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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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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
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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Photo of RonfromJersey
1.95/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

RonfromJersey, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of roostor07
2/5  rDev -45.1%

roostor07, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of gibby
2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

gibby, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Thehopluver
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Thehopluver, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of olmatty
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

olmatty, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Hopcycle
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

Hopcycle, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of zestd
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

zestd, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Zaphog, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

TheBigBoy, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of DogFood11
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

DogFood11, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Lothore
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Lothore, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Murrhey
2.95/5  rDev -19%
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.

Murrhey, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -17.6%

SmellsofMahagony, May 09, 2013
Photo of DyingBreed
3/5  rDev -17.6%

DyingBreed, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Phillyz
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Phillyz, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of IPAaron
3/5  rDev -17.6%

IPAaron, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.6%

ejimhof, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Adamostella, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3/5  rDev -17.6%

MikeCactusGordon, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of noahfree
3/5  rDev -17.6%

noahfree, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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

barleywinefiend, Aug 28, 2011
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
Photo of tayner
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

tayner, Mar 31, 2008
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Laughing Dog India Pale Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
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