Big Dog’s Brewing Co. Reviews


dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Kibbles n’ Nibs Imperial Porter 3.7
Not much in the aroma, surprisingly. But can definitely taste the cacao in the body. Gives it some heft, while cutting down on the sweetness. Prettyg good.
Friday, February 05, 2016

Travlr
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.8
Tallboy can. Crystal clear golden color, white head. Huge tropical fruit aroma. Taste has pineapple and bittersweet grapefruit. Tasty.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Underbite IPA 4.1
A nice IPA, this has a bit of citrus to go with all the bittering hops. A nice beer, but doesn’t really stand out to the degree the Last Call Imperial IPA does, which is truly special.
Saturday, January 09, 2016

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Atomic Dog 3.7
A pinkish-red, this had more to the aroma than the Berliner. It also has a lot more to the flavor. Some sour fruit and a strong biting finish. Good, just not what I was feeling at the moment.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Berliner 2.9
A fairly tame aroma. This has a bit of sourness and bite but just not that much. Okay.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Last Call Imperial IPA 4.5
Another solid IPA from these guys. Some sweetness that balances the hops, which really aren’t that aggressive for an imperial IPA. Nice. The best thing about this is that head is almost creamy. Great stuff.
Monday, December 21, 2015

cfrancis
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 3.7
On tap at I love Burgers in Vegas. Aroma is bitter citrus hops and biscuit malts. Taste is a big blast of pine and citrus hops with sweet crystal and biscuit malts.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Prickly In Pink Berliner Weisse 3.6
This was pretty enjoyable. The prickly pear certainly gives it a pink hue. The cactus, while sweet, is just enough sweetness that it cuts through the sourness of the Berliner Weisse base. Overall, a good beer.
Friday, August 07, 2015

AirForceHops
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.6
Willrunforbeer hand carried this 22 oz. bottle back from Vegas, much thanks! Golden / orange color with fast dying head. Aroma is pretty fruit upfront and turns into pine.

The flavor profile is pretty good. Grapefruit, nectarine peel or citrus like pith. The bitterness is pretty substantial with lingering pine. Lengthy after the sip. The malt bill is big enough to help with balance but still displays the hops. Dry texture with normal carbonation level.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

WillRunForBeer
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.7
Bomber that was gifted time by Jeff at Shakespear’s in Henderson, NV. Thanks! Pours orange gold with a grayish off white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, a touch of honey, a touch of garlic. Flavor is caramel malts, pine, grapefruit pith bitterness.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

WillRunForBeer
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 3.5
Bomber shared by Phillip. Thanks! Pours orange brown with an off white head. Aroma is dank, mild grapefruit. Flavor is caramel, mild grapefruit. A touch of grassy bitterness in the finish, but not quite enough to balance the sweetness.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

kanderso43
Big Dog’s Red Hydrant (Bourbon Barrel Aged) 3.1
Light brown, small tan head. Very malty with only a slight barrel age aftertaste. Expected more from an aged beer. However, very drinkable.
Thursday, July 02, 2015

Ibrew2or3
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 4.3
22oz bomber pours with a wonderfully hop hazed looking deep gold body that has thin copper hues and supports a dirty white head of foam. The aroma offers up sweetened ripe citrus and juicy smelling mango with thin spicy onion like hops in the background. The taste is big and full and juicy with pineapple and mango like hoppiness. To midway it picks up tangelo citrus flowing into spicy bitter onion hoppy dankness. This is working very well with a pleasing blend of juicy and bitter spicy hops supported by an adequate malty base. Solid.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

hivemind
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 3.1
Draft at Tom’s Urban in Vegas, Fitz and Brandon. 06.28.2015. Dark amber, very small white head, glassy/translucent. Herbal and earthy on nose and palate, kinda juicy, not bad not great.
Sunday, June 28, 2015

katrinaez
Big Dog’s Lady Tee Vanilla Chocolate Stout 3.4
It was lighter in the vanilla that expected, but the stout itself was solid. Stand alone you could have a couple. Tap
Friday, June 26, 2015

suurjuust
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 3.5
Orange beer, soapy white head. Fruity, toasty nose with citric notes. Flavor is nice and malty, toasty, some sweetness. Finishes with citric and firm bitterness. Bottle was a bit old, so not as fruity as it probably could have been.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

ghostbeer
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 2.6
Tap at Burger Bar. Clean and decently hopped. Well balanced and not overpowering in any way. I really wanted another, but chose to behave. Very easy to drink...I had to consciously slow myself so that I would still have some with my meal.
Friday, May 22, 2015

rosenbergh
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 3.2
22 oz bottle. (Lee’s Liquor) Las Vegas, NV.
Clear golden colour with a small off-white head. Fruity and citrusy hops, mild bitterness and cookie sweetness in the aroma. The flavour is mild citrusy hops, mild bitterness and malty sweetness. Soft carbonation. Not very tasty IPA.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

rosenbergh
Big Dog’s Red Hydrant Ale 3.2
Draught at the Hop Nuts Brewing, Las Vegas, NV. Clear reddish mid-brown colour with a small off-white head. Nutty and toasted malty aroma with a lot of sweetness. The flavour is sweetness, nuts, nougat and malt. Passable brown ale. A bit thin though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, April 27, 2015

Itzjerm
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.3
Where is the aroma? Solid mouth feel. Maybe over carbed? Malty hoppy enjoyable. No head. No aroma. Average. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, April 13, 2015

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Red Hydrant (Bourbon Barrel Aged) 2.4
While this looks and smells better than the original for me, I actually didn’t like the flavor as much. It came off too sweet mostly.
Friday, March 27, 2015

Eructoblaster
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 3.8
Bottle - 650ml. Pours a hazy golden body with a thin, white creamy head. Fresh hoppy aroma with mango, citrusy, flowery, and caramel hints. Its sharp hoppy taste carries herbal, citrusy, and some woody notes. Ends with a long, robust bitter finish. Very nice.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

rejtable
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.5
Tap at aces and ales tenaya. Pours clear golden limited head and some lacing. Nose is fruity. Flavours peach and lots of grapefruit. Some sweet notes. Taste med/light bitter med/big bitter. Full sticky body lively carbonTion.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Cherry Grand Cru 4
This is easily the best fruit beer they’ve made at Big dogs. It has a nice cherry aroma. The flavor has some light cherry with a Belgian Amber feel to it. A bit pricey, though some of the money is donated to charity.
Friday, March 13, 2015

rejtable
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 3.7
Tap at new york New York. Pours clear golden lots head some lacing. Nose is fruity and some grassy bitter. Flavours are citrus fruit and lots of grassy bitterness. Taste med bitter light sweet. Medium sticky body with med carbonation.
Friday, March 13, 2015

dnstone
Big Dog’s El Perro Diablo con Frambuesas 3.4
Grapefruit pink color. Strong raspberry aroma. Honey sweet with a strong raspberry and alcohol finish.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

swoopjones
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.5
sample at NIIPAC IIPA championship, Buffalo NY @ Gene MCCArthy’s.golden orange pour. Medium body. Ok resiny bitterness, sweet malts orange, resiny bitterness, decent
Friday, February 20, 2015

gyllenbock
Big Dog’s Wonderdog Double IPA 3.7
Sample at the Bistro’s DIPA-festival 2015. Almost clear golden with a white head. Bitter and hoppy with grapefruit, pine, caramel and some light cookies.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

gyllenbock
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.6
Sample at the DIPA-festival in Hayward. Clear amber with a white head. Aroma and taste of hops, pineapple, grapefruit grass, some light caramel. Fairly relaxed and with a dry finish.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ineedbeer
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.2
On tap at Bistro DIPA festival. Aroma is similar to sweet unfermented mamalt with medium light hop notes and a hint of alcohol. Pours a clear, copper gold with a large, fairly thick tan head. Flavor has a decent hop profile, but the under attenuated malt profile really detracts from the beer and is too sweet. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright beer but it was way too sweet and the malty with a fairly average hop profile with a citrus and pine resin.
Sunday, February 08, 2015

Fantomasus
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.8
Pours a shadowy gold with a brilliant white head of tightly packed bubbles (Brussels Lace and a rare [from me] five for appearance). Potent although simple aroma profile: hay, grass, cheese, and alcohol. The taste is actually incredibly balanced... I’m surprised for some reason. Nice but unremarkable palate. Would buy again. Recommended.
Monday, January 26, 2015

MadRobin
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.6
On tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA. Clear amber with an off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of pine resin, floral hops, citrus and butterscotch. Taste of floral hops, caramel, pine, pineapple, grass, grapefruit and other fruit. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Thursday, January 22, 2015

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Hoppy Holidays 4.4
I thought this was a pretty tasty IPA. Smells hoppy, the flavor is well balanced with hops and has a pretty dry finish. Quite good.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Smoked Winter Bock 3.1
This has much more of the bock feel than the smokiness. Brown color with a light smoke and fairly big sweetness. Not for me.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dogbrick
Big Dog’s Smoked Winter Bock 3.6
Sample at the Aces & Ales Winter Beer Fest on 01/16/2015. Pours a clear dark amber color with a thin light beige head that recedes steadily to a dense outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malt, fruit and hops. Medium-bodied with a smoky character and notes of ripe fruit, malt and hops. The finish is sweet with a smoked malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
Sunday, January 18, 2015

beerbastard
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 3.2
22oz bottle. Pale gold and orange cloudy. Floral malty nose. Fruity, tropical malt mix of flavors. Bottle might be old, it has a stale taste. Doesn’t blend well. Don’t like it.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ADfan
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 3.2
The beer pours a golden color with a nice head. There is some floral notes on the nose with some hoppiness. Taste has some fruit up front and then some pine, biscuit and some spice. Very average IPA.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Fancy 3.8
This has a decent amount of zest and bite. This finish is alternatingly dry and a bit thin. The body has some interesting spices. Strange. Had a full glass later and while good was a bit thin.
Monday, November 10, 2014

slowrunner77
Big Dog’s War Dog Imperial IPA 3.4
"a nice enough dbl ipa that would’ve done better not being stacked up against the Big Boys. not a hop monster, but still well hopped and bitter. medium bodied and thickish. fresh hop aroma, a little more malt heavy flavor profile."
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

dwyerpg
Big Dog’s Wag the Dog Session IPA 4.1
As far as session IPAs go, this is one or the best. Easy to drink, I went through a whole growler for my birthday, this is hoppy yet light, a nice "upped" alternative to their Holy Cow pale.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Travlr
Big Dog’s Tailwagger Wheat 2.4
Draft at the source. Cloudy pale yellow color, fluffy white head. Aroma of light citrus. taste is watery lemon peel. Plain.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travlr
Big Dog’s Holy Cow! Original Pale Ale 3
Draft at the source. Hazy light golden color, medium white head. Aroma of peppery hay. taste is white pepper, light pine, straw.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travlr
Big Dog’s Red Hydrant Ale 3.2
Draft at the source. Hazy dark amber brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of lightly toasted caramel. Taste is similar.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travlr
Big Dog’s 38 Special 3.1
Draft at the source. Hazy maroon color, beige head. Aroma of lightly spiced caramel. Taste is earthy caramel.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travlr
Big Dog’s Black Lab Stout 3.4
Draft at the source. Hazy dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of roasty cocoa. Taste is coffee grounds, bitter chocolate. Decent.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travlr
Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA 3.5
Draft at the source. Clear golden color, small white head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is resin, lemon. Decent.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travlr
Big Dog’s Rebel Red 3.2
Draft at the source. Hazy amber color, medium off white head. Aroma of earthy caramel. Taste is bittersweet toast. OK
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travlr
Big Dog’s Leglifter Light 1.9
Draft at the source. Clear extremely pale yellow color, small white head. Aroma of light hay. taste is watery straw. King of pointless, you could just have a glass of water.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travlr
Big Dog’s Double Down Under 3.6
Draft at the source. Hazy golden color, medium white head. Aroma of bright tropical fruit. taste is mixed juicyfruit. Very nice.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travlr
Big Dog’s Balls of Holly Christmas Ale 3.2
Draft at the source. Lots of mixed spice in the nose, Christmas fruitcake. taste is a bit messy, conglomerate of spice.
Thursday, August 21, 2014