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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: 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 joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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

joemcgrath27, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of vkv822
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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?

vkv822, Sep 03, 2011
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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -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.

biboergosum, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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

wordemupg, May 27, 2011
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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$

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of kbeals
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

kbeals, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

beertunes, Feb 02, 2010
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 pwoods
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

pwoods, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Monkeyknife, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

beerthulhu, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gavage, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

dsa7783, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ColForbinBC, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Magpie14, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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

Seanibus, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of mday
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mday, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikereaser, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Beernoisseur, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of erikm25
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

erikm25, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Risser09
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Risser09, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of jackorain
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jackorain, Dec 16, 2008
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
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82 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.