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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
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
101
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
21.11%
 
 
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5
Gots:
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 101
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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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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Photo of Wasatch
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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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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Photo of barleywinefiend
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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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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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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Photo of Gusler
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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Photo of ArrogantB
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
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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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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled on draft at Big Dog’s Brewing Co./Draft House as part of a Sampler during a visit with fellow BA UncleJimbo.

Listed on the large wall sign that has the names of some 12 or so house brews as ‘Dirty Dog IPA’.

Appearance: Golden amber color in the sampler, which exhibited a deeper orange color when held in the light. Nice layering of white head that lasts throughout. Good conditioning and head retention.

Nose: Deep fruity IPA aromas with lots of floral hops. Has a clean nose that exhibits a flowery hop character overall.

Taste: Lovely luscious crisp malt base start, fruity middle with a floral hoppy finish that is bitter with a fresh Granny Smith apple acidic bite in the back end. Clean and crisp – floral hoppiness wrapped in a rather overall fruity IPA.

Mouthfeel: Above average with a go anywhere body that suits both the malt bill and the fruity hoppy finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, the fruity middle and sharp hoppy finish all make this exciting in the short term, whilst the refreshing crispness which this has gives it a long term appeal.

Overall: Nicely balanced and Damn tasty stuff…..a classic American IPA in every sense. Recommended.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

This IPA poured a clear, orange-amber color with white foam that clinged and coated the glass smoothly. The smell was a very nice fruity hop aroma with some malt to back it up. The taste was a very nice, fruity hoppy flavor followed by some bitter hops, but with a good shot of malt to balance. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy with medium body and moderate carbonation. The fruity hop flavor lingered nicely as an aftertaste. This was a very nice and drinkable IPA, and made me want to have several. A very solid American IPA.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with one finger white head with large bubbles. Heavy sticky lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops and saltine crackers.

T: Lemon and grapefruit. Pine resin and orange peel. A touch of malt sweetness.

M: Very light with steady bubbles, and a dry bitter finish.

O: A light refreshing IPA with flavors that opened up nicely as it warmed.

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Photo of nickd717
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Nevada beer for me. Had this on tap at the '09 Bistro IPA Fest in Hayward, CA. Uploading now to get my ticking stats on BA up-to-date.

Golden amber color with a white head. Pretty nice lacing.

Big pine and citrus aroma with a little sweet malt. Smells great.

Flavor, however, falls a little flat relative to the nose. Pale malt and earth with somewhat muted citrus/pine hops and a little cheese.

Palate somewhat standard for the style. Average body and carbonation with some good hop resins to it.

Decent but not great overall. Drinkability is a little above average.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the source at Big Dog Brewing Co (Las Vegas, NV). 5.00. No bottling date. Served in a small wine glass.

Pours a dirty gold with a full finger of thick cream head which fades to a thin cap that laces well.

Aroma is heavy with citrus and floral hops with some malty biscuit in the background.

Flavors of petals, citrus rind, a little tropical fruit, some pine, cracker, biscuit, slight spice and just an ocassional trace of alcohol.

Medium light body with average carbonation. Bitter biscuity pine finish.

An above average IPA made better by the scarcity of other decent local brews. Naturally I enjoyed it on tap at the brewery more than from the bottle but still good. Worth a try if your in the Las Vegas area and come across it.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Big Dog's Draft House, 6/2/11.

A-Pour is a clear orange amber, with a nice amount of frothy white head and some good sticky lacing.

S-Juicy citrus, mostly orange with some hints of grapefruit as well. Very nice.

T-Very tasty indeed. A nice malt backbone supports plenty of citrus flavors. Very juicy, flavorful hops, and a pleasantly bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied, crisp and nicely dry.

O-My favorite beer in a strong lineup of house beers. Had I been checking a bag, I'd have brought home a growler for sure.

HV

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Photo of JDV
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold colored pour with a semi-hopy aroma. Not as hoppy as some reviewers mentioned, at least when I had it. Taste was mild bitterness, with less hop flavor. I found the hop harvest to be a strong flavored, and better IPA. Needed more malty sweetness and hops to make it pop a bit.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a copper pour with 2 fingers of head which dissipated slowly leaving behind a great amount of lacing. smells of west coast hops, caramel, grapefruit, pine, and grassy. nice hoppy bitterness up front followed by a sweet caramel malt, then more hops come through mixed in with a nutty malt character.. pretty well balanced and very tasty. grassy/herbal and bitter. medium in body with moderate amount of carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

this is a pretty solid ipa.. 2nd beer i try from this brewery and i have to give them props for being a solid beer again. i'd love to try more from them.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Dog's Dirty Dog IPA is a crystal clear and lively orange-golden ale with a big, frothy white head that's very persistent and leaves nice lacing on the glass. A huge, citrusy aroma fills the room with orange and grapefruit smells upon pouring it. It's a very resiny aroma when it's up close. It has a super smooth medium body and it leaves the mouth a little oily. There's plenty of bitterness but, moreover, plenty of hop flavor. Orange, grapefruit and pine dominate the taste. There is a touch of sweetness that's probably from the malt, but it may be an illusion caused by the candy-like hops. There is a long, bitter aftertaste that continues the resiny, citrus flavor. Wow. This is a bang-up American IPA!

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Photo of speedvagen
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Afraid that Pour24 inside New York, New York was working of an old keg. Either way the malt had clearly taken over... Hoping to try again at a later time to make sure....

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Photo of RJLarse
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the draft house. Served in a 23 oz glass.

Pours a copper gold color and is clear. There is a frothy white head atop the beer.

Smell is a fairly nondescript citrus aroma.

Taste is representative of the style. There is no malt to speak of. The taste is primarily pine and sour grapefruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly clean. The beer is well carbonated.

Drinkable enough but a 23 oz glalss at 7.5 ABV is plenty.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad
05-10-12

A: Dirty Dog pours a lighter yellowish golden hue with some real nice conditioning. Nice streaming carbonation. Capped with a thin rim of white that settles out to a collar leaving spots of lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of fairly sweetened pale malts with a nice layering of fruity hops. Good mix of citrus, apricot, and a bit of mango going on.

T: Taste is in line with the nose displaying a significant sweet toasted caramel and bread malt presence. Has a nice dash of hoppy orange flesh paired with overripe apricot fruit. Good even level of bitterness across the palate. Detectable ABV's. Kind of your standard IPA. Both malty and hoppy but never really tipping too far to one side or the other.

M: Medium body brew with some slight creaminess and a nice dry crisp finish on it. Solid carbonation throughout. Touch of resinous hop linger.

D: Good but not great. A tad more "East Coast" in style with a relative amount of caramel malt sweetness but with just enough American hops to pull it off.

Nothing to compare to Port's house IPA's but then again little do.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber color. Has a very light watery aroma of citrus and pine hops. Flavor is citrus and pine hops. Has a light clean hoppy finish. A very nice ipa

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Photo of elricorico
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes: Very orange gold, and clear. Slim white head with just a little lacing.

Aroma is quite nice, citric and piny at once. Very strong citric rind impression.

An unusual citric sweetness up front followed by bitter hops. Both flavours are a bit cloying at first, though that may come from the beer being a touch too cold. Flavours improve as it warms, becoming a nicer, citric hop heavy brew.

Light bodied and fairly well carbonated. Could use a bit more to the body, but it isn't bad.

First impression wasn't great, but it got better by the end. A bit better than the average brewpub IPA.

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Dirty Dog IPA from Big Dog's Draft House
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