Laughing Dog Pale Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing
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3.45/5 rDev -0.6%
This weekend's Beer Revolution in Calgary venture continued with this offering from Idaho, ordered the moment the keg appeared as tapped on the beer board, so presumably this was as fresh as possible. Part of the fun of Beer Revolution is watching things change in real time and mapping out your evening as you go. Wasn't planning on this one and I slotted it in between a few lighter brews and a few hop-heavy selections. Pint arrived a light reddish copper, classic pale ale look, with ample white foam that retained its shape quite well. I was immediately struck by the odd aroma ... Grapefruit and pine hop elements but also some really fruity esters that recalled banana and a strange grainy or malty (?) component that recalled tacky glue or wallpaper paste (truly, not sure how else to describe it). Maybe I should have a neurological exam. In any event, flavor also had some odd unique elements to it for an APA, raisin and watermelon fruit notes, vanilla yogurt, and notable caramel corn (probably from American crystal malt) along with a dry cedar woodiness, a little tannic character to be sure, and a blast of pepper spice that persisted through to the end. Almost reminded me of some rye beers that feature this sort of spicy sour tang. Finish started sweetish but became a bit coarse as I made my way through the pint: Pine resin and wood, more pepper. Another rather unique flavor experience that I should perhaps chock up to my brain's association engine being on hyperdrive, but there you have it. Perhaps the five hops and five malts used here are adding all sorts of atypical elements. Might wind up tasting more typical in the bottle.
12-01-2013 21:24:19 | More by CalgaryFMC
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
3.43/5 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
2.85/5 rDev -17.9%
Served from a bottle and poured into an American pint glass.
The color was a golden-orange-brassy-yellow. I particularly like the white bubbly head, and the lacy rings around the sides of the glass. The smell consisted of flowers, wood, hops, and spice.
The taste was mediocre: flowers, pine,spice, hops, and hints of citrus, grapefruit, and caramel. I liked the sweet and spicy aftertaste. However, some microbrews (no matter what style:amber ale, kolsch, pils, or golden lager, etc.) have a tendency to taste the same, and this was one of them. The taste didn't catch my attention as other pale ales do.
The mouthfeel was dry with spicy grapefruit that lingered on my palate.
Overall, it is an average pale ale that has room for improvement. I like pale ales that are a little darker in brown color with orange, red,and tannish color. This beer reminded me more of a pale lager/golden lager that is trying to be a pale ale. It is too wet and not hoppy enough. The flavor just wasn't bold enough to be a pale ale. I am sure this beer would be great with a plate of spicy nachos or a quesadilla if you're hungry. Cheers!
05-06-2012 06:13:16 | More by Jsteez
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
3.63/5 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
3.8/5 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
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
1.23/5 rDev -64.6%
Up for review is a 12oz bottle of Laughing Dog Pale Ale. Poured into a pint glass at room temp. Medium brown with a tan head. Horrible nose, almost moldy. Really quite bad. Stale, nothing near a drinkable beer. Decent body, but can't get past off flavors. Really terrible, first ever drain pour.
07-11-2011 23:59:02 | More by rye726
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
3.28/5 rDev -5.5%
Had a few of these so felt a review was in order..
Dark orange/copper colour, nice off-white head. Slighty hazy appearance.
Faint toasted malts, slightly citric, slightly spicy hop. Certainly doesn't blow your socks off.
Some good things here, although not as bold as some. Slightly sweet caramel maltiness blends decently with grapefruit citrus hops. Malts make a brief reappearance before the taste finishes with bitterness.
Weirdly overcarbonated too the point of being off-putting. Once carbonation settles down it tends to be a light to medium in body.
Glad I tried it, but will stick to Full Moon from Alley Kat if I want an APA fix.
06-10-2011 03:34:35 | More by Shadman
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
12oz bottle poured into pint glass 6/26/11
A slightly hazy golden copper with plenty of bubbles feeding a two finger head that slowly falls to a thick pinky finger of foam that stays to the bottom of the glass leaving random patches of lace
S loads of butterscotch, caramel, toffee ect.. and a little strawberry of all things and some citric hops
T no strawberry but other then that flavors mimic the smell
M not overly thick but not watery and plenty of bubbles to give it some life
O decent pale ale with lots of caramel flavors and some hops forming a balance
Something I may drink again at 12$ a 6er here in Alberta its well above many other brews around here in a similar price bracket
05-27-2011 05:25:22 | More by wordemupg
Laughing Dog Pale Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
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