Dirty Dog IPA | Big Dog's Draft House

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Dirty Dog IPADirty Dog IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Pale Ales were originally brewed in London and shipped to Her Majesty's British troops in India. Very hoppy!

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-05-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 34
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at the Ale House into a pint glass. The beer had a very light gold color for an IPA, with no head. The beer had minimal aroma, which I have always found to be a big part of IPAs. On initial tasting, the hops flavor hits mid-tongue, and there is a bland hops aftertaste. It is an easy enough beer to drink, but there are much better IPAs available.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from my buddy Dave from Las Vegas.

Pours a very nice dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, a very nice two-finger plus creamy/foamy white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is big on hops, lots of nice citrus and pines, with some caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, very nice touch of citrus/pines/caramel. Medium body. The finish is bitter and slighlty dry. Very drinkable, this is my second brew from Big Dog's and both have been awesome. I still have another brew/growler.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ratebeer's Best of Nevada has a number of brews from Big Dog. Their Imperial IPA is currently #1, unfortunately, they didn't have it. But they did have this IPA (currently #3).

A: Golden-bronze with a white head, good retention & lace.

S: Huge hop aroma, very fresh/green/leafy, weedy with a little citrus rind and tropical fruit.

T: Refer hopping is upfront, with some nice citrus & rind. This IPA is very fruity... must be combination of the hops and the yeast. Some slight underlying biscuit & toffee, but this is mainly about the hops. Moderate bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slight hop acidity.

D/O: Like hops?

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The inside of this place is dark as a coal mine. Seemed orange and yellow. Dry hopping was insubstantial. Minimal notes of pine and citrus.

Plenty of c hop bitterness. Grapefruit. Lots of alcohol noticeable in the mouthfeel. Malt doesn't come off too much of any one dimension. One of those substantial bitterness kind of vibes.

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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from someones random growler that magically appeared after the Creekside Beer Dinner.
Poured a clear orangish color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is pine, citrus, dry and toasted. Taste is good. Pine, citrus, grass first think that comes to mind is Centennial. Dry, bitter bite on the end, very crisp and clean.Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, not overly bitter, citrus, pine. Very easy to drink.

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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The dim bar atmosphere makes for a difficult appearance assessment. This was my very first beer I had on this trip to Vegas, came in from the north, hit this place on/off/or near Cheyenne as I recall. It appeared to be orange, but might have been lighter than that because of the lack of lighting.

Aroma lacking, faintly pine/citrus (shocking!) but had to really search for it, especially with about 75% of the patrons smoking inside. Taste was a little better, lots of c hops for sure, and that's never a bad thing. Alcohol sting present, but not bothersome. Plenty bitter, the beer doesn't pull any punches. True to form, this Vegas ipa is like a West Coast IPA. . . from 10 years ago. Fitting, style wise.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger Bar in Mandalay bay, Las Vegas. Bright orange color, good head, huge lacing. Aroma is hops, citrus, kind of surprising. Flavor was pretty West Coast which also surprised me. Overall this was a good IPA and I might go back for another before its all said and done.

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4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
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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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber courtesy of jh1982 pours a hazed orange color with a magnificent off-white head...creamy, dense, long-lasting and leaves lots of lace.

Nose is biscuity malt with a piney hop backdrop. Light tropical fruit and maybe even some bubblegum. Smells more malty than many IPAs out there.

Taste has a fair amount of malt, but it also has plenty of hops. A nice earthy, spicy blend of traditional hops seem to be used and give a lingering piney bitterness. Malt is a rich, near-burnt biscuit with a velvety mouthfeel. Good job on the carbonation here. Overall it is a pretty good IPA, one I would be more than happy to drink a few of while doing a little gambling or playing golf in the desert.

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4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Chicago Brewing Co (they were out of their IPA, sampled at Big Dog's later that day). This beer pours a clear yellow-amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Stringy lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and hops. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with pine and citrus hops flavors, plus a touch of malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering grapefruit and hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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