Laughing Dog Pale Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
Date on bottle: 10/1/12
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange color with a big frothy off-white head.
Aroma: Light amber and crystal malts with some lemon. Just a dash of white pepper spice.
Taste: Quite an intense flavor which took me by surprise. A ton of peppery spice (think rye) up front that turns into a harsh bitterness midway through. The actual hop flavor is a mix of earth and with a bit of lemon juice. It's actually a pretty simple flavor overall but what's there is explosive on the palate.
Mouthfeel: Rough on the palate because of the harsh bitterness. I'm a hop head that regularly drinks beers with over 100 IBUs but there is something in this one that really numbs the tongue. Average drinkability.
Final Thoughts: I'm shocked with how much of a palate wrecker this little pale ale turned out to be. The problem here is a lack of any flavor besides just straight up bitterness and peppery spice. Would I drink it again? Maybe, I'd rather try their other offerings.
02-17-2013 04:24:23 | More by JamesMN
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3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
12oz bottle, the last in a well-taken campsite six-pack from last weekend.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, sediment-imbued medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of thin creamy pale beige head, which leaves a nice Tim Burton webbed lace array of lace around the glass as it dutifully settles. It smells of sweet pastry-ified malt, bready and biscuity underneath, some nice apfelstrudel fruitiness in there too, and earthy hops to a lesser degree. The taste is bready malt, a bit of toasty biscuit, some mild citrus and pine hops, and an underlying herbal edge. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body medium light, with a slight skewing edge that precludes smoothness adulation. It finishes more edgily hoppy than beholden to the leftover maltiness.
A decent hoppy NW pale ale that reserves any aspirations to IPA identity confusion. Its siblings had no problem subsisting amongst fire-roasted pork products and s'mores...
09-03-2011 02:06:54 | More by biboergosum
3.53/5 rDev +1.7%
I don't know how this beer got to Pennsylvania, but Shangy's gets damn near everything. It pours amber with a tall white head and lacing. The aroma has a mix of sweet bread and grapefruit hops. The same citrus dominates the flavor with a hint of the malts in the background. It finishes with a spicy black pepper. Drinkable and generally tasty, but I've had better hops profiles.
12-08-2008 22:51:01 | More by tempest
3.8/5 rDev +9.5%
A - lightly hazed golden amber, tall off white head with large bubbles, retained extremely well
S - fruity citrus with light fresh pine aroma, some tropical fruits and fresh pepper
T - peppery hops with some pine, fruit juice, lightly toasty biscuit malt, and the pepper lasts through the finish
M - strong carbonation kick out of the gate but it mellows, peppery and juicy with a mild bitter
O - unique hop profile in terms of the strong peppery flavour, settles nicely on palate leaving you thirsty for another sip, a well built brew
09-22-2011 01:03:18 | More by joemcgrath27
2.83/5 rDev -18.4%
A: Poured a rustic-orange with a deep, swirling haziness and a beautifully retaining 2 finger linen white mushrooming head. The translucent nature made it hard to determine effervesce, but faint lazy rising bubbles could be sporadically seen. After a few minutes the head lapsed to a soft, whispy covering with a broken ring lacing.
S: Sweet caramelized malt and sweet oranges were picked up initially on the nose. Light traces of fresh pine needles come through briefly and lightly while the beer rounds out with a final burst of fresh oranges on the trailing finish. Not a lot of hoppiness was detected here.
T: The initial flavor brings forth a malty sweetness with a burst of fresh oranges. Again more sweet and orangey then hoppy as was the case with the aroma. The flavor turns tart, as in semi-dry tangerines, with a sourness of grapefruit juice ensuring on the finishing fade. Lacking any transition of flavor, with a sourness and hopping of a blonde doesn't give this much creditability as a pale. The beer label proudly boasts of using 5 different varieties of hops, as well 5 different varieties of American barley with none of them clearly distinguishable lending itself to a muddled mass of confusion and taste that drowned each other out into a generic bland and uneventful experience. To many spices spoil the soup as they say.
M: a light creaminess but felt watery at times with a light musky sour showing of oranges coating the tongue. Sour oranges and sour grapefruit juice is unimpressive as a finishing finale while overall the mouthful lacked a certain crispness.
D: For drinkability had to knock this one down a notch or two below average. Wasn't an easy one to down, let alone enjoy. Lacks a crispness and hoppiness of a good pale and leaves a watery grapefruit juice twang that made me grimace after every sip. The label concludes with "this is a beer that says don't mess with me" and I couldn't agree more.
12-07-2009 23:15:09 | More by beerthulhu
3.83/5 rDev +10.4%
A- Has a very typically great APA look....cloudy golden color and a beautiful puffed head that gently dissipates into a thick layer of foamy goodness. The lacing is excellent as well, with columns of sticky soapy foam clinging to the glass all on it's own as the head settles.
S- Spice abound...cloves and gentle pepper notes. There is also citrus...in particular orange zest and dried pine needles and/or dry cedar leaves. There is some fresh hoppy bitterness on the finish as well to balance out the malt sweetness found right at the front too. The only knock I could give the aroma is a general modesty that is holding back somewhat.
T- Follows the aroma with the spices coming through well, and with a zippy hop bitterness on the finish. The citrus is quite noticeable too. Overall I find this to border an IPA in flavor but better rounded than that style. The spice lingers on the aftertaste and is especially noticed upon burping...
M- The carbonation is quite plentiful and the spices are very upfront. It's very refreshing in the manner of getting a flavor of Boreal forest.
O- A very decent rendition of the APA style and very specific of the Pacific Northwest region in my opinion. I like this, but not necessarily to the point that I'll look for it on purpose. I think this would go well with spicy cuisine. As it warms, I find it to mellow out a bit, which is a good thing. Overall, a fine brew and I give it a thumbs up!
12-20-2011 01:29:35 | More by ChrisCage
3.23/5 rDev -6.9%
12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for around $1.45... poured into my red wine glass while listening to the Boise RIS party mix... James Brown "The Payback".
Big chunky eggshell head topping a very slightly chill hazed medium amber brew.
Aroma is interesting... reminds me of an Americanized English pale. Pale malts with caramel and earthy hops... maybe some Cascades... Yeasty fruits combine well with the sweetness.... If this is going to be an English Pale ... then hit me with the EKG's!
Flavor is the same with caramel popcorn in the mix.. restrained diacetyl (but no doubt there). Good viscosity makes an otherwise "average brew" better. Drinkable until I get bored... but I make this part of my Laughing Dog lateral all the time.... the Pale is just not my favorite of this brewery. As it warms, there are definately American hops there... It still needs a little fine-tuning, but as is, it's a beer I buy very often in the Boise beer desert.
12-11-2007 09:54:57 | More by JohnGalt1
3.6/5 rDev +3.7%
From a 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours out a hazed marmalade hue, loose spongy beige head that retains to a thick cap.
Rich biscuity, bready malt on the nose, some toasty notes, sweet orange/peach esters, with some grassy and very light herbal hops.
Nice biscuity and toasty malt up front, rounded out with some herbal hops in the middle that turn to a more citrus character in the finish, with some astringent grapefruit pith on the aftertaste.
Medium-bodied, yet it seems fuller with a creamy smooth texture and low carbonation.
A fairly decent APA, and it would do well as an ESB as well. The balance seems a little bit off, however all the proper components are there and are well-represented. I'd be perfectly happy spending an afternoon or an evening with several of these.
06-20-2011 06:05:55 | More by IronDjinn
2.78/5 rDev -19.9%
Bottle picked up while I was down in Virginia visiting my sister. Supposedly Laughing Dog uses a bottling and best buy date on their "outer cartons" and six-packs... but I bought this bottle as a single in a mix-six, so I don't see a date. I know I've held on to this bottle about 4 weeks longer than I'd like to see it held, so we'll see how it goes.
A: Pours a huge frothy 3-finger head. I poured somewhat vigorously into my shaker pint, but not carelessly. The cap come off with a real pop, and the pour certainly looks like this is over-carbonated.
Held to the light this beer is hazy-orange and not translucent.
S: Muted aromas of citrus and pine are noticeable.
T: Mild of piney bitterness quickly gave way to a citric/grapefruit sweetness taste and a finish of lemon-sweetness.
This beer is a little sweeter than I'd prefer, and it definitely is over-carbonated. The lack of bitterness might be attributed to being a little past it's prime, but the overwhelming carbonation is inexplainable.
M: Too much carbonation is readily noticable. Finish is sweeter than I'd like.
D: This beer just wasn't very impressive. It's too sweet and lacks bitterness that I'd like to see in a Pale Ale.
01-07-2011 18:25:34 | More by psuKinger
3.58/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours hazed orange amber with a foamy off-white head that stays. Lacing sticks.
The smell is of citrus - lemon, orange, grapefruit - spicy.
The taste is of a hoppy pale while having a malty backing - even enough to keep it at "pale" and not ipa category. Unfortunately, there is a lemony sour touch that lingers underneath that keeps the taste from reaching its potential. It finishes with an herbal dryness, though a touch of sweet and sour does, still, through it off, especially as it isn't a tart fruitiness, more of a lemon sour that just doesn't go well here. Even still, it has enough good taste between hops and malt backbone that the sour distraction is not so strong.
The sharp carbonation is just too strong for what it should be. It hits aggressive. Yet, it still maintains an aftertaste from the finish, and a reasonable body.
Despite flaws (sour touch and overcarbonation), this still turns out to be a good pale - nice hop and malt flavor and, while I'm not overly impressed, it does have potential to be a great pale if certain (largely mild) detractors were not there.
11-26-2009 21:50:38 | More by jwc215
3.83/5 rDev +10.4%
Sampled at the brewery in Ponderay.
Pours a nice orange-copper color, with a small white head. Small layer of foam, thin lace lines. Smell has a nice hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus and pine present with some light malt sweetness. Lots of hop flavor pushing ahead of the caramel sweetness. Full of flavor, medium body. May have been my favorite easy drinking/sessional from Laughing Dog.
06-05-2010 22:59:09 | More by BigBry
3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
Appearance: clear amber in color with short head that broke apart quickly. No lace develops.
Smell: very soft caramel sweetness is all you can detect.
Taste: bready caramel profile with some light fruit sweetness, grapefruit, and a mild hop presence.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is brief lived.
Drinkability: this beer is pretty bland overall so one glass was more than enough for me. It went down slowly and was not as refreshing as I would like.
10-18-2009 13:27:31 | More by Gavage
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
Another treat from my recent trade with joemcgrath27.
A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour with an orange hue, finger of soapy head with solid retention and some sporadic chunky lacing.
S - Musty citrus, orange rind, and earthy cedar.
T - Light citrus hop notes, with the earthy cedar coming through. A bit muddled by a metallic flavour, but finishes nicely with some bitter buttered bread on the finish.
M - Medium bodied, goes down a tad prickly, but finishes nicely with a touch of dryness.
O - A tasty pale ale that boasts a solid hop profile and is nicely balanced on the finish. Nice bitterness which satisfied my hop craving, especially for the style. Easily drinkable and a solid representation of the style.
10-21-2011 00:28:44 | More by andrenaline
3.76/5 rDev +8.4%
Appearance - Pours an amber gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.
Smell - Peppery/piney hops, citrus (orange or lemon), caramalts.
Taste - Peppery/piney hops with a moderate bitterness, along with caramalts and orange zest. Soapy quality to it.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall - A hoppy enough APA, but seems like the malts are not present enough to help balance the flavours out.
06-29-2013 01:46:08 | More by leaddog
3.53/5 rDev +1.7%
Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this one.
Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus foamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. Then nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, and some citrus. The taste is hoppy, with some malty notes, and some citrus, there is a tangy/sourness to this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a different APA in my book.
08-29-2008 00:43:47 | More by Wasatch
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