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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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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: woemad on 01-23-2006)
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Reviews by beermanbrian:
Photo of beermanbrian
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New beer available at Brass Rail so I picked it up for beer club.

Orange color with a cap of a white head that leaves some patchy lace. Smell is faintly citris with a strong backing of biscuity and caramel malt. Not your typical American IPA, leans more toward the earthy English IPA. Malty flavors open up the taste and it finishes bitter. It hovers somewhere between grapefruit and pine with neither one really taking over. Somewhat oily mouth. Overall very balanced but I think that hurts this beer by never letting it kick into full blown IPA range.

beermanbrian, Nov 19, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

RoyalT, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -17.6%

SmellsofMahagony, May 09, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  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

Billolick, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

briandaube, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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$

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of pwoods
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

pwoods, Dec 27, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

dcbeers, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Brenden, Apr 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

roostor07, Mar 20, 2013
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2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

Hopcycle, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

NJpadreFan, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Aml42000
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Aml42000, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Magpie14
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Magpie14, Jun 09, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

ElGordo, May 07, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

let8it8grow, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Kegatron, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

DOCRW, Apr 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

drinkin-beeers, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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

joemcgrath27, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

tone77, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

GrizDave, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

beerthulhu, Dec 07, 2009
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Laughing Dog India Pale Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
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