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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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Murrhey
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 8/15/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, floral, herbal, and light pine. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange zest, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, herbal, floral, bread, and light pine. Moderate amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, peach, pineapple, herbal, and light pine on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of hop flavors with a good bitterness/sweetness balance as well. No cloying flavors after the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. Well balanced with nice hop flavors; extremely smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyed this.

Photo of Josiah2729
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of Kevin79
4.5/5  rDev +24%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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.

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2.25/5  rDev -38%

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.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Laughing Dog India Pale Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.