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Laughing Dog India Pale Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Laughing Dog India Pale AleLaughing Dog India Pale Ale

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woemad on 01-23-2006

A profound love of hops and big brews led to our IPA. A little over the top it is a hophead’s dream come true. An Intense hop aroma and Malty body are followed by a smooth clean finish.

Generous amounts of Pacific Northwest malted barley along with some of the best hops from the fields of Yakima have come together to create an IPA that is very hoppy but very balanced with complex malt flavors.

Served Cool not ice cold so as not to subdue the hop aroma this is the beer that says don't mess with me I’m a BAD DOG.
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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 78
Reviews by Huffs:
Photo of Huffs
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a Sam adams glass, developed a nice full head with good retention and lacing. Appearance was a deep golden color, nice and clear. Aroma was hoppy with floral notes. Taste had notes of caramel and hop. Creamy to syrupy mouthfeel with a sweet and dry aftertaste.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This body is orange with a dark tint but very clear. The head came up big time on an easy poor. It didn’t explode like a HOTD or anything, but just came up in a bold way. It showed terrific retention too and left shaving cream lumps all in my glass.

Smell – The hop aroma here is herbal and very bitter. There is a stiff malt backbone as well and that aspect of the nose is dark and bitter.

Taste – Oh, man, the hops in here could kill a horse. I love it, but man o man that is probably one of the biggest swallows of hops I’ve ever gotten. All of the hops and barley come from Yakima supposedly. Shit, I just took another sip. This is very intense.

These are not PacNWy hops. I’m having difficulty pinning them down. They are sweet and a bit yeast-like. They just really packed them in here. It’s not a piney or Chinooky bitter flavor at all, but whatever they used they used a lot of it.

Mouthfeel – This is almost medium-bodied with some flavors that will set your salivary glands into a panic.

Drinkability – This is a good drinker and, like I said, very intense. I could easily drain a six-pack of these.

Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can by way of Cable Bev. In Rockland County, NY
Comes with no freshness info

Pours near clear typical almond amber, under a gauzy and looser lite khaki head that leaves a thicker film and respectable low sheeting and strands of fine mostly low lacing.

Nose of piney hops with a solventy back note.

Hopped up IPA, with more pine, resin and ginger coated hops carrying the freight. Not bad, hops showing a respectable and shining all the way through the finish.

I enjoyed this IPA and would, I'm am confident, enjoy several more...worth a try

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good vibrant orange and gold pur, just the right amount of head chills on the lip of the pint glass. Aroma is sweet, almost pink grapefruit.

Taste, hoppier than I remembered, solid bitterness and hop mouthfeel, cascade, maybe even Amarillo or simcoe in not huge amounts. Caramel but not the weight of it in a heavy sense.

A solid ipa, decent price 7-8$

Photo of pwoods
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, xmas present, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a grapefruit skin tinted amber. About a finger or so worth of bone colored head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Some light American hopping, citrus, pine. Some lightly sweet malts. Pretty subtle overall. There's an odd Elmer's glue like aroma...

T/M: Decent bitterness level. More of the nondescript American hopping and lightly sweet malts. Not much biscuit or cereal grains or really anything from the malts. There's still that odd Elmer's glue thing going on as well as an alcohol flavor coming out in the back after the swallow. Body is medium or so with good carbonation.

D: Drinks easy enough but has some odd flavors and aromas.

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear brew that goes just beyond gold but doesn't reach amber, the head on this one is as close to white without being pure white as it gets. It reaches nearly one finger and keeps a steady, strong foam the rest of the way. It leaves a large area of densely spotty lacing down to about the middle of the glass with sparser spotting the rest of the way.
I'm a little surprised by the fruits and pine coming out of this one, both in aroma and flavor. It's not as weak as I've head some people say it is by any means. It is nicely balanced, which some hopheads might not appreciate, though it makes it technically better. I want lots of hops without being choked. This delivers, and gives me a nice caramel and honey biscuit sweetness beside. It does have a floral or slightly grassy aspect and, as it warms, something interestingly almost nutty comes out into the finish.
The mouthfeel is nice and smooth without compromising crispness. Carbonation is moderate. The body can't manages medium, though on the light side, but enough to provide support.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another 12oz bottle picked up for a little more than a buck in a grocery store in Idaho, when buying it here at home means well more than a Johnny Mac for a sixer. Fresher, too, one would hope.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden orange colour, with two fingers of foamy, rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice frilly lace around the glass in its short and sassy wake.

It smells of evenly bitter orange and lemon citrus, somewhat dank leafy pine hop esters, equally soft bready, grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, and a floral/herbal, and lightly perfumed undercurrent. The taste is bitter citrus (orange and white grapefruit) rind, some funky herbal and astringent pine needles, all on top of a restrained bready, caramel and kind of biscuity malt backbone.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in a trilling frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, a tad cloying, but generally smooth. It finishes in kind, the bready sweetness tempered yet by bitter herbal, citrusy, and weedy hops.

Not the standard, fresh, and eminently quaffable west coast IPA that I remember from my times past in the area - a bit muddled, and not enough crisp citrus to keep my attention. Perhaps travel is not this one's best friend - that, and the lack of a pastoral lakeside imbibing setting, I suspect.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Laughing Dog- IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Deep reddish orange with a huge frothy head. Good solid lacing.
S- Deep oily pine hops, varnish alcohol, and a good thick sugary malt base.
T- Good thick caramel malt starts this 1 off. it quickly opens into a big grapefruit rind/ fresh green pine hops body. Slight alcohol present.
M- Thick and malty up front with sweet bitter hops carrying this one through.

Overall- Man, this was a damn good IPA on tap! The flavors were big and bold! If this is how Idaho rolls then send more to the North East!

Photo of Aml42000
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper with a white head. Excellent lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Could be my favorite component of the beer. Like walking through a forest of pine trees along with some citrus and peach aromas. Layers of aromatics made me almost forget to take a sip.

T- Balanced hop and malt flavors. Apricot and a hint of caramel at first quickly yield to grapefruit and bitter hop flavors. Again, good complexity.

M- Medium bodied and refreshing. The hops from the finish simply linger and the perfect level of carbonation tie it all together. A bit oily.

O- A delicious NW IPA. I really love finding this type of balance which makes it a refreshing drink, yet a great complement to food. I would buy again and often.

Photo of Magpie14
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dingy cream colored foamed top that left speckled ring upon ring of lace in the upper 1/3 of the glass. The body pushes various orange and golds with a slight burnt tangerine. Lacing gets a half point boost

S: good fumes of earthy pine and spiced grapefruity hops. The nose also puts forth enough caramel toasted malts too boot, maybe a little too much

T: I find this beer tasty. For an IPA it reminds me of an english style or type as the malts are somewhat forceful. The malt flavors are drenched with buttery caramel notes with some sticky toasted toffee blobs. The hops still maintain a snapping presence with ripe citrus notes and fresh pine. A few more gulps let the hops shine a little more.
I feel that the malts come across pretty sugary and quell the hops in the long run

M: this is a tight category. The beer houses an easy feel and medium based body. I would say that it is a little on the heavy side for a IPA, I like

D: I would get this again. This has some features and has a good malty hunkering too it. Some hop resin is even left on the tongue after a few big gulps. All in all, not a bad brew

Photo of ElGordo
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange color topped by a small, creamy white head. Nice, crisp aroma as soon as the bottle opens and builds as the beer is poured. Spicy, piney floral hops dominate, with a hint of sweet malt in the background. Palate is sharply hoppy up front, with notes of pine and grapefruit. A bit of sweet malt balances the hops mid-palate before receding again at the lingering bitter finish. Body is just thick and sticky enough to be a near-perfect conveyer of all the lupulin in this excellent IPA. Wish I had purchased more than a single bottle.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - impenetrable hazy burnt orange, tall fluffy head dissipated with random lacing left
S - resiny, bready, slightly woody, and tropical fruit
T - interesting hop mix of dank resin, peppery spice, and mild citrus, with a solid bready malt backbone, and just a tease on alcohol heat late in the finish
M - much lower carbonation than anticipated, a creamy body with a medium bitter and a juicy finish
O - a full flavour IPA without being over the top, easily sessionable and very well balanced

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. smell is of piney hops. Taste is hops, minty, piney, some malts, well balanced and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull brass coloring with a quickly rising 3+ finger ivory bone colored head that rose 1-2 fingers above the glass rim forming a conical dome shape. Retention was spectacular, hardly budging even after several minutes, while clarity was fairly clear, but not enough so to visible read text through. The lacing provided thin, foamy lacings of concentric circles down the glass while visible effervesce was composed of several stray carbonation bubbles rising at any given moment at a moderate rate. After nearly 5 minutes a thick, frumpy covering still existed covering the drink starting things off well enough.

S: The aroma was sweet pine and citrus of light-medium proportions. Sweet caramelized grains and a fresh burst of orangey citrus similar to their pale was detected on the closing, again more sweet then bitter.

T: There appeared to be a good deal of bitterness here, dried pine and dried citrus of medium-strong proportions, the problem lied mostly that the malting was severely under-represented here and came off thin and watery. The hopping was bitter with citrusy flowery and wet grapefruit against watery toasted grain backing that did little to balance nor add substance. A fresh grassiness and a dose of grapefruit peels is observed on a quickly closing and short fade. Overall not bad, but certainly not good.

M: light and watery, another low point in an otherwise mediocre experience. Much like their pale this lacked a good hop bite and a crispness that just gave this a watery feel.

D: Only slightly better then average drinkability here, and that's if your in a pinch. Brief flashes of citrus hops are most likely only accented by a weak and watery palate. Wouldn't seek this out or recommend.

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from JohnnyM2002.

A: The IPA has a pretty amber color, coming closer to orange than red. The head came in close to 1 finger and quickly dissapated to a few white patches floating in the beer.

S: The smell is a grainy, biscuity malt with a liberal (but not overpowering) helping of citrusy hops.

T: The ale has a solid IPA flavor, a nice biscuity malt base, somewhat sweet but strong enough to support the hops. Those hops are very bitter, slightly harsh on the palate with some pine thickness and grapefruity sweetness. The finish is bitter and lasts long.

M: The bitterness in the finish is a nice way to end a sip. The hops leading up to it are enjoyable and, surprisingly, don't foreshadow the end.

D: This is a good ale, a nice firm hop body and a strong finish. Plus, it helps me cross Idaho off my quest to sample all fifty states.

Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Oh shoot this is looking a little old (March 16 2012).

A simple off white head, makes barely two fingers to settle nicely, kind of foamy even a bit creamy in appearance. Body color is a nice classic orange amber with dark yellow brass hues, not bad.

Nose is sweet toasty malts, with a subdued hop presence. Yup this has faded I am guessing but there's a nice toast action behind this.

Still quite a simple pine hop presence, but a weak and watery body. Sharp finish of hinting alcohol it seems even for 6.5% which seems odd.

Overall, I am not sure how much better this would be fresh, but i'ts kind of lacking either way a bit. Still drinkable.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Coop for about $1.40... poured into my New Belgium goblet.

1" head died down quickly leaving behind alot of splotchy lacing. Clear orange/lite amber brews.

Nose is fairly bright citrus hops and a little pine.. maybe a touch heavy on the malt aroma, but I like my IPA's to have a little maltiness.

Palate is much more hoppy than the aroma... citrus and pine with a touch of earthiness... good pale and toasted malt mid palate with a pronounced but still low sweetness balanced by a good bitterness.... a good dose of yeasty fruitiness that lets you know this is an ale... body is pretty full for the style, but the carbonation just pushes everything aside and slams all the flavors together ending on a piney hop finish... the drinkablity does get a little rough after two or three... pretty aggressive flavor profile.

This beer tastes very fresh to me... I like it and Laughing Dog IPA is pretty much a fridge staple in my house.

Photo of IPAguy2009
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this 6 pack for about $9.50, very reasonable price for a 6 pack of headys. I really enjoy this brewery and loved their 10.85% imperial IPA devil dog that sold for a stunning $3.79! Sadly the store I got that from no longer carrys it...anyways here we go!

A- pours a hazy deep yellow orange coppery color. Looks thick and tasty. Not too much lacing, but then again I used a frozen stein mug.

S- it smells just like the devil dog! Hard to describe as it has its own very original laughing dog smell. Smells amazing! Yeasty and sweet bready malt! Slight pine

T- pretty much the smell of this beer is what it also tastes like with late bittery hops sticking around.

M- actually pretty thick feeling, I wouldn't grab this beer for a thirst quencher. Pretty light carbonation. This beer is a bit of a meal.

O- great great IPA! Not an IPA that will punch u in the face w/hops (not that that's bad) but yet an IPA that focuses more on the malt side. Anyone know the abv?? Why is it a mystery? Haha. Yet another big thumbs up from me! Pick it up!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Laughing Dog India Pale Ale has a very thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with tiny white specs suspended throughout, a few lazy ascending bubbles, and fairly heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet malts and piney hops. Taste is of the same, with an overriding sugariness, and there is an underlying hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and Laughing Dog India Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and easily drinkable. No alcohol shows up with this beer. I suggest checking this out.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that gradually died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with some notes of pine resin hops and slight hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the caramel malts are much more prominent and there are associated hints of sweetness. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is relatively easy to drink and has a nice combination of citrusy and piney hops.

Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Sturdy pour yielded a moderate-sized foamy and frothy head that gradually dissipated around the top of the serving glass...
Hop-laden aroma and flavor yielded an ideal session beer and slightly astringent IPA that slowly put forth a more inviting flavor after the first initial sips...
Good stuff... Easily drinkable... Recommended...

Photo of jakon
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased for $9.99/6 on 6-8-8 at Whole Foods Portland.

This beer pours an orange/light garnet hue with a nice burnt orange head.

The aroma reminds me of a smaller American barleywine. Specifically, it's reminiscent of Old Ruffian. Pine, marshmallow, caramel, orange peel, lime and grapefruit all shine through.

Wow, the taste is very nice. This is a very balanced, highly drinkable IPA. It really does remind me of a barleywine, only much smaller. Very big on the malts for an IPA. The bitterness is smooth rather than sharp and biting. Very enjoyable.

Carbonation is on the lower side.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear fizzy gold color with two fingers of bright white head.

Faint aroma of caramel malts and sweet butter.

The taste was buttery with firm caramel malts and a bitter hop finish.

Lighter bodied and moderately carbonated.

An average IPA from Laughing Dog lacking any personality to make it memorable.

Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (TM) is on a roll tonight, kids! This is the second CANsecutive beer that I have been the first to review in/from a CAN! I CAN hardly believe it, but sometimes The CANQuest (TM) takes new and unexpected turns.

From the CAN: "Brewed & CANned by Laughing Dog Brewing Co."; "Cluster * Cascade * Citra * Simcoe"; "Our IPA is a result of our profound love of hops and bold brews. A combination of Cluster, Cascade, Citra and Simcoe hops create a piney, citrus aroma and flavor."

My tongue was hanging out like the dog's in anticipation of this one, lemme tell ya! I heard a nice, loud Crack and it was time to employ the dreaded inverted Glug. I am using one of my two CAN glasses, a glass shaped to mimic the shape of a 12-ounce aluminum CAN and if you have not seen one yet, they are perfect for both CANs in general and the inverted Glug/pour in particular. I was faced with two-plus fingers of dense, French Vanilla-colored head that was going to have great retention, so I leaned in for a sniff. Hello! Pine was the prevalent aroma, but underlain with tropical fruits, not citrus as in grapefruit, at least not on the nose. The hophead junkie in me reverted to form as the dog lay at my feet. I whipped off my belt, looped it around my arm, tied off and hunted for a viable vein. I just kept sniffing away at it, awaiting the head to fall, leaving some incredible lacing in its wake as it did so. Soon the dog caught on and he had his nose in there, sniffing around. Good boy! Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9), with NE-quality clarity, but the unholy trio of Mammon, Croesus and King Midas did not hang around when they saw the dog. I am not a bg fan of dogs, either, but beer trumps fright in my case. I pushed the dog out of the way, got the spike in and laid back as the first wave danced across my tongue and through my vein. The dog took this as his cue to start lapping at the leftovers. Now, he's whimpering and his tail is shaking like he is passing a bone. Ha! This is beer for professionals, m'boy. The mouthfeel was full, thanks to a LOT of tiny bubbles in evidence. The taste was subtle, very tropical fruit, but not overwhelming. I was getting mango and coconut, especially. The finish was semi-dry with the pine making an appearance at the end, just to remind me that it was there. I am always on the lookout for CANned AIPAs to put in the cooler, especially on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) and this would definitely fit the bill. CAN somebody get the dog to stop chewing on my arm?!?

The following is my original bottle review, dtd 07-28-2012

I am incredulous that I have not previously reviewed this beer. I was in Idaho in July 2007 and drank a lot of Laughing Dog beers on-tap. This must not have been one of them. I think that this one came to me courtesy of local IP trader, tone77.

Loads of carbonation evident! I popped the cap and was getting some foam coming up through the neck, then when I began my pour, the foam was massive, forcing me to back off. I had another massive French Vanilla-colored head, resembling the top of an ice cream cone. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Nose was redolent with grapefruit/citrus hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a big citrus hop presence up front, underlain by a caramel malt sweetness. Finish was dry, hoppy, very satisfying. Why does the dog have to laugh at me, though?

Photo of vkv822
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear dark golden color with very light orange hues and a foamy, fairly short-lived off white head that leaves a pleasant web of lacing.

The nose at first is of pleasant citric and pine hops upfront that are quickly balanced out by sweet caramel malts. As the beer sits the malts become a bit more prevalent than the hops.

The taste is fairly malty upfront. The citric hops are there, but definitely taking a backseat to malty caramel notes. I'm starting to think I may have gotten a slightly older bottle?

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with slightly prickly, active carbonation.

This was a decent beer that I enjoyed, though I'm not really sure how to grade this as I do think I got an older bottle as the malts really came through more than the hops. Or perhaps this is just an odd IPA?

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Laughing Dog India Pale Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
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