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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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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
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2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Blizzz
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
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 kdoc8
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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 rangerman21
3.34/5  rDev -7%
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 DESTRO
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Schwegler
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of leftyphive
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BeerZombies1
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Matthowland
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of PhageLab
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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 soju6
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Tone
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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Red Hydrant Ale from Big Dog's Draft House
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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