Laughing Dog India Pale Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing
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3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
07-27-2011 02:13:22 | More by biboergosum
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
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
05-27-2011 05:49:03 | More by wordemupg
2.38/5 rDev -34.8%
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.
11-29-2010 08:12:28 | More by olmatty
3.84/5 rDev +5.2%
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$
10-16-2010 02:23:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
A- 12 oz. bottle reviewed from notes. Poured into a pint glass reveals a cloudy orange brew with 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head. Great head retention and a good solid wall of lacing on the side of the glass.
S- Piney, earthy hops. Has a solid caramel malt backbone to it. Very well balanced.
T- Once again, piney hops, very fresh smelling. Not much of the malt backbone shows up, but it is there. Very tasty.
M- Light-medium body, very fizzy. Smooth and easy to drink.
D- Very smooth, very well made, easy to drink. A solid example of an IPA. I really feel this brewery is pretty under-rated. I wish they distributed in MI, very reasonably priced as well.
10-06-2010 15:34:00 | More by kbeals
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy deep yellow/light gold color with a tall, fluffy, white head that had great retention and lacing.
The aroma was solidly pine and floral hops, with a hint of citrus at the back, built upon a solid malt foundation. Across the tongue the sharp, citrus hop flavors dominate, giving way to pine on the finish.
The body was good, a little more solid than a lot of IPAs around right now. Drinkability was also very good, for all the hop flavors, this isn't an immediate palate wrecker.
Overall, a very good IPA. Worth your time to try.
02-02-2010 21:12:32 | More by beertunes
1.95/5 rDev -46.6%
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.
01-25-2010 05:28:16 | More by RonfromJersey
3.25/5 rDev -11%
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.
12-27-2009 02:01:35 | More by pwoods
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
12-20-2009 17:44:40 | More by Monkeyknife
3.25/5 rDev -11%
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.
12-07-2009 23:18:42 | More by beerthulhu
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance: orange in color with a big two finger head that lasted a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.
Smell: soft pine, grapefruit, and hop bitterness is pleasant on the nose.
Taste: a lightly bready malt base with caramel, light pine, mild grapefruit, some orange tones, and a hearty bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is relatively short here.
Drinkability: decent IPA that was easy to quaff. Worth giving this one a try.
10-14-2009 12:59:37 | More by Gavage
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Sturdy pour yielded a moderate-sized foamy and frothy head that gradually dissipated around the top of the serving glass...
Hop-laden aroma and flavor yielded an ideal session beer and slightly astringent IPA that slowly put forth a more inviting flavor after the first initial sips...
Good stuff... Easily drinkable... Recommended...
09-21-2009 06:06:36 | More by dsa7783
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
12oz bottle poured into a pint
Pours a bright orange with a foamy off-what head that rose to fill the pint glass. Raindrops began to form in the thick cap as it receded and left sticky lacing along the sides.
Bright hop character of citrus and flowers and a touch of pine sap. There is a decent amount of toasted malt in the aroma which does detract from the hops, but not too much.
So far so good. The hops shine through even brighter on the palate. Pine needles and grapefruit up front with flowers and a touch of caramel before a moderate punch of bitterness.
The carbonation is just right for this beer. Medium to full body, smooth and creamy with just the right amount of pine resin and bitterness in the finish.
This is a very good go to IPA to keep in your fridge. Not great, but very good. I could see myself having a few of these in a sitting. The flavor profile is strong and might slow you down, but that is not a bad thing. A pleasant surprise.
09-09-2009 20:43:06 | More by ColForbinBC
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
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
06-09-2009 22:04:24 | More by Magpie14
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
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
04-21-2009 17:24:34 | More by Seanibus
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A :: Pours a hazy honey with orange hues. Aggressive head poured thick, creamy and quite huge then fell to a very creamy 1/4-inch head that stayed for a while. Tons of lace left behind.
S :: Light citrus with hops in the background. Also find it sweet and malty.
T :: Very hoppy and slightly sweet malt. The finish is quite bitter and a bit spicy/peppery that lasts a long time.
M :: Smooth and not quite as dry as other IPAs I have had recently. Low amount of carbonation. Clean and smooth overall.
D :: Yeah, I could drink a few of these. It is quite nice and a good offering from the brewery.
04-05-2009 20:18:42 | More by mday
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
A - pours a murky copper color with 1/4 inch of foam
S - sweet citrus aroma of oranges and sweet malts
T - taste is oranges & lemon and other citrus fruits with a piney hop finish
M/D - nicely balanced IPA, the hops aren't too overpowering and could be enjoyed by everyone. I'll definitely pick up another.
03-24-2009 17:36:20 | More by mikereaser
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
This is a pleasant little beer. It looks great off the pour from a bottle to my pilsner glass. It's a bright orangey amber. Very nice. Gorgeous, fine lacing.
This beer smells, to me, like a diminutive version of a DIPA, it's not an explosion of hops (which I prefer), and there is a lot of malty sweetness. It reminds me of a scaled back version of a DFH 90. It's a pretty close call in the tug of war between the carmel malts and the citrus rind/pine on the hops.
The flavor matches the aroma (not surprisingly). A very well balanced beer with an element of toastyness. the hops are big and assertive on the bitterness front. Bitter first, then sweeter, then a very dry bitter finish that lingers. A lemony citrus quality introduces itself near the end.
Mouthfeel is great, and so is the drinkability. I really enjoy this beer.
03-10-2009 01:39:28 | More by Beernoisseur
3.43/5 rDev -6%
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.
01-10-2009 22:57:24 | More by erikm25
4.4/5 rDev +20.5%
12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange and yellow color with slow moving carbonation going to the surface. A tall 3" cream head has great retention and plenty of lace. Nice.
Smell: Base malt and a mineral hop aroma. Slight pine and grapefruit. Floral rose finish.
Taste: Lots of pine bitterness that is sort of soapy tasting. It's not a bad flavor though. Sweet initially of honey, flowers, followed by pine, lemon and minerals. Pretty good and original.
Mouthfeel: Bitter. Sweet. A light alcohol burn. Medium body and smooth to swallow. Lingering bitterness.
Drinkability: This is a great beer. The taste takes some getting used to , but is quite nice. I would take this one over many of the mainstream IPAs. Try it!
01-06-2009 13:18:02 | More by Risser09
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into my Stone Levitation stemware.
A-Dingy orange and cloudy topped with a tall off-white head from semi-aggressive pour. Head fell slowly leaving thick patchy lace.
S-After an inital citrusy blast, the caramel and biscuit malt take over the aroma. Smeels quite sweet.
T-Citrus hops, followed by earthy and spicy noble hop aromas. I would love to know the hops in this one. There is a very strong malt backbone in the middle but the beverage than finished quite bitter and this bitterness last a while
M-medium body with a very lively carboantion.
D-Drinkability is good, I would not have a problem downing several of these.
12-16-2008 00:53:54 | More by jackorain
3.13/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
11-19-2008 01:47:17 | More by beermanbrian
2.17/5 rDev -40.5%
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.
11-06-2008 02:37:54 | More by gibby
3.98/5 rDev +9%
Laughing Dog's IPA was thrown in as one of the couple generous extras from JohnGalt1, thanks Toby! The body of this beer is the color of strong sun tea, some faint rust highlights show through and the body becomes sunset orange when backlit. There's a touch of haziness throughout the body. A standard pour brought about a one-plus finger fizzy, dishwater head that fizzled out to a thin skimming and small collar. A few patches of thin lace are splashed here and there.
Candied grapefruit peel starts things off along with other mild citrus: lemon, orange, and lime in that order. A lightly sugary alcohol punch rides through quickly and there is an enjoyable undercurrent of rich maltiness in the form of sugar cookies and caramel. The quick booziness seems to bring out some pine resin qualities, although not very many. Although the nose is hop driven the maltiness isn't far behind and the overall smell leans toward the sweet candy-like IPAs.
The flavor follows stride with the aroma. Candied citrus rinds lead the way front to back and leave behind some sweetness. They're most potent right up front but fade enough to, almost, let the caramel and cookie maltiness to catch up. The mellow booziness helps bring the hops to the front and adds some dryness to the finish that adds some bitterness to the mix. I prefer my IPAs to be heavily hoppy and although this one is pretty well balanced I do enjoy the flavors Laughing Dog managed to pull out of the hops used.
I'm surprised at the amount of carbonation in this IPA. It's right on the fence between just right and overly aggressive. The more I drink the more I think it's right where it should be, prickly on the tongue, accentuating the mild bitterness. The body is moderate but the snappy carbonation keeps it moving.
The balance helps the drinkability. As a matter of fact the beer is already gone as I write this. It was hard to keep it in the glass. The mild malty sweetness and candy like flavors from the hop profile kept me drinking.
This is a solid, enjoyable IPA from Laughing Dog. It doesn't stand out as a great IPA but would be in my fridge often if available in the area. This is a more sessionable IPA then the big hop bombs I enjoy so much. Thanks again Toby!
09-23-2008 23:05:59 | More by joe1510
4.25/5 rDev +16.4%
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!
09-16-2008 20:34:41 | More by NJpadreFan
Laughing Dog India Pale Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.