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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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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

08-08-2012 12:24:57 | More by jkermitj
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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:06:30 | More by sommersb
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-25-2012 19:25:07 | More by bumchilly25
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-22-2012 23:21:30 | More by durlta
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-17-2012 14:44:32 | More by Poucher86
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 21:55:37 | More by Aml42000
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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

06-22-2012 18:59:55 | More by Thehopluver
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3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 19:53:27 | More by smakawhat
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-30-2012 14:21:14 | More by KevinTK
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-26-2012 20:12:01 | More by countchunkula
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

04-08-2012 02:34:08 | More by BigDaftAl
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-26-2012 04:22:18 | More by rby3iii
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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Lindy's Restaurant Boise ID. Served in a chilled mug.

A: Clear golden honey, decent fluffy off-white head with good head lacing.

S: Pretty balanced hop-to-malt ratio, good sharp fruit notes caramel sweetness underneath, floral notes, and soft white fruit flesh.

T: Follows the nose, not really sweet or bitter, somewhere in between. Floral and faint herbal notes, bready malts, hint of a spiced citrus hop notes, and a touch of pine needle.

MF: Creamy and medium bodied, a bit of dryness on the back end.

O: Decent drinker. Balanced, but doesn't stand out with flavor and aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 14:30:15 | More by Scotchboy
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-29-2012 03:56:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-26-2012 18:53:33 | More by JeffTheJuice
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4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 06:04:49 | More by IPAguy2009
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-30-2011 07:02:20 | More by twelveinches
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New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -45.2%

11-21-2011 19:13:12 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just as I leave Alberta they start to get more selection from Laughing Dog. Good thing I got a western connection!

A - Pours a hazy copper colour with an orange hue, finger of head with some solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - A tad mild but the earthy cedar and pine come through alongside a lemon tea citrus scent.

T - A nice mild earthy hop presence, some peat notes, and citrus bitterness come through nicely alongside a caramel backbone and a touch of graham cracker.

M - Nice medium carbonation level, goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - An easy drinking IPA with a solid, but nicely balanced, hop presence. Could easily tackle a 6-er of this stuff without the fear of overwhelming the palette.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 20:30:23 | More by andrenaline
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 04:12:13 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 05:47:25 | More by vkv822
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3.03/5  rDev -17%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 15:32:11 | More by barleywinefiend
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:13:22 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass 5/26/11

A golden yellow with lots of tiny particles being moved around by a few bubbles that float up to a thumbs width of head that leaves a few patches of lace

S some citric hops with a little pine and a faint floral aspect

T a little caramel added to what I smell but its toned down just a little compared to the smell

M a little watery but it has just enough bubbles to give it some life and it has just a little bite on the finish

O another decent beer that I'm not blown away by but had nothing to complain about

The booze is well concealed so that should count for something and the 12$ price tag may appeal to quite a few beer drinkers in my part of the world. good brew for the price and I could see myself drinking this again

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 05:49:03 | More by wordemupg
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2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 08:12:28 | More by olmatty
Laughing Dog India Pale Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.