Dirty Dog IPA | Big Dog's Draft House

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BEER INFO

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

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:
99
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
21.11%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 99
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Draft House

a: very light white foam on top that could not be called head; light lacing; clear amber body w/ very minor lazy bubbles floating up towards the top of the glass

s: piney citrus hops; zesty spicy hop; light malt backbone; really fragrant on the hops

t: strong dank ganja hops come in strong first and rise up again at the finish; piney hops; strong bitter hop kick; this beer has a big mix of strong hop flavors

m: crisp and refreshing

d: an interesting IPA w/ some hop tastes at the forefront that are usually more subdued in other IPAs

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Photo of tonistruth
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark straw in color with a good holding fluffy white head that leaves soap like lacing

S- strong citrus and citric rind, fresh and sweet

T- citric, spicy, and grassy hops, pleasant malt sweetness and dry toasted grain flavors, hoppy after

M- overall smooth with some hopfeel, well carbonated.

D- excellent IPA, very west coast with its citrus and pronounced malt flavors, satisfying

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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 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
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 'ol growler, courtesy of b0ldfacelies - Thanks Jason!

Crystal clear, dark gold in color. Medium sized, rocky, white colored head.

Grapefruit & pine resin. I was told I could smell this from 10 feet away, but they lied. I had to get within 5 feet before I could smell it....There is some malt aroma in there as well, crackery in character. A little grassy at the finish.

Nicely bitter, but well balanced. Fairly mild for an IPA, but I've been drinking hop bombs lately, so take this with a grain of salt. Some peach and caramel in there. Other fruits showed up as it warmed -- pineapple and melons.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was low to medium, but this was a growler with close to 2 weeks of age on it. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

A good IPA, not fantastic. I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again, and would love to try it fresh.

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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 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 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 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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Dirty Dog IPA from Big Dog's Draft House
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