Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Rating #43. Dark gold, light amber color with a decent white head. Light aroma, citrus notes shining through. Flavor us a bit more intense, more citrus, grapefruit. Pretty nice drinker. (1841)
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Clear medium dark gold, white head. Grapefruit, bitter hops, slightly sweet malts, and light tropical fruit. A nice drinkable IPA, probably one of this brewery’s best, but not excellent for the style.
kathouse (778) - Nevada, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2013 This is a re-rate now that my palate has improved. On tap at the brewery. Medium amber coloring with small head but good lacings. Aroma and finish and everything else is like eating Cascade and Centennial hops from the vine. Malt does a moderately good job at balancing. IPA lovers should be happy with this beer.
swoopjones (5244) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GLBN IPA Challenge 2011, another winner from Big Dogs. Nice agressive hop flavor, little hop harshness inthe finish. Correct dose of malts to ever so lightly cut into the hop burn. Big IPA with big hop flavor. Nice one
Holy (834) - GERMANY - FEB 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler at Big Dog’s Brewery. This was the highlight of the day! Huge hops in the nose and massive grapefrui throughout the sip. Bitter through and through. Nice.
alexanderj (3262) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark gold color with a small head. Aroma of fruit, grapefruit, caramel, bread and sugar. Flavor had a nice sugary hop mix. Not bursting with flavor, but nice.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. One of their better beers. Clear amber golden body with a white head. Pine and slightly herbaceous aroma with some tropical fruits as well. Taste is tropical fruits, citrus and light table sugar. Medium bodied, well attenuated finish.
zizzybalubba (1302) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF 2009. Golden pour. Pineapple and floral hop aromas. Caramel, toffee, and tangerine flavors. A good IPA.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First Nevada beer for me. On tap at the ’09 Bistro IPA Fest in Hayward, CA. Golden amber color with a white head. Big pine and citrus aroma with a little sweet malt. 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. Decent but not great overall.