Bad Dog Brewing Company- Dizzy Dogs Double IPA

Overview

Bad Dog Brewing Company- Dizzy Dogs Double IPA Review

The caravan might have moved on but the dogs still bark and they bark for some old fashioned West Coast double IPA. Bad Dogs Brewing is helping keep them quiet with their triple dry-hopped Dizzy Dogs.

This beer is deep amber in colour with a lasting off-white head and good lacing. It pours clear with no haze. It has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It has a resinous and dank nose with some caramel malt and burnt sugar notes. The aroma also has hints of grass and peach. Dizzy Dogs has some bracing bitterness and exhilarating resinous hoppiness. The earthy pine hops are balanced by a noticeable caramel and orange fruit maltiness. There is definite fruit esters from the ale yeast being put to work. The huge mix of hops is again central in the finish with resinous west coast hops interplaying with the grass and floral notes of the noble hops with a touch of Mosaic fruitiness. There is a pleasant, not at all abrasive, alcohol heat.

Post Script:

Somewhat unrelated to the beer inside the can is the confusing label description. It reads in part: “We dry hopped three times during active fermentation and mashed it up to an insane 84.5 IBU.” This is confusing for a couple of reasons. Did they add hops during active fermentation? Dry hopping usually takes place after active fermentation because fermentation causes a lot of carbon dioxide to be released, thus releasing much of the hop aroma that you’re trying to create. Secondly, did they add hops to the mash rather than the boil to create their IBU’s? There is a technique called first wort hopping where hops are added before the boil (which is what creates bitterness in the beer. Hops added after the boil will not create additional IBU’s, just aroma). Is this what they mean by “mashed” or did they just use that word because it sounds better than “boiled”? Lastly, it might just be ambiguous language but some poor fan of this beer might mistakenly believe that it is the triple dry hopping that created the 85 IBU’s, which is not possible. However they hopped this beer the results work, even if the label description doesn’t.

  • (3.5)
    Appearance
  • (3.5)
    Aroma
  • (3.5)
    Palate
  • (4)
    Flavour
  • (4)
    Overall Enjoyment
3.7

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Amber
  • Head Size & Retention: Big/rocky head/serious lace
  • Carbonation: Mild Carbonation
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: Very Hoppy
  • Drinkability: This One's For Sipping
  • Enjoyment: When you're in the mood
  • Malt Characteristics: Caramel
  • Hop Characteristics: Piney or Woody, Earthy, Grass, Leaves or Hay
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Stone Fruit: Apricot, Peach etc
  • Palate: Medium Bodied

Summary

Old school hopheads will rejoice at this West Coast style double IPA. The bitterness is nicely balanced with the big hoppiness, malt and booze.

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