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Laughing Dog Cream Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing

Laughing Dog Cream AleLaughing Dog Cream Ale

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.96%


Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Laughing Dog Brewing's Cream Ale is a traditional cream ale fermented with both ale and lager yeast, this gives us the creamy smoothness of an ale with a nice dry crisp finish.

We start with premium American grown 2 row pale malted barley, add a touch of German pils malt then Australian malt for color and flavor. Finally only choice Northwest grown Hops are added. After carefully fermenting for 2 weeks, we quickly chill the beer and filter.

We allow our Cream Ale to then cold age for another two weeks before kegging or bottling.

(Beer added by: woemad on 07-06-2006)
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isualum12

Idaho

3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden cloudy with white lacy head. It shines in color

Smell is weak with a slight skunk to it.
Taste is crisp fruity with mild hop and a push of flowery taste.
Mouthfeel is heavy with carbonization. More then I would like to see on a cream ale but it doesn't take over the whole beer.

Overall this beer is alright but nothing that makes my top beer list.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 23:58:43 | More by isualum12
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a whirlwind shopping spree at the Boise Co-op.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of fine foamy white head, which leaves some decent sponge pattern lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of a substantial citrus edge, and fine pale malt. The taste is quite lemony, of the neutered counter polish sort, with some floral white wine character, over a very soft bready malt influence. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium-light in weight, somewhat smooth amongst the acidic overtones, and not really creamy. It finishes dry, crisp, and fruity, the floral grape essence remaining quite persistent.

An interesting cream ale - the NW hops manifesting in an unusual manner, overshadowing the expected cream ale maltiness, not to mention the lack of a well, at least minimally creamy texture.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 04:51:10 | More by biboergosum
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davesway10

Iowa

2.05/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

So I got this bottle in a local for locals trade, thank you isualum12. ummm, I'm going to be as objective as I can here but I don't think it will help much. I really don't review much, its hard. So when I do its because a beer is remarkable, to me at least, and this one is. Just not for the right reasons. "Cream" when you hear it just sounds good, doesn't it ? Anyway, this beer pours a nice hazy gold color with a thin white head that sticks around a bit. Not bad. Smell, I don't know, orange maybe.... not much. Taste is the same. Orange, Maybe ?? I'm glad I tried it, I'm also glad I only got 1. I'll do everything I can to prevent the drain pour, I remain hesitantly optimistic. We'll see.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 22:16:30 | More by davesway10
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eclipse54

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Laughing Dog is basically from my "hometown" where I went to high school and where my folks still live, so I like to get behind what they do and support them. However, sometimes they make that a bit more difficult...

This 12 ounce bottle pours a cloudy yellow with very little head. What does show up dissipates quickly to a patch of bubbles on the surface, leaving little to no lacing behind. It smells of citrus and cloves with a slightly skunky aroma in the rear. Could be an old bottle, but there wasn't a date code to be found on this guy (in fact, lots of info was missing from the bottle, including ABV). Taste is odd and not at all the sweet and citrusy flavor I was expecting from a cream ale. It has an almost peppery sensation backing the citrus notes, and leaves a sour aftertaste in the now dry mouth (but not in a good way like sours do). Certainly didn't have that velvety mouthfeel I was hoping for. I probably won't drink another one of these for some time.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 03:17:40 | More by eclipse54
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doughanson78

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first cream ale. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very light golden almost yellow color. Slightly hazy. Maybe a 1 finger head that disappears almost immediately. Lots of carbonation bubbles in what head there was. Almost no lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma. Very light grains. Very light apple scent. Little sour.

T: Again not much here. Slight lemony/grassy flavor. Little sour. Light grains. Maybe touch of corn. Very plain.

M: Was expecting a creamy mouthfeel but this is all watery. Very slight coating to the mouth.

O: Almost reminds me of a Bud Light that someone tried to add some flavor to. Not a whole lot going on at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 20:17:36 | More by doughanson78
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Samp01

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden/yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is light citrusy hops, with some grassy notes, some light fruitiness. Taste is similar to aroma. Light to med body, moderate ccarbonation. Finish is light citrusy hops, ending is crisp with some grassy sourness, Ovearll an interesting drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 18:00:22 | More by Samp01
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

My buddy, the Laughing Dog, has come to visit me in bottled form, in Philly. We made each others' acquaintance during my visit to Boise, ID in July 2007 and I've missed him since. Good dog!

My pour created two fingers' worth of fluffy marshmallow-like head with fantastic retention. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. Nose had a slight tang, lightly citrusy. Mouthfeel was medium with a light citrus flavor on the tongue. Finish was bitingly dry with a peppery bite. As the label suggested, this would be "great on hot summer days." Fetch some today!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 00:05:15 | More by woodychandler
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Ryan011235

Ohio

1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter on 6/19/10

Pale yellow, straw-blond color. One finger of foam dropped to a patch of bubbles quickly. Swirling helps a little. Thin retention with a little bit of lace.

Smells of toasted malts, grain, wild corn & earth. Some sweetness is to be had; it actually calls to mind that faux-caramel Halloween candy that has the cream center augured into it. The aroma was immediately recognizable, but it took me a minute to place it. Lightly buttery.

Hmm, the taste is so...so minimal. Seriously, it's subtle nearly to the point of being humorous. Toasted malts & cereal grains account for most of it; almost adjunct-esque but not as bad. Earthy hops with minimal flavor & mild bitterness are apparent. "Meh" would be a gift.

Medium-light body with average carbonation, just enough for the style, I'd say. Moderately crisp & clean finish. Has an odd aftertaste.

It's like Laughing Dog took any yawn-inducing elements they could find from lagers & ales, then put them all together for this beer. Is it drinkable? Certainly; it doesn't exactly taste bad. Would I again pay money for it? Not a chance. Wait, let me consult the bottle. Best served cold; check. Goes well with BBQ or a day at the lake; un-check. Whoops - operator error. I guess this one's my fault.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 04:17:45 | More by Ryan011235
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flagmantho

Washington

3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden/straw colored body with a touch of haze. Head is a half-finger of compact white foam. It's not horrible or anything but it doesn't blow me away.

Smell: light aroma; a little grainy and a little malty with a touch of sour thrown in. Hops are not all that present but there is a little bit of earthy hop in there.

Taste: flavor is grainier than the aroma and the hops are slightly more prevalent. The flavor seems balanced but a little raw; it's not bad but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: there's actually a pretty nice level of carbonation here, which helps the medium-light body to a relatively nice feel.

Drinkability: this is a pretty refreshing beer, but I'm not a huge fan of the graininess. Not bad on a hot day by the lake, but also not something I'm likely to seek again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 03:57:59 | More by flagmantho
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Clouded gold with a decent head, good lacing.

Fruity esters and yeast mustiness over a grainy tone in the aroma.

Flavor is mild but pleasant, light fruityness, some earthiness, passive but adequate hopping...dry tart finish.

Decent...but the Cream ale style is uniquely Canadian and I've yet to see a US Micro match the cream ales from Quebec

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 00:33:57 | More by pootz
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of lemons and malts. Taste is kind of musty and sour, slightly bitter, not all that good. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a mediocre brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 14:06:03 | More by tone77
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tpd975

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow with a small white head.

S: Aromas of rotting apple, pale malt, and light hops.

T: Some sweet corny malt, with mild notes of apple, and a big dose of citrus hops.

M: On the lighter side with zippy carbonation.

D: Not too bad. One of the better cream ales I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 02:14:06 | More by tpd975
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pale, pale yellow gold body, hint of haze, bustling with carbonation streams. Big ball of sow-white micro-bubbly foam.

Hay/grass aroma, with a jab of sour lemon.

Light sweet malt beginning, undone by a pronounced sour undercurrent with tkaes over everything by the swallow and into the finish.

Light bubbly mouthfeel. Sour twang destroys drinkability.

Much as I love labs, this is not a good dog.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 04:45:05 | More by RonfromJersey
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed lemon-drop yellow with a foamy white head. Uneven lacing sticks.

The smell is mainly of lemongrass and sourdough.

The taste is of sweet grain, tart lemon (a bit too sour) with a bitterish dryness in the finish.

It is light-bodied and crisp. The carbonation is on the high side, though not too fizzy.

There is an underlying sourness to this that I'm not too thrilled with. It does have a nice bitterish touch in finish, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 14:02:26 | More by jwc215
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy lemon color with a bright, white foamy head that was slightly bubbly and fizzy, while moderately lasting providing a weak lacing upon its decline. Clarity was translucent with a medium-strong carbonation presence. Macro-like in color, head retention and carbonation gets things off to a non-eventful start.

S: The nose emitted a light muskiness of sour grapefruit, lime and lemons. The lime I thought was the most dominant and distinguishable, coming off like a lighter version aroma wise of bud-lime. A damp, wet citrusy nature was reminisces of a lightly sour American blonde rather a cream ale.

T: The flavor was wet and sour lemons and lime. Grapefruit and oranges also add into the mix with a noticeable, light sourness. Pale unsweetened grains add a dry touch and backing along with a light fruitiness of dried apple skins. Moderately bitter overall, perhaps a bit more then usual per style with a pacific west musky hopping that was acidic in nature with a orangey-tangerine bite and a dry finish.

M: bubbly and very high in carbonation. The texture was a bit rough and creamy at first before the rapid onset of carbonation sets in eventually turning the mouthful into a fizzy, bubbly experience. The swallow finds a short fade of sour oranges and lime similar to a coor blue moon.

D: Drinkability was average with a particularly gassy carbonation which im sure will cause you to reach for the Alka-Seltzer pills soon after. Macro-like bubbly carbonation limits multiples while a limited scope of flavor limits enjoyability. Pass because of the gas.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 23:03:07 | More by beerthulhu
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: lemon zest and some caramel sweetness is very mild on the nose.

Taste: light caramel flavor with some lemon zest, pear, and a soft bitterness. The citrus was a bit too strong here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Way too crisp for the style. Relatively short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this was did not hit the spot for the style. Overly crisp and did not provide the refreshment expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 13:35:35 | More by Gavage
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velosuds

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Original review was lost in database crash October 5, 2009. Don't want to have this beer again.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness or bottled on date apparent. Single purchased at local health foods store for $1.65.

A-Poured a bright golden yellow with virtually no head or lacing.

S-Vaguely like peanuts and eggshells. Not especially pleasant.

T-Quite sweet, but not what I typically like in a beer of any style. I doubt I will try this style again. I don't see the need to mix lager and ale yeasts. This was too rich.

M-Too creamy and buttery for my taste.

D-Surprisingly filling. I won't drink this beer again, nor will I probably try the style again. Don't see the need for mixing the ale and lager styles. Somewhat tasty yellow fizz that was too expensive compared to better, more affordable, albeit, different style beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 05:29:23 | More by velosuds
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Laughing Dog- Cream Ale

A- Light, slightly hazy, orange with no head.
S- Sweet sugary orange citrus with a sticky sweet malt.
T- Very sweet and sugary lemon and orange with a touch of hay and straw.
M- very sweet and syrupy sugary. Dry funky wheat hay malt finish.

Overall- Not good. Laughing Dog's worst offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 00:18:05 | More by NJpadreFan
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright yellow beer, with a monsterous thick pure white head. Sort of eggy,peanut shell aroma to it. I find this typical of Cream Ales. Flavour is sweet, honeyish, corn, candy sugar..with a slight bitter end. Nice enough on the palate a touch silky but easy going down. Overall a nice light beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 20:56:15 | More by Reidrover
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mday

Delaware

2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A :: Pale yellow with a airy white head. I looked back at the glass and there was no evidence the head was ever there.
S :: Smells of light grain and bread. There's a hint of yeast with a slight sweetness.
T :: There is a nice balance of hops and malt. Tastes almost like an orange that has ripened one day too long. Very brief, crisp, dry finish.
M :: Very light yet it feels thick. Not sure how else to describe it. Decent and lively carbonation that can definitely be felt. It's light like a lager with the bite of an ale.
D :: Goes down easy. Overall it was not what I was expecting for a cream ale. Not great, not bad...kinda stuck in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 01:59:58 | More by mday
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Spikester

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a good size white head that flees the scene. The lacings are very good for this style. Aroma is mild breads. Taste is bitter earthy hops with a good amount of sweet malts. I don't know much about cream ales but this was a very nice beer. Kind of like a 50 / 50 lager and pale ale. Good dry bitter finish. I think you could drink this beer all night. Providing you like it as much as I do.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 04:30:23 | More by Spikester
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with about an inch of fluffy white head.

Smells, well, that is tough. Smells a bit of hay, a bit of yeast, a bit of corn and maybe a little malt sweetness, but honestly it doesn't have much else going on.

Wow, I really dig the flavor of this beer. Its sort of a combination of sweet malt, sweet corn and a bit of a citrus kick. It all comes together to make this light beer very drinkable. Quite surprising for a light colored beer without a lot of smells.

Reading about Cream Ales will tell you that they were first brewed by American ale brewers to compete with the lager brewers who were getting all the business with their light, clean, clear golden beers. This one is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 00:03:42 | More by indiapaleale
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MTNboy

Germany

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a blonde, transparent gold color and it has a slightly gold colored head. It is a very bubbly head with a lot of retainability. It has good lacing. It smells of a fair amount of malt and just a bit of hops. The flavor is mildly bitter. It is citrus with orange and grapefruit like flavors. It has a true to its name mouthfeel. It is very creamy.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 14:41:45 | More by MTNboy
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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is a clear pale yellow with a medium size white head and good lacing.

smell tingles the nose, pear, some hops, light on the malts, citrus, cloves and herbs.

taste is crisp yet creamy, earthy, sweet fruit, sour malt, and lemon, ends dry, tart and a hint of bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 23:03:38 | More by froghop
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly complex for a simple style, without simply throwing extra hops into the beer like the higher rated cream ales. The aroma starts with an orange and evaporated milk aroma while the flavor adds more sweet, not bitter, grapefruit and a hint of nutmeg. There's a bit too much lager tang and that throws the whole feel off slightly. Otherwise this is a fine cream ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:11:38 | More by tempest
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Laughing Dog Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.