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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Reviews: 79
Hads: 197
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 197
Photo of RonfromJersey
1.96/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Slightly hazy yellow orange body, topped by three fingers plus of white foam.

Light hay aroma, followed by hints of sour citrus.

An extra sweet pixie dust beginning. Sour lemon twang at the swallow. Way short in fruit and bitternes for an ipa.

Medium mouthfeel. No drinkability.

Blends together with the pale ale. Avoid both, and the cream. (344 characters)

Photo of gibby
2.19/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into a nice tulip glass, 1 finger head which quickly disappeared. The beer looked great but it had an odd smell to it. I am a huge IPA fan so I was hoping to smell some massive hops when I cracked the top but it just was not there. The taste was ok, nothing special, little thin on the mouth feel. I was disappointed with this brew b/c I read some good reviews on here. Picked this six pack up at TJ's in paoli, I need to stop by there more often, great selection of bottles and drafts. I will give a plug to the laughing dog devil dog IIPA, great brew. Hopefully some bombers head this way soon. (610 characters)

Photo of olmatty
2.45/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Pours an amber orange beer with a slight chill haze and thin yet persistent white head.

Smell-Mild citrus aroma with a hint of malts in the background.

Taste-Citrus hop and malts come early and pungent, but are followed up by a rough bitter ending that leaves an enpleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel-Thin and watery

Drinkability-Nearly a drain pour. So, needless to say drinkability is low. Other than bad flavor I have o reason to believe this is not representative of the typical beer, but in fairness I'll try this again and see if the review matches this outcome. (579 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a shiney copper, frothy, loose head that leaves plenty of lacing. Medium carbonation.

Fairly raw in the nose, malt backer settles it a bit.

Lemon zest comes through bigtime. Hops are verry bitter and unforgiving. Leafy and green. Maybe this is the trend. Alcohol is not very well disguised and was desired in this offering.

Notes: Boring. (355 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased a sixer at a gas station in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger white head with large bubbles. Heavy carbonation in general. Fluffy head that leaves equally fluffy lacing. Caramel in color with high clarity. Moderately appealing beer.

S- Bold pine and citrus hops. Strong on the nose with a caramel malt body. Not super complex, but those hops are just reeking with hop oil. Take that as you will.

T- Strong hops with some pineapple, brown sugar, pine and citrus. Bold flavors, but again, hop-oil heavy. Almost drowns out the other flavors with the heavy hops. Not tremendously well balanced, but it does a serviceable job. Bitter linger.

M- Enough creaminess to help balance the hops on the tongue, but the acrid carbonation is not helping matters much. Surprisingly wet feel. Overcarbonated.

O- Not stand-out in anyway that is readily apparent to me. For a $7 six-pack, one could do worse. Too strong with the hop oil. (998 characters)

Photo of Lothore
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a deep orange with a 1 finger eggshell head which leaves quite a bit of lacing as it dissapates.

S- Smell is supersweet and floral. Already I am starting to get a little apprehensive about this one.

T- Taste is definitely hoppy but also has what I can only describe as a soapy sweetness. This one definitely did not hit me the right way.

M- Semi viscous, a good amount of carbonation.

D- I found this one very hard to drink. The soapiness in the taste really threw me off. (485 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep reddish orange with good carbonationa and a nice white cap

S: Deep oily pine hops, varnish alcohol, and a good thick sugary malt base.

T: Big caramel malt upfront with grapefruit and citrus, good dose of hops, bitterness is spot on

M: Sordove oily, not to tasty, lighter body

O: Average (307 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours bright, burnt orange color with late rising white lace.

Aroma was pretty weak for an American IPA. There was very little fruitiness or resinous coming from the aroma hops.

The taste is sweet with a spicy, peppery bite to the hops. The body is very nice with a little fruitiness in the finish.

Seems more like a big ESB than an AIPA. Anyways, decent brew regardless of style. (391 characters)

Photo of tayner
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Poured a nice light tan color with a huge pillow-y white head that stayed forever and left some serious sticky lacing all the way down. very nice looking

smell was sweet floral, alot of both. very strange nose that made me not really want to try it.

Taste was more floral hop than the nose let on. I prefer pine/earthy hops, and these were definitely more floral/citrus/pithy hops. The midpalate was saturated with sweet malt that made the back of my tongue sticky and the hops were so oily it did not cut the sweetness.

Medium to heavy carbonation is the only thing that allowed me to finish this beer, otherwise i wouldnt have gotten it down. I think i will pass on this one in the future, not my thing. (726 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (1,735 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with a thick one finger head with medium retention.
Light aroma with a mild citrus hop and dank herbal notes.
Flavor is somewhat different, quite floral and dank. Hints of pine, orange marmalade, some green banana and grass. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 6.2% abv is simply not there.
Although it has a unique flavor, I was expecting more, given its brand, IBUs (66.5) and price tag. It was a bit bland and not with the hop profile I prefer the most. (504 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a pint glass.
Pours clear amber with a very large and very durable white head. Plenty of sticky lacing is left behind.
The hop aroma is not particularly attractive but the flavor is good. Moderately bitter and hoppy for style. (244 characters)

Photo of erikm25
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a minimally hazy honey orange coloring. Burnt copper hues but still leaning more on the gold side. The head is off white and pillows up nicely. Strong retention and spotty lacing.

S: Interesting aroma and balances nicely between a sharpened citrus and sweet maltiness. Has some herbs and hints of bitterness. Slight floralness. I would have expected some more pine and strong hops smell but overall it was decent.

T: This is definitely a little different from previous IPA's I have tried. There is a sweetness to the beer while at the same time having a lemon citrus bite. I do not know much about wines (at all) but the initial taste made me think of a dry white wine. Slight fruitiness. I enjoyed this more as it warmed up a bit.

M: Solid medium body and carbonation.

D: While not one of my favorite IPA's it is still a quality offering. I used this in a steamed mussels recipe and it worked out very nicely. (923 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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? (835 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-02-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 04-10-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Cracked this one open to celebrate IPA Day

A: Color is a semi-clear orange-yellow. The head is a couple of fingers and off-white. Both lacing and head retention are very good.

S: Aromas are of big grapefruit and citrus hops, plus some pine.

T: The taste is all about the hops -- very bitter and hoppy with spicy and citrus hops. I get a little malt in the background, but this one is mainly a big hoppy ale.

M: Finishes mostly dry and bitter, medium-bodied and with an average amount of carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty good IPA. A bit more malt would have been beneficial, though. (760 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light hazy orange-gold with a big cap of slightly foamy white head with soapy lacing. The aroma is lighter but has nice floral and tropical fruit hops qualities. The taste, though, is a bit disappointing. It just tastes washed out and flat. The body is a little thin and there's carbonation throughout. There's a little hops bite on the finish. (357 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a sticky, tropical flavored IPA. Not my style, perhaps, but worth trying.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a light head. The aroma is sweet and blowzy, like overripe pineapple. The flavor is sweet and sticky and overripe with pineapple and apple and mango. The mouthfeel is sticky and slightly syrupy, but it leaves a lovely sharp bitterness high on the back of the mouth (379 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,344 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of Josiah2729
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Orange with creamy white head, nice lacing

Smell: Citrus Hops, some pine hops, slight sweet malt

Taste: Citrus, pine, sweet malts, nice balance with hops up front, followed by sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Creamy with medium carbonation, medium thickness

Overall: Delicious IPA (316 characters)

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