfortunately, it is downhill from the appearance. The flavor of the beer is bland, with sour and malt undertones. The beer has a lingering film on finish, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Not a beer I would order again.

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Photo of Blizzz
4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tend to steer clear of "red" beers for their overall lack of character. This beer, although not to style, has an amazingly complex malt character and is my favorite beer at Big Dog's. It pours a deep red in color, has a few millimeters of persistent head which laces down the glass as you polish it off. The flavor and mouthfeel are both unbelievably smooth. A nice, rich, malty beer with enough hop character to keep it in balance. This is a MUST HAVE if you stop at Big Dog's.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from my buddy Dave from LV doing some canyons this weekend.

Pours a nice deep amber/copper color, nice little off-white foamy head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste follows the nose, malty/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty amber ale.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Rancho Dr brewpub. This beer is a dark reddish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates steadily. Thin sheets of lace slide down the glass quickly. Mild caramel malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture, and flavors of bready malt, caramel and light hops and nuts in the background. The finish is sweet with malt lingering for a bit. Barely average overall.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: vaguely translucent ruby brown w/ 1/4" off-white head that fades to leave just a light covering on top of the beer

s: very mild caramel and toffee malts; light chocolate

t: warm caramel and toffee malts; roasted grains ; light pipe tobacco; walnuts

m: med body; lightly cloying; light carb

d: nice nuttiness and light abv make this a very drinkable british mild; i don't know why it is labeled as an american amber here

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Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came poured a clear light maroon color with just a small head that didn't stick around for very long. The smell is sweet sticky malt with a dull sweetness in the flavor. Mild bitterness with almost a toasty nuttiness taste to it as well. This was decent and drinkable, but unremarkable.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the draft house in Las Vegas, NV. It poured a deep rosy-red golden color, and with a good bit of lacing. It smelled quite flowery - a rose smell to go with the color. The taste was ok - mainly of hops, but the aftertaste was a bit strange...maybe yeast, but kind of undefinable.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ Big Dog's Draft House

A- deep copper, amber color. Itty bitty white head w/ lacing on the glass.

S- sweet scent dominanted by caramel, easy and pleasing to my sense of smell.

T- caramel and toffee as it first hits the palate. A little to sweet at first, but finshes smooth with a kiss of a bitterness.

M- smooth, very smooth. Glides right down your throat.

D- though the brew feels silky on the palate, the sweetness is too intense to make a session with this brew.

Had this first as part of the sampler, served in a 6 oz glass. It was alright, kind of disappointing but i went ahead and went for a 16oz anyway. Good thing to, was like a completly different beer. This is a must try, just not in the sampler.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze amber color with a thin spotty head. Some light lacing developed. The aroma is of mild malt. The flavor is a clean caramel malt with a touch of hops and fruitiness.

The mouthfeel was smooth at the start and finish. Medium bodied. Some caramel lingered on the tongue after swallowing. All around decent and nicely drinkable red ale.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this poured a deep clear red/amber with a medium/small white head. a much stronger aroma of malt than expected with some fruity notes as well as some caramel (they use all caramel malts) and a touch of hops. in the mouth it was medium bodied, slightly leaning on the heavier side and satisfying. taste wise it was maltier than expected. sweet and flavorful with a hop presence that didnt quite balance out the malt charater. a touch fruity and ending with a light lasting sweetness. this was a solid and enjoyable red, different than wat im used to focusing more on the malt than the hops. damn good.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

This red ale poured a clear, but dark, red amber color with white foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was malty with caramel notes. The taste was somewhat sweet and tangy with caramel malt flavors and light hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and a bit tangy with medium body and good carbonation. This was a good red ale.

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Red Hydrant Ale from Big Dog's Draft House
3.57 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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